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On Wildebeest, Black Hunting in Thabazimbi South Africa

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9393 Weapon Used: Bow How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 6, 2013 to September 14, 2013
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Thabazimbi
Hunt Area: Citadel, Alpetra


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Dries Visser Safaris. PO Box 751; Thabazimbi 0380; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-14-779-0644; Fax: 011-27-14-779-604; Email: drie@dvisser-safaris.co.za; Web www.dvisser-safaris.co.za
Personal Guide (if any): Willem
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 40"
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Although my hunt was mainly for cape buffalo at Alpetra, I saw many quality kudu, waterbuck, impala, black wildebeest, and nyala at Citadel.


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: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Took the Frankfurt route to SA. I did not need permits and had no problems going through Frankfurth with my bow and arrow. Upon arrival in Joburg, my bow case came out with regular luggage as well as rifle cases. Bow and rifle cases were taken by an employee to an office located within the baggage area and not outside of baggage at the police office(like last year). This works better but there is the


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Last minute hunt special Amount: $11900
Trophy Fees: Included Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $2100 w/$1600 credit part of special Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Trophy fees for kudu, black wildebeest, airport transfer Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Poor shooting on kudu and black wildebeest, can't believe it happened, but all my doing. However, we did get the kudu and black wildebeest.
Highlights of Hunt: Harvesting a cape buffalo with bow and arrow. Actually making a great lung shot on one of the most dangerous animals in Africa with no one getting hurt or injured. This was my second attempt for cape buffalo. Enjoying the tenderloins from the cape buffalo.
Equipment Recommendations: Heavy arrow and bow to generate 85 lbs kinetic energy. Used Eclipse broadhead w/right bevel, 150 grains. Broadhead has slight bent but went through one rib into lungs. 16 inches penetration on a 29.5 inch arrow.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Dries Visser's Citadel is a 5 star facility, bow hunting only, quality animals, great accommodations and food, and great PH. Although there were 5 other bow hunters, we never bumped into each other while going to and from the hunting areas. Buffalo camp Alpetra is also a 5 star facility. I did not stay there overnight because I got my buffalo on the first day there. However, I saw quality nyala at the browsing on the Lodge's landscaping.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Watson Okubo
Contact Information: Tel. 808 677-4242 - 94-1046 Lelepua Place | Waipahu | Hawaii | USA | 96797 E-mail: watson.okubo@doh.hawaii.gov
Hunting Experience: Been bowhunting since 1967. Still shoot with fingers and no sights. This was my fourth bowhunting trip to Africa. Bowhunted Montana, Wyoming, and Alberta. Been going to Alberta for the last 6 years.
Physical Condition: Good but feeling my age (64)


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Great PH, Willem never showed any disgust w/my screw ups, he was very professional and courteous and made every effort to make the hunt sucessful. For example, one blind we used was not dark enough, so he put a portable blind within the permanent blind to darken the inside. From what I saw, the PHs were great too. Cold bottled water was always available in the field. Accomodations were very clean and comfortable. Good food. Vehicles were in good shape, able to haul the Cape Buffalo and gear in one trip. Camp areas were always clean. This was the last hunt of the season at Citadel but I did not see any slacking off that might be expected from the PH and staff. Clean clothes awaited you return in evening. Even though this was late in season at Citadel, there was quality animals to be found. Saw several 28-29 inch waterbuck and a few kudu that were easily over 56 inches. Pictures to follow, I am also doing a report on a whitetail and shiras moose hunt in Alberta that I did after the Africa hunt.



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