Sport Hunters Take 90 and 70-plus Pound Elephants In Botswana


Published: September - 2010

Two sport hunters shot huge elephant in Botswana last month. You can see the photos in the Trophy Gallery section of our website. One of them is an amazing 95-pounder taken by Portuguese hunter Alvaro Rola. He hunted with Johan Calitz Safaris (011-34-91-4423-775; www.johancalitzsafaris.co.za, booking agent Eduardo de Araoz of Cazatur (011-267-686-3282; www. cazatur.com). The PH was Cobus Calitz, and the hunt took place in NG32, one of the Okavango Delta concessions still being hunted. Tharia Unwin of Calitz Safaris sent me the following note about the hunt:

"The hunting party was busy scouting an island when they heard an elephant snoring in dense bush. Cobus told Alvaro to remain behind while he went to see what the tusker was carrying. He returned to Alvaro saying that it was a real good tusker but that the other tusk was not visible. They waited for the big old bull to wake up and start moving so they could have a look at the other side. Fifteen minutes later, Cobus and Alvaro saw that the other tusk was broken.

"It was only the second day of the safari, but Alvaro realized the magnitude of this magnificent old elephant bull and did not hesitate. He had an expectation in mind, and this bull was it. At 10 yards, Alvaro dropped the elephant with a single brain shot from his .470 Krieg- hoff. The right tusk measured 48 inches in length and 20.5 inches around the lip. Its green weight was 95 pounds (43 kilos)! Amazingly, another 32 inches of ivory was hidden inside the skull of this old elephant. Even though the left tusk was broken at the tip, it still measured 21 inches in length and weighed in at 60 pounds (27 kilos)."

The second elephant was a 73 x 74 pounder killed by Jared Rann in CT7. You'll recall, I told you about this concession recently. It was among a number of concessions offering elephant permits at auction. The permits for CT7 were purchased by Jeff Rann Hunting Safaris (rannsafaris@dynabyte.bw). The area encompasses nearly 2 million acres, stretching........(continued)

 
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