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On Bushbuck, Menelik Hunting in Ethiopia

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Report ID: 10091 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 13, 2015 to April 3, 2015
Place of Hunt: Ethiopia -
Hunt Area: Odo Bulu/Alutu/Omo/Sala

Outfitter (or safari company): Nassos Roussos; Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. PO Box 3658; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia; Tel. 011 251-111-552128; Fax: 011 251-111-551127; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Jason Roussos & Nassos Roussos
Booking Agent (if any): Neal & Brownlee, Inc.. Tel. 918.299.3580; Email:; Web
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Nyala, Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Kudu, Abyssinian - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Bushbuck, Abyssinian - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Bushbuck, Menelik - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Neumann - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Gazelle, Grant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Gerenuk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu, Lesser - Availability: Weather & time in area
Hyena - Availability: I missed!
Game Condition Comments: All four areas held plenty of game.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Ethiopian Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Good service to/from Washington Dulles using new 777 and 787.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $49600
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $30400
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $5200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $7500
Other Costs: VAT & Scout Fees Amount: $13500
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None at all. ERVS is extremely organized. Jason and Nassos are in daily contact with the main office and other camps to take care of anything that may come up.
Highlights of Hunt: 1. Getting to hunt with both Jason and Nassos and to experience four different hunting concessions. 2. World record giant forest hog on the first afternoon. 3. Wonderful old mountain nyala. 4. Alutu, what a fantastic place to hunt. 5. Abyssinian bushbuck with Nassos.
Equipment Recommendations: None
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? ERVS runs a great operation in a very unique country with many species only found there.

Hunter Name: Patrick W. McCormick
Contact Information: Tel. 619-241-2237 - 3741 Southernwood Way, San Diego, CA USA, 92106 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Tanzania(3), Zambia (2), Zimbabwe (2), South Africa (2), Namibia, Mongolia, Turkey, Alaska, Western USA.
Physical Condition: Decent - 40 years old, former military, but 25 lbs overweight!

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

Jason & Nassos Roussos: It was a pleasure to hunt with both. They are both very passionate about hunting, wildlife in general, and Ethiopia. They both worked hard and pushed to try to find the best trophies possible. After many years of hunting, it is obvious that they still have the desire to hunt hard and they get excited about the success of their clients and about great trophies. Both are also great hosts, taking care that you enjoy your safari experience.

Odo Bulu: Wonderful highland forest area to hunt. Can get cold, windy, and rainy, however we had clear weather and warm days. You may walk from camp, use horses, or drive from camp as they have recently made new roads to reach more distant parts of the mountains. We mostly drove, then hiked 10 to 30 minutes to areas to glass for nyala. Saw nyala every day. Saw giant forest hog every day. Saw 20+ Menelik bushbuck every day. Just had amazing luck in Odo Bulu! World record giant forest hog on day 1. Magnificent old mountain nyala on day 6, SCI #3 Abyssinian Bohor Reedbuck in the Sinana Open Area that afternoon, and a Menelik Bushbuck that may make it into the top 10 on the morning of day 7. Camp is made with large tents under bamboo structures on concrete foundations. Very comfortable.

Alutu: 5 hour drive from Odo Bulu to the Roussos' bungalow on the shore of Lake Langano. Meals are eaten at the café at the complex or at a nearby resort. 30 minute drive to hunt Alutu for Abyssinian Greater Kudu. Hunted 3 1/2 days and saw multiple mature bulls every day in the 44" to 47" range. Hiking in these small mountains between Lake Langano and Lake Ziway is possibly the most beautiful place in Africa to hunt Greater Kudu! Took a fine older bull.

Omo: Legendary area, and despite some development in the area, I saw lots of game. The plains area has the Grants, Gerenuk, Guenther's Dik-Dik which we shot. Also saw Tiang. The mountain portion of the area is fantastic to hunt, glassing for lesser kudu and Abyssinian bushbuck. Saw 30+ lesser kudu in 6 days, but just never got a shot at a trophy as we mostly saw females and young males. We also contended with unusual thunderstorms, lightning, and flash flood rivers that prevented us for getting to parts of the area we wanted to hunt for lesser kudu. Great success on the rare Abyssinian bushbuck, shooting an old male with wonderfully broomed horns. Hot, often over 100, but few flies. Substantial permanent camp.

Sala: Only spent 2 nights, but saw nile buffalo, which we were not hunting, as well as lots of Neumann's Hartebeest and Oribi, both of which we took. Remote, wild area...could hear lions roaring at night. Visited the Mursi tribe to see the women with the lip plates. Hotter than Omo and some flies. Tented camp.

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