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steve ahrenberg

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Hi Steve,

I cannot speak for the others who are posting within this hunting forum.
They might just be advertising ?
But personally, I post in this one because I’m trying to steal everyone’s children and force them to work in my shoe factory, hidden deep within the jungles of New Guinea.

My best,
Paul.

You took one sentence from a longer post. That's fine. These forums purpose is for people to draw from other experience. Mine is, why limit yourselves to only those who advertise on an internet forum? I've had exactly one bad safari. It was a discounted Tanzania safari that I found on another hunting forum. My bad.

Booking agents, good ones, separate the good from the bad.

I stand by my post.
 

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You took one sentence from a longer post. That's fine. These forums purpose is for people to draw from other experience. Mine is, why limit yourselves to only those who advertise on an internet forum? I've had exactly one bad safari. It was a discounted Tanzania safari that I found on another hunting forum. My bad.

Booking agents, good ones, separate the good from the bad.

I stand by my post.


Hi again Steve,

I agree with you 100% that a perspective client should not limit themself to one advertising source when searching for just the right safari company.
That is just good solid advice.

I only quoted two sentences of yours because their contents made it seem like you were inferring clients should only select a safari company that only advertises through a third party / agent.
It read as if safari companies that post in hunting forums are somehow not up to speed with those who advertise through a booking agent.

The one bad experience I had was doing that and I got stung.
I don’t feel it was due to them advertising through a booking agent (Cabela’s).
I feel it was due to my failure to do a thorough background investigation of the safari company itself (“Burchell Safaris”).

There are sadly a few crooks everywhere, advertising in all manner of media and methods, including in hunting forums, magazines and / or the occasional sub-standard booking agent.
A thorough background check is the acid test for safari companies, PHs, booking agents and all.

IMO, clients could do worse than to also look for a good sense of humor in any safari company as well.
However, if my joke about the shoe factory offended you, I apologize.
A couple people thought it was funny.

Cheers,
Paul.
 
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steve ahrenberg

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Hi again Steve,

I agree with you 100% that a perspective client should not limit themself to one advertising source when searching for just the right safari company.
That is just good solid advice.

I only quoted two sentences of yours because their contents made it seem like you were inferring clients should only select a safari company that only advertises through a third party / agent.

The one bad experience I had was doing that and I got stung.
I don’t feel it was due to them advertising through a booking agent (Cabela’s).
I feel it was due to my failure to do a thorough background investigation of the safari company (“Burchell Safaris”).

There are sadly a few crooks everywhere, advertising in all manner of media and methods, including in hunting forums, magazines and / or the occasional sub-standard booking agent.
A thorough background check is the acid test for safari companies, PHs, booking agents and all.

IMO, clients could do worse than to also look for a good sense of humor in any safari company as well.
However, if my joke about the shoe factory offended you, I apologize.

Cheers,
Paul.

Hi Paul
Nope not offended in the least. Just a discussion.

My first comment was about not limiting your hunting universe, it evolved a bit into the booking agent thing. Point about booking agents, reputable ones, they have your interests as their prime focus. There are hordes of charlatans posing as booking agent for "a buddy" in order to gain favor and be compensated by free or discounted hunts. I have found one that has, by his actions, not his words, proven himself time and time again. If you look back, I have never once mentioned his name or company.

My reason for posting on AH and my ONLY reason is to hopefully keep folks from making the same mistakes, along their path that I have. I believe that to be the purest of intent on these hunting forums.

I will never be offended by simply engaging in a courteous discussion, even when disagreement is the outcome.

Regards,

Steve
 

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