By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Back in Nov. 2016 we shared two subscriber reports on non-trophy elephant hunts (see Article 3905
), highlighting these safaris as a good option for those who want to hunt elephant despite the ongoing holdup on import permits or for those who can't justify the expense of a trophy hunt. With elephant populations at or above carrying capacity in much of their habitat, a number of operators have a quota of cull animals available.
This month, subscriber A. Adkins sent a report (11000
) on a non-trophy elephant hunt in Namibia's Caprivi Strip in early Sept. with PH Emile Kirchner of Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris (406-261-1222; www.jamyhunts.com
). Adkins harvested a younger bull elephant as well as hippo, kudu and red lechwe.
"My primary species on this safari was the non-trophy elephant. These hunts are called 'own use' in Namibia, as the elephant is for the use of the conservancy, with any ivory going to the government. This is much more affordable than a trophy elephant hunt, and the success rate is higher. The target is a tuskless elephant, an elephant with a broken or single tusk or a bull elephant with tusks that are less than 40 pounds. For someone who does not want to commit to the cost and time of a trophy hunt, this hunt is a great option....