Fall is knocking at our door and with it comes excitement for bird and big game hunting seasons. Like most everyone else around here, I find myself short on time (and money) but long on enthusiasm I know if I don’t get this hunt report started now it will be long overdue by the time I get back to it. With that said, a Hunt Review seems like the smart start and I’ll share more detail as time permits. I hope y’all enjoy it and find the information useful as you dream of and plan your upcoming adventures! A few words to begin with. This was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I have dreamed of hunting elephant ever since I can remember. There was always that “someday, maybe...” thought in my head, but it was accompanied by the “I just can’t afford it”, or “will I be able to import my trophy?” questions and doubts. Well, an opportunity came along that I COULD afford and I decided it was much more important to DO IT than just dream about it or let trophy import questions get in the way. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. And I must say my girlfriend would tell you I am known for my good decisions! If I could offer my hunting brothers and sisters a few humble words of advice, if you dream of hunting elephant in a traditional walk and stalk, lots of boot miles, LOTS of elephant, pure adrenalin style that harkens back to the days of yore, book a tuskless hunt in a tent camp in a wild and completely free range area filled with Lion, Leopard and Cape Buffalo. It will be like nothing else you’ve experienced. I believe the details will paint the picture, but I must say a few words about Mokore Safaris and Doug Duckworth. By any standard this is a first class operation and Doug is an outstanding PH. Based upon the research I had done and folks I had talked to prior to booking, I believe I had fairly high expectations going in. It would be a gross understatement to say my expectations were surpassed. They were blown out of the water! Arriving in camp for the first time is always exciting. Meeting your PH for the first time when you arrive in hunting camp can make for intersting times. You are sizing things up and you know you are being sized up as well. 5 minutes in I was pretty convinced this was going to be a great safari. A little time to unwind, a trip to the range, one shot from each rifle right in the bullseye and some sundowners around the camp fire and I KNEW this was going to be a magical experience. Waking up to a female leopard sawing outside my tent, a nice warm fuzzy monkey in my bed and cold, crisp air made the first night a memory to cherish. Things would only get better from here Doug is the type of PH that will walk your legs off, flash you a withering glare when you screw up, and make you try harder just because you don’t want to disappoint him. He will also go to any length to make your hunt a pleasure and everything you hope it will be, he sees things that I am still not sure are really there and he treats his trackers and skinners with a respect that can only have been earned. Doug is a man of honor and a staunch believer in doing things the “proper” way. Whether it be running a hunting camp or earning the right to take the life of an animal, if you hunt with Doug you will very likely be a better hunter and a better person for the experience. I would absolutely hunt Dangerous Game with him again, and I hope to do so again very soon! Review to follow immediately, but right now it’s dinner time!