Hunting by inches Whenever we place a dollar value on anything there is always going to be a supply-demand equation that can only be controlled by increasing the price. May not be the best way to hunt, certainly not my cup of tea, but I appreciate that this is the way it is. I shot a nice 28" nyala bull who had a few years under his belt, wide polished tips and quite a heavily scarred skin - I think I paid about $3200 and I was very happy with the hunt. The trophy fee was fixed regardless of the size of the animal. My PH mentioned that a nearby property had a 34" bull but they wanted $7000. No way! But as my PH said, someone will shoot him! I was very disappointed with a lion hunting operation I visited. A hunter chose the specific animal he wanted and they all had a different price - it was like buying an engagement ring - the bigger the diamond (aka mane in this case), the bigger the dollars. And these animals were released prior to the hunters arrival, with most of the "traditional hunts on foot" completed in a day! Similarly, cape buffalo were on offer, standing around eating hay bales. Most of the hunters came in saying "I'm looking to spend $20k, what does that buy me?" So if we can apply this sliding price system to lion, buffalo, elephant, ibex, elk, all manner of deer, etc, etc, all over the world - why not nyala? I don't like it, and I don't agree with toll roads or vegetarians either, but that's the way it is. I have a friend who worked for the Agricltural Research Division in Swaziland and he was given the gift of a day's hunting on the King's private land at the end of his contract; he took an 18" nyala and it is his most coveted trophy. For an up-and-coming hunter or a first safari, the opportunity to hunt nyala for $1430 is amazing, and 26 inches is representative. Sounds like Niel is creating opportunities.