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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 8882 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 21, 2012 to September 27, 2012
Place of Hunt: Mozambique -
Hunt Area: Mahimba


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): J.P. Kleinhans Safaris. PO Box 474; Hankey; 6350; South Africa; Tel. 011-27-4228-30832; Email: jpsafaris@lantic.net; Web www.jpkleinhanssafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any): Mel Kleinhans
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Buffalo, Cape - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Outstanding
Bushbuck, Chobe - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Excellent
Reedbuck - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good to Excellent
Waterbuck - Availability: Average - Trophy Size: Excellent
Game Sought But Not Taken: Warthog - Availability: Did not find a really large boar
Game Condition Comments: Buffalo were incredibly abundant with numerous hard boss bulls. Bushbuck were abundant but as always difficult to get a shot at in cover. Reedbuck very common but expect to sort though lots of OK rams to find a really big one. Saw multiple herds of sable every day. Waterbuck less common than other game but I killed a 28" bull. Young warthogs and sows everywhere.


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 and LAM Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: Delta cancelled a flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta and I ended up being rebooked by African Odyssey through London. Elaine worked at 2:00 AM to rebook me.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: It was a exceedingly reasonable for buffalo. Licenses not included for other species. Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Very reasonable - most expensive animal was waterbuck at $1,600 Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: required in Mozambique - generally a couple of hundred each Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: $1,700 to Johannesburg. Outfitter arranged transportation to and within Mozambique Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: none Amount: $0
Other Costs: none Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: Getting to Quelimanae, Mozambique requires 2 flights from Johannesburg and they don't fly more than 2x/day in some cases. Once in Quelimanae expect a 6 hour drive into the Mahimba Reserve camp, the last 2 hours on dirt roads. It's remote.
Highlights of Hunt: I saw at least 600 buffalo in the 4 days I was looking for them (I killed my 40" bull on the second day but went with my camp mate on day 3 and on day 4 we were asked to take a cow by the local officials for a local village. A PH took the cow while I video taped the hunt. Seeing that number of sable was very unexpected and the waterbuck was a terrific bonus I hadn't planned on. The food was outstanding considering how remote the camp was. The PHs were absolute professionals but very congenial all the time. We were well into the dry season so almost not mosquitoes.
Equipment Recommendations: The standard - a good heavy rifle and possibly a medium caliber for antelope, good binoculars and boots. Plan to sweat a bit.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? This is my 3 hunt with JP Kleinhans Safaris and with Mel Kleinhans as my PH and I have never had a bad experience. They absolutely know their business and take pride in a quality camp and abundant game. They are very scrupulous about directing you to mature and older animals. You won't experience any ground shrinkage.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Rex Johnson
Contact Information: Tel. 218-736-0606 - 20610 Red Oak Lane | Fergus Falls | Minnesota | USA | 56537 E-mail: rex_johnson@fws.gov
Hunting Experience: 45 years all across the US and Canada, limited hunting in Mexico and several trips to southern Africa.
Physical Condition: Fair to good for a 55 year old man.


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
This was truely a quality hunt with great people. The buffalo were there in terrific abundance. Other game, especially Roosevelt sable were very common. The PHs were extremely professional and insured you took only a quality mature animal that was a solid representative of the species. They stopped one buffalo charge cold at 20 yards. JP Kleinhans maintains a camp staff of 35 locals that cook, clean wash clothes and skin and preserve trophies. The staff were very friendly and dilligent although try to learn a few words of Portugese before you go if you want to talk a lot to them. I got by mostly on gestures and a little spanish plus the few words I learned while there. JP also maintains 4 anti-poaching teams around the perimeter of the reserve to insure that game remains abundant. All the meat except the little we ate each day went to the staff and their families and the local villagers. Food and sleeping accomodations more than I would have expected - very good.





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