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Grizzly and Black Bear Hunting in Canada

Hi Ian and Chris,

Just a note to let you  know that my twelve day grizzly hunt in British Columbia with Whiteswan lake outfitters has just been completed. Hunting out of Cranbrook near Whiteswan Lake was certainly a picturesque location to hunt Grizzly in the amazing Rockies.

 

Not much happened on the first day with just a couple of black bears showing themselves whilst eating the lush green pick along the roadside. On the second day Tim, the co-owner of Whiteswan, walked up a quiet lonely road which led to a good feeding area that grizzlies often inhabit. He found good signs on the road so up the hill for evening was the plan .The evening seems to be much more productive in relation to bear hunting. Walking in single file about two ks up the road Daryl suddenly stopped and signaled to get to the roads edge. A grizzly's head appeared around the corner looking slightly wary. After what seemed like an eternity it stepped out and began grazing on high protein green pick on the roads edge. At thirty three yards it was the most amazing sight I have ever witnessed - the bears silver tipped shoulders, chocolate brown legs with long white claws and brown hump stood out in the soft afternoon sun. Looking back at Daryl he gave the nod to touch the trigger on the 300wsm.  A few seconds pause and the money shot was on its way and the trophy of a lifetime was on the ground.

 

Much back slapping and elation at getting me a grizzly really showed on the faces of these fantastic working guides.  Their enthusiasm to get results was contagious. Everybody hooked in and we soon had the magnificent cape in Tim’s pack ready for the walkout. Daryl asked for my grizzly tag and honors were performed. The walk back down the mountain was a reflective and euphoric occasion, was this the pinnacle of my hunting life?

 

I am often asked when in my hunting room, ' which is your favorite trophy'?  I think my thoughts will always drift back to the wild strawberries flowering high above the Kootenay river, the Rockies capped in snow reaching to the sky with the trophy of a lifetime standing on that grassy road.  Thanks go to Ian and Chris of World Safari Expeditions for their flawless organization which always makes the journey so smooth.  A special thanks to Daryl, Tim ,Cody and Joyce from Whiteswan Lake Outfitters who made my dream a reality -  they are true hardworking hunters.

 

Their warmth, and desire to get results, is infectious and will stay with me always

 

Thanks to all “The Grey Ghost”. Southern NSW

Black Bear Hunting in Canada

Our first hunt for 2016 - Jade Sarah takes a black bear with Whiteswanlake Outfitters in British Columbia, Canada.  Long days and lots of walking paid off for Jade taking this great old bear on the fourth day of her hunt.

Value of Hunting versus Photographic Safaris - Tanzania

This article makes for interesting reading.   It shows the revenue from Trophy Hunting and Photographic Tourism in Tanzania over the last six years.

Huge population of endangered lions found in Ethiopia

Huge population of endangered lions found in Ethiopia By Michael Casey Published February 01, 2016  FoxNews.com Facebook958 Twitter0 livefyre177 Email Print

A population of African lions has been found in Ethiopia. (Born Free Foundation)  Lions have been discovered for the first time in an Ethiopian national park, confirming centuries-old stories that the big cats thrived there. The lions were found in the Alatash National Park in North West Ethiopia, on the Ethiopia-Sudan border in an expedition led by Hans Bauer, a renowned lion conservationist working for Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. 

They were also found in Dinder National Park, across the border in eastern Sudan. “Considering the relative ease with which lion signs were observed, it is likely that they are resident throughout Alatash and Dinder,” Bauer said in a statement. Based on the numbers found, he estimated there could be a population of 100 to 200 lions for the entire ecosystem and more than 50 in Alatash.  “Due to limited surface water, prey densities are low, and lion densities are likely to be low, we may conservatively assume a density in the range of one to two lions per 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles),” Bauer said.  Part of the reason the lions have gone undiscovered for so long by outsiders is that the area is rarely visited. 

Even the International Union for Conservation of Nature only considered Alatash a possible range for the species.  But that changed with Bauer’s expedition, in which they successful obtained camera trap images of lions and identifying lion tracks.  The discovery has been welcomed by conservationists, who have been calling for international efforts to halt the lion's demise. It is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered species.  Lion numbers are estimated to have declined 50 percent to 75 percent since 1980 and the species only occupies 8 percent of its historic range across the continent. They were thought to be locally extinct in Sudan.   They are increasingly being killed off to protect humans and livestock and they have lost habitat to agriculture.  

Researchers say the next step is alerting government officials in Ethiopia and Sudan about the discovery, so they can embark on possible efforts to conserve these populations and better protected these areas. "The confirmation that lions persist in this area is exciting news,” Born Free’s Chief Executive Adam M. Roberts, whose group funded the expedition, said in a statement.  “With lion numbers in steep decline across most of the African continent, the discovery of previously unconfirmed populations is hugely important – especially in Ethiopia, whose government is a significant conservation ally,” he said. “We need to do all we can to protect these animals and the ecosystem on which they depend, along with all the other remaining lions across Africa, so we can reverse the declines and secure their future.

Buffalo Hunting in Mozambique

Last hunt of the season - a 'group buffalo hunt' in Coutarda 11, Mozambique with Zambeze Delta Safaris.  The hunting was hard and hot, very hot!  The outcome:  Five Cape Buffalo, Blue Duiker, Red Duiker, 2 Red Hartebeest, Suni, Warthog, Waterbuck, Bushpig, Nyala and Reedbuck.  Great hunting, great camaraderie - hunters were Andy Duncan, Sam Broinovski, Ian Head and Brian Watson.

Plains Game hunting in South Africa

Repeat client Mario Mori once again hunted with Tshipise Safaris in South Africa.  This was Mario's third hunt and his first time at a new concession. The game was plentiful and the hunting exceptional.  He certainly made the most of his opportunities taking Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Blesbuck and perhaps the highlight - an exceptionally large bodied Eland.

 

Trekking with Mountain Gorillas

Cheryl Yeats and Christine Coles had a fabulous time trekking with the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda and touring Tanzania.  The many highlight included seeing two river crossings with hundreds of Wildebeest and Zebra, a flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon and the fabulous accommodation provided by &Beyond.

Combining bird shooting and game hunting

Repeat client Tom Tweedie made the most of his hunting opportunities in 2015.  Firstly a plains game hunt with Tshipise Safaris in South Africa which was closely followed by a bird shoot with African Safari Trials in Namibia.  Plains game taken - Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Red Hartebeest, Blesbuck and Bushbuck.  He also took a Warthog in Namibia along with plentiful doves, guinea fowl

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