Hunter Reports On Re-opened Hunt For Sesse Island Sitatunga In Uganda


Published: August - 2010

In Uganda, subscriber Chris Kinsey has filed a report on hunting Sesse Island sitatunga with Bruce Martin's Lake Albert Safaris, represented by Steve Kobrine. You'll recall I first reported on this opportunity back in August 2009 when Jim Shockey was Martin's first client there. (See Article ID 2297.) Subsequent reports indicated that the hunt still "needed some work," as subscriber Jason Bruce put it (see Article ID 2362). Kinsey hunted there this past March, and while his report is very positive, he indicates that there continues to be room for improvement and that hunters just need to accept some aspects of the hunt.

According to Kinsey, the hunt is well organized, with excellent logistics upon arrival in Entebbe and good hunting accommodations. He hunted on Bugala, which is the largest of the Sesse Islands and according to Kinsey is well supplied with tourist facilities and a town where hunters can find just about all the basic necessities. Martin has a PH in residence there who is running the sitatunga hunts.

Kinsey says the islands are privately owned, not government land. In recent years, the landowners on Bugala and other islands have cleared much of the rain forest and converted the land to palm oil plantations for the biodiesel market. Hunting takes place in and around the plantations. On Bugala, he says they hunted a long belt of timber left along the shoreline. This strip of forest, he says, lends itself perfectly to driving sitatunga. The problem is the density of people and cattle. He says that on one of the two drives conducted for him, there were so many people around that he had someone there simply to keep track of people who may have gotten in his line of fire. "You must be very careful on this hunt," he says. Had he not been successful early on, he would have insisted on going to a spike camp on one of the uninhabited islands. "They seem to think that drives are the thing to do," says Kinsey. "But I was expecting to hunt from a machan over the marsh. I........(continued)

 
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