I personally took a roan that measured 29-6/8 inches. My clients all took northwestern buffalo (good ones), western hartebeest (one will be in the top five of SCI), roan (nothing under 25 inches), kob, Sing-Sing waterbuck and Nagor reedbuck (two will be in the top three of SCI). We struck out on red flanked duiker. Saw quite a few big-bodied lions, but they had no manes, which is something we knew ahead of time. While all persons did well, the hunting was hard. The main problem was hot weather, and I mean hot.
The camp was actually a lodge, with a large swimming pool and air-conditioned separate chalets. The staff was as good as you'll find in a country where there is a language problem. Most spoke French. One of our professional hunters was well-known Franz Coupe. He did an excellent job.
Next year, I will be going back in late March again, as Yeryanga Safaris is opening up a new camp in an area that has not been hunted and has a lot more game. The camp will be a luxury-tented affair with air-conditioned tents. It will be located on a clear river that has waterfalls on it. It can be used for swimming.
It is worth noting that trophy fees are very inexpensive in Burkina Faso. Roan is $800, buffalo $660, and the rest of the animals are less than that. The daily rate works out to $1,000 per day, and that includes lodging, meals, ground transfers, dip and pack, etc.
(Postscript: Bruce Grant can be reached at the number........(continued)