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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Africam Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8579 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 25, 2012 to February 6, 2012
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: Zone 26


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Hayden Glenny
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 46"
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: old black dagga boy
Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 11"
Waterbuck, Sing Sing - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Oribi - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken: Reedbuck, Bohor - Availability: Not Seen
Game Condition Comments: a lot of animals


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: Swiss and Comair Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
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


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: none
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting of hand running buff on 100m and dropping by one bullets
Equipment Recommendations: Hat,good lightweight boots, and possibility to shoot quickly of sticks and of hand also
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? This is good experience, another Africa, climate,animals, hunting.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Igor Rogov
Contact Information: Tel. 9246500 - Moscow Region | | | Russia | E-mail: rogov-legion@mail.ru
Hunting Experience: Many african safaries,Namibia,Tanzania,Cameroon, Zimbabwe , some europian hunt and pleanty in Russia
Physical Condition: excellent


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
Very nice aria,a lot of animals, wide and good road network, many saltlick.Very comfortable camp, all bukkaru(local stile hut)have air-condicioner,cars have good condition .



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Africam Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3927 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 7, 2003 to June 17, 2003
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: Kika


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Alain Raoul
Booking Agent (if any): Gilbert Tarriere; 3W International. 76220 DAMPIERRE-EN-BRAY; FRANCE; Tel. 011-33-2-35-09-6145; Fax: 011-33-2-35-90-2691;Email: Gtarriere@minitel.net; Web http://fordinfo.com/3winternational
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


COSTS
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


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: See comments.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? N/A
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Noel B. Lapp
Contact Information: 5957 Timber Haven Dr Little Suamico WI 54141-8660
Hunting Experience:
Physical Condition:


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
I am writing this letter to lodge a formal complaint against two gentlemen, Gilbert Tarriere and Alain Raoul, SCI members. At the 2002 SCI convention, my friend, John Pouleson, and I booked a forest hunt in Cameroon through Gilbert Tarriere of 3W to be guided by Alain Raoul of Africam Safaris. The trophies available were to be Bongo, forest elephant, dwarf buffalo, sitatunga, and several species of duiker. In June a deposit of eight thousand one hundred dollars ($8,100) was paid for each of us. In early October my personal circumstances negated the possibility of my taking part in the hunt and I notified Mr. Tarriere of the situation. Mr. Tarriere informed me that there are no cancellations or refunds and the only recourse I had was to replace myself with another hunter or re-book the safari in the following year. Neither course of action was feasible. We all met at the 2003 SCI convention in Reno. There I was told of the same circumstances and that a good portion of my deposit was already paid to the Cameroon government to secure licenses and other funds were used to secure camp equipment and staff. This was only January and the hunt was to be in June. We were also told that since I couldn't be in camp, Mr. Pouleson would be the only hunter and if there were any others I could expect to have my deposit returned. As it turned out there were two hunters in camp the entire fourteen days along with Mr. Pouleson. Also in camp Mr. Pouleson's PH disclosed that no funds were ever paid to the Cameroon government and never are until the trophy is harvested. This means that Mr. Tarriere misrepresented the initial fund disbursement and number of the people in camp. There were twelve hunters during the season and only two actually took a Bongo, no forest elephants and very few of the other trophies were ever seen. Therefore, the area was obviously over hunted and I believe there are several negative reports already on file pertaining to that exact subject one of which is from Chris Kinsey. Recent communication with Mr. Raoul covered an invitation to hunt next year in the over hunted area and a note that the major portion of the monies were in Mr. Tarriere's hands. Now this means they are both misrepresenting what happened to my money. I realize that some of the funds were justly used for preliminary preparations, but not all of it. I graciously asked for a partial return on my deposit and was not accommodated.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Africam Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3828 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 1, 2003 to June 13, 2003
Place of Hunt: Cameroon - South East Corner
Hunt Area: Goboumou


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Gerard Jeault
Booking Agent (if any): Gilbert Tarriere; 3W International. 76220 DAMPIERRE-EN-BRAY; FRANCE; Tel. 011-33-2-35-09-6145; Fax: 011-33-2-35-90-2691;Email: Gtarriere@minitel.net; Web http://fordinfo.com/3winternational
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bongo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: Never saw one.
Sitatunga - Availability: Saw three females.
Buffalo - Availability: Dwarf buffalo. Never saw one.
Hog, Giant Forest - Availability: Saw one, missed it.
Game Condition Comments: Game very scarce.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Air France left my guns in Paris, arrived at camp six days later, borrowed camp gun.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $23000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2300
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $2000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips $1,400, pickup at airport $250, hotel $250. Amount: $1900
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: The game department came to camp twice wanting money from PH.
Highlights of Hunt: Saw one legal bongo and got it. Saw a lot of gorillas. Camp help nice. Pygmie trackers were great.
Equipment Recommendations: It rains everyday. 100 degrees, 100 percent humidity.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Very little game. See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John Pouleson
Contact Information: Tel. 630-968-0968 - 3700 Sterling Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515 E-mail: jp0968@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Over 40 years in over 100 worldwide trophies.
Physical Condition: Excellent.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? No Notified Personal Guide? No Notified Booking Agent? Yes
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? No
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
In a nutshell when I booked my bongo trip with Africam Safaris through the booking agent Gilbert Tarriere I was told that the bongo were 100 percent.

Gilbert told me I would get bongo in two to three days and have a great chance for elephant and sitatunga, which were my three main goals.

We hunted for 13 days from 6am to 5:30pm everyday and four nights until 8pm in a blind overlooking a marsh for sitatunga and Dwarf buffalo with no success.

In 13 days I saw a total of the following:

0 elephants 3 Female sitatunga 3 bongos

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Africam Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3758 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 30, 2003 to July 1, 2003
Place of Hunt: Cameroon - South East Corner
Hunt Area: Goboumou


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Marc Buquet
Booking Agent (if any): Gilbert Tarriere; 3W International. 76220 DAMPIERRE-EN-BRAY; FRANCE; Tel. 011-33-2-35-09-6145; Fax: 011-33-2-35-90-2691;Email: Gtarriere@minitel.net; Web http://fordinfo.com/3winternational
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Dwarf buffalo. 48 inches total.
Hog, Red River - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Antelope - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Bates Pygmy antelope.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Peters duiker.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: Only saw one set of lone bull tracks in a month.
Sitatunga - Availability: Saw one juvenile male in four weeks.
Bongo - Availability: Hunted everyday for a month, only saw one bull track that was fresh enough to follow.
Game Condition Comments: The concession was hunted very hard for the first two seasons and produced high success rates. Now it is shot out. My buffalo and pig were the only males taken this season. No elephant so far this season with one month to go.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Air France. Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: Air France doesn't seem to know what to do with firearms, so they just leave them in Paris.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $42000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $3200
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $4000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips $1,000, pickup at airport $250, hotel $250. Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: The game department officials and the Police Chief came to the camp four times wanting money.
Highlights of Hunt: Saw lots of gorilla. Camp staff was very friendly.
Equipment Recommendations: Expect to be wet on a regular basis.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Chris Kinsey
Contact Information: Tel. 318-222-7173 - 401 Edwards St., Suite 1805, Shreveport, LA 71101 E-mail: ckinsey@kinseyinc.com
Hunting Experience: 16 African safaris including five forest hunts (two of which were self-guided).
Physical Condition: Excellent.


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
I recently returned from a four-week safari to southeastern Cameroon in Africam Safari's Goboumo Concession and would strongly urge anyone contemplating a hunt in this area to consider reading this report.

At the time I booked the safari during the 2002 Safari Club Convention, it was Africam's second season in Boboumo and hunters were enjoying virtually 100% success on bongo and sitatunga during the course of their standard two-week hunts. Even so, I felt that collecting both these elusive antelope as well as a forest elephant and some of the more unusual duikers in only two weeks was a bit much, so I booked a four-week trip to better my chances.

All hunting was conducted in virtually the same manner. Each morning after sun-up, we drove the logging roads that bisected the concession in a pickup truck containing a team of six pygmy trackers accompanied by their pack of hunting dogs. The plan was to look for fresh tracks crossing the road and follow them of foot. Once the dogs made contact with the quarry, they would surround the animal and keep it at bay until the hunter could get close enough to look it over and make a decision on whether or not to shoot.

There is virtually no difference in the way you start your day if you are hunting bongo, elephant, or sitatunga. Since my primary objective was elephant, the search for their tracks did not interfere with finding the tracks of any of the other game. The only difference is that dogs aren't used on elephant.

After four weeks of hunting, this is what I have to report:

Elephant:

Even though this animals was to be the main focus of the safari, we were unable to find any tracks to follow. On the last day I did track a young bull through the forest just for the experience, but that was it! We did encounter tracks of female and young on five or six occasions and there might have been a male mixed in but we left them alone. Unfortunately, forest elephant were very aggressive and anyone following groups containing cows and their calves would very likely end up shooting a female in self-defense so my PH refused to follow anything other than a solitary bull and I believe that is a wise course of action.

I spoke to some of the hunters that were in the camp preceding our arrival and they reported only finding one adult bull track, and despite a lengthy pursuit, were unable to catch up with it. By the time I departed camp in late June, the concession had yet to produce a single elephant this year and the season closes at the end of July.

The trackers always want meat and encourage you to shoot anything that steps into the road - snakes, lizards, monkeys, etc. At first, I was reluctant because I feared that a lot of shooting would disturb the wildlife (especially the elephants), but I soon realized that is was pointless to resist as there is another truck coming down the road behind you and they will shoot what you pass on. The constant disturbance in the area has caused the elephants to become nocturnal and very sensitive to gunfire.

In retrospect, I would have greatly appreciated Africam being frank with me about my odds of ever finding a track, much less having the opportunity to shoot an elephant in Goboumo. The pictures of elephants displayed in their sales brochures and hanging on the walls of their Convention booth came from another concession years ago. When I inquired about this, I was assured that I could expect the same results in Goboumo as the two areas were very close to one another. The reason given for not depicting game taken from Goboumo was that it would be too expensive to print new brochures.

Bongo:

At the time of booking, this was presented as an absolute certainty as during the past two seasons the average time to find a trophy bull had been running about five days and I would be hunting 30. Unfortunately, after driving up and down the logging roads every morning for a month, we only saw a few tracks during the first two weeks of the hunt, but none were fresh enough to follow. One day while checking a bai far from the road, we found some fresh tracks belonging to two bulls and followed them, but the dogs bayed the smaller of the two, which was an immature male, so we called the dogs back and let it go.

During the first two weeks of my safari the other hunter in camp (John Pouleson) did shoot a very nice 30-inch bongo after finding its tracks on the very same logging roads we were hunting. During the second two weeks, the next hunter never saw a track using the same guide Mr. Pouleson had used and hunting the same roads.

In the two weeks prior to my arrival, there were three clients in camp all hunting bongo and they got skunked. This means that with tow and sometimes three teams of hunters in the field each day for six weeks, only one trophy bongo was taken off this concession.

Sitatunga:

We actually saw fresh tracks of male sitatunga in the road on three separate occasions. Twice, we got out and followed only to lose them during the first hour. The third set was found on the morning after a big rain and the PH felt that the conditions were ideal for bongo that day and so we passed them up. On two additional instances, animals were spotted in the brush that were believed to have been male sitatunga and the dogs jumped out of the truck to give chase. Both times the dogs lost the animal within the first five minutes because the animals quickly headed for the nearest swamp where the little dogs couldn't keep up in the mud and water.

We spent almost every afternoon sitting in a mechan overlooking a bai (small grassy opening in the forest) and although we saw at least one female each night, we only saw one immature male with six-inch horns during the entire month.

As to the various duikers:

There is an abundance of blue duiker and a good population of Peters duiker remaining in the area. Bey duikers are scarce and so are Yellow Backs (they have only gotten one so far). When I booked my hunt, I was told that this concession had Black Fronted and Gabon duikers and I would have a good chance to get one, but when I got to camp and asked my PH how many of these had been taken this season the answer was "none" and that was the last time the subject was discussed.

So what happened?

How could a well known and respected outfitter like Alain Raoul enjoy almost 100% success on bongo and sitatunga in this concession area during the first two seasons and now hunters are luck to even see a track?

I believe the answer is that the area has simply been over hunted by Alain and heavily poached by the locals. The camp is only occupied four months out of the year and there is no one there to stop the poachers during the other eight months. Actually, many of the game animals that were taken on this concession as well as the surrounding concessions had snares on their legs or showed evidence of snares.

Hunting bongo and sitatunga with packs of dogs is a bit like fishing with dynamite. It is devastatingly effective initially, but if it is continued in the same area, the resource base will be quickly depleted. Also, once an animal has been chased by a pack of dogs, it is unlikely to return any time soon. The remaining animals will retreat to inaccessible areas where they won't be harassed. Every day of the season, at least one hunting car (and sometimes two), patrol the roads looking for tracks. The animals soon learn to stay away from the roads and are sensitive to any disturbance. By the time of my departure, there were gangs of workers with motor graders and bulldozers doing much-need roadwork, but it didn't help the peach and quiet.

One must look for places that have not been hunted in these situations, but my PH did not want to get out of the truck or leave that well-traveled roads. Although this approach has been highly successful over the past two seasons, conditions have now changed and the hunting tactics need to adapt to the new reality. I don't know what it's going to take to get my PH to change his mind. Thirty days without finding any fresh bongo tracks to follow from the road seems pretty conclusive to me.

It is also clear that the male to female ratio on sitatunga is out of proportion and I suspect that this is due to over hunting as well. Virtually all the hunters want a sitatunga and they have just about wiped out the males. The clearest indication of this depletion is what size animals the PH's now consider a trophy. They have only taken three so far this season and the one that I saw with my own eyes in the skinning shed was only 13 inches. This would be considered a bit small for a bushbuck - much less a sitatunga.

I had been on four previous forest hunts (Congo twice, Liberia and CAR) and I had come to Cameroon to hunt for some specific animals to complete a collection. At first, I thought it was odd that my PH did not seem to be interested in knowing what I had come to hunt for, but if you plan is to only shoot what steps into the road, a list of animals you hope to collect becomes pretty meaningless.

On the positive side, I saw far more gorillas than I was expecting and the forest is quite beautiful. Both of the professional hunters in camp treated me well and the food and accommodations were adequate. I took the time to brush up on my French language skills before going on this trip and it helped enormously. Since we only got out of the truck to follow tracks on five occasions, I spent the majority of my time riding or sitting in a mechan. All together it was a very relaxing if non-productive trip. I may even be the first person to actually gain weight on a bongo/elephant hunt.

I was successful in taking a Dwarf buffalo bull and a Red River hog (both were the only ones taken so far this season). I also took a Bates Pygmy antelope and several Peters duikers so they provided much of the camp meat.

Although I'm very reluctant to send in a negative report on anybody's operation, there is no point in continuing my subscription to The Hunting Report if I kept quiet after a hunt like this.

Unless I receive new information that leas me to believe that the poaching in this area has been stopped and populations of bongo, elephant, and sitatunga have migrated back in; I simply cannot recommend this hunt. The hunt is very expensive and you are likely to go home with just a duiker, as was the case with the other hunter in camp during the second two weeks.

The booking agent is well aware of the situation and has already ceased booking clients with Africam for next season.

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Date: August 18, 2003 To: The Hunting Report From: Gilbert Tarriere of 3W International RE: Complaint from Chris Kinsey

Chris already send to me a report on his hunt with Alain Raoul and how bad was his safari on an area completely shot out.

I will read his report when you send it to me and will answer to you accordingly. I am sure that Chris did write the truth. Unfortunately, starting from 2003 in Reno, 3W International ceased all partnership with Alain Raoul of Africam Safaris. Chris and other hunters who booked up in 2001 and 2002 came in 2003 having paid their safari. At booking time hunting results were still good, but in two years Raoul changed the situation badly.

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Date: September 9, 2003 To: The Hunting Report From: Alain Raoul RE: Complaint by Chris Kinsey

Following your sending of the report/ration of hunting of Mr. Kinsey, please find our answer below:

We are sorry result obtained by Mr. Kinsey but this year, because of the dryness, was one year exceptionally bad without rain it does not have there traces, the elephant and the bongos do not move without rain, the other companies had the same problems.

In spite of what we obtained seven bongos and an elephant on twelve customers is only three failures and a half failure since the hunter made an elephant. Taking into account the great dryness, the result remains correct if we compare our results with the other companies.

We are victims of the success of the other years when we obtained 100% success on the bongos with more than 200 bongos drawn.

In any safari there is a share of chance, we are not in Cameroon in a ranch.

Africam Safaris is twenty years old of existence, we are known for our serious and our honesty. We gifts will propose with the hunters whose safaris were not successful, of the interesting conditions so that they return to draw to them bongo.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Africam Safaris Hunts

Below is one sample of such a Report which is made available to you FREE of Charge.

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3355 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 17, 2002 to July 1, 2002
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: Goboumou Area #36


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Marc Boquet
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Duiker, Blue - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: One small.
Bongo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: None.
Sitatunga - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: None.
Buffalo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: None.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Peter's duiker, none.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Bay duiker, none.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Black Fronted duiker, none.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Yellow Backed duiker, none.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: I feel that this area has been subject to a lot of poaching because the game was just not there, very few tracks - male or female.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: This was a makeup hunt. See comments. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1500
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No tracks.
Highlights of Hunt: Darn few.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Area was poached out. Log tracks go through hunting area. I suspect the truckers buy the meat from the pygmies and sell it to the people of Douala.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim Boulton
Contact Information: Tel. 847-566-2700 - 55 S Shaddle Ave., Mundelein, IL 60060 E-mail: attilla22@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Over 30 years on African safaris and many others.
Physical Condition: Good for a 66 year old.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes Notified Personal Guide? Yes Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? No
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Date: October 7, 2002 To: The Hunting Report From: Africam Safaris RE: Rebuttal to Jim Boulton's complaint

Our company Africam Safaris is seventy years old so much in savannah than in forest. Our reputation is not to do. Hunters coming from the whole of world arrive on our camps and take the way back satisfied. More, we always try our hunters arrive like clients and take the way back like friends.

I don't think that is necessary to take again all safari of Jim Boulton, but just to see what happens between us.

I concede the last safari on Mambele area has not been good because the Cameroon state took me 80 percent of my area one part for the Lobeke reserve and the other for the local hunting area, in that conditions, to hunt became very difficult. For all this reasons, we have proposed to Jim to come on our new area N36 we call Goboumou, we have had with him a meeting to Las Vegas in March 2002.

Jim is not a easy hunter because he don't accept to be drive by a young PH but that is nothing to compare with his health that is no good (he told us that in Las Vegas) we have wait a few months after convention he said "I will come".

Jim want to shoot a sitatunga, we never find this animal in front of the car but always in the swamp where the hunt is very difficult. To the mirador where he has been too he saw only females and young males. Some others hunters have been more lucky because this season we have shoot 11 sitatungas by mirador and in the swamp with dogs.

We are quite sincere and prove it again because we are ready to give a new chance to Jim but only in 2004 because the season 2003 is full.

This time he will be driven by Gerald Jeault, a PH more aged, before he has hunt with Marc Buquet from internationale reputation in spite of his young age.

For your information and just to contradict Jim who said the area is empty and the other hunters don't get result. I can affirm to you than the two hunters that Jim saw to the airport have done a good safari. Mr. Ramon Llano (Tel. 005-2555-292-0808) get a good bongo, a sitatunga, a blue duiker, a peters duiker.

Mr. Hector Cuellar (Tel. 005-2567-05155) who is come just for a sitatunga has shoot three time a very good sitatunga but he missed he got a very big yellow back duiker. The following safaris Mr. Gallardon (Tel. 003-491-575-6485) got a bongo, a sitatunga and elephant.

And Mr. Arpad Horvath (Tel. 001-51945-13180) who got a big bongo last year a shoot dwarf forest buffalo and a giant forest hog.

In that conditions you will understand, Dear Sir, that no matter which Cie to our place will be worried.

We will be to Reno in January 2003 and are ready to have a new meeting with Jim.

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Date: February 12, 2003 To: The Hunting Report From: Jim Boulton RE: Rerebuttal to Africam Safaris Rebuttal

I will admit I'm getting old and my memory is getting short but, I thought when we talked that there was not much point in my talking to Alain Raoul at the Convention. As a matter of fact I did not talk to Alain at all at the convention because I do not want to hunt his area again, even if its free.

As I wrote in my original report I hunted bongo with Alain in 1993 and everything was excellent. My son and I hunted in the savannah with Alain in 1996 and the hunt was good except for the fact that my son got neither a giant eland nor a roan. My two children and I hunted for bongo with Alain in April/May of 2000 and my son was able to take a young dumb sitatunga that the dogs cornered (which is very unusual) and took a 22 inch female bongo on the last day when the PH screamed shoot, shoot. No other animals were taken on that safari by Andrew, Megan or Myself. To make matters worse Alain sold me this hunt himself knowing that the area was badly depleted. He was only able to do this because I had two good hunts with him and I considered him a friend and trusted him. He betrayed my trust.

I paid Alain $7,000 for a replacement hunt, just for myself, for the failed hunt in 2000. I hunted the new area they call Goboumou. Thirteen days of hard hunting, including seven nights in a mirador, produced nothing that was shootable. Hector Cuellar was hunting this concession at the same time that I hunted. Alain says that Hector missed three sitatungas. I do not believe this. If Hector missed three times its only because they were too small and it was easier to shoot over the top of them than to have an argument with the PH. Mr. Ramon Llano got a mediocre bongo, an 11-inch sitatunga and two duikers.

I did follow the tracks of a sitatunga four different times during the hunt. Each time the tracks led into a swamp and even the dogs and trackers could follow the sitatunga no further. After the fourth failed stalk I questioned the PH (Marc Buquet) and he admitted to me that he had never managed to collect a sitatunga this way.

As for me not accepting a young PH, this is simply not true. I hunted with Florent Mathai, who was in his early 20's, in 1993 in Alain's camp in 1996. Marc Buquet is an average to mediocre PH and depends on the skills of the trackers. He would be adequate in a game rich concession, but does not possess the skills required to produce animals in an area that has been hunted hard. Overall the food was very good, but the animals were somewhere between scarce and nonexistant. I base this observation on experience gained from four hunts in Cameroon and one in CAR.

There are very few tracks on the roads in this concession. In 13 days of hunting, I did not see one good bongo track. For this reason I will not hunt with Alain Raoul, even if its free. I can not imaging why Alain Raoul leased this concession without first scouting the area throughly to determine the quantity of game that existed there. One other problem is that a main road runs through Alain's area and many log trucks pass through on the way to Douala each day. I am sure the pygmies are snaring animals and selling the meat to the truck drivers. I trust this explains my reasons for writing this report and my reason for not wanting to hunt with Alain Raoul.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 319 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 19, 1998 to May 31, 1998
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: Kika


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Africam Safaris. Tel. 237 77 58 55 85; Email: africamsafaris@yahoo.fr; Web http://africamsafaris.ru
Personal Guide (if any): Anthony Sajous
Booking Agent (if any): Ron Young; Expeditions By Ron. P O Box 260180; Corpus Christi; TX; 78426-0180; Tel. 800-874-1989; Fax: 361-767-1246;Email: expeditions@interconnect.net; Web www. expeditionsbyron.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Peter's duiker made SCI RW.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Bay duiker made SCI.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Scarce
Duiker - Availability: Black forest duiker is scarce.
Game Condition Comments: Saw very little game, partly due to forest hunt conditions. But also not many tracks or spoor.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service:
Airline Comments: Went on strike while on hunt!


COSTS
Hunting Fees: including one observer Amount: $27000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2500
Permits/Licenses: included above Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Scarcity of game and language communications (French predominately spoken).
Highlights of Hunt: Getting two duikers to complete my SCI diamond level pygmy antelope collection.
Equipment Recommendations: Gloves and leg/ankle protection from ants.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recomment it only for specialized rain forest hunt.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Stevens G Herbst
Contact Information: Tel. 512-882-8407 - PO Box 1050, Corpus Christi, TX 78403
Hunting Experience: I have been on 10 African safaris.
Physical Condition: Excellent for 61 years old.


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



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