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On Duiker, Bush Hunting in Cameroon

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Report ID: 10622 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 21, 2016 to February 2, 2016
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: Djibao and Mayo N'Duel

Outfitter (or safari company): Mayo Oldiri Safaris. Maria de Molina 5, 3rd 28006; Madrid; Spain; Tel. 011-34-91-564-9431; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Mike Fell, Herve Houdebine, and Jean-Francois Picheyre
Booking Agent (if any): Adam Clements Safari Trackers Inc.. 16015 Via Shavano Suite 102; San Antonio; TX; 78249; Tel. 210-698-0077; Email:; Web
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: old
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Western - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Kob de Buffon - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hyena - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Roan, Western - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Waterbuck, Sing Sing - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo, West Savannah - Availability: Miscommunication
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: missed shot
Duiker, Bush - Availability: miscommunication
Game Condition Comments:

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: Air France, Delta, and an internal Cameroonian air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Everything made it where it was supposed to with only the usual delays in boarding.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: Not having practiced my shooting for several months due to the weather in Minnesota caused some issues. I also was not in the best of condition to deal with the heat- going from -20 F to over 100 F within a couple days caused some dehydration issues.
Highlights of Hunt: Multiple stalks then finally shooting a great old black necked Lord Derby Eland. Shooting a hyena in Cameroon (apparently this is rather rare.)
Equipment Recommendations: Good boots Camelback or similar hydration system.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Excellent crew in areas where we saw multiple eland

Hunter Name: Charles Butler
Contact Information: Tel. 507 388 7019 - 1708 Fair St, Mankato, MN USA, 56001 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Fairly extensive. 10 African safaris, Alaska, North America
Physical Condition: Overweight, but able to walk OK.

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?

This was my first attempt at a hunt in our winter. My lack of being able to get outside and shoot and exercise did make a bit of a difference, although through skilled trackers and PHs I was still very successful.

I had some issues with my shooting early on that gradually I was able to work through.

The weather is very hot and dry, and at times the Harmattan winds caused things to look odd and kept the animals a bit skittish. Everything did get a good coat of dust.

I had a bit of a different situation in that originally I was to be guided by Mike Fell, and he was present for the first week but then scheduling conflicts forced him to leave. Herve was assisting us in Djibao, which is their premier eland area. I actually had 2 shots at Eland there, both of which I cannot explain my missing- eland are big, and I missed both shots clean. Typically, you hunt Djibao (if you are booked there) for the first week, or until you get your eland. You then move on to another concession for the other game. I shot Hartebeest, Waterbuck, and Roan at Djibao, and if I had not been so locked in on Eland, I should have had a nice red buffalo as well.

I then moved to Mayo N'Duel and Jean Francois took over as my PH. Things started a bit slow and I was mainly wanting to get the eland... We finally did that, and then started working on the plains game and Buffalo. I did not manage to find a bull buffalo at Mayo N'Duel, but did get a Harnessed Bushbuck, a Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck, a very nice Buffon Kob (I have been told variously that these are western vs. central Buffon Kob- if its a western, its a top 10 animal.) and took a Warthog and a Hyena. Apparently Hyena is rare there, and our head tracker said that this was only the second one he has seen shot in over 10 years. There was quite a production of getting parts for the witch doctor to make protection charms. Duiker what few opportunities I had were squandered by me not understanding directions. I really think I would have got one if I had another 2-3 days to get one.

From a safety note, I felt perfectly safe in Cameroon, but there were armed US and French soldiers at the airport, and we did see a pretty strong military presence dealing with Boko Haram. I was told that they do have some issues at times with elephant poachers coming from Chad as well, but we did not see anything like that.

The area is very protein starved and they eat everything, including the hyena and baboon. Nothing goes to waste at all!

West Africa is a very different experience than southern or Eastern Africa, although the Savanna hunting is not conducted all that differently than in the south. I am very glad I went and would like to get back for a retry at Buffalo.

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