Two Hunters Review Hunting Central African Republic With Safari Bongo


Published: October - 2009

In Central African Republic two subscribers have filed glowing reports on hunting with Jacques Lemaux of Safari Bongo. Lemaux hunts in the Chinko basin, south of Sudan and north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His area is well away from the problem areas identified by the US State Department in recent Travel Warnings, the latest of which was issued this past August. (You can read the warning by clicking on Travel Warnings on the right-hand side of our web site's home- page.)

The reports are from Jason Bruce and Dean Grommet. Bruce hunted early May and killed a bongo that he says should rank around number 30, a yellow-backed duiker that will come in about number 16, and a Weyn's duiker that should just make the top five. He also took a red river hog and other animals. He says a German client in camp at the same time was also successful on bongo and other game. In contrast, Grommet was not successful with bongo but still raves about his experience and recommends Lemaux unconditionally.

Lemaux has a concession of 700,000 hectares. He has three established camps but changes camps every two years to rotate salines. Hunting is done by visiting salines (mineral or salt deposits). They look for the track of a large, solitary male bongo and then follow it to conclusion in the typical fashion, using trackers and pygmies with small dogs. The dogs engage the bongo and keep it busy, while the hunter moves in for the shot.

While this system worked well for Bruce and the German hunter in camp, Grommet says he had the most bizarre piece of bad luck he has ever experienced on a hunt. It seems all the lead dogs were out of commission due to injuries and a mature pregnancy. It took the remaining dogs some time to sort out their new pecking order and work together, which they did not accomplish until two days after Grommet had left. The upside to this snafu? Grommet says he got to track 10 big bongo,........(continued)

 
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