- Nov 29, 2011
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Hi guys! What are you think about age of this buff? His history is a mystery till last week, when I have save him from a bad finish (someone even tried to cut his left horn, you can see saw mark on bones and that left horn have lost some of the boss.) I think is a 50-60 year old trophy, maybe more. From smaller boss and long, sharp points I think was a 6 year bull, maybe younger. Will love know your opinion. Thanks!
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Left boss is cut (thickness at cut point about 1cm.) you can see saw mark in the bone, also. No idea of provenience. Being probably from 1960s I think can be Kenyan (first destination for Italians in the time) but is just a supposition, based also on dimension ( 41,5") but really I don't have a single sure info about this buffInteresting that the left horn appears to have lost more soft material than the right. Do you know where it was hunted?
Dande South exhibited the largest proportion of “young” trophies, with 52% of the sampled quota being 7 years or younger in age (25% are 6 years old). The oldest trophy is only 10 years old. Dande North exemplified a greater proportion of older trophy animals, and contains the highest percentage (40%) of 7 - 8 year-old trophies (animals in their prime). Yet there is still a relatively large percentage (25%) of young individuals (6 year olds) being shot. 16% were 10 years old and 6% reached 12 years. Chewore North has a relatively normal age structure within its hunted sample of trophy bulls, with the greatest number of bulls (35%) being shot at the prime age of 8 years. 16% of the trophies are 6 years old. There is however a sharp decline in trophies of 9 years or older and a “tail” of older animals.
Given the results of earlier studies, a more plausible explanation is that few 9, 10, 11, and 12 year-olds are being shot because bulls are being taken before they reach that age. The sustainability of trophy hunting is brought therefore into question. Data on trophy ages obtained from Big Five Safaris indicate that trophy age has been relatively stable over the previous 4 years; average ages ranging from 8.7 to 9.9. Ageing of buffalo bulls has also been taking place in Dande North, with the average age ranging from 8 in 2001 to 10 in 2002 and back to 9 in 2003. However, it has since been established that teeth had not been extracted resulting in overestimation of the actual ages. This said the data is still relevant since it provides evidence of relative stability in trophy age in Chewore North and Dande North.
According to estimated population figures from an aerial census in 2001, the offtake in all three areas exceeds the recommended 2% pa. The estimated buffalo population of Dande North in 2001 was 4037; more recently the same population, from visual estimates on the ground, is judged to be about 5500 animals. If this is the case then the set quota for 2004 is just under the recommended 2%. Although Chewore North and Dande South both have large buffalo populations, the evidence suggests that the recommended offtake of 2% pa has been exceeded. It is also likely that that quota setting is affected by the different management systems employed between Chewore North and Dande North and South.
I'm sure the percentage is low on the scrum cap, but I did see a couple that were beyond their prime with large gaps.How hard is it to find those animals or examples? Like as figure what would the % of animals in this class be?
Whilst I respect your opinion, each to his own.This has really been a fantastic post to read through. Some great information and pictures. However there are points in it that sadden me somewhat.
Whilst I respect your opinion, each to his own.
I was on a long range shooting page which included long range hunting.
For me personally, long range hunting is shots out to 200m for plains game...out on the plains!
But to others it's out to 700 plus. Not my cup of tea...but theirs.
The thing you haven't taken into account is that in properties that are sustainably managed, only 4% of eligible males are harvested per annum making sure there's no threat to the gene pool.
I personally love the old worn down buff bulls for exactly the same reason as you.... But I do admire a hugely horned bull too!