Hunting Report 1527160802

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:x
Contact Information:Deep Filling Farm, Hinders Lane, Huntley Gloucester,Gloucestershire GL193EZ UK ; Phone: x Email: x
Hunting Experience:UK, New Zealand (NZFS deer culler) Kenya (pre-ban), Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon, Ethiopia
Physical Condition:arthritic, overweight, too old, but still climbing mountains
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:05/01/2018 to 05/19/2018
Place of Hunt:Alabama - Albania - 1
Hunting Area:Dire Dawa, Jibat, Omo
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company): ; 3029 Sedgwick Circle Loveland,Colorado 80538 USA ;
Personal Guide (if any):Nassos Roussos/ Asrat
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Jackal; Gazelle, Soemmerring; Dik-Dik; Gerenuk; Gazelle, Grant; Dik-Dik; Hog, Giant Forest
Game Sought But Not Taken:Kudu, Lesser; Serval; Bushbuck, Abyssinian
Game Conditions Comments:
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:excellentGuide/PH Ability:excellent
Condition of Camp:goodCondition of Equipment:good
Quality of Food:goodTrophy Care:excellent
Name of Airline:EthiopianAirline Serviceexcellent
Airline Comments:Business class, new aircraft
Hunting Fees:Amount:$0.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Charter Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Other Costs:Amount:$0.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:In Omo region heavy rains had turned semi-desert into head-high lush vegetation. Little visibility. Local trackers slow to adapt to unusual conditions.
Highlights of Hunt:Took the 4 available species on the new Dire Dawa concession within 24 hours. Giant Forest Hog is a stimulating hunt!
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?First rate operation in difficult conditions. Not a hunt for the African novice!
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
Flight from London overnight to Addis Ababa was trouble free. I used their rifle, an excellent custom 300 Win Mag. Flew to Dire Dawa the morning I arrived. I was the third person to hunt this new concession. Game species were nau00efve. Locals don't hunt so it was almost too easy. Could have taken representative specimens of all 4 species I had licences for in that area on the day I arrived in the country but my PH, Nassos Roussos, the company founder, said I could do better. Took the Golden Jackal (now considered on DNA to be the African Golden Wolf, not a jackal) on the first evening. Sat down scratching himself at 40 yds. Very unwise. They are the tiny Somali sub-species, with the adult male no larger than a big Red Fox.nNext morning drove out looking over Soemmerings Gazelles. Scattered population close to camp with bigger herds farther out. Just drove around assessing the older males and finally choosing one standing looking at us at 200 yds. Took him back to camp and while they were skinning him Nassos suggested looking for a Harar Dik-Dik. Walked from camp through the riverine bush with a territorial pair of Dik-dik every 150 yds. Checked out a few males before choosing a long-horned old male (3 inch!). Shot him low and far back to avoid ruining the tiny trophy. Walked back to camp with the hare-sized antelope and had lunch. After lunch drove out looking over the family groups of Gerenuk. Rejected several males before finding an old one. Gerenuk were more nervous than the other species. Had to walk about half a mile after this one before he stopped to look back. Easy shot off the sticks at 180 yds. nThe local Somali men from the village lay around the camp all day and night chewing khat leaves and getting noisily high but they were friendly enough.nNext day returned to Addis, a rough 12 1/2 hour drive at high speed through pot-holes, herds of camels, cattle, donkeys and goats as well as crowds of people walking down the middle of the road. Many crashed and overturned trucks which wasn't surprising. nAfter a night in Addis, drove to Jibat Forest in the Highlands. It was a new camp with Cabelas family tents and a simple toilet and shower out the back behind a tarpaulin screen just like the Somali camp. Food was Italian themed although the local Injara and Wat was available for those fond of very hot foam rubber.nWe tried sitting and watching across valleys for the hogs to feed into small clearings in the forest and we also stalked them in the bush but we only found small males and females with young. I became ill for a couple of days with normal African stomach troubles so didn't have much energy. Nassos suggested just going for a drive along the dirt tracks in the evening. Saw a pair of pigs disappear into the scrub and on our return, in the same place, a huge boar was peacefully grazing in the open. Hopped out of the Landrover, leaned on the front and dropped him. Not very sporting but you have to take what God sends you.nMy wife will be thrilled when that monstrosity comes back from the taxidermist!nNext day we drove 6 1/2 hours to Addis and then changed PH for the remaining part of my hunt. Driven by Asrat, an Ethiopian PH who has worked for Nassos and Jason Roussos for 30 years but who has only been a PH for 4 years, we travelled for 9 1/2 hours to Aber Minch then the next day drove 6 1/2 hours to the Omo camp on the Omo river. This is a permanent long-established camp now cut-off from the main hunting areas by commercial agricultural development and by the extermination of all game except Dik-dik by the local Hamar tribe. I had no objection to the teenage Hamar girls hanging around camp wearing a scrap of goatskin front and rear, but the AK47 rifles they all carried precluded taking many photos.nWe went out to the main Lesser Kudu area and as soon as I saw it I knew we were in trouble. The semi-desert where you could see for hundreds of yards was a dense jungle of vegetation varying between waist deep and over your head. The local trackers were accustomed to driving around until they saw game and then shooting it. It was obvious that now the game could hear you coming long before you had a chance to see them and they just waited to clarify what the noise was before ducking into cover. I became frustrated by just seeing Kudu tails and had some difficulty convincing them that the only way to actual shoot a Lesser Kudu in dense cover was either to sit and wait for them to come into clear view or to go out on foot and stalk into the wind.nOn the second day we went out for 3 hours drive through the undergrowth to reach a clear area with the grass only knee deep where we found many Grant's (Bright's) Gazelles. Unfortunately the Hamar were there too hunting with AKs but 4 of them ran off when we approached. Our Government and Regional Game Scouts were amused by the poachers. They were unarmed and their duty was to ensure that the foreigner shot no females or undersized males not to stop the locals massacring the game. Once when hunting Lesser Kudu on foot we bumped into 3 Hamar with AKs out poaching but they were good natured enough when advised that they shouldn't be hunting there. We were in no position to disarm them and the Ethiopian Government obviously isn't interest in doing so either.nReturning to the Grant's Gazelle area a couple of days later the game was less wary and we found a fine male. The Grant's in that area only grow to about the Government minimum trophy size of 23 inches so trophy selection is critical. The one I took was the biggest we saw and he only just reached the minimum.nReturning from another unsuccessful Kudu hunt in the mountains there were many Guenther's Dik-dik so I took an old male with 3inch horns. I never saw a Serval despite searching with a spotlight every evening (legal in Ethiopia) and we saw no sign of the Abyssinian Bushbuck in the mountains, their last refuge from the Hamar.nTowards the end we started hunting Kudu on foot and at last saw Kudu without them seeing us first. Unfortunately they were all female but we did spook a couple of fine males. There were a few Southern Gerenuk in the area and we had one chance to shoot a good male if I had a license. nWe also saw Spotted Hyaenas, Civets, Genets, and many African Wild Cats. nI enjoyed hunting with Asrat and it wasn't his fault we didn't get a Lesser Kudu and Nasso Roussos made me a kind offer to take me back to the Omo when conditions were normal and try again for the Kudu. nThis was overall a fine hunt but only suitable for those accustomed to African situations and wives at the more rugged end of the spectrum!