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Thursday, 26th January 2017

 

From: Brandon Swain [mailto:bps89@aol.com] 
Sent: 22 January 2017 09:04 PM
To: matthew@mandhconstructionbcs.com
Subject: Re: south african hunting experience
Hello Matthew,
I would highly recommend Richard Holmes Safaris. My father and myself have spoken on hunting in Africa since I attended middle school, and roughly 15 years afterwards we had the opportunity to hunt in Africa. We looked at numerous outfitters for quite a bit of time, then landed upon Richard Holmes.
We went with the 8 Animal Mixed Game Package. It consisted of a kudu, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest, blesbok, impala, red hartebeest, black springbok, and a common springbok. We additionally added a second impala, zebra, waterbuck, and red lechwe.
The hunts are what you make them out to be. You have the opportunity to spot and stalk for miles for each animal, which is a large reason we went to hunt these beautiful animals in Africa.
Each animal has its own particularities, meaning a springbox hunt can be just as exciting as a blue wildebeest pending how you approach the hunt and how much effort you put into the excursion.
Personally, the kudu, red lechwe, and waterbuck hunts were quite though and extremely memorable.
Richard and his wife are very caring hosts, with Richard himself being a PH himself. The outfitting group consists of three PH's that conduct the hunting at Richards' properties as well as his outside concessions. All PH's are very well versed in hunting situations, extremely personable, and genuine.
In regards to taxidermy fees, the dipping and crating fees are expensive. Additionally, every service to bring trophies back seem to be in on the take, with services including shipping, clearing houses, and customs houses; but there is not much that can be done - they are all necessary unavoidable fees to bring trophies back into the USA.
We have a taxidermist that we have sent numerous animals, and once the capes/horns arrive from a clearing house, they are shipped to a tannery, then to the taxidermist. The process is lengthy and seems to submit to a grey zone limbo.
My father and myself went into the hunt knowing that the entire culmination would be costly, but the insurmountable joy and time we spent together with memories and stories we will continue to ponder upon made our trip with Richard Holmes the hunt of a lifetime.
I hope this helped and if you have further questions or specifics please call me at 210.831.2726.
-Brandon Swain
On Jan 20, 2017, at 7:24 PM, wrote:
Hello, I am looking into booking a hunt with RHS outfitters. If you would could you share your experience with me and my group so we might get an unbiased opinion about this outfitter. Would you recommend them? What package did you get and were you successful in getting all your game? Whats was the taxidermy fee actually like? Thank for your time it is much appreciated.
Matthew Hawkins
M & H Construction
979-739-7486 cell
979-739-7483 office

From: Brandon Swain [mailto:bps89@aol.com]

 Sent: 22 January 2017 09:04 PM

Subject:

Re: south african hunting experience


Hello Matthew,
I would highly recommend Richard Holmes Safaris. My father and myself have spoken on hunting in Africa since I attended middle school, and roughly 15 years afterwards we had the opportunity to hunt in Africa. We looked at numerous outfitters for quite a bit of time, then landed upon Richard Holmes.

We went with the 8 Animal Mixed Game Package. It consisted of a kudu, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest, blesbok, impala, red hartebeest, black springbok, and a common springbok. We additionally added a second impala, zebra, waterbuck, and red lechwe.

The hunts are what you make them out to be. You have the opportunity to spot and stalk for miles for each animal, which is a large reason we went to hunt these beautiful animals in Africa.
Each animal has its own particularities, meaning a springbox hunt can be just as exciting as a blue wildebeest pending how you approach the hunt and how much effort you put into the excursion.
Personally, the kudu, red lechwe, and waterbuck hunts were quite though and extremely memorable.

Richard and his wife are very caring hosts, with Richard himself being a PH himself. The outfitting group consists of three PH's that conduct the hunting at Richards' properties as well as his outside concessions. All PH's are very well versed in hunting situations, extremely personable, and genuine.
In regards to taxidermy fees, the dipping and crating fees are expensive. Additionally, every service to bring trophies back seem to be in on the take, with services including shipping, clearing houses, and customs houses; but there is not much that can be done - they are all necessary unavoidable fees to bring trophies back into the USA.

We have a taxidermist that we have sent numerous animals, and once the capes/horns arrive from a clearing house, they are shipped to a tannery, then to the taxidermist. The process is lengthy and seems to submit to a grey zone limbo.

My father and myself went into the hunt knowing that the entire culmination would be costly, but the insurmountable joy and time we spent together with memories and stories we will continue to ponder upon made our trip with Richard Holmes the hunt of a lifetime.

I hope this helped and if you have further questions or specifics please call me at 210.831.2726.
-Brandon Swain

On Jan 20, 2017, at 7:24 PM, wrote: Hello, I am looking into booking a hunt with RHS outfitters. If you would could you share your experience with me and my group so we might get an unbiased opinion about this outfitter. Would you recommend them? What package did you get and were you successful in getting all your game? Whats was the taxidermy fee actually like? Thank for your time it is much appreciated.
Matthew Hawkins

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