Non-trophy Buffalo

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The trophy is what did you put into the hunt and what did you get out of the hunt? Did it fill your expectations? Did you get that feeling? Did you feel your heart in your throat and that “Holy Crap” feeling? If it did than you got what you went after. Horn size has exactly nothing to do with it.

+1 what he said!!
To me it’s the hunt and the experience. Horn width and size does not matter. As long as it is a mature older animal or a cull needing removed from the herd because of genetics.
It is the hunt!
 

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Is there a difference between a non-trophy and a management/cull buffalo hunt?
A management hunt just means some animal the owner needs to cull for some reason and is happy for you to do it for a reduced fee. It can be a smaller one with non-trophy sized horns, or with trophy sized horns, but less likely because he can keep it for a full pay hunt. But maybe it is very old and poor condition, and it is better he gets something for it before it dies naturally.
 

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So we have following options.
Trophy hunt, size of trophy as per some standard.
Non-trophy hunt, size of trophy below standard, or not trophy at all.
Cull hunt/managment hunt
Own use hunt/meat hunt.

What is the situation with export of horns, in options of non trophy, cull, and own use hunts?
Exportable, or not?
 

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What do you guys normally pay for a so called "Non trophy bull"?
Is there a different from free roaming buffalo too Buffalo in a hunting farm.
And finaly a non trophy bull is it exportable?
 

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What do you guys normally pay for a so called "Non trophy bull"?
Is there a different from free roaming buffalo too Buffalo in a hunting farm.
And finaly a non trophy bull is it exportable?
A bull that is exported is ”trophy“ regardless of size.

The cost of shooting that bull may vary based upon its size. A sliding trophy fee scale is most common on game ranches. It is also the environment where a reduced fee is most likely to be associated with a “cull” animal of any species.

In a wilderness area, the PH typically is trying very hard to get his client the best representative animal he can find that the area can produce in the time allowed. Normally, there is not a sliding scale based upon size.

Some countries do allow the shooting of occasional buffalo in non-game ranch environments for use of indigenous communities in the area of a concession. The animal is not considered a “trophy” animal and typically may not be exported.
 

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I can only speak of my own experience in Zim, so here it is: all buff hunting is free roam, even where some concessions like Save or Bubye have a perimeter fence it is so vast that the buff will probably never encounter it. Some bulls have a small spread and may not tick the box for a 'trophy' hunter. So the operator offers them at around half price to locals. Would they even consider this sort of deal for foreign clients? Maybe, in the tough times we are in, you need to ask them.
 

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