What to Expect When Hunting in Ghana


Published: September - 2012

Positive reports continue to come in on Steve Kobrine's hunting operation in Ghana (info@stevekobrine.com). Continuing subscribers know we have received a number of positive reports on this hunt, all from very experienced hunters interested in collecting the rare pygmy antelopes available in Ghana, namely the royal antelope, Maxwell's duiker and black duiker. Most recently, subscriber Garrett Copeland contacted me quite enthused about his hunt there last June. He shot what he says is the fourth largest royal antelope taken in Ghana. (See photo in online Trophy Gallery.)

Obviously, Copeland recommends this hunt but says interested hunters need to know exactly what they are getting into. Hunting involves driving to the hunting area each evening after 8 pm and spending the next five to six hours walking in the jungle in high heat and humidity. He describes this as a physically demanding hunt due to the conditions, the intense walking and the thick cover. Bring clippers to cut your way out of tangles, he advises.

"The royal antelope are there, and you will get one, but you must keep a strong attitude and battle out the heat," he says.

As for the services, Copeland says the trackers are former meat hunters, but they know what they are doing and where to find the antelope and duikers. One just needs to be patient. On the fifth night of his hunt, he says his tracker, Asari, found a royal antelope and helped him make the shot by using a laser pointer to pinpoint the animal's location.

Because of the intense heat and humidity, Copeland says they stored the skinned trophy in an air-conditioned room to dry as much as possible before he took it home. He says exporting the trophy was no problem. The local fish and wildlife department people were very knowledgeable with the paperwork and quite decent to deal with, he says. When he arrived in New York, he says importing the trophy was hassle free.

The only negative he notes is........(continued)

 
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