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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 9221 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 31, 2013 to April 13, 2013
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area: Savannah


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Bernardo
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Buffalo, Central Savannah - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Korrigum - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken: Pig, Red River - Availability: Not many in area
Game Condition Comments: Many plains game species. Overall abundance and quality of game was excellent.


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: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Airline Service: Good
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:
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a Giant Eland.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? It's an overall excellent Safari!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Brian Mortz
Contact Information: Tel. 517-548-1176 - 6380 Green Road | Fenton | Michigan | USA | 48430 E-mail: mortz4@sbcglobal.net
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
Safari Outfitters is always first class! Gretchen and Don did a great job organizing my trip.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 9023 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 7, 2013 to January 16, 2013
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: West African; 76 SCI
Korrigum - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 68 SCI
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 SCI
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western Hartebeest; 70 SCI
Game Sought But Not Taken: Pig, Red River - Availability: The grass had not been burned yet
Game Condition Comments: Too many animals, and I mean "too many", it was very difficult to stalk because you always found another animal to spoil your hunt. I saw more than one hundred Derby Elands from the car (I didn't shoot it because I already had the species).


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air Maroc - Camair-co Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problem at all with the international flight nor the inside ones


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $16000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $2000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: (Field preparation, D&P and tips) Amount: $4000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: I saw every single day hundreds of Derby Elands, Korrigum, Hartebeest, Kobs, Buffalos.
Equipment Recommendations: From mid March the weather is terribly hot.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Plenty of game and this concession is the only one to get a Korrigum.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jose "Pepe" Marti
Contact Information: Tel. +34630052286 - Infanta M Teresa 4 | Madrid | Madrid | Spain | 28016 E-mail: pepemartihunter@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: 25 safaris in Africa (Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, CAR, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, RSA, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), 12 hunts in Asia (Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), 7 hunts in America (Canada, Mexico) and hundreds in Europe (Austria, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden).
Physical Condition: Fine


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
Just a tip for the hunters interested in Korrigum. That area has 10 licenses and plenty of them. Martine, the camp manager, told me that even Mayo Oldiri Safaris that has only two licenses has an agreement with Niwa Safaris to hunt in his concession this species.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8798 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 30, 2012 to February 8, 2012
Place of Hunt: Benin - Pendjari
Hunt Area: Poga Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Francois Meslin, Jean-Franqois
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 75 SCI
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16 SCI
Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 54 SCI
Game Sought But Not Taken: Hartebeest - Availability: lack of time
Game Condition Comments: The area owned an managed by Club Faune has plenty of game, we saw all the species they announced on their brochure in four days!


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: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: There is a new class called


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $11000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2100
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1100
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1500
Other Costs: beers and tipping Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None at all
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting the buffalo at ten paces
Equipment Recommendations: Be prepare for heat, mainly at midday. I suggest to wear comfortable, breatable and light boots. Also be careful with the sun a good sunscreen is recommendable. I highly recommend taking a charter to camp as I did, instead of the long drive.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? It is a very well managed area, Club Faune has invested a lot not only in managing game but also has built a new camp very comfortable with stunning views.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jose Marti
Contact Information: Tel. 34630052286 - Infanta Maria Teresa, 4 | Madrid | Madrid | Spain | 28016 E-mail: pepemartihunter@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: 24 safaris in Africa (Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, CAR, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, RSA, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), 11 hunts in Asia (Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), 7 hunts in America (Canada, Mexico) and hundreds in Europe (Austria, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden).
Physical Condition: Fine so far


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
Frankly I was impressed by the success of this hunt, but there is no secret besides that Club Faune has an exclusive concession of almost 200.000 acres very well managed, that has very good PH and that invests a lot of money improving and renovating facilities and equipment. Unfortunately we had to stop the hunt the third day because my hunting buddy had a very urgent call from home. Nevertheless the only animal of the four species I wanted that I wasn't able to get was the Western Hartebeest and still we had a chance but the wind changed in the last moment. My friend was able to shoot also nearly all the animals he wanted which included a Hippo. He had not success with buffalo but every single day he had the chance following different herds. Should he stayed a couple of days more for sure he would have taken it.



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8602 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 11, 2012 to February 2, 2012
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area: Idongo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Nicolas Le Conte
Booking Agent (if any): Russell Selle - Custom Hunts. Tel. 512-829-4689 (o); Email: russell@rscustomhunts.com; Web www.rscustomhunts.com/
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bongo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 31.5", 11.5" bases
Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 48"
Duiker, Yellow-Backed - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 16 3/8"
Duiker, Bush - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Roan - Availability: they were bullet proof - two missed shots
Bushbuck - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: All excellent


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: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Be careful to follow updated firearm/ammunition transport regulations


COSTS
Hunting Fees: for combo LDE/Bongo hunt Amount: $42000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $12000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1000
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $5000
Charter Airfares: included Amount: $0
Other Costs: tips/hotel/rifle rental $5000 Amount: $5000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: My poor shooting on roan Plan to take the 20 day hunt for both species
Highlights of Hunt: The opportunity to take a LDE, a bongo AND a yellow back duiker
Equipment Recommendations: Recommend a battery operated fan for camp and a bug net.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Outstanding organization, very abundant animals of great trophy quality. You really can hunt both LDE and bongo reliably.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Howard Ozer
Contact Information: Tel. 405-823-8503 - 415 East North Water St. Apt. 901 | Chicago | IL | USA | 60611 E-mail: Ozer@uic.edu
Hunting Experience: Worldwide. Alaska for brown/black bear and moose, New Zealand for red deer, tahr, chamois, 6 times to Africa including big 5 and dangerous 7, multiple U.S. species.
Physical Condition: Not good enough.


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



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8149 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 25, 2011 to February 10, 2011
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area: N'Goumbiri and Zamza


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean Pierre Laroux
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 50 x 49
Buffalo, Central Savannah - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: two good bulls
Roan, Western - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: average
Kob, de Buffon - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good ram
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Good concentration of game. A wet fall precluded the best timing for burning.


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: Delta, Air France Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Only problem was storage of guns in NYC on the way home. My connecting flight was in 14 hours, two hours longer than Delta claimed it could hold baggage. I had to take the guns into the city and then back to the airport the next AM. They would hold two bags that did not contain the firearms however. All did make it home, so I won't complain too much.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $37500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $4300
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: New country. New game. Great experience all around
Equipment Recommendations: Head nets for flies.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Jones
Contact Information: Tel. 406-348-2668 - 969 Pryor Creek Road, Huntley, MT 59037 E-mail: m3jones@bigsky.net
Hunting Experience: Africa 6 times, Asia 2 times, Canada/Alaska/Western US many times and the South Pacific
Physical Condition: Good


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8127 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 12, 2011 to January 26, 2011
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Alexandre Houlette
Booking Agent (if any): Global Hunting Network. PO Box 1345; Dripping Springs; TX; Tel. 512-829-4881; Email: info@ghnhunts.com; Web www.theglobalhuntingnetwork.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Buffalo, Central Savannah - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Lelwel - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Roan, Western - Availability: Very scarce.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Very scarce.
Game Condition Comments: Heavily poached- very shy.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $37000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $6450
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $2610
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $1109
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Bush very thick- game very shy.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? n/a
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dickie Hendry
Contact Information: Tel. 870-200-4321 - P.O. Box 1591 Nashville, AR 71852 E-mail: dhendry53@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: 8 trips to Africa, Mexico, Alaska, Australia.
Physical Condition: Good.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8815 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 5, 2011 to January 20, 2011
Place of Hunt:
Hunt Area: Zamza


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean-Pierre Leroux
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Lion - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Impossible to see a good trophy
Game Condition Comments:


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Poor
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Not a problem, everything was great


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 46,000 USD + 5,000 USD bonus for leopard Amount: $51000
Trophy Fees: 6,600 Euros Amount: $8637
Permits/Licenses: 2,795 Euros Amount: $3658
Commercial Airfares: miles Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included in Hunting Fees Amount: $0
Other Costs: 275 Euros per overnight in Paris and 100 Euros Overnight in Bangui Amount: $197
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lack of success in hunt for lack of trophies and being chased out of camp at 2 am for security reasons, please see comments below
Highlights of Hunt: Calling and hunting a Lion on First morning of the hunt
Equipment Recommendations: Face net for flys, very important
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? See additional comments below


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Miguel Madero
Contact Information: Tel. 521-333-8153-299 - Lomas Altas 119-4 | Guadalajara | Jalisco | Mexico | 44690 E-mail: madero.miguel@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: Yukon, Canadian Artic, US, Mexico, Spain, twice in Zambia and once in Zimbabwe.
Physical Condition: Very Good, better than my PH in CAR


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 will try to make this story as short as possible but I will not leave any details out. My hunting partner and myself met with Jean Pierre Bernon in Reno at the SCI (Myself a Life Member) in 2010 and negotiated and confirmed the hunt 2 weeks after, my intention was a Lord Derby Elan, Lion, Buffalo, Roan and Leopard (if Possible) and all was confirmed and good to go. We hired Club Faune for this hunt in CAR and for another one one year after in Cameroon for a Bongo and Forest Elephant, which never took place for the situations mentioned below.

Everything was perfect traveling to camp, Paris very good, I was met by a PH of CF that was traveling to CAR and was very helpful, In Bangui everything was very good, I had the usual delays and paperwork of the Airport of any African Country, nothing bad, the hotel was good and the flight into camp was good. First day of hunting was great, we hunted a Lion on the first morning. We started to work on the Eland and it was very difficult to see any trophies because the grass was not burned and you could track them but they would hear you coming very far aways, so this was the same story for the Eland for all the Safari and we were not able to hunt one or see one, one day we walked over 11 hours nonstop tracking an Eland and we never even saw it. This was the first problem, no main trophy.

The same story happend with the buffalos, never got a chance to shoot one. The Roan we only small bulls and nothing worth shooting, I always followed the opinion and recommendations of my PH.

Third problem and the first big one was the Leopard hunt, we were putting up baits for Leopard and we saw some tracks, one morning we saw that one had come in to a bait, there were 2 sets of tracks and my PH could no decide if it was a big cat or a medium female, I started to notice that my PH could no see very good. We build the blind and sat in for the hunt, some time later, when it was about to get dark we heard and saw the Leopard come in, my PH told me that it was a good leopard and that he was going to put the light on it and when I had the chance to shoot it, and se he did and I got the shot and shot it and it was a very shot with a Double Blaser .375 H&H with a Swarovsky Scope, the Leopard was dead before it hit the ground, when we approached the Leopard we saw that it was a female and my PH told me not to worry, that they would bury it and we could keep on looking for another one, which we never saw another track again, I was not happy at all with that situation, but it was the responsibility and decision of my PH. From then on my Safari went from bad to worse, we saw less animals.

Forth and Last very BIG PROBLEM, one night my PH came running into my tent around 2:30 am and told me to pack everything fast because there was some bandits about 5 minutes away from camp and that they were coming into camp, I packed everything and we left camp at that time in 2 trucks, one with all the staff of the camp and the other with the antipochers, all of the armed and ready to shoot, it was very crazy and we traveled all night and part of the next morning to another camp, this was the worst situation I have every been in in my life, all the staff were going crazy. The Sat phone of the PH had no credit, so we had to use mine to call Bangui and the other camps, I had call Mexico to let the other camps ready since we could no get in touch with anyone from Club Faune in France. My Hunting partner was I another camp and had to tell all the Club Faune Staff what was happening because the communications with them were very bad and we had to manage those calls, he has it all filmed. In the end it was a very dangerous situations, we were all very scared and ready to shoot, but what worried me the most, apart of a possible shootout with the bandits, was that we could no contact anyone from Club Faune that could deal with this matter.

Afterwords we arrived at another camp, hunted one afternoon and I left the following day, on my flight out the plane was full of hunters that were successful in their hunt and I was the only one that did not get his main trophies or that had a security problem. When I got back to Mexico I tried to negotiate with Club Faune another Safari afterwords, but my second Safari for a Lord Derby Eland, Bongo, Buffalo and Roan, for which I send 10,000 USD to secure such hunt, but Club Faune conditioned my hunt to a hunt that my hunting partner had to hire with them and such Safari was over 30% more expensive than with any other company, so when my hunting partner told them that he did not want his hunt they canceled mine and send me my 10,000USD back, that return transfer took over 45 days to come back to me and they argued that it was a problem with the bank.

Additionally Club Faune took over a year to get my trophies to Mexico, they argued that it was not their problem, that it was the responsibility of the broker in CAR, but it was their broker, or the one that they recommended. You can see that this has been a very bad ordeal, but I want this report published on your site or in the monthly report so if any other hunter hires Club Faune they can see what they can expect from this company. I took this long to send this report because I wanted to reach an agreement with Club Faune, I additionally told them that if it was not a hunt in CAR we could set it up any other place were they manage hunts world wide. As you can see this arrangement never came Please contact me if you require any additional information.

Sincerely; Miguel Madero

8/2/2012  Rebuttal from Jean-Pierre Bernon

 

You will find below some replies to Madero Report.

 

This guy seemed to be nice but in fact he is a lying person.

So with a normal report with an unhappy client you can reply easily as we did with another hunter for instance for who CAR was not the right place to go but when the guy is lying it is more difficult.

 

I will try to do it in my bad English as simply as possible.

 

1) Madero says he pays 51,000 USD for his safari and it is not true, he paid 46,000 USD (he never paid a bonus for a leopard).

In fact he booked 3 weeks and as he shot a good lion not an average lion (picture enclosed) the first day he decided immediately to hunt only 2 weeks for business reasons and it was a big mistake.

If we ask for a 3 weeks hunt for lion and eland it is because the success rate (more or less 100%) is in 3 weeks not in 2 weeks. So he cannot complain, if he was staying one more week the eland would be in his trophy room.

 

2) Jean-Pierre Leroux his PH is one of my best friend and a really fantastic PH especially for cats.

We work together since more than 30 years and his only fault sometimes is to be too nice with people.

He is 63 years old with a tremendous experience on lions and leopards.

Leroux organized perfectly the lion hunt of Madero and the first morning the lion was in the salt!!

For the leopard it is Madero who shot without the authorization of Leroux saying he saw the "balls" of the leopard who was a big big female. The mistake of Leroux was not to charge Madero a double trophy fee. But Madero was disappointed and Leroux is too nice and cool!!!

To want to publish that Leroux let him shot a female proves how Madero is (irresponsible).

 

3) When Madero was back in Mexico he was negotiating a discounted safari and as we are always fair and he did not get his eland (hunting 2 weeks instead of 3 weeks) we agreed with his proposal that I copy below:

 

My offer is this:

Hunting year: 2013.

Clients: Miguel Madero and Enrique Robles.

Trophies: Miguel Madero for Eland and Bongo, price 50% of 2009 and Enrique Robes for Bongo, rest of game at normal 2011 price (time of hiring the hunt).

Camp: Cristophes (were Alan Maki hunted this year).

Sincerely;

Miguel

 

I replied to his email telling I agreed and he replied ok (I have enclosed this email).

 

Then he said he was coming alone and it was not the agreement, in fact he just wanted to screw us since the beginning.

 

3) As he changed the agreement I told him we were sending back his deposit and we did it immediately (we can prove it easily at 100% with the document of the bank). If that took 45 days to be in his account it is not our responsibility if his bank is incompetent.

 

4) All the trophies of the 2011 hunting season arrived September- October 2011 to all our European and American clients but Mexican authorities (or Madero's broker) asked for different documents and we were obliged to do them several times at Bangui!!!

Madero trophies arrived in November 2011 at Mexico and got all document required end of December 2011 - early January 2012.

So he hunted January 2011 and received his trophies January 2012 in perfect condition. What's wrong!!

5) The only true story is the fact they left the camp in the night because the PH got information from one of our driver that robbers were coming.

I told you this story last June in an email to give you some informations regarding CAR (I have enclosed this email).

When we discovered that it was stories of the driver, Madero was gone and we never told him what really happened as he would not had believed us. As I told you in my email of June 2011, the 2011 season in CAR was difficult!

 

In fact this guy is furious because I told him NO as he did not respect the agreement we had and that he asked for!!!

 

I am really an easy person and always ready to do something if a client asked me but there are some limits and I was not happy because Madero treats me as if I am an idiot he asked for an agreement that he knew since the beginning he would not respect.

 

Well I think it is not necessary to waist too many time with Madero stories.

 

Just one more thing: the place he hunted Zamza is a paradise for Lord Derby Eland and I am sure a lot of your subscribers hunted there since Madero was (January 2011) and got all their eland.

 

I stay at your disposal.

 

Very best regards

 

Jean-Pierre Bernon
 
CLUB FAUNE
14, rue de Siam
75116 PARIS
Tel : 01 42 88 31 32
Fax : 01 45 24 31 29
Email : jpbernon@club-faune.com

 

 

4/7/2011

Email from Lic. Miguel Madero Blasquezmadero.miguel@gmail.com

To "Jean-Pierre Bernon - Club Faune"

Dear Jean Pierre:

Thank you very much for your reply.

I am really very glad we can come to terms regarding this hunt.

I will talk to Enrique and we will send the security deposit as soon as possible.

Sincerely;

Miguel Madero

 


From: "Jean-Pierre Bernon - Club Faune"

Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:00:22 +0200

To: Lic. Miguel Madero Blasquez

Subject: Re: your hunt in CAR

 

Dear Miguel,

 

Sorry to reply just now but I went to Benin as we are putting in this country a new camp and just after I decided not to come back to France but to go to CAR as my friend Christophe who manages Ngoumbiri and Zamza camp is still in France after is bad accident with his microlite in December.

I just land this afternoon from Bangui and I reply immediately to your various emails.

 

It is a shame you did not stay 3 weeks but only 2 weeks in CAR but we can understand that you were obliged for your business to go back early.

As you know we always want to have clients happy, so we agree your proposal:

Hunting year: 2013.

Clients: Miguel Madero and Enrique Robles.

Trophies: Miguel Madero for Eland and Bongo, price 50% of 2009 and Enrique Robes for Bongo, rest of game at normal 2011 price.

The dates would be the 3 first weeks of march 2013 (so you will be sure not to have problem with long grass ) and your camp will be the camp we think the best in march 2013 for the game you are looking for.

It is difficult to give you the exact dates as we do not know the schedules flights in 2013.

I hope you will be happy with this proposal.

Sorry again to reply only today.

 

Very best regards

 

Jean-Pierre Bernon

 

_______________________________________________________________________
June 2011

Email from Jean-Pierre Bernon to Barbara Crown, The Hunting Report

Regarding: Closing of camps in CAR

Dear Barbara,

 

Hope you are doing well.

 

Sorry to reply so late but I am travelling so much and I have been in some African places where it is not easy to communicate.

 

Regarding CAR and the last season the facts are the following:

 

1) It was not an easy season because our main partner Christophe with which we work since more than 12 years got a bad crash with a microlite in December 2010 going from one camp to another.

Christophe was evacuated to France after the crash and was not able to go back to CAR before the end of April 2011.

Now thanks God, Christophe recovered completely and is ready for the next season but without microlite!!!

 

2) At the beginning of the season two hunting camps (from other companies than Club Faune) have been attacked by robbers with firearms. One of the camp was situated at approximately 150 km at the east from one our nearest camp and the other one at approximately 100 km at the south of our camp.

The robbers took the solar panels and the cars.

No one was threatened or harmed when the stealings occurred. The robbers came, said they need these equipments and left with them (what was funny is that the robbers when they stole cars in one camp did not know how to drive and got problem to left the camp !!!).

 

When we have been informed that one hunting camp was attacked by robbers the PHs were a bit nervous even if this camp was far from our camps.

One evening from one camp we sent a car with a tracker and a local driver to a village, and on the way back to the camp at night they bumped the car in a tree and this STUPID guy to excuse himself told when he arrived at the camp that he was attacked and forced to go out of the road and that's why he bumped the car. The PH took the decision to evacuate the camp in the middle of the night with a client and all the staff!!!

We discover and were informed some days later that the driver and the tracker did not left the camp and slept in the camp which was incredible and very surprising!!! We did some investigations and discovered that they were never attacked and they made up this story!!! Could you imagine!!

 

3) In February we were informed by neighboring villages that thieves were seen and could visit one of our more remote camps.

I was in the field with some American clients and I took the decision not to take any risk and I decided to move our clients to our main camp.

We explained to our American clients the situation and they wanted to stay (they had done 10 days of hunt out of 20 days so far).

But finally I decided that we did not want to take any risk for their safety and we asked them to fly back to France and then to the US.

At the end we were never robbed and no other hunting companies were robbed!!!

As we closed our more remote camp we were obliged to cancel the hunts who were supposed to be done from this camp.

 

4) We hunted from other camps in March and April and Dennis Anderson a past SCI President hunted very successfully with us end of March. He can confirm you this.

 

5) The CAR army was sent to some villages surrounding some hunting areas and they found thieves camps and took them out of the game!!

Once again I want to emphasize that none of our hunting camps were attacked during all the season.

 

6) It is a shame because the game is really improving a lot on all our hunting blocks and we did this year some exceptional safaris!!

 

7) In 2011, the CAR President was re-elected and the Government took the decision for the future to put the army in some villages surrounding the hunting areas.

We are totally confident for the next hunting seasons.

 

I hope that these information will help you to have an idea of what happened in CAR this year and as you can see, problems occurred but nobody was injured and nothing so bad as in some other African countries !!

 

I stay at your disposal to give you further information.


Jean-Pierre Bernon
 
CLUB FAUNE
14, rue de Siam
75116 PARIS
Tel : 01 42 88 31 32
Fax : 01 45 24 31 29
Email : jpbernon@club-faune.com

8/6/2012

Re-rebuttal from Miguel Madero


My comments to Bernons email will be as follows:

Bernon says: This guy seemed to be nice but in fact he is a lying person.

 

My response: This is his personal opinion, but you contact all the other outfitters that I have hunted with, which you have all of my reports, and ask them about my person and they will tell you otherwise. I a lot of legal process in the benefit of hunting, you can contact John Jackson and ask him about my procedure in the US for a Leopard that I got seized in 2007 and my response to such matter, even then in such hunt that I hired from John Bart and got my trophies seized I did not writ a negative report because the hunt was great and my problems with the USFW is another matter, you can also contact Maria Felix from the Brokerage firm and ask her about my personal treatment about this matter. John Jackson has asked me to attend before a Committee in Washington about this matter and I will do so at my own expense. You can see an article of my situation of the seized Leopard in the September issue of Petersen Hunting, only my name comes out with my second last name "Blasquez" and I did not write a bad report about such hunt, I am right now doing a legal process in Mexico to abolish the law that does not permit the import of polar bears into Mexico at my own expense and we are doing great, you can contact Joe Verni in Canada about this process and also ask him about me. Likewise you can contact Johnny and Abie Duploy and ask them about myself and they will all give you my credentials as a client, which I am to say they are all good. So for Bernon to say that I am a Liar is his personal opinion, but the facts state otherwise.

 

Bernon says: So with a normal report with an unhappy client you can reply easily as we did with another hunter for instance for who CAR was not the right place to go but when the guy is lying it is more difficult.

 

My response:  I had no problems in hunting in CAR, one day we walked over 10 hours and I did not complain a single time, this is the sport we have chosen and it comes with the corresponding hard work.

 

 Bernon says: 1) Madero says he pays 51,000 USD for his safari and it is not true, he paid 46,000 USD (he never paid a bonus for a leopard).

 

My response: I did not pay the bonus because the PH told me not to say anything about the Leopard, and Bernon did not know about the Leopard until I told you, and would have paid the bonus if it had been required of me and I would have been allowed to keep my Leopard, even a female, if they had not hidden it and act as nothing happened.

 

Bernon says: In fact he booked 3 weeks and as he shot a good lion not an average lion the first day he decided immediately to hunt only 2 weeks for business reasons and it was a big mistake.

 

My response:  I did not change my date of return the day after the lion, that day I was happy as any hunter can be because I hunted a Lion on the first day out, which I know it is VERY DIFFICULT, and I just had an incredible experience calling a Lion.

 

Bernon says: If we ask for a 3 weeks hunt for lion and eland it is because the success rate (more or less 100%) is in 3 weeks not in 2 weeks. So he cannot complain, if he was staying one more week the eland would be in his trophy room.

 

My response: He sells the Eland only hunts for 2 weeks, so if I hunted my lion on the first day out, I had a complete 2 weeks to hunt the Eland, which never happened.

 

Bernon says: 2) Jean-Pierre Leroux his PH is one of my best friend and a really fantastic PH especially for cats.

 

My response: Not in question his experience with the cats, great Lion hunt, but his is old and does not see very well right now.

 

Bernon says: We work together since more than 30 years and his only fault sometimes is to be too nice with people.

 

My response: I do not complain about him being a very nice guy, I had a great time with him.

 

Bernon says: He is 63 years old with a tremendous experience on lions and leopards. Leroux organized perfectly the lion hunt of Madero and the first morning the lion was in the salt!! For the leopard it is Madero who shot without the authorization of Leroux saying he saw the "balls" of the leopard who was a big big female. The mistake of Leroux was not to charge Madero a double trophy fee. But Madero was disappointed and Leroux is too nice and cool!!!

 

My response: The word of the PH against mine, but the proof is that Bernon did not know about the Leopard until I told you and you can also ask my other outfitters if in any case or hunt I have done anything not authorized by my PH, they are the experts and I never question them.

 

Bernon says: To want to publish that Leroux let him shot a female proves how is Madero (irresponsible).

 

My response: His personal opinion, talk to my other outfitters, which you have on record, and ask them if I have been irresponsible in any hunt, I tend to be extra careful since it is my personal security that is in the middle and my money, do you think I would have like to shoot a Leopard if it was small, I have no interest as a hunter in doing so. The PH will never go against the word of his boss, we would get fired at once.

 

Bernon says: 3) When Madero was back in Mexico he was negotiating a discounted safari and as we are always fair and he did not get his eland (hunting 2 weeks instead of 3 weeks) we agreed with his proposal that I copy below :

 

My offer is this:

Hunting year: 2013.

Clients: Miguel Madero and Enrique Robles.

Trophies: Miguel Madero for Eland and Bongo, price 50% of 2009 and Enrique Robes for Bongo, rest of game at normal 2011 price (time of hiring the hunt).

Camp: Cristophes (were Alan Maki hunted this year).

Sincerely;

Miguel

 

My response: This proposal was made this way because when we hired the CAR hunt Enrique Robles and myself had a deal to go back with them into Cameroon for the Bongo and the Forest Elephant, that is why I included Enrique, but Bernon should have told me that the problem was with me, and accepting this offer he acknowledge this, because of the price he gave me, but in no time I told him that if Enrique was not going my safari would be canceled, such was this that I send him the wire transfer confirmation right after he accepted. Such was my good faith in this arrangement that I told him that if we would close this deal I would forget about everything that happened and I would not ask you publish this, this is proof of my good faith, and that is why I published this report until know.

 

Bernon says: I replied to his email telling I agreed and he replied ok (I have enclosed this email). Then he said he was coming alone and it was not the agreement, in fact he just wanted to screw us since the beginning.

 

My response: I told him that I was going alone because he wanted to overcharge Enrique and Enrique did not agree, so I said I would go, to which he did not accept, he wanted to cover my loss with the overcharge of Enrique, I did not intend to screw anybody, I only wanted what was fair to me. Alan Maki recommended this to me on our flight out of CAR, you can ask him if you want to get him involved.

 

Bernon says: 3) As he changed the agreement I told him we were sending back his deposit and we did it immediately (we can prove it easily at 100% with the document of the bank). If that took 45 days to be in his account it is not our responsibility if his bank is incompetent.

 

My response: I have proof from Cyrus that works with him, an email, in which he states that the wired was made wrong, so they say, since the first time and that is a problem of their bank, which say a lot of his company since I imagine that they send wires transfers very often, I believe he wanted to hold my money until I would break and make a new deal with him, but I have no proof of such so I can not complain about this, what I can complain is his company taking over 45 days to send a wire transfer when it was his cancelation, not mine.

 

Bernon says: 4) All the trophies of the 2011 hunting season arrived September- October 2011 to all our European and American clients but Mexican authorities (or Madero's broker) asked for different documents and we were obliged to do them several times at Bangui !!!

Madero trophies arrived in November 2011 at Mexico and got all document required end of December 2011 - early January 2012 .

So he hunted January 2011 and received his trophies January 2012 in perfect condition. What's wrong !!  

 

My response: The broker requested all the information from the beginning and it them a lot of time to get the trophies out and when the trophies got into Mexico the documents were incomplete, they send the documents that they wanted. I have all the emails as proof of this, even from his broker saying that they send the documents wrong. I am a Lawyer, and if one of my clerks makes a mistake I have to resolve it, not my clerk, since it is my client, but Club Faune did not care about this and we ended fixing everything by ourselves, I have the emails to prove such.

Bernon says: 5) The only true story is the fact they left the camp in the night because the PH got information from one of our driver that robbers were coming. I told you this story last June in an email to give you some informations regarding CAR (I have enclosed this email). When we discovered that it was stories of the driver, Madero was gone and we never told him what really happened as he would not had believed us. As I told you in my email of June 2011, the 2011 season in CAR was difficult !

 

My response: I do not see why I would not have understood this, it is idiotic not to explain a client what went wrong and what was done about it. Enrique was in the other camp and has a video about how the staff in that camp reacted and they did not have any idea what was going on or what to do about it. Again this is the sport we have chosen and there are risks, I only wanted compensation about this risk that took place to my own personal security which he takes very lightly but it was so serious that all the camp had to move out and believe me that all his staff were scared as hell and they did not react to it as they should have, since they were not equipped to do so, the sat-phone had no minutes and there was not a single person out of CAR to contact about this problem, they got notice of such situation because of my call to Mexico, Bernon had no idea of what had happened until the following day.

 

Bernon says: In fact this guy is furious because I told him NO as he did not respect the agreement we had and that he asked for!!!

 

My response: I am very mad because Bernon did have a single interest in making up for the mistakes of his company and the responsibility of putting my personal security at risk, yes I am very upset about it, I send an email, which I have, when he did not agree to handle my hunt for second time if Enrique did not come stating that we could work something out but he was not interested in anything, and he said no.

 

Bernon says: I am really an easy person and always ready to do something if a client asked me but there is some limits and I was not happy because Madero treats me as if I am an idiot he asked for an agreement that he knew since the beginning he would not respect.

 

My response: He is not easy to deal with, and the proof is that I had to propose him an offer and he had no interest in doing so until I send him mine, another outfitter with any interest in keeping a client would have proposed something right away and plus with having a client that had his personal security at risk, that is something not to be taken lightly, he did not give dam about fixing things, all had to come from my self. I additionally told him to offer me another hunt world wide, which I know he manages, and he said that it was CAR or nothing. That is not a company that wants a happy client. I had such intentions to go back with them that I left 2 boxes of ammo of .500 NE with them for the next hunt, would I have left them there if I had not cared to come back.

 

Bernon says: Well I think it is not necessary to waist too many time with Madero stories.

 

My response: So he says because it is not his money that was spend, he is not the one that got screwed and he is not the one that had his personal security at risk. This show you that he is still not interested into coming to an agreement. I did not want money back, I only wanted to hunt again which is something that I really love to do, and wanted to be treated the right way as a client.

 

Bernon says: Just one more thing: the place he hunted Zamza is a paradise for Lord Derby Eland and I am sure a lot of your subscribers hunted there since Madero was (January 2011) and got all their eland.

 

My response: That is great for his other clients, but they are not in question here, and I know another Mexican client that hunted in Zamza and he did not hunt a good Eland, such is the situation that he also canceled the hunt for the Bongo with them.

 

This is my response to such comments, you can do any research about myself if you are interested in doing so, but I would like my story to be know for the next hunters that hire a hunt with Club Faune are careful with them

 

Thank you very much for your help in this matter, and believe me that I am a nice guy.

 

Sincerely;

 

Miguel Madero

 

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 8449 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 26, 2010 to October 28, 2010
Place of Hunt: France -
Hunt Area: Pyrenees Mountains near St. Angels


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann Le Bouvier
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Chamois, Pyrenean - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI 17 1/8"
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Early snowstorm had driven animals off mountain tops.


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 and Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $2340
Trophy Fees: Amount: $5300
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $650
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: VAT 1528, Ron Paris 300, Gun Rental 300 Amount: $2128
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Did not allow sufficient time to fully enjoy.
Highlights of Hunt: Strange land, strange game. I would do this again. I Like France and the French. The village of St. Angels had old world charm.
Equipment Recommendations: Good boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? See above. Hunts like this are different than your ordinary whitetail hunt. But memorable.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jeff Horne
Contact Information: Tel. 9073602721 - 2328 Alhion Circle | Anchorage, AL 99515 E-mail: jeff458lott@hotmail.com
Hunting Experience: North America, Alaska, Mongolia, Africa, Europe
Physical Condition: Average


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 happy with all aspects of the hunt. Seeking opportunity to do again.



Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 7928 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 4, 2010 to September 14, 2010
Place of Hunt: France -
Hunt Area: Chateau


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean Pierre Bernon
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Roe (Asian) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 9 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments:


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: US Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Hunt auctioned at 2010 SCI Convention. Amount: $9000
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. One of the most lavish luxurious hunts we have ever made.
Highlights of Hunt: Stayed at the castle of Chateau Voisin. Old hunting etate of French royalty. Accommodations all four star quality. Estate gamekeeper guided on all hunts.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? For accompanying women it would be a highlight hunt experience. The estate would also offer super bird shooting (pheasant and mallard) as well as high medal quality red stag.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John H Brandt and James Smith
Contact Information: Tel. 719-589-5533 - Box 5003, Alamosa, CO 81101 E-mail: dumi@mygait.com
Hunting Experience: Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Mexico, etc.
Physical Condition: Good.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 7784 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 14, 2009 to March 5, 2009
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Francois Guillet
Booking Agent (if any): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29;Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Pig, Giant Forest - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Buffalo, Central Savannah - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Hartebeest - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Unknown don't have them.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bongo - Availability: Never saw a mature bull.
Game Condition Comments: Three of the major animals I shot had machine gun bullet holes in them. The Giant Forest hog still had worms coming out of his.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Poor Guide/PH Ability: Fair
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Fair
Quality of Food: Poor Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Only one flight per week.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $39000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $14500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1200
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1950
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Spending 192 hours in a blind and never seeing a mature bongo. One meal a day and three and a half hours sleep most days. Bad foodand water!
Highlights of Hunt: Writhing in pain (three different times!) from various stomach sickness encounter because of poor care of the food and water!
Equipment Recommendations: Night vision scope and or binos.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? Worst hunt of my life and I have been on more than 40 worldwide!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert Costos
Contact Information: Tel. 410-228-0905 - 5559 Cassons Neck Road, Cambridge, MD E-mail: rcostos@delmarvawifi.net
Hunting Experience: Over 40 trips all over the world, 12 safaris to Africa.
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
The delay in my response was that I have been on and off sick since I returned from the CAR. Just last Saturday I spent 5 hours in the Emergency Room having blood tests to determine what is wrong. Having had eleven safaris to Africa alone, I found this was by far my worst experience, actually my ONLY bad experience. There were multiple issues that Club Faune should be aware of that caused this disastrous experience. 1. I believed from multiple discussions that Club Faune was the operator of their hunting camps when in fact they were only a booking agent for a variety of camps. This left me with inaccurate descriptions of the hunting itself and resulted in my being assigned to a poor operation rather than a good operation. I had no idea we would spend all night in a blind and had I know this, I would have brought my night vision scope! 2. The camp that I was assigned to, Idongo Safari, run by Mathieu, was supposed to be a major bongo camp. In fact, their territory was constrained in two ways. Their two major blinds located in the forest were good but covered a relatively small area since they were only a mile apart and five bongos had already been shot out of these blinds before my arrival. Clearly the number of bongo available to come to these two salt licks was limited because after spending fourteen hours a night for fourteen different days for a grand total of 192 hours of boring blackness, I failed to get a bongo. Secondly, their hunting concession was divided roughly in half with apparently a "gentleman's agreement" that half belonged to poachers! Last year late February hunters also failed to get bongo out of this camp. 3. To further emphasize the presence of poachers, of the six animals I did shoot, three of them had multiple machine gun holes in them with one of them being quite fresh. I had questioned Club Faune about security and poaching in the CAR several times over the last two years only to be told that those fears were unfounded and inaccurate. 4. The measures for insuring reasonable hygiene were non-existent. The liter bottles for water had been used so many times that their outsides were scratched and cloudy and there was no ability to clean these effectively upon refilling. A bottle was routinely passed around while each of us drank from the same bottle. Canteens were filled from the river and on several occasions was the only water to drink while on our long hikes. At over 100F degrees temperature one had no choice but to drink the water. 5. The food situation was also particularly bad. Since we spend so much time in the blind, and had to be super quiet, our evening meal of dried bread and meat was laid out in the open for hours prior to consuming so that we would not make noise in having our meal. This stale, dry meal was intolerable and attempts to offer other choices fell on deaf ears. Several evenings I had nothing to eat at all. Since we often left the blind at daylight, we found it best to hunt for several hours before returning to camp, thereby missing both dinner the night before and breakfast the following day. I am confident that I averaged less that one and a half meals per day for my entire three weeks. Proof of this is the fact that I lost 17 lbs in three weeks. 6. I am not certain what was responsible for my illnesses in the CAR, but on two occasions I became so violently ill with stomach cramps that I writhed in pain lasting between five and eight hours (on one of the two occasions when we left the blind because I was without any energy, I was "scolded" by Mathieu for leaving - this was for a person who spent 192 hours in a blind - more than any other person had accomplished there!). 7. Overall general conditions were poor. From bad roads that were never graded to vehicles of twenty and thirty years that broke down to no water in my hut for several days to the solar panel blowing up the battery in the bongo camp leaving us with no electric and no refrigeration to my sheets which were not changed all the time I was in Bongo camp. 8. We also had a monetary misunderstanding over the shooting of a Giant Forest Hog which would be available for $10,000. I asked if this was Euros or Dollars and ultimately was told Dollars and my response was that I would think about it as it was a low priority for me. Unfortunately the very next morning my PH yelled to me "Shoot, shoot, shoot, the one on the left is a monster". Having never seen a Giant Forest Hog, I was not really sure whether I was shooting at that or a Red River Hog, but the urgency of my PH required action. I wasn't overjoyed when indeed it was a GFH, but was much less happy when looking at your brochure I found that an extra week of hunting which included a GFH was only $8,000. Upon discussing this situation with Doug Stromberg, and American Club Faune hunter in one of your other camps, he was offered a GFH for the trophy fee alone of only $1,500. When I discussed this with Mathieu, he wanted to charge the additional trophy fee on top of the $10,000 of which I disagreed. His comment to me was, "Well, we still have your trophies", implying that if I did not pay the fees he required, I would never see my other trophies! 9. In the past when a major trophy was not taken, the outfitter usually tries to make some special concessions for the missed opportunity. I asked if we could swap the GFH for the missed Bongo and was told no. When I asked what the cost of the Bongo hunt next year might be, I was told $28,000 but WOULD HAVE TO BYPASS CLUB FAUNE and deal with him direct!!! In my head I of course was thinking "you could not pay me enough to come back here". I was truly hoping to trade off my GFH for not getting a Bongo. My objective for supplying you with all this detail is not to review a terrible experience but to allow you to understand that my experience was painful, boring and as bad as it could get. Thank God I did not bring my wife, who also hunts, as was suggested. I am fully prepared to take Mathieu's offer that he has my trophies and to leave them all behind. I have no intention of paying any incremental fees for such a disastrous hunt. It is my request that Club Faune see to it that my trophies are sent back to the States in good condition. I await your response prior to submitting my various hunting reports, as is my usual habit when returning from a hunt, to SCI, North American Hunting Club and The Hunting Report. Hopefully, this will allow Club Faune to make some adjustments and improve hunts for my fellow sportsmen. Sincerely, Bob Costos More emails to follow!

Rebuttal from Club Faune:

I have read the letter of Bob Costos and I am not happy with his letter but not surprised!

Costos is not a nice person and he was thinking he could make blackmail with us to not pay the balance of his trophy fees (9.280 euros). Costos did a hunt with us in CAR in February 2009; the main target of the hunt was a lord derby eland and a bongo. He shot a very nice lord derby eland and did not shoot a bongo but instead he had the opportunity and shot a fantastic giant forest hog (who will be in the top 10). I can imagine he could be disappointed not to have shot the bongo and even if the success rate for a combo hunt (eland-bongo) is around 90% sometimes a client does not shoot the bongo.

As he shot instead a giant forest hog he should be happy as in our price list the price of a combo hunt eland - bongo is the same than the price of a combo hunt eland - giant forest hog. When Costos came back he starts to complain for all and especially because he spent a lot of time in a blind (very comfortable mashan) as it is the way we hunt bongo and giant forest hog...

After reading Costos correspondance we could imagine he was forced to do it !!! which is ridiculous. He complained also as he got stomach problems. We organize around 20 hunts every year with American clients in CAR in the areas where Costos hunted since more than 12 years and our clients are very satisfied and_ nobody complained about the food except Costos in 12 years!!!

I think you received a report of one of your subscriber, David Pemble who hunted exactly the same place than Costos but this year (February 2010) and as all our clients he is very satisfied (Costos hunted February 2009).

All our clients asked us to give their names as references. The American references we have are among the most well known hunters at the SCI (I can give their contacts) and 99% are your subscribers. You know we have a very good reputation.

As we wanted to be nice we proposed him a discount (half of the price of the balance of trophy fees due, 4.640 euros) and even to come back but he refused and starts his blackmail by refusing to pay the balance of the trophy fees (9.280 euros) and telling he will write to you and to the SCI if we asked him to pay.

Costos wrote: I am not going to send any more money. So now make the business decision, send me the trophies as the right thing to do or keep them and let other hunters know that you really are not concerned about their welfare on your hunts! It is something we cannot accept and I refused it.

In 12 years all our American clients were happy with our CAR operations except Costos because he got stomach problems and says it is our fault. A lot of people who travels got stomach problem because they do not eat the same as they eat at home!! And because the weather is hot and because they are tired, etc... I have tried to be nice as all the time with our clients but now I am pissed off and will not accept his blackmail. The most incredible is that he shot fantastic trophies. We will be obliged to try to sell his trophies to collectors looking for a very good lord derby eland and a monster giant forest hog in order to recover the 9.280 euros not paid by Costos as balance of his trophy fees.

Moreover I met Costos PH 2 days ago and the PH remember me that fact I forgot to mention in my reply that Costos during his safari shot a bongo and missed it!

I am sure you understand our position and we cannot accept blackmail.

Fortunately this kind of client is very uncommon.

Jean-Pierre Bernon

Rerebuttal from Robert Costos:

My response here is not vindictive, I was hoping that Club Faune would understand that even organizations with good and long track records of success need to pay attention to the details or their results will deteriorate. I have kept all of my communications cordial and business like and at no time did I feel that not paying additional trophy fees after already paying more than $45,000 for such a disastrous trip was even remotely like blackmail. I am sorry that Jean Pierre interpreted this in that manner, but clearly IF I was willing to sacrifice my beautiful trophies, than something terrible must have transpired. Here are my key ideas for hunters considering Club Faune:

1. Club Faune acts as a booking agent much of the time and does not make that point clear. You need to understand what camps you are going to and get references for that particular location. In flying out from camp, a second hunter had an equally bad hunt while two other hunters had good hunts.

2. Do not hunt with Idongo Safari run by Mathieu where I went, it is not well run and has a huge poaching problem; witness three of my animals had machine gun bullet holes in them with one being so fresh that worms were crawling out the holes. We could not even go into half their concession because of an "understanding" with the poachers!

3. They have a limited Bongo population; I spent 14 hours most nights on 14 different days for a total of 192 hours with the bugs, heat and blackness of night to see NOTHING. Many of you have done 30 or 40 hours waiting for a leopard; do the math on 192 hours!

4. The measures for insuring reasonable hygiene were non-existent. The liter bottles for water had been used so many times that their outsides were scratched and cloudy and there was no ability to clean these effectively upon refilling. A bottle was routinely passed around while each of us drank from the same bottle. Unknown to me, canteens were filled from the river and on several occasions, and was the only water to drink while on our long hikes. At over 100F degrees temperature one had no choice but to drink the water. I was deathly sick THREE different times, writhing in pain for 5 to 8 hours! I was back hunting immediately after I could stand!

5. Losing 17 pounds in three weeks should say it all about food and quality of the hunt. I have been on over 40 different hunts around the world and done some pretty tough hunts but I have never experienced a debacle such as this.

6. I could not get Jean Pierre to understand that I was NOT concerned about failing to get my Bongo! I did not take a leopard on my first leopard hunt ditto on elephant and lion but loved those hunts and went on to succeed on my big five. I did get great trophies on this hunt but that DID NOT MAKE UP for the fact that because of the terrible camp they sent me to that it turned out to be the WORSE HUNT OF A LIFETIME! WHY WOULD I PAY MORE MONEY FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS SUCH A DISASTER? This is not blackmail, I was simply not treated well and had already paid a fortune. I am complaining about the camp! Remember this is your operator that offered to bypass Club Faune to come back for another Bongo hunt! I should have been offered a refund but all I asked for was to send me my trophies!

Jean Pierre, I hope you would now understand that I am not conducting blackmail here, I simply felt it was unfair to think Club Faune deserved MORE money for this hunt. I still would very much like my trophies!

Very Sincerely,

Bob Costos ( by all other accounts a nice person)

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 6654 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: February 5, 2008 to February 17, 2008
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Porga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann Le Bouvier
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western Savanna buffalo. See comments.
Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Roan antelope.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western hartebeest.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Nagor reedbuck.
Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western kob.
Duiker, Bush - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western bush duiker.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Saw no males.
Game Condition Comments: All game appeared to be healthy and abundant. Good age-class distribution including fawns, which shows an overall healthy population.


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: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Air France from Atlanta to Paris to Cotonou and return. Excellent service in all aspects.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $24000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $9621
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1160
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $1450
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No problems, but lots of adventure not experienced on the usual African safari.
Highlights of Hunt: Truly wild hunting with an excellent professional hunter.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent outfit, excellent concession, excellent PH. Truly wild hunting for West African species.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Usak
Contact Information: Tel. 540-966-5706 - 183 Post Oak Drive, Roanoke, VA 24019 E-mail: donusak@ntelos.net
Hunting Experience: Worldwide.
Physical Condition: Good.


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
Much has been written about "being in shape for Benin" and "don't let Benin be your first African safari". All I can add is that it is hot. You will have to walk to find the good trophies. Walking is on rough ground, not rough steep but rough in that the ground itself often has a rough and uneven texture that can cause foot blisters. Club Faune charges some fees in Euros. The costs I have shown have been converted to US dollars based on the exchange rate as of the date of this report. I did not include costs of air fare, gratutities, or hotel costs in Cotonou before and after the hunt. $1450 cost shown in "other" is for dip and pack. Overall trophy quality in the Porga concession for the entire group of animals is better than any other place I have hunted in Africa. My buffalo, bushbuck, hartebeest, and reedbuck are easily top 20 SCI. And later in the safari I actually saw animals of all four of these species that would score even better. Trophy quality for roan is average compared to the rest of Africa where roan are found. In Benin, look for a roan that is getting old as the males turn very dark in the face, neck, and withers. A dark male roan makes for a striking trophy that you won't find with roan in other parts of Africa. Trophy quality for the duikers, oribi, and kob are no better than average in this concession. I cannot comment on the trophy quality of lion or waterbuck as I did not hunt them. Trophy care was good. There were some small nicks in the skins on some animals from the skinning, but about on par with other outfits in Africa. Fleshing, salting, drying, and storage was done in a very professional manner. The hunting season runs from January through April, but all skins are held until June before shipment from Cotonou. I wish the shipments could go out in a more expeditious time frame. I always reserve final judgement on trophy care until I see how well the skins arrive back home and how well they come out of the tanning process.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 6608 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 13, 2008 to January 26, 2008
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Porga Concession of Pendjari National Park


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann Le Bouvier
Booking Agent (if any): San Miguel Outdoors. 6705 Hwy 290 W Suite 502-197; Austin; TX; 78735; Tel. 512-891-7787; Fax: 512-891-6575;Web www.sanmigueloutdoors.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Northwestern buffalo. Excellent.
Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western roan. Above Average.
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western hartebeest. Excellent.
Kob, de Buffon - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Nagor reedbuck. Excellent.
Oribi - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Missed nice ram - day two. Never got another shot, my fault.
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Saw duiker everyday. Couldn't get a shot at a good male.
Game Condition Comments: Early hunt. I was the second hunter in. Lots of long grass and water so game was spread out and not concentrated as it will be in March/April. Still saw lots of game and took excellent trophies including what will be the new #1 SCI Nagor reedbuck.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Everything went very smooth on Air France. No problems with firearms or ammunition.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 1X1 13 days. Amount: $19000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7500
Permits/Licenses: Permits and dip and pack. Amount: $2700
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Taking buffalo after two hour stalk, taking roan which was one of my main reasons for going, shooting new #1 SCI Nagor reedbuck.
Equipment Recommendations: Don't forget powdered Gatorade to replace electrolytes lost due to hot conditions.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great opportunity for Western African big game at reasonable prices.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Russell Marshall
Contact Information: Tel. 361-572-6530 - 6017 Country Club, Victoria, TX 77904 E-mail: rmarshall@firstvictoria.com
Hunting Experience: 12 African safaris, numerous trips to Canada and Western US.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 6248 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 15, 2007 to April 10, 2007
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic - North Central
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mike Currie - South African who speaks French.
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Central Savannah buffalo. All excellent.
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Lord Derby eland. All excellent.
Pig, Giant Forest - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: All excellent.
Pig, Red River - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: All excellent.
Hartebeest, Lelwel - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: All excellent.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Sing Sing waterbuck. All excellent.
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: All excellent.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western duiker. All excellent.
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Western roan. All excellent.
Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western kob. Excellent.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Duiker - Availability: Yellow back duiker. Very tough to outsmart.
Game Condition Comments: Good - many species available.


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: Air France Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: They didn't have my rifles in their computer for one of five legs of my trip. So wouldn't allow me to take my rifles. Still charged for the rifle airfare.


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: Air France (as always) with rifles. Sudanese in the area caused some nervousness.
Highlights of Hunt: Eland and bushbuck and great buffalo stalk. Mike Curry excellent PH. Bangui Airport (that's for humor). I was in CAR 20 years ago, it hasn't changed.
Equipment Recommendations: Headnet for sweat bees when you get close to a herd while stalking.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? With the understanding this is not Kansas Toto. Don't expect CAR to be South Africa, Tanzania or Zimbabwe in terms of service.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Larry Bucher
Contact Information: Tel. 818-444-7177 - E-mail: lcbucher@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 60 years serious big game. 20 African and Central Asia and all over North America.
Physical Condition: 69 years old. But good shape (high mileage - good maintenance).


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 6055 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 3, 2006 to April 15, 2006
Place of Hunt: Benin - Pendjari River
Hunt Area: Porga Region


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann Le Bouvier
Booking Agent (if any): San Miguel Outdoors. 6705 Hwy 290 W Suite 502-197; Austin; TX; 78735; Tel. 512-891-7787; Fax: 512-891-6575;Web www.sanmigueloutdoors.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Lion - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Bronze.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: W African Savanna buffalo. SCI Gold.
Roan - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western roan. SCI Bronze.
Waterbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Sing sing waterbuck. SCI Bronze.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Gold.
Hartebeest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Western hartebeest. SCI Silver.
Duiker, Red-Flanked - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Silver.
Duiker, Bush - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Western bush duiker. SCI Gold.
Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Western buffon kob. SCI Gold.
Oribi - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI - did not meet minimum.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Reedbuck - Availability: Nagor reedbuck. Missed a shot.
Game Condition Comments: Unbelievable number of roan, buffalo, kob and bushbuck. Saw countless numbers of hartebeest, but had to work hard for lion, waterbuck, oribi and the duikers.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: No complaints with Air France.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $19000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8695
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1063
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Dip, pack and crate $132 plus 15% tax $20; Trophy fees $1,304, hotel $300 Amount: $1756
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: My unplanned lion hunt, elephants charged at the same time the lion was spotted. I shot my running lion and fortunately hit him after leading my shot by 6 feet in front of him.
Equipment Recommendations: Long pants and sleeves due to intense sun, sunscreen and gatorade.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? For the experienced hunter who is willing to work hard in the field - it's a gratifying hunt and makes you a tough hunter. Need to be in good physical condition.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Olivia Nalos Angelloz
Contact Information: Tel. 512-891-7787 - 1052 S Sunset Canyon Dr., DS, TX 78620 E-mail: olivia@smoutdoors.com
Hunting Experience: North America, New Zealand, RSA, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Benin.
Physical Condition: Extremely good.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 3288 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 15, 2003 to March 31, 2003
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Pendjarl and Porga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann LeBouvier
Booking Agent (if any): Skip Clemens; Trophy Adventures Group. 1626 E. Beaver Lane Dr. SE; Sammanish; WA; 98075; Tel. 425-391-2486; Email: adventurehunts@hotmail.com; Web www.adventurehunts.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI record book.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Sing-Sing waterbuck, SCI record book.
Reedbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Nagor reedbuck, SCI record book.
Kob - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Western Kob antelope, SCI record book.
Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Roan antelope, SCI record book.
Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI record book.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Savannah buffalo, SCI record book.
Duiker, Bush - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Western bush duiker, representative.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: Illegal to bait for lions and hunt at night. Spent several days tracking lion but unable to get a shot.
Game Condition Comments: Animals in excellent condtion. Very wary, requiring long stalks and difficult, long-range (for Africa) shooting.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Fair Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Poor Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: United Airlines and Air France. Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: United to Paris with excellent service. Air France only airline flying to West Africa. Arrogant people with lousy service.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $14000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $6000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips. Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Very hot. Nightime temps: 85-90 degrees, daytime temp: 102-114 degrees.
Highlights of Hunt: Being charged and running for my life from enraged elephant, hunting and shooting very different animals in very different terrain from my previous hunts in Southern Africa.
Equipment Recommendations: Shots much farther than Southern Africa, need accurate rifle and good scope.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? This would be recommended for a third or higher safari to Africa, certainly not a first or second safari. Very hard hunting in great heat.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dr. Karl Markin
Contact Information: Tel. 509-697-3913 - 181 Reitmeier Lane, Selah, WA 98942
Hunting Experience: Extensive - worldwide.
Physical Condition: Excellent for an old fart.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 3291 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 1, 2003 to March 13, 2003
Place of Hunt: Benin - Porga
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Stefan Buys.
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: - Trophy Size: West African Savanna buffalo.
Bushbuck, Harnessed - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Kob - Availability: - Trophy Size: Western kob.
Roan - Availability: - Trophy Size: Western roan.
Hartebeest - Availability: - Trophy Size: Western hartebeest.
Duiker, Bush - Availability: - Trophy Size: Western bush duiker.
Reedbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: Nagor reedbuck.
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: See comments. 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: See comments.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Tom Carter
Contact Information: E-mail: tcic@juno.com
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 hunted with Club Faune in Porga, Benin, from March 1st through March 13th, 2003. I had a marvelous hunt. The hunt was physically demanding in temperatures around 95 to 98 degrees F. The humidity was very low so the temperatures were not really distressful. We walked long distances after buffalo and consumed a lot of Gatorade, which Stefan, my PH, had suggested I bring with me. I took 8 ½-gallon packages and should have taken 10.

My Professional Hunter was Stefan Buys. Stefan is very hard working and very knowledgeable of animal habits and locations. We were accompanied by Harry Claassens, another Professional Hunter, from South Africa. Harry hunts in several African countries and wanted first hand information about Benin for his clients. Harry also hunts for Club Faune clients when his expertise is needed. Harry also took an excellent buffalo for his personal collection.

I collected the West African Savanna Buffalo, Harnessed Bushbuck, Western Kob, Western Roan, Western Hartebeest, Western Bush Duiker, and Nagor Reedbuck. The Kob is average and the Reedbuck may make the record book. The rest were excellent with the Duiker tying for the current number 7 in SCI's record book. The Roan was an old solitary bull with many scars and broomed and splintered horn tips. Although his horns were not exceptionally long, this animal had a lot of character, is a great trophy and will make the record book.

The buffalo was also exceptional and will push the top 10 very close. He had beautiful curved symmetrical horns with the hide having a tint of red. The Harnessed Bushbuck will make the top 20 and the Western Hartebeest will make the top 40.

Shots can occasionally be long, 200-250 yards, in what seemed to be constant winds with frequent gusts. I recommend a 300 magnum of any flavor for all but the buffalo and at least a 375 H&H for the buffalo. These buffalo are not as large as the Cape Buffalo but pound for pound, they are just as tough and temperamental.

We stayed at the Porga Hotel. Hospitality and accommodations were exceptional for your location. The rooms are air-conditioned. The food was good and so was the service.

There are not large quantities of animals. The animals do move in and out of the National Park that borders the hunting area. I would not recommend passing up a good trophy to wait for a better one.

This was a physically demanding hunt and I highly recommend it. Club Fauna is a very professional organization and left nothing undone to make my hunt a tremendous success. The PH, Stefan Buys, is eager, hard working, very knowledgeable, and did everything possible to accommodate me and make my hunt successful.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3256 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 16, 2001 to April 28, 2001
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Pen


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Yann Le Bouver
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 65-70 SCI.
Kob - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Western kob.
Hartebeest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Fair.
Waterbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Sing-Sing waterbuck, poor.
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI #1 or 2, 40 SCI.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: See comments.
Reedbuck - Availability: See comments.
Antelope - Availability: Roan antelope, see comments.
Game Condition Comments: Game was very spooky and wild. Being a PH or outfitter in the USA for 17 years it was obvious that the game was very shot up and had been overhunted.


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: Fair Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: United and Air France. 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: My main species of game to take was lion. I saw no lion.
Highlights of Hunt: New #1 or 2 harnessed back bushbuck.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? For buffalo and bushbuck only.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Todd Schwandt
Contact Information: Tel. 775-777-3277 - PO Box 281388, Lamoille, NV 89828 E-mail: nuhictry@ctnis.com
Hunting Experience: Over 20 years in three countries - Russia, Africa and Canada.
Physical Condition: Excellent. 6'11" and 180 pounds.


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
Date: June 6, 2001 To: The Hunting Report From: Todd Schwandt RE: Club Faune

Reason for lack of success:

My dream hunt is for three species of African game. I have limited finances at my young age. My good friend Jim Boulton invited me as his guest for safari to Benin. My one and only goal was to harvest an African Lion. This was told to the hunt company before my arrival and again several times while on the safari.

Club Faune advertises the fact that they harvest all lions by tracking and they do not use bait. When we arrived at the motel, we would be staying in, my PH informed me that he had put out a few baits to draw the lions in and we would have no problem in finding one. We spent several days checking baits and hanging new ones. Not once did a lion hit the bait. While this was going on, we saw several tracks in the road, many were overnight tracks, because the afternoon rains had begun. Not once did we put the trackers out or pursue them any farther than the edge of the road. I had to wonder after the eighth day if they even had a lion left on their quota.

Roan antelope was a very frustrating game. I was able to pursue many times. So many times in fact, that on one occasion the roans passed within 30 meters of me. I placed the cross hairs of my .375 on the shoulders of many fine animals. Each and every time the PH told me that they were all females or too young to shoot. This was the norm every time we make a stalk. Once again we were the last multi-game safaris for the season. Was the quota full?

Reedbucks were not existent. I saw one small buck during the safari.

One of the biggest disappointments was after shooting my first buffalo the PH said "you have taken a nice representation of the species." I thought this term was invented by a whitetail guide. To hear these words spoken on my first African safari and on the first day after the PH told me, which one to shoot was very disheartening.

Although this was not the safari that I had dreamed of or heard stories told of at the SCI convention. The trip was saved by me taking the new #1 or #2 bushbuck.

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Date: February 5, 2003 To: The Hunting Report From: Stefan Buys of Club Faune RE: Complaint from Todd Schwandt

My name is Stefan Buys. I am a professional hunter with Club Faune for seven years, hunting in Tanzania, Benin and the CAR.

Mr. Bernon is in Mexico at the moment, and I was in the office in Paris at the time that your fax arrived (on my way to Benin). I saw it fit to give you some information on the hunt of Mr. Todd Schwandt, since I have been in the camp at the time, hunting with his friend Mr. Jim Boulton.

Mr. Schwandt believes that he was unsuccessful because there was no quota left since they were the last clients of the season. I can assure you that it was not the case. We had more than enough left of roan, lion and reedbuck. A lot of clients, especially when they come to Benin for the first time have difficulty distinguishing between male and female roan antelope. They are truly close in appearance and clients find it hard to believe when we do not want them to shoot a big female.

Mr. Boulton and myself harvested a very good nagor reedbuck and have seen many more, I believe Todd and his guide Yann was just unlucky as far as the reedbuck was concerned.

Lion in Benin is as far as I am concerned, one of the most difficult to get, we have three on quota a year and if we get two for the season, it was a good season. We shot only one before the hunt with Mr. Schwandt, and one after his safari. We definitely had a lion set aside for him on our quota before he came.

I am sure that a lot of hunters that I guided in Benin will agree with me that, Benin it is not a suitable destination for a person when he comes to Africa for the first time.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 2137 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 24, 2000 to October 16, 2000
Place of Hunt: Tanzania -
Hunt Area: West Selous


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Stefan Buys
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Hartebeest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Above average.
Leopard - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Warthog - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Way above average.
Bushbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average
Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Above average.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: Heard but seen no males.
Elephant - Availability: No shootable bulls.
Game Condition Comments: Outside of sable and male lion, game was very abundant and in excellent condition, making us do a lot of stalking to get our shot.


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: KLM and local to hunt area. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $35110
Trophy Fees: Amount: $8690
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $1289
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1000
Other Costs: Amount: $800
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Very hot for a hunter from Northern U.S.
Highlights of Hunt: Shooting eland at 200 yards with open sights.
Equipment Recommendations: None
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Professional hunter Stefan Buys in my opinion was as good as they come, and other two Club Faune's Ph's I met were in my opinion tops in their chosen career. Their staff had the utmost respect for them carrying out their work because they liked working for Club Faune.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bill C. Miller
Contact Information: Tel. 218-529-3705 - 306 W. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802 E-mail: superior@netlifestyles.com
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Montana and Alaska.
Physical Condition: Above average.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1827 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 1, 2000 to March 12, 2000
Place of Hunt: Benin - Porga
Hunt Area: Batia


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Didier Roques-Rogery
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: SCI and Rowland Ward red flank duiker.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: I couldn't walk the 4-5 hours required.
Roan - Availability: I missed the only shot I had.
Game Condition Comments: Game is scarce-scarce-scarce!!! The game was extremely wary and easily spooked due to heavy poaching.


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: Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 12-day hunt. Amount: $12900
Trophy Fees: Very reasonable. Amount: $30
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Trophy preparation. Amount: $500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lack of game.
Highlights of Hunt: Getting my 17th pygmy antelope and a great PH who made the best of a bad situation.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? I wouldn't recommend the hunt because of the lack of game. The area is seriously over poached.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Steve Herbst
Contact Information: Tel. 361-882-8407 - PO Box 1050, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Hunting Experience: This was my 13th African safari.
Physical Condition: Good.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes Notified Personal Guide? 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
To: The Hunting Report From: Didier Roques Rogery of Club Faune Re: Steve Herbst's Safari

Steve Herbst and his wife June were very good companions for this safari in Benin. It was a great honor and pleasure to help them discover Benin, its inhabitants, their traditions, its fauna and their hunt. We spent a very nice time together. Steve was been a little bit disappointed with the particular conditions of hunting in this part of Africa. When you are used to the exceptional areas you have in eastern or southern Africa where you see animals all the times, it can seem there is a lack of animals in western Africa. That's sure you don't see a lot of animals compared with Tanzania, for example, but it doesn't mean there is not.

Some reasons can explain that. First, in Benin, the bush is thicker than the opener savannas in eastern Africa and you do not have a lot of roads in the hunting areas. So you can pass at 50 meters from a big group of buffalo or roan without seeing them. Second, it is real that in all western Africa, poaching is a problem that needs a quick solution if we want to conserve good animals density in the future. Some animal species suffer more than others from poachers: western cob, harnessed bushbuck, warthog, duikers and oribi. Some others learn very quickly how to avoid human contact as roan, buffalo and hartebeest. The problem for the hunter is that the animals never wait for a car or a hunter. If they have any sign of human presence they escape before they see you and, of course, before you see them. You see a lot of tracks and spoors but more rarely the game. So hunting in these conditions can discourage and frustrate a lot of people but it's a real big challenge and very sporting. It's real hunt!

Third, the annual and weather conditions have a big influence on the hunt. This year, Benin experienced an exceptional rainy season. Like everywhere in Africa, more are the water holes and more the animals are difficult to find because they can drink everywhere. Normally, in March in Benin, water holes become rare. Not this year. Another weather condition that can make hunting more difficult is the windy conditions. When Steve was there, the desert wind plenty of sand was blowing a lot and, in consequence the temperature was lower than normal. In these conditions game stays quiet in the bush, doesn't move and is not thirsty. We have to find them where they are.

The harder the hunt, the more value you have in the trophy you get! All my life, I will remember the great moment of happiness when Steve, after several failures, got his nice red flanked duiker, the animal he classed first in his priorities. Steve, the trackers, and me rejoiced in one second dancing, laughing and embracing after all the efforts we did to get this small antelope. So, in Benin, game is there, very wild, very secret, difficult to get but the victory has a special delicious taste.

A big anti-poaching program will begin at the end of April 2000 in both Pendjari National Park and the hunting area with 30 people, who have received a special formation, and helicopter. The authorities from Benin are dedicated to completely stop poaching in the country for the great benefit of the animals and the hunters.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 237 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 19, 1999 to March 27, 1999
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Porga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean Pierre Leroux, Stefan Buys, Charles Jacques
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kob - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: western kob 14 inches
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 10 inches
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 26 inches
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Hunted hard by tracking to 40 within yards of small herds at least three times, but saw no big males. Two of four hunters did take a buffalo.
Game Condition Comments: Spooky and scarce, but we did see full range of species offered plus lioness, elephants, a cheetah.


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: Air France, Delta Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Delayed one hour on return from Los Angelesto Vegas last leg.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: eight days, four hunters, three PH's Amount: $5500
Trophy Fees: Low! Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Round trip Vegas to Paris to Ougadougou and back Amount: $1206
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: All drinks (soda, beer, bottled water in camp and in bus) Amount: $100
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Daily temperatures high. Scarcity of game.
Highlights of Hunt: Roan! Seeing lionesses and cubs, cheetah and elephants.
Equipment Recommendations: Prepare for heat! Also, we had excellent service from Jennifer at A Briggs Passport and Visa Expeditions, 888-456-8472
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: David Small
Contact Information: Tel. 702-383-0321 - PO Box 60263, Las Vegas, NV 89160-0263
Hunting Experience: More than it was, less than it will be.
Physical Condition: Getting fatter.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 238 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 5, 1999 to January 16, 1999
Place of Hunt: Benin - Penjari
Hunt Area: Porga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean Pierre Leroux
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book.
Hartebeest - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book # 11.
Reedbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book #2.
Kob, de Buffon - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Not in book.
Waterbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Not in book.
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: SCI Record Book.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: We battled to get our game.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Fair
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Air France Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: My baggage was delayed for more than five days on the second hunt to French Africa.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $12900
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: The grass was to high.
Highlights of Hunt: Hunted hard and got most of the species.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Yes


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Baker
Contact Information: 136 Atlanta Country Club Drive, Marietta, GA 30067
Hunting Experience: I have extensive hunting experience.
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 1831 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 4, 1999 to January 20, 1999
Place of Hunt: Benin - Haute Nord
Hunt Area: Porga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Stefan Buys
Booking Agent (if any): Self Booked.
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI Bronze.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two SCI Gold western savanna buffalo.
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: SCI Bronze.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Lion - Availability: I only saw one male and guide didn't allow me to shoot.
Oribi - Availability: Scarce.
Reedbuck - Availability: Scarce.
Bushbuck - Availability: Scarce. I saw some, but no trophies.
Waterbuck - Availability: Scarce. I saw some, but no trophies.
Hartebeest - Availability: Scarce.
Game Condition Comments: Note: Hunter also did not take a western bush duiker and a red flanked duiker.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: As per price list. 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 detailed day by day summary in comments. Too many to enumerate here.
Highlights of Hunt: Being in Benin (once an never again) and seeing so many elephants.
Equipment Recommendations: Take insect repellant and insect bit poweders, creams and fluids.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Norbert Ullmann
Contact Information: Tel. 011-49-9932-954820 - Kapellenstrasse 30; Forsthart Germany D-94550
Hunting Experience: I have been on over 100 international hunts. This was my 19th African safari.
Physical Condition: As everybody mentions excellent, in this column I say fair.


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
Note: Ullmann rates the conditions of camp as fair to poor, the condition of equipment as fair to poor, the quality of food as good to fair and the trophy care in camp as excellent, but shipping as poor.

Hunt Report, Daily Breakdown Benin

To start with this report I have to mention that I booked this hunt based on a letter received from the owner of Club Faune, Mr. J. P. Bernon, in which he states that you need six days to hunt all species available, 12 days if you want to hunt all and also select trophies.

01/04/99: Depart home with my wife Annemarie very early, take Air France flight from Munich to Paris-CDG. Change terminals and continue flight with Air France to Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso. Entry into Burkina Faso was no problem.

Wait nearly one hour, surrounded by merchants and "helpful" taxi drivers waiting for the driver from Club Faune. Finally, George arrives and brings us in a couple of minutes to the "OK Inn": the "hotel" used by Club Faune.

Hotel is a very polite description. It's a shack. Rooms are very small and uncomfortable. I suffered 10 power outages in the first three hours of our stay. At night the "lobby" is full of hookers that have "AIDS" written all over them.

01/05/99 Wake up at 4:45 a.m. Breakfast in the dark. George is, you guessed it already, 30 minutes late. Depart Ouagadougou with daybreak and drive via Fada Ngourma to Pama. There we change vehicles.

Victor, our new George, drives us through the tri-countries corner (Benin-Togo-Burkina Faso) into Benin. No problems with customs and immigration. Get into camp around lunchtime. Camp is a combination of Rondavels that have seen better times surrounded by a village of national park employees and rangers with their families. Hunting will be done on areas bordering the river Pendjari that is at the same time the border with Burkina Faso, and the borders of the Pendjari National Park. All around the national park are "hunting areas" (zones cinegetiques) where the actual hunt takes place.

My guide is Stephan Buys, a South African professional hunter that has also guided some in Tanzania for Club Faune.

In camp are two other hunting parties, one Belgian couple who finished, and American Rex Baker, who came one day earlier and is hunting with "African old hand" Jean Piere Leroux.

The cooking is done in the restaurants kitchen and depending on the amount of alcohol the cook had in him before he started, the actual preparation of the food you could be served a piece of meat as hard as leather or the next moment a perfectly prepared superb French dinner, that you thought you're somewhere in beautiful France. Overall the food was just OK.

Vehicles are a disaster, old battered cars, Land Rovers, as my friend John Buffalo Dundee Johnson would say " a piece of shit." Apparently new cars have been shipped but never arrived in time and are sitting at some port waiting for drivers to pick them up and bring them to Porga. Heard that and similar stories in Africa before. Also, as per my information, later in the season the new cars never showed up and the old cars broke down for good. So Club Faune had to rent cars from local people to transport guests to the hunting areas.

Our trackers are from the Berba Tribe and we have one driver, two trackers (pisteurs) and one national park controller with us at all times. Plus my wife and myself and Stefan. You can imagine we couldn't shoot anything because we had no space in the car to bring it back to camp.

Make an afternoon drive to test-fire the gun, see two duikers, one bushbuck and many kob females. Around 5 p.m., I shoot a male western kob, SCI bronze, that I'm told is one of the largest that has ever been shot in the concession.

We sleep in the "Villa Pompidou", made in the seventies for French President Pompidou, who had been invited to hunt in Porga. A coup d'etat overthrew the old general that was president of the republic and the new general was a communist and had no wishes to hunt with the head of state of his former colonial power.

In any case the house hasn't been refurbished or painted since the 70's and the whole room and bathroom we utilized was not in its best state. Actually having a tent camp would have been better and cleaner.

01/06/99 It's very hot during the day, over 30 degrees Celsius and dry. Grass is very high and hasn't been burned in time for the start of the hunting season. We're burning as we drive/hunt and our clothes look accordingly. The washing services of the camp consist of throwing your laundry into a bucket of cold water and hanging it up for drying. No washing it, no soap, no ironing. The longer you're in camp, the more burn and grease marks you'll permanently have on your clothes. Are out in the morning and after lunch. I saw baboons, warthogs and kobs.

01/07/99 We are out all day, including lunch in the field. Saw a herd of Lelwel hartebeests that we pursue for four hours with no luck, four elephants, three buffalo females, baboons, one running roan, kobs, one bushbuck (small) and a six-meter long python.

01/08/99 We are out all day, including lunch in the field, that our trackers don't like. They want to go home to "mama" for lunch, but that's too much driving back and forth and loss of time. This will be a constant source of discussions with the local people during our hunt.

I saw one young waterbuck, tracked for four hours on coast of Pendjari. I only saw a female reedbuck.

Back in the car we crossed a fresh spoor of buffalos within five minutes of driving. Walked for three hours during midday sun right into the herd of buffaloes! I had to make three approaches before we saw the biggest bull and it was standing broadside. These buffaloes are a lot smaller than the cape buffaloes. Actually, I took mine with one shot of the .458 and this went right through the animal. SCI Gold.

I spent the rest of the day taking care of the venison and transporting it back to camp. Saw a young oribi buck and baboons on way back to camp.

01/09/99 I spent all day in the field. Saw lots of kobs, but nothing else in the morning. In the afternoon we saw a lion, pursued it until all persons in the car agreed it was a male. By that time the lion was gone into thick brush and high grass. I looked for it the remainder of the day but never saw it again.

At dusk just minutes from camp we ran into five elephants.

01/10/99

Left early. It's cold as hell in the car in the morning. You really need winter clothing for the first hour of the morning. The days are hotter and hotter every day, at the end of the safari we had over 40 degrees Celsius.

I saw only kobs in the morning. Stalked for three hours but no luck.

Discovered roan spoor in the early afternoon. Followed it for two hours but never saw them. Only heard the herd stampede away in front of us.

Had lunch at the Pendjari. Mosquitoes ate us alive. Only saw kobs in the afternoon. Stalked a lot but no signs.

01/11/99 Left very early, went to the far back of the concession. I saw nothing all morning.

In the afternoon we saw a herd of hartebeest. Make very good approach to find out its just females and calves. Return to car, see another two hartebeests, approach, but they're vanished when we get to the area they were when we saw them. I saw some kobs on way back to camp.

01/12/99 Leave very early, direction Batia-camp, see roan signs, but no animals. Drive/rediscover old hunting road through rolling hills. See one kob and one warthog. After lunch in the field we continue tracking. See kobs and hartebeest at a distance, all disappear in a cloud of dust.

On return drive to camp in the dark we suddenly see a roan bull at the side of the road. Fast decision to take it. Shoot once and bull staggers. Shoot again, bull down! In total darkness we take photos and bring animal to camp,

SCI bronze. Stefan tells me it's a better animal for the area. They don't come much bigger, usually a lot shorter than mine.

01/13/99 Leave camp early. Loose a lot of time because we have two flat tires in the morning. We have no more spares. Have to stop where we are, car returns to camp for new tires. We stalk from where we are for four hours until car is back. See nothing except for a tremendous puff adder of approx, four meters length that I nearly stepped into.

Continue drive in afternoon, see some kobs, two roans, baboons, female duiker and elephants in Burkina Faso,

01/14/99 All day in field. Hottest day so far. Being eaten alive by flies. See lots of game, but nothing to shoot: kobs, bushbuck, warthogs, baboons, three elephants, duikers and roans.

01/15/99 All day in field. Saw very little game numbers: kobs, baboons, and warthogs. Spoored two lions for three hours only to see them for a split second at 1,400 yards away and with twisting wind loose them for good.

Heat and flies are unbearable. Afternoon drive/stalk presents us with baboons and duikers, but no trophies.

Rex Baker's last hunting day is over and he didn't get a roan, one of the major species sought for in Benin.

01/16/99 Morning in field, see a herd of female buffaloes, on the way to camp we see kobs. During the afternoon drive we only see duikers from far away and running away from us.

01/17/99 Last hunting day. Leave very, very early, drive to the farthest point of the concession, and see hartebeest and roan on the run and far away. Shoot a warthog for the staff on way back to camp. Drive far out after lunch, see nothing. With dusk and on the way back a herd of buffaloes runs into the lights of the car. We jump down, buffaloes leave but stop to look back. I identify a bull with deformed horns: shoot-shoot-shoot-shoot and bull is down! Photos, skinning, cutting up in pitch darkness (it's new moon night). Drive back. Search. Car is coming towards us already. Everybody was very worried we weren't back in camp at night, so they sent searchers out for us. If they would invest in radios for the cars plus one station in the camp they wouldn't need to send searchers out.

01/18/99 Sleep in. Make payments. Big surprise with drinking during the hunt. They make you pay for every water and every coke you drink during hunt, including those that are in the car and are being taken by the staff. Coffee and tea for breakfast and after dinner are also charged. Never saw such a thing in my life and I've been to a couple of hunting camps. Trophy payment is according to price list, no problems. Big hiccup with tips. Suddenly everybody and their mother that you never saw before or during the hunt want a tip from you.

Buy some souvenirs, antiques, from local tribesman. Leave for Ouagadougou, no problems at borders. Only problem is heat and the broken down air-conditioning in the cars of Club Faune.

Check in at Hotel Sofitel, a modern, clean, convenient, hotel in Ouagadougou and the only place that you should stay as a foreigner. Has a beautiful swimming pool and two restaurants.

Leave Ouagadougou at mid-night for Paris. Uneventful flight with Air France,

01/19/99 Arrive Paris in the morning. Have to hide our bites on arms and face, otherwise authorities would send us into quarantine. At lunchtime we're back in Munich.

Final comments:

Hunt is only for collectors and only if you really need the species that are there.

If you hunt early, as we did, you have problems with high grass.

If you hunt late you have burned down surfaces and less water in the field, but I understand you see less animals as they have been hunted for some time (and you're not one of the first ones to hunt the areas in the new season). Plus the heat becomes unbearable and the animals are moving only very early and very late in the day.

It's a pity they don't have elephants and hippos on their hunting licenses, as both animals are abundant in the area.

Burkina Faso offers the same animals and the same hunting areas, just other side of river, as Benin, but charges twice as much.

Quality of trophies, of those that are available, is "iffy" when it comes to SCI measurements, getting something better than a bronze is sheer luck,

Stay away from "inn's" and "hotels" other than the Sofitel in Ouagadogou.

Ouagadougou is an interesting city, spend some hours there and let a taxi, couple of pennies for hours, drive and show you around.

My trophies took eight months after the hunt to arrive in Europe! Then Club Faune messed around with them in such a way that I had to import them twice into the European Community; once in France and again in Germany.

Shipping/handling costs were horrendous! Finally, 10 months after the hunt was finished the trophies arrived at my taxidermist.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Hubert Boulet of Club Faune Re: Norbert Ullmann's Benin safari

The following is my reply to the hunt report filed by Mr. Ullmann about his safari to Benin. He wrote a very detailed report of his safari and I will try to address each of the aspects of the safari that he felt fell short of what was expected.

The first problem seems to be the condition of the Hotel OK Inn where all the clients stay the night they arrive in Burkina. The planes from France arrive in Burkina Faso late in the evening and it is just too dangerous to drive to the camp in the dark, as there are many donkeys and goats wandering on the road. One night in a hotel is required. The OK Inn is one of the better hotels in Ouagadougou. It is run by an experienced Frenchman and the rooms are clean and the food at the restaurant is safe (the same cannot be said for many other hotels). That said it is still an African hotel in a third world country and you cannot expect the same things you would find in a modern city. Yes there are occasionally prostitutes in the lobby of the hotel as they're in ALL hotels in Africa. With an AIDS rate of 30 to 50 percent for the general population of Africa there is AIDS written over everybody on the continent. The hotel is not immune to the problems of Africa, such as occasional power outages, these can be expected anywhere. Right now the Ok Inn is the best hotel in Ouagadougou. The day a Sheraton or a Holiday Inn is built we will send all the clients there.

Mr. Ullmann next mentions the condition of the camp and the food that was served. The camp is actually a small bush hotel. Part of the requirement of having the hunting concession is that we must utilize the services of the hotel. If we do not use the hotel we will lose the hunting area, which is one of the best places in Africa for roan. Yes, the hotel is not perfect but the food is good and there is air conditioning and a telephone, something few tented bush camps have. For real luxury a hunter can go on a ranch hunt for roan in South Africa and stay in a beautiful camp, but he will pay 8,000 dollars trophy fee for a roan where the trophy fee for a totally wild roan in Benin is less than 300 dollars. These are the trade offs someone must make when hunting in a wild country like Benin.

The next problem centers on the hunting vehicles. At the time the hunting cars were old and battered, that is true. It is hard to find good hunting vehicles in West Africa and we bought new Landcruisers in South Africa and shipped them Benin. They were expected to be in camp for the first hunts but due to typical African hassles, they were held up at the border. The new cars arrived soon after Mr. Ullmann's safari and we have been using them since then without any problems. While the cars were in a bad state, Mr. Ullmann was able to hunt as normal and take the premier species of Benin, roan and buffalo.

The other problems seem to involve the natural conditions such as the insects and the high heat, which are just simply part of life when hunting in a country such as Benin. Benin is not an easy country to hunt but it is an excellent place to take roan and buffalo and some of the other species and every animal is truly earned. The hunt is advertised as being focused on buffalo and roan and on these Mr. Ullmann was successful. Mr. Ullmann hunted in the beginning of the season when the grass is high and it is difficult to spot animals from the car. The benefit of hunting early is that it is not as hot as later in the season however in the second half of the season, if a client can bear the heat, all of the animals are concentrated near the Pendjan River and the hunting is actually easier.

Mr. Ullmann is unhappy with the amount of time it took to get the trophies back and that he had to import them twice. We ship trophies from Burkina to France because that way we have control of the movement of the trophies and we know exactly what is going on. That keeps problems such as misplaced shipments (which can happen in Africa) to an absolute minimum. The trophies might have taken longer than usual to arrive but I am sure they arrived in very good condition.

Benin is a very difficult hunting country that much is certainly true. The extreme heat is difficult to tolerate and physical fitness is required if a client wants to take advantage of the chances at rare animals. These hardships seem little price to pay for the true hunter who wishes to obtain some rare trophies from a very interesting and challenging country. Benin is still one of the best, if not the best, place in Africa to take a roan. These antelope are becoming very scarce and expensive in the rest of Africa. In Benin the chances are good of getting a nice roan at a price which is so very low. Most of the clients who come to Benin are more proud and happy with the animals they took there because they have been truly earned. It is a country where a real hunter will have an excellent safari.

PS: Unfortunately his PH on this hunt, Stefan Buys, is actually on safari in Benin up to the 1st of May. As soon as he will be back from the bush he will personally reply on Mr. Ullmann's safari.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 329 Weapon Used: Bow How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 2, 1999 to January 16, 1999
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area: N'Goumbiri


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hubert Boulet
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Hartebeest - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Lewel hartebeest, good.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: blue duiker, good.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: The game was in excellent condition. In fact, we could not find a single tick on my eland.


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: 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: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking what I probably the world's first eland with bow and arrow and tracking and shooting northwestern buffalo.
Equipment Recommendations: The insects are bad (tse-tse sweat bees). So a headnet is a most.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? If they want an eland, Club Faune is the only way to go.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Steve Kobrine
Contact Information: 10900 Riverwood Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Hunting Experience: I have been bowhunting in Africa for over ten years and have taken the Big Six and the African 29 with bow and arrow.
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 have recently returned from a Lord Derby eland safari in the Central African Republic and have more good things to say about Club Faune and P. H. Hubert Boulet. I did a successful archery safari with Boulet in Benin last year and on it we planned a bowhunt for Lord Derby eland. The hunt took place in the beginning of January 1999, when the eland still have that black neck ruff which is so nice. On the hunt I took what maybe the first giant eland taken by a modem archer, a nice northwestern buffalo, a Lewel hartebeest and a blue duiker -- all with bow and arrow. Again, I cannot say more good things about Boulet or Club Faune. All aspects of the hunt were of the highest quality. The area was full of game, the camp was excellent, and the food was wonderful. I have hunted with many guides and outfitters in Africa and Hubert Boulet and Club Faune top the list. We had heard many rumors that the Central African Republic is totally poached out but in the area I hunted this was just not the case. There was plenty of game -- especially eland and buffalo, and the trophy quality was excellent. One absolutely cannot go wrong booking a safari with this company!

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 373 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 10, 1998 to May 26, 1998
Place of Hunt: Central African Republic -
Hunt Area: N'gumberi/Baminqui


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland, Giant (Lord Derby) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 43 inches
Bongo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 28 7/8 inches
Lion - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 23 inches
Duiker - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 3 1/2 inches
Hartebeest - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 65 inches
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 81 3/4 inches
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 26 1/2
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Roan - Availability: Very scarce.
Game Condition Comments: Good game condition.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $22030
Trophy Fees: Amount: $9074
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included in daily rates Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Lack of commorade with P. H. Hubert is very capable but showing signs of "burnout."
Highlights of Hunt: Unexpected Bongo. The trackers were excellent and were the key to the success of the hunt.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? If for eland, yes. Family no. The bush is thick and game is seldom seen. All animals must be traked demanding physical fitness.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Errol Winson
Contact Information: Tel. 281-334-4492 - 2030 Cutter Drive, League City, TX 77573
Hunting Experience: Twelve years as aprofessional hunter
Physical Condition: Great.


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 was very fortunate to collect the giant eland, bongo and lion all on one trip (21 days). However, there was some divine intervention for sure. As an example, they had not killed a lion or a bongo at all last season or this season. We were sitting in a bongo blind when a lion started roaring at last light, about 500 yards off. I pulled out my varmint caller and called him to a 30 yard shot! On the charter out I met a hunter who shot only one animal of all things a roan. This area is the northern limit of the bongo range. There are few small rivers or rather streams which support forest on the banks normally only a 100 yards or so in its entirety. The bongo wander these gallerys and when you find a fresh track at a saline you build a blind and wait. The point here is as you know hunting is expensive and the best time for eland with a neck ruff is January or February (winter) which is the worst time for bongo because of the dry leaves make tracking noisy and impossible . In this area you can with some luck have a chance for both at quite a saving. Hope this is of interest to you and subscribers.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 315 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 17, 1998 to March 29, 1998
Place of Hunt: Cameroon -
Hunt Area: 3.5 hour/Toyota/South Garoua/Faro River


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Marcel Tiran
Booking Agent (if any): Safari Outfitters Inc. 410 W. Yellowstone Ave.; Cody; WY; 82414; Tel. 307-587-5596; Fax: 307-587-2265;Email: hunt@safari1.com; Web www.safari1.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 46 inch spiral
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Duiker - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average
Oribi - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Kob - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: None with teeth.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent game condition.


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: Air France, Cameroon Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Both excellent.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: eland $1785.71, buffalo $892.86, bushbuck $178.57, duiker $89.29 Amount: $2946
Permits/Licenses: hunting permit Amount: $833
Commercial Airfares: LAX-Paris Pt $518, Paris to Duala $907, DLA-GoL $182, Reno Lax $132 Amount: $1739
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Cameroon embassy charges United States persons hunting license $500 Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Ground covered with earth worm casts. It was like walking in plowed field hardened by sun, covered with ball bearings.
Highlights of Hunt: eland.
Equipment Recommendations: Vibram soled boots or similar small bug head net. Small bugs crawl in ears and nose. One to two quart insulated canteen.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Guides wear canvas top boots with waffle soles.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Billy Vaden
Contact Information: Tel. 702-882-5480 - 2247 W Washington, Carson, NV 89703
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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 240 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 2, 1998 to March 14, 1998
Place of Hunt: Benin - Porga, Batia
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jean Pierre Leroux
Booking Agent (if any): Self Booked.
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Bushbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Oribi - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Duiker - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kob - Availability: Small males/ passed.
Lion - Availability: None seen.
Game Condition Comments: Plenty of good buffalo. Wary game because heavy poaching pressure on small antelopes.


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: United and Air France Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Both were great.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 2 x 1 hunt (12 days) Amount: $18000
Trophy Fees: $1,400 for lion, $250-400 for antelopes Amount: $1650
Permits/Licenses: included Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: round trip per person Amount: $3000
Charter Airfares: none Amount: $0
Other Costs: cocktails in camp and usual miscellaneous hotel and travel. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Heavy poaching pressure on animals. Interesting part of Africa with no Giraffe or Zebras!
Highlights of Hunt: Great buffalo hunting.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? yes


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Robert and Julie Deters
Contact Information: P. O. Box 924, Loveland, CO 80539
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 30 years and Julie for four years.
Physical Condition: Great.


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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Club Faune 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: 239 Weapon Used: Bow How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: March 1, 1998 to January 16, 1999
Place of Hunt: Benin -
Hunt Area: Porga, Batia


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Jean-Pierre Bernon; Club Faune. 14 Rue De Siam; Paris; 75116; France; Tel. 011 00 331 42 88 31 32; Fax: 011 00 331 45 24 31 29; Email: cyrus@club-faune.com ; Web www.fauna-safari-club.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hubert Boulet
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Antelope - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good.
Bushbuck - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Excellent 13 inch.
Kob - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Decent.
Reedbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good.
Duiker - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent 5 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: I ran out of time, but it is definitely possible to take a buffalo with a bow here.
Game Condition Comments: Most game, although scarce, was in excellent condition.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $13000
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: High heat up to 120 degrees during the day. Otherwise no problems.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking my roan with a bow.
Equipment Recommendations: Remember the heat -- bring gatorade powder to mix with drinking water.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? A bow hunter must have a very high skill level to do well here. A rifle hunter will not have a problem.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Steve Kobrine
Contact Information: Tel. 301-983-1951 - 10900 Riverwood Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Hunting Experience: I have been on numerous bow hunts in Africa and have taken the Big-6 with bow and arrow.
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
In March 1998, I completed a very successful bowhunt in the little known country of Benin. I have done 15 bowhunting safaris in Africa and I spend six to eight months each year traveling, guiding, and bowhunting in southern Africa. I have taken a legitimate big-six and numerous antelope species including bongo and the first legally taken sitatunga--all with a bow and arrow. I chose Benin because it was someplace totally different and because I wanted to take a roan antelope and some of the other rarities that this country has to offer. I met Hubert Boulet at Club Faune booth in the SCI convention and discussed the possibilities of bowhunting in Benin. Hubert has years of experience in Benin and he contacted the director of wildlife (a personal friend of his) and secured legal permission to conduct a bowhunt. Benin had not to my knowledge been bowhunted by an American safari client so I really did not know what to expect. I ended up taking five good trophies (roan, harnessed bushbuck, nagor reedbuck, kob, duiker) and returning home very pleased with the hunt. Four of the animals I shot from blinds or in trees overlooking waterholes and the western kob I stalked and shot on the ground. Waiting over water is the ony good way of taking animals with a bow in Benin. If a client is patient and can bear long sits (up to nine hous straight) in up to 120 degree heat, than I believe he can return with a few good trophies. This is probably the best place in Africa today to take a roan. I saw roan every day but they were very spooky due to very heavy poaching pressure -- making a stalk to bowhunting distance very difficult. A rifle hunter should not have a problem getting a nice roan here and most roan hunts are successful. I was within 120 yard of nearly every animal on the game list including hartebeest and a huge buffalo who spooked at 70 yards when the wind changed. If a rifle hunter were with me he could have shot all of them.

I don't have enough good words to say about Huber Boulet and the Club Faune organization. I have had many professional hunters in Africa and Hubert is one of the best and most professional of the lot. I would not hesitate to book a hunt with him again.



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