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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3003 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 31, 2002 to September 16, 2002
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Omay Concessions - South


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Jim/Barb McCarthy; Jim McCarthy Adventures & Travel. 4906 Creek Drive; Harrisburg; PA; 17112; Tel. (570) 384-3365; Email: info@mccarthyadventures.com; Web www.mccarthyadventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 45 inch great boss and curve.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 7 foot 5 inch mature animal.
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 37.5 inches with a 12 inch base, mature animal.
Kudu - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 51 inch mature animal.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 28 inch mature animal.
Sable - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 38 inch mature animal.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Mature stallion.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Three of the above animals should make SCI book (buffalo, leopard, and 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: Delta Air, Conair, and South African Air. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Mechanical problems (Conair) in Harrisburg at last minute necessitated changing plane, which delayed my rifles and baggage for two days into my safari. Make plans for this situation, borrow from PH.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $11250
Trophy Fees: Amount: $10600
Permits/Licenses: Cities tag for leopard Amount: $100
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1300
Other Costs: Two percent daily rate. Amount: $225
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: See comments.
Equipment Recommendations: See comments.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? For a combination buffalo/leopard, plus plains game, Omay South and National Safaris presents the greatest opportunities in Africa.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Ross E. Starner
Contact Information: Tel. 717-486-7633 - 815 Torway Road, Gardners, PA 17324 E-mail: rstarner@state.pa.us
Hunting Experience: Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Texas, etc.
Physical Condition: 58 years old, non-smoker. Used walking machine to prepare for hunt.


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
Three of the species should make the SCI trophy book:

Buffalo - 45-inch spread, great curl, nice base. Leopard - 7 foot 5 inches, mature male. Eland - 37.5 inches long, and 12-inch base, large body.

Stalking a herd of Cape buffalo for 1.5 hours (300-400) and trying to set up a shot on a mature bull. Was not successful. Stalking a herd of that size was not easy, too many eyes and very spooky.

Two fake changes by female elephants with young.

Big spider in toilet - what a great feeling!

Seeing an MGM lion (nice black mane).

Encounter with spiting cobra, which was trying to escape fire that was burning off jungle underbrush.

Hunting on communal land and not fenced in ranch.

Variety of species - elephants to baboons.

The safety of white hunter in Zimbabwe was not an issue. It was excellent. For an example, after I shot my buffalo I waited 2 ½ hours in the dark with Philmon (my tracker) and four local villager (who came for meat), while my PH and ranger went to bring the vehicle to the location of downed buffalo. How about that - pitch black, one white hunter (empty gun) and five Zimbabwe's and I felt safe (not what you read in our newspapers). My treatment as a white hunter from USA was excellent - whether I was in Harare International airport or communal land.

Sporting Rifle Permits

US Customs Form 4457 must be complete before trip. Zimbabwe sporting rifle permit - should be completed before trip.

Listed below are three categories of equipment that will enhance the quality of your hunt:

Swarovski Optics

SL binoculars, 10 x 42 Riflescope, P.H. 1.5 - 6 x 42 Riflescope, P.H. 2.5 - 10 x 42

For a hunter to play a role in the judgment process of a trophy, you must be able to locate and clearly identify the animal. The above named brand of optics will assist you in that process.

Reading Material

In The Salt by: Lou Hallamore The Perfect Shot by: Kevin Robertson

Knowledge of area and species will equal realistic expectations.

Rifles - Caliber

Remington 416 for Cape buffalo and zebra. Winchester 338 for eland, kudu, waterbuck and leopard. Remington Ultra 300 for sable and impala (a bit much).

I recommend a lot of time at rifle range. Get to know your capabilities and that of your rifle. Feel comfortable with your rifle (your PH will take notice). I also recommend custom loaded cartridges (all rifles do not like all bullets) by Superior Ammunition.

Special - Jim McCarthy Adventures, Booking Agent. Jim did a great job guiding me through my first safari. Jim's expertise and knowledge of Africa are unsurpassed. Jim played the most important role in my successful safari.

In summary:

Books = knowledge Swarovski = role in judgment process Rifles = comfort Jim McCarthy = great way to start

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2838 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 1, 2002 to July 27, 2002
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Omay area


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): San Glass
Booking Agent (if any): Hunters and Guides. PO Box 5; Empangeni; 3880; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-35-792-8007; Email: hume@intekom.co.za; Web www.huntersandguides.co.za
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large male.
Rhinoceros - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: See comments.
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: See 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: See comments.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Leonard Butler
Contact Information: Tel. 805-482-5131 - 245 Ramona Place, Camarillo, CA 93010
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
My wife and I recently (June) returned from a hunting trip with National Safaris (Joe Wright) in Zimbabwe and Hunters and Guides in South Africa.

We flew Delta from Los Angeles to New York and then South African Airlines from New York to Johannesburgh. We had no problems with the weapons. Everyone was friendly and very helpful.

We then proceeded to Harare on South African Airlines and arrived at the beautiful new international terminal where everything again was efficiently handled.

I had a very successful hunt in the Omay area of Zimbabwe and harvested a large male leopard with Ian Glass as my PH. The animals in this area were plentiful and in great condition. This is a wonderful area for leopards.

We went on to South Africa (Waterbury area) on a "green" rhino hunt with Hunters and Guides. Scott Maynard was my PH, and I darted a large white rhino to complete my "Big Five".

I would certainly recommend these hunts to anyone interested in hunting in Zimbabwe or South Africa. We felt safe at all times and had no problems.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1746 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 15, 2000 to July 4, 2000
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Kariba
Hunt Area: Omay


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): Colin Vad der Linden
Booking Agent (if any): Laura Roberts; Rigby Safaris. 66 GT Suffolk St; Southwark; London; SE1 OBU; England; Tel. 011-44-71-620-0690; Fax: 011-44-71-928-9205;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Antelope, Klipspringer - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Whilst there was some evidence of human encroachment. Game was plentiful in most areas.


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: British Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Very good. No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $8000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $6500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: British Airways Standard Fare Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $750
Other Costs: Tips Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Virtually none.
Highlights of Hunt: Great leopard hunting, superb team, very professional.
Equipment Recommendations: They had it all.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I think Omay has the best chance for a big leopard.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Paul Roberts
Contact Information: Tel. 011-00440276200690 - 66GT Suffock St, London, England
Hunting Experience: This was my 29th African safari.
Physical Condition: Fairly 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 National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1081 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 3, 1999 to July 20, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Omay


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): Tokkie VanDer Merwe and Blake Muil
Booking Agent (if any): Threeways Safaris. PO Box 110; Beitbridge; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011 263 (0)14 359; Email: threeways.safaris@gmail.com; Web http://www.threewayssafaris.com/
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: - Trophy Size: 46 5/8 inches
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:
Highlights of Hunt: See comments.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Tokkie was a great guy to hunt with and Blake did a great job on the buffalo.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim Wooten
Contact Information: E-mail: mbogo375@hotmail.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 thought you might like to see my buffalo (pictures available upon request) from the Omay area of Zimbabwe. He was 46 5/8 inches. This hunt was booked with P. H. Tokkie VanDer Merwe of Three Way Safaris, and was my fourth hunt with him. The area we hunted was controlled by National Safaris, and P. H. Blake Muil was with us for this part of the hunt. We then traveled to the Kalahari desert near Gochas, Namibia where I took a 41 inch gemsbok and a 16 inch springbok. This was a very enjoyable hunt and I would highly recommend it. Tokkie, as usual, was a great guy to hunt with, and Blake did a great job on the buffalo.

P.S. There was absolutely no problem with customs in Zimbabwe.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 938 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 24, 1998 to September 1, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Matesi


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): Bruce Nethersole
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: Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 49 inches
Sable - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 39 inches
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: See comments.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $500 per day for nine days, and $125 per day for non-hunter Amount: $5625
Trophy Fees: $2,000 for sable, $700 kudu, $700 zebra Amount: $3400
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: used frequent flyer miles Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Dip and crate $500, tips $700, $115 Tourism tax Amount: $1315
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: PH never hunted the area before and we spent a lot of time figuring out where the animals were. No birdshooting to speak of. ( See comments)
Highlights of Hunt: Wonderful honeymoon with my wife. Shooting my sable after an 800 yard stalk. Great PH, tracker and campstaff who were a pleasure to be with.
Equipment Recommendations: Good binoculars and good hiking boots.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? It would depend on what he was looking for. (see comments)


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Richard Nichol, JR
Contact Information: Tel. 901-521-4603 - Evans and Petree, 81 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 20 years in North Ameriva, and a couple of times in South America. This was my first trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Good.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Yes Notified Personal Guide? Yes Notified Booking Agent? Yes
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
Game Conditions:

I personally believe that the area we hunted was overhunted and/or heavily poached. This was my first African trip, so I do not have anything to compare it with other than my non-African hunting experiences. I have no idea whether the poaching on the property was on par for this area of Africa and whether the spookiness of the animals was what I should have expected. The following are my observations, albeit uninformed ones.

1.) We found numerous snares on the property and actually came upon a group of poachers with their dogs in hunting area.

2.) Several areas that we hunted were almost completely devoid of game. Bruce, our PH, had never been on the property, so the first couple of days we hunted in areas that Bruce's tracker said had been good a couple of years ago when he had been on the ranch. We walked for two and a half hours one morning through one of these formerly "productive" areas and found exactly one zebra track.

3.) The game seemed very spooky to me. I was not expecting the animals to stand there, throw up their arms and say "you got me", but I have never seen animals as jumpy as these. Impala would take off at the sight of the Landcruiser from over 800 yards.

4.) As for the individual species, the kudu population was by far the best of the animals we hunted. There were several days when we saw 15-20 bulls with several at or above the 50 inch mark.

5.) While we saw a fair number of sable, the one I ended up taking (39 inches) was by far the largest we saw on the property. The three sable that were in the skinning shed and had been killed by previous hunters were all in the 32 inch -34 inch range. My agent tells me that the client who hunted the area after us took a 45 incher, so maybe we did not look in the right places.

6.) The property also seemed to have good populations of buffalo and waterbuck, and lion sign was everywhere.

Problems with the Hunt:

As I have already noted, my PH, Bruce Nethersole, had never set foot on the property that we hunted. He normally hunts with his own clients in a different area of Matetsi but was signed on as a freelancer by National Safaris a few weeks before we arrived. I have now learned that we had been scheduled to hunt with a PH that has been hunting the area for several years, but that personal problems arose and Bruce was hired on as a substitute. Bruce was a pleasure to with and I feel that he was very capable, but I also feel that both of us were put into a tough situation. From my first contact with my agent, Safari Outfitters, I stressed that my primary emphasis on this trip was birdhunting for myself and game viewing for my wife. I only wanted to hunt sable and kudu if it would not interfere with our primary objectives. I was assured on numerous occasions that I could do as much birdhunting as I could possibly want. I did not find out until I arrived that we were not allowed to hunt birds on the 50,000 acre ranch where we were hunting. Therefore, Bruce, who had no idea that I wanted to do a lot of birdhunting, was stuck with a client who was not getting what he asked for (birdhunting) in an area that he knew nothing about. I think he did very well under the circumstances and rate him as "good" rather than "excellent" only because we had to wander around for a while to find any animals, which I feel was not his fault.

As noted earlier, I have since learned from Joe Wright of National Safaris that the PH that generally hunts his Matetsi area was unavoidably prevented from hunting with us due to personal reasons. Further, Joe was very apologetic about the lack of wingshooting opportunities saying that he had made arrangements with a bordering ranch for us to do our birdshooting on (the adjoining landowner did allow us to birdhunt on several dozen acres adjacent to our hunting area which held a few birds), and offered two days of birdshooting gratis should I decide to return and hunt with him at some later time. He has been very cordial in our correspondence and I appreciate the fact that he has taken the opportunity to respond to my concerns and complaints. However, it seem that with several weeks notice that his regular PH was unavailable and that Bruce would be guiding us, that National Safaris could have relayed some information regarding the area to Bruce rather than having us wander around for several days trying to locate huntable pockets of game. Likewise, since Joe knew that my primary objective was wingshooting, I feel that he should have made more definitive arrangements for it and if he could not, he should have informed me that birdshooting was incompatible with the big game hunting in his areas and given me the opportunity to decide whether or not to look elsewhere for our trip.

Would I recommend this hunt to a friend?:

If he was looking for some world class wingshooting, absolutely not. If he was looking to hunt big game, I would suggest that he discuss in great detail his objectives (both in species and in trophy quality) with Joe Wright so that there are no misunderstandings down the road. In terms of camp quality and personnel I would most definitely recommend the trip.

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To: The Hunting Report From: Joe Wright Date: March 16, 1999 Re: Richard Nichol's Hunt

Thank you for allowing us to reply to the various points raised by Mr. Nichols after his safari with us last year. I have a copy of his report to you so I think that it would be easier to follow his various heading in our reply.

Game conditions -- He states that he felt that the area was over-hunted and/or heavily poached. Whilst I acknowledge that there has been some limited subsistence poaching, the area is definitely not over-hunted. It is a relatively small concession that we hunt on and the game moves around between us and the various Matetsi concessions surrounding us. Last year, whilst the average on sable was not to our standard, the year before we averaged a respectable 40 5/8 inch over ten sable bulls. As Mr. Nichols pointed out, the client after him collected a 45 inch sable.

Another point to note is that not one sable under 36 inches was shot on our concession last year, so Mr. Nichol's observation that the three previous sable were in the 32-34 inch bracket is refuted. These figures can be verified by the Nation Parks ecologist at Matetsi Headquarters as all trophies have to be personally measured by the Department and this helps them in setting sustainable off takes for the next season.

To sum up Mr. Nichol's observations regarding game populations, last year was the fourth year that we had been operating on the concession and we can supply you with probably in excess of 25 clients names who successfully hunted on the property and had excellent hunts and are willing to be used as references if required.

Other Problems with the Hunt

Professional Hunter -- We acknowledge that the professional hunter, as Mr. Nethersole, who was employed by us to conduct the safari with Mr. Nichols, was hired at late notice due to our resident professional hunter not being available due to an unforeseen personal problem. It should be noted that Mr. Nethersole is a family friend of mine from many years and is someone that I have known all my life.

Mr. Nethersole had not hunted on the property in question but actually resides in Victoria Falls and hunts extensively on all the properties surrounding ours. Whilst this may be a problem for a couple of days in order to find his feet, this will not impact on the hunt too much due to the size of the property and the normal density of game on it.

Birdshooting -- I had been advised by the agents Safari Outfitters, that Mr. Nichols placed greater emphasis on his bird shooting than the actual trophy hunting and here I have apologized to Mr. Nichols for the misunderstanding. As he pointed out, I have made him an offer of two days free bird shooting should he decide to return.

Unfortunately the owners of the property do not allow us to shoot birds due to the disturbance factor to the game. Because of this, I had arranged for some bird shooting on the neighbor's property which is in the region of 20,000 acres so again I find it difficult to understand Mr. Nichol's comment that "he hunted birds on several dozen acres adjacent to the property." I am of the opinion that should the bird shooting have been up to expectations then no unfavorable hunt report would have been filed as all Mr. Nichol's trophy requirements were fulfilled bar the bird hunting.

In summary, I would like to say that we have been in the safari business for many years and are proud of our exceptional record. We operate in some of the finest concessions within Zimbabwe i.e. Chirisa Safari Area, Omay Communal Area (Campfire) and Matetsi. I can safely say that the above problems are extremely rare and we have many clients and agents who can willingly testify to this. I hope that this clarifies our position and if any further information is required I would be happy to supply it.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 931 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 19, 1998 to September 3, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chirisa


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): Hilton Nichols, Hunter Safaris
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 40 inches
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 39 inch
Waterbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size: Took two
Reedbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Duiker - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Kudu - Availability: - Trophy Size: 52 inches
Game Sought But Not Taken: Sable - Availability: Few seen.
Game Condition Comments: Great area and great game.


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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: South African Airways left my guns in Miami despite traveling on a first class ticket, then ignored me for two days. Terrible, I repeat, terrible customer service and attitude. I am writing a long and detailed letter to South African Airways regarding the unappropriate treatment.


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: Great area and would return.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Garfield Beckstead and Dan Leksell
Contact Information: Tel. 941-697-6996 - 1185 Larchnont, Englewood, FL 34223
Hunting Experience: This was my fourth safari to Zimbabwe.
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 National Safaris Hunts

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

DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 903 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 17, 1998 to May 1, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Omay Treible Lake Kariba


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Joe Wright; National Safaris. Mandalay House, 12 Kevin Ave. Chisipite; PO Box UA 191; Harare; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-495780; Email: natsaf@icon.co.zw; Web www.natsaf.com
Personal Guide (if any): Butch Coaton
Booking Agent (if any): Jim/Barb McCarthy; Jim McCarthy Adventures & Travel. 4906 Creek Drive; Harrisburg; PA; 17112; Tel. (570) 384-3365; Email: info@mccarthyadventures.com; Web www.mccarthyadventures.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 65 pounds left, 25 pounds right.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 40 inches, good hooks and boss.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game healthy and good quality.


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 Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $14000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $10500
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $500
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Thick cover.
Highlights of Hunt: Tracking and stalking.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: WR Hill
Contact Information: Tel. 814-371-2163 - 215 Hillcrest Drive, Dubois, PA 15501
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 50 years.
Physical Condition: Good for age 73.


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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