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review 2005

 

Black maned Lions, a very angry leopard, huge buffalo, 100% on Sable, 32" sitatunga and a wiley Yellow-backed Duiker.
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2005 hunting success

"neither do they live nor die in vain..." borrowed from H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

 

When a Lion gets hit by a .375 soft nose, there is only only one word to describe it - earth shattering!

Andy Purvis, took the first Black mane of the year from our tree blind after spending an incredibly cold night in the tree. The male fed all night along with 2 females and lying awake in the cold waiting for shooting light, hearing powerful jaws crunching through buffalo rib and tearing at flesh was almost more exciting than the entire hunt. Yet when light arrived the black shape at the bait sent shivers through my body!

 
   
   
Ricardo and his father Jaime booked a 2x1 full species hunt. One of the more unusual hunts of the season. To get within 25 yards of this monster without alerting his senses and then have the courage to whack him with a feathered shaft!
Long time hunting buddy, Mark Metzger with his 32" Sitatunga, some solace for a no-show black mane. Probably my most painful hunt of the season, as I decided to hunt the plains and we had a no show male. As usual, 2 weeks after the safari had finished, he appeared. Mark also took our biggest buffalo of the season pictured below.

Andrea Coppo of Turin, booked a 10 day midi safari with his priority on Sable and Buffalo. Rewarded with a 47" sable and a solid bossed 42" buff. he had this to say about our operation.

"We have had a wonderful hunt with Pete: everything was perfect, camp, food, service, trophies and the place. The overall experience has been the best we've had so far. In fact, this is the first time I'd consider going back with the same outfitter another time...." Andrea Coppo, Italy

   

A ph gives thanks ?

As can be expected, my most exciting hunt was the last Leopard safari. Long time friend Mona Robinson had a hankering for the pretty creatures: Leopard, Sable and then, one ugly Buffalo. I still wake up each day thanking her husband for his quick shooting because my shotgun jammed on the third charge and if it wasn't for Kinsey with his scoped .458, I would not be as attractive to the ladies right now!

It took us all 14 days to get this leopard, and twice he stole the bait from under our nose. I guess patience and persistence wore him out, yet when he hit the ground after Monas shot, all fours were on the floor. Not a good sign.

After following up and pumping him full of 00 Buck 4 times, he still lay at our feet breathing. Then all hell broke loose, he was on his feet and at us in a flash from 10 yards. My gun went click and then Mona fired, a cloud of dust from the muzzle break. The cat hit an aardvark hole, god bless those gangly creatures, and then Kinsey, an award winning clay shooter shot him from the hip through the shoulders.

3 charge cat

beauty & the beast

The last Buffalo of the season, in the severe drought turned out to be a wiley old bull of the Busanga plains, not very impressive in the horn department but a hell of a hunt and a charge at the end! Gene Kodama took this magnificent 44" Sable on our game ranch outside Lusaka.
   

Ken Barr, on his second hunt to Zambia succeeded with a magnificent Livingstone's Eland, a huge 56" greater Kudu and his top priority animal, a good Sitatunga. The hunt was done with 5 days to spare!

   
I will be in the UK and the US from mid January, email me if you'd like my contact details while I am over there! Pete
anti-poaching

It is expected of all safari operators to put effort into anti-poaching in their concessions on behalf and in conjunction with the local community and the Zambia Wildlife Authority, and usually takes the form of a number of "Village Scouts" being employed by the local community. The local community can afford to pay the salaries from the revenue generated by the fees they receive not only from hunting but also as support from the operator as his own interest lies at the heart of anti-poaching success.

So when I arrived in Lunga Busanga, I was alarmed to find the number of snares and the number of shots we heard at night, out of control. Being occupied with clients there was not much I could do and I soon realised that the Village scouts were not doing their job. In fact out of 20 scouts employed I only ever saw 2 or 3 together at the same time in each camp. Where the rest were I can only guess. The crux of the matter was that they had not been paid or received their food ration for over 5 months. I approached the community resource board who replied that they had not received the funds pledged by the operator, so could not afford to pay the salaries.

To cut a long story short and to highlight why anti-poaching is so important, I personally started paying the scouts incentive based bonuses for each patrol they undertook, each snare and each gun they confiscated. Within 1 week, both scout camps had their full complement of 10 scouts and over 400 snares were collected, 3 muzzle loaders were confiscated and 2 poachers were arrested.

Not being the operator for the concession but merely a concerned citizen, this exercise only cost me an extra $150 per camp per month, an amount all my clients were happy to donate to. In fact they felt very involved in the whole process when I highlighted the plight of the concession and of course we would encounter snares and carcasses on a daily basis.

If operators do not have their sights set on an effective anti-poaching effort then they are just shooting themselves in the foot and from personal experience there are very few operators who do have this outlook! Currently I fear most are bent on profit and very few are actually taking the long term future of Zambia's wildlife into consideration.

 

 

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"I speak of Africa and golden joys" ; the joy of wandering through lonely lands; the joy of hunting the mighty lords of the wilderness, the cunning, the wary, and the grim." Theodore Roosevelt - 1908
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