Like every other thing we buy, hunts go up in price every year, and over the last 10-15 years they have gone up substantially. A $10,000 Stone sheep is now $35,000, $20,000 Altai Argali is $65,000, even a good whitetail hunt that used to be $4,000 is now $9,500!
Hunts aren't going to get cheaper, so don't wait thinking they are. Go now before you look back and say - "Man, I wish I had done this hunt back in 2012 when it was affordable!!"
I have many clients who have the money to go on certain hunts, but know they will never be able to climb, walk, or do what is required to be successful on the hunt. Go hunting while you are physically able, especially the tougher hunts that you might want to do.
It's really sad to see a guy who has plenty of money and the desire to hunt certain species, but knows that he just physically can't do it. Sure there are lots of hunts he can still do without any problem, but the one he might "really" want to do is out of reach. He'll have to be content watching a video or hunting show of somebody else doing it. Don't be an armchair hunter, go and do it while you can!
To me, this is the most important reason to go hunting now. It's all about the memories that are made.
I can't remember what I did 2 weeks ago, but can remember every aspect of my first trip to Mongolia 32 years ago, or the first time I took my daughters to Africa 12 years ago. These are things you just can't forget and don't want to .
When you think and look back on these experiences and remember the hunt, travel, and the people you met, it gives you a good feeling inside, and that's something nobody can take away from you. You might lose your job, your house, or a loved one, but your memories will not be lost.
The earlier in life you start these experiences, the longer you will have to savor them. Take your kids and wife along with you so they can have the same lasting memories and experiences.
This is the greatest part of hunting as those sights, sounds, and experiences are etched in your mind forever. Everybody needs a little of this to put a smile on their face and remember the good times of the past when they look up at the trophy on the wall.