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On Puku Hunting in Zambia

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Report ID: 10376 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 1, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Place of Hunt: Zambia -
Hunt Area: Royal Kafue

Outfitter (or safari company): Royal Kafue. Tel. 011-260-97-8157643; Email:;
Personal Guide (if any): Andrew Baldry
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Sable - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: excellent
Bushpig - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: excellent
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: excellent
Puku - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: excellent
Oribi - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: excellent
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Lechwe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken: Roan - Availability: my bad shot
Game Condition Comments: All game in fine condition. Plenty of feed for increasing game numbers.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: BA and SAA Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:

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: Elephant poachers were a minor distraction. Royal Kafue game scouts captured 5 of them with their guns. Mr Baldry is winning a rough battle and the results speak for themselves.
Highlights of Hunt: The quotas are kept deliberately low as game numbers recover so the quality of really old males of all species is outstanding. A health problem caused a postponement of this hunt and all the buffalo quota was used up by the time I arrived. We saw many hundreds of buffalo including a number of huge old dagga boys better than any I have seen before. A herd of bull elephants peacefully hung around the camp and lions came to visit. The Sable had very heavy, thick horn bases and was broomed back to 40inches. Collecting a fine old male bushpig was a bonus, having failed to get one on previous hunts. Big bull Sitatunga feeding in front of camp but on the wrong side of the river! Fly-camping on the Kafue Flats for Lechwe was an adventure and much better than the usual rushed side trip from Lusaka. Phenomenal birding.
Equipment Recommendations: An accurate long-range rifle for the Kafue Flats.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? This is a great opportunity to hunt genuine free-range Zambian speciality species and get outstanding trophies. Andrew Baldry needs the support of the hunting community as he personally finances the restoration of a poached-out concession to a hunting paradise. This is real Africa for those ready to move on from the fences of South Africa

Hunter Name: Paul Lassman
Contact Information: Tel. 0044 1452 831607 - Deep Filling Farm, Hinders Lane, Huntley, Gloucester, Gloucestershire United Kingdom, GL193EZ E-mail: lasslandsfarms@
Hunting Experience: UK, New Zealand (Forest Service deer culler), Canada, Alaska, Kenya(1975)Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Physical Condition: Not bad for an arthritic, overweight, beaten-up old farmer

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?

The Royal Kafue concession is 40,000 acres south of the Kafue River and north-west of Mumbwa. It used to be poached out but after years of anti-poaching patrols the game has moved back in from the west. Mr Baldry has been very conservative in the quotas he has applied for. I hunted at the end of the season and still found a choice of old males of every species. Elephant- saw them every day, few old bulls, no quota. Lion- in camp at night, one available next season Leopard- plentiful along the river, some large toms available Zebra- no shadow-stripes, very beautiful. Not plentiful. Hippo- several herds in the river. Plenty on quota. Bushpig- not common but I had more than one opportunity Warthog- saw no big boars Buffalo- the greatest numbers and the finest quality I have ever seen. Bushbuck- scarce. Saw one very heavy-horned male. Puku- very common on river flood plain. Easy hunt, choose your male. Sitatunga- fires had burnt their habitat on our side of the river. Large male living opposite camp. Sitatunga swamps over there may be available to hunt next season. Kudu- scarce. Saw some shootable bulls. Eland-scarce. Saw no big bulls. Bush duiker- Common. Wouldn't stand still! Blue Duiker- Present, but I saw none. Oribi- Common Reedbuck- Abundant. I took a fine male but saw a couple of huge ones later on. Impala- Small population of small animals. Hartebeest- Common, some very fine bulls. Sable- common in their habitat. Saw several bulls of 40inches+. Very heavy horn bases. Roan- herds of females and young common. Solitary old bulls hard to find. I shot at one at long range and he moved as I fired so I clipped his dewlap. Tracked him all day but he was moving faster than us. Kafue Lechwe- side trip to the Kafue Flats GMA. Huge numbers and many fine animals but nervous. Obviously used to being hunted from cars. Tried a boat in the swamps but the more remote areas had been poached heavily. Too far from Lusaka to make the usual one day hunt from there an enjoyable experience. No accommodation so fly-camping necessary. Andrew Baldry's vehicles are not new shiny Land Cruisers. They are old and battered, but completely reliable and well-maintained so don't judge by appearances.

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