Two Big Botswana Elephant Hunted With Johan Calitz Safaris


Published: July - 2009

In Botswana, elephant hunters report taking some big trophies this season with Johan Calitz Safaris. Pat Beaird killed an 81-pounder with PH Ronnie Crous, booking agent Jeff Neal Inc. He took the elephant in the Masami Concession (NG-42) on the seventh day of his hunt. Beaird says he wanted a bull over 60 pounds, which would have been an exceptional trophy for this area. He reports seeing several very good bulls the first six days of the hunt, including one with long, symmetrical ivory that would have gone over 50 pounds. Beaird held out for something bigger and hit pay dirt the following day.

Beaird says they stopped for lunch near a water pan that had been attracting numbers of bulls. During the break, apprentice PH Ryan Lankin climbed a nearby tree and spotted a large bodied bull at the pan but could not make out the ivory. Upon taking a closer look, they discovered the bull had one long, thick tusk. The other side was broken about a foot from the lip. Judging the bull at about 70-pounds, the party tracked the elephant through the brush about a quarter of a mile on foot before Beaird took it with a double-lung hit.

Upon official measurement, the long tusk measured 73 inches long, with a 19-inch circumference at the lip. It weighed in at 81 pounds. The broken tusk was only 12 inches long but weighed 32 pounds. Seems nerve damage from an early injury had caused the tusk to break. (See photo in our Trophy Gallery.)

In that same concession with Johan Calitz Safaris, Kelly LaFay shot a bull weighing 72 x 52 pounds. (See photo in Trophy Gallery.) Ronnie Crous was also the PH on that hunt. LaFay shot his jumbo on the hunt following Beaird's. He too booked through Jeff Neal.

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