Hey Kevin... Welcome back Bud.. Hope ya had a blast ( lucky *%^#%%#&*)
Here is some more stuff for you directly from US Customs Mac.
If planning to import game or a hunting trophy, check with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first, at http://www.fsw.gov. Such items generally require a license and only certain ports are designated to handle them. Hunting trophies and hides must be shipped to a USDA-approved taxidermy service for processing. Trophies may also be subject to an APHIS inspection for sanitary purposes. General guidelines for importing game and trophies may be found in APHIS publication Travelers Tips.
Warning: Many regulations govern the importation of animals and animal parts. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in extensive or expensive delays in clearing your trophy through CBP. In addition, federal regulations do not authorize the importation of any wildlife or fish into any state of the United States if that state's laws or regulations are more restrictive than any applicable federal treatment. Wild animals taken, killed, sold, possessed, or exported to the United States in violation of any foreign laws are also not allowed entry into the United States.
Copied directly from APHIS rules and regulations:
Hunting trophies, game-animal carcasses, and hides are severely restricted. If you intend to bring them in, contact USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services' National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) for applicable information and permit forms. Please see appendix 1 for contact information.
USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services' National Center for Import and Export can provide information about importing live animals and animal products. Contact USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Attn.: National Center for Import and Export. Information can also be obtained by calling NCIE's automated phone line at (301) 734-7830 or on their Website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ncie.
Like I said Mac... Everything I said was dead on. You have to obtain permits VIA US Customs and APHIS. They HAVE to be at least cured before shipping (Green Treated) They HAVE to be shipped to only certain ports and then HAVE to be transported to a LICENSED and APHIS approved Taxidermist via customs currior.
As far as the meat goes, like I said, some places down there may give you an option and some may not. But not ALL give you no choice as you stated. A lot of the places down there are "farms" and the PH's actually own the animals. Its mostly on those places that you would have no say in the matter, from my quick, and admittidly, limited research.
As Im sure Kevin will attest to, getting your trophies back from Africa is getting to be much more of a pain in the rear than it used to be and much more expencive. As I said in the other post, were I to go to Africa on Safari, I would not bother with the trophies. Pictures and some damn fine memories would be just fine. Not to mention that there are some new techniques coming out in Taxidermy, like fish, where they dont need the animal's hide or horns. They are working on reproducing usable facimilies from the pictures just like they do with fish. My OWN personal oppinion is that its just not worth all the hassle and expence that you must go through with customs, aphis, usda, and the other assorted government affiliated orginisations with thier hands out. But like I said... Thats MY opinion. I dont try to impose or force my opinion on anyone else. This, as you stated yourself, is a PUBLIC forum where, most of the time, we all welcome different views and opinions and we all enjoy learning from each and everyones experiance. Diffrences of opinions are bound to happen on any forum such as this and attacking someone and just using parts of what they say pulled completely out of context is not they way to do things in my own little non mattering opinion. I speak on here exactly like I do in real life and try my best to be tolerant of others while giving knowledge from my own learning and personal research and experiance. Anyone can have valuable information and anyone can make a mistake.