Congratulations on a successful outcome, will be watching for "the rest of the story".
That is what I was thinking! Double rifle buff hunt! The area and the animals demeanor would make it perfect for getting close up and personal to harvest the buffalo with the double rifles!Wow Jerry what great photos and descriptions about the game near your camp. If they get quota for buffalo in NG 13 lets you and I go hunt buffalo with our doubles!
I know that Leon is working on getting buffalo and plains game quotas established. He thought the quota would have been ready for 2023 but it didn’t happen. Hopefully it happens for 2024. Right now, there are elephant and leopard on quota. My friend got an incredible leopard last year, in addition to his elephant. See the pictures below that were taken after they returned to camp.Tonight I wanted to cover the animals I saw on my safari. I do not have many safaris under my belt but I was in the Rungwa region of Tanzania last August for a full bag safari including wild lion, buffalo, leopard and plains game. In contrasting what I saw in Tanzania with with I saw in Botswana there is no comparison. There is so much plains game in Botswana and it is TAME compared to what I saw in Tanzania. Now don't get me wrong! Tanzania was amazing and I got all my animals and was extremely satisfied. With that said the animals were wild! In my experience you needed to be ready to shoot and shoot fast! I shot most of my critters on the run including the lion! Ha! No I did not plan it that way.... It is simply the way things unfolded. I suppose the reason the animals are so calm in Botswana is that they are not on quota! If I understand correctly..... and forgive me if I am wrong... but in Botswana other than in fenced hunting areas these animals are not under license. That is my understanding anyway. So on this concession for sure they hope to in the future have buffalo and plains game to offer but at this time there is no quota for them. I saw hundreds and hundreds of buffalo! I saw buffalo on my way from the dining tent to my sleeping tent at 10 yards! This is the gospel truth! On MORE than one night I had a male lion calling on one side of my tent while a leopard called on the other side of my tent while at the very same time elephants frolicked in the water hole 50 steps from my tent! At the same time three cape buffalo bulls were eating ten steps to the North of my tent. Honest! I saw roan, eland, sable, wart hog, herds of buffalo, wildebeast, leopard, lion, tsessebe, zebra, ostrich, giraffe, hyena, kudu, hippo, crocodile, over two hundred elephant's, so many unusual other animals like bat eared foxes and on and on... I have never been to one of the Africa game parks but I can only imagine that what I saw as far as number and diversity of animal life was the equivalent of what I would have seen in the best of them! The "pans" would fill up with scores of animals coming to water. In sight at one time would be half dozen different species coming to water. Maybe more! I think this last statement will really bring home just how rich this area was in numbers of wildlife and diversity of species as well as how "calm" the animals were for the most part. While we were tracking elephant on foot we walked up on "two" different leopard kills. A roughly 200 pound live weight female kudu and a wart hog of approximately 100 pounds. The leopard was literally on top of the freshly killed wart hog beginning to eat it when we surprised it and it ran away. It was so big and graceful the way it carried its tail held high as it ran. One day while we were not in camp a pair a male lions took down a giraffe and some of the kitchen staff told us they saw the lions feeding on the giraffe. This giraffe being killed and eaten by the lions was no distance at all from our camp! I'm talking less than a quarter mile! So you see this concession would be a great destination even for photo tourism or if they obtain quota at some point for some of the plains game or buffalo this would be the place to go! I could imagine a group going to hunt buffalo with double rifles only! These buffalo and the plains game in NG 13 are very approachable and much more relaxed than the animals I hunted in Tanzania.View attachment 532794 View attachment 532795View attachment 532796View attachment 532797View attachment 532798
Where is your lodge in kansas. I’m from Kansas as well. Look forward to hearing about your adventure.I am excitedly looking forward to my upcoming elephant hunt in Botswana’s NG 13 with Leon Kachelhoffer. If you want to become infuriated at the way the fake media portrays hunters and hunting in Africa just google NG 13 elephant or Leon Kachelhoffer and read one of the many “hit pieces” written in the national and international media in April and May of 2022. We all can remember the way Corey Knowlton was treated. The Texan that hunted the Rhino in Namibia to benefit conservation. Corey was attacked with death threats and phone messages saying things like I am going to rape your wife to death and make you watch and burn your house down with your kids inside! Lovely people, aren’t they? These kind hearted, caring, anti-hunters. Leon was treated the very same way for his crime of investing years of effort and a huge amount of money to develop this hunting concession which will benefit all the wildlife and the area tribes. I am so passionate about the conservation aspect of “funding conservation through hunting in Africa” that I had to book with Leon and do this same hunt on the “one year anniversary” of him being crucified for harvesting the hundred pounder. I will be able to interview Leon and the local tribes and council and get the story first hand on how they were falsely accused. I will see the benefits first hand and hopefully someday be able to spread the truth about how beneficial “tourist hunting” is to conservation in Africa.
Leon came to my hunting Lodge in Kansas this winter and we planned our hunt. I cannot believe the hunt is only about a month away. I feel so unprepared.
I want to thank everyone on AH for being so helpful! Through the wonderful friends I have made on AH I was able find guidance to wonderful outfitters and discern which companies I would like to hunt with. If this hunt goes as I hope I will have been blessed to go on three hunts to Africa in just 22 months. I have harvested several leopards and three cape buffalo and fantastic wild lion and 26 plains game animals. I have been in Tanzania for 28 days and in Botswana for over 30. All this is beyond my wildest dreams. I definitely feel like Cinderella! What I mean is that my paygrade and education I was never meant to go on all these fantastic adventures! God has blessed me and I am thankful! Covid stole my Alaska fishing business because it was largely based on cruise ship clientele. This nightmare of my losing my business caused me to have the time off to go to Africa.
This October I floated the Snake River for twenty days and hunted with a recurve bow made for me 40 years ago by Jim Brackenbury. I took no supplies and lived entirely off the land. I slept on the gravel under the stars and called in 18 bull moose. I used a kayak I made myself about 30 years ago. In the end I shot a bull at 8 feet away with an arrow that was 60 years old. A browning micro flight and a vintage fred bear broadhead. I have an article about this adventure that will come out this next month I believe in a western hunting magazine.
The reason I mention this Idaho moose hunt is that by using Old and Vintage equipment I was able to make this hunt one of the most amazing adventures of my life! I knew the unit had produced an average size shiras bull of only 28 inches. I did not care about the size of the antlers I cared about the “size of the adventure”! Think about those words for a minute!
Today I spent the day with George of Champlin Firearms in Enid Oklahoma. What a gentleman! He opened his shop on a Saturday just for me and he spent hours and hours teaching me about double rifles! I have hunted all of my life and had never touched or seen let alone fired a double rifle! So now you see why I told the story about the moose hunt this oct with vintage archery gear! I am only 30 days or so away from my Elephant hunt and I am just now discovering the romance and history of the double rifle! It is all I think about! I am so afraid that I do not have the time to do justice to acquiring a double, learn to shoot it well, and be ready for this elephant hunt. On the other hand I am afraid that if I take the elephant with a borrowed camp gun I will forever regret that I did not hunt the elephant with a mor classic and historic firearm. Oh well! Ha!
Thanks again everyone on AH for your help in my journey to support conservation in Africa through hunting!
Below a picture of George and I at his Champlin firearms shop in Enid Oklahoma taken today.
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above a recent scouting picture of an elephant on NG 13 taken by Leon and sent to me.
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above a picture of me four decades ago with the same bow that I used on the moose hunt this past October.
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above a picture of Leon Kachelhoffer and I at my lodge in Kansas this winter.
above floating the snake river in Idaho for 20 days this past october with the 40 year old bow and 30 year old kayak I built myself
My wild lion from Tanzania this past August.
Me with the same bow I carried above the artic circle In Alaska 40 years ago as seen in the previous picture I used this past Oct on the snake river in Idaho. Makes me want to use a double rifle on the elephant hunt to make it more historic and romantic.View attachment 519823
My Botswana Leopard was mounted by Robert Vitro and was displayed at SCI in Nashville. I have not seen it in person yet. Alan Porter of Colorado is providing trucking of the mount from the show back to my lodge in Kansas. It was just loaded on the truck this evening after the close of SCI Convention and I should see the mount soon.