Dear AH Hi, I'm Sandy. When I joined AH, I did not know I had to introduce myself and I deeply regret it. I went ahead and posted my "USEFUL TIPS TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU'VE PAID FOR", thinking I might actually help a few, first time Hunters... Wow, what a shock when I got bullied by a few guys that missed the point I was trying to make. I don't want to fight, and although I might get bullied again, I just have to make a few more suggestions to the First time Hunters as I can clearly see that there might be some sort of misunderstanding or misperception between the Hunters and Outfitters regarding the method of payment. Please remember the following: * Due to the bad economy worldwide, everybody is struggling, not just you... * Most Donations that you buy, was offered because the Outfitters "had to", not because they've "wanted to"... * To let you hunt, drive and live in Luxury, the Outfitters have to maintain their camps, vehicles, staff, FAMILY, advertising etc the WHOLE YEAR round to give you your ONE WEEK Trip of a lifetime... * If you know you don't have enough money with you to pay for the animals on your wishlist, don't shoot them OR discuss this openly with your Outfitter. Put the cards on the table before the hunt starts, because * If you know you're going to tell your Outfitter: "I'm sorry, I don't have enough cash with me, I will wire you when I get home.." please tell him BEFORE the hunt starts, and NOT AFTER 15 to 20 animals are already in the Saltroom... * If you're worried to carry too much cash with you, get Travellers Cheques or wire the money a few days before the hunt start, or make an arrangement with your bank BEFORE you leave the States to wait for your call to confirm the amount they should wire to SA while you are still in camp * Please note that most SA banks DON'T accept Personal Cheques any more from foreign clients, and that the Outfitter would not be able to bank it. IF ALL THE ABOVE IS TAKEN CARE OF, THE "DOMINO-EFFECT" WOULD NOT TAKE PLACE AND LESS OUTFITTERS WOULD HAVE TO TELL THEIR PH's, Trackers, Landlords, Taxidermies, Banks, Family that the money would be wired, it will come later. (This is specially not good for any back-to-back safari's in a busy season as the Outfitters, PH's or Taxidermists will need the money NOW to operate on the next hunt/shipment. You as the next hunter, might need the same concessions where the previous client has just shot a Giraffe, Tsessebe or Eland for example, but how will those landowners let you in if the previous hunt is not paid? Imagine what effect it might have on the next client that booked his 29" Nyala but am now not allowed to go in..? The Outffiter is starting to loose face with the Landlord, as well as his next client that had nothing to do with this issue... etc. etc.) Please think of these things when you plan your hunt and discuss the money issue openly with your Outfitter. I have seen many topics on AH, mostly enquiring or complaining about the Outfitters, PH's and Taxidermies, but if they have to keep up to a certain standard, shouldn't the Hunters do that as well? Times have changed, and everyone has to adapt to these changes, even the Hunters. "WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE, IS IT NOT ALSO GOOD FOR THE GANDER...???"