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Dewbridge

It's archery deer and turkey season here in Arizona right now. What's up in South Africa this time of year?

Not that I have the money for it, but what is the best time to go for a Greater Kudu (?).

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Dewbridge

Our open hunting season is generally from May to July, so is now sadly passed for this year. There are however animals that are not restricted to this season. One of the most common and popular is the Warthog. Not as regal as the Kudu, but can present a challenging hunt, a good trophy and succulent and tender meat, good for roasts, barbeque and casserole alike. Other species not restricted are Impala, Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest and all introduced species, like Zebra.

Although hunting season is officially over, much hunting can still be done on ranches with a Certificate of Adequate Enclosure. This certificate allows the ranch owner to manage the game on his ranch and hunting is not restricted to seasons. This system makes it possible for the hunter to hunt at any time of the year. Obviously the hot summer days are not as pleasant as the cooler ones, so May through October are generally the best months.

For Kudu, May - June would be the best, especially if you are a bowhunter. It is so much easier to sneak up on a large fellow during the rut when he has other things on his mind...

Affordability? Most goals are attainable if you put your mind to it... Some just take a little longer to reach than others.

Happy hunting.

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Dewbridge

Hi Dewbridge,

Quick question. Has the constant media coverage of Zimbabwe's unrest had an effect on business travel (hunting/outdoors) to South Africa? I realize both of these regions are seperate, but both countries do share a small border.

Just thought I would ask, since you are a lot closer than what gets printed in the papers and played on the TV over here.

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Although Zimbabwe is geographically not close to us in the Eastern Cape, sharing a continent automatically groups us together to some extent. Intended hunters have expressed reservations considering the political climate in Zimbabwe, especially as our government has seemed to condone the activities by it's silence.

We have, however, found that the impact has not been as considerable as after 9/11, when there was a noticable drop in visitors, especially from USA.

Eastern Cape, South Africa, is still the best place to hunt : safe, great variety and abundance of game, great people!

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Hi Dewbridge,

Thanks for the info, I was just curious if the Zimbabwe situation had been an issue for you. Good to hear that it has not had as much effect as 9/11, I'm sure that was a considerable drop in business.

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On 2002-08-26 16:09, Dewbridge wrote:
Our open hunting season is generally from May to July, so is now sadly passed for this year. There are however animals that are not restricted to this season. One of the most common and popular is the Warthog. Not as regal as the Kudu, but can present a challenging hunt, a good trophy and succulent and tender meat, good for roasts, barbeque and casserole alike. Other species not restricted are Impala, Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest and all introduced species, like Zebra.

Although hunting season is officially over, much hunting can still be done on ranches with a Certificate of Adequate Enclosure. This certificate allows the ranch owner to manage the game on his ranch and hunting is not restricted to seasons. This system makes it possible for the hunter to hunt at any time of the year. Obviously the hot summer days are not as pleasant as the cooler ones, so May through October are generally the best months.

For Kudu, May - June would be the best, especially if you are a bowhunter. It is so much easier to sneak up on a large fellow during the rut when he has other things on his mind...

Affordability? Most goals are attainable if you put your mind to it... Some just take a little longer to reach than others.

Happy hunting.

I recently booked & went on a Buffalo hunt in South Africa.When I was picked up at the
airport I was informed I wasn't going to hunt in the area I had paid to hunt. I had wanted to
hunt a specific concession . Are there any rules that protect a client from this happening ?
are there any government agency where I can lodge a complant?

[ This Message was edited by: tomroush on 2002-10-08 22:59 ]

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Dewbridge

Yes there is. You can file a complaint with PHASA at phasa@pixie.co.za or call them on +2712 663 2417.

Whilst I live in SA and am also a registered PH here (also other african countries) it is not the best place in Africa to hunt any dangerous game. Next time you go, I would recommend Tanzania, Mozambique or Cameroon..
Preferably Tanzania. Prices there can be as cheap as SA and you're hunting true wilderness areas rather than within fences.

If you would like further details or to discuss it further please e-mail me at shakari@mweb.co.za