Self-Arranged Hunt In Congo


Published: September - 1997

In Brazzaville-Congo, it's no secret that major conflict has erupted of late. One effect of the fighting was a temporary interruption of the hunting Eric Stockenstroom has been doing there through a company called Congo Safaris. Fred Duckworth of Safaris International in The Netherlands has done some hunting there as well through Stockenstroom. At press time, the good news is, Stockenstroom has returned to Brazzaville-Congo preparatory to resuming operations. We hope to have an update next month.

In the meantime, we have received a remarkable first-person report of a self-arranged hunt in this country from Hunting Report subscriber Cameron Grieg, who is known to readers of this newsletter for his self-arranged hunts in Cameroon. Here are some highlights of his report:

"Hunting Report subscribers know I have made several trips to central Africa on my own, using native pygmy trackers to reach the interior of Cameroon. Well, I recently used the same method to hunt in Brazzaville-Congo during the rainy season with a missionary friend of mine who lives in the country. Even though he had very limited big game hunting experience (one whitetail), I knew I could adjust to local conditions with my 10-plus years of Cameroon expertise. As it turned out, the trip was a success in some ways and a disappointment in others.

My first task was to obtain licenses and species permits. The license part of the paperwork was easy to overcome, though I was not able to get a license for bongo or elephant. (Don Causey Note: Bongo is legal game in Brazzaville-Congo and has been offered by Stockenstroom on organized safaris.) The gun import was not so easy to overcome, and I was forced to borrow a .375, as well as a shotgun, in the country. At any rate, my companion and I traveled for two days by motorized canoe to a village he knew. He had made a short hunt there previously and so negotiations with the village were held to a minimum, thus saving a lot of time. Unfortunately, what he did not do........(continued)

 
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