Thornmahlen and Cochran Secures Namibia Black Rhino Hunting Concession


Published: June - 2009

Thormahlen & Cochran Safaris Namibia has secured one of the black rhino hunting concessions auctioned off in late April. You'll recall I told you last month that the auction for those trophy hunting concessions managed by the government finally took place in late April just as I was going to print with the May issue of The Hunting Report. For some reason, information on who purchased those concessions has been difficult to obtain from Namibian Parks and Wildlife Management, who have promised to forward a list of those operators but had not done so by press time. I was, however, able to find out who got one of the coveted concessions for black rhino. According to Peter Thormählen of Thormählen and Cochran Safaris Namibia, his company (which he says is 50 percent Namibian owned) has secured one of these concessions and is currently looking for a client to hunt the first of three black rhino bulls allotted to him.

Thormählen says the concession gives him the right to hunt one black rhino in 2009, 2010 and 2011. These are free-range animals of the desert subspecies (Dicero bicornis bicornis), which is different from the Southern central subspecies (Diceros bicornis minor). Thormählen says the desert subspecies tends to have longer horns, and due to the age class of the bulls available, he is hoping these hunts will produce the new number one black rhino for the record books. Thormählen says there is a real possibility to find a bull with a front horn in the high 20-inch range and a back horn in the high teens. These hunts will be conducted spot-and-stalk, and a hunter should plan on 14 to 21 days to take the right bull. The Namibian professional hunter to guide these hunts will be Volker Grellman.

These hunts are not cheap, as Thormählen is pricing them upwards of $250,000. He is quick to note, however, that this is a very special opportunity for a hunting connoisseur, meaning a very experienced hunter who truly understands the unique nature of this hunt and the species. He is looking for someone with........(continued)

 
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