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On Puku Hunting in Zambia

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Report ID: 10657 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 1, 2016 to September 14, 2016
Place of Hunt: Zambia -
Hunt Area: Luangwa River -- Nyakolwe Game Ranch

Outfitter (or safari company): Ebony Safaris.
Personal Guide (if any): Alister Norton
Booking Agent (if any): John Barth; Adventure Unlimited. 710 Buffalo Street; Suite 807; Corpus Christi; TX; 78401; Fax: 361-852-1766;Email:; Web
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16", 7'-2.5"
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36"
Bushbuck, Chobe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16-4/8", 43-7/8"SCI
Puku - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 16-5/8", 43-6/8"SCI
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 26-2/8", 70-3/8"SCI
Hippopotamus - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 24-6/16", 62-10/16"SCI
Crocodile - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 11'-6"
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Surpurb quality of wild, healthy game. All species I hunted were in ample supply with numerous opportunities for good mature trophies. Other animals I did not take (kudu, waterbuck, impala) were also in good supply with healthy mature trophy quality. In addition, lion and elephant were abundant.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Emirates Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: My first trip on Emirates -- simply wonderful!! I booked through Travel with Guns for the first time and the staff there were very helpful. All firearm permits were handled ahead of time with absolutely no airport issues at all.

Hunting Fees: Daily Rates Amount: $24000
Trophy Fees: Leopard, Buffalo, Roan, Croc, Hippo, Zebra, Puku, Bushbuck Amount: $26500
Permits/Licenses: Visa, Rifle, Dip/Pack, License, Ammo Duty Amount: $2550
Commercial Airfares: Emirates Business Class Amount: $4340
Charter Airfares: n/a Amount: $0
Other Costs: Travel to camp Amount: $1000
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None at all. Everything was quite well organized. This was my third attempt at a leopard after two tries in Zimbabwe. John Barth convinced me to go to Zambia and am I glad he did!! Alister Norton is an excellant PH and the company he contracted with (Ebony Safaris) is well organized with a supurb camp. This was truly wild Africa with no fences or disturbances. Animals were plentiful and appeared healthy. Elephant were seen daily (to the extent they were a nuissance) and lion were seen on trailcam and heard. At one point we had at least four tom leopard on bait with two females and at least two male lions (most documented on trailcams).
Highlights of Hunt: Where do I start! We took a hippo on Day 1 for bait and as it was being retrieved there was a near total solar eclipse!! Getting my great leopard on Day 8 and also getting what was on my list -- Roan, Chobe Bushbuck and Puku. Added bonus of old 11-year old dugga boy and Nile Crocodile.
Equipment Recommendations: Nothing out of the ordinary. I wish I had used my GoPro more as there would have been great footage -- the buffalo at 22 paces!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Wonderful game in a comfortable, but wild and natural setting.

Hunter Name: Scott Swasey
Contact Information: Tel. 925-997-4633 - PO BOX 1865, Alturas, CA USA, 96101 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Rather extensive now. North and South America, New Zealand, Europe, Africa
Physical Condition: Average for my age.

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? n/a

Ive been hunting in Africa seven times prior to this trip and each safari has been great in its own way. But, I must say this was the best Southern Africa safari I've experienced. Zambia truly is a hunter's paradise. The true wild Africa experience (no fences, but yet a comfortable camp and tremendous anti-poaching resources) simply cannot be matched. Every day I saw multitudes of quality, healthy, wild animals. I was able to take mature specimes of what I had wanted to and had a bonus of buffalo and croc on top. I could have taken a beautiful 55" kudo or 30" waterbuck, but passed. This is a hunter's paradise. I'd love to go back someday (maybe) for lion or elephant -- both of which are on quota there and certainly appear to be in ample supply.

I cannot say enough about eveyone involved in this safari. Starting with John Barth and Merrona Carlson at Adventure Unlimited who organize everything and make it so simple. Thanks John for talking me into going! The team at Travel with Guns who dealth with the airlines and managed to get Emirates to waive the excess baggage fees for my SCI Blue Bag of donation items for a local school in Zambia. Alister Norton for all his expertise in the field and his friendship. And to Ebony Safaris and the team in Lusaka and the Camp who run a first-class operation. Finally to the Good Lord Above who blessed this earth with wonderful creatures and blessed me with the ability and wherewithall to be able to hunt them.

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