What does "take what Africa gives you" mean to you?

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Like others have said, be prepared for the unexpected you may not get much of a chance to make the decision on whether to pull the trigger or not. A good indication that you should be shooting is if your PH is standing on his head to get you to shot. I was trying to fill my spiral slam with a bush buck when a huge warthog walked out of the bush. PH said shoot'm now, didn't take much time to decide.... On my second trip I hunted the eastern Cape and we were doing some spotting from camp during the heat of the day when we spot a couple nice Kudu up in the rocks a 1/2 mile off the PH told me to go get my rifle because we needed to make a stalk on them as they were really good. I said I don't think so as I already have a good kudu. He said you don't understand this is an exceptional Eastern Cape Kudu and we need to go and shoot it. We argued for a bit but I caved and got the rifle. My wife was with me and she said you already have a Kudu, so I had to explain to her if I don't do this I think the PH will kick me out of camp. Needless to say we shot that Kudu and they tell me it is SCI Gold. Just be open to the unexpected as it will happen.
Go and enjoy the experience. Look forward to your report on your return and what your definition of "take what Africa gives".
 

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My last three trips (Caprivi and Mozambique twice) have been built around a single animal - buffalo - and anything else that came along that I and my PH decided we felt like taking. Those Safaris produced some incredible memories, photos, and trophies. Moreover, I have found them the most liberating hunting experiences of my life. Over breakfast deciding to head into the forest for red duiker or down along the river for waterbuck; are perhaps load out the cruiser and spend a night or two away from main camp to concentrate on an Nyala or Sable. That sort of spontaneity is almost totally absent in all modern hunting today. I am going to see if that sort of "non-schedule" is possible in South Africa next week where buffalo is again the main quarry and the remainder of my "list" says "whatever the PH and I decide to take" (obviously permits can drive that selection to a certain extent).

I fully realize, I have been blessed to be able to book such open-ended hunts in remote places - but I didn't have to go to Tanzania for 21 days either. I would urge you to be similarly unbound by lists, or restrict it to one primary goal and let the remaining chips fall as they may.
 

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My last three trips (Caprivi and Mozambique twice) have been built around a single animal - buffalo - and anything else that came along that I and my PH decided we felt like taking.

This is exactly my plan for the BVC next year. Buffalo and.....
 

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I started out and I wanted a Kudu. Period. Other stuff, I'd wait.
I had passed on a couple and everything else and then while out on walk and stalk I noticed a color and shape through the trees. I knew it was an Eland bull. The PH knew this animal was not on my list and we were effectively watching the bull for entertainment value as far as he was concerned. When I looked at the PH and asked a simple question, "Is it Gold Medal?" I had not studied Eland at all at that point and required his professional opinion. You could tell from the PH's reaction that he was very surprised at the question. He quickly looked at the bull and said "Yes". That was it.
First African animal was an Eland bull. I could not be happier to this day.
It was an amazing hunt. I walked away form that hunt without a Kudu.

On my next hunt, shortly after this one I still wanted a Kudu. Period.
We started out searching for Kudu. Multiple stalks, no shot. Third day, I have passed on everything else and while we are out on a walk about we run into an Impala ram. I have passed my PH course at this point and the PH and I have been having fun judging trophies and guessing scores and we are in agreement on everything. The PH looks at me and says "It's a good one!"
My reply; "I am not scaring the Kudu!". His tone changes and he insists, "It's a good one!!!" We repeat the earlier cycle two more times. All of this in hissed whispers. I have looked at him and he is a dandy, but I am after a Kudu. At this point I relent. In my mind, I don't think the PH is willing to carry on without this Impala Ram in the Bakkie. I took the shot and I had a Rowland Ward Impala ram. I am happy with the trophy.

Both instances were presentations of opportunities that I was not immediately focused on. I had been hunting Kudu without success for ten days and it certainly led to my resistance to taking what was offered in the case of the Impala.
I did get my Kudu on the 11th day of hunting.

Enjoy your hunt. You have received some great advice.
 

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This is exactly my plan for the BVC next year. Buffalo and.....

The safari equivalent to "a kid in a candy store!" Lot's to be tempted by in the BVC.
 

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I saw this large kudu the day before and didn,t shoot it as I had already shot several on earlier trips and wanted my good friend get a crack at it and the next day we ran into it and he shot it. I know he was happier than I was, but not by much. he had a hard 2.5 day hunt for a eland and was realy bummed out about not getting a shot and this kudu eased his pain.

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These are all great answers and I can't argue too hard with any of them. For me it's slightly different. I have a "list" of animals, but one of the funnest things we did was just to start out in a place with no clear target in mind, just to see what turned up. Specifically it was in an avocado orchard and we were there for my wife to get a shot at a baboon. I'm in the back of the truck with her using my rifle to spot as I don't have a huge interest in one. We go along and eventually it's clear that the baboons took the day off. No worries, still a nice drive so we decide to just meander around, see the place and enjoy being in Africa. It's getting dark and we are about to head in (no trophy but that's fine, it's Africa not Wal-Mart) and suddenly my PH shines his light on a running figure saying "take it, take it!" well my wife was done and I was still there so I leveled, checked and fired. Don't know that I'd ever even heard of a Civet before but man was I excited to get one just before he disappeared into the tree line! That sort of illustrates it to me. Go with a list, go with an idea but be ready to throw that out the window if something else pops up. Didn't even see another Civet the rest of our time there and if I hadn't trusted my PH and taken the chance I might never have landed one.
 

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Ok so has anyone be out hunting warthog when an elephant with 100lbs of ivory walked by?:whistle:
 

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Ok so has anyone be out hunting warthog when an elephant with 100lbs of ivory walked by?:whistle:
Wish the hell that had happened in Zim.
 

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Ok so has anyone be out hunting warthog when an elephant with 100lbs of ivory walked by?:whistle:

70 lbs and no license!
 

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Caprivi. 60+ to a side and no license. 30 yards.
 

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I'm going specifically to hunt Buffalo, I'll be hunting on a 10 day license with a limited selection of animals so my plan is to shoot what the license allows as long as it's a mature animal. When I was planning a plains game hunt, I decided just to shoot whatever presented itself until I ran out of budget.
 

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Thanks all for the responses gives us something to think about.
 

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I know we've pounded this pretty well...

On my first (so far only, but #2 has a deposit) safari I knew I wanted a Zebra and a Kudu.

I ended up shooting 3 Zebra and 2 Kudu. It's a long story (or two), but I am so glad I did not let $1,800 dollars (6% of the total cost of the trip) get in the way of 3 extra really fun and memorable hunts.

Only $1,800 for 2 Zebra and a (50") Kudu? Yup. Package deal on the Zebra (3 for $2,400 vs 1 for $1,200) and a chance at an elderly Kudu that was not
expected to make it through the winter, for half price.

What I am saying is, be creative, ask for deals/opportunities and then when something good comes up, grab it! Below are two of the "extra memories" that would have been lost if I had not taken what Africa offered.
Tim Arbeiter_ Zebra (8).JPG
Tim Arbeiter_Kudu#2 (5).JPG
 

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