Lassman hunted a variety of large properties in the Karoo.
By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Remember our April 2017 story (Article 4018
in our database) about free-range hunting in the Karoo region of South Africa? We told you that livestock ranchers in that area had come to see the value of game animals, had reintroduced indigenous species there and had begun to offer a variety of hunting opportunities. Well, subscriber P. Lassman has checked in this month with an enthusiastic report (10991
) on a hunt with PH and operator Victor Watson of Karoo Wild Safaris (011-27-873-531-769; www.karoowildsafaris.co.za
Watson is a fifth-generation Karoo settler, ranching and hunting property that's been in his family since 1836. The Karoo, you'll recall, lies in the Eastern Cape and is one of South Africa's most ecologically diverse provinces. Watson's property is near Kleinpoort in the Klein Winterhoek Mountains, halfway between Graaff Reinet and Port Elizabeth. The ranch is 5,600 hectares (about 13,800 acres), with a low-fenced section of 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) where Watson runs livestock and wild game. Watson also has access to another 120,000 hectares (296,500 acres) in the immediate area, as well as multiple other concessions and family properties. Watson says he does about 20% percent of his hunting on his own property.
Lassman reports hunting a mix of free-range or low-fenced properties as well as some large, high-fenced properties, taking vaal rhebok, mountain reedbuck, caracal, steenbok, ringed waterbuck, black springbuck and wildebeest....