A New Area In Cameroon That Offers Chasse Libre


Published: May - 2007

Still in West Africa, long-time subscriber Cam Greig tells me he has found a new area in Cameroon that offers good chasse libre potential. Chasse libre means, roughly, on-your-own hunting in French, and that is something Grieg has done for many years in both Cameroon and CAR. In fact, he makes a small sidelight business out of helping mostly Hunting Report subscribers put together old-fashioned on-your-own portered safaris.

At any rate, here is an edited version of the note Grieg sent us about the new area: I have just discovered a new area in the north of Cameroon. It's snuggled in between several hunting blocks, but is still large enough to hold a significant amount of game. It was left as a zone banal, or free area for chasse libre hunters because of its mountainous and rocky nature. It would be almost impossible to put roads in it.

I took a fishing guide from Alaska with me into this area this winter. He shot a very nice old harnessed bushbuck the first day. The second day he shot a big western hartebeest and followed up on the third day with a red river hog. Over the course of the next week, he added a nice western roan and a northwestern buffalo to his tally. He turned down opportunities at oribi and warthog, as well as at bush duikers and baboons. There is a significant presence of elephants in the area, but he was not interested.

To experience this kind of success on a hunt conducted on foot, with porters carrying all of your gear, is nothing short of remarkable. Although we were both anxious to find a Lord Derby eland, we only found tracks of such an age that it did not make any sense to follow them. When you are hunting on foot, tracks have to be no more than six hours old when you find them.

I have arranged for a game guard to make two anti-poaching patrols in the month of April, and........(continued)

 
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