Jeffery Belongia and his hunting partners, Dan Gorecki and Tony Brendt, say they did not get the safari they paid for in Zimbabwe with Tim Schultz of African Dream Safaris. The hunt started as a leopard hunt Belongia purchased at auction, but he upgraded to an elephant hunt based on feedback from Shultz regarding the leopard hunting conditions in the area. He also added his friends as additional hunters. Belongia says he was supposed to hunt two non-trophy elephant bulls, but when he arrived the permits were not available, and he got a tuskless cow permit instead. His partners were supposed to hunt crocodiles, but no permits were available for them. Also, they expected to hunt a concession in Binga, but Gorecki says, "We were taken to an area that we had specifically said we did not want to hunt." The game, he says, was "almost non-existent, as the area was severely poached out. Worst hunt of my life." There was also a delay with a refund for trophies not taken and a delay in trophy shipments.
In a rebuttal from Shultz he says he is aware the hunters are disappointed with the hunt but says he already partially refunded Gorecki and Berndt. He blames the delay in trophy shipment on the dip-and-pack company he was using and said he was in the middle of a law suit with them. Shultz thought the issues with the safari had already been resolved amicably.