Of course, this isn't a dangerous game safari nor a hunt for any of the "glamour" species, but take a look at Westfalen's rates for 2013: $350 per day for 1x1 guiding, $280 for 2x2; $200 for observers, including hunting permits, accommodations, meals, the usual. Some trophy fees that may catch your eye include gemsbok for $700, kudu $1,000, springbuck $450, warthog $350 and red hartebeest for $700. Westfalen's hunts take place on about 150,000 acres of largely unfenced property that is part of the Loxodonta Africana Conservancy. All animals are strictly free-ranging. Toponce reports reasonably plentiful game numbers. "Gemsbok in particular were abundant. Zebra numbers were adequate. Kudu were recovering from a rabies epidemic from a few years earlier. Springbuck, although normally present in large numbers according to our PHs, were surprisingly absent, possibly due to the presence of cheetah in the area."
Toponce hunts with a longbow and says that was a serious mistake in this case. "Although Westfalen has some very nice pit blinds of brick, concrete and steel placed at man-made watering troughs, the distance was too far for my traditional bow." Had he been shooting a compound bow, however, Toponce says he would have collected several trophies. "I had very nice specimens of gemsbok, warthog and red hartebeest standing within compound range at various times. On two occasions, I also could have shot damara dik-dik."
His friends, who were rifle hunting, had better luck, taking kudu, gemsbok, mountain zebra........(continued)