I hunted four hours out of Port Sudan from a tented camp. The land here is very harsh. Whoever named these mountains `hills' must have been a comedian, as they are high and very steep and difficult to walk in due to the many stones. The hunt is done with the help of the Beja people, or the Hagendowa, if you hunt south of Port Sudan. They serve as beaters during the hunt, and you must negotiate a price with a different group of beaters for each mountain you hunt. This way of hunting requires long drives and long talks with a translator. You must be patient and trust Dacey's experience in dealing with all this.
The hunts are conducted by driving as far up the mountains as possible, then walking up to a spike camp where you spend the night. The next day, you rise early and climb to the top of the mountain to wait for animals being driven by the beaters. The Nubian ibex population is quite small. I took my ibex on the fifth driven hunt. I saw two females and a small male before a large ram appeared at about 600 yards. When he was within about 328 yards, I put down the binoculars and shot him when he stopped. He was an old warrior of about 11 years with thick horns about 33 inches long. (See photo in the Trophy Gallery section of the Hunting Report web site.)
I also took an Eritrean gazelle, which are also very scarce. They are........(continued)