- Jan 12, 2010
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- Canada, United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa (Eastern Cape; Northern Cape; North West Province, Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo), Namibia, Cameroon, Benin, Ethiopia, Liberia, Argentina
You have to trust your PH - you have no other choice. There are lots of ways that a PH can impact your hunt, and being incentivized to get you animals isn't one that would concern me unduly.The only problem with that is I think we would find a lot of "ground shrinkage" when we walk over to the dead animal, if we even knew what to look for in the first place.
For example, especially if you're on a package hunt, or an auction hunt, you may never see the "best" animals on a given property or if you do, your PH may say they're too small, or too young, etc. The "best" may well be saved for those paying top price, and you'd really never know. Or, if you've annoyed your PH somehow, you may find yourself doing a lot of walking, which may provide results, but likely not to the same extent as spotting and stalking from the vehicle.
I'm not saying these things happen regularly, but if you spend enough time in Africa and get to know some of the people well, you hear things.
I could go on, but I'll stop there. If you don't trust your PH, time to find another PH. There are some things tips won't fix.