As many have stated, there are many reasons for different TF prices, agreeing with them and booking is up to hunter, before any deposit is sent. Your listed TF seam very high compared to other outfits posting, knowing you won the hunt somewhat explains your higher TF.So I am booked on my first South African Safari for June of 2024. I have heard nothing but great things about my outfitter/PH. Four of my close friends have hunted with him before and they consider him to be like family. My conversations with him have all been super pleasant. But...
He has forwarded me his Trophy fee list for this year and it is much higher than others I see on the net. For example he is $850 on an Impala as well as a Blesbok. He is $2400 on a Gemsbok. He is $3950 on a Kudu. Will where he hunts and/or quality of animals affect that price. One of my friends who has hunted with him 6 times has taken 30 animals with him. ALL 30 are SCI. Another friend has taken 12 animals with him and all but 1 are SCI. I am told that he is an amazing judge of trophies and will let you know immediately if it is an SCI animal.
Would this type of track record cause one to have higher trophy fees than someone else? Does it matter that he is the outfitter owner and the PH and only has 1 hunter in camp at a time for 10 days?
One thing I have learned is TF are fluid, before booking be honest with all prospective outfits. Most will drop in line with their competition to get your booking. As long as all comparable are the same. area size, type of hunt, daily rates, species size and other points already mentioned.
Your opportunity to "haggle" TF is BEFORE any deposit is sent and hunt booked. I also get outfitter to send TF list prior to booking, after booking I take with me so all are on kept "honest".