Still in Uganda, Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film sent me a report on the first hunters to hunt with Chris Weth of Uganda Wildlife Safaris. Hunting Report subscribers Roger Card and Walter Broich hunted in early December in the Aswa Lolim Wildlife Reserve, which is contiguous to Murchison Falls National Park. Both were after five species. They each took a Nile bushbuck, oribi and a duiker that they and Weth believe may be a Harvey's duiker. It is described in James Mellon's African Hunter (see the chapter on Uganda) as having a mostly black face and being mostly reddish brown to bay colored. We shared a photo with E-mail Extra subscribers. Some doubt it is a Harvey's. You can see the photo for yourself on our web site under the Email Extra Bulletins posted to the homepage 24 hours after delivery to Email Extra subscribers.
Neither Card nor Broich took Nile buffalo because the grass in the area was high due to what Wilson says were unseasonably late rains. Eight to 10 inches fell in many areas. Last year when I was scheduled to visit Weth's areas in December, it was excessive rains that postponed my trip. Wilson says the locals informed Weth that they usually burn the grass in late November/early December and that prime hunting months would be from December through April, with some years offering good conditions from November through June. Because it rained each night on Card and Broich's safari, burning was not possible. Wilson says Card's assessment was that the safari was great but that he does not recommend going in December. I have not received a report from Card and Broich yet, but........(continued)