Gavito hunted from the Joverega camp in NG41, also known as the African Field Sports concession, operated by Johan Calitz Safaris. The PH was Willy McDonald, booking agent Jay Leyendecker of Under the Sun Hunt Consultants and Wildlife Biologists. According to the account sent to me, Gavito's hunting party had just managed to free their hunting vehicle from the mud when they caught a brief glimpse of two elephant bulls, a young askari and a much older bull. After a pursuit on foot, Gavito got a clear shot at the big bull as it loomed out of some thick scrub.
NG41 is one of three community-based areas that Calitz is hunting. You may recall from my January report that a number of important government concessions in Botswana were closed to hunting, but the contracts for community-based areas like NG41 are good for the next three years. While many in the hunting community predict these community areas will be closed as well, operators in Botswana remain positive that elephant hunting will continue there, though possibly in different areas. There are many places within the elephant range in Botswana that are simply not conducive to eco-tourism/photo-safari activities. The terrain or cover in these areas simply does not provide the game viewing opportunities that these kinds of tourists expect. They are, however, perfectly conducive to hunting, and........(continued)