Hunting Report 10598

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:Grant Wilson
Contact Information:6 Emsworth Court, Pukekohe, NEW ZEALAND, 2120 , ; Phone: +64 92388856 ( Res. ) Email: gwilson@xnet.co.nz
Hunting Experience:41 years. New Zealand, British Columbia, Idaho, Zimbabwe.
Physical Condition:Above average. Minor health issues but nothing that prevents good hunting. I work out to maintain hunting fitness.
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:Rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:06/17/2016 to 06/30/2016
Place of Hunt: - Zimbabwe - 1
Hunting Area:Dande Safari Area ( North )
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):Charlton McCallum Safaris ; 5 Lindrew Close Chisipite Harare, Zimbabwe ; Phone: 011-263-4-499-536 Email: hunting@cmsafaris.com Website: www.cmsafaris.com
Personal Guide (if any):Alan Shearing, Richard Tabor
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Buffalo, Cape; Baboon; Bushbuck, Chobe; Civet; Hyena; Impala; Kudu
Game Sought But Not Taken:Buffalo, Cape; ; ; ;
Game Conditions Comments:Buffalo in great condition. We hunted right at the start of the dry period but buff still had ample food sources at this time. Other game seen, including numerous Elephant, appeared to be in good shape.
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:ExcellentGuide/PH Ability:Excellent
Condition of Camp:ExcellentCondition of Equipment:Excellent
Quality of Food:ExcellentTrophy Care:Excellent
Name of Airline:Air New Zealand, South African AirlwaysAirline ServiceFair
Airline Comments:Air NZ on Auckland / Pert leg - always good, no problems. South African Airways on Perth / Jo'burg, then Jo'burg / Harare leg. Average standards overall, but I did fly economy on a discount fare. Probably got what I paid for. Will consider Emirates if I hunt Zimbabwe again.
Costs
Hunting Fees:Amount:$0.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:Amount:$0.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Charter Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Other Costs:Amount:$0.00
Total:$0.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:None.
Highlights of Hunt:A hunt for my son and I. For both of us our first Africa hunt, first buff hunt, first time to Zimbabwe. Before booking I emphasised to Buzz Charlton we did not want a sissy hunt, but a hunt where we worked for our trophies. We are so pleased that this is exactly what CMS delivered.
Equipment Recommendations:I carried my 10 x 42 binos for a couple of days, then couldn't be bothered with them. For hunting Africa again I would use more compact binos that comes more readily to hand. Binos are useful but should be light and handy.rnFor anything you are unsure of, ask CMS. They will give you good advice.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?I have read many accounts of Zimbabwe hunts and had the recommendations of hunters who had gone before me. Although compelling, the accounts spoken and in print of those hunts are just a primer for the real thing you will experience yourself. We loved every minute of our hunt. Tracking buff through the bush with a big game rifle in your hands is just pure adventure. There is nothing else like it.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?noNotified Personal Guide?noNotified Booking Agent?no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals