The picture comes from my stealth cam at the waterhole but I have bait out as well - which is the real reason the Hyena has been coming in. BTW, please tell Christine the Honey Badgers, Civets and Genets and even a Leopard have been having a ball at the bait too...
We have a great area North of Etosha National Park in Namibia that we have been 100% for the last 3 years on Spotted Hyena. Please check out our website - King Nehale Conservancy - for more information, prices and pictures of the areas. Accommodation is primitive but neat and clean. Day trips into Etosha N. P. can easily be arranged.
I did catch the part where you mentioned that you will hunt in SA but a 5 day side trip to NAM will be well worth it.
Please feel free to e-mail us with some questions, to get contact details of clients that hunted in King Nehale with us or for a detailed quotation.
In 2009 we set aside 10 days for a dedicated hyena hunt - dragging, baiting and calling. We had a Brown on bait but divided our time between a couple of areas and missed him every night. I was very lucky to call in a Spotted Hyena along the Matlabas River on day 8.
In August of this year when you started this thread I was busy on a hunt where our target species were Spotted and Brown Hyena. I was hunting with Siegfried Osmers from Dalerwa who is a member of this forum.
We started our safari on a game reserve near Hoedspruit and as we cruised along I caught the flick of a round ear in the long grass about 80 yards away - I immediately recognised the ear - Spotted Hyena! Once we were well down the track I had the guys stop the vehicle and we stalked back to our sleepy friend. One shot from the .300 Weatherby and it was done.
The Brown Hyena we hunted on private property in Musina. We dragged an impala that had been killed by feral dogs and placed baits out in a couple of locations. The Brown had us pegged from the first night and seemed to know what the deal was so he would visit the bait and walk away, only to return after we left and come right up tithe blind. His tracks indicated that he would walk down wind of us and stand watching us from behind the blind; what amazing creature to think he was watching us when we thought we were about to pull the wool over his eyes. One night for the briefest of moments I saw his face and those long pointed ears behind the bait through my scope - frightening stuff!
We spent our last five, very long nights in an elevated blind over a waterhole. Rotting carcasses gagging us on a head wind, smouldering cans full of zebra shit choking us from behind in our steaming hot claustrophobic box. I was struggling with the lack of sleep and then freezing by dawn when we would leave the blind for a short nap.
On that fateful night, following a scorcher of a day that hit 39ｰC (102ｰF), we were settling in for another long night as we entered our fourth hour in the blind. We heard an animal drinking at the waterhole below; the heat had driven the Brown to drink! So under the bright light of a waxing moon, not any moon, but a genuine blue moon, I put a shot in the shoulder of that Brown Hyena from a ver awkward angle. He dropped but growled but a second shot finished it. I was almost sick from exhaustion and excitement and happiness and sadness. Success after many attempts!
I think that deliberate hunting of the hyenas is a grossly under rated safari option and really something hunters should give serious consideration to. Very challenging sport.
I hunted the Bubye Conservancy in Zim. July 2012 ( Chamalaya Camp, booked thru John Sharp, but hunted w/ Jr. PH) specifically for a hyena and had the OK to use an electronic caller. We called at night using hyena pack howls ( Foxpro predator calls has this & other African sounds on chip). We saw maybe 20 hyena and I killed a big male on night two. Had lions and leopards come into call as well . My wife and I had a blast, we took other species as well, incl. her #1 desire, a nice kudu. Highly reccomended!
What type of calling has anyone tried on a Spotted Hyena??
There are two main calling styles. One is to use a prey-in-distress call (the Foxpro "baby bushpig" is great for this) The downside is that anything with sharp teeth can respond to the call, esp. lions & leopards. Such apex predators, although fun to watch (from the land cruiser!) will keep hyenas at bay. Choice #2 are hyena social calls, a combo of grunts, squeals, and, yes, laughs. Works like a charm but we did have lions come in twice. Foxpro has this chip but I reckon other makers do as well. Sight in for 100 yds and keep vehicle as hidden & far back from remote speaker as you can. They'll come charging in with back hair bristled to defend their territory. But they are not dumb. Use all the predator-calling tricks of playing the wind, concealment, etc. Good luck!
I figure they are shy enough that once I'm detected they would be off.
One more toy to through in the bag.
I'll start the search for Foxpro and others.
Wonder if the screaming jackrabbit works?
I'll also start the search on the legality of using calls for hunting in KZN. Don't know that one.
Any links to the Hyena calls and Baby bush pig?
If you look @ Foxpro website under 'African Calls" you'll find a # of good ones. They can make you a custom chip for about $50. A good call in KZN might be an adult goat-in-distress. Hyenas are pack hunters and are looking for a super-sized meal, any quadruped squeal sound should be good.
After having caught the African hunting bug in August, I have a spotted hyena hunt mixed in with some plains game coming up in about a month, actually a month from today but who's counting? :) My question is on the spotted hyena.
The spotted is not listed as a CITES animal but I am concerned about the importation of the mount (having the taxidermy done there) with US FWS. I don't want to run into any problems.
Does anyone know the process for this particular animal? Do I need to submit an application to USFWS of some sort? I have googled, called and still haven't gotten anywhere. I want to make this as painless as possible. I am going to ship all of the animals from my last hunt and this hunt at the end of this year so I will have a bunch of animals coming back and I would hate to see it run into problems because I haven't covered all my bases.
I appreciate any help. I spend WAY too much time reading everything on this site and appreciate the experience and advice that's been given.
You shouldn't have any problem getting the mounted spotted hyena into the states. Good luck on your hunt and be sure to post a report with lot's of pictures when you get back!