Benin Bowhunt


Published: August - 1998

We are indebted to subscriber Steve Kobrine for a surprisingly upbeat report on the hunting in Benin. He bowhunted this country in March with Club Faune, PH Hubert Boulet, taking a western roan, harnessed bushbuck, western kob, Nagor reedbuck and western bush duiker - all with a bow. He gives the total cost of the safari as $13,000 and has this to say about it in an attached letter:

"I have done over 15 bowhunting safaris in Africa and I spend six to eight months each year traveling, guiding and bowhunting in southern Africa. I chose to hunt Benin because it was someplace totally different and because I wanted to take a roan antelope and some of the other rarities that this country has to offer. I met Hubert Boulet at Club Faune's booth in the SCI convention and discussed the possibilities of bowhunting in Benin. Boulet has years of experience in Benin and he contacted the director of wildlife (a personal friend of his) and secured legal permission to conduct a bowhunt. Benin had not to my knowledge been bowhunted by an American safari client, so I really did not know what to expect. I ended up taking five good trophies and returning home very pleased with the hunt.

In my estimation, Benin is probably the best place in Africa right now to take a roan. I saw roan every day I was there. They were very spooky due to very heavy poaching pressure, which made stalking to within bowhunting distance very difficult, but a rifle hunter should have no problem getting one. As for Club Faune, I do not have enough good words to say about the organization, or about my PH, Hubert Boulet. I have had many professional hunters in Africa and Boulet is one of the best and most professional of the lot. I would not hesitate to book a hunt with him again."

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