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Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Wiets 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: 7891 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 23, 2010 to July 30, 2010
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Wiets Safaris. Po Box 824; Kimberley; South Africa; 8300; Africa; Tel. 011-27-53-841-0029; Fax: 011-27-53-841-0238; Email: wiets@intekom.co.za; Web www.wiets.com
Personal Guide (if any): Ruan
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Rhinoceros - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Huge.
Wildebeest, Black - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two. Huge.
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: All sizes.
Duiker - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Two. Record book.
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Top record book.
Game Sought But Not Taken: Varmint - Availability: Porcupine. Never saw one.
Caracal - Availability:
Game Condition Comments: I felt I was in old east Africa: Herds of wildebeest, herds of impala, herds of blesbok, herds of springbok. One time we stopped the truck for at least 5 minutes as herds of animals ran across the road. The animals are all in excellent shape and breeding with babies. Even the Rhino's had babies.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Good
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: South African Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: It is what it is, you are in coach, it's tight. Take a couple of tylenol PM's and sleep till it's over.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Auction at SCI. Darted rhino $3,500, plus vet and insurance fees $5,000. Amount: $8500
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: The rhino dart hunt was the most exciting, heart pounding, unforgettable experience I have had hunting. Crawling within 25 yards of 3 massive rhino's, darting it, chasing it, then being able to touch it, hear it breathing, watching the veterinarian do her work, then giving the antidote and watching this beast get up and trot off...it was the highlight of my hunting career. Having my son (14 yrs old ) hunt and shoot a top record book steinbok. then both of us shooting wildebeest. My best shot ever: 395 yards,prone position.
Equipment Recommendations: My son used a Ruger .243. He can shoot better than me! It's light, easy to shoot and puts the animals down. Used Barnes X bullets. Browning 7mm Remington magnum Barnes X bullets
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Bring family. The amount of animals seen is unbelievable. It's fun to be hunting in the bush and come across rhinos feeding. They are also a breeding facility for white lions...feeding time is scary! Do a darted rhino hunt, then hunt some plains game. You'll have a blast with life long memories!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Brett Valette
Contact Information: Tel. 303-478-8878 - Karval, Superior, CO 80027 E-mail: bvalette@aol.com
Hunting Experience: Multiple times to Africa, Canada, USA and Iran.
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
It's beautiful country! It's wide open here. The shots are long: 200 yards easy. The animals are spooky and it's not easy hunting. But there are literally herds of animals. The housing is modest...not luxury. Farm house style, but comfortable. The meals were the best...fantastic...and plenty. Wine was plentiful and good selections. They never ate before 7 or 7:30..sometimes as late as 8pm. When we wanted to go out at night for porcupines, they would not change the meal times...so, rigid in that respect. They had heating pads on the beds...it was wonderful. The nights were cold and the beds were heated! Our guide, Ruan was young, energetic, a bit inexperienced, but he would take suggestions readily. Since I've hunted longer than he has been alive, I'd make a stalking suggestion and he was always okay with it. He was up for anything. And he got along well with my 14 year old son. We filmed the entire hunt with Lew Harris safaris. Our cameraman was Ryan. Can't wait to see the entire rhino hunt on film!! The camera man was great!

Subscriber-Written Trip Report On Wiets 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: 4157 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: May 23, 2004 to June 2, 2004
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area: Kimberley


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Wiets Safaris. Po Box 824; Kimberley; South Africa; 8300; Africa; Tel. 011-27-53-841-0029; Fax: 011-27-53-841-0238; Email: wiets@intekom.co.za; Web www.wiets.com
Personal Guide (if any): Jan Vil Joen
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Rhinoceros, White - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 90 7/8 SCI #2 Bow-darted Rhino. Gold medal top 10.
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: There are 23 rhinos here. Plenty to choose from - many sizes. Lots of other game too. Many varieties. One of the oldest rhino breeding herds - 22 years. Plus three of less than 100 white lions on premise.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability:
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment:
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care:
Name of Airline: South African Airways Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: The airbus's that replaced the 747's should have all their seats shot and burned. Most uncomfortable I have ever been in. Cabin crew very lax attitudes.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: $8,500. Amount: $8500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,500. Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: $2500 for tips and miscellaneous. $2,000 for daughter who shot five other plain game. Amount: $2500
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Over too soon. Beautiful country/ranch.
Highlights of Hunt: I bow-darted this rhino. First disabled hunter to do this with bow-stalking and getting so close was such a thrill. What a rush! Jan (PH) was the best.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? High quality, honest, no surprises and just nice, fun people to be with. Always working to make your safari better.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Steve Greenwell
Contact Information: Tel. 941-625-3709 - Port Charzotte, Florida
Hunting Experience: Extensive six continents; mostly Canada; four of the Big five, bows and rifle.
Physical Condition: Disabled hunter - limited to 100 yards. Walk with cane-failed back surgery.


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 Wiets 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: 3747 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: August 26, 2003 to September 6, 2003
Place of Hunt: South Africa - East Cape/Freestate
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Wiets Safaris. Po Box 824; Kimberley; South Africa; 8300; Africa; Tel. 011-27-53-841-0029; Fax: 011-27-53-841-0238; Email: wiets@intekom.co.za; Web www.wiets.com
Personal Guide (if any): Barry (barend) Vermeulen
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Rhinoceros, White - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: SCI# 12
Eland, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: All are SCI book qualified.
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Cape
Grysbok, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Hog, Wild - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Bush Pig
Caracal - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Bontebok - Availability: Average - Trophy Size:
Duiker, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Very good to excellent. One of the oldest white rhino breeding populations in freestate.


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/SAA Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: SAA/Delta S.F.- N.Y - JNB - KIM in one day.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Daily rate $1483 + 14% VAT (six days/two observer days) Amount: $1691
Trophy Fees: Amount: $9705
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Frequent flyer miles SF - JNB; SAA $287 JNB - KIM/PLZ - JNB Amount: $287
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Video of safari by Video Africa, tips, and hotel. Amount: $3520
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Seven hour drive Kimberly to Grahamstown.
Highlights of Hunt: Bush pig charged me while hunting blue duiker with dogs - brained with 12 number six's; wonderful, repeated stalk (x5) of white rhino before darting at 20 yards.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Hunting was outstanding, staff was great, typically great RSA accomodations and food; most fun I've had on a safari in many years!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Mike Nice
Contact Information: Tel. 408-264-0372 - 1801 Laurinda Dr. San Jose, CA 95124 E-mail: mnice@sbcglobal.net
Hunting Experience: 12th african safari in seven countries.
Physical Condition: Average - good 56 years old.


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 Wiets 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: 2817 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: April 21, 2002 to April 30, 2002
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Free State
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Wiets Safaris. Po Box 824; Kimberley; South Africa; 8300; Africa; Tel. 011-27-53-841-0029; Fax: 011-27-53-841-0238; Email: wiets@intekom.co.za; Web www.wiets.com
Personal Guide (if any): Bareno Vermevien
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Rhinoceros - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Dart hunted.
Zebra - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Hartmann's Zebra
Duiker - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Grey Duiker
Blesbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: White blesbok
Steenbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Varmint - Availability: Scarce - Trophy Size: Jackal
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size:
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: All game seen (large numbers) appeared to be in first class physical condition (fat).


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: Lufthansa/SAA Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments:


COSTS
Hunting Fees: SCI Fundraiser donation Amount: $5800
Trophy Fees: Amount: $2900
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Business class Amount: $12000
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tips Amount: $1100
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt:
Highlights of Hunt: Stalking to within 20 yards (four times) of good # rhino.
Equipment Recommendations: Practice long range shooting.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? Yes
Why? Tranquillizer dart hunt for rhino is real hunting, takes great amount of effort, compared to rifle hunt which anybody could do without leaving the car.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Hans F. Aberg
Contact Information: Tel. 707-447-1626 - 7581 Locke Road, Vacaville, CA 95688 E-mail: codycreek@conl.net
Hunting Experience: Since 1988. Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain, Australia, NZ, New Caledonia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, West US including Alaska.
Physical Condition: Excellent for age group.


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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