Not sure I can call 3k for a Gemsbok "reasonable" The last I shot in Namibia (2014) cost me $650, plus I got to take a Hartman's Mountain Zebra for free. Not to mention I shot 2 other Gemsbock for meat(for the guide and trackers) That's a 2350difference.That covers airfare and shipping at least.
Fair enough. Last time I went I was living in Germany so it was an easier and cheaper flight. I am back in the US now and I have been looking at flights for next year, I have seen flights (Denver-Namibia) for between $1000-1700what airlines were you flying,my wife and i get nailed 5000.00 for a round trip,2500.each.
Because I enjoy eland meat so much, I could possibly be enticed for a "meat hunt" type thing, perhaps.
Definitely not interested in a "by the inch" or "trophy hunt" of any sort though.
I hunted free range Gemsbock in New Mexico it was a fun hunt challenging hunt. It was pretty darn close to hunting them in Namibia as far as the experience was concerned. One of the reasons I did it was to be able to bring home the meat. It's not for everyone but I enjoyed the hunt.