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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Kukuzans Hunting Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 7952 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2009
Place of Hunt: South Africa -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kukuzans Hunting Safaris. P.O. Box 2796; Bethlehem; 9700; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-58-304-3035; Fax: 011-27-58-304-3375; Email: krys@kukuzans.co.za;
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Rick Kennerknecht; Global Sporting Safaris. 5315 East 21st Street; Casper; WY; 82609; Tel. 1-888-850-4868; Fax: 1-888-206-4486;Email: Rick@GSSafaris.com; Web www.gssafaris.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


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


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: N/A Guide/PH Ability: N/A
Condition of Camp: N/A Condition of Equipment: N/A
Quality of Food: N/A Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Airline Service: N/A
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: See comments.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? no
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bob Anderson
Contact Information:
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
July 1, 2010

VIA EMAIL

Ms. Barbara Crown, Editor The Hunting Report

Dear Ms. Crown;

I would like to report on a problem that has developed regarding the recent troubles being experienced by clients of Global Sporting Safaris, Inc. with Mr. C.J.O. Krys Wessels/Kukuzans Hunting Safaris [and/or Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd.] in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The first hint of trouble with Kukuzans came in regards to the shipment of trophies taken by Hunting Report subscriber Weston McArtor and his family on a hunt with Kukuzans in 2009. At the request of Mr. McArtor, their trophies were transferred from Kukuzans to Universal Trophy Services in Pretoria for dip/pack and shipping. Universal Trophy Services (Universal) has been holding these trophies ever since pending receipt of the approprioate paperwork from Kukuzans necessary to obtain the export permits and said documentation is still not forthcoming despite repeated attempts by both Global Sporting Safaris, Inc. (GSS), Mr. McArtor, and Rupert Dedekind/Universal to obtain said documentation. Both GSS and Universal have been assured by Mr. Wessels on more than one occasion that the paperwork would be forthcoming and it has yet to be produced. Now Mr. Wessels claims that GSS never paid for the trophies (or did not pay the correct trophy fees) and that he will not provide the requisite information until such time as he has received payment - funny that this never came up until a year post-hunt. We have complete files in this regard and can refute said claim. In the interim period of time, we have talked to the Professional Hunter (PH) that conducted the hunt on behalf of Kukuzans and it appears that the hunt may have been illegal (i.e., Kukuzans either did not have the appropriate authorization to hunt on the property or that the animals were never paid for) and that is why Krys is unable to produce the paperwork necessary for Universal to obtain the export permits for said trophy shipment.

In May of this year, the McArtor family returned to South Africa to hunt with Kukuzans under an agreement reached with Krys directly during the SCI Convention in Reno, with the actual booking handled by GSS.

This was a two-part hunt with a portion of the hunt conducted in South Africa for the family and a second hunt planned in Zimbabwe for their 17 year old son Dakota. GSS expressed concern to the McArtor family over the Zimbabwe portion of the hunt as Krys would not disclose the name of the safari operator he intended to use and we could not, in good conscience, be party to a hunt with any individuals that might be on the list of banned individuals. Moreover, there were issues concerning the cost of the hunt and what was actually being provided by Kukuzans. All the while, Krys was pressing both Mr. McArtor and GSS for payment on the Zimbabwe portion of the hunt. When it finally became apparent that payment would not be forthcoming until we had received information on the safari operator and principals involved therein, Krys divulged that the hunt would be conducted with Bouna Safaris. My research on Bouna Safaris, Travel and Tour was inconclusive concerning individuals on the banned list as there was one female principal with the same last name as a male national named on said banned list - I never received a satisfactory answer to my questions regarding the possibility of a familial relationship. As the departure date for the hunt was rapidly approaching, Mr. McArtor decided to move forward with the hunt despite my concern, an agreement with Kukuzans on what was specifically being included in said hunt (which was documented on the resulting invoice to Mr. McArtor) and payment was wired to Kukuzans on behalf of the McArtor family.

That portion of the hunt in South Africa went fairly smoothly, with Dakota taking a lion with Deon Cilliers/Hunters Safaris (safari@yebo.co.za) and members of the family taking numerous plains game and a roan with J.M. Fourie/Amanzi Private Game Reserve. Unfortunately, Krys has never paid the trophy fees for these animals and they are being held by the property owners for non-payment (approximately $24,000 on Amanzi alone). This can be confirmed with both Hunters Safaris and Amanzi Private Game Reserve. We can also document that the trophy fees were paid directly to Kukuzans in a wire transfer sent on/about June 2, 2010.

Upon conclusion of the South African portion of the hunt, the McArtor family was to be transferred to the Zambezi valley of Zimbabwe via vehicle for the leopard hunt. Their vehicle broke down outside of Polokwane and it was three days before the vehicle was repaired yet Kukuzans never offered to send a replacement vehicle from Bethlehem to continue with the safari or transport the McArtors back to the lodge even though Bethlehem was only two hours (+/-) away. Once the vehicle was repaired, they were denied entry into Zimbabwe because Kukuzans did not have their paperwork in order and they were forced to bribe their way across the border  with the monies used for the bribes paid by the accompanying professional hunters as Krys did not initially accompany them to Zimbabwe.

Upon reaching the camp on May 15, they discovered that the tent camp was not finished and were placed in another camp. As stated above, Krys did not accompany them to Zimbabwe stating that he needed to get his gun permits in order and he subsequently advised the McArtor family not to shoot anything until he arrived in camp. He finally arrived on/about May 18, so they lost about four hunting days waiting for him to arrive .

By prior arrangement, Dakota was left in the custody of Krys and Sarie Wessels following the departure of his parents and he was scheduled to spend much of the summer in apprenticeship with Kukuzans. Wes and Lisa departed camp for Harare on May 29 for their return flights to the United States and arrived at Harare only to find that Kukuzans had not made any provisions for their flights back to Johannesburg as agreed. They were forced to purchase their own tickets to JNB even though they had made a lump sum payment to Kukuzans for the Zimbabwe hunt that included all transportation from and to JNB.

On the evening of June 1, Dakota arrowed a big leopard, but did not recover the animal as it was near dark; consequently, tracking of the leopard was postponed until the following morning when the follow-up could be conducted in the daylight. In the interim, Krys strictly forbade the Kukuzans PH (Vaatjie Schoeman) from following up the wounded leopard pending his arrival back in camp. Krys arrived later that afternoon around 3:00 PM and would not allow anyone to accompany him other than the Zimbabwean personnel in following up the leopard. After thirty minutes, Krys returned and declared that the shot had been high and the animal was not recoverable - then offered another leopard to Dakota for a discounted price ($18,000). It was the consensus of opinion of those professional hunters in camp that the leopard could have been recovered (see attached emails) had the tracking begun early that morning and the blood trail followed to its conclusion.

On June 5 Krys departed the camp in Zimbabwe, leaving Dakota behind with Vaatjie, Kevin (a second PH), Theo (Operations Manager for Kukuzans) and Pidy (one of Kukuzans trackers) ostensibly to tag the trophies and follow in a day or so. No arrangements had been made with Bouna Safaris for payment of trophy fees or daily rates prior to his departure despite previous communications between staff and Bouna in this regard. His departure without making arrangements for payment resulted in the entire party, including Dakota, being threatened with arrest by Zimbabwean authorities for non-payment. As Dakota was an underage American citizen, an agreement was reached whereby they were all placed under house arrest by Bouna Safaris (see attached correspondence).

I believe that the attached correspondence will shed some light on the situation and there is no need for me to regurgitate all of this information herein. Suffice it to say that the McArtors paid a great deal of money for the leopard hunt in Zimbabwe and left their underage son in the explicit care of Krys and Sarie Wessels, only to have them desert Dakota and subject him to potential harm in a foreign country resulting from a failure to meet his fiduciary and custodial responsibilities. As you will see, the McArtors made their trophy payment directly to Kukuzans immediately upon their return to the US via wire transfer as previously agreed, yet none of the African parties involved have been paid for services rendered including Hunters Safaris, Amanzi or Bouna Safaris. The staff of Kukuzans involved in this fiasco were also not paid and have all since left the employ of Kukuzans due to non-payment of salaries due.

In addition to the McArtor family, GSS has also booked a number of clients to Kukuzans in the coming months under several long-running promotions that included a combination of international airfare, daily rates and/or trophy fees. Following the debacle with the McArtor family, we began trying to contact Kukuzans, including both Krys and Sarie, in an attempt to determine what was going on, the status of our booked hunters, and the status of their international flights. Neither Krys nor Sarie have been forthcoming with any substantive explanation for non-payment of the McArtor trophy fees, why the paperwork for the 2009 trophies has not been completed, or the status of the other hunts booked.

We have since learned that three hunters scheduled to leave for South Africa in less than thirty days have never received their travel documents from the US travel agency employed by Kukuzans to handle the travel arrangements for these package hunts - which was all handled exclusively by Sarie. Subsequent email messages to Kukuzans in this regard have failed to solicit any response there from or an explanation as to why the flights were not paid for. In light of the current situation, GSS has taken it upon ourselves to book the travel for these hunters at our own expense and we have moved all of our clients scheduled with Kukuzans to another South African outfitter to avoid any further complications.

As I stated in our telephone conversation, we have been advised that Krys has been arrested on at least two separate occasions in South Africa for failure to pay his debts and we are also advised by counsel in South Africa that there are numerous actions being filed against Kukuzans regarding a very disturbing pattern of non-payment, fraud and deceptive business practices on the part thereof. We also believe that Bouna Safaris has filed a complaint against Kukuzans and Krys Wessels in Zimbabwe.

In particular, my clients alone have lost approximately $75,850 in deposits not including the McArtors. The invoiced price tag for the McArtor hunts in South Africa and Zimbabwe was $58,416, which was prepaid prior to the safari, plus an additional $25,900 in trophy fees wired directly to Kukuzans by Lisa McArtor on June 2, 2010 - yet Krys failed to pay Bouna Safaris and subsequently allowed Dakota McArtor and three employees of Kukuzans sit in Zimbabwe under house arrest in the Zambezi valley for several days with no regard for their situation or well being after having been paid in full by Lisa McArtor. Moreover, trophy fees for lion, roan and other plains game taken by the McArtor family on properties owned by Hunters Safaris and Amanzi Private Game Reserve were not paid by Kukuzans which will most likely result in the forfeiture of said trophies unless Mr. McArtor makes payment directly thereto for said trophies OR Kukuzans is compelled to meet their financial obligations.

As stated above, I think that the attached documents will corroborate the information that I have related above. I have no doubt that Theo, Kevin and Vaatjie would be happy to respond to any request(s) for information in this regard. Likewise, I suspect that Bouna Safaris would also be willing to respond to an email request for information in this regard. Please be advised that we have absolutely no complaint whatsoever with Bouna Safaris or their staff and appreciate the way that the affair was handled on their end. Contact information for these individuals is as follows:

Theo Verrster: online2019310@telekomsa.net

Kevin Brits: kenmin@vodamail.co.za

Vaatjie Schoeman: svaatjie@yahoo.com

John Marima/Bouna Safaris: marimajj@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Robert M. Anderson, CWB Africa Program Director Global Sporting Safaris, Inc.

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McArtor SCI Complaint:

COMPLAINT

In the Matter of Weston D. McArtor et al vs. Krys and Sarie Wessels dba Kukuzans Hunting Safaris and Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd.

Statement of Wes and Lisa McArtor Regarding the Subject Complaint

As stated on the accompanying Complaint Form for Ethical and/or Code of Conduct Violations, we hereby charge Krys and Sarie Wessels dba Kukuzans Hunting Safaris and/or Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd. of Bethlehem, South Africa with violations of the Sportsmens Code of Conduct, Violation of Law Regarding Hunting, and Conduct Towards an SCI Member in Connection with a Hunt or Agreement for a Hunt Involving Deceit, Extreme Carelessness or Recklessness, Intentional Misstatement or Misrepresentation, Fraud, and Exposure to Physical Danger Beyond that Normally Associated with the Hunt as follows.

All of the foregoing allegations arise in conjunction with hunts that occurred in South Africa in 2009 and subsequently in both South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2010 with Kukuzans Hunting Safaris.

1. Sportsmens Code of Conduct Violations

We believe that Mr. Wessels violated the Sportsmens Code of Conduct as follows:

a) Mr. Wessels failed to conduct himself in the field so as to make a positive contribution to wildlife and ecosystems.

Animals were taken in South Africa on concessions/properties not owned/controlled by Mr. Wessels and the owners/custodians of these animals have not been reimbursed for said game despite the fact that payment was made to Mr. Wessels in full by me either directly or through my agent. The failure of Mr. Wessels to make payment for these animals has resulted in the refusal of the owners to allow shipment of said trophies  which represents a negative contribution to both wildlife and their habitats as the owners of these animals have not been reimbursed.

Specifically, a male lion was taken on properties in South Africa owned/controlled by Mr. Deon Cilliers/Hunter Safaris (safari@yebo.co.za) along with Cape eland, gemsbok, genet, impala, jackal, lechwe, roan, springbok (black, common, copper and white), zebra and waterbuck taken on properties owned by Amanzi Safaris and managed by Mr. Jopie Fourie (amanzisafaris@gmail.com).

The original invoice for the South African portion of the hunt (see Exhibit A) included pre-payment of the trophy fees for a lioness ($8,000), a cow Cape buffalo ($8,000) and plains game ($15,335). During the course of the safari in South Africa, the lioness was upgraded to a male lion for an additional $2,000 with the caveat that the cow buffalo would be taken in Zimbabwe following the conclusion of our hunt in South Africa.

The Zimbabwe portion of the hunt was originally planned as a leopard hunt for our minor son Dakota with the TV personality Colorado Buck. Once again, the entire cost of the safari was paid in full prior to our hunt (see Exhibit B). The hunt was arranged by Mr. Wessels through Bouna Safaris of Zimbabwe.

During the course of the safari in Zimbabwe, Dakota wounded a large male leopard and also took both a bull Cape buffalo and hippopotamus. Mr. Wessels never made payment to Bouna Safaris for either their daily rate or the trophy fees for the animals despite the fact that payment for the hunt was made prior thereto and the additional trophy fees for the Cape buffalo bull and the hippopotamus were wired directly to Kukuzans on/about June 2, 2010 by Lisa.

Regarding the wounded leopard - Mr. Wessels was not in camp at the time the leopard was wounded. Upon being contacted regarding the situation, Mr. Wessels advised that Vaatjie (Dakotas PH) was not to pursue the leopard and further advised that he would arrive back in camp the following morning at 10:00 AM at which time they would follow-up the wounded cat. Mr. Wessels did not arrive back in camp until 3:00 PM the next afternoon. Mr. Wessels would not allow anyone to accompany him in the tracking of the wounded leopard except members of the Zimbabwean staff along with his SA tracker, Pidy. They were gone for approximately 35 minutes and subsequently returned stating that the shot on the leopard was high and that the cat was not recoverable. I was subsequently offered a second leopard for Dakota at an additional cost of $18,000.

Subsequent conversations between Vaatjie and the SA tracker (Pidy) indicates that he advised Krys when they turned back that the blood trail was good and that they should continue - Mr. Wessels refused to continue. Pidy felt that the cat was recoverable and that the pursuit was called off prematurely (see Exhibit C).

It should be noted that there was an initial disagreement with the Zimbabwean game scout whether the animal actually shot was a leopard or a lion. Fortunately, the hunt was being filmed and although the light was poor, the video clearly showed a very large male leopard and also showed a good frontal shot was made by Dakota.

b) To waste no opportunity to teach young people the full meaning of this code of ethics.

One of the purposes of this hunt was to allow our son to spend time with someone that we considered not only to be a professional but a friend of the family. We had arranged to have Dakota spend seven weeks with Kukuzans following the Zimbabwe hunt as an apprentice to gain experience in big game hunting and the hunting industry.

In light of the events that subsequently transpired, we feel that Mr. Wessels has failed to take advantage of an opportunity to teach a young man the full meaning of the Sportsmens Code of Ethics. More importantly, Mr. Wessels behavior in this matter is in direct conflict not only with the Code of Ethics but also with the true meaning of sportsmanship and fair play.

c) To reflect in word and behavior only credit upon the fraternity of sportsmen, and to demonstrate abiding respect for game, habitat and property where I am privileged to hunt.

The behavior of Mr. Wessels with regards to the trophies and the properties where those animals were taken does not demonstrate an abiding respect for game but displays an attitude of utter disregard not only for the animals, but for the spirit of the hunt. Through his actions, Mr. Wessels has demonstrated that his primary interest in the hunting industry is only for financial gain with a complete disregard for or respect of the game that he hunts and/or the fraternity of sportsmen including his clients and the other individuals and/or businesses that he has negatively impacted as a result of his actions. In all likelihood, we will never see our trophies from this 2010 safari and it is unlikely that any of the parties involved in Africa where those animals were hunted will ever receive full remuneration either. This not only reflects very badly upon my family, but on all American hunters in general as we are being viewed in a negative light by these individuals/companies that have been denied payment by Kukuzans.

2. Violation of the Law Regarding Hunting

My family hunted with Kukuzans in 2009 in both the Limpopo Province and the Free State/KwaZulu Natal. We took a number of plains game species including kudu, nyala, sable, etc. For the past six months we have been trying to secure the shipment of our 2009 trophies from South Africa and despite repeated assurances from Mr. Wessels, the trophies remain in South Africa. In discussing the issue with Mr. Rupert Dedekind of Universal Trophy Services in Pretoria, South Africa (rupert@universaltrophyservices.co.za), we are advised that they (Universal Trophy Services) are still waiting on the appropriate paperwork from Kukuzans before they can make application to the South African government for the necessary export permits.

In this regard, Mr. Dedekind advises that the hunt needed to have been conducted by a licensed outfitter (Krys Wessels/Kukuzans) who then should provide a hunter register with all the animals listed under his license to the exporter. He must also provide an exemption permit for the properties where the hunt was conducted and a permission letter to the client from the property owner(s) for said hunt. Once that information has been received by Universal Trophy Services, then they can apply for the requisite export permits.

Mr. Wessels has assured not only us, but both our booking agent and Universal Trophy Services on numerous occasions that these documents are forthcoming, yet he still has not produced them to date. Up to this point, we can find no reason why Mr. Wessels has not been forthcoming with said paperwork unless the hunt was illegal from the standpoint of the exemption permit(s) and permission letter(s) necessary for the export permit application. In this regard, we were contacted by Mr. Jamie Physick/Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Manager (physickj@kznwildlife.com) earlier this year regarding our hunt in northern Natal on the property known as KwaggasHoek.

In his email, Mr. Physick indicated that Krys Wessels/Kukuzans has been under investigation for some time regarding his activities in KwaZulu Natal and requested information on our 2009 hunt and the current status of the trophies. At the time we informed Mr. Physick that we were very happy with the hunt and had no complaints against or about Mr. Wessels and/or Kukuzans - but that response was made in February of this year and things have obviously changed in the six months subsequent to that email exchange.

Global Sporting Safaris, Inc. recently contacted Mr. Physick regarding his investigation and inquired as to the status thereof on our behalf. They also asked several questions concerning the status of our trophies currently being held by Universal Trophy Services in Pretoria and why Mr. Wessels has not been forthcoming with the necessary documents to allow Universal Trophy Services to apply for the export permits. We will advise if any additional information is forthcoming from Mr. Physick in this regard.

3. Conduct towards an SCI member in connection with a hunt or agreement for a hunt involving deceit, extreme carelessness or recklessness, intentional misstatement or misrepresentation, fraud, exposure to physical danger beyond that normally associated with the hunt.

There are several aspects of this particular violation that will be addressed separately as follows:

a) Conduct towards an SCI member in connection with a hunt or agreement for a hunt involving deceit&intentional misstatement or misrepresentation, fraud.

With regards to that portion of the hunt conducted in Zimbabwe, this was an all-inclusive hunt for our son Dakota that included travel to/from Zimbabwe from South Africa for Dakota, Lisa and myself; all bait animals; daily rates; etc. (see Exhibit B).

The only extras would have been any additional trophy animals taken in Zimbabwe during the course of the hunt  which account would be settled at the end of the safari as is the normal custom. Again, the hunt was completely pre-paid prior to our departure to Africa with the exception of any additional animals taken.

We (Lisa and I) left the Bouna Safaris camp on May 29, 2010 and were transported to the airport in Harare. Upon our arrival, we learned that our travel arrangements had been made by Sarie Wessels/Kukuzans for that portion of the trip from Harare back to South Africa as previously agreed, but her credit card was denied for insufficient funds and our reservations were canceled. As a result we were forced to book the flight at our own expense in order to make our connecting flight back in Johannesburg (see Exhibit D).

Upon our return home on May 31, we found that an invoice had arrived from Kukuzans via email asking for payment of the additional trophy fees for plains game taken in South Africa as well as the balance due for the Zimbabwe safari which included the hippo forthwith (see Exhibit E). According to these invoices, a total of $25,891 was due and Kukuzans requested that we wire the money directly to them rather than going through our booking agent, which had made all of the arrangements on our behalf up to this point. The money was wired directly to their account on June 2, 2010, bypassing the formality of going through our booking agent.

We believe that this request was made to 1) deny the booking agent their rightful commission on these trophies (see Exhibit F), and 2) because Mr. Wessels knew that the monies would be withheld by said booking agent pending resolution of the 2009 trophy shipment issue.

It should be noted that payment for the leopard safari in Zimbabwe was initially withheld by the booking agent pending 1) receipt of information from Mr. Wessels on the principal owners/investors in Bouna Safaris (in order to ensure that we did not violate the Presidential Executive Order banning commerce with certain Zimbabwean citizens), and 2) positive action by Mr. Wessels to produce the necessary documentation for the 2009 trophy shipment. Upon receiving said information on Bouna Safaris and the assurance of Mr. Wessels that the necessary documentation would be forwarded forthwith to Universal Trophy Services, the money was wired to his account less the appropriate commissions.

On June 5, Krys and Sarie left the Bouna Safaris camp on their way back to South Africa, leaving Dakota behind with four members of the Kukuzans staff. Dakota and the staff members were left behind as per Krys instructions ostensibly to sort out the trophies for shipment prior to their departure.

On June 7 we learned that Krys and Sarie had left the Bouna Safaris camp without making payment for the hunt and that our son and the Kukuzans staff members were being held against their will in Zimbabwe for payment thereof - this after Kukuzans had received payment in full for everything from us!

Not only were they being held in camp against their will, there was no provision for meals and the Kukuzans staff was forced to spend personal funds (tips) to obtain food and drink from Bouna Safaris for the entire party.

Both Dakota and his SA Professional Hunter Vaatjie Schoeman (svaatjie@yahoo.com) were released by Bouna Safaris on/about June 9, 2010 and made their way back to South Africa.

The proof of malfeasance lies in the fact that we paid for an all-inclusive leopard hunt in Zimbabwe and made a subsequent payment for the hippo taken in Zim by Dakota yet Krys and Sarie allowed us to leave camp on May 29 knowing full well that they had not secured our airline tickets as previously agreed. They then proceeded to leave the Bouna Safaris camp on June 5  again with the full knowledge that they had not settled their account therewith, which subsequently placed our son at risk of arrest by the Zimbabwean authorities. When Mr. Wessels was contacted by his employees via cell phone regarding the situation in Zimbabwe, they were told to sort it out but were not given the means with which to resolve the situation.

Subsequent correspondence received from Bouna Safaris indicated that the arrangements made by Mr. Wessels for said hunt included a provision for pre-payment to Bouna for the hunt and Kukuzans/Bouna has since stated that they have a signed document which transfers all payment responsibility for the entire hunt to me. In this regard, Mr. Wessels produced a document upon his arrival in the Zimbabwe camp (two days subsequent to our arrival therein) which was described as a Waiver of Liability and which I was asked to sign. Trusting Krys, I signed the document without a thorough review thereof and Kukuzans has never provided me with a copy thereof. Bouna Safaris is now soliciting payment in full from me for said hunt (see Exhibit G) as they have been advised by Mr. Wessels that he is not responsible for said hunt. The invoice received from Bouna Safaris is above and beyond the hunt price agreed upon with Mr. Wessels.

As stated previously, our intent was to place our minor son Dakota in the care of Krys and Sarie Wessels upon our departure trusting that they would look after Dakotas well being in our absence. Upon leaving the Bouna Safaris campo on May 29 we were given their assurance, once again, that they would look after Dakota as if he were their own son.

So then, why would Krys and Sarie depart the Bouna Safaris camp on June 5 and leave Dakota behind without any consideration for his safety or well-being in the days to follow? As we have since learned, Mr. Wessels knew prior to his departure that Bouna Safaris was extremely concerned about the lack of payment (see Exhibit H), yet he left camp anyway and purposely left his underage protégé behind to suffer the consequences of his failure to live up to Kukuzans financial obligations in regards thereto.

Considering that the Zimbabwean police initially threatened to take Dakota and the remaining employees of Kukuzans into custody, the actions of Krys and Sarie Wessels dba Kukuzans Hunting Safaris and/or Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd. are not only inexcusable, but represent extreme carelessness or recklessness by exposing our minor son to physical danger beyond that normally associated with the hunt - which constitutes a total lack of regard for the well being of not only Dakota but the members of his staff.

STATE OF WYOMING ) ) SS COUNTY OF PARK )

AFFADAVIT

Weston D. McArtor, of lawful age, after having first duly sworn upon his oath, disposes and states:

That he has read the foregoing Complaint by him subscribed, knows the contents thereof, and that, to the best of his knowledge, information and belief, the allegations and matters therein stated are true and correct as he verily believes.

Weston D. McArtor

Subscribed and sworn before me by Weston D. McArtor this ___19____ day of July, 2010.

Notary Public

My commission expires: 8/24/11

(Seal) Garrett Growney, County of Park, Notary Public, State of Wyoming

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McArtor Statement:

STATEMENT

In the Matter of Weston D. McArtor et al vs. Krys and Sarie Wessels dba Kukuzans Hunting Safaris and Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd.

General Statement of Wes and Lisa McArtor as to the Events in Question

May 2 through May 11, 2010

We had a wonderful time at Amanzi and with Krys and Colorado Buck. We got all our requested animals plus several additional trophies. Amanzi is a first class place and everyone there was exceptional. Dakota was scheduled to take a lioness in South Africa; however, Krys told me if I would allow Dakota to shoot his cow Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe, he would let us upgrade to a male lion for an additional $2,000 - I agreed and as a result, Dakota took a beautiful male lion.

When we settled the bill, Krys informed me that I had to upgrade to a bull Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe and it would cost an additional $11,000.

May 12, 2010

We are driving to Zimbabwe. We dropped Krys off in Johannesburg ostensibly because he needed to take care of a vehicle that was being worked on and also that he needed to get his Zimbabwe gun permits completed. We thought that was a bit odd and it put us on edge a bit that he would not be accompanying us to the Zimbabwe camp.

We stopped in Polokawane and on our way out of town that evening and the upper ball joint on the vehicle that Colorado was in broke and it lost a wheel. We spent two hours on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. We finally made it back into town and found lodging at a hotel named Colonel Johns.

May 13 through 14, 2010

We are stuck in Polokawane at the hotel waiting for the vehicle to be fixed. The part necessary for the repair is in Johannesburg, which is two hours away. Krys has not offered any assistance to either expedite the repairs or provide a replacement vehicle to get us back on the road. He also does not offer to cover our expenses while stranded in Polokwane  the staff covered the expenses out of their own pocket. We offered to split the cost of an air charter to the camp in Zimbabwe with Kukuzans and Krys refused.

May 15, 2010

Left at 4:00 AM for Zimbabwe. There is a problem with the registration for the vehicle at the border - after three hours at the border we are back on the road. Finally made camp after midnight. May 16 through May 29, 2010

The camp is very nice. We are staying here because the tent camp is not completed. We liked this camp better than the tent camp.

Krys advises us not to shoot anything until he can get there. So we went bait hunting for the leopard

May 17, 2010

Krys is still not in camp, but advises that he is on his way - we dont remember if he arrived on May 17 or May 18. Nonetheless we lost at least four hunting days due to the breakdown and his failure to accompany us to camp. We have both our PH (Vaatjie Schoeman) as well as a Zimbabwean PH with us in camp, so it made no sense why Krys had to be present before we could start hunting.

We are starting to notice some tension in the camp but no one is saying anything about what is going on.

May 18, 2010

Colorado Buck, Krys and Kevin Brit (Colorados PH) have to go to a meeting in Harare about three of Colorados intended animals  we subsequently learned that Colorado lost the ability to hunt these animals, we never learned the circumstances or exactly why.

May 19 through May 28, 2010

At some point after our arrival, the other wheel fell off of the same hunting vehicle.

A couple of days before we left, three additional people came into camp: WD and Lillian Williams and Austin Anderson to hunt with Krys.

May 29, 2010

Left the Zimbabwe camp early on the morning of May 29 in order to catch the flight out of Harare back to Johannesburg. As we were leaving, both Krys and Sarie hugged us and advised us not to worry about Dakota and that they would watch after him like he was their very own son. The brakes on this vehicle were very bad on the way to Harare.

Upon arriving at the airport in Harare we discovered that the reservation previously made by Sarie for our return flight to Johannesburg had been cancelled due to non-payment (their credit card was denied). The negotiations for the hunt in Zimbabwe included all transportation to/from Zimbabwe, including our flight from Harare back to Johannesburg. However to make our connecting flight in Johannesburg , we were forced to pay for our own tickets. When we left camp, Krys and Sarie must have known that they had not finalized our travel arrangements from Harare back to Johannesburg yet made no mention of that fact. May 31, 2010

We arrived home after midnight and had an email from Sarie with the invoice for the additional animals attached. The email asked us to do the wire transfer right away and to send it directly to Kukuzans so there was no delay since they had to pay Iona in Zimbabwe. She didnt want the monies transferred directly to GSS because that would delay their receipt of the funds. As it was a bank holiday, a wire transfer on May 31 was not possible.

June 1, 2010

Received an email from Sarie asking if we had wired the funds. Lisa was in Urgent Care for most of the day being treated for severe dehydration and diarrhea.

Krys and Dakota have words over something he said to one of the Zim guides and Dakota called very upset about it, but we couldnt really get the details and didnt understand. We subsequently sent an email to Sarie asking her to call - when she did she said everything was fine. Said that Dakota was leopard hunting and had shot a big one close to dark. Tracking would have to wait until tomorrow morning early. No apologies offered for the airline tickets from Harare to Johannesburg.

June 2, 2010

We are advised that Krys called off the search for the leopard saying it was for safety reasons and further saying that the shot was high and the leopard was unrecoverable. Not knowing the situation we told him we were disappointed but understood that was a possibility. We were told that Vaatjie was not allowed to go look for tracks.

Krys offered another leopard for an additional $18,000.

We let Sarie know that the transfer had gone through.

Krys again assured us that he would take care of last years trophies at Universal when he got back to SA. Asked Sarie for an address to send Dakota a care package.

June 3, 2010

Still waiting to hear back from Sarie for the address. Dakota is now hunting Cape buffalo. Dakota said that he was told he could not take a video camera to film his buffalo hunt. Up to point of leaving Zimbabwe we only hunted for Cape a total of 4 days, and Dakota sat in the leopard blind a total 3 times. The rest of the time we were hunting Colorados hippo or other animals including Dakotas hippo.

June 4, 2010

Both Dakota and WD get their buffalo. No film of it.

June 5, 2010

Krys, Sarie, WD, Lillian, Austin (Anderson) and Francois left camp. Dakota, Vaatjie, Theo, Kevin and Pidy are still in camp as per Krys instructions.

June 7, 2010

Found out after talking to Theo that the guys are stuck in camp under house arrest because Krys did not pay Iona what he owed her and that Iona had called the Zimbabwe police. The police were going to arrest the entire party but were told the party included an underage American client. The police then said that would take Dakota into custody and put him in a hotel in Harare but Theo protested. Finally, the police left them in camp under house arrest and told them not to leave until the bill had been taken care of. John (with Bouna Safaris) was supposed to bring the money from Harare upon receipt of a wire transfer from Kukuzans.

We were told that the leopard could have been found and that something fishy occurred in conjunction with the tracking of the wounded leopard.

June 8, 2010

Payment still has not been made to Iona and Dakota remains under house arrest. Theo and Vaatjie have attempted to contact Krys regarding payment and he is not answering his calls or returning their calls for assistance. When they finally did manage to contact Krys regarding the situation, they were told to sort it out. We are having trouble getting through on the phones and are very disturbed because we cant find out whats going on. We have not heard anything from Krys or Sarie on the situation. We finally managed to get a call through to Vaatjie, who told us that his Dad and brother on standby with a helicopter and money to pay Iona if Krys doesnt send the money. They would fly Dakota and himself out of Zimbabwe to Botswana and Vaatjies family there.

June 9, 2010

Found out today that Krys had not paid either Amanzi or Deon for our trophies. We also learned that Krys still has not provided the paperwork to Universal Trophy Services for the export of our 2009 trophies.

Iona allowed Vaatjie and Dakota to leave camp and they are on the road to SA. Krys sent us 3 emails, none of which addressed the issue with Iona and/or the arrest of our son despite the fact that he was responsible for the well-being of Dakota following our departure

According to our information, Krys only paid a portion of the Bouna Safaris bill with the result that Theo, Kevin and Pidy were forced to remain in Zimbabwe under house arrest.

June 10, 2010

Theo, Kevin and Pidy are still in Zimbabwe. Vaatjie advises that he has not been paid by Krys in four months.

June 11, 2010

Theo, Kevin and Pidy have been released from house arrest in Zimbabwe and are on their way back to South Africa. We are told that the South African Police Service has been sent to take Krys into custody for the non-payment of trophy fees to Vaatjies father.

June 13, 2010

Found out today that Colorado Buck lost 3 of his animals because Krys did not get the necessary permits including tuskless elephant, Cape buffalo and crocodile.

June 14, 1010

Dakota has left South Africa.

STATE OF WYOMING ) ) SS COUNTY OF PARK )

AFFADAVIT

Weston D. McArtor, of lawful age, after having first duly sworn upon his oath, disposes and states:

That he has read the foregoing Complaint by him subscribed, knows the contents thereof, and that, to the best of his knowledge, information and belief, the allegations and matters therein stated are true and correct as he verily believes.

Weston D. McArtor

Subscribed and sworn before me by Weston D. McArtor this ___19____ day of July, 2010.

Notary Public

My commission expires: 08/24/11

(Seal) Garrett Growney, County of Park, Notary Public, State of Wyoming

STATE OF WYOMING ) ) SS COUNTY OF PARK )

AFFADAVIT

Lisa McArtor, of lawful age, after having first duly sworn upon her oath, disposes and states:

That she has read the foregoing Complaint by her subscribed, knows the contents thereof, and that, to the best of her knowledge, information and belief, the allegations and matters therein stated are true and correct as she verily believes.

Lisa McArtor

Subscribed and sworn before me by Lisa McArtor this ___19____ day of July, 2010.

Notary Public

My commission expires: 08/24/11

(Seal) Garrett Growney, County of Park, Notary Public, State of Wyoming

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Vaatjie Schoeman Statement:

STATEMENT

In the Matter of Weston D. McArtor et al vs. Krys and Sarie Wessels dba Kukuzans Hunting Safaris and Kukuzans Marketing (Pty) Ltd.

General Statement of Johannes (Vaatjie) Schoeman as to the Events in Question

The McArtor family started off hunting in the Free State (Republic of South Africa) on the game farm called Amanzi Game Reserve. We harvested all the animals they wanted and then moved to Zimbabwe to hunt leopard and Cape buffalo for Dakota. The first day we were planning on spending the night in Musina which is about 900km north of Amanzi. On the way, we stopped in Polokwane (about 200km from Musina) so that the McArtors could do some shopping. We were on our way out of Polokwane when the wheel fell off of our vehicle. We subsequently spent three days sitting in a hotel in Polokwane waiting on the vehicle to be repaired. I obtained pricing on a charter flight to take us to the camp in Zimbabwe and Mr. McArtor offered to pay half of the charter fee. Krys refused. There was no backup plan or a backup vehicle we could use; consequently we had to wait for our vehicle to be repaired. Finally after three days of sitting the vehicle was fixed and we were ready to go.

Then we reached the border. It took us a very long time clearing the rifles. We got to a point where they checked the vehicle. They checked the registration of the vehicle and found that the vehicles license has expired on the 31st of October 2009. I was in a very uncomfortable situation. Theo Verster was in charge at that time. He made a call to Mr. Wessels telling him about the vehicle registration. The only thing Mr. Wessels told us was It is not my problem, that was your guys problem. Finally after three and a half hours on the border we were through. We drove that night to the hunting camp in the Zambezi River valley.

The next day we started hunting for baits for leopard. I had a Zimbabwe registered professional hunter with me. I was told via phone to go and hunt for bait for the leopard. Dakota shot an impala and we hung the bait. Then a baboon was sitting in the road (we all know baboon is good leopard bait), Dakota shot the baboon and we hung the bait. I got into big trouble for shooting the baboon because apparently that was not his order. His words were, Go and shoot bait for the leopard, he did not specify what animal(s) we could use for bait.

I was not allowed to hunt trophy game (leopard or buffalo) until Krys arrived. I could only shoot bait and Krys wanted 20 baits up right away. Now to put 20 baits up and to keep feeding the baits is not an easy task. We were there three days -driving and doing baits only. Then Mr. Wessels arrived in camp.

Colorado Buck and the McArtors were hunting together with Mr. Wessels. They shot a few animals but we were slowly but surely running out of time. Mr. Wessels then gave me Dakota to go and look for a buffalo and a leopard. We were checking the baits often, hanging new baits and still tracking buffalo. Weston and Lisa McArtor left camp and Dakota stayed behind.

Early one morning we found one of our baits that had a big male leopard on it. We then decided to go back in the afternoon to see if we can get the leopard. We arrived at the bait around three. The leopard was shot at exactly 17h45. I immediately called the vehicle because I knew it was getting dark. We got out of the blind and into the vehicle. We waited a while for the leopard to die. We drove around trying to find it but the only thing we found were lions. We could not see blood in the dark and it is not a good idea walking after a wounded leopard at night. We then drove back to camp. When we got back to camp Mr. Wessels was very unhappy because I got out of the blind and into the vehicle.

I once received a text message from him while I was sitting in the blind waiting for the vehicle to come that I must sleep there. Im not willing to sleep in a blind where there are a lot of lions and elephants around us, and particularly not when I have the client with me. I will never do that. I told Mr. Wessels that the shot was good and that we needed to be there first thing in the morning. He then told me that we are only going to be there at 10am and that was his final decision. The next day at 10am Dakota, Theo and I were sitting about 300m from where the leopard was shot. Theo received a text message from Krys stating that I was not allowed to go and see if we could find blood. Theo and the ranger must go and look for blood. I could not understand that because I was the one guiding Dakota on that leopard, I felt it was my responsibility to find it. Theo and the ranger came back after a half an hour and could not find any blood. We waited and waited and waited. Finally at 3pm Krys pitched up - he got out of the vehicle, took his gun, told everyone to stay behind, he took the tracker (Pidy) and the ranger and went looking for the leopard. He came back after 35 minutes and told all of us that the leopard will never be recovered. The tracker (Pidy) told us that they walked 300 yards on the blood and then turned around. Pidy told me that he told Krys that they should keep on going and that the blood is good. Mr. Wessels refused. The size of the leopard that Dakota shot was amazing! It was a HUGE male leopard. I still think that the leopard was recoverable. I also believe it is a professional hunters job to go and find the animal that you wounded. That is why we are professional hunters, not professional runners.

A few days went by and Dakota shot a beautiful buffalo bull with me. Mr. Wessels client also shot a buffalo the same day Dakota shot his. Mr. Wessels then decided that he and the client that was hunting with him will leave for South Africa the following morning. He said that Dakota, Kevin, Theo and I should leave two days after to South Africa. He left us with no funds. In fact I gave him money that I got as a tip so that they could make it back to South Africa. When we wanted to leave, the owner of the camp (Iona) said there is no way we are leaving without paying. I then told her that I am sitting with a client and that it is not the clients fault. She then phoned the police and they put us under house arrest until the money was paid over. We did not have any money from Kukuzans side for fuel, food or nothing. It all came from my pocket. Iona was good to us and gave us food for a few days. We were sitting there counting the days go by, listening to empty promises. I really got fed up and walked to Iona. I told her that enough is enough and I need to get Dakota out of that situation. She then told me I can leave but Theo and Kevin must stay behind. I left that afternoon at 2pm and we got to the border at 6am the following morning.

A couple of days went past, Theo and Kevin got released. I got threats from Mr. Wessels that I must lock my doors and that he will ruin me. I still have all his threats.

That is what happened in Zimbabwe.

STATE OF WYOMING ) ) SS COUNTY OF PARK )

AFFADAVIT

Johannes Schoeman, of lawful age, after having first duly sworn upon his oath, disposes and states:

That he has read the foregoing Statement by him subscribed, knows the contents thereof, and that, to the best of his knowledge, information and belief, the allegations and matters therein stated are true and correct as he verily believes.

Johannes Schoeman

Subscribed and sworn before me by Johannes Schoeman ___19____ day of August, 2010.

Notary Public

My commission expires: 8/24/11

(Seal) Garrett Growney, County of Park, Notary Public, State of Wyoming

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From: K Brits [mailto:kenmin@vodamail.co.za] Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:33 AM To: Lisa Mcartor Subject: Report on Zim

Hallo Lisa and Wes,

Here is my response to what happened in Zimbabwe.

Francois and I were sent down to Zimbabwe to help built the camp but due to a lack of money and resources we could not finish the camp in time before you arrived. I then took it upon myself to look for an alternative camp and that was how I met up with Iona. She gave me the daily rates and said we should pay a 50% deposit on arrival and the balance before we leave. I then contacted Theo and Krys in the presence of Iona and gave them the daily rates and terms and conditions where upon they said I must book the camp. When Krys arrived in camp on the 17th of May I took him to Iona and introduced him. I thought he was going to sort out the deposit with Iona but he did not say a word about the deposit to her. On a few occasions Iona indicated to me and to Theo that we had not paid the deposit and that she wants it where upon Theo went to Krys and Sarie to tell them what Iona said about the deposit and their response was they will transfer it to her account, but Iona refused and said the arrangement was to pay the deposit in cash on day of arrival and the balance in cash before we leave. She then wanted to put us out of camp if we didn't pay the deposit immediately. After every attempt confronting Krys he said Theo should sort it out, but how could he without access to Krys' bank account or any money for that matter. Theo also went to Sarie and told her about the problem and her response was that Iona should accept that they will do a transfer. Krys also refused to meet with Iona even to make arrangements. Theo then discussed the deposit issue with me and Vaatjie where upon we said we will pay the deposit out of our pockets. Vaatjie gave $1400 and I gave $100 as she wanted $1500 for deposit. We told her that the money was out of our pockets where upon she said she will give it back when Krys paid the account. We did not tell Krys about the $1500 as we did not want to lose the money. We did this to save ourselves and our clients the embarrassment, because Iona wanted to put us all out of camp if the arrangement is not met. On the 4th of June me and Vaatjie only arrived in camp at 9h00 in the evening and Theo was still not back from Harare after taking Kyle to the airport. On my arrival in camp Krys informed me that he and WD were to leave for South Africa in the morning. Theo only arrived back from Harare at 4h00 in the morning on the 6th of June where upon he was informed about the arrangements. On the morning of the 6th Krys had a meeting with John from Bouna Safaris and the Zimbabwean PH's. Neither Theo, me or Vaatjie was in this meeting. On completion of the meeting Krys told us the payment and everything else was arranged and that I, Theo, Vaatjie and Dakota should stay behind to tag the trophies and to follow on the 7th, the Sunday, back to South Africa. Theo tried to phone Iona to find out if arrangements were made for payment, but he could not get hold of her as she was not in camp.

After they left we went back to our camp at Tiger Fishing. We received a call from Iona at about 11 o'clock in the morning telling us to meet her at her camp. On arrival at Iona she was waiting for us with the people from the President's office and the CID. She was furious because Krys has left without paying or making any arrangements with her. The lady from the President's office Mrs. Jharamba wanted to arrest us but because we had Dakota with us she said we can go back to the lodge but we are not allowed to leave town and that they are going to set up road blocks to try and prevent Krys from leaving the country. Unfortunately Krys exited the country ahead of the road blocks. We could only get hold of Krys the following day. When we finally get hold of him and explain the situation to him his only comment was good luck. Fully knowing that we had one of his clients children with us he showed no concern for the child or our wellbeing. Krys left us with enough food for one day and no money as he said he will transfer money for us to get back home. He neglected to do so up to the day before we left and then only enough money to get home, which left us with no money or food for 6 days. Was it not for Iona's hospitality, despite the way Krys treated Iona, she still reached out and if it wasn't for that, I honestly don't know what we would have done. Tiger Fishing also stood by us but they could not accommodate us anymore.

As for the actual payment details Krys told us that the money was paid in on the 7th and made a comment that we now should get out of Zimbabwe as soon as possible, a comment I found strange and suspicious. We could not leave until the actual money showed in the bank account, a fact that we relayed to Krys. Krys response was that we should contact the banks and find out what was going on which was extremely difficult because it wasn't our accounts and we got now help whatsoever from his side. We were told by the lady from the President's office to come to the Police station and write out full statements as they are now getting Interpol involved. The morning on our way to the Police station we decided in a last attempt to try and find out where the money was and got hold of the lady at Barclays Bank who notified us that the money was indeed in Barclays Bank account and she gave us a reference number and that she was just waiting for the money to be exchanged into USD so that payment could be made to Bouna's account. With this reference number and information we went to CID and Iona where upon they said we are free to go. It is my firm believe that this matter could have been resolved if Krys had kept to the original arrangement of paying the deposit on arrival and settling the accounts in full before he left. I decide to leave Krys' employ as I have not received any remuneration in the past 7 weeks and wish not to be associated with him anymore for this is not how I do business.

Regarding the Leopard hunt, the evening after the hunt when Dakota and Vaatjie get back in camp Krys said Vaatjie is not allowed to go near the place that the leopard was shot. Krys said that the following morning Theo should go to the spot the leopard was shot and see what he could find but he was not allowed to follow the blood trail if any and that we should wait for Krys who would be there at 10h00. After waiting for him until 14h00 in the afternoon he finally arrived. He insisted that only he and the Zimbabwean PH, game scout and tracker go after the leopard and that the rest of us should stay behind. He got back after a mere 30 minutes surprising us all stating that the blood trail had stopped and the leopard was gone. In my opinion the leopard could have been found and killed if we were there at first light when the trail was still fresh. In camp that evening Krys told Dakota to contact his father and tell him that he could give him another leopard at a discounted price which made me uncomfortable because now Wes has to pay twice for a leopard.

I would like to offer my sincere apology to Lisa, Wes and Dakota for the way this outfit treated them and would like to assure them of my commitment in future dealings with me.

Kind regards.

Kevin Brits Tel:+27828384005

Rebuttal:

This report is not the truth but rather a personal attack that is based on issues that are going on trail. Please adivse me what my rights in terms of this are please.

I don't mind giving you the full details at a later stage but I cannot do it as this point of time, I would however like to clarify this with you in time so there are no grey areas in terms of my rights.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Kukuzans Hunting Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 5088 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 31, 2004 to September 9, 2004
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area: Bethlehem


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kukuzans Hunting Safaris. P.O. Box 2796; Bethlehem; 9700; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-58-304-3035; Fax: 011-27-58-304-3375; Email: krys@kukuzans.co.za;
Personal Guide (if any): Krys Wessels.
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hartebeest, Red - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Prime.


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: South African Airlines and Delta. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Excellent.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Auction at SCI Miami. 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: First class - five star outfit.
Equipment Recommendations: Rangefinder.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Excellent.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Dr. Stanton C. Southward
Contact Information: Tel. 719-598-6284 - 1900 E Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909 E-mail: south2south5@msn.com
Hunting Experience: Worldwide.
Physical Condition: Excellent for 59.


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 Kukuzans Hunting Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2393 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 20, 2001 to August 10, 2001
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Various
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kukuzans Hunting Safaris. P.O. Box 2796; Bethlehem; 9700; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-58-304-3035; Fax: 011-27-58-304-3375; Email: krys@kukuzans.co.za;
Personal Guide (if any): Krys Wessels
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: Lion - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very large, 200 pounds.
Rhinoceros - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 28-inch horn.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Lots of game and good trophies.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Return flight from Cape Town was cancelled.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $350 per day plus $300 for observer. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Expensive. Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $9,000. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Having to shoot a lion.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? On of the best hunts I have been on. My 10th trip to Africa.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Don Perry
Contact Information: Tel. 336-584-1188 - P.O. Box 1472, Burlington, NC 27216
Hunting Experience: 50 years.
Physical Condition: Good for 75.


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 Kukuzans Hunting Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2166 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 14, 2000 to September 24, 2000
Place of Hunt:
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kukuzans Hunting Safaris. P.O. Box 2796; Bethlehem; 9700; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-58-304-3035; Fax: 011-27-58-304-3375; Email: krys@kukuzans.co.za;
Personal Guide (if any): Johan and Henry Strydom
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Caracal - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Blesbok - Availability: - Trophy Size: White blesbok.
Cat, Genet - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


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


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: See comments
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? See comments


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John Guitar, III
Contact Information: Tel. 719-578-0815 - P.O. Box 7308, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80933
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
This hunt was donated by Ron Inc. This hunt was with Krys Wessels, of Kukuzans Hunting Safaris.

I talked to Mr. Wessels, at the SCI show before the auction and asked him the following questions: Would he be the ph taking me on the hunt? He assured me that he would be the one to take me and he would also be the one to pick me up in Johannesburg. Did he own the property that I would be hunting on? He said that he did, except for the small cats, which we would be hunting near by with "his dogs". Did he have a nice lodge or camp that I would be staying at while I was there? He said yes and showed me the pictures in his brochure.

The brochures I was given at the SCI show by Krys Wessels shows him as the owner. Not once did he ever mention having "any" partners. As I found out after being picked up by his "so called helpers", they were indeed his partners in the business. As we compared my brochures to theirs, which had their names listed as well as Krys' name. I have reservations as to why he had brochures printed up with his name only, for the SCI show.

I had several phone conversations as well as faxes with Mr. Wessels since the SCI show. He advised me to come September 14-24, 2000. As this would be the best time for the cat hunt. I found out after being picked up by his two partners, Johan and Henry Strydom, that this was probably the worst time to hunt cats. I made my plans to coincide with his suggested dates. I hunted with Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris, September 5-13, 2000. I bought Phillip's hunt at the Colorado Chapter 2000 fundraiser auction. Mr. Wessels was well aware of my plans. We contacted Kukuzans Safaris on Sept. 13, 2000 as planned. We decided on a place to meet and they said they would be there to pick me up. We were met as planned, by Johan and Henry Strydom. They told me that they were not notified until September 13, 2000 that they were to meet me.

We drove to Warden SA approximately three hours, and were put up in a hotel there, and told we would only be there two to three days. We ended up staying there for the entire hunt.

All of the things I asked Mr. Wessels at the show, turned out to be false. As he did not pick me up, he did not own the property we hunted on, he did not own the hunting dogs, he did not have a lodge or camp. He was not my P.H. as he said he would be.

This hunt would have been a complete disaster if it had not been for Johan and Henry; they were the ones that owned the dogs that we hunted with. (Approx. 70 dogs) They also had several places to hunt the donated animals. I took one caracal, one genet, one white blesbok, and one blesbok and could have taken mountain reedbuck, as there was plenty. I feel certain we would have taken the several cats but the weather turned bad, with wind, rain and snow for the last three days of the hunt.

I would highly recommend Johan and Henry Strydom to anyone wanting to go on the best small cat hunt available using dogs. They also have access to many other South African animals. Not only are they excellent professional hunters, they are pleasant to be with and only want you to get the best trophy animals available. I plan to do another cat and red duiker hunt with them only next year.

Mr. Krys Wessels did not even show me the courtesy of coming to see me while I was there. I would not recommend Mr. Krys Wessels to anyone.

I do not hold Ron Inc. responsible for any of my troubles on this hunt, but I do think he needed to, in this case, have checked out whom he represents a little better.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Kukuzans Hunting Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1851 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 21, 2000 to August 1, 2000
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State Natal
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Kukuzans Hunting Safaris. P.O. Box 2796; Bethlehem; 9700; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-58-304-3035; Fax: 011-27-58-304-3375; Email: krys@kukuzans.co.za;
Personal Guide (if any): Hendri and Johan Strydom
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: Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Took two.
Cat, Serval - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 7 1/2 inches.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 15 inches.
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 18 inches.
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 27 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Oribi - Availability: Outsmarted. I ran out of time.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent trophy quality. We did not hunt behind any game fences.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems. The service was good.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 10 days with observer including three cats. Amount: $6150
Trophy Fees: Nyala $1,500, blesbok $250, mountain reedbuck $700, reedbuck $500. Amount: $2950
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,600 per person. Amount: $3200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tax and shipping. Amount: $800
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: I took both cats with a long bow.
Equipment Recommendations: Take your spotting scope.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The Strydoms are great cat hunters and have 160 dogs. This hunt is a real kick and is great for the hunter who wants to take these little cats.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: George McCoy
Contact Information: Tel. 907-783-2937 - Box 318, Girdwood, AK 99587 E-mail: akbroker@alaska.net
Hunting Experience: I have been on four trips to Africa and have also hunted in Alaska, British Columbia, Montana, Utah, South Dakota, Arizona and Oregon.
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
This is a great hunt for the hunter who has been to Africa a couple of times. These cats are beautiful and unusual trophies. The hunting was very exciting. Johan and Hendri are great hosts. They are still organized for plains game, but I suspect their service in this area will be greatly improved by next year. The usual fee for the cat hunt is $3,350 for a seven day hunt including the trophy fee for three cats. A real bargain. I was so happy with Expeditions by Ron. They found great airfare.



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