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)