By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Morris Dougba's Liberia Safari continues to garner positive hunt reports from our subscribers. This month R. Wooley filed a report (10897
) about a 20-day hunt in May that yielded two zebra duikers, plus water chevrotain and black duiker. He booked his hunt through Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film and Shunneson & Wilson (830-792-4200; www.shunnesonandwilson.com
"This outfitter offers a good chance at species you can't find elsewhere," Wooley writes in his report. "I didn't take Ogilby or Maxwell duiker, but that's just forest hunting. The outfitter explained up front that chances for dwarf forest buffalo or sitatunga were very slim."
We spoke with Wooley about his hunt over the phone. He told us, "This was my second trip to Liberia after a 2012 hunt in Steve Kobrine's camp in east-central Liberia. That was a good camp, but it didn't seem to have the game that Dougba's area has.
"This time I booked two hunts back to back for 20 days in camp. I wanted more time to maximize my chances and to spend some time looking for buffalo. I saw many buffalo tracks, but the closest I got was hearing them splash away through a creek in thick cover. Dougba and booking agent Ken Wilson represented accurately the chances for buffalo on this hunt.
"We generally started hunting at about 9 pm. Creeks and rivers make vehicle access impractical, but this is offset by good density of game. The guides have hacked an extensive network of trails into the forest. The guide has a more powerful light than the client's headlamp, plus the advantage of great experience. These guys have eked out a living in the forest for generations, and they can see things that you just can't see. In some cases, my guide could sex the animal simply from the reflection of the eyes. They are quite skilled....