Elephant hunting in Limpopo for South African hunters

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  1. lbgsafaris

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    Limpopo Big Game Safaris offers two Elephants for local hunter in the Limpopo Province

    This offer is for 2011 only

    1x Elephant @ R80,000.00
    10 x Hunting days @ R400.00 self catering

    Total R84,000.00

    Tusks and skin is included, the permit will be transferred to the client.
    Meat will remain on the property.


    Day Fees Includes

    1.Service of a Licensed Professional Hunter
    2.Hunting vehicle and support team
    3.Field preparation of trophies
    4.Accommodation

    Contact: Bossie Mostert
     
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    Bossie

    This is a very good deal is my math is correct that is like $12,000 USA dollars.

    What size ivory are you talking....

    and by self catering does this mean you will have to provide your own meals and hunting camp?

     
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    Which area and also what size tusks can be expected ?
     
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    Hallo James & Frederik

    The area that we will be hunting is Alldays these are Tuli Elephants.
    The Elephant move from Botswana to South Africa and back to Botswana
    there are currently a herd of 26 Elephant on the farm. We saw three bulls yesterday two of these bulls are about 25lb and the other one 30lb.

    James the self-catering is for local clients they have to provide they're own food and drinks for the time spent in camp.

    This hunt is only for South African residents we do not have export permits and we could not make the necessary arrangements to sell these Elephants as non trophies to tourist hunters as we did earlier in the year.

    Thank you for your request
     
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    DCA Elephant bull Limpopo Province
     
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    Bosman, thanks for being up front about the hunt details.
     
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    Hi Brickburn

    I am leaving on the 22nd October to hunt the second Elephant I will poast a detailed huntreport after this hunt
    finaly I got a concession in South Africa where there is no shortage of big game animals.But this I will tell you when we are done with the second one.

    Happy Hunting to all of you
     
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    Good luck with your hunting.
    I look forward to your stories.
     
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    Thanks Brickburn
    Ill tell you everything
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to give us the details.

    The 22nd is a great day for a hunt.

    We will be having a party in the back yard that day for friends and neighbors.
     
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    All the final arrangements were done and the permit was in my hand. Henry Devine would be my client for the next few days.

    I had arrived on the farm three days in advance to do some scouting as to what the Elephant movement was, there were loads of activity visible. This place had no shortage of Elephants that is for sure.
    Henry arrived on Monday morning at about 8:00am. After offloading his gear we sat around the table to discuss the hunting plans. Henry would be accompanied by his son Henry jnr. At noon we set of to the farm about 15miles from our camp. The main objective was to sweep all the roads with a tire that we would pull behind the vehicle to be able to see the fresh tracks it the morning.
    On our way back to camp a thunder storm broke out and we had an inch of rain that night. Just what we needed to see fresh Elephant tracks in the morning.

    The next morning we woke up at 4:00am and left camp at 4:30am. The rains had helped us a lot; the place was full of fresh tracks. The rains had brought a large herd of Elephants with it. We cut the tracks by using the vehicle and at one stage we saw that the Elephant had to be in a certain block as there were tracks that went in but no tracks that came out.
    With the rifles on our shoulders we set off with Machiki and Mufundzi our trackers in the lead. About thirty minutes later we could hear the Elephants feeding on the dense Mopani trees about a hundred yards in front of us, Machiki checked the wind and we were moving in the direction of where the Elephants were.
    It was not long before we could see the massive bodies of three cows and a calf standing in the thickets, we moved around and saw more Elephants but we could not see a shoot able bull in this herd. Machiki pointed to our right, he could hear more branches breaking a couple of yards away, we set off and found another herd, this time not less than fifty Elephant were feeding right in front of us. There were so many Elephants present that we decided not to shoot the first bull we saw but rather to look for a bull over 40 pounds. That day we saw about a hundred and fifty Elephants. We set of to camp at 18:30pm that night to return in the morning.

    What a disappointment, all the Elephant went back to the Limpopo River that night. We found the neighbor fixing the fence where the Elephants had gone out and he told us that there were no less than two hundred Elephants that went through his property that day. We drove around the fence line and picked up the tracks of two Elephant bull that walked all along the fence line. We never saw these two Bulls.

    On Thursday there were still no signs of any Elephants, the only fresh tracks we saw was those of a large pride of Lion that moved into the farm. So we set off to look for an Eland bull for Henry to shoot. After about an hour's drive Mufundzi stopped the vehicle and showed us some fresh Eland tracks. With Machiki and Mufundzi in the lead we set off to find a good Eland Bull for Henry to shoot. It was not long before we saw a large herd of Eland with seven big bulls. We got into position and Henry fired a single shot from the 375H&H to the shoulder of a Big Eland bull. With the Eland in the bag and on its way to the cold room we set of to sweep the roads again before leaving to our camp.

    Friday morning and the last day to hunt Elephant as Henry had a family reunion and it was me and my wife's wedding anniversary on Saturday. We drove around the fence line and saw that three Elephants had moved in that night a Bull and two Cows. We immediately set of and started tracking. The tracks took us all over the farm, we even ran into a pride of four Lions twice, but no sight of the three Elephants. I then sent Henry jnr back to the vehicle to sweep the roads while the rest of us stayed on the tracks. It was not long before Henry jnr called me on the two way radio and told me that he had seen the three Elephants standing in a thicket about three miles from where we were. We got to a road and took the shortest way to where Henry jnr was. To speed things up a little I called Henry to come and fetch us with the vehicle. By the look on his face you could tell that he got close to them. With everybody on the vehicle we went straight back to where Henry jnr had seen the Elephants. They were standing right next to the road under a big Leadwood tree; I drove past them for about five hundred yards. We got off, with Machiki in the lead, Henry and I followed, the rest of the team staid on the vehicle. We got to about thirty five yards when the bull turned and faced us. I opened the shooting sticks for Henry to rest the 375H&H. Henry took careful aim and took the shot. With a single shot from the 375H&H loaded with a 286gr PMP solid the bull went down in its tracks, Henry took two more shots for insurance before it was all over. We took some pictures and started the huge task of slaughtering the Elephant and getting the trophy to Field and Steam Taxidermy in Louis Trichardt.

    With the firs Elephant at the Taxidermy, I already had the next permit issued for Janus Smith. We had good rains the past few days but daily calls to Mufundzi who is permanently on the farm made me a bit nervous about next hunt. There were no signs of Elephant movement after the rains. But still we were scheduled to start the next hunt on the 22nd of October.

    With all the necessary equipment checked and bought we left Louis Trichardt at 6:30am on Saturday morning.
    On our arrival we packed off and went out to look for Elephants. This time we used the camp on the property where we were hunting. There were plenty movement visible but we could not find the Elephants so we started sweeping all the roads so that we could have fresh tracks in the morning.

    The next morning we woke up at 5:00am and after a cup of coffee we left camp at 5:30am. About a mile from camp is where we picked up the first fresh tracks. We got off, this time Machiki was not with us, he had to go back to Zimbabwe. With Mufundzi in the lead Janus and I followed. We walked for about an hour, then all of a sudden Mufundzi stopped and pointed to our left, you could clearly hear the Elephants feeding. Mufundzi checked the wind and slowly walked into the direction of the sound. They were not further than a hundred yards in front of us. It was not long before we reached them where they were feeding on the Mopani trees. This time we saw nine big cows with theyæ± e calf's standing right in front of us, there was no Bull present.
    We watched them for about an hour with the hope that a bull will make his appearance but nothing came out. We then went back to the vehicle and looked for some more tracks. It seemed that there were only cows at the time, but our hopes were high that a shoot able bull will come in.

    The next few days were the same, sweeping roads and tracking cows, although our permit allowed us to shoot a cow we were looking for a bull.

    On Wednesday there were still no Bulls in the area so we got into the truck and drove to the neighboring farms to find out from them if they had seen any Elephants. We got to a farm about ten miles from camp and met the landowner; he then took us to where he had seen the Elephants in the morning. We walked to a dam where we saw about a hundred Elephants. There were Elephants everywhere, with some really nice Bulls, we saw about nine Bulls that would reach the 55# to 60# mark but we could not shoot one there, we had to wait for them to come to our hunting area.

    We went back to camp, there were nothing we could do but wait. That afternoon I took Janus to shoot an Eland bull and on Thursday I took Stephan (Janus's PH that works for him) to shoot an Eland Bull.
    We all decided to leave camp on Friday morning after we have done our normal round of checking Elephant tracks.

    Now we will wait for Mufundzi to call us when the Elephants are back.

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    Bosman you make it sound like an Elk hunt here in Alberta.
    Wait til the farmer calls and says they are in the oats then head out to the farm to start hunting.

    Sounds like some fun was had by all.
    Approaches and you leave them eating lunch, great fun!

    Very nice Eland bulls. Congratulations.
    How were the Elephant steaks on the Braai?

    Look forward to more additions to the tale.
     
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    Hi Brickburn

    Thanks for the complement on the Eland.
    We had a great time. It is a pity that we had to leave but Janus had some
    business to take care of and there was no point for us to stay longer, but I had
    a call from Mufundzi this morning saying that the Elephants are back so we will
    leave at 3:00am tomorrow morning, I hope we will be successful.
     
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    Hey guys sorry for not giving any news but the hunt is still on.
     

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