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On Gerenuk Hunting in Tanzania

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Report ID: 10275 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 26, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Place of Hunt: Tanzania -
Hunt Area: Multiple- Lake Natron North, Kitwai, Selous MH3

Outfitter (or safari company): Bushman Hunting Safaris Ltd.. PO Box 678; Morogoro; Tanzania; Tel. 011 255 23 2603353; Fax: 011 255 23 2603394; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Brian Van Blerk
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: Lion - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: excellent
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: @7'
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: hard bossed
Gerenuk - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Gazelle - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Roberts, potential top 10.
Eland, East African - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: potential top 10
Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14'
Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: very good
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck, East African (Masai) - Availability: tactical error while hunting
Sable - Availability: Already shot an excellent one.
Game Condition Comments: Game was present in good numbers in all areas, and relatively calm.

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: Delta/KLM Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Business class flight- no issues.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Arusha-Selous and Selous-Dar Amount: $12000
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None really. "running out of things to hunt" by the end of the safari.
Highlights of Hunt: Being able to take a general full bag safari, and taking nearly all the major species of Tanzania.
Equipment Recommendations: Longer ranged rifle for Roberts and Gerenuk.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Top notch in almost all respects. Truly a hunt that any Africophile would want to do.

Hunter Name: Charles Butler
Contact Information: Tel. 5073887019 - 1708 Fair Street, Mankato, MN USA, 56001 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 9 major African trips2 Alaskan huntsmultiple continental US hunts.
Physical Condition: overweight, but capable of walking 5-6 miles at a time.

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 hunt was done as a combination of things. First off, I went to the Masailand to hunt a few animals that had eluded me previously.

I hunted Robert's Gazelle in Lake Natron, and shot a very good one.

This was in Michel Mantheakis' area and was a very nice camp (despite being called a fly camp, it had concrete floors et al.)

We then changed over to Kitwai, where we hunted Gerenuk. I got a good representative one there and saw many. In this area, we ran in to some poachers on a motorbike, and our game scout was ineffectual at doing anything regarding this. It appeared they were meat poaching, not after Elephant. This camp was serviceable, but no where near as luxurious as the other two.

We then flew in to the Selous, concession MH3. This was a Lion-Leopard general bag hunt that went almost beyond belief. I had essentially shot out my entire license by day 8, and got a second one for some more buffalo, and ended up shooting 5 buffalo. On the drive in to camp, I shot a 53" kudu and things just continued to get better from there, shooting a Leopard on day 3, and a Lion on day 5, with 5 of the dangerous 7 on this hunt. While the buffalo are not as large here as they are in northern Tanzania, they are every bit as fun to hunt. I would expect to shoot 34-38" hard bossed bulls, although they do pull a rare 40" head out.

Trophy quality was uniformly very good in the Selous. I don't think anything (excepting the buffalo)that I shot would not qualify for the SCI record book if that was one's concern.

The support from the staff at Safari Trackers, from Adam on down was excellent, keeping me informed every step of the way; and the staff at Bushman in Tanzania were all top notch.

As to my PH, Brian Van Blerk, I have hunted with him more than anyone else over there. He is the consummate professional, and I don't think anyone could ask for a better PH or friend. He has an unparalleled record on the great cats, having bagged over 200 lion and leopard combined.

Unfortunately, while I was there, Cecil-mania was in full flood, and that did make one hyper-cautious as far as Lion were concerned.

I would recommend this hunt wholeheartedly!

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