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George Little: Take a safari close to home

August 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The State Journal-Register

Ernest Hemingway took me on an African safari before I knew I was in danger of exposing myself to literature.

All I really knew was the Dark Continent was a far piece from La Harpe Crik and the most dangerous game I was going to encounter there was a skunk with an evil temper.

The adventure of an African safari remains good reading, but it may be out of reach for most of us without winning the lottery. Recent cost estimates for hunting the African Big Five, including lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and Cape buffalo, range from $100,000 for a trophy lion or elephant, to just $15,000 to hunt a leopard or Cape buffalo.

That is, of course, if you are already in Africa, have the right equipment, don’t tip the guide don’t eat anything while you are there, and know a cheap taxidermist. If you wanted to invest the time to hunt the Big Five on the same trip, it might take six months, and cost-wise could brush right up against $500,000.

That doesn’t seem so bad, considering an auction tag for a mule deer hunt on Antelope Island, a 26,000 acre island on the Great Salt Lake, recently went to the highest bidder for $310,000 (boat not included). Last year, the winner of an exclusive Arizona elk tag auction paid $385,000 for the privilege to hunt in the prime areas of the Grand Canyon State.

Even if it is more grounded in reality and cheap by comparison, a whitetail deer hunt in the Midwest will cost an out-of-state gun hunter around $5,000 for a three-day hunt in big buck country.

It’s hard to refute the contention that hunting is becoming a rich man’s sport.

That’s true if the well-to-do hunter is tightly focused on mounts in the trophy room.

Opportunities still exist for the average hunter who enjoys his trips to the wild country. That person might one day get a 140-inch buck in his or her sights, but mainly hunters are out there for the fun of it and the possibility of putting meat in the freezer.

Many small game hunting opportunities exist on public land in this neck of the woods for the cost of a hunting license and habitat stamp. A lot of us learned to hunt small game first. Many state parks and recreation areas still offer that challenge and all a hunter has to do is obtain a site permit.

Squirrel season opened Aug. 1. Experienced squirrel hunters contend there’s nothing like it. And squirrel hunting is a great way to introduce young hunters to the sport. They can observe animal behavior, learn to watch and wait, and discover when to shoot and when to wait for a better opportunity. Successful deer hunters eventually learn patience. Squirrel hunting introduces the concept a little bit at a time.

Going up against Central Illinois “tree rats” may not be as thrilling as Hemingway stopping a charging buffalo, but it’s a great way to start.

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