You'll recall that Kobrine's first clients had a tough go, as they hunted during the wet season. (See my interviews with subscribers Tom Hammond and J. Alain Smith in the July [Article 2913] and November [Article 2870] issues.) Some experienced jungle hunters I spoke with said Kobrine should never have conducted hunts during that period, but when I asked Kobrine about it, he said, "I was up front with my hunters about the conditions. We knew it would be a challenging hunt, but they wanted to be among the first in, and I wanted to get a presence established in the area." He was confident that subsequent clients would enjoy successful hunts with him going forward.
Rick Warren proved that to be the case with a highly successful safari. Kobrine introduced Warren as the "luckiest hunter alive." Indeed the hunting gods seem to have smiled on Warren, considering he managed to take a big Maxwell duiker the first day, a genet the second day, and within an hour of that, he had taken that huge water chevrotain, followed by a palm civet -- all within 200 yards of the camp! The night he shot his zebra duiker, he was only half a mile from the drop-off point. Warren hunted 21 days, but took all of his animals in the first 10 days! He spent the rest of his time trying to take a dwarf buffalo and a few other species but didn't connect.
All the hunts, except for the dwarf buffalo, were conducted at night. Warren says they found fresh tracks during the day and got close, but the buffalo spotted the hunting party first. Because........(continued)