Newsletter - September 2017

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

Dear friends

The 2017 hunting season has been great so far. A lot of top quality trophy animals has been taken and wonderful times around the camp fire was experienced! Although the rainy season is not yet upon us and the grass remains brown the animals are in good condition.

 

In this newsletter:

  • Monster Kudu taken in Swaziland
  • Big Mountain Reedbuck taken on Harloo
  • Poaching on Harloo
  • Weather conditions
  • End of the 2017 hunting season
  • Great new deals on cull and management hunts

Enjoy!

Yours Sincerely

Edmond Rouillard (outfitter)

1. Monster Kudu taken in Swaziland

In our previous newsletter we mentioned that we have a new concession area in Swaziland which hasn’t been hunted for 7 years. This concession area has excellent Kudu, Nyala and other game like Impala and Grey Duiker. In late August we hunted this Monster Kudu of 58 and 2/8 inch Kudu on the area as well as a 4.5 inch Grey Duiker. 

This is on top of a 54” and 56” kudu that we took there earlier this year!

2. Harloo also provided some excellent Mountain Reedbuck this August.

The Rowland ward minimum for Mountain Reedbuck is 6 7/8 inches. Two were taken in August 2017 which were over 7 inches – and should easily make SCI gold!

3.  Poachers entered again.

 

Since the previous incident in December 2016 poaching was very quiet. 

On 7th July 2017 my Game Guards patrolling the fence line saw activity and people crossing the fence from Swaziland to Harloo. They also picked up an empty shell from a shotgun. Because of all our previous incidents he immediately knew that Swazi Poachers were going to hassle us again. 

We decided to put up a base camp on Harloo, close to the Swazi Border in the vicinity where they usually enter – in order to do night patrols. 

On the 18th July 2017 my Game Guards called me per radio at around 21H00 and told me that they saw a light, and that I must come and help. 

We approached them quietly in pitch darkness with my Flir night vision, until we were very close and that was when I shined my light on them. 

I saw a guy with an impala on his back. He started screaming and threw the impala to the ground while he started running. The other guy then shot at us from a distance and we shot back in self-defence. On the scene we found a single-shot shotgun, an empty shotgun cartridge, cane knife a light and the Impala that was shot. The reason for this incident is most probably hunger, as the people in the  area has lost hundreds of cattle and goats due to the prolonged and severe drought. But I don’t think they will easily consider a take away at Harloo again in the near future!

The Carcass of the Impala retrieved from the poacher.

4. Weather conditions

Since May 14 we haven’t had any rain. The veld is dry and food are scares but the animal’s condition is still good. We need rain urgently or we are going to experience the same disaster than last year this time. Unfortunately we have no choice than to start feeding the animals. We are expecting our first rain in October which is still a long ways out. We haven’t lost a single animal yet because of this drought but if it was not for us feeding it would have been a different story.

5. End of the 2017 season

Harloo Safaris have one more hunt left and then it will be the end of our season. This season has been good for us and we are truly thankful for the good business. We would like to use this opportunity to thank each and everybody that contributed to Harloo’ s success weather you hunted with us long ago or just recently. The money you spend on safari with us contribute hugely to game management, conservation, farm maintenance and providing work for 15 people.

6. Great new deals on hunts at Harloo!

Please visit our website for our all new specials on hunts.

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 $430 pppd, 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 $70 000 in South Africa for 40 – 60 pound bulls and very scarce.
First come basis . Limited numbers available. 
Usual stuff what is in or excluded. 
 

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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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 2017 SEASON

1. Choose any 6 species or 6 animals in total: Grey Duiker, Warthog , Impala, Blesbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu and Nyala 
2. Daily rate for 2 hunters, 2:1 hunt, 10 days, 9 nights in camp. 
3. Grand Total for all above worth approx. $14 000. 
4. 2016 Special price is $8 990 for the lot, daily rates and trophy fees included. 
5. This amounts to nearly 35% discount! 
6. 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. 

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