Newsletter - February 2017

Newsletter by Niel Uys (Manager) and Edmond Rouillard (outfitter):

Dear friends,

 

We are back from the USA after a successful visit to Las Vegas SCI as well as the Northwest Chapter Banquette in Seattle. We also attended some house parties with our friends the Dails in Seattle and the Toenshoff’s in Fairfax - DC area which were well attended and resulted in late nights and little sleep! It was great to meet new people and to see old friends again during our visit.

 

I want to use this opportunity to thank each and every person that supported us during this trip as well as through the years. These friendships last forever, and it means a lot when so many of our old friends and clients go to the trouble to come around the booth to catch up with a firm handshake or a warm hug. This is what makes all of us as hunters and men of the outdoors a special breed, we think the same – no matter where you come from or live!

 

And we always really hope to hunt with you again in the near future.

 

In this newsletter:

  • Our 2017 Hunting Season Forecast

  • Upgrades at our camps
  • Info on Leopard hunting in Namibia
  • The latest state on poaching on Harloo 
  • 2017 rhino poaching stats
  • Elephant, rhino,buffalo, sable, roan and plains game deals we have going for this year
  • Latest gallery pictures on our website www.harloosafaris.co.za Check it out!

Enjoy!

Yours Sincerely

Edmond Rouillard (outfitter)

1. Our 2017 Hunting Season Forecast

 

This year will kick off early and our first hunters will arrive in March. As you all know about our terrible drought (worst in 108 years) we are hoping that more rain is on its way. As I am busy typing this newsletter it started raining and hopefully it will be enough to pull us through the coming season for this could be our last rain for the next 6 months.
 
So far quite a few of our well priced buff and sable hunts, two rhino hunts for later in the year and a fair amount of plains game hunts have been sold for which we are happy and grateful. 
 
Although we are satisfied about the bookings we have for 2017 there are still a few openings in July, August and September. If you are considering coming to hunt with us this year please make contact with me or Edmond to prevent disappointment.
 
We are going to try our utmost best to get a newsletter out every month and will post some pictures of the hunts each month.

2.  Upgrades At Our Camps

 

Because of the drought animals were destroying the lawn at the main camp and we now managed to plant new grass at the camp and the lawn is getting there slowly. A Small electric fence was built around the camp to prevent animals from getting to the lawn. This seems to help a lot.

We are busy installing Wi-Fi at the main camp which will be a huge bonus for our clients.


3. The future of lion and leopard hunting

There is word that Namibia’s Fish and Wildlife are going to close Leopard hunting this year. The hunters that already have their permits will be allowed to continue with their hunts but no new permits will be issued. Further information will follow as this could only be a rumour.

4. Latest State of Poaching on Harloo:

Since our latest incident with poachers where we had very good success in confiscating a shotgun, knifes and axes, it seems that the word has spread and it has been quit ever since. There is absolutely no signs of any trespassers on Harloo since then.

5. Fantastic elephant, buffalo, sable and other deals on offer:

(especially if you have interest in completing your Big 5)

Elephant:

•    Trophy fee for elephant bull.

•    Exportable ivory to the USA 

•    Daily rates as per brochure $450/hunter/day, min 7 days.

•    In Zululand – area approx 40 000 acres.

•    Size: in the region of 10 to 25 pounds.

•    Price: $1550 per pound ivory. Cleaned and weighed after the hunt. 

•    Expect realistically 15 to 20 pound - big adult bulls. 

•    Permits, license fees, field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

•    So you could spend as little as $18 000 to bag your elephant bull!

•    Regular price up to $100 000 in South Africa for 40 – 60 pound bulls and very scarce.

•    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

•    Usual stuff what is in or excluded. 

Rhino bull: (1 available)

•    Trophy fee for big mature old rhino bull.

•    Exportable horns to the USA 

•    Daily rates as per brochure $450/hunter/day, min 4 days.

•    In Zululand 

•    Size: in the region of 25” to 26” inches front horn.

•    Price: $42 000. 

•    Permits, license fees, field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

•    Regular price $60 000 up to $75 000 for a rhino this size.

•    First come basis. 

•    Usual stuff what is in or excluded. 

Cape buffalo from 40” to 43” special A:

•    Trophy fee for old, hard bossed dugga bull up to 43” spread. 

•    All in for $12 500 

•    Including 3 nights for one hunter, permits, license fees and field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

•    Regular price up to $17 000 in South Africa 

•    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

•    Usual stuff what is in or included below. 

•    15% discount. 

Cape buffalo up to < 40” special B:

•    Trophy fee for old, hard bossed dugga bull up to <40” spread! 

•    All in for $9 900 

•    Including 3 nights for one hunter, permits, license fees and field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

•    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

•    25 % discount. 

Buffalo Special up to 37” special C:

1.    Trophy fee for old, hard bossed thick necked dugga bull up to 37” spread - and tough to hunt! 

2.    All in for $7 500 

3.    Including 3 nights for one hunter, permits, license fees and field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

4.    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

5.    35% discount.  

Sable:

•    Trophy fee for black mature Sable bull up to 40” 

•    All in for $6 700. 

•    Trophy fee for black mature Sable bull up to 42” 

•    All in for $7 800. Regular price $9 500 and up. 

•    Plus daily rate as per brochure 

•    Permits, license fees, field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

•    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

Roan:

1.    Trophy fee for mature Roan bull up to 27” 

2.    All in for $6 700. 

3.    Trophy fee for mature Roan bull up bigger than 27” 

4.    All in for $7 800. Regular price $9 500 and up. 

5.    Plus daily rate as per brochure 

6.    Permits, license fees, field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

7.    First come basis. Limited numbers available. 

Nyala:

•    Trophy fee for Nyala bull (expect 26” to 29” realistically) 

•    All in for $1990. Regular price around $3 000 and up 

•    Plus daily rate as per brochure 

•    Permits, license fees, field staff all included, no hidden fees. 

NB!! PLAINS GAME SPECIAL FOR THE 2016 SEASON

  • Choose any 6 species or 6 animals in total: Grey Duiker, Warthog , Impala, Blesbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu and Nyala 
  • Daily rate for 2 hunters, 2:1 hunt, 10 days, 9 nights in camp. 
  • Grand Total for all above worth approx. $14 000. 
  • 2016 Special price is $8 990 for the lot, daily rates and trophy fees included. 
  • This amounts to nearly 35% discount! 
  • Please note some species are more expensive e.g. Nyala which makes the package pricier. It's important to compare apples when looking at a package, and not the amount or number of animals included! Nyala generally sell for $2300 each and up, so for one Nyala up to 6 "cheaper" species can be added to make it look good. 

Please note some species are more expensive e.g. Nyala which makes the package pricier. It's important to compare apples when looking at a package, and not the amount or number of animals included! Nyala generally sell for $2300 each and up, so for one Nyala up to 6 "cheaper" species can be added to make it look good.

6. Tips on Hunting Cape Buffalo


Minimum Caliber: 

375 H&H

Best method of hunting: 

On foot by visiting waterholes early in the morning and pick up fresh tracks to follow. Make sure the wind is in your favor they have excellent smell, eyesight and hearing.

Trophy judging: 

If the ears are just as wide as the horns the buffalo will be in the region of 35 -36 inches. This is only a guideline it may differ because of body size.

Temperament: 

Buffalo are very dangerous when wounded. They will seldom charge when hunted and will rather try to run away. In some circumstances they might stand ambush especially after they have been pushed for a long time.

Follow up after the shot: 

Always remember it is the first shot that counts and make very sure that you put the bullet in the right spot. Give at least 10 minutes before following up on your shot and wait for the death bellow. I have found that in some rare cases buffalos does not bellow when dying. When following up do it slowly and stay on the track. Make sure that you have a life round in the chamber and that your rifle is on safety. Use all your senses while follow up (Hearing, smell and eyes) this might save a life one day. If the buffalo is spotted standing or laying down try to put another good shot into him even if you think he is dead and make sure it is safe to take the shot. Remember it is the dead ones that kill you! Make sure that you look for a reaction from the buffalo after the shot, if there was no reaction you can assume it is dead. If there was a reaction give him another shot. This is just for insurance. After such an insurance shot go closer slowly from behind and pinch him on the hind leg with your rifle barrel to look for a reaction again. If no reaction was spotted you can unload and enjoy the moment!

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