Discussion in 'Hunting Pictures' started by monish, Aug 7, 2010.
Well deserved elephant bull. Truly a hunt of a lifetime!
What did these tusks weigh?
The date given in the article for the discovery of the carcass of Mafunyane (November 16, 1983) is wrong.
My first trip to South Africa was in June 1983. As an American newspaper journalist, the South African Tourist Board (SATOUR) hosted me on a tour of all of the country's national parks. While I was at Skukusa in Kruger, its director (Bruce Bryden) took me to a large room filled ceiling-to-floor with elephant ivory that had been picked up or seized in the park.
Among the tusks in that room were Mafunyane's, and Bruce had them taken outside so I could photograph them being held upright by a couple of his rangers. That photo appears in my book, "Sixty Years A Hunter," along with a photo I took in his office of a mounted Cape buffalo head with horns that dipped down and touched each other below the bull's jaw.
Incidentally, Paul Bosman was a friend of mine, and I am proud to say I played a small part in his immigration to America at a time when our country was accepting very few whites from South Africa. I was shocked when he died two or three years ago in Sedona, Arizona.
Neat story Bill. Thanks for sharing it.
Would it be possible to post your photo of Mafunyane's ivory a long with the buffalo head?
Nice Sweetie on your side.
What do you think does she weight ?
Oh ja, in the next life I'm going to be a PH in Afrika
Thank you Monish.
This is a wonderful article.
Excellent trophies Heinrich.
I envy you. Congrats.
Following the thread of Sable Pictures , I came across this photo which is claimed to be photographed in the Kruger National Park , it is not my photo and I do not know the date it was taken but I thought it was too good of a picture to not be posted.
That is a great elephant bull! Maybe someone on this sit would know this bull and if it is still alive. There are only a couple of these bulls left in the Kruger.
That's a very big bull! Wonder if this is the one taken up north late last year?
I don't think so Charlie .
This excellent lesson abaut elephants from South Africa. Thanks for sharing
Excellent trophy CAustin. Congrats.
Wow, all these pics of big tusks are stunning!
My business partner Carl booked this client from Europe. The tusks weighed 122 and 120 pounds. He was taken in our Malapati Hunting Concession in Zimbabwe to be exact. http://www.jwksafaris.com/gonarezhou 3rd camp from the top.
The elephant population of Gonarezhou-Malapati complex is estimated at 11,452 from the 2014 aerial survey. Malapati Safari Area is allocated sustainable quota and hunting permits for all wildlife species.
We did not measure the length, just the weight. I recon they they certainly over 7 foot.
The below photo will give you an indication on the length of the scale:
Can't figure why they are taking the small ones!
Might be price based?
Our Gonarezhou safari area trophy fees:
Elephant Tuskless @ $ 4 000
Elephant bull > 49lbs @ $ 14 500
Elephant 50 – 59lbs @ $ 15 500
Elephant 60 – 69lbs @ $ 16 500
Elephant 70 + lbs @ $ 18 500
Elephant 90 + lbs @ $ 20 000
I know that in the APNR there is a weight limit of 40lb per tusk due to them being management bulls.
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