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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8873 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 13, 2012 to September 23, 2012
Place of Hunt: South Africa - Limpopo
Hunt Area: Intrepid Safaris Ranch


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Tom Garrison; Intrepid Safaris. PO Box 507; Alldays; 0909; South Africa; Tel. 817 235 3795 (USA January & August only); Email: info@intrepidsafaris.co.za; Web www.intrepidsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Phillip du Plessis, Harry Fourie, Johan Steenkamp
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Lion - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 25
Kudu - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 56 1/2"
Waterbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 29"
Oryx, Kalahari - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 5/8
Nyala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 26 5/8"
Wildebeest, Blue - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 37 5/8"
Eland - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 34 7/8"
Bushbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 13 7/8"
Impala - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 21 6/8"
Springbok - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 12/3/8"
Game Sought But Not Taken: Zebra - Availability: lack of time/end of hunt
Game Condition Comments: Fantastic Safari. Exceeded my expectations


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: Direct flight. No problems.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $4000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $37000
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $200
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: ground transportation Amount: $800
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a great older lion between 6-7 yrs old. and 9 different species of antelope all trophy size
Equipment Recommendations: None. Everything is provided including rifle if you don't bring yours.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Abundance of Game Five Star accommodations Friendly competent staff What's not to recommend?


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Richard Washburn
Contact Information: Tel. 212-941-7696 - 33 Greene St. Suite #1W | NYC | NY | USA | 10013 E-mail: rick@thespecialistsltd.com
Hunting Experience: Hunting for 58 years. All of North America Mexico Central America Africa (East and South)
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
Also took: Springbok and Impala. HUNTING WITH INTREPID SAFARIS 2012 By: Rick Washburn I met Phillip du Plessis, owner of Intrepid Safaris of South Africa, at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. After relating to Phillip my disappointment in several lion safaris I had completed without seeing a lion, he convinced me he could get me a good lion. I corresponded via email and checked out his many positive references and booked a ten day lion hunt with an option for plains game. I was met by Phillip at the Johannesburg Airport upon my arrival September 13th and we proceeded to make the ten hour drive to our first leg of the hunt located on the Sans Souci Game Preserve in northwest South Africa on the edge of the Kalahari. The first day of the safari, September 14th, we proceeded to hunt my main objective; African lion. I was using my 416 taylor LH bolt action. Our Party consisting of myself, Philip, Brendan (the PH for Sans Souci), his brother and a tracker, found a kudu bull killed by lions that was only a day old. From there, we were able to pick up the tracks of two lions crossing a nearby road. At 9 am we proceeded to track the lions on foot and after about one and a half hours of slow tracking, found them lying up in the heat of the day under an acacia thorn bush. They were very difficult to see in the thick brush as their pelts were the same as the sand they were lying on. I could make out the head of the larger lion and a patch of skin that I thought should be just behind shoulder. He was slightly facing me. Phillip told me to shoot if I had a shot but not to shoot him in the head. I shot and the 400 grain Nosler Partition entered a little further back than I wanted, just forward of mid-rib and exited diagonally out his back right leg breaking the femur. He disappeared into thicker bush and we were obliged to follow him up. Knowing he was wounded but not sure how bad, the tension was palpable. A hundred yards later, Phillip spotted him about the same time he saw us. The lion rose and turned in our direction. I shot him through both shoulders as he turned and he went down, thrashing around, immobilized with three limbs out of commission. We walked up carefully as he was still very much alive and delivered the coup de grace with a spine shot. That afternoon, we spotted some springbok with one large buck standing at two hundred yards. I shot him with my 416. Although hit good, he remained standing so I shot him again and he collapsed. The bullets were about 2 inches apart. I was amazed that such a small animal could soak up such large bullets. Toward the end of the day, we spotted a magnificent gemsbok at about one hundred and fifty yards. I shot him, again with the 416. It was an angling shot and a little far back. He took off and we tracked him for about another hundred yards when I placed a second shot behind the shoulder putting him down immediately. The second day September 15th, we started for Phillips ranch dubbed Intrepid Safaris. It is located in the Limpopo River drainage which was ten hours back across South Africa on the northeastern border. After a full days ride, we arrived at Phillips beautiful five star establishment. I believe this is possibly one of the most luxurious Safari compounds I have ever seen. It certainly deserves a five star rating. The buildings are all natural rock, brick with thatched roof and manicured, irrigated lawns. Lighted brick paths connect all the buildings. All the private bungalows which can house 14 guests have natural rock walk-in shower, toilet, lavatory, electrical outlets, WiFi and are air-conditioned There is a swimming pool, two bars, a dining room, outside grill and fire pit, conversation rooms with leather couches and Africa décor and taxidermy everywhere. Also, a commercial kitchen, skinning, salting and drying sheds, and a full butcher/skinning facility with a walk-in meat cooler. Truly first class! The morning of the third day, September 16th, I hunted with one of Phillips PHs (Johan Steenkamp) who was incidentally nicknamed Kudu, which is coincidently what we were hunting that day. I borrowed Phillips 300 Weatherby magnum as my custom LH 338s scope mounts had been damaged in transit. We situated ourselves in a blind on a waterhole and within a few hours a herd of kudu came to drink. After a rather long wait, a huge bull finally appeared from the bush. I was forced to wait again what seemed forever for a quick window to ensure not hitting surrounding kudus. Finally, he was clear and I took the shot. The kudu bucked and went into high gear. Johan said the shot was good. We proceeded to follow the blood trail for several hundred yards when we found him standing facing us in thick brush. With no time for the sticks, I shot him through the chest as he directly faced us and he collapsed as if struck by lightning. The larger horn measured 56 1/4, the other 56. Needless to say, I was very pleased. The following and fourth day September 17th, we drove trails trying to spot eland. Having no success in the morning, we decided in the afternoon to sit at another waterhole. Around 5:00 pm a herd of eland wandered in with one very large bull smack in the middle of the herd. Again I had to wait for a shot due to the density and proximity of the other eland. When I finally took a quick shot at him with my 416, I hit a little high just over the foreleg. The eland galloped into the Bush. We followed the blood trail and tracks but had to quit as it got too dark to see. the next day we picked up his trail again and followed him all morning without catching up. Kudu (the PH) had to leave camp for another engagement, so Phillip decided that I should sit on the same waterhole where we shot the eland with one of the trackers (Billy) for the rest of the day. He thought he might come back for water being dehydrated from his wounds. The eland never showed up. At dark, Phillip came to pick us up and informed me he had spotted the eland and recognized him from the blood on his shoulder at the first waterhole where I shot the kudu. The eland bolted and Phillip tracked him for a short time and was able to put him down with a shot through the chest. I was relieved because I feared he would die in the bush and we would lose the wounded eland. He was absolutely huge. Phillip estimated his weight at around two thousand pounds. On the fifth morning September 18th, Phillip and I drove to an adjoining preserve named Bivack which was located along the Limpopo River bordering Botswana. This was a good place for impala, zebra and bushbuck. The area along the Limpopo was teeming with game and we saw many impala but none large or old enough. We also saw hippo, a thirteen to fourteen foot crocodile, kudu, and many other animals. We finally spotted a very old impala standing in the middle of a dry section of the Limpopo. Phillip pronounced him good so I shot from the sticks and hit him solidly with Phillips 300 wm. He hunched up but just froze. He was teetering and I waited for him to fall. When he didnt go down or move, I shot again putting him down instantly. It was strangely like the springbok with the shots being just a couple of inches apart. We decided to take him back to Intrepid so he could be skinned and field dressed. We hunted Intrepid that afternoon with no further success. On the sixth day, September 19th, Phillip and I hunted Intrepid for whatever we could jump up. Later in the morning we saw a herd of Blue Wildebeest. Every time we got almost in range, they thundered off. We didnt find them all afternoon and decided to check out a waterhole as a last stop before the light was gone. There at the waterhole, was another herd of Wildebeest. I shot the one Phillip said was the largest with his 300 wm from about one hundred and fifty yards and he ran into the bush. Phillip said I hit him but it looked like it was too far back. It was hard for me to tell as I was shooting directly into the setting sun. It was turning dark and we didnt want to lose him so Phillip got his dogs and they quickly got on his trail. They brought him to bay under a tree and when we caught up I had to wait to call off the dogs as Phillip was afraid they would get shot in the excitement. I shot the wildebeest in the spine and again in the neck finishing him off. He turned out to be really old with smooth bosses. The seventh day, 20th of September, I hunted with Phillips main PH Harry Fourie and his tracker Joe. They had been hunting leopard with another client (yes, they were successful and got a beautiful male weighing in at over one hundred fifty pounds). Harry decided to go to another preserve called Ammondale. We were now after waterbuck and he had seen some good ones there. That morning, we sat in a blind at a large waterhole for a couple of hours. There were a lot of game animals including waterbuck, warthog, impala, gemsbok, kudu and giraffe but nothing that we considered shoot able. The rest of the day was spent scouting trails, glassing and then back to the waterhole to finish the day. We were situated in a reed blind about fifty yards from the waterhole; we had giraffe feeding behind us and many impala and kudu visiting the waterhole in front. Suddenly, a herd of around a hundred cape buffalo came trickling down to the waterhole. We were quickly surrounded. The nearest buffalo were about twenty five yards and the furthest fifty yards in front of us from left to right. We didnt dare move. Harry muttered in his thick Afrikaans accent This is not good. I realized we were in a precarious situation as the herd was big, close and had many cows with calves and young curious bulls. Luckily the wind was blowing from our left to our right. To make matters worse, a magnificent waterbuck walked out of the bush down to the opposite side of the waterhole straight in front of us at about one hundred twenty yards. Harry said, Dont shoot him. Wait. Thirty to forty minutes tensely passed and the buffalo began to wander off to our right. They had all moved except for five young bulls that were straggling behind. One was still drinking in the waterhole, the rest following the herd. Harry and I agreed the waterbuck was too good to pass up. He looked like he was about to leave. I shot him with the 300 wm and dropped him in his tracks. The buffalo thundered off and I thought, Wow I shot that waterbuck almost over the heads of a hundred buffalo. He measured just shy of 30. We barely had time for pictures as the sun was setting. We arrived back at Intrepid well past dark. Harry and I went back to Ammondale the eighth day, September 21st, for nyala, which he had also seen there. In addition, I wanted to see elephant and rhino which had left sign in the area. We spent the early morning at the waterhole with no luck and the rest of the day driving the dry river beds and ridges in search of a good nyala. We saw plenty of young males and females but nothing to shoot. We did see elephant, rhino, kudu, giraffe, eland, gemsbok, impala and of course now a lot of waterbuck. Toward the end of the morning we were thinking about going back to the waterhole but Harry wanted to drive one more ridge. As we came around a curve, there just off the road stood a single nyala bull. I threw the 300 up just as Harry said, he is very good, and fired. He dropped instantly. We took him back to Intrepid for skinning and that afternoon traveled back over to Bivack were we saw some bushbuck and zebra. I didnt take a shot at any of them because they were too close to Botswanas border in the center of the Limpopo and if wounded would have run into Botswana. I only had two days of hunting left. On September 22nd, the ninth day, we went back to Bivack to try for one of the bushbuck we had seen and tagged with the name Mr. Narrow Horn due to the configuration of his horns. There was also a large stallion zebra who had been feeding in the river bed with a small herd we thought we might get a shot at if they werent too close to the border. We got to the area where we had seen the bushbucks. They were there but winded us and scattered into the bush. We set up about two hundred yards in view of a tree where the bushbuck had been coming to eat nuts that were falling from the tree. After an hours wait, a single bushbuck appeared out of the undergrowth and started feeding on the nuts. Harry and I began a slow stalk to close the distance. I was using Harrys 308 which was equipped with a silencer. We stalked to within a hundred yards and Harry pronounced him a good buck. He was directly facing me and looked up as if he might bolt at any moment. I fired from the sticks and hit him in the center of the chest. He was facing me dead on. He spun 180 degrees and disappeared into the bush. We tracked the thick blood trail for about fifty yards and found him dead. It was Mr. Narrow Horn. We took him back to Intrepid for processing and spent the afternoon hunting zebra. We spotted several herds but couldnt get close to them. The wind was bad and swirling. The morning of September 23rd was my final and tenth day and Harry and I thought we would finish the hunt still concentrating on zebra. We did see some in the morning but couldnt get close enough. It was windy and the zebra were very skittish. That afternoon was a bust and we never sighted another herd. Thus, the end to my Safari. On the 24th of September I rode with Harry via a car service for six hours to Johannesburg and boarded my direct flight to New York. All in all, this was absolutely one the best Safaris I have made. Phillips ranch is stunning. He has access to many other ranches with a multitude of different game. The staff is excellent as is the food. Best of all, I brought back a great old lion and 9 trophy antelope. Thats hard to beat. I arrived the Morning of the September 25th at JFK and within an hour was home in New York City.





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