Subscriber M. Jones with a western roan from Burkina Faso's Konkombouri area.
Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
We recently received our first subscriber report on the Konkombouri area in southeastern Burkina Faso from subscriber M. Jones. Jones hunted there in early February with PH François Guillet of Burkina Safari Club/FG Safaris (011-33-06-67-24-90-88; email@example.com
), taking West African savanna buffalo, western roan, western hartebeest, bohor reedbuck, harnessed bushbuck and warthog on his 10-day safari.
"One of my better African hunts," writes Jones in Report 10806
. "It was hot, dry and dusty, but with effort excellent trophies were seen and taken. Dust from the Sahel was an issue for a few days, but not an insurmountable one. We found good numbers of buffalo and roan. The outfitter and PH are committed to taking only mature trophies that have separated themselves from the herd. The females and young were very relaxed and never moved far when disturbed. Smaller game including oribi and reedbuck was plentiful. We saw fresh lion tracks every day as well as signs of elephant, but ivory poaching is a problem.
"Hunting buff in West Africa by tracking only is a grand experience. The trackers were very good, and Guillet worked well with them. He is a true professional, seeing opportunities in all conditions. He speaks English very well and understands Americans."
Jones emailed The Hunting Report with additional details about his hunt, "I was looking to hunt either Burkina or Benin, and I contacted a couple folks who had hunted these areas in the past for their experiences. A friend of mine (a well-known taxidermist) suggested I talk to Guillet. Guillet described the area and hunting techniques used there. References uniformly gave him high marks on effort, ethics and ability, and I will say the same.
"The concession was about a seven-hour drive from Ouagadougou on (mostly) okay roads. After the terrorist shooting in Ouagadougou last year several checkpoints have been put in place, which we passed without difficulty. The camp is a permanent facility, roughly 20 years old. The client 'huts' were very nice brick/block houses with large bedrooms, attached en suite facilities, AC units that actually worked, and very nice shower facilities with hot water 24/7. There was a very nice common area, too.
"The concession is large enough that, once leaving camp, I never saw evidence of any of the other three hunters during the day. One was a friend of mine. The other two were Frenchmen.
"This is a semi-desert ecosystem, quite dry and sandy. The terrain was mostly flat with some rolling, rocky hills, riparian areas and scrub scattered throughout. The hunting method for the buffalo is tracking single bulls or bachelor groups. The trackers were very good. For roan and hartebeest we hunted spot and stalk for single bulls only, no shooting out of the herds. Warthog and harnessed bushbuck came through still hunting along the streambeds....