Seems Weth has been plagued by a number of complications during his operation's first hunting season. Subscribers who read the report from Bill and Suzie Brewster in the May issue, know that Weth's first full-bag safaris in February did not go very smoothly. I now have feedback from Peter Larsen, who was on that safari with the Brewsters. He confirms what they reported on the game numbers in Aswa-Lolim, specifically that the area was void of animals. He says he and Suzie were lucky to have gotten Nile buffalo when they finally moved to the Murchison Falls area. "A few wander out of the park, but you cannot predict getting a buffalo," says Larsen. "If not for PH Johnny Chipman and the Brewsters' PH, Keith Chambers, this would have been a total disaster." Larsen says the PHs brought their own trackers, and Chipman had a skinner. He says there was no skinning shed and one of the buffalo horns was burned because someone in camp insisted on boiling the skulls.
When they moved to the Ngoma area in the Kafue River Basin, Larsen says they found abundant game as well as cattle and people. "Be careful of your background when hunting there," he warns. Despite this, he reports taking a number of good trophies there, including an East African sitatunga that may rank in the top 10 of the SCI record book. He says there are huge reed beds along the river there stretching for miles and offering great potential for sitatunga. However, he says he took his trophy by........(continued)