Newsletter 31

Dear Hunting Friends

Welcome to the 2014 hunting season with Take Aim Safaris, we wish you all the best for the hunting season ahead. Please contact me if you are considering a big game hunt in South Africa or Zimbabwe, we have quota and prime hunting dates available on most big game in top concessions in both countries.

The trophy elephant bull hunting season in the Gonarezhou Safari area has started, our first elephant hunt of the season started on the 14-02-2014 as I write this newsletter it is the clients second hunting day, this morning the 16-02-2014 our client shot this beautiful elephant bull with tusks in the 55 to 60 lbs range, this bull was shot at around 8 AM in the morning.

Newsletter 31 Elephant

This second elephant was shot on the 17 -02-2014 also in the Gonarezhou Safari, similar to the above elephant this bull was also shot in the early morning daytime hours, this bull looks to me to be in the 85 to 90 pound range. My partners in the Gonarezhou tell me that they have not seen such good elephant movement for years as they are currently seeing. Those of you that are interested in a trophy elephant bull hunt please pack your bags and email me.

Newsletter 31 Elephant 2

I recently read these three reasons to book your hunting trip now and thought I might share them with you:

  1. Price
  2. Physical ability
  3. Memories

A good way to consider when to book. It is true that prices are going up on big game hunting especially in Zimbabwe since Botswana and Zambia closed for hunting and Mozambique having problems of it’s own, these facts place hunt booking pressure on Zimbabwe (and other hunting countries) as there is only limited quota available.

South African buffalo and lion hunts are going up too not to mention elephant prices in SA that have gone through the roof. If you are planning to book an African big game hunt I suggest you do so soon even if your hunt is not for this year.

This magnificent leopard was shot by a client with Take Aim Safaris PH Robbie Guthrie, this leopard was shot late last season.

Newsletter 31 Leopard

Robbie Guthrie the PH that guided this leopard hunt has successfully guided over 50 confirmed kill leopard hunts, over a hundred buffalo and elephant and the list goes on and on, a more experienced African PH at 40 years of age as Robbie is is a rare find. Robbie is a career PH and has been guiding big game hunts for the last 20 years, he did an apprenticeship in Zimbabwe under the hunting industry legends Zimbabwean Meyer family and Talmage Alexander.

Robbie is going to be offering another series of his big game hunting school in Musina South Africa on one of his big game concession properties using the hunting lodge as participant accommodation. This is a big game course I can highly recommend to any clients from anywhere in the world that are considering a big game hunt in Africa this will be a 10 day course and is limited to a maximum of 6 persons on the course at one time. The course will cover all aspects of big game hunting including but not limited to: Calibre selection, shot placement, tracking, following up wounded animals, what to do and were to shoot when in a dangerous situation, camouflage, bush survival, fly camping, blind/hide construction, blind/hide placement, bait placements, doing bait drags, open sight shooting and scoped rifle shooting plus 4×4 recovery. Robbie is also a big game bow hunting expert for those of you that bow hunt this course is also for you. This will be an outdoor course teaching practical/relevant skills to African big game hunting.

Having known Robbie for many years and booked many successful hunts for my clients through Robbie, I can recommend his big game hunting school to you with confidence, if you are client considering a big game hunt yourself and wanting to get more confidence or a PH wanting to get big game experience don’t miss this opportunity. For more information contact me.

Many thanks for reading and passing on my newsletter to your hunting friends.

Hunters best wishes

Carl Knight