Elephants seem to prefer our roads over their own. It's great to have the around and protect their habitat.
Zebra taken on the 'little serengeti'. This past of our wilderness area in TZ has thousands of zebra and a few lions mixed in of course.
4th of July celebration in our camp this year. Tanzania and America have always had close ties and my staff surprised us this year with a great meal...they called it a BBQ!
As the senior member of the crew Mr. VanRooy did the honors to cut up the roast duiker that his son shot a day earlier.
This hard boss buffalo bull took a lot of persuasion to get into the truck. It was around at the end of the day and still on his feet at dark so we had to back out. The boys found him the next day bedded in the long grass. Low visibility, close quarters and a lot of lead ended the pursuit. You may remember PH Thabit that I introduced at the beginning of our season? He was with me on this buffalo follow up and operated like a seasoned professional.
Keeping an eye on the hippo...once again right down from Masimba Camp in Rungwa, Tanzania.
Blue skies and a big oribi. Best on of the year taken by Justin. He also took 3x buffalo a leopard and many other trophies on his first safari.
Impala taken this year in Rungwa Tanzania.
Around the fire at Masimba camp.
Big Leopard taken this year
What camp looks like on my 3rd cup of coffee.
Zebra that I hit with the truck
That's not a .270 and this isn't your neighborhood house cat!
The lions have been causing a little trouble at our camp this year...nice problem to have!
One of the 8 male leopard on bait during our August leopard hunt. There is no place better for leopard hunting than Tanzania with us.
Huge waterbuck taken just a few minutes from camp.
Poaching comes in many forms...often disguised as legal activities.
Here we have timber being stolen on the fringes of the Game Reserve. These guys have a single permit to harvest 30 square meters of standing timber in a multi use area outside of a Game Reserve.
What they have done WRONG is to bring in a chain saw illegally, then break the law by cutting too close to the Game Reserve, then cut nearly 4x the amount allowcated for their permit...how long would this operation have continued if we didn't track them down?
We caught them, and removed them, and we will continue to do so as long as hunters continue to pay for conservation...
I am still waiting on the check from PETA to help me save the trees and the animals in the 6,000 sq km of wilderness habitat we protect.
Experience is everything...
This is an East African Greater Kudu. They don't live in a fence and they have not been handled by man.
We wounded this animal with a shot that was too far back at 8:30 am this morning. We killed him 6 hours later thanks to experience.
The first shot hit the kudu with no reaction, shots 2 and 3 were clear misses. Many would have chalked it up as a miss right then; we saw the kudu walk, trot, stop. He looked around, walk, stop again then slowly trot over the horizon about 700 yards away. Apparently in perfect working order, but we went to the last spot the animal stood; only a few meters from shot #3. The hard black burned soil with one new blade of bright green grass showed three small drops of watery bright red blood.
Gut shot. Go slow. Give it time.
My client would not be walking up on a dead animal, more work would and bullets will be required.
After an two hours we came to a cross road. I sent the two trackers in different directions.
He did not cross... Back to search in the direction we came from.
We circled wide and systematically worked through an area of likely bedding for the wounded kudu...nothing.
A fire was burning through the long grass way to the North.
One of my trackers saw birds coming down from about a mile away... far enough a Normal person would need binoculars.
We turned the truck north. The fire was out but the kudu had been exposed. He was unaware as we worked in for a finishing shot. It ended right there.
Experience is everything.
Oribi taken today in Rungwa Game Reserve with Bullet Safaris and Nathan Askew.
We have many small antelopes in our wilderness Big Game Concessions that add a lot of variety to a dangerous game hunt. These include oribi, duiker, klipspringer, steinbuck and Kirk's dikdik.
Another huge Leopard taken September 5 in Rungwa Game Reserve, Tanzania with Bullet Safaris and Nathan Askew.
We have documented over 40 leopard this season in this one hunting area...if you are looking for the best cat hunting in Africa, you are looking at it! @bulletsafaris
Big game hunting is all about timing and patience. This safari is a prime example.
We had no stress on locating big leopard, I had 4 on bait when our hunter arrived, so that gave us a relaxed start and we had time to track a huge kudu bull. We got him.
As the cats continued to feed on the kudu, and we waited for them to feed on a regular daylight schedule, we had time to drive to a place where the huge eland hang out. We got him.
Then we moved on to the biggest tom leopard, he came in unlressured early in the morning. We got him.
Then we sorted through about 100 oribi to find the largest one in the planet...we got him.
Then we decided to track buffalo, we opted for the tougher way to go and pursued one old dagga boy at a small spring deep inside the area. Why not...we had time on our hands and we thought he may still be there.
We got him too!