Another Hunter Says No Trophies Available on This South African Ranch


Published: June - 2013

We have a second unhappy hunting report on a plains game hunt with this South Africa hunting ranch. In our June, 2012 issue (Article 2898 in our database), we published a negative report (8681) by subscriber Leon Munyan on a hunt with Wilton Valley Hunting Safaris. Munyan had said that this was no longer a trophy hunting property and that many species had been shot out. We included a rebuttal by H.P. de Jager, the owner of Wilton Valley. That shook loose another report on this operation by Robert Salamon, who hunted with Wilton Valley in 2009 and says, "I saw the report by Leon Munyan and wanted to let people know he was right."

On his hunt, Salamon managed to take a nyala ("there were only two on the ranch, and the other had a broken horn") and female kudu and blue wildebeest ("there were no males") but failed to take steenbok, warthog and hartebeest. "There was very little game, and all males had been shot. They did not have the animals I wanted, and when I told de Jager, his only comment was that I should have come earlier in the year," writes Salamon.

De Jager responded to Salamon's complaint, saying, "This hunt was a long time ago, and we cannot remember the exact conditions prevailing during that specific hunt. A few things to think about: Weather plays a very big role. The slightest change can make a big difference. A cold front moves in, and you will not see animals for days. Habitat conditions play a big role. For example, steenbok and warthog are small animals, if the grass is tall you will not see them. Also this is bushveld area, not open grass plains.

"We have been in the hunting industry now for more than 30 years. Unfortunately the clients are here for seven to 10 days, which is sometimes not enough to utilize the change in conditions. One client can battle to get his animals and, 10 days later, another client can have great success on the same property.........(continued)

 
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