Hunting Report 1542669672

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:Emery Reynolds
Contact Information:4120 W Memorial Road Oklahoma City,Oklahoma 73120 USA ; Phone: 405-755-3540 Email: wersjrber@aol.com
Hunting Experience:14th hunting trip to Africa (Tanzania/Zambia/Zimbabwe/Mozambique)
Physical Condition:Good/BMI 24
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:11/05/2018 to 11/16/2018
Place of Hunt: - Not Found - 1
Hunting Area:Nissan Reserve/L7
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):Paul Stones Safaris ; Rivonia, South Africa ; Phone: +27 (82) 4591458 Email: paulsafaf@icon.co.za Website: Paul Stones Safaris
Personal Guide (if any):Paul Stones
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Buffalo, Cape
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Conditions Comments:
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:Delta/South AfricanAirline Serviceexcellent
Airline Comments:Mostly on time and the bags made it to the hunt, but not home to OKC.
Costs
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Permits/Licenses:Amount:$0.00
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Other Costs:Amount:$0.00
Total:$0.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:None related to controllable issues. The tsetse flies were very active.
Highlights of Hunt:This area is amazing. The game is as plentiful as I have ever experienced and the attitude of the guides and hunting company is positive towards the maintenance of the future of the area. After 13 previous trips to a multitude of countries, this is the best ever. You see everything from sable to buffalo in great numbers with no herd hunting allowed. This philosophy of preservation of the game and habitat is a welcome treat to those of us that have seen the opposite at work in many areas of Africa.
Equipment Recommendations:In November, a Camelback hydration system is important as the heat and walking will become problems in short order.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?Outstanding hunting concession, a real wild area with plentiful flora and fauna and managers that show compassion for the continuation of superb hunting.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?Notified Personal Guide?Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals
I have been hunting buffalo in Africa for 16 years, taking an annual trip to varied countries over that time. I will admit that my hunt on Mount Loosimingor last year was the most unique and memorable, but this Mozambique trip is the Miombo forest hunt that that we all dream about. The L7 block is managed by Luwire Conservation Group and comprises photographic/research and hunting blocks, all adjacent to one another. There is over 200 miles of river front with water present year round. The block is managed with outstanding anti-poaching by Derek Littleton who has been overseeing the block for years, but now exclusively dedicated to anti-poaching. John Nel is the new manager and with Brian Johnson heading up the hunting component, it is well managed and thoughtfully overseen. Paul Stones, who I have hunted with for years, booked this hunt and most hunts at this concession. His guidance and skill are excellent and in line with the preservation of the area. We saw elephant, lion, hyena, buffalo, waterbuck, sable, impala, duiker, hippo, crocodile, zebra, eland and Hartebeest multiple times each day. It is more like a photographic area than a hunting area, primarily due to restrictions on hunting herds, a great idea in my opinion, and the lack of domestic animals and agriculture imposing on the concession. I took two old buffalo bulls and saw many of their brothers. My best was a 41\" with several much larger than that being seen. My hunting companion took hippo/crocodile/buffalo (another great old bull) and a 44\" sable. I have never seen sable like this in my life. I have never hunted the South African game ranches, but it couldn't be any better than this area. There are the tsetses to deal with and they are as plentiful as the game. If you're sensitive to them, good luck. If you can tolerate them, then this could be the best you can do in Africa now if you want a really wild place. While not everyone in the Niassa Reserve is as forward thinking as the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve (Luwire) Conservancy, these folks need our help to maintain this treasure for conservators of all stripes. Hunting is one of those components and they get it. It is a long trip to get there, but well worth it if you love Africa as much as I do and enjoy seeing it cared for by people who are supportive of our passion. I can't say enough about Paul Stones and his ability to make a great trip even more interesting and productive.