Tuskless Elephant Hunt - What to ship home?

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  1. frog stealer

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    All, I got my plains game hunt fix a few years ago, now it's time to start planning my first dangerous game Safari. Looks like a buffalo/tuskless elephant is within my price range. Other than the experience, I'm wondering what people can have shipped home as a reminder of a tuskless hunt. Any ideas?
     
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  2. Philip Glass

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    Most Tuskless are nonexportable. You need to be certain it is exportable then you could take some skin home.
     
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  3. frog stealer

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    That's what I figured, thanks! Just have to take some good pics and call it good.
     
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  4. cpr0312

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    If you can export anything, some stools made from the feet and also the tail would be good to have made/bring back
     
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    Photos of everything- not just a dead elephant. You might ask your PH if anyone in his camp or area makes elephant hair bracelets, axes, bows, or other local crafts. If it were me- I'd trade the tail for finished bracelets or other unique local crafts made by the locals. Other than that, IMO, the best to bring home would be the memory and the photos.
     
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    If you can export I would add to the suggestions of @reedy0312 and say bring the ears back.
     

  7. frog stealer

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    Thanks all...I'll try to bring back what I can...I originally thought only ivory wasn't exportable to the US, but it sounds like it's everything, bummer! Maybe I'll go after Hippo or Croc instead. Leopard would be nice but that would exceed my budget, or I'd have to delay going back even longer!
     

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    @frog stealer ,

    The ivory depends on the country. As of now Namibia and South Africa are exportable to the US
     

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    I'll let you know in about a month.;)

    I made my own knife from scratch inspired by Van Gruff's posts here to take along. If I get lucky it'll claim a tail and will get to remember that sitting on my shelf. Just finishing it up.

    Put hunt together quick in last few weeks as end of season special.
     

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    Will they let you even bring back an elephant hair bracelet? I can't remember how strict everything is regarding the smaller stuff.

    One thing you might look into is having your hunt filmed. Lots of African companies offering that now and from footage I've seen, some of the best camera work out there.
     

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    Now that's a good idea!
     

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    For 2018 season we can offer buffalo non exportable non trophy (tuskless)elephant at reasonable prices we have croc and hippo hunting from our lodge on lake kariba air conditioned rooms as well as we have buffalo
     

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    I'm not sure tuskless from anywhere are importable - anywhere.

    It has nothing to do with the ban on ivory or elephant that the US implemented recently in respect of some countries, but rather has to do with CITES.

    All elephant in Southern Africa are Appendix II, which means you need an export permit to take any part of the elephant out of the country where it was taken. And you can't get the export permit without a CITES quota allocation. It is my understanding that CITES will only issue quotas for trophy elephant. As a result, if you shoot any non-trophy elephant anywhere, you cannot get quota, and therefore cannot export. And that applies to any part of the animal, up to and including hair bracelets. So in this case, it really isn't a USFWS issue, but a CITES issue.

    I could be wrong, but that's my understanding of how CITES works.
     

  14. Mike70560

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    Also a tuskless hunt will be in Zimbabwe. IIRC no elephant parts can be imported in to the USA from Zimbabwe.
     

  15. frog stealer

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    Good to know guys, thanks!
     

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    yep, Zimbabwe is a different critter
     

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    A DVD of the hunt you can share with family and friends! Hire a cameraman and have then edit a video for you. Worth its weight in gold.
     

  18. Jerry Dollar

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    I think the ivory on a tuskless might be a bit small....
     
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