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Safari Sunday Service



Cape bushbuck the first of several bushbuck species I have hunted

Over the past two weeks I have ahd trouble in getting my Safari Sunday Services emails out I ran out of emails to send for the month of April and coudlnt get it updated but luckly it resets this wedneday thr start of May and we will pick up as normal.


Here is the Safari Sunday Service I created for all of you this week.


Safari Sunday Service 4/28/24

 

This past week I posted a new blog post around the topic of getting a Safari import specialist. I’m going to share that post again here with all of you because I believe it is so crucial to anyone getting ready for an up coming safari or planning one out. By doing this one simple thing and getting in contact with a good trophy import specialist it can save you months of headache, money, and even your shipment.

 

The Importance of getting a broker.

 

With the Safari season really ramping up and the major time for first time Safari goers nearing (June-August) I want to emphasize on the importance of having a broker.

What I mean by a broker is having someone here in the US that knows the ins and outs of the trophy shipping logistics for permits, ports of entry and so on.  This is their full time Job on importing to the US and going through customs and boarder control they will know all the fine details and rules that for many of us would take so much more out of our busy lives to handle and could result in many unneeded storage fees and even loss of your trophies. 

 Going with a good broker will ensure that all your trophies are cleared once they enter the United States by having all the proper paperwork in hand from all necessary US government agencies. They will have a working partnership with the Outfitter, the dip and pack, the shipping company, and your chosen taxidermist for a seamless process making sure that your shipments flow through the process in an efficient manner.

 

They pay attention to the details of the paperwork prior to your animals being shipped because if something is incorrect in the process the US fish and wildlife will confiscate it and good luck getting it back. In all my international hunts I have only ever had one animal get taken from a crate and that was a hippo because there was a mix up with the paperwork. But remember with issues like this it can cause delay in getting your other animals in that crate to your taxidermist, so skins are at an even bigger risk of slipping and storage fee’s add up very quick so you want the paper work dialed in.

 

For animals that fall under CITES a good broker service can apply for these permits for you for a small fee that way they have the original permit in hand when they are clearing your trophies for you such as Elephant, Leopard, and Lion from Africa and the Argali species from Asia. If you get the permit yourself you will have to send them the original for this process so it’s much easier to have a one stop shop to get all this logistical nightmare taken care of remember this is there full time job they let very little fall through the cracks as you and me have our own jobs and many other things going through our heads on a daily basis.

I have had a few dear friends go on Safaris that I set them up on but, trying to cut some corners and save an extra penny they skipped my advice for getting in contact with a broker. Doing it themselves and running into major issues primarily on the back end of extremely high storage fee’s that they acquired here at the port of entry they tried to  have the animals shipped through resulting in them being delayed months, costing them hours on the phone and sending frustrated emails with the storage fee’s racking up to exceed the money the broker would have cost. One of them in the end called my preferred broker and within a week had his issues sorted and his animals at his front door.

 

So my advice is if you have a Safari this year and don’t have a broker get on it and find one, there are several good ones across the united states  many outfitters and taxidermist work with one or two on a regular basis, I have used a handful of them but have stuck with one the past ten to twelve years and that is D&L custom house brokers they have imported a wide verity of animals for me, my dad and my friends ranging from Tur that I flew home with  where they met me at the airport and walked me through the clearing process  to  Argali’s, Elephant and Leopard plus many other non cites animals.

Trust me getting a broker is money well spent by saving you so much hassle and frustration that can come with it after just having a safari of a lifetime you don’t want to sour the experience at this stage, let a good broker help you and keep the Safari experience an enjoyable one in your mind.

I have been asked a lot this week about price, so I want to give you folks that subscribe to my email a little more info. I have broken down the cost of after the hunt cost i.e. Dip and Pack, Shipping, and broker fee’s so you can start to plan and get an idea of what it would cost. Now before I give you that price break down, I want to add that I would not be trying to pinch pennies and send your shipment via sea, as some people see shipping on a boat to be a little cheaper than via airplane. Although that might be true remember during covid when ships sat at sea for upwards of weeks before they could get unloaded? Well, that right there should give you enough reason why you shouldn’t go by boat.

Price break down for a safari shipment of

Kudu, skull, cape, back skin

Gemsbok, skull, cape, back sin

Impala, skull, cape, back skin

Warthog skull

Zebra rug.

 

Dip and pack roughly $830 (at the time of this writing)

Shipping $650 (at the time of this writing)

Broker fee’s $1,200 (at the time of this writing)

 

In Other news a new YouTube video drops today at 6am mtn time

This video is of a hunt that took place in New Zealand where we went over with wounded warrior Joshua Sust. This video has a very cool story behind it as Josh lost his right leg in an IED explosion while serving our country overseas.


Do you know how to tell the diffence between a cape buffalo and a water buffalo?

See how you will be able to in this video.


What does a Safari cost is a very common topic I see and get asked, and it is a huge misconception that going hunting in Africa is only for the rich and you have to be ultra-wealthy. In this video I break down some price comparisons between hunts here in the west and a Safari than I go in and walk you through the cost factors that make up a Safari and what cost to look for. This video was done in April of 2024 so please keep in mind if you are watching this at a future date prices changes and these prices might be out of relevancies. Disclaimer this video is just to give you an idea about what a hunt cost at no point am I giving financial advice. These prices are not set in stone it is a ballpark figure. I hope this video helps you out when planning your first or next Safari.


Todays sunday video is of a throwback archery elk hunt I had back in 2011. This is off the same ranch you see guys like Joe Rogan and Cameron Hanes hunting elk every year now. It was a elk paridise.


You can find these latest imformational videos also on all audio platforms !



Hunt Cancelations:

I have an outfitter in the Limpopo province of South Africa who has had some open dates come up for July 14-23 and September 15-24.

If anyone is interested please reach out to me and I will get you linked up with the outfitter.


I do greatly apologize for the inconvenience of my emails not going out the past two sundays and I promise this issue wont happen again, I greatly appreciate all of your support with the Safari Sunday emails, my youtube channel, and podcast.


Until next sunday cheers,


Mckenzie

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