On this hunt, Brekke reports seeing 50 to 100 water buffalo each day while hunting safari-style from vehicles and stalking on foot when a target animal was spotted. Brekke took five bulls on a cull hunt. He added on a trophy bull when a 100-incher presented itself as "a target of opportunity" on the first day of hunting. His partner took a 102-inch trophy on the last day. "Never thought I would see so many buffalo of trophy caliber," he tells us. He also notes that a .500 NE double rifle was a good choice for this hunt: "In my opinion, you'd be undergunned with a .375. I've got three Cape buffalo on my wall, one of which tried to kill me. I think these Australian buggers are even tougher." On the hunting itself, Brekke notes that he's had both knees replaced and didn't book the hunt until he was sure of his own capabilities. "I didn't have any trouble at all. They burn the grass to let it come in fresh, and the ground is easy to walk on."
The camp, he says, was excellent, with all the buildings comfortable and snake proof. "I've hunted six times in Africa, and only one camp there was nicer, but that was a permanent camp." One thing he did note is that there is no alcohol served or even allowed in the camp.
Getting his gun to Australia and back out was no problem. "We flew United and Qantas, and I really can't believe how helpful everyone was. All the paperwork for the guns was taken care of ahead........(continued)