Newsletter for 2013 hunting season

Outside it is raining for the first time in many months; we had 19 mm for October, which makes it the driest spring in several years. Although the habitat in our Mkhunyane Reserve is in fairly good condition due to last season's good rains, we hope our main rains will come soon. I am sitting and pondering about the past season's hunting, which was long, we hunted non-stop from middle March until last week. While busy hunting it seemed that the season will never end but again it passed in the blink of an eye (and we are all one year older!). We were blessed with an exceptional year and again had the opportunity to hunt with old friends and meet new hunting friends from all over Europe.

Our season kicked off with an Elephant hunt in the Umbabat game reserve outside Kruger National Park's western boundary. It is one of the few areas where free ranging Elephant can be hunted in our country. The hunt went well and we hunted a 40 pounder on the second day (which is the maximum allowed here in this privately owned reserve). We saw many bulls in the area.

April began with a hunt by 2 South African meat hunters and they took 3 Blesbuck and 7 Impala. We also had an American hunter from another outfitter that took a Kudu bull and a Common Reedbuck ram in one day.

We thereafter hosted 3 hunters from Bulgaria accompanied by Robert Atanassof. The hunt started in the Kalahari where they hunted a big male lion and 2 lionesses. One of the lionesses kept us walking and tracking from sun-up to sunset and the client literally shot it in the last 10 minutes of daylight. We were all very dehydrated. The hunter Georgios Nikolaides (a Greek living in Bulgaria) was very fit and could really walk far; otherwise this hunt would not have been successful. He is really a hunter at heart. The male lion was located at a water hole and died with a heart shot which collapsed it after 20 meters, and the other lioness was shot at bait.

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Georgios Nikolaides and lioness                           Blagovest Stoykov and Lion