Got back two weeks ago from a ten day bow hunt with Tsala. Rouan the PH/owner was a great guy and did not pressure me, the food was great and the accommodations very good, the hunting was slow at the hides. The first day we had 2 blesbok come in and one was a nice ram but I already have one. The next 2 days were pretty uneventful except for a very large blue wildebeest that we thought I shouldn't take because we didn't want to ruin it for the sable, if we had only known that they weren't using that place I would have taken him. I feel we were fortunate to get the sable on day four from a pop up blind over bait as they had quit coming to water or feed at the permanent hides. Day 5 I had a chance at the impala, two rams came in I shot the shorter of the two but he was heavier and wider. Days 6 and 7 we spent till 1:00pm on another property hoping for bushbuck or mountain reedbuck and warthog, we saw two immature male reedbucks and some female bushbuck but no shooters and a nice kudu bull but I already have taken a 58 bull so I didn't have a kudu on my list. We also saw some baboons but no mature males or I would taken one. Just before dark on day 7 we had a duiker show and Rouan said it wasn't very big but I thought it was good enough for me, didn't recover him till the next morning. The last 3 days were uneventful. We had swirling winds everyday, if something start to come in the wind screwed us. He had 4 bowhunters the week before and I think the animals were hide shy also, he also had local bowhunters about three weeks before, next year he says he is not going to have locals so I think that will help. His game numbers were good and the trophy quality good as we saw a lot of game just not at the hides. We had zebra wildabeest, waterbuck, eland, and impala that started to come in but for whatever reason decided not to. I would have added zebra, bushbuck , wildebeest, nyala but they didn't want to cooperate. He has 3 permanent hides so I think it is easy to over hunt them. I had a warthog on the package but we didn't see any decent hogs male or female although we saw numerous young hogs. The value of the hunt was very good as the sable package was priced so low and the added days were only $120 a day, it gave a poor working man a chance to hunt sable which I never thought I would get.
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