I do agree with timbo, when travelling through south east asia it was a very common sight to see water buffalo in a paddy field or feeding on the side of the road. I whole heartedly believe they can be dangerous in the same way that growing up on a farm I've been chased up the cattle yards by pissed off cows or had to jump over a fence to get away from a cow with a calf or cranky bull. They are a domesticated breed gone wild. In regards to no such thing as free or cheap, come off it. I'm not insinuating someone from over seas or down south like me is going to get it but locals many definitely do. Couple of blokes my age jackaroo'd up there and never paid a cent for any they shot. The few guys I've spoken to that have done it legally have had to pay somewhere between $1000-2000 trophy fee. But granted you need the access. As for people taking their own gear I'm sure you're aware that most Australians are diy hunters and that would appeal to many if guides offered it. I'm sure the truth to why they don't is somewhere between not trusting clients and wanting to make a killing on expensive hunts.