Part of the problem in borswana is that the carrying capacity of the country is closer to 50,000 than the 130,000 that are currently there. The issue has been that in the last few years human elephant conflict has skyrocketed. Unlike other areas it's not human encroachment that's been the issue it's elephant encroachment onto human habitation. It's hard for a privileged person like any of us to understand but when your years worth of income and food is based off a crop that can be destroyed in a single night by elephants sending you and your family into starvation it makes sense why they need to be controlled. I agree that they're beautiful intelligent creatures but they're also not above killing people who irritate them. Nothing to do with the 'rogue' of old days, I read an article recently about an elephant raiding a families grain store, the father went out to shoo it off and it chased him back to his grass hut, destroyed it and turned him into a pancake. This stuff happens all the time we just don't hear about it.I think the only way I'd feel good about an Elephant hunt was if it was a specific rogue elephant. i'm not Disneyfied, but I've been Severely Ruarked Over...
All depends on what you want to do. There are countless options. I know of a number of people that have come home empty handed on elephant and other animal hunts. Basically if you get outside of RSA (South Africa), you can find countless miles of wild, open "public" land and zero high fence. People tend to kill the animal they are after, well because they are hunting in an area where there are good numbers of them.My question is can you actually do the above? Africa has just been at the bottom of my list because of how canned and contrived the whole experience seems, same thing for any exotic in Texas.
Because they can't spin it into the realm of their little money making world at this point? Yet.An elephant hunt would be an amazing adventure. Close range, dangerous hunting if done right.
It puzzles me why Rinella and others are so offended by African trophy hunting and allude they will never take part in it?
Remi has done a number of African episodes and Rinella has said he would go... I imagine it would take the right kind of hunt, one in which they weren’t obviously guided and where they were allowed to prepare the animal they killed.Because they can't spin it into the realm of their little money making world at this point? Yet.
Just took whole family to SA and felt perfectly safe. Have heard good things about safety in Botswana and Kenya too. Felt safer than when in Mexico or Brazil. I wouldn’t wander around on my own in areas I don’t know, but I wouldn’t do that in Chicago either. I would not let safety keep me from experiencing Africa once, just go with a trusted outfitter. Also, my experience in many different countries is that if you are a tourist with a reputable guide everybody knows to leave you alone - you are the cash cow for the whole community. Business travelers on the other hand . . .I try to avoid places that require private security to keep you responsibly safe. A friend has a brother still in Johannesburg and they have a safe room in their home to hole up during break-ins. When a kid with a gun is more than happy to shoot you for your wallet then I am in the wrong place. If not for the safety concerns, I would have hunted in Africa multiple times by now starting with my 40th birthday summer. I am fine paying to play and then being killed from an accident on the side of a mountain or on a glacier or in the desert. I am not fine paying to play then being murdered.
My sentiments exactly.I really enjoy the scouting and learning the inner workings of a place. In Africa (as with any guided hunt) I would just feel like to much of a trigger man, like I really hadn't earned it. The folks guiding me had done all the real work.
I was glad I went once, but no interest in twice for these very reasons.Hunting in Africa just doesn't interest me at this point, kind for the reasons described by wllm1313. I really enjoy the scouting and learning the inner workings of a place. In Africa (as with any guided hunt) I would just feel like to much of a trigger man, like I really hadn't earned it. The folks guiding me had done all the real work. I have no problem with people who go/ would like to go hunting in Africa, fully support it. Pretty well documented it is good for conservation of wildlife in those countries. It just isn't for me