So what does it cost to get trophies home from Africa? (My box of dead animals parts has been located.) Just in case you are planing on hunting there I thought I would share this with you. Now, I’m not trying to discourage you from going to Africa to hunt, for less than the cost of a bull elk hunt you can have a magnificient safari. But you should know what it will cost to get your goodies home.
Taxidermy Fees (Highveld Taxidermy): 1 bushbuck skull $ 134, 1 gemsbok skull $152, 1 impala flat tanned hide $56, 2 warthog tusks $ 20, 2 eland skulls $ 200. Total $ 562.00
Exporting (Professional Trophy Exports):International freight $ 181.50, Airline fuel & Security fee $ 37.80, Customs release & Airport handling $ 29.59, Export Air Waybill & Customs Entry Documentation fee $ 75.00, Inland transport cost $ 16.50, Insurance $ 40.13, Facility Fee $ 11.23. Total $ 391.75
Customs & Delivery (Laing International Inc.): Entry fees $ 200.00, Security FWS release $ 37.00, Import Service fee $ 35.00, Miscellaneous $ 100.00, Messenger Services $ 15.00, Imposrt Service fee $ 45.00, Storage $ 30.00, Inland freight $ 250.00, Delivery order $ 10.00, Disbursement fee $ 30.00. Total $ 752.00
That brings the total cost of trophies from South Africa to my house to $ 1705.75. Keep in mind these are just skulls, 1 flat hide and two warthog tusks. Had I opted for full shoulder mounts the expense would have been much more.
The stuff should be here when I return from Washington. Actually, it will be at my wife’s office, an 18 wheeler cannot make it to my house. I’ll let you know what condition it is in and how it looks then.
Leave the house at 4 AM to drive to Beckley, WV for a 5:45 flight. Have to pack my gear for the long range shooting course – to inlcude the rifle – but I did slip in some play time with a new HK USC I will be testing for an upcoming article in Shooting Illustrated. This is a very unique .45 ACP carbine. My gunwriter assistant looked at it once and said, “It’s plastic!” Looks like he has the makings of a professional gunwriter already.