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On Gazelle, Thomson Hunting in Tanzania

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Report ID: 9925 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 15, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Place of Hunt: Tanzania -
Hunt Area: Maswa North GMA

Outfitter (or safari company): Adam Clements Safari Trackers Inc.. 16015 Via Shavano Suite 102; San Antonio; TX; 78249; Tel. 210-698-0077; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Van Blerk
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Topi - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good
Roan - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Very good
Gazelle, Thomson - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Waterbuck, Defassa - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good
Wildebeest, White-Bearded - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good
Hyena - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck, East African (Masai) - Availability: rather scarce, and didn't get a shot
Eland, East African - Availability: rather scarce, didn't get a shot
Gazelle - Availability: Robert's gazelle; rare, didn't see any
Antelope - Availability: small antelope; with high grass, unable to see well
Game Condition Comments: All the game was very calm and in excellent condition.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Delta/KLM Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Flew in business class, flights were on time and all my luggage arrived as it should. No surprises with the flights.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $40000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $25000
Permits/Licenses: included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $7500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $4500
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: none of note
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing the wildebeest migration on the Serengeti; hunting with a great team;
Equipment Recommendations: be prepared to shoot at a bit longer distances than is the norm for African hunting.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? excellent area, excellent staff, in a great game country.

Hunter Name: Charles R Butler
Contact Information: Tel. 507 388 7019 - 1708 Fair St | Mankato | MN | USA | 56001 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 7 major African Safaris, 2 Alaskan hunts plus several guided hunts in continental US.
Physical Condition: about average for the US (overweight, but able to walk for 4-5 hours)

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

This was yet another excellent hunt with my friend Brian Van Blerk. I booked this at the SCI convention as a 12 day buffalo/plains game hunt (with an option on an elephant if we saw an excellent one) with a 21 day license. I think this is probably one of the better values in hunting Tanzania, as it allows access to all the exclusive plains game that Tanzania has, and allows you to shoot 3 buffalo. This particular area also allows multiples of many of the PG species if you so desire. Maswa is located as a buffer zone of the Serengeti national park in northwestern Tanzania. I saw evidence of good stewardship here. While the elephant have been hammered in Tanzania as a whole, we saw lots of elephant (albeit no real huge ivory) and they did not appear stressed. While some species were not particularly numerous (Roan, Eland, Bushbuck) and others were not to be seen (Grant's and Robert's Gazelle) the rest of the game was numerous and in great shape. I don't think we went for 30 minutes without seeing some game animal that was legal to shoot at any time. Trophy quality was excellent. I shot a 47" Buffalo and a 42" buff that had excellent drop and huge bosses. The third I was able to shoot with a double rifle. I also was able to shoot a 28.5" and a 30" impala as well. The camp staff were all very helpful and professional, and made the camp a joy to be in. Adam's staff in Arusha (Mhina) pick you up at the airport and will take you anywhere you need to go in Arusha. The camp is very comfortable, but not really set up with many nonhunting amenities in place. The cooking was wonderful, and there was always more than enough ice and food in camp. While the charters in Tanzania seem a bit excessive in their cost, the roads make it something you will have to pay there, as the road network is none too good in most places. I cannot say enough good about Brian as a PH. He always seems to put me on exceptional animals. His skills at judging animals on the hoof are amazing, and he doesn't BS you about what is there and what your chances are. Maswa is not too difficult walking, and if one would go earlier in the year than I did, you would likely be able to shoot more species than I did. My choice was mainly due to wanting to see the wildebeest migration, and it was just like in the TV specials. The one big thing is to avoid shooting an average specimen here, as the big ones are around. We probably could have shot out in 4 days if we were not being so selective, it has that many animals around.

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