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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Matapula Hunters 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: 8333 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 1, 2011 to May 2, 2011
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Matapula Hunters.
Personal Guide (if any): Mark Ellement and Warkick Evans
Booking Agent (if any): Tommy Morrison; Sporting International, Inc.. 15608 South Brentwood; Channelview; TX; 77530; Fax: 281-457-5412;Email: sport@sportinginternational.com; Web www.sportinginternational.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: All other species taken was plains game in average condition. This was not purely a plains game hunt. Good shape.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Approximately Amount: $20000
Trophy Fees: Included 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: Dogs working leopard.
Equipment Recommendations: Be able to walk behind dogs.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? This was my 3rd dog/leopard safari with these guys.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rick Young
Contact Information: Tel. 281-469-6766 -
Hunting Experience: Vast
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 Matapula Hunters 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: 7733 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 14, 2010 to May 3, 2010
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Plum Tree, Hwange, Omay South


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Matapula Hunters.
Personal Guide (if any): Scott Bailey
Booking Agent (if any): Tommy Morrison; Sporting International, Inc.. 15608 South Brentwood; Channelview; TX; 77530; Fax: 281-457-5412;Email: sport@sportinginternational.com; Web www.sportinginternational.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Over 60 pounds by PH estimation. Ivory had not been weighed at time of report. 18 inch circumference, 38 inches protruding from lip.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Took entire 19 days to take the elephant, never went to buffalo camp.
Game Condition Comments: In the Plum Tree area where my dad took his bull the elephant were there but I would not say they were abundant. However; after my dad shot his bull the elephant left the area, 7 days we went and only found 1 bull track coming into the area which we followed and he left the area before we could catch him. Hwange on the other hand the elephant were abundant. We looked at 35-40 bulls two of which were 40 pounds, over 7 days of hunting before taking a bull on the 19th day.


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 and South African Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Flights were good on the Delta 777, much better IMO than the Airbus.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $20000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $16000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Used miles. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips. Amount: $3000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Late rains limited us as to some of the areas we could not reach, and rains during the hunt kept us in camp for part of several days. Just unfortunate weather. The bush was extremely thick which made for very exciting encounters with the elephant at close range but also kept us from sometimes seeing the elephant at all that we had spent hours tracking. This is part of an early season hunt. It is what it is, one just needs to be aware that this is going to happen when the bush is still full foliage.
Highlights of Hunt: Everyone of the many hours of tracking and following bulls all the way to contacting them and acessing the trophy quality and deciding to find another bull. We did this daily for the last 7 days in Hwange it was true elephant hunting. Stalking 4 bulls in the thick bush with only the light of the full moon and the sounds of the feeding bulls to guide us. We approached 3 of these bulls to within 15 yards in the full night while they fed and destroyed trees right in front of us. I have seldom had excitement like this night. Finally taking a bull that I wanted on the 19th day of hunting after a very exciting stalk and hunt. Taking this bull at 20 yards with a .500 Nitro Express double.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Great operator.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jason Jeter
Contact Information: Tel. 817-946-2819 - 7401 Red Leaf Court, Fort Worth, TX E-mail: mngane@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 5 trips to Africa, all dangerous game species except rhino. Self guided multiple trips to Alaska. Extensive hunting in the US and Canada.
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
Scott Bailey is one of the most knowledgeable PH's I have ever had the pleasure to hunt with. He always has a positive attitude even when the days were tough and the elephant were scarce and it paid off in the long run that he never gives up. He had a great personality and was a great hunter with great intuition when it came to elephants. I hope to have the opportunity to hunt with Scott again.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Matapula Hunters 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: 7022 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: November 1, 2008 to November 14, 2008
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Hwange, Matetsi, Sidinda


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Matapula Hunters.
Personal Guide (if any): Andre Esterhausen
Booking Agent (if any): Bruce Grant; Grant Adventures International. 9815 25th Street East; Parrish; FL; 34219; Tel. 941-776-3029; Fax: 941-776-1092;Email: grantadven@aol.com; Web www.grantadventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: This was my second unsuccessful elephant hunt. After failing to take elephant last year I was asked to return at a very reduced rate. We saw 50-60 elephants in 14 days with none larger than 25 pounds. Heat was almost unbearable - at Sidinda Camp even at night. Dates were picked for me. We drove 300-500 miles per day going to different areas to hunt. All the driving very physically draining.
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: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: Delta Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: $10,000 upon kill Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,500. Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: No elephant larger than 25 pounds.
Highlights of Hunt: Last 2/3 of hunt we moved to Gorges Lodge which made nights much cooler.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? With many reservations.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Bucky Flowers
Contact Information: Tel. 239-774-2903 - 2255 Kirkwood Ave., Naples, FL E-mail: buckyfs2@aol.com
Hunting Experience: 9th trip to Africa, local, Mexico, Canada and West.
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



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