Hunting Trip by Bernard Andries This is a story by my client Bernard Andries who hunted with me in C.A.R. This story has been translated from French to English by Google translate. The original French version can be found below. Central African Republic (C.A.R.) First Day From 6 to 22 February 2008 We returned yesterday before I left C.A.R., where February 6 for 2 weeks. With my wife, CDG TGV LILLE in the afternoon of 06 with bag and baggage to arrive at Roissy 3 hours before scheduled departure in 23 hours. The registration of weapons is done without problems for wildlife club had said taking the ticket all identifications of arms cal and marks and No and the number and size of bullets (which I urge you, because as we were dealing a neophyte in this area, as everything was clear in his computer, there was no problem. Boarding time and departure with an hour late (too many people had multiple bags hand ... Good finish to Bangui where Felicity KO (mandated by the various organizations) responsible for receiving the hunters showed professionalism and this has enabled us to quickly retrieve weapons and ammunition. An aircraft (20 seats) waiting for us to go into the bush: a Dornier with pilot and co pilot. Departure to 9 hours for 3 different areas of hunting: a hunter who wanted to hunt leopard TIRAN at Marcel, then we leave to file another at Fécomme who also wanted to hunt the leopard finally Sangbé direction where we were 4: 2 hunters for camp held by C. LEMEE waiting with guides JP Leroux and P. Clerota, one to hunt the lion and eland and the other only because the buffalo was his first contact with Africa and the great hunt and end my wife and me in the camp run by Matthew LABOUREUR for hunting leopard, eland, buffalo, bongo antelope, and if the quota allowed. At each landing on bush tracks, guides were present and still very warm welcome. A cool drink was welcome. Each camp also took its refueling plane for our stay. A perfect organization! They were still waiting for the plane takes off before leaving. Our guide Christophe Morio and his team of 3: driver, tracker and carrying handles make and load our luggage and we noted the need to hurry because the bait he has to watch the leopard had been visited and that the trace (> 6mm) promised a handsome male and that if we wanted lunch, we change, target, pull a bait, to install and we install in the boma (he had built the previous day) for 17 hours he had to go. So en route to runway 30 minutes to reach the camp BANGORAN. Arrival at camp shower, hunting clothes, lunch followed by a short siesta we started since yesterday afternoon and departure for 14 hours for the camp FHO is a satellite camp of BANGORAN better situated for most central to leopard and eland. We target in a box hanging on a tree 50 meters (1 centimeters above: perfect). En route we passed a red duiker flank with a beautiful trophy Christopher said "it should be removed for leopard bait because if we do not find bakouya (baboon) we will always have something I jumped out of the land, it is behind a tree 80 meters, well I'm trying to stall and wait for it beforehand. I pull the center to avoid damaging the wrapper, with 375 HH NP Federal. Arrive FHO where the taxidermist and the cape cut way to the boma on the path I remove a bakouya male (we can keep the red side to eat), the baboon is best for bait. 16 hours, we arrived on the spot: the last bait is completely eaten very promising. The team installs the baboon on the branch with the son of the iron front and rear legs, it drags the hose a few dozens to the bottom of bako up the tree, the tree is rubbed with guts; During this time my wife (because it is this year draws Leopard, I had the chance to make last year) moved into the boma and hold the 375 on the tripod, the muzzle flush hole of 10 centimeters is in the straw, another hole is made for me and one for Christopher. I checked the lunette (a S and B 2, 5 x 10 with illuminated reticle) and put it on X4: The boma is 35m: and see that the center of the cross lights up well. Everything is ready, it is 17 hours; Christophe team returns with the vehicle than 1 mile away with orders to come to us 20 hours in the absence of fire, we say hello and leave: it seems that it misleads leopard who hesitates to climb? Vers 17 heures 30 odd roar left followed by a cry of the leopard feature: all of our senses are on alert for 20 minutes the noises of the bush (cries of birds, guinea fowls, monkeys, bees or wasps, big buzz, we wrap c It is magical. I scan with my binoculars around, nothing, I began to branch: IT IS THE full through, we heard nothing: it is 17 hours 50; Christopher sees the same time I tremble with my binoculars and experiences difficulty breathing, I had not felt this when I saw him go last year and I understand the feeling that the guide can feel what I am confirmed Christophe but soon all is quiet. My wife is very calm, she framework in the glass; Christopher tries to judge the animal, male or female, who quickly puts face on his stomach on a perpendicular branch so that only the head and front legs are visible . After a few minutes Christophe says that it is a male, given the size of the head and earlier. My wife clearly seen but always my face: I discourage the shooting, as too random and asked to wait until he moves and after 15 minutes like always, it starts to get dark, we decided to light the torch red it will do may be moving: it is ready: switch on, it leaves him indifferent and he continues to bite your teeth bait his back on the industry to be more comfortable. We try to whistle for it rises, nothing to do after 10 minutes the torch begins to weaken. I will draw well in my head told my wife whispered, Christopher replied that if she feels well, she can go there soon because the battery is flat and we are in a fairly dark bako ... PAN! At carbine for 1 to 2 seconds and then nothing happens the animal falls away gently from its branch and fell in a heap. Christopher and I each take a 12 cal charge of 21 grains with torch attached and I put my big jacket barbour and we go on; sound of dead leaves, I see him move, I shoot, click and I had not initiated cartridge in the barrel, Christopher did not see hidden by a tree, I pointed him to take what he does at the same time. It was directly above the branch, a bullet in the left eye, emerged on the right, he turned his head at the time of the shooting: the upheavals marked the end and I do not think he could have it go even without the 12 cal ... to report that he had also broken right leg to shoulder height. It was 18 hours 30 of our first afternoon safari. Back at camp with the vehicle design with leafy branches, firing a rifle at 400 meters from the camp and the team sings a song in Sango (glorifying the hunter for being clever and having to get rid of this predator) quickly relayed by the camp staff, women and children who come in singing to greet us a leafy branch to shake the hand they danced in good humor and joy around the vehicle. What atmosphere. General meeting and tour film and photos. Meals and to bed about 21 hours. Second day of hunting Sunrise 6am to start at 7am. The next is the eland of interest. Christopher explains that we will try to locate the area causing more than 600 000 hectares, not to walk too far on the first day and adapt to the bush and heat. The morning, we drive 77 kilometers of track by selecting squares. An hour after sunrise, we are attacked by tsetse flies for 1 / 4 hours and there is even 1 / 4 hours before dark (it will happen every day): the repellents n do not act on the tsetse fly, only the clothes with slightly closed, but many are biting through clothing (appearance and itching like big mosquito bites). Back to 11 hours 3O seen only 1 female buffalo and antelope in the distance and 2 warthogs. Shower, swim in the little river that runs through the camp where miniminipiscine infinity is installed (which is nice in this heat !!!). Meals, naps and departure for 15 hours. In the afternoon, 33 kilometers of track, the 110 miles driven we can locate some herds so the tracks and saline where we can monitor from early morning departures and trace them back. The team would also like to burn the straw when necessary. Return 18 hours after dark, cocktails around the campfire followed by dinner and sleep in 20 hours. This will be a few that rate schedule we adopt for the entire stay. Third day of hunting Sunrise 4 heures 30 Start 5 heures 15 we come across a herd of buffalo that we allow to lead us into our areas identified: to 6 hours. Traces on the runway, the smile of a child tracker Norbert, I feel that the tracks are very fresh and equips There we go, after 1 hours 30. Eye Contact: 1 male and 3 females including one sees us and they leave Uninterruptable: Christophe said "the male is not terrible, it leaves". Back to the car, walking herd of hartebeest Lelwel with a beautiful male (trophy estimated at 60 centimeters) stopped at 60 meters, it is not part of our program, we leave. New traces taken about 10 hours after 1 hour contact, the wind turns, elk are the wind, we leave as it is very difficult to trace the impulses that you have felt more and said Christophe, it could force therefore of them out of the area and scaring them. Back at the camp. The afternoon will be devoted to the search for traces of buffalo RAS. Tomorrow we know which areas in search of fresh tracks to track the ghosts of the bush: eland. Fourth day of hunting Out 5 hours, a saline control: many fresh tracks, we take a walk alone, after 1 hour very fresh droppings, the track is mixed in a herd of important runs in all directions and we shall not to unravel to find our feet or the exit signs to the resume: abandonment, return the vehicle several miles during which we see momentum: approach Sioux visibility: it is a Male and a second but too young. Back at camp 12 hours. Afternoon: grand tour to find Buffalo koba but nothing concrete, and we go way back: large herd of elk in the saline we ascend the herd 1 and 2 handsome males but not seen in good condition shooting Far too many kékés and over 100 meters and light down a lot: Christophe said, "we'll take them back tomorrow morning, the males I have seen are beautiful." Fifth day of hunting 5 hours Departure Ngoutéré direction where we left them last night. It shows the traces of yesterday and after 10 minutes you can hear them (it must be said that it was dark when we left them and the day is just beginning to dawn). The wind is not favorable, Christopher decides to make a big loop to precede and to be fair wind while trying to maintain eye contact but also by hearing the trackers who have a sight and hearing incredible, after 1 hour walking in step, or more than its image, the contact is lost. We try to go gently, still nothing. With trackers, Christopher decides to resume the last trace of eye contact, another 1 hour walk, we find the trail and ascend: surprise, we recroisons our own tracks, the maneuver was so good, but the elk had stopped much earlier and had resumed the march when we set the record for once we were before the flights. After 2 hours of tracking, eye contact again at 80 - 100 meters, an opening parade where the elk and the stick is installed, removed security, no good male over 20 to 30 animals, we continue the approach following the elk new hole, and stick new parade, I am ready but nothing about thirty animals that pass, Christopher believes the herd to 60 to 80 elk. New approach opens the field for the straw is burned off, we let the team and stick and crawl to 2: Christopher and me in the burned about 200 - 250 meters, Christophe forbids me to combine and remove the head! We're almost in the herd before us in range of 50 meters it took us 1 hour 30 because of ramping females constantly looking in our direction. I was hidden behind a termite fungus than 40 centimeters high, while Christophe twinning with caution to find a good male that I wanted quality (1 meter right). "Bernard lifts you gently by supporting without sudden movement, there are 2 animals left in profile, 2 right profile: a female and a young, right before a male but it is full face, I think it is good if you can draw on when it presents itself well, but extreme caution as we look and can spin. " Cautiously, I straightened me fondant chick before me, I check what Christopher told through the telescope and identifies the animal in question that concerns us and this is my face: I put the cross between the 2 earlier, not too high because the animal is high and I want to avoid neck, I fall a little and takes heart, he accuses, and stumbles across the herd gets carried away in a race. We rushed to the Anschluss: a few drops of blood, then nothing, traces of deep running. Trackers rush, take the trail they found among others with a few drops of blood for 100 yards and Christophe said "you have perhaps brushed" but I felt confident as well positioned to take , not far from 60 yards away and NP in 375 HH, it should work. About 150 meters, a blood stain slightly higher on a leaf, my eye scans later and I see a gray mass on the side: the momentum is dead, the ball came back his face, so non-citizens, that they explains the lack of blood after measuring, it is 1 meter O7 and 51 inches 1 / 4: good hunting, beautiful conclusion. Sixth day of hunting As expected, we start the morning around 6 hours for Batou located 60 kilometers on the road, little thing we stopped 3 times to try to find the blue duiker appelquand we passed a little tight bako The hunter stands in front on one knee, rifle loaded with 12 cal, 4 nickel-supported because it must be extremely rapid, the guide behind to identify the male and the tracker behind calling, producing a nasal sound a bit like a meow that imitate the sound of the injured duiker. Nothing came to the 3 times I can tell you however that it works because last year we had one done this way. Around 10 hours 30, we arrive at camp very rustic with two bedrooms and bathroom outside like the shower, all located near a river Manovo the edge of which was the dining room very nice. Electricity from solar panel and gas refrigerator containing cold beer! Coke and mocaf, CHWEPPES ... Meals, naps and short way to the lookout with mattresses for the night, seats and battery for the lamp, the Bongo will hunt mainly on the lookout, the bakos being too tight for tracking and hunting dog not practiced in RCA as too intrusive because it is not forest but gallery forests in savanna. In 15 hours we have in place, the bongo can come day or night. The watchtower is located 7 m high with a plain face forming a bay surrounded by bako, centered bay bordered by a swamp of salt to 130 meters in front and another at 60 meters on the right. Wonderful places to watch birds: sacred ibis, comb duck, heron, grebe, white knight ass, green pigeons by ten, doves shouldered purple martin and martin hunter hunter Pygmy swarm green and scarlet touraco, forètsetc of hornbill. .. a real treat but no antelope. Vers 17 heures 30 a sitatunga female shows up and the day begins to decline, a blue duikers to the edge of the salt, but we expect the bongo ... vers 19 heures 30 Surprise: 8 elephants arrived on the salt bottom and remain a half hour (the same evening at 30 kilometers away, another hunter, one American had 40 elephants at the foot of his viewpoint that rubbed on pillars supporting it, fear it! to report that he had spent the previous week three days and three nights without seeing anything Batou. I right binoculars and see a clear format without identification, we light: a leopard whose form is fine enough we think of a female, she limps forward right, probably a snare, frequently used by the poacher customary. I told myself after a leopard, it is quiet nothing will sell anytime soon and I lie on the mattress where my wife is already, I dozed for 3 minutes when I hear a sort of barking at 2 times: Christophe me tape shoulder "we just heard a bongo barking, do not move, I check" 2 to 3 minutes later, "it is there," I twin: wonderful vision that striped antelope. Christophe I can not certify that it is a male, then we decide to light the torch with red and immediately, he confirms that he is a male: the reticle 375 with light roared: I seem to see return the ball to the target location behind the front leg, we hear the sound of broken branches: quickly down the ladder toward the salty and we fall on the bongo 20 meters before the point of shooting. Indeed what a magnificent animal, color, stripes: we have 13. Christopher said "this, you must naturalizing whole, otherwise! Up for the photo session, we try to position it well when all of a sudden I feel a tingling in the legs and a few bites, fire ants exclaims the tracker, we get away with bongo and I look at the Torch: a trail of ants in the pants in 3 seconds I'm in my underwear and trying to kill the insect while the tracker lighting a fire to keep them away, all is quiet quickly, OUF. A strong odor is felt: we thought it was a smell of bongo but Christopher tells us he is formic acid released by stressing that the ants! As for the eland and leopard, Bongo and only three animals you give this back to camp with the jeep decorated with foliage, a rifle shot approach to the camp and home with songs by all the camp staff He must live at least once to feel pride and happiness that it gives you. That evening we went to bed about 23 hours. Seventh day of hunting Sunrise 5 am 30, starting at dawn to 6 hours. A few unsuccessful calls to the blue duiker during a walk in a deep baco 3O for 2 hours when we identify a multitude of traces of pota and giant forest hog, but no pets ... Lunch and nap. The afternoon will be devoted to the blue duiker, yellow back. Going control a new salt that Christopher was discovered in the scanning area on the internet with google earth when he returned to France after last season, by taking the gps point on the map, which allowed him on the ground find: magnificent spectacle of 10 giant forest hog with a beautiful male tirable easily but not in our program that allows us some pictures of these swine unobtrusive and rare contrast to what we think, Christopher said he is animals there that day and the best time for the meeting is to 15 hours on the salt or in bakos (he has never seen at night). In return, the tracker who walked in front stops suddenly: he almost stepped on a snake that was cut in half with his machete: to report that we saw the second day, beside a pond a python 3 m 50 was busy swallowing a heron and we shall see a puff adder or similar on the airport road to Sangba the last day she crossed the jeep and went rolling over. Eighth day of hunting Despite the absence of yellow-backed duiker, we will return to the main camp of Bangoran free to leave the camp at Batu American hunter who was there for a period of 4 weeks with the program: eland, bongo - sitatunga _ bush pig, he spent 2 ½ weeks and had reaped the eland to date. 60 kilometers of rough track over which in turn, I see a tail, "fly in the green" Bamara "said the tracker: the lion! actually a big lion track follows the track to indicate that there is 1 lion quota in the area mainly driven bait or appeal. A little later a group of fifteen bushpigs 50 meters from the vehicle quickly, chase to bako, difficult to choose a good male in the straw out of sight, we continue the trail and suddenly a red spot: a young pota caught in a cable (neck) still alive but in a bad way: we are completing a knife. The cable is a standard technique of poaching of native customary local diamond like many on the area (during our stay, we will find a dozen collars and another vegetable garden in the same place a few days later by another team hunting). Arrive BANGORAN to 12 hours. Christopher complains of headache and fever will, he will rest in the afternoon and the next day. We seek the afternoon and morning and afternoon with a possible Hippotrage another guide Alex circulating prone areas near the plains, but we'll see many antelope but no antelope. RDV therefore the tenth day of hunting Tenth day of hunting Christopher is cocked, the program is looking for the buffalo. Every morning we look in vain for fresh tracks of buffalo, but nothing at all, where are they gone? They are probably in the square where there are many small water points. In the afternoon, about 15 hours: Christopher decides to walk within a square propitious, since the traces do not go out on the slopes, we must go get them. Just 30 minutes walk, bars for ... Small curve to put to good wind and approach to about 60 meters and we are looking for a good male, but that young people, following several approaches, a male a little better off as well but Christopher tells me we can find much better for it male is not finished, the center of the strip apparently still soft. He decides to call them by imitating a bellow of youth in difficulty incredible herd rushes to literally stop at 15 not fully exposed, a very large female sees us but wondered what it takes then the herd suddenly the flight: "someone has moved," said Christophe, a fact melliponne me back in the eye and I instinctively put his hand in his face, which was enough ... Back at camp because it is late. Another day white! Eleventh day of hunting Start 5 hours 30, we passed a magnificent male eland solitary trotting to 40 meters from the vehicle ... We quickly track of buffaloes and go back, after 1 hour 30 walk, touch, approach, overlaps:; buffaloes marched slowly in a small plain: we find the male: almost the same type as that of yesterday, so that Christopher believed that the same herd that we took! We drop. In the afternoon to 14 hours 30, CAMP FHO of returning this afternoon. We track that we had identified returned in the afternoon near the camp FHO although it seems to date in the morning. After 1 hour 30 minutes walk: contact approach which inthe perfect. We see a trail of urine forming an S on a yard sign that the presence of a male said Christopher. Many difficult to find this male from a fifty animals rather scattered: Finally, we find ourselves well placed at 50 meters, but once the trophy does not satisfy us, it's a trophy last day said Christophe, we can do better because we still have 3 days. We return; 5 days without firing a shot, but the start of the safari was tellemnt intense that it does not weigh me at all. Twelfth day of hunting Morning, starting at 5 am 30 with Priority Management Ngoutéré buffalo and then Ndiri which are 2 very humid plains where the buffaloes are often before dawn. During the trip 6 heures 30: a solitary buffalo on the runway, a male correct: Christophe stops and offers to my wife to pull, but it lags because it does not tell him to take the car or without action research (especially she has one in tracking last year) which allows the buffalo to sea, we are following at full speed in climbing 2 small hills and on top of the second, we find it "parked" in 70 meters behind a tree, but the race exhausting climb to my wife requires a recovery of breath that allows the animal time to escape, I might try to run, I was ready but I don 'have not hooked. Click on thumbnail to view the video of Roan Antelope in CAR We return to the vehicle, we had (with) ran nearly a mile. At 7 o'clock 30 fresh tracks of a herd on Ndiri, we take them; connect to 8 hours, they are very nervous and number 80, they split into small groups of a dozen heads that we based the but the wind dispersal of animals facts fan us with their nervousness and, after 2 hours, we leave ... Christopher said that during the previous safari every day. 2 or 3 flocks were observed in the jeep: cete week, galley, maybe it is because of bushfire or harmattan? Click on thumbnail to view the video of Roan Antelope in CAR Given time, more than 10 heures30, the heat will be conducive to finding the "yagé or antelope near the Great Plains, arrived at 1 kilometer from the plain, we leave the jeep and walk and be more discreet. With the approach of the plain, Fidel Demayo one of our trackers freezes and scans in the distance there, 3 yagés 600 meters, we let the team approach to our Christopher and me, trying to enjoy each field advantage, a bush, a termite mound, the tall grass, because they are fully exposed: we are 150 meters, Christopher said a proper male and two females and most can be approached without risk. I position myself against a chick and wait for instructions "that right is the male, he pursues the female, this is full right profile: I take it shrinks but remains standing, females continue to graze, then left profile: I withdraw it falters but remains standing, females still graze, then lies down on the spot, head high. I think this attitude reflects a mortal wound. He is lying his face and difficult to remove, after 5 minutes, we decided to approach in order to remove if necessary under good conditions, came to 80 meters, but he is wavering backwards, we see the ball coming in the thorax where does a lot of blood, then it definitely falls on the side to die is a beautiful male 70 inches. As can be seen: the entry of the bullet is a little behind on the left side, the first ball is completely symmetrical to right and 2 balls remained under the skin of the other side: Federal NP 375 HH . Afternoon, starting at 15 hours: Christopher decides to go up a canyon on foot. We meet several female bushbuck, and a handsome male who fled to the bottom of the canyon. We continue, thinking to find in a cul de sac at the bottom of the canyon without relying on a flaw in the stone where it went as we show in his footsteps to return by another flaw in the initial location. We continue our tracking to reach the top of a rocky outcrop where we perceive in our cons-low beautiful male 40 meters to stop, but on the alert: Christopher makes me take, I put it in my telescope but does not shoot and let him go! Why? Perhaps because I had not programmed, having already collected a fine specimen in Benin! or because he had so well defended in this canyon? we return to camp after 3 hours of walking in a surprising landscape of rocks and holes in the bottom of which flows a small stream. In this canyon, Christopher was firing a beautiful yellow-backed duiker male 3 days ago. Thirteenth day of hunting Start 5 heures 10 because it is our penultimate day and we still have not harvested the buffalo. About 6 o'clock 30 feet buffalo on the trail, seem fresh dung, Christopher decides to take: we remove jackets because it is already good and I am taking the 375 and HH 416 Rigby gives the tracker because it is quite heavy, second it is the tracker 458 to Christopher Lott. We follow these traces at least 1 kilometer on the track as they return to the bush and emerge on the track, then to sink in an area not burned: the herd is therefore at least 60 animals from our Hassan I. tracker not tracking problem. After 30 minutes of walking, but Hassan smiled and finger in my ear I hear the boss, try to listen but I receive nothing, but soon we see them, they seem very many. Christopher tries to select a male correct, we cut 2 times, we identify at least 3 males, but they are 70 and the habitat is dense, we approach cautiously wind shift, stampede, they spin to the big full open NDIR which at least 1 kilometers 5 kilometers: they will pass through said Christophe, quick, but good wind. We arrive at the edge of the plain where our herd is relatively quiet at 200 meters. The scroll bars on the left rather tight, we approach yet to the overdraft limit and I prepared to stick with the 416 Rigby, it scrolls from right to left between 2 small mounds forming 2 groves 3 to 4 meters wide. But animals are so tight that when we see a male: not possible to draw without risk of injury to others as they walk more: the whole herd has grown and now is over 200 meters ... when suddenly 60 meters behind, we see a latecomer all gray by the matrix of land that covers the back, it definitely sign the male and often an old male, he walks toward the others: I am focusing and when the front of the chest back into my cross I release my ball he accuses. Suddenly the whole flock takes the wind and jump right over us, my wife quickly rise to 416 and prepare: they are 40 meters but at full speed, and very tight, "the penultimate one fine male": Christopher tries to call for slow, but nothing was done, 60 to 70 buffaloes spend very tight, "fully fund" only 30 yards but the shot is too uncertain and difficult injury! But what a sight and what emotion! All this took only a few minutes and we hear the roar of the feature buffalo die: he had only 10 yards away and was lying near one of the 2 groves. We are moving forward despite all rifles shouldered, but he died lying on his side: the twig on the eye shows no reaction, it is 8 hours, a fine old male here that 80 centimeters of width and a band of 27 centimeters of wide witness with bursts of advanced age. In looking up my sleeve ejected during the reset, I measurement: 186 not so about 160 meters, some would say too far to draw a buffalo, but we did not have much choice. Photo shoot an hour of cut and we return. It was a beautiful morning. The ball is back behind the left foreleg, through everything to stay under the skin of the other side. They fell on top of the heart by cutting the large vessels which caused a large internal bleeding: the right to ball 416 NORMA TXP is retrieved from the buffalo left the Nosler Partition in 375 FEDERAL HH recovered on the Koba (the Onthe lead was shot, but posted on the photo). Below the heart of the buffalo with the impact of the ball is where the blood clot. Returning with the buffalo, we came upon a herd of twenty cattle: it takes remaining in visual contact with the cattle egret and the accompanying flight which gave us the position: after 2 kilometers no race, they are 50 meters my wife prepares with the 416, the bush is dense, difficult Christophe calls but a whirlwind makes flee these 3 kilometers on the run at noon we were tired and must return the vehicle, another 3 miles and often return to is not fast ... we decided not to pursue the animals we have seen, is unlikely to succeed, we returned to camp 13 hours. In the afternoon, we went up a canyon back to yellow, but the wind was contrary, we have been burned and film and photos. Fourteenth day of hunting and last The morning departure at 5 pm for the DA area conducive bako back yellow and blue duiker. We make several stops at places that seem conducive to chase the blue the call, but nothing at all. When marauding jeep: equally desert many traces on a bike across the tracks and even a scooter that seems to have lost because the trail will turn back regularly ... finally, we find convergence traces to an area Research diamonds where the natives dig and sift in search of rocks, they are numerous and often family-all this perhaps explains the lack of movement of animals today. We therefore decided to return but Christopher wants to take me on the road on a tray suitable for Oribi: we will cautiously actually border, about 120 meters 3 Oribi waiting for us there is a male, I pulls the 375 and now it is nevertheless a very male way. In order not to kill the cape, it is better to take heart. The afternoon final opportunity to find the buffalo for my wife, we go to 15 hours we Maraudon around the plains, but no traces of buffalo or after 1 hour and 30 Circuit, 2 warthogs surprised in the plains run to regain the covered, we decided to cut: I try to put it in the telescope: no way to find them, must say that I stayed at a magnification of 10 for the Oribi, they are already far, but the spurs us on 200 - 300 meters and meet again, I reduced the magnification they advance slowly to 150 meters, I took a chick (for nth a hurry and running, we did not stick) I draw, but it took a little behind, he continues, second bullet missed the third shot missed, it must be said that it is now 2OO yards and fourth bullet that gives this. It is far from being exceptional, but he is wearing. I take this opportunity to introduce the team: left Fidel De Mayo tracker in the center Luke was the driver, but also bearer and right tracker and the tracker Norbert Hassan has an ear and an eye that the we would like to have: they were of a kind, friendly, polite and competent in a word that a team would usually have and I thank them. In return, a herd of buffalo vers 17 hours 30, we quickly coupons at a run, but when we arrive where he spent nothing, he had fled we have seen, but mostly because the wind n That was not good... was the last day ... In conclusion, I actually think it's a good safari: one lacking the yellow-backed duiker that I have not seen or last year or this year. During our return trip to Bangui, we met 4 hunters: 2 of them went for the leopard everyone in a different camp and after 2 weeks, one has seen anything and after 8 days had the opportunity draw plus 1 eland: then he saw much the first week, he has not seen then and therefore returned empty-handed except for baboons bait. The other hunter leopard has seen 3 different females but no male: empty-handed also. The other two hunters were together: one was confirmed to eland - lion: he was a lion and eland àl'appel which I saw the picture: a thick black mane worthy of the finest Tanzanian when that which the accompanied him, he came first in Africa and only the buffalo hunt. He had no experience and went directly to the gun rifle without having trained before leaving! Review: A beautiful brand of shooting glasses on the front, a dozen bullets, 2 buffaloes missed a wounded buffalo never recovered. Nothing is gained ... Weapons: I went with a 375 HH BLASER R93 bezel with S & B with illuminated reticle and Nosler Partition bullets and a FEDERAL HEYM BIGBORE in 416 Rigby bezel SWAROSKI 1 5/6et NORMA TXP: last year I ' had taken only the 416 but the illuminated reticle is still very useful for shooting in low light (Leopard - Bongo), secondly the blazer is much lighter and more manageable. However, for the buffalo I have more confidence in the efficacy of the 416 but perhaps it is more psychological than real but confidence in my opinion is a major asset in the success of the shot. This is also on my first safari in Benin, guides and hunters incense 416 and the 375 was a little limited in some time. I have so far taken 6 buffaloes with 6 bullets with my 416 Rigby; target and I rule my own glasses and I shoot several bullets at 100 meters this 1 time per week for 4 weeks before my departure. I fired a shot with the 416, everything else to 375. To achieve its safari: the first thing to go with a guide that is well known (either oneself or by other hunters who have practiced) and do not walk ... Starting with a known organization (which has a reputation to uphold). - To make sure that quotas exist! able to take our animals coveted but especially repatriate the trophy. - In order to be indemnified in case of problems and / or be supported by France when political or other problem in the country where you go, especially in Africa (a few days ago a group of 5 hunters was found in slip by highwaymen in Senegal in Casamance in the relay camp flourished: they took everything: even the weapons). I recall a forum where they said basically that had to be stupid to go on RCA in recent years, the risk is actually falling on the Sudanese but we must remain cautious ... The risk is not zero. Starting with his weapons, physical fitness and weapons training, because the firing tax is very bitter for a wounded animal not recovered. It is also, I think I have some experience because nothing is innate and we learn by doing (to correct errors, they must have done). For safaris closed area (like parts of Namibia and RSA) does not hesitate to refuse an animal based on the advice of local guides while it does not match what you wanted originally (animals too young or too trophy small) And above all: the largest St. Hubert have with you.