SOUTH AFRICA: Has Anyone Hunted With Huntershill Safaris?

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  1. 50by50

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking at a safari in May to hunt with Huntershill Safaris in the Eastern Cape. I've seen a couple reports on here about them but I wanted to reach out and see if there were any other guys that have hunted with them that wouldn't mind telling me about their experience.

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  2. Adrian

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    No experience of them but if you search on YouTube for Keith Warren's 'The High Road', it seems most of his African hunts are with Huntershill so you might get a reasonable idea of what the hunting is like.
     

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    I met Greg at SCI in Vegas in 2017. But I also met with many other PH and outfitters. I felt no pressure from any one to buy. I was there for 3 days before I made my mind up on who I would go with. I guess what stood out for me was it was my first time to Africa.
    Not knowing what I wanted to do. But two guys there representing Huntershill Jason and Dillon sealed the deal for me. These two guys were fantastic to talk to. They answered all my questions. They ask what I wanted in a hunt. Not what do you want to hunt.
    I went the last week in April and first week of May 2018. Had a great time. Had the same PH all 8 days Cody was great no pressure to shoot. After the fist few days I finally got my climbing legs and lungs. I said i would rather walk then ride and boy did we.
    If you go hungry it's your own fault the food is great all the staff is wonderful. I ended up with 10 animals. But I never heard what you wanna shoot today. I had no wish list it was more opportunity for me. But I did decide on a Springbok slam which I hope to finish.
    I left there making new friends looking forward to returning with my wife this time.
    Met with Greg and Jason in Reno walked up to there booth it was hand shakes and hugs all around. Met with 3 great guys from Utah who I had a good time with at Huntershill there we are all returning in May 2020
     
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  4. 50by50

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    Thanks for the response woody631. I booked through the Utah guys and have had the exact experience so far that you had. I’ve been 4 other times to the continent and on 3 felt like I was bait and switched so thought I’d get on and see what the overall feel is
     

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    Thanks Adrian-
    Checked them out. They’re awesome
     

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    Hello 50by50,

    My 2018 report SOUTH AFRICA: Huntershill Safaris August 2018 Plains Game Paradise (https://www.africahunting.com/threa...faris-august-2018-plains-game-paradise.45017/) may be one of the ones you saw, so the link may be redundant. Or maybe not... All I can say is that I am re-booked for 12 more days this coming July, so, either I am a glutton for punishment, or Huntershill is for real. I personally vote for the second option :)

    Seriously, in my mind, Huntershill can be defined by four numbers: 188; 70; 19; 97.

    Huntershill is a 55,000 acres privately-owned hunting property located in the malaria-free picturesque foothills of the Stormberg Mountains near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. They have also secured exclusive hunting rights on the private lands immediately adjoining the property, so they offer a vast hunting block totaling over 120,000 acres. That is 188 square miles of pristine wilderness for unparalleled fair chase of free ranging wild animals.

    Over 70 plains game species are present at Huntershill, including virtually all species of African antelopes compatible with the Eastern Cape climate, such as Black Wildebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, all four Blesbok (Common, White, Yellow, Copper), Gemsbok, East Cape Kudu, Sable, Roan, Waterbuck, Zebra (Burchell and Mountain), Cape Eland, Lechwe, Tsessebe, all four Impala (Common, Black, White Flanked, Saddleback), Oryx (Arabian and Scimitar), Mountain and Common Reedbuck, Duiker, Steenbok, all four Springbok (Common, Black, White and Copper), etc. but also Warthog, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Cape Buffalo, White Rhinoceros and Lion; as well as Baboon, Jackal, Axis and Pere David deer, Barbary Sheep, Nubian Ibex and others. Numerous SCI Gold Medal trophies have been collected at Huntershill.

    What this means, is that because all these species strive at Huntershill, you can focus on hunting, right out of the lodge, and you do not have to waste precious time in daily highway drives, commuting for hours at a time from farms to farms to hunt different species, as is common in South Africa, and not always disclosed ahead of time to visiting hunters...

    Huntershill has been organizing successful safaris for 19 years, and the best measure of their clients’ success, and therefore their own success, is that 97% of their clients return to Huntershill. Mind you, it does not mean 97% are happy - I suspect virtually 100% are happy; it means that 97% come back! I am a prime example. I thought that this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Yeah, right! Here is the catch with Huntershill - because there IS a catch with Huntershill: you will go back! :)

    As Jason Olivier, the Huntershill Head Professional Hunter (PH) tells me jokingly, "the African bug bit you hard, didn't it?" He is right. I am 100% hooked. To the point that I went to the SCI show in Reno last week and ended spending most of my time on the Huntershill booth talking with the public...

    I am happy for you that you are going to Huntershill in May. If you have doubts or buyer's remorse, I can tell you that these are unfounded: you made a good decision, and Kirk and the Utah team are awesome; you are in good hands. Jason, Greg and I are friends, so I am happy to help. If there is anything you need, any question you have (packing list, firearms import, travel, Huntershill tips, etc. etc.) please do not hesitate to PM me, I will be happy to answer. I am pretty sure you already have all these answers from Kirk, but if you are looking for one more perspective, I will be happy to share :)

    Pascal
     
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    I'm booked with Greg April 25-May 5th this year....Met with Greg, Jason, and Boyce at DSC last weekend. Seem like good people. Looking forward to the trip, maybe we'll be there at the same time.
     
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    Tv hunter/host Steve Scott has hunted with them numerous times if I am not mistaken.
     
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    Hey Pascal,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I must confess, I'm not having any second thoughts or cold feet hunting with Huntershill, but thought it would be wise to find out if there was any insights from this group before spending so much money going out there.

    I did read your report and if I remember it correctly- you shot an outstanding kudu! With 3 full twists and flaring out. Yes- I just looked at it and that was you. Congrats on such a nice trophy. Your red hartebeest and steenbok were also very nice. And your bushbuck was an old warrior and a very cool trophy!

    Can you tell me about your kudu hunt? Most of the pictures of cape kudu I see coming off Huntershill have the big wide twists so the tips are pointing in. I'll admit I really dislike that shape and LOVE the shape of yours. Was that just a fluke finding that bull or did you see others that were of the same quality and shape as yours?

    Also- I'm curious about your perspective on a couple things that I've already asked the guys that booked the hunt for us. First, were you hunting exclusively with a rifle? In the past, I've had a lot of fun in Africa hunting out of blinds with my bow and was hoping to do some hunting with my bow while I'm there. Did you, or did any hunters in camp, use bows while you were there?

    Second, did you ever feel cramped for area to hunt? 55,000 acres is very large... but even that much property can begin to feel small if there's 30 hunters going out every day. How many hunters were in camp while you were there?

    Thanks
     

  10. larrich

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    My son and I hunted at Hunter’s Hill in 2017. I must say, we could not have had a better experience. Our PH was excellent as were the accommodations and food.

    I made a point to find them at DSC just to say hello. Really enjoyed seeing them

    I highly recommended Hunters Hill.

    I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.
     
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    Hello 50by50, let's start with this one. Greg owns 55,000 acres but he has also secured exclusive hunting rights on the private lands immediately adjoining his property, so Huntershill hunts over 120,000 acres. That is 188 square miles!!!!!!! In August 2018, which is toward the end of the season, I was alone in camp the first week, and for the second week of my hunt there were 12 Mexican hunters in camp with me. I never saw one in the field. The property is vast enough and compartmentalized enough (hills and valleys) that through proper organization by Jason Olivier, the head PH, you will not see another hunting crew the entire day. At least that was my experience.
    In truth, my Kudu is fairly exceptional. 51", 3 turns, flaring out, massive bases, 4" ivory tips etc. There are longer Kudu - the week after I shot mine one of the Mexican guys shot at 53" Kudu, a trophy by every definition of the term, but I prefer mine... Yes there are a few like mine out there, but it truly is the luck of the draw. I think that you can be pretty confident about a good chance at a 50"+ Kudu, which is awesome in its own right, but the shape of the horns is really an individual trait. Your willingness to hunt long and hard far away from the Land Cruiser will help you a lot. There is this little deep valley/canyon that you can only access from the top of the mountain at the "sheep farm" that I will go back to because we saw a few others like mine... Talk to Jason, the Head PH, about that when you are there, tell him you spoke with me ;-)
    An older gentleman (70 or some) took a gorgeous Sable and a 43" buffalo with his bow - can you believe he was pulling 80 lbs at 70 years old !?!?!?! - when I was there, and it is totally common, based on PHs stories, to have a hunter show up with both bow and rifle. I did not hunt with a bow, but I do bow hunt in the US so I am in tune with bow hunting. What I think is really cool at Huntershill is that there are a number of natural small waterholes all over the hills, so you can walk and stalk natural water holes, and set up natural blinds, as opposed to what seems to be common in Africa, which is shooting animals at a concrete water "hole" from a cinder-block bunker...

    Have a great time out there, and PM me if you have other more individual questions.

    Thx
    P
     
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