A Monster Namibian Tusker

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Major elephant tusk weighs right at 100 pounds. Hunt was guided by koos pienaar and michel mantheakis.


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This was in 2019 I think. There was an article in sports afield about it.
 

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Thankfully yes. I’m not sure why but the elephants in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi strip grow some seriously impressive ivory. Sure, they may not have the length of the East African elephants but they’re much heavier on average.
 

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That is what (my) dreams are made of...jeez..
 

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May I ask where this bull was taken..? Bushmanland..? Xaudum..??
 

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Ah yes, this is the one that caused global outrage if my memory serves me correctly. The animal rights NGO's and media got so much money from the Cecil the Lion controversy that they thought it wouldn't hurt to slander a hunter that was involved in a perfectly legal activity.
 

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Ah yes, this is the one that caused global outrage if my memory serves me correctly. The animal rights NGO's and media got so much money from the Cecil the Lion controversy that they thought it wouldn't hurt to slander a hunter that was involved in a perfectly legal activity.
It's pathetic this guy payed $60,000 to kill this thing, which is more then any anti hunter would ever donate to charity
 

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Big bloody bulls wow! I would love to see something like that on a hunt. Hats off to those that can afford to pursue them.
 

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Thankfully yes. I’m not sure why but the elephants in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi strip grow some seriously impressive ivory. Sure, they may not have the length of the East African elephants but they’re much heavier on average.

It is interesting that Botswana is known for such heavy ivory. The bulls there certainly seem to have a heavy average weight, due primarily to girth. However, Botswana is not a place that traditionally produces 100# ivory (if using record books as a proxy for that). Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Kruger etc all heavier historical genetics, perhaps.
 

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It is interesting that Botswana is known for such heavy ivory. The bulls there certainly seem to have a heavy average weight, due primarily to girth. However, Botswana is not a place that traditionally produces 100# ivory (if using record books as a proxy for that). Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Kruger etc all heavier historical genetics, perhaps.
This is true, however, Tanzania, as we all know, went under heavy poaching pressure for their elephants so the average has gone down significantly. Hopefully, the outfitters operating in Tanzania will focus more heavily on the elephant population and genetics. It worked with the lions so I don't see how it wouldn't work for the elephants.
 

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It is interesting that Botswana is known for such heavy ivory. The bulls there certainly seem to have a heavy average weight, due primarily to girth. However, Botswana is not a place that traditionally produces 100# ivory (if using record books as a proxy for that). Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Kruger etc all heavier historical genetics, perhaps.

Yes, I think East Africa was best known for producing heavy ivory. However, I think the Botswana bulls are the biggest bodied elephant bulls in Africa today, not sure if that was the case historically or not... But in today's Africa a 100 pound aside tusker is truly a magnificent and rare trophy much more so than it was 100 years ago
 

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Yes, I think East Africa was best known for producing heavy ivory. However, I think the Botswana bulls are the biggest bodied elephant bulls in Africa today, not sure if that was the case historically or not... But in today's Africa a 100 pound aside tusker is truly a magnificent and rare trophy much more so than it was 100 years ago
Agreed on all fronts.
 

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