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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 6812 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 4, 2008 to July 10, 2008
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Near Harare
Hunt Area: Carilinos Ranch


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Richard Vickory
Booking Agent (if any): Robert Kern; Hunting Consortium, The. Blue Ridge Estates; 45 Spring House Lane; Berryville; VA; 22611; Tel. 540-955-0090; Fax: 540-955-0091;Email: hunt@huntcon.com; Web www.huntcon.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Tsessebe - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 22 inches.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 30 inches.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 38 inches.
Genet - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Good, but even on this game ranch, lots of evidence of poaching.


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: Fair
Name of Airline: South African Airlines. Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $12000
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None - Russ Broom runs a top notch outfit.
Highlights of Hunt:
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Stevens
Contact Information: Tel. 780-875-1775 - E-mail: markrstevens@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

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 6813 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 25, 2008 to July 3, 2008
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Binga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Ryan Millwarde
Booking Agent (if any): Robert Kern; Hunting Consortium, The. Blue Ridge Estates; 45 Spring House Lane; Berryville; VA; 22611; Tel. 540-955-0090; Fax: 540-955-0091;Email: hunt@huntcon.com; Web www.huntcon.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 37 inches.
Bushbuck, Chobe - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 15 inches.
Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 foot 4 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Russ Broom runs a top notch outfit but poaching is a big problem in Zimbabwe right now. Game is scarce and spooky. My buffalo was in poor shape as it had a snare on its foot.


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 Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Bribery at Johannesburg Airport is getting out of control.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $15000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $5000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Stalking and shooting a crocodile, as we couldn't use our blind - it was laying on it.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? However, be warned, game is hard to hunt due to poaching.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark Stevens
Contact Information: Tel. 780-875-1775 - Box 1846, Lloydminster, Alberta E-mail: markrstevens@hotmail.com
Hunting Experience: Extensive.
Physical Condition: Average.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 6503 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 27, 2007 to November 14, 2007
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Binga area Sengwa and Songo camps


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Rory Muil
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 50 pounds per side.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 38 inch solid boss.
Hippopotamus - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mature male.
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good for area.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: Couldn't get any cats on bait.
Hyena - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Very little plains game present due to increasing human population in area.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Fair
Airline Comments: Strict weight restrictions.


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: Seeing a lot of elephants in such spectacular surroundings. No tsetse flies.
Equipment Recommendations: Rehydration/salt tablets if hunting in October - November as it gets hot. Satellite phone very useful.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Rewarding elephant and buffalo hunting if you put in the effort.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Faisal Z F Al Zaid
Contact Information: E-mail: faisal@al-zaid.cc
Hunting Experience: Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
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
Some general infomation on travelling in Zimbabwe i travelled by road with two friends from Johannesburg to Harare and then on to Russ Brooms hunting concession next to Lake Kariba. We had no problems along the way, encountering only four road blocks one of which was in South Africa.The only place to cause concern was the border crossing at Beit Bridge. It was absolute chaos, luckily we had a contact that got us all through quickly and efficiently without him it could have taken over six hours. Day to day living for your average Zimbabwean is becomeing increasingly difficult. The lack of basic food stuffs was far more evident this year than last with most of the shops having closed and those that are open have very limited stock. This is all down to the government price fixing goods bellow production cost, causing all the producers to export in order to get a fair market price. Fuel and inflation is the other main problem. With the price of fuel going from $650k to $950k in only two days, and inflation increasing daily. comunication is also becomming harder as everyone is reliant on the mobile phone network which is running at maximum capacity. None of these observations directly effected us as Russ Broom's team made sure we were well looked after and never in need of anything. Despite all these hardships the country is experiencing we at no point felt in any danger and found all the people we met along the way very helpfull and happy we were visiting their country, in fact the exact opposite of what you experience when travelling in South Africa.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 4999 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 24, 2005 to August 30, 2005
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Kabuba


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Jim Levendaris
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 37 inches.
Duiker - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 4 3/4 inches.
Baboon - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Didn't see trophy animal.
Game Condition Comments: Kabuba game situation difficult. Although hunt was short, little game seen and much evidence of poaching.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: They got me and my guns there. These days, that's all I expect.`


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: This was a hunt I'd rescheduled several times and I ended up going for too short a period, too late in the season, at a camp not ideally suited for short buffalo hunts.
Highlights of Hunt: PH and safari company worked tirelessly to get us on buffalo.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Russ Broom Safaris is an absolutely first rate company, I'll hunt with them again, but this hunt was too short and too late in the year, and this area pretty obviously suffers from a serious poaching problem. We saw both evidence of poacher and actual poachers on the concession. However, my "no" recommendation is conditional. The area has plenty of big elephants. I saw several and another hunter took a large one, 50 pounds plus, while I was in camp.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Christopher L. Rudd
Contact Information: Tel. 310-277-5967 - 2049 Century Park East Suite 2100 E-mail: clrudd@gorrymeyerrudd.com
Hunting Experience: Four safaris.
Physical Condition: Very fit.


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'd hunted very successful with Russ Broom Safaris in 2002 and had planned on going last year, but had to reschedule. This trip was put together on the fly, and instead of hunting three buffalo for 10 days, I ended up doing five days in Zimbabwe with my younger brother, who hadn't hunted before, and then five days in South Africa, guided by Russ father Geoff, with a non-hunting girlfriend. As a result, I ended up going later in the year than I'd wanted and spending less time hunting buffalo than I'd orignally planned, But I knew my girlfriend was not up to hunting in Zim and a cushy ranch hunt near Port Elizabeth would be more her speed and save me much grief. (It did). Conditions in the limited areas of Zim. I saw had deteriorated markedly since my last trip in 2002 and drastically since 1996 when I last visited before that. Vic falls was a ghost town, and Kabuba, while a nice campe, well staffed and run, was noticeably thin on game except elephant. It is easy in that circumstance to blame the safari company or the PH. However, the company and the PH did everything possible to accommodate my shifting schedule. Jim Levenderis, the PH, moved heaven and earth to get my younger brother onto two shootable bulls in five days of hunting. My brother Ken missed the first and we took the second. He also took a baboon and a nice duiker, and we saw elephant and lots of sign of elephant, as well as fresh buffalo sign every day. The concession borders a park and so, when harried, the buffalo head there. However, the area has been hit hard by poaching. Snares and other evidence of poaching abound. We found a snared bush pig and even the buffalo my brother shot had a broken three strand snar on its neck. Similarly, plains game had been more abundant at the nearby camp I'd hunting in 2002, which I must assume is due to the poaching. In short, three factors worked in concert to make this part of the hunt more difficult than it might ideally have been: my shifting schedule, the abbreviated time to hunt buffalo, and the denuded state of wildlife at Kabuba. Two of the three were directly my fault and the third the safari company could only control in a limited way, given the sorry state of that country. So, my "would not recommend" for this hunt is conditional, I will enthusiastically hunt with Russ Broom Safaris again, probably in Zambia - top to bottom, the company is absolutely first rate. To watch how hard they worked to make this right was worth the price of admission, but they really were fighting an uphill battle here. There may be other camps where the game situation is better, and certainly elephant hunting would seem a very good bet at Kabuba, but, in all candor, a short buffalo hunt there would be enough.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 4539 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: December 4, 2004 to December 14, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Sengwa Gorge and the Midlands


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Gavin Rorke
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 36" with a nice boss.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 21 3/4".
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 190 lbs.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Saw game but wanted a bigger trophy.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent. Opportunities to take game nearly every 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: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Airline Service:
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $7,000.00 Amount: $7000
Trophy Fees: $7,000.00 Amount: $7000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $2,200.00 Amount: $2200
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: $2,000.00 Amount: $2000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Too short. I could have easily have stayed for twice or even three times as long.
Highlights of Hunt: Had an awesome mile and a half stalk on the Buffalo the first day. One of the most memorable hunting experiences of my life. Getting to know Gavin Rorke was as much a highlight as anything. The overall experience far exceeded anything I had expected.
Equipment Recommendations: Rain gear if hunting in the later months and come completely equipped to care for your own firearms.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The only thing keeping this trip from being a once in a lifetime experience is now I need to go back as soon as possible!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Joe Belza
Contact Information: Tel. 530-237-6824 - 6275 Sandstone Lane, Browns Valley, CA 95918 E-mail: sandstone28@aol.com
Hunting Experience: I've hunted Elk and Deer in North America all my life as well as fowl.
Physical Condition: In good shape but permanently on crutches. The accommodations were very convenient and the hunting was a wonderful challenge while never exceeding my capabilities.


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
Russ Broom Safaris, Jack Atcheson & Sons, and Gracy Travel all worked beautifully together to create a perfect experience. If I could change anything it would only be to have hunted longer. I will go back to Africa, hopefully several times, and when I do, I will go back with Russ Broom Safaris. The campsites and food were as phenomenal as the hunting and Gavin Rorke was an excellent professional hunter and host. I left Africa with awesome memories, fantastic trophies, and a new friend...........perfect!

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 4311 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 20, 2004 to September 1, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Chizarira, Kwekwe


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Alan Shearing
Booking Agent (if any): Joe Demby; Safaris & Quilts. 5550 Vargo Lane; Prince George; VA; 23875; Tel. 804-541-1390; Email: jdemby@firstsaga.com; Web www.safarisandquilts.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 34-36" Mature Bull.
Sable - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: ?34" Younger.
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Mature Buck.
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Huge Mature Bull.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Did not encounter any mature bulls.
Game Condition Comments: Hunted hard for good, mature bull with very large bosses. Limited time for plains game.


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 France, and British Air. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: All bags made it without apparent damage to anything.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $14,000.00 included trophy fee for bufffalo Amount: $14000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: British Air $450.00 JNB-HRE; Skymiles for others. Amount: $450
Charter Airfares: Included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Some to be determined. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: I could have been in better shape.
Highlights of Hunt: Fantastic PH. Trackers could follow anything over concrete or bare rock.
Equipment Recommendations: .460 WM is not too much gun for an old buffalo.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Proffesionally done from every standpoint. My first hunt and I plan to return with this PH next year.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: John H. Hall, Jr.
Contact Information: Tel. 336-634-1662 - 985 High Rock Rd., Gibonville, NC 27249 E-mail: fastjhjr@bellsouth.net
Hunting Experience: Alaska. Drop hunts for Caribou/Moose 4 times. North Carolina Black Bear and Whitetail.
Physical Condition: Not in shape.


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
We were quite apprehensive about our trip to Zimbabwe with political climate. We were taken care of at every turn by our host and could not have been more hospitably treated, even the government officials seemed happy to see us! We will return if the political climate allows, with the same group, PH if possible. This was our first trip to Zimbabwe.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom 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: 4708 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 2, 2004 to July 11, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Binga area, Kabuba camp (buffalo), Kwekwe (plains game)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Alan Shearing (buffalo), Neil Davies (plains game).
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Below average.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 35 inches.
Eland - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 35 inches.
Wildebeest - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Above average.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Baboon - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Kudu - Availability: Good availability but I was looking for an exceptional trophy and never specificly hunted kudu.
Game Condition Comments: Squaters and poachers in hunting concessions is a huge problem, I never saw a fully mature buffalo bull, saw only two sable and one wildebeest, good area for elephant however.


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. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Smoothest trip I've had in a long time, no problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $7000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $7300
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $2000
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Running into people (squaters) while hunting.
Highlights of Hunt: Buffalo at close range, sneaking into a herd to look for a good bull.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? Although Russ Broom and his PH's and camps were great, game conditions were not. I was very fortunate to take the animals I did. I had a good hunt and enjoyed it but the future looks poor for this area.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Scott DeMars
Contact Information: Tel. 406-652-9356 - 865 Bluegrass Dr., West Billings, MT 59106 E-mail: sdemars3816@msn.com
Hunting Experience: South Africa, Alaska, Canada, Western states.
Physical Condition: Very 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
As a follow-up to my report, I think it is very important for readers to keep in mind that my report was based on only a 10-day hunt. While the truth of the matter for my hunt was few buffalo in the area, as Russ points out in his reply, the whole truth is that buffalo moved into the area within days of my leaving Kabuba Camp. The only real negative aspect of my hunt was encountering more people in the area than I believe is normal, however, it had minimal impact on the success of my safari. I hope all readers of The Hunting Report use it as I do, looking at a compilation of all reports about an outfitter gives a better picture. I believe Russ Broom to be one of the elite outfitters in the hunting world today. Based on my short hunt in the Kabuba area, I would be hesitant to return for a buffalo hunt, but would highly recommend it for an elephant hunt. If I return to Zimbabwe, I will hunt with Russ Broom Safaris.

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Rebuttal from Michelle Garcia of Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.

Keith Atcheson is away hunting at this time. We saw that Scott DeMars filed a complaint with The Hunting Report concerning his safari in Zimbabwe last year with Russ Broom. Below is the Hunt Questionnaire he filled out for our company upon his return:

Your Name: Scott DeMars Your Address: 865 Bluegrass Dr W, Billings, MT 59106 Tel. 406-652-9356; 406-256-0077. Fax. 406-256-3069 E-mail: demarsdpm@msn.com

Outfitter's Name: Russ Broom Dates Hunted: July 2 - July 11, 2004 Approximate game seen (all species): Kabula - elephant, few buffalo (no mature bulls). Kwekwe - two sable, eland, one wildebeest, many zebra, kudu, impala, baboons, duiker and few warthog.

Were you successful in taking the species you were licensed to take? Buffalo, sable, eland, wildebeest, zebra, impala, baboon.

In your opinion, what are the strongest points of the company you hunted with? Well-organized camps, good PH's and trackers. All details attended to.

The weakest? They seemed not to have previously been aware of the extent of poaching and numbers of squatters in hunting area.

What was your general opinion of your guides? Camps? Very good, couldn't ask for more, good effort and knowledge of hunting and game.

What was your general opinion of the hunt? Please keep in mind the weather, your physical condition, time in the field, trends in game populations, and the species hunted. Game populations were very disappointing. I was very fortunate to take all the animals I did; in general I was pleased with hunt, but could not recommend it for a future hunt.

Which travel agency did you use for your travel arrangements? Were you satisfied with their services? Gracy- excellent. Eleven airplanes used, no problems at all with travel or customs.

What information could we send you concerning future hunts? (Alaska, Africa, Argentina, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand): Elephant, buffalo, leopard, kudu in Tanzania. Botswana or Namibia, buffalo to Australia. New Zealand.

Please include any additional comments you may have: Elephant appears to be the only good game to hunt at Kabuba Camp. Kwe Kwe has huntable numbers of eland, zebra, impala and kudu only. Poor for sable. Russ Broom Safaris is an excellent outfit, but you must be careful of where you send hunters in Zimbabwe, game seems to be rapidly declining. PHs were surprised at low numbers seen.

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4174 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 18, 2004 to July 1, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Binga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): George Parkin
Booking Agent (if any): Col Bill Williamson; Williamson, Col Bill. Austin; TX; Tel. 512-345-4891; Email: billww@fairchaseltd.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 38 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 15.5 inches.
Warthog - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 14 inches.
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 21 inches.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Waterbuck - Availability: I'm too choosy.
Game Condition Comments: George Parkin is a great PH.


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 Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: The new airbus is painful compared to the 747.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $8,500 all inclusive of buff trophy fee and charter. Amount: $8500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: observer Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: In the middle of buff in the tall grass and the night we camped out for "problem animal control" to catch a raiding elephant bull.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Russ Broom runs a first class outfit. George Parkin is the very best PH I have had.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Tim Lowe
Contact Information: Tel. 404-213-0618 - 373 Pinetree Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305 E-mail: lowe@loweengineers.com
Hunting Experience: Five trips to Africa and lots of days hunting deer, elk and sheep.
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 Russ Broom 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: 4133 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 15, 2004 to May 29, 2004
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Kabuba Camp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): George Parkin
Booking Agent (if any): Bill Williamson; Fair Chase, Ltd Africa . PO Box 27679; Austin; TX; 78755; Tel. 512-345-4891; Fax: 512-343-8156;Email: billww@fairchaseltd.com; Web www.fairchaseltd.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 6 foot 10 inches, 14 3/4 inch SCI.
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI 110.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was in excellent condition.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $10000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $5000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1850
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1500
Other Costs: Taxes and shipping $1,500, Tips $1,500. Amount: $3000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a 6 foot 10 inch leopard, my seventh day of the hunt. The first night in the blind, after 5 1/4 hours of waiting. Taking a SCI 110 buffalo the third day of the hunt. Seeing George Parkin (a great PH) again, after hunting with him three years ago.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Brad Thorgaard
Contact Information: Tel. 515-292-8819 - 1215 Duff, Ames, IA 50014 E-mail: bthorgaard@mcfarlandclinic.com
Hunting Experience: Second African hunt.
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
I recently came back from a successful 14-day buffalo/leopard hunt in Zimbabwe. This was with Russ Broom Safaris. I hunted in the Kabuba Camp just south of Chizarira National Park. The highlights of the hunt are too numerous to list. On day number three, I took a large SCI 110 inch buffalo. I dropped him with a spine shot after a 1 1/2 hour stalk early in the morning. We subsequently used the buffalo for bait and on the seventh day of the hunt, after sitting in a blind for 5 1/4 hours, I was able to take a 6 foot 10 inch leopard. The SCI skull measured 14 3/4 inches.

My hunter was George Parkin. George is an experienced Zimbabwe professional hunter. Prior to the land invasions, he ran an extremely successful plains game and leopard hunting operation, that hunted in close to 800,000 acres of different ranges throughout Zimbabwe. It was a pleasure to hunt with George again. I had hunted with him three years ago, on a plains game hunt at his ranch. His ranch has subsequently been lost to squatter acitvity. The camp was clean and the food quite good. George is a spectacularly successful leopard hunter and likes to hunt them out of tent blinds (as opposed to tree blinds that are often used in this area). Georges knowledge of game habits and particularly of leopard is quite astounding. If I was to schedule a hunt with Russ Broom, I would certainly ask for George's availability for leopard and all dangerous game. I hope to be able to return again to Zimbabwe and would look forward to hunting with Russ Broom and George Parkin again.

This hunt was booked through Bill Williamson. As usual, Col. Williamson was extremely helpful and detail oriented. I would hesitate to use anyone but Bill Williamson (as his numerous other clients would attest to).

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 3557 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 10, 2003 to June 19, 2003
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Binga (Sengwa Camp)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Rory Muil
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: This is primarily a big game area so you won't see large numbers of plains game. What you will see is large numbers of elephant and buffalo.


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. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Shortly after take-off, our airplane lost an engine and we returned to Atlanta. SAA randomly selected about 80 passengers from that flight (my wife and I were part of the selected list of passengers) and flew us to New York where we boarded SAA's evening flight to Johannesburg. Our luggage arrived with us in Johannesburg.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $16000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Included. Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Included. Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips. Amount: $1500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: My first elephant.
Equipment Recommendations: Well broken-in hunting boots and a head net for the mopane flies.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? See comments.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Terry Carr
Contact Information: Tel. 417-753-5626 - E-mail: bunduki@earthlink.net
Hunting Experience: Four African safaris.
Physical Condition: Average.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
Of my four safaris to Africa, this one was the best. The camp and equipment were in excellent condition. The food was the best we have had on safari. The staff was well trained and attentive. It is clear, even with the current problems in Zimbabwe, that Russ Broom Safaris is committed to delivering a first-class safari. The PH, Rory Muil, is both an excellent hunter and excellent host. No attention to detail was overlooked in making our safari a comfortable experience. Rory Muil is an "old school" style PH who conducts himself in a professional manner at all times. This was our second time to stay at Afton Guest House in Johannesburg. www.aftonguesthouse.com. We stayed one night upon our arrival and another night upon our return from Zimbabwe. Afton Guest House hosts hundreds of hunters each year and the personal service is unmatched. This was also our second time to use Linda Carroll of Falcon Travel, Inc. She has provided us with superb and timely service in booking all our travel arrangements to Africa. The price of this hunt was a special reduced rate that I became aware of through www.accuratereloading.com.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 4282 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 8, 2003 to April 25, 2003
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Siabuwa/Binga


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Gavin Rorke
Booking Agent (if any): Bill Williamson; Fair Chase, Ltd Africa . PO Box 27679; Austin; TX; 78755; Tel. 512-345-4891; Fax: 512-343-8156;Email: billww@fairchaseltd.com; Web www.fairchaseltd.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Average 38 inches, cracked tips.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Elephant - Availability: Nothing resembling a trophy bull.
Leopard - Availability:
Zebra - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: Game of all sorts except elephant rare. Concession resembled a rural slum devoid of wildlife and with ready evidence of regular poaching. Many crop raiding elephant in the 15-35 pound range. Most common living beings were goats, cattle, natives and dogs. Saw less wildlife in 18 days than I have in any 24 hour period of time elsewhere in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Good Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Fair Trophy Care: Good
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Getting guns through Johannesburg a mess even with permits and local help. South African Airways was fine as usual.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $750/day/hunter and $100/day for father as observer Amount: $15300
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,900. Amount: $1900
Charter Airfares: $2,000. Amount: $2000
Other Costs: $2,800 Amount: $2800
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: After direct talks with agent Colonel Bill and Russ Broom, they knew I'd hunted Zimbabwe three times and was still keen on a leopard and a bull elephant with ivory around five feet in length and or weight approximately 50 pounds. I was told in plain English that on a 15 day hunt this was to be expected as highly probable. Russ stated over the phone that I was in "realistic contention" for a 55-60 pound bull. Zebra and buffalo were to "ice the cake". Being experienced I booked for 18 days to be sure.
Highlights of Hunt: First elephant tracked in heavy cover. Shooting a buffalo oncoming at 15 paces. Happened while tracking elephant. Was one of only four buffalo seen while out on foot.
Equipment Recommendations: This area is very hilly and absolutely requires real fitness.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? No
Why? PH Gavin Rorke was great-motivated, hard working, experienced, considerate and pleasant. Everyone in Russ Broom's organization was in fact great. I simply was sold a $22,000 bill of goods. The wildlife and trophy quality and observeable wildlife simply were not there. These guys knew I'd been on safari previously and were aware of my interests and previous experiences.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Gordon Campbell
Contact Information: Tel. 973-208-8287 - 45 Timber Lane, New Foundland, NJ 07435 E-mail: gordonc@optonline.net
Hunting Experience: 25 years deer in northeast. Four Zimbabwe Safaris.
Physical Condition: Excellent-hike daily.


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? No
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought? What could I seek? I was promised attention and a goodwill gesture that never materialized--see below. I was initially so annoyed that I told them to keep my buffalo. Shortly thereafter I changed my mind but Coloniel Bill said it couldn't be shipped due to paperwork-though paid for. I'd that like head.


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
I immediately called Colonel Bill to relay my experience and dissappointment. He soon after mailed and called to say that Russ and he felt bad and that my results were an abomination. Initially they detailed that Russ would like to have me back and at a reduced rate, which I felt was gracious. Subsequent phone conversations left off on the note that Russ and Colonel Bill would contact me during the convention and try to put things together. I never heard from them despite providing three phone numbers and my e-mail address. I held off on this report for a year because I am not interested in damaging someone's reputation, but this was a truly unexcusable situation and way below what I was lead to expect. Any parties related or unrelated to this matter are free to contact me.

Response From Colonel Bill Williamson

The following is in response to the report filed by Mr. Gordon Campbell on a safari I booked for him with Russ Broom Safaris in Zimbabwe in 2003. This response is from both Russ Broom and Colonel Bill Williamson. It is very unfortunate that Gordon was unsuccessful on his safari and did not take leopard nor an elephant. It is the policy of both Russ Broom Safaris and Fair Chase, Limited that the client is always correct. Therefore, we do not dispute any of the claims made by Mr. Campbell. We both readily admit that we told Mr. Campbell that we believed that he had an excellent chance for both leopard and elephant on this safari. We stand behind that claim. I do feel it is only fair, however, that we point out certain facts. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Russ Broom Safaris harvested a total of 26 trophy elephant bulls. Four of them were in excess of 60 pounds a side, the largest being 67 pounds. Twelve were between 50 and 55 pounds, eight between 40 and 50, and two between 35 and 40.

In those same two seasons Russ Broom Safaris also took 24 male leopard with a success rate of about 80 percent. Several of the cats exceeding 180 pounds in weight.

The company also took 96 buffalo bulls in those two seasons, the average size being 38 inches. About a third of the bulls were over 40 inches and two made 48 inches. Company policy is to not to shoot bulls out of the herds which means that many of our buffalo are over their prime and, consequently, their horns are slightly worn down. We feel this is a sound conservation policy that perpetuates our herd estimated by Zimbabwe Parks Department at over 5,000 animals.

Russ Broom Safaris consistently takes some of the best quality trophies in Zimbabwe. Generally the terrain in the concession is quite rugged. The majority of hunting is done on foot with animals being taken at close quarters in thick bush. The hunting is hard but very rewarding due to the consistently high trophy quality that has been taken over the last twelve years.

Mr. Campbell hunted in April, which dependent on the rainy season, is generally one of the best times for both elephant and leopard. Elephant hunting is conducted closer to the native villages at that time of the year because the majority of elephant are crop raiding. We agree with Mr. Campbell that there is not a lot of plains game in the area that he hunted. However, this area represents only a small fraction of our concession. Had Mr. Campbell taken his elephant, or elected to move camps, we would have transferred him to another part of our concession which has no human habitation and a good concentrations of plains game.

Russ Broom Safaris does not guarantee success on elephant although we still maintain that the possibilities are good. In fact we have two elephant in the 60 pound range so far this season (2004, out of four taken to date). Elephant hunting is both challenging, and more often that not rewarding. However, true elephant hunters realize that there is a chance they will go home disappointed especially when looking for an elephant of over fifty pounds. The old African classics indicate that even over a hundred years ago the majority of elephant taken were between 35 and 40 pounds.

Although many clients take both elephant and leopard on a safari it can be difficult hunting. Leopard hunting and elephant hunting are often in direct conflict with each other for both time and territory. We are pleased that Mr. Campbell was satisfied with all other aspects of his safari. It is unfortunate that last year the hunting in the early part of the season was uncharacteristically poor. Later, in the season the hunting turned out to be vey good. This is a fair chase hunt and we, unfortunately, have no control over the movement of game, particularly elephant, at that time of the year. We are dependent on weather and migration patterns much like hunting elk in the Rockies.

Fair Chase, Limited has booked safaris with Russ Broom Safaris for many years, twelve years in the Bonga concession. As this is written, in May 2004, Fair Chase Limited has already had four repeat parties of clients hunting with the Brooms this season, two of which also hunted in with the Brooms 2003. Two of the parties are still in the field while the first two parties took two elephant and a good Tom leopard. The Brooms have taken a total of four leopard so far in 2004.

No one is more disappointed than Russ Broom or Bill Williamson when a safari does not go as planned. With Gordon Campbell it is was particularly disappointing as he had told us he had hunted Zimbabwe three times previously without taking an elephant or leopard.

We are still offering Mr. Campbell a replacement hunt this year, or in the future, should he wish to consider it. Our goal is to satisfy Mr. Campbell's desire to take an elephant and leopard, and have a good safari. Unfortunately, our correspondence seems to have broken down. Incidentally, if Mr. Campbell was at the SCI convention, neither Russ Broom nor Bill Williamson were aware he was there.

This report was compiled by both Russ Broom, Russ Broom Safaris and Colonel Bill Williamson, Fair Chase Limited, and represents our joint response to Mr. Campbell's report.

Colonel Bill Williamson For Russ Broom Safaris and Fair Chase, Ltd

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 2868 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 20, 2002 to August 6, 2002
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe - Lake Kariba
Hunt Area: Zimbezi Valley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Peter Bezuideuhout
Booking Agent (if any): Bill Williamson; Fair Chase, Ltd Africa . PO Box 27679; Austin; TX; 78755; Tel. 512-345-4891; Fax: 512-343-8156;Email: billww@fairchaseltd.com; Web www.fairchaseltd.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 35 pounds per side.
Lion - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Large male, no mane.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Huge female.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 inch old Dagga Boy.
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Warthog - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Eland - Availability: Too spooky, ran out of time.
Bushbuck - Availability: Too spooky, ran out of time.
Game Condition Comments: Big game animals, especially elephant, very abundant. Could have taken a larger elephant had I focused on just that. Plains game relatively scarce.


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: Virgin Atlantic Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Virgin totally clueless about firearms, but very nice. Misplaced bags on return trip when I changed flight plans, but immediately delivered them.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $13000
Trophy Fees: Elephant $10,000, lion $5,000, leopard $3,000, buffalo $2,500. Amount: $20500
Permits/Licenses: Cites for leopard. Amount: $125
Commercial Airfares: Virgin upper (used Amex miles) Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1800
Other Costs: Amount: $7575
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Zimbabwe's political situation was no obstacle to a great hunt. No problems getting firearms in or out.
Highlights of Hunt: Russ Broom's company worked extremely hard to deliver as promised, even when Russ had a hernia and had to subsitute another PH. They were organized, professional, and made sure the hunt was first rate. The best of my three safaris to date.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? These guys are first rate and the Zambezi Valley still offers fantastic elephant, buffalo, and leopard opportunities with some chance of lion at a much more reasonable price than Tanzania.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: CMS Rudd
Contact Information: Tel. 310-277-5967 - E-mail: clrudd@gorrymeyer.com
Hunting Experience: Third African hunt. South Africa in 1996, Zambia in 1997.
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 Russ Broom Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1861 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 20, 2000 to October 6, 2000
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: West of Chizarrira National Park. Also north of Chizarrira to Lake Kariba.


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Gavin Rorke
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Eight feet, two inches with a 16 3/8-inch skull.
Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 60 pound tusks each.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 28 inches.
Bushbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 16 inches.
Crocodile - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 14 feet.
Impala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 22 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Sable - Availability: I saw animals but there was no opportunity for a large male.
Game Condition Comments: There was a high percentage of males with good horns or size. High quality game in the concession.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Northwest and South African Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: South African Airways is upgrading their 747's to have individual movie screens at each seat.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $1,000 per day for 18 days. Amount: $18000
Trophy Fees: $10,000 for elephant and $2,800 for leopard. Amount: $17000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,700 per person. Amount: $3800
Charter Airfares: $1,400 per hunter and $500 for companion. Amount: $1900
Other Costs: $800 dipping and packaging, $230 tips. Amount: $3100
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: I saw three leopards in one night on a single bait and my wife Gale shot the leopard with one shot through the heart.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? The PH is a fourth generation Zimbabwean with complete understanding of the area and elephant/leopard hunting techniques.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mark and Gayle Rohde
Contact Information: Tel. 616-698-0880 - 4087 Brockton, Grand Rapids, MI 49512-4084
Hunting Experience: I have been hunting for 25 years. This was my seventh trip to Africa.
Physical Condition: Slightly above average.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Russ Broom Safaris Hunts

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1649 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 1, 2000 to April 10, 2000
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Siabuwa-Binga Communal Lands


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Rory Muil
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 55 - 60 pounds.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Several good bulls in the 50-60 pounds range were seen in the hunt area. Tracked bulls daily. Overall, there is a high elephant population.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $8000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $10000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $2500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1400
Other Costs: Medical insurance. All costs as stated in booking contract. Amount: $100
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None. Political tension was high in Zimbabwe -- escalating farm violence, squatters, etc.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent tracking, long walks, nine paces shot with three bulls oncoming.
Equipment Recommendations: Heavy rifle.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would recommend the hunt because of strong action and challenge, the heavy brush, long walks, good elephants, an excellent PH and camps. Charters efficient and on time. This is a strong organization.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Martin B. Cotanche
Contact Information: Tel. 231-938-1340 - 3482 Lone Lookout Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Hunting Experience: I have been on five trips to Africa and several throughout North America.
Physical Condition: Strong.


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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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1448 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 5, 1999 to September 25, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zambia -
Hunt Area: Bangweulu Swamp and Mulobezi Concession


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Richard Bell-Cross
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Lion - Availability: - Trophy Size: Third of the season at Mulobezi. Very large old male.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 41 inches. Taken in Mulobezi.
Roan - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Good. Taken in Mulobezi.
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Vey good. Taken in Mulobezi.
Tsessebe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good. Taken in Bangweulu.
Lechwe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Vey good black lechwe taken in Bangweulu.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good Chobe bushbuck taken in Mulobezi.
Leopard - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Will not bait in September. Modest. Taken in Mulobezi.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Very good. Taken in Mulobezi.
Hartebeest - Availability: - Trophy Size: Very good Lichenstein hartebeest.
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: - Trophy Size: Modest.
Impala - Availability: - Trophy Size: Small in area.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Sitatunga - Availability: I needed a bigger scope, low light conditions. I did not allow enough days in swamp, only three.
Sable - Availability: I passed up several between 40 to 45 inches, going for a monster. Also, resident hunting pressure during the last week of the hunt in these two cases.
Eland - Availability: Lack of time due to lion hunt.
Game Condition Comments: Excellent areas overall. Game in good shape and quantity. After September 1, 1999, resident hunters are allowed in Mulobezi and are experiencing considerable pressure after September 19, 1999 to the end of the hunt. Pushing game animals out of open areas into bush. Outfitter is trying to get all resident hunting stopped in area. Be prepared for the tsetse flies. This is a wild concession area! Part of a true safari experience.


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: Good
Name of Airline: KLM and South African Airlines. Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Zambia is high, 20 days Amount: $22200
Trophy Fees: Amount: $19800
Permits/Licenses: Game management. Amount: $6550
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $6300
Charter Airfares: Average, same as quoted. Amount: $2950
Other Costs: Average, same as quoted. Amount: $5400
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Mulobezi resident hunting starts September 1, 1999. Resident hunting started appoximately September 15, 1999, but there was only supposed to be one resident at a time. However there was four areas full plus three camps. Push game into bush the last four to five days of the hunt but we already had a very good bag.
Highlights of Hunt: Great week long hunt for a specific lion I missed early on. Slept out in blinds, many changes in tactics, great ethics and excellent lion.
Equipment Recommendations: 7mm/ 300 magnum with excellent optics for cats/statunga and heavy rifle. Only book two areas at most. We were also booked for Kafue Flats but skipped it due to logistics and time. Also, Kafue Flats lodge is no longer open.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Go in July or August. We had to go in September due to previous hunting commitments in Canada. Better for cats and no resident hunters.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Martin B. Cotanche
Contact Information: Tel. 231-938-1340 - 3482 Lone Lookout Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Hunting Experience: This was my fourth African trip and I have hunted many times in West United States, Alaska, Canada and New Mexico.
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
We had a great time. Our friends Bill and Barbara Treichel, Denver, CO., shared a camp with us. PH Austin Weinand was excellent. They are submitting separate responses. Excellent PH and staff. Strong ethics, well run operations and excellent organizatins in Lusaka on top of details.

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1455 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 30, 1999 to September 11, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Biga and Bubi


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Rony Muil in Binga and Richard in Bubi.
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 50 pounds. Ivory still in skyll sockets and unweighed.
Zebra - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Big stallion.
Nyala - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Small bull 22 1/2 inches.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: Missed two bucks due to heavy brush. Passed smaller bucks.
Game Condition Comments: The Binga area would be great for elephant, buffalo, leopard and duiker. Don't plan on much else. Bubi area, for giraffe and plains game.


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 Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Excellent!


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $9900
Trophy Fees: Elephant $1,800, zebra $800, nyala $2,500. Amount: $13300
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: New York to Harere round trip coach. Amount: $1750
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips, miscellaneous and travel. Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: It was difficult finding plains game in elephant Binga Area.
Highlights of Hunt: Taking elephant and seeing a lion up close. Outfitter flew me to a new camp for plains game.
Equipment Recommendations: Be prepared to walk a lot for elephant.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jack Hoye
Contact Information: 13 Hoye Drive, Contlandt Manor, NY 10567
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Botswana for lion, leopard and buffalo and have taken most North American game and New Zeland Alpine game.
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

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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1077 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 1, 1999 to June 5, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Siabuwa, Marjolo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Gavin Rorke
Booking Agent (if any): Keith Atcheson; Jack Atcheson & Sons, Inc.. 3210 Ottawa St; Butte; MT; 59701; Tel. 406-782-2382; Fax: 406-723-3318;Email: office@atcheson.com; Web www.atcheson.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Elephant - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 50 pounds
Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 42 inches
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 160 pounds
Civet - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: We saw over 200 elephants in 18 days, most of which were bulls. Many leopards were on bait.


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 Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $1,100 daily rate for 18 days Amount: $19800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: round trip from Seattle Amount: $1600
Charter Airfares: Amount: $1100
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Seeing so many bull elephants and having three leopards hit my bait in one evening! My second leopard in two years.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Niki Taylor
Contact Information: 2525 Brenner Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502
Hunting Experience:
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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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 1454 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 15, 1999 to June 30, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: General area of Chizarira.


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Gavin Rorke
Booking Agent (if any): Rob Kiebler; Fair Chase Limited. PO Box 1679; Azle; TX; 76098; Tel. (972) 523-5621; Email: fairchaseltd@aol.com;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 40 inches.
Sable - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big.
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Big.
Zebra - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average.
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hyena - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Bushbuck - Availability: - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken: Leopard - Availability: I quit hunting due to unwillingness on my part to sit in a blind any longer.
Game Condition Comments: Note: Hunter also took a baboon. Lots of game of trophy quality. Saw a lot of elephant and had lots of leopard working the baits.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $800 per day 16 days. Amount: $12800
Trophy Fees: Buffalo $2,000, sable $2,400 and kudu $800. Amount: $5200
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1800
Charter Airfares: Super service. Amount: $1000
Other Costs: Dipping package $500, medical evacuation insurance $200. Amount: $700
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: I found out that I am not a good blind sitter.
Highlights of Hunt: Buffalo and sable hunting, loved it. I found out that I like hunting dangerous game.
Equipment Recommendations: Goggles and face mask for early morning car trips.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Russ Broom Safaris was great and Gavin Rorke was awesome!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jim Butler
Contact Information: Tel. 473-275-5398 - 2138 West Schiller Street, Chicago, IL 60622
Hunting Experience: This was my first African safari. I have hunted in the midwest and Montana for the past six or seven years.
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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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 953 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 16, 1999 to May 31, 1999
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Siabouwia (Between Chete and Omay in Karis)


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Steve Taylor and Paul Riogewell
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Took three.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Both 170 pounds.
Buffalo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Took two, 39 inches and 40 inches.
Sable - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: 38 inches
Hippopotamus - Availability: - Trophy Size: Big.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 55 inches
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Took two.
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 27 inches
Game Sought But Not Taken: Sable - Availability: (My dad's) Grass was too high.
Game Condition Comments: Grass and vegetation was very thick so it was tough to see plains game although there was plenty of sign. Plains game was a bonus on this hunt anyway. We were aware of the situation when we booked. Game condition was very good.


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 Airways Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $750 per day for 15 days Amount: $16500
Trophy Fees: $12,000 for me, $7,000 for dad Amount: $12700
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Elephants were determined to step on us constantly! It's a jungle out there.
Highlights of Hunt: Leopard tried to come into blind with us unprevoked. After stalking around it for 30 minutes, stopped buff charge at 15 steps.
Equipment Recommendations: Carry a double rifle!! A BIG one!!
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? You bet I would recommend the hunt as long as he doesn't have a heart condition.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jason D. Jeter
Contact Information: Tel. 817-946-2819 - 2315 Perryland, Arlinton, TX 76013
Hunting Experience: I have hunted in Alaska and Africa twice. I have also done muchhunting in the lower 48 states.
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?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 869 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 25, 1998 to July 5, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zambia -
Hunt Area: Kafue and Bangweulu Swamp


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any): Timbuctoo Sporting Adventures. 3741 Purdue Ave; Dallas; TX; 75225; Tel. 214-360-9599;
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Puku - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Lechwe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: black lechwe, good
Lechwe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Sitatunga - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Game was in very good condition.


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


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $650 per day for 11 days Amount: $7800
Trophy Fees: Kafue lechwe $1,350, black lechwe $1,650, sitatunga $1,700, puku $550 Amount: $5250
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: First class from Miami Amount: $8500
Charter Airfares: from Lusaka to Bangweula Amount: $800
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Finding and shooting my Sitatunga.
Equipment Recommendations: Be sure to take warm clothes for Bangweulu Swamp.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Frederick E. McDonald III
Contact Information: Tel. 972-250-0358 - 17400 Dallas Parkway, Suite 112, Dallas, TX 75287
Hunting Experience: I have hunted on five different continents and taken 92 different species of big game animals.
Physical Condition: Good to average for my age.


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
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If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 899 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 9, 1998 to June 25, 1998
Place of Hunt: Zimbabwe -
Hunt Area: Siabuwa -- Manjolo


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Russ Broom; Russ Broom Safaris. Postal Bag BW 6236; Harare; Borrowdall; Zimbabwe; Tel. 011-263-4-860290; Fax: 011-263-4-882032; Email: russbsaf@internet.co.zw;
Personal Guide (if any): Paul Ridgewell
Booking Agent (if any): Bill Williamson; Fair Chase, Ltd Africa . PO Box 27679; Austin; TX; 78755; Tel. 512-345-4891; Fax: 512-343-8156;Email: billww@fairchaseltd.com; Web www.fairchaseltd.com
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Over 40 inches, 110 SCI.
Leopard - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 6 1/2 feet
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: 26 inches
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 23 1/2 inches
Hyena - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Very large!
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Average.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Bushbuck - Availability: I concentrated on other species. They are relatively abundant in the area and some of excellent quality. Only hunted them incidentally until last two days.
Klipspringer - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: This area has excellent buffalo and some real "dugga boys." Leopard population is high and appears on the increase. Some kudu, sable, etc, but not high popualtions here.


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: British Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Excellent service. No gun problems. Were checked through. Vancouver, British Columbia to Harare


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 16 days at $725 (1 x 1), 16 days at $150 observer Amount: $14000
Trophy Fees: $1,650 buffalo, $2,750 leopard, $2,000 waterbuck, $450 hyena Amount: $6850
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Travel bonus points. (Two business class Vancouver Island to Harare return) Amount: $13500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: (2 x $100) medivar insurance, $800 packing, shipping trophies Amount: $1000
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None.
Highlights of Hunt: Excellent PH that worked very hard. Area has abundance of "quality" buffalo and high population of leopard.
Equipment Recommendations: None.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? I would absolutely recommend the hunt and have already done so.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Gary W. Griffith
Contact Information: Tel. 250-956-2988 - P. O. Box 1637, Port Mc Neill, BC V0N 2R0, Canada
Hunting Experience: I have hunted for 45 years in Alaska, British Columbia and the Western United States. One previous Africa trip to Zimbabwe and Baja Mexico.
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?


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