Two Hunter Reports On Hunting In Ethiopia


Published: February - 2010

Two subscribers have filed reports about hunting in Ethiopia in response to the negative report we ran this past October from Leon Munyan on his experience there with Swanepoel and Scandrol. The first report is from Christopher M. Kinsey. He writes, "I read your October column concerning hunting conditions in Ethiopia with great interest and felt compelled to respond. Although I don't pretend to be an expert, I have successfully hunted mountain nyala on three separate occasions, as well as numerous other indigenous Ethiopian game during the course of several safaris to that unique and exotic country.

"This past spring (February/March), I hunted many of the same animals that Mr. Munyan did, less kudu and Soemmering gazelle, at virtually the same time with a vastly different result. I hunted with Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris (ERVS) on their Dati and Damaro concessions, where I found the game very abundant. When it came to mountain nyala, we saw several shootable bulls each day while in camp and I took a 37-inch bull at sunrise on the second day. I have always enjoyed wildlife photography and was delighted to get ample footage as well as 35mm shots of bulls and cows while glassing for game and even filmed three bulls on separate occasions as they walked in front of the truck or stood on the shoulder of the public roads. Clearly, these animals are very relaxed and not experiencing pressure from the locals.

"There were so many Menelik bushbuck sighted each day that it was merely a selection process to pick out the one with the horn shape you liked. Interestingly enough, on several occasions, we encountered groups of rams feeding together. One morning, I took a lovely trophy out of a group of three males and the next day took some footage of another group of six bushbuck feeding together. There were four rams and one female with her young fawn.

"The giant forest hog was the most difficult, and we always kept on the lookout for them as we hunted the other game. On our fourth........(continued)

 
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