Frank Cole travels abroad as much as he can, and he gave us some great tips on how to make the most out of your international hunts.
1. Sign up for government travel programs
TSA PreCheck is available through the US Department of Homeland Security gets you through the security checks much faster. Global Entry US Customs & Border Protection to get through customs faster on your way back to the US after international travel and includes TSA PreCheck benefits. Sign up with STEP—Smart Traveler Enrollment Program—US Department of State. Apply ahead of time!
2. US currency cash tips are best!!
While knives and other items make good gifts, this should be done in addition to, not instead of cash tips. All cash tips should be in US currency unless otherwise noted by outfitter.
3. Things are not on American standards, that’s why you are traveling.
Try to soak up the whole experience of the different people, cultures, languages, food, etc. when you’re on international travel. Relax and go with the flow. Pick up a few worlds of the language and ask what cultural practice are.
4. Be ready for schedule changes outside your outfitter’s control
The very nature of international travel means some rather dynamic events can necessitate changes to schedules (inclement weather, airline schedule changes, government regulation): best advice is to be prepared and be patient if travel schedule changes arise. WTA highly recommend Travel insurance and Ripcord medical policies.
5. Practice shooting from hunting positions.
Africa uses traditional tripod shooting stick, so practice with this. Swivel bi-pods add quick stability and are worth their weight. Insurance shots: even though animals drops, always be prepared for back-up shot. When in doubt, shoot again and listen to your guide.
Immediately mention any concerns, issues or problems to your outfitter, camp manage or guide. Do not wait till end of hunt to discuss with your outfitter or hunting consultant. Many time problems can be resolved if people are informed early on; however, they can’t do anything after the hunt.