In Namibia, elephant hunting guru Kai Uwe Denker is continuing his winning streak with the recent downing of two elephants in the 80-pound range. The first was taken by Jordan Fields, the 18-year-old daughter of former Congressman Jack Fields (see account below), and the second was taken by an architect from Germany. The latter bull's left tusk weighs 89.3 pounds and the right tusk weighed 82.5 pounds.
An old-fashioned hard hunter, Denker had this to say about his early hunts this year in an e-mail received near press time: "I just returned from my second elephant hunt in Bushmanland this season, and I am home for a long weekend to see my children. On my computer I have several e-mails requesting elephant hunts. Some of these are from subscribers to The Hunting Report. Please do tell your subscribers that good physical conditioning is the most important thing for the kind of elephant hunt I offer. My results of the last decade have been achieved by thoroughly combing the most remote areas of my concessions on foot. Luck is always necessary to obtain a good trophy, but you cannot always count on luck. The normal routine on one of my hunts is that we speedily follow on a spoor we take up at a waterhole in the morning, catching up with the bull at noontime. If he is not good, we take a short rest and thereafter cut back in a wide semi-circle towards the waterhole through the feeding grounds to come onto other bulls feeding or moving towards water. In this way, on two out of three days, we come onto two different groups of bulls and thus thoroughly search the countryside during a 14-day safari. This kind of hunting is very strenuous, and I fear I will run into trouble with one or more clients soon if I don't get the word out that what I offer is true elephant hunting with an average of more that 15 miles of walking per day. Prospective clients must understand that I cannot produce big ivory out of my sleeve, and I won't compromise on my hunting........(continued)