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Sorry I forgot about posting this here - been almost a year and I still think about this trip on a daily basis!

Here it is:

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/2271719/page/1#Post2271719

It was easier to post the link to 24hourcampfire than redo all the verbiage, links, photos, video, etc.

I post by the name "JohnCrighton" over there.


Links to my photo albums:

http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc271/johncrighton/Namibia%20Huniting/

http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc271/johncrighton/Namibia%20Travel/

http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc271/johncrighton/Trohpies/

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Very entertaining story and great pcitures.  An adventure of a lifetime for sure.
 
Congrats on a great hunt.
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Thanks, Dogger - just got an email from my PH who said it is even BETTER this year due to better rains - sure wish I could go again . . . maybe next year.
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Really nice write-up/story, looks like you had a great time.  Some day i'd surely like to get there.

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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Really nice write-up/story, looks like you had a great time.  Some day i'd surely like to get there.

 
If you ever get serious about it, let me know - I'll hook you up with the same outfit - they are top notch!
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   Very well documented and definitely entertaining!  I'd been saving it for this evenings read but hit it early.  GLAD all went well for ya and THANKS for sharing.
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Good article, mostly good pictures... probably a great life memory.
HOWEVER>>>
1.  Keep it clean.  If you have to ask your self whether or not it's clean.........don't post it.  This includes images too, no blood, guts, nudity, etc.  Only respectful "Hero Shots" of harvested game can be posted.  Pictures of bloody game, game hanging or game in the bed of pick-up truck are not respectable.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Good article, mostly good pictures... probably a great life memory.
HOWEVER>>>
1.  Keep it clean.  If you have to ask your self whether or not it's clean.........don't post it.  This includes images too, no blood, guts, nudity, etc.  Only respectful "Hero Shots" of harvested game can be posted.  Pictures of bloody game, game hanging or game in the bed of pick-up truck are not respectable.
 
Sorry, didn't know about those rules - I won't post any pics here, though, but I can't alter the post over on 24hourcampfire -
 
So, a warning to all - some pics and videos actually show blood, guts, etc. - view at your own risk.
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PS - if you would like me to remove this thread, please let me know.
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Hi, greywolf!

Thanks for sharing your safari with us!  We all appreciate good hunting stories and pics!  Personally, I don't know that it's necessary to kill the thread, since you posted links and not the actual pictures here, but Chris may disagree.

The issue described above pertains to your pic of the jackal.  It's not an issue of people being grossed out over gore; many of us here are hunters and we know the realities of taking game.  Rather, it's an issue of respect and the image we want to portray of hunting here at OT.   See this thread for an explanation of why this forum rule is in place, and I think you will gain a better appreciation for why our host stipulated the "respect" rule:

http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=12946

We all know your intentions were good, and there are no hard feelings, but rules are rules, whether we agree with them or not.  As users of this forum, we are obligated to abide by them.

Thank you!
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Understood, Ted - thanks for the explanation.  I will defer to Chris regarding this and do what he wishes - his site, his rules, simple enough Smile
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In the mean time, I'm glad I got to catch this post. You did a fine job on an extensive write up.
 
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Thanks, Doug.  It really was a trip of a lifetime.  My PH did an awesome job for someone so young, and the videos he took of my shots were just phenomenal.  He's actually ended up with more business as a result of the videos!
 
 
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John, if you are John Crighton, not trying to rain on your parade.  The article was excellent, what a story...well done.  There is only one picture that is offensive.  We all see things like the jackal out in the field at some time or other, but even if it is/was the hunt of a lifetime, there are those who "hang out" on these forums who will simply use such things as "ammunition" to demean hunting, hunters, weapons used to hunt with.  Why give them the fodder they use to take from us what we hold dear?  Besides that, my daughter looks through the OT with me sometimes... that kind of thing upsets her and convinces her that she doesn't want to hunt.  She hunted with me for a couple of years, then stopped.  I use the forum to show her the joy and beauty of hunting hoping she will hunt with me again... then a jackal picture comes along and I am back to ground ZERO (in this case probably working on a negative, now).  I should have looked first, usually do, but got wrapped up in the story and she was reading along with me.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

John, if you are John Crighton, not trying to rain on your parade.  The article was excellent, what a story...well done.  There is only one picture that is offensive.  We all see things like the jackal out in the field at some time or other, but even if it is/was the hunt of a lifetime, there are those who "hang out" on these forums who will simply use such things as "ammunition" to demean hunting, hunters, weapons used to hunt with.  Why give them the fodder they use to take from us what we hold dear?  Besides that, my daughter looks through the OT with me sometimes... that kind of thing upsets her and convinces her that she doesn't want to hunt.  She hunted with me for a couple of years, then stopped.  I use the forum to show her the joy and beauty of hunting hoping she will hunt with me again... then a jackal picture comes along and I am back to ground ZERO (in this case probably working on a negative, now).  I should have looked first, usually do, but got wrapped up in the story and she was reading along with me.
 
Understood totally.  The original post was on a site that usually doesn't encounter those types of sensibilities or issues, but it is very understandable.  Trust me, my panties are not in a way over the comments or rules - quite the contrary! :)
 
BTW - my name is "Eric" just so you know.
 
Believe it or not, most of the people (mostly women) where I work had no problem with the jackal pics - they were most upset by me killing a Zebra! Loco
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I assume you didn't bring the meat back. Did you bring the heads? If so, how difficult is it to transport the trophies back to the states? I have heard different opinions on the subject. A taxidermist friend says it can involve multiple "gratuities." Other friends who went to Zimbabwe found it easy to bring back their trophies if you know the right people and process.
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Originally posted by Dshusker Dshusker wrote:

I assume you didn't bring the meat back. Did you bring the heads? If so, how difficult is it to transport the trophies back to the states? I have heard different opinions on the subject. A taxidermist friend says it can involve multiple "gratuities." Other friends who went to Zimbabwe found it easy to bring back their trophies if you know the right people and process.
 
Ate the meat (plus the excess was used by the ranch to feed the help, pay them, etc.).
 
Had the skulls and horns done for mounts - pics here:
 
 
You have to go through a taxidermist, get permits, pay fees, etc.  Cost about $3500 for the 6 skulls and 3 skins - honestly, if I go back I'll probably just take a lot of pics but not do the taxidermy again - that way I could use the money for my hunting!
 
Some people try to bring their trophies back in their luggage, but if you get caught they'll confiscate them all.
 
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The mounts look very nice greywolf.
 
Need some serious wall space for the horns.
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

The mounts look very nice greywolf.
 
Need some serious wall space for the horns.
Good God, you don't even know the half of it!  We live in a FL hurricane-resistant house from the late 60s, and the ceilings are only 7 feet high!  The KUDU especially is MASSIVE - I couldn't have gotten a shoulder mount even if I had wanted it.
 
Just wait till we put the zebra skin on the wall - that thing is enormous!
 
 
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If you're having issues send some of that stuff up my way.  Would look great up at the camp!
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ok.. I'll admit it.. I am jealous!

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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

If you're having issues send some of that stuff up my way.  Would look great up at the camp!
LOL - I'm sure it would!
 
What's funny is that I have yet to do any hunting (other than squirrel and rabbit) here in the U.S.!  I've never shot a deer, but I've shot a bunch of African game - weird, eh?
 
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Originally posted by ccoker ccoker wrote:

ok.. I'll admit it.. I am jealous!

Seriously, if you can afford about $7500 you can duplicate exactly what I did - it really is quite affordable.
 
Hell, I don't make much money myself (about $50,000 a year) but with some saving and scrimping on some things, I was able to do it easily.
 
Hell, I'd go again this year but I just laid out about $5000 this year alone on optics, guns, ammo, and accessories with another $5000 to go for ONE rifle and ONE scope - I've got the disease BAD! Loco
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Greywolf. Thanks for the info.  Great looking mounts!! Appears you used a taxidermist over there. Do you recall the shipping costs or were they part of the mounting fee? Also, is there a  legal way to transport the cape back to the US?
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Originally posted by Dshusker Dshusker wrote:

Greywolf. Thanks for the info.  Great looking mounts!! Appears you used a taxidermist over there. Do you recall the shipping costs or were they part of the mounting fee? Also, is there a  legal way to transport the cape back to the US?
Yes, used a taxidermist over there.  Shipping with fees, customs clearance, etc. was about $1500 or so.  Taxidermist fees were about $1800.  Legally, you have to ship capes through customs (there are agents who you pay a fee to do this, or you can clear them yourself to save some $$, but not enough to really be worth the hassle.
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