I think we met on your first day in camp. I was in the main camp Murrara when York and his girlfriend came in and said hi followed by you and your Dad in a vehicle ? We chartered out on the 10th Aug.
We also hunted hard for lion and buffalo with similar results, I think the campfire system is on a knifes edge, poaching is up , game down . Only saw 3-4 buff bulls and 3 sable 2 kudu bulls in 21 days !!
Buzz Charlton is the only operator in my opinion that is taking anti poaching seriously, with the DAPU unit he has started ( Dande anti poaching unit) in Dande North.
I will only return there for leopard , we had tons of leopard on bait. Lions where only 2 yr old males in the prides.
Yeah, small world. You guys were hunting with Jim. The place certainly seems full up with Leopard.
I am glad to see that my experience is somewhat representative, as it makes me feel a bit more comfortable to share it. Have you shared the experience and sentiment with Graham?
As I am close by, I will be looking for a slot to take Graham up on his offer to hunt a bull for the trophy cost, which I believe is very generous and supports the value in hunting with a respected operator like HHK. But this would be of little value to an overseas hunter whom had saved long and hard for his hunt and trip.
The damn concession is so pretty, it really is a pity the buff bulls have been hunted so much!
While we were there, we saw a number of good Kudu, a nice herd of sable - no bull, and as I said, tons of buff, but only 3 hard bulls, one with a broken horn.
For me the issue is now about quota management or more appropriately for the next few years (3-5 years) to stop issuing Buff bulls on quota there. Unlikely to happen, but the only way to restock with mature buffalo!
As an aside, I got to chat with Buzz while we were there, which was pretty neat!
Just seeing this. Sorry for the bad luck, or rather over hunted area....
I was even closer to you than I realized, Chewore North, which is just to the west of you. I heard the PHs talking about Dande. They also mentioned that several of the concessions around them seemed to be having pretty tough seasons, so I can't say I'm shocked.
Parks definitely has work to do setting quotas. I heard that too. Some too high, and others too low. Hyena are EVERYWHERE and seem to be impacting PA in particular. Something needs to be done for sure. And more than just an increased quota in that particular case (they aren't filling it now).
I hope you get time to go back. It was truly an amazing area....
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