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How do limited draw licenses work?

At the most basic level, a limited draw license or tag is one for which you must submit your name into a lottery to be drawn to receive one. Only so many licenses are allotted for a specified season/timeframe in a specified area. Simply, if your name is drawn while licenses remain, then you'll receive one.

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The true definition of an exotic animal is any critter that has been transplanted from its native range and habitat into an area to which it is not native. That covers a pretty wide swath from what we now call “invasive species” like the Asian carp to a highly lauded game species like the ring-necked pheasant that today seems as American as Mom and apple pie. In North America, the most common and widespread exotic big game is the wild hog. There were no true porcine species in North America before pigs were brought here by Europeans in the 1500s. Depending on who you consult, the wild hog is either a respected game animal or just a vastly overpopulated invasive species.

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Frikkie Du Toit, African Lion and Kudu

What can stir the heart of a big game hunter more than the King of Beasts, the African lion? Doug Hamric finds out first hand at a distance this potential man-eater could cover in 2 bounds and less than 2 seconds. Frikkie Du Toit guides Doug on his first ever and never to be forgotten hunt for the King the African Big Five. Though it may be Doug's first, Frikkie brings years of experience and a passion for lion hunting that make him the best.

 

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How can I make the weight limit for the bush plane, but take all the gear I need?

GOOD QUESTION! It often seems like the weight limits that outfitters put on the gear their hunters can fly into camp are impossibly light, even if you stick to the letter of their recommended gear lists. So here are 10 tips for packing the lightest load, but making sure you have everything you need.

Make sure your gun is sighted in before you take off in the bush plane or float plane headed for camp. Allow only a couple of rounds of ammo for a final check before you hunt. Minimize the amount of ammo you take for hunting, too. If you and your hunting companion(s) shoot the same cartridges, so much the better as you can pool the ammo you'll need.

Plan to layer your clothing for changing conditions. Have one primary set of clothes for hunting, and plan to utilize other layers differently if the main set of clothes is wet or otherwise unwearable.

Take only one pair of all-around boots for hunting, and a pair of light slippers or Crocs for camp.

4) Liquids and gels are heavy. Minimize both in your gear. Plan on drinking primarily what's available in camp such as water, coffee, tea, juice(?) and perhaps soft drinks (?). If you want beer, wine or alcohol for camp, negotiate with the outfitter to have this ordered and shipped in separately from your gear.

5) When you're getting ready to board the plane, wear as much of your heaviest gear as possible. While it's likely they will weigh you to calculate the load, they won't make you take off heavy boots or your parka. Put reasonable gear (compass, cameras, GPS, etc.) in your pockets.

6) Carefully consider what you'll need for a sleeping bag on the hunt. If you'll be staying in heated tents or cabins you can usually get away with a very light sleeping bag rather than a heavy model weighing 6, 7, or even 10 pounds or more.

7) You'll probably have your firearm or bow in a hard case for transport whether you fly commercially or drive to the bush plane base. Bring along a soft case to take on the bush plane and stash the hard case in a secure location to await your return. If there's any other gear that you brought to this point, but won't actually need in camp, then stow it inside the locked hard case.

8) It's great to have a complete set of clean clothes in which to travel home after a long trip, but there's no need to take them into camp with you. Make arrangements ahead of time with the outfitter to have a secure location at the base to leave this gear behind.

9) Make sure you're gun/bow is set up as light as possible. Not only can this shave pounds on the load for plane transportation, it makes the gear much more pleasurable to carry in the field.

10) Plan on sharing with your hunting companions. If you're hunting with friends, plan ahead to only take in one tube of toothpaste, one can of shave cream, one spotting scope, etc. This preplanning quickly cuts pounds from each individual's load against the weight limit.