Hunting Benin With Club Faune, A First-Hand Report


Published: July - 2008

Subscriber Don Usak just returned from a safari to Benin with Jean Pierre Bernon of Club Faune (www.fauna-safari-club.com). You'll recall my report last year on Benin when I hunted with Jose Chelet's Aliboro Safaris (see Article ID 1876). I said that the hunting required quite a bit of walking and that the game while not teeming was certainly plentiful enough to provide a good safari. Well, here's what Usak had to say about his trip with Club Faune:

You will have to walk to find good trophies in this country. And the walking is on rough, uneven ground that will cause foot blisters. Overall, trophy quality in the Porga concession where I hunted was very good. My western savannah buffalo, harnessed bushbuck, western hartebeest and Nagor reedbuck are easily top 20 SCI animals. Later in my safari, I saw animals from each of these species that would score even better. Trophy quality for roan is average compared to the rest of Africa where roan are found. But in Benin, mature roan bulls turn very dark in the face, neck and withers, making for a striking trophy that you won't find in other parts of Africa. Trophy quality for the duikers, oribi and kob are no better than average in this concession. I cannot comment on the trophy quality of lion or waterbuck as I did not hunt them.

Usak goes on to characterize hunting in Benin as truly wild. His only quibble with the trip is that trophies are held until June before shipping, over a month after the season ends in April.

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