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    An American couple on vacation in Central Africa

    But it is really a vacation... You should ask them...

    This is the first safari of the hunting season in that beautiful eastern corner of CAR. Francois and I are waiting for the hunters on the runway. We are " hot" and full of hope. We found many places on Google earth and we want to discover these promising and un discovered spots. But are the hunters ready for that??





    Teresa and Jimmy are experienced hunters, fit, ready to hunt, they know Africa and they have 4 weeks and they have a full license and they have good shoes... GREAT sounds good.

    Francois will hunt with Teresa and I will hunt with Jimmy. The moon is almost full so both team drive to the Bongo camp that we are going to share for a week. That was the plan !!!

    On the 2nd day of her hunt Teresa shot a brilliant, old 29 and a half inch Bongo bull.



    So they decide to leave the next day for the main camp to hunt the Lord of the savanna.



    I said to my buddy Francois, I hope they not miss each other too much !!! Otherwise we are in the trouble? So they stayed with us that day just for Jimmy to show to Teresa that he is not here for the "hair cut" as he shot a great, kind of "forest buffalo". Small body, 350 kg and the horns tend to be like a dwarf forest buffalo, but it is not... it is an adaptation of their biotope.





    Jimmy shot a beautiful 31 and a half inch Bongo on day 6.





    We saw many Giant forest hog and buffaloes.





    We decided to hunt Eland in this area because we saw some signs at about an hour drive from the camp and we could check out the spots I found. We followed the Elands for 6 days, walking 5 to 10 hours a day. It was very hard because the area was not burnt down and, or we lost the tracks or we bumped into them without getting a chance to shoot. So we burnt a few hectares of the bush





    I remember, I think Jimmy too?on January 15 we walked more than 35 km for about 10 hours. When we got back to the road (not to the car...) by 5 o'clock in afternoon, Jimmy shot a bush duiker that he nicknamed "a 35 click duiker"



    I don't how he shot it because his eyes were half open half closed full of dust and suit bees, his legs were stiff like a dead tree but he was steady on the shooting stick... We were exhaust.







    That was also good for him because the previous day after a few hours on Eland we went to check one of the spots? A kind of muddy shallow stream with a salt like on the bank with many signs of Giant forest hogs and buffaloes.





    As we walking slowly, all senses in alert, looking for pigs we hear something in the mud. We stood still for a while trying figured out what it was. The tracker saw the tail of a buffalo...I called him and he came out of the thicket at 11 meters I whispered to Jimmy to shoot. He was stuck in the mud up to his coddles. When he moved to get into a shooting position the buffalo took off flat out and the shot went off. I saw the impact in a big stick... After half an hour and a few drops of blood the beast went in the tall grass. The tracks mixed up with some more buffaloes. After 2 and a half hours of tenses tracking and just before dark we had to stop. We knew he was gone and he is not going to die. Even it was a big disappointment.

    The Eland day (day 12) was the easiest tracking day!!! Only 2 and a half hours. We picked up the spoors of 2 bulls. We bumped into them after 2 hours in the tall grass and it took us half an hour to get into a shooting range. Jimmy made a great 160 yard front shot through the heart between the trees...



    Jimmy looked at me and said: I am glad the Eland is down because I am done

    No, now you are trained enough to hunt the bakos for duikers and pigs I said?

    How far ??he said. This sentence became our joke between him and me. Every night before we went to bed I asked him: How do you feel Jimmy? How far he said and we laughed

    By the time we were having some hard and great time, Teresa on her side was doing well as she shot two buffaloes and a Lord Derby Eland







    For the next five days we hunted the forest species. We shot a nice bleu duiker and a nice 14 and a half inch warthog



    We saw many Giant forest hog, red river hog buffaloes and we missed a yellow backed duiker and bushbuck. Hard to see and to shoot in the bakos, you have to get use to it before you get something but it is extremely exciting.

    So, after so many long days far from Teresa we decided to go back to the main camp and hunt the savanna and of course again some bakos for roan, hartebeest and giant forest hog. But for me the main target was the pigs as I wanted Jimmy to get his pig slam which is quite hard to do.

    We went to check one salt lick by midday. On the way, by 11 o'clock we saw a sounder of 11 giant forest hog from the car but the boar was not very good. We reached the salt lick, a kind of deep crater with big holes on the bank made by elephants (long ago) and used now by colobus monkeys and giant forest hog.





    We could see nothing but we could hear the animals in the holes. We got closer and suddenly, one, two ,three, ten came out !!! No good boar but what a sight... It was 1 o'clock, we had lunch and a well deserve nap.





    Just before we left, Jimmy saw some more GFH far away, feeding. We saw 31 GFH in 3 hours that day?









    The next day we went to a new spot and we found 5 GFH in a salt lick. 4 of them were in the hole and the sow was walking around or lying down, waiting for some room for her !!! fantastic, we waited there 20 mn at 30 meters when the wind turned. Jimmy shot in the run a bit far back. It took us 3 hours to get it. It was the 75th we saw !!!!



    We saw 104 in total !!! Teresa and Francois saw about 60? Quite a few left there!!! And of course she shot one



    So, we had only the red river hog to get to complete the pig slam!! We kept on hunting the bakos and Jimmy shot a yellow backed duiker and a red flanked duiker.





    We found a sounder of red river hog early morning when it is still chilly.. the tracker called them in within 10 yard !!! Jimmy missed the first shot but killed him at the second when he came back at the call? So cool, the pig slam is done. Of course Teresa got her pig slam too, she is always doing like Jimmy !!! ( only 5 hunters did it this season).





    During the last days, Jimmy shot a very good 29 and a half inch roan, hartebeest and oribi. What a safari for Teresa and Jimmy, they both shot: Eland, bongo, Giant forest hog, 2 buffaloes, roan hartebeest, duikers, bushbuck, warthog, red river hog? believe me, even if it is hard hunting by that great eastern corner of CAR, there is still some hunts to do there and what a great human experience with so nice and friendly people and on top of that BIG HUNTERS

























    Thanks, to you both.

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    Christophe,

    What an amazing hunt! An hunt I am very excited about experiencing myself! The game that Jimmy and Teresa collected on safari are truly beautiful. What concession were you hunting?

    Last year I booked a 28-day full bag for January 2015... so still a while away but plenty of time to build up to the biggest safari of my life! Be good to have a chat some time.

    Great work by your team and your clients and enjoyed all of the photos on our canalblog as well.

    Cheers mate.

    Dan

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    Hello Dan,
    Did you book with CAWA safari??

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    Hog slam from CAR


    Hog slam from CAR


    Tusks of Giant Forest Hog, Red River Hog and Warthog

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    Quote Originally Posted by christophe morio;bt124
    Hello Dan,
    Did you book with CAWA safari??
    Yes mate, booked with CAWA. Erik and I have been talking for a few years now and a couple of life-changing events had me lock in the hunt last August. It's booked for 2015 as we have a few obstacles to overcome and I need to make sure family is in good health before I head over.

    Erik has suggested a mid-January start for a 28-day hunt. Funny your next post is about the hog slam as chasing pigs is a passion of mine. I have brought home a few warthog and one very fine bushpig do the Red River Hog and Giant Forest Hog are very high on my list!! Bongo and eland as well and from there we'll see what we see while in the bush!

    Certainly plenty of time to get excited an prepared for this hunt.

    Off for elephant this coming August with Siegfried Osmers as well with a lot of focus on the brown and spotted hyena as well.

    Cheers Christophe.

    Dan

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    Good choice Dan, this is the kind of hunt you will have, very exciting. Amazing, we all like to chase the pigs, why?? Sure the Giant forest hog is something very special, you don't see many in the trophy room !!! You know, it is one of the last big mamal discover in Africa. He is quite unknown. For the last 2 years I studied them (the hunting way), took pictures and footage and I am able now to write an article that I will share with AH soon.
    The pig slam is a new idea and I pushed my colleague to do it, it is a great challenge to get it in one hunt, isn't it ? not easy to get, you have to be concentrate. It is 3 different hunts as they have different behavior.
    Of course you must not forget the two most prestigious and beautiful spiral horns antelope in Africa, Lord Derby Eland and Bongo, my favorite ever....
    And if you want .... and if we hunt together we can go on buffalo and call them..... close ( I will also post a video about that)......
    So, a nice hunt to come for you...
    Have a nice time on your elephant hunt and be careful....
    Cheers






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