One way to plan an affordable hunting trip is to develop a solid relationship with an agent. The agent will help you tailor a trip to your budget. Later in hunting season is a good time to find good rates because the agent knows how his seasonal quotas are looking.
Taking the time to find an agent with contacts in the area you wish to hunt can make the trip both more affordable and safer.
Timing trips around the temperature can also reduce cost. An example is hunting in Africa between September and November. It is hotter during this time, and you may find better deals than when the weather is temperate.
One good way to get an affordable trip is to ask your agent about joining a wait list for cancellation trips. Because many hunters end up canceling their hunts at the last minute, agents are often willing to sell you the trip for the remainder of what the previous hunter owed. The downside to this is that it requires you to already have gear prepared, and you need to be able and willing to leave on short notice for a potentially long trip.
If you can convince friends and colleagues to join you on your hunt, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for a group.
Finally, being flexible about what and where you hunt can help make your trip more affordable.