Below is DSC auction rebate policy for donated items, hunts, etc. This is based on the actual sales price and not the "value" price.
PURCHASE PRICE REBATE TO DONOR
$0 - $4,999 0%
$5,000 - $9,999 30%
$10,000 – UP 50%
Something to remember when bidding on donated hunts.
I just offered another suggestion. It's probably what I'd do, but I'm not afraid of being alone in "remote Africa". If they aren't comfortable with that (very unlikely) possibility, then don't do the first ($20) week. I don't understand roohawk about how they make a fortune if you do what I suggested. How are they making anything that way? Price of baboons could be $1000,000.00..... it doesn't matter if you're not hunting them anyway. How likely is it that they are going to kick someone out of camp because they don't hunt enough animals?? I can't see that happening.
I DO agree that this outfit seems to be interested in one time clients. That's why I say to book your "real hunt" with someone reputable for the next week like Johnnyblues said. If you just look at the first week as a getaway, how can you lose?
He owes: $800 for transportation. The cheapest thing to hunt is a baboon for $700. He has $500 in credit towards trophy fees. $1200 in tip is requested.
So for 7 days, he can sit there doing nothing. On one day he can get out a rifle and try to kill a baboon, his friends can watch. Then he and his friends can leave with a bill of $200 for the baboon outstanding balance, $800 transport bill, and $1200 tip expected.
$2200 to have four guys go watch one guy kill a baboon.
If the OP was my friend and he dragged me into this, me and the other two guys would dig a shallow grave. What value was give for my $$$? I owe $500 for the pleasure of being there having hunted nothing but watching him try to kill a baboon (which is hard to do with a bow).
That’s ridiculous. There isn’t an outfitter in Africa that wouldn’t take this deal. Why would anyone even think of following through on this? He is dollars ahead burning the winning ticket and finding ANY other venue to do a hunt.
If they automatically add shit and tips are mandatory, then I'd tell them to pound sand. My advice would be to get a copy of the contract including all the "small print" and go over it before making any decisions. Or if you're worried about it then just forget you ever "won"!