Last Hunt of 2017

We had the privilege of hunting with Mark and Todd for one day looking for Zebra and Red Hartebeest. We headed to our one Coastal Concession and the search was on.

After passing quite a few groups of Zebra we selected one and the hunt was on. Mark made a great shot and the Zebra was down.

The Red Hartebeest we hunted on a neighbouring property as there are large groups found on that property so with limited time we were more guaranteed to get one there. After a few stalks and walks we saw some Red Hartebeest and made our way to them. They were in a great stalking position however there were many eyes around as well which called for us to leopard crawl the last 10 to 15m to get into position.

The Bull we wanted was quartering away and Mark was comfortable and ready to shoot. Mark placed a great shot placement and the bull ran off. We found him about 40m away lying hidden in a clump of bushes.

With the light starting to go down we took a last drive and a walk hoping we could bump into a warthog or two but the light had the better of us.

It was a successful one day hunt with Mark and Todd and even though it was a one day hunt it ended up with us making some great new friends along the way.

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Hunt Report September 2018

LJ Hunting Safaris, what can I say?

Warmly welcomed as guests and very much left as friends. A first-class experience from beginning to end. Juan and Lauren make a fantastic and unstoppable team on every aspect of the trip. Both are professional hunters and seasoned hosts. From the smallest catering details to a hunting experience I believe to be second to none.

The lodge was simply stunning, and the staff were all hugely helpful, friendly and attentive to our every need. As sole guests of our hosts the trip and agenda were highly tailored to our individual requests and expectations. The food was fantastic and Laurens team created a highly relaxed lodge environment.

The hunting grounds are vast, picturesque and bountiful in more game species than I can possibly remember. The hunting opportunities are plentiful with game species of the highest quality on ground that is very well managed.

Juan is an exceptional guide and a hell of a nice bloke! It’s an education in itself, walking and stalking in the bush with him. He has been doing it since he was a small boy and it shows. Animal and track identification, bird calls and long-range game spotting. Its all part of it!

We left with both exceptional trophies and memories to last a lifetime but that won’t stop us returning to hunt with these guys again. Africa gets under your skin and we are already planning the next trip for 2020!

Its been a delight guys and we wish you all the best for the rest of the season, Happy Hunting!

Iain

June 2018

We met Doug and Dawn last year and since then we have been planning a 2018 hunt. Doug’s two sons, JD and Job (pronounced Jobe), arrived a few days before and stayed with us to get some work experience in South Africa. We took JD and Job hunting early mornings and late afternoons to look for a Bushbuck each. On the first morning, we sat and watched the sun’s rays starting to lighten up a hill where Job and Lauren sat glassing for a male Bushbuck in a prime hunting area on the farm, while JD and Juan went for a walk to glass and spot other prime hunting areas. An hour later they spotted a beautiful ram sunning himself and they started their stalk. Once in position the Bushbuck still stood face on enjoying the warmth of the African sun after a bitterly cold night. After approximately 20mins he stepped out into a clearing and gave JD an opportunity. JD made a great shot with a 300 win mag at 120 yards. Job and Lauren had seen quite a lot at their spot but mainly female Bushbuck and Common Duiker. It was time to relocate. It was not 10mins and a sneaky big bodied Bushbuck ram walked quickly through an opening from one bush to another. Job got ready and patiently waited. The next minute the ram appeared below us on the opposite slope but he did not stop and kept walking. He came into perfect shooting range but as sneaky Bushbuck are, he gave us a few seconds before disappearing and no shot was taken. In between hunting early mornings and late afternoons JD and Job assisted with building a viewing deck as well as watched some game capture that was happening.
Later that afternoon we went to hunt and hoping it was going to be Job’s turn but unfortunately no such luck. The last morning that we had to hunt and try get a Bushbuck was all that was left. Lauren and Job sat again glassing areas, Juan went for a walk to cover other areas and spot for Bushbuck. Almost 2 hours went by when Juan radioed and said “I see two rams”. Job and Lauren as quick as they could got to Juan, the one Bushbuck had disappeared and the second one was slowly making his way towards the thicket. Job got on the sticks and was ready to shoot the minute the Bushbuck gave us a good shot. Juan shouted, the Bushbuck stopped and Job made a great shot. The Bushbuck was down and we were all thrilled that our luck and time had paid off. This was Job’s first African Animal. Dawn and the rest of the family were renting a house just outside the local town, Kenton on Sea. The ladies enjoyed spa treatments, walks on the beautiful beaches and some shopping. Doug arrived a few days after everyone. We moved to our Coastal Concession Hunting Camp and on the cards to look for were Bushbuck, Warthog, Impala, Blesbuck, to name a few. Jason, Doug’s son in law, was first up and a Bushbuck was spotted far off in the distance. The stalk started and with much luck the Bushbuck was not far from the spot where he was first seen. Jason made a great shot and this became his first African animal to hunt. The next morning Godwin, Doug’s youngest son, made a great shot on a Blesbuck at approximately 100 yards. This too was his first African Animal. It is always such a wonderful feeling when you get to experience someone shooting their first African animal.
The elusive Sable that we don’t often see was spotted while Lauren and the kids were out hunting for Warthog. Juan was radioed and Doug wanted to have a look as he was a little interested in a Sable. They walked and stalked closer to the Sable as we had spotted him far off in the distance. Once we got closer, Doug made his decision and the final stalk was on. The Sable was a very wary and got ‘spooked’, he ran a short distance and stopped, giving Doug a few seconds to place his shot. The big beautiful Sable was down. All of Doug’s children stalked with him and were present on this hunt for a magnificence animal. That made it extra special.  
Jason shot a beautiful Impala and Job shot a cull Warthog. After only 3 days of hunting we got to shoot some beautiful trophies that were thoroughly enjoyed by all.   Looking forward to hunting with you all again soon!

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REEDBUCK SLAM

We have 2 of the following packages for this year and can be booked for next year. These animals will be hunted in two different areas and other species can be added of our price list and extra days can be added as well.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

1x Common Reedbuck
1x Mountain Reedbuck
1x Vaal Rhebuck

Total package price: $ 5500.00 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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CULL HUNT PACKAGE

Hunt will take place on a property where numbers need to get reduced. This package is available for this year (2018).

6 days total 5 days hunting

Animals included in package:

5 Impala
5 Mountain Reedbuck
5 Red Hartebeest
3 Warthog

Total package price: $ 4900 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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CULL HUNT EASTERN CAPE

We have some cull animals for 2018 and have put some packages together. Trophy animals can be added on request if anyone wants to do a bit of culling and shoot one or two different trophies. Possibly a chance to combine the more special antelope like Bushbuck, Vaal Rhebuck, Common Reedbuck, Blue Duiker with some cull animals.

The property has large numbers of all the species that needs to get culled so we will be shooting big numbers per day.

8 days total 7 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

15 Impala
10 Mountain Reedbuck
5 Red Hartebeest
5 Common Blesbuck
5 Warthog

Total Package price for 1x1: $ 8200 US
Total package price for 2x1: $ 10 000 US ( $ 5000 US per hunter)

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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KAROO HUNT

We have the following hunt available for 2018 in the karoo.

Property is over 50 000 acres in size one property so completely wild hunt, big populations of animals some species exceeding 1000 animals per species.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

Kudu x1
Gemsbuck x1
Impala x1
Common Springbuck x1
Black Springbuck x1
White Springbuck x1
Common Blesbuck x1
White Blesbuck x1

Total package price: $ 8000 US

Included in package:

All trophies in package
All accommodation while on safari
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Trophies shipping cost to final destination.
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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BUSHBUCK DREAM HUNT

This package excites me as Bushbuck is one of my favorite animals to hunt, come join us on safari along the coast of the Eastern Cape in the heart of Bushbuck country for this hunt.

7 days total 6 days hunting.

Animals included in package:

1x Kudu
1x Burchells Zebra
1x Impala
1x Common Duiker
2x Cape Bushbuck

Total package price $ 6500.00 US

Add a third bushbuck for $ 500 US

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees are payable for wounded and lost animals

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BUDDY HUNT

We have some space left for this year and next. Thought it would be nice to put a package out with options.

Hunting will take place at the karoo concession (50 000+) acres for first few days and then we will move to the coastal area, smaller areas varying from 2000-20 000 acres.

Package will be for two hunters hunting 1x1

7 days total 6 days hunting

Animals as follows:

Pick two animals per hunter:

Kudu, Gemsbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Zebra

Pick one animal per hunter:

Bushbuck, White Springbuck, Black Springbuck, Black Wildebeest

Pick two animals per hunter:

Impala, Common Springbuck, Common Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Blesbuck, Warthog

Total package price: $ 12 000 US
($ 6000 US per hunter)

Included in package:

All animals in package
All accommodation
All South African beverages in moderation
Daily laundry services
All roads travelled during the hunt
Service of Professional hunter and skinner
Skinning and field preparation of trophies
Rilfle if needed

Not Included:

All flights
Non hunting activities
Imported spirits
Taxidermy work
Ammunition

Note: full fees is payable for wounded and lost animals

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May Second Hunt Report 2017

Randy hunted with us in May this year and his main animal he wanted was an Oribi.

Oribi are indigenous to the coastal belt of the Eastern Cape, they are also found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and small populations persist in the north eastern Free State and Swaziland. This little antelope looks a lot larger in size out in the veld compared to once you have shot one, reason for this is they have a long, slender neck and legs.

The first afternoon we took our time and spotted/glassed a lot to observe the Oribi and to be very selective in the Oribi that we were wanting to shoot. We did not get one that afternoon. The very next morning we arrived at the Coastal property and there was mist everywhere. As much as this was a disadvantage it worked as a brilliant advantage to us as well by helping us to stalk and get in position without being noticed by the many eyes around. Once we were in position the mist started to lift, however the ram we wanted to shoot was lying down so we waited for him to make his move and get up.

Out of the blue the ram and his ewe jumped up and took off. Why we have no idea, and just like that our stalk and patient waiting was gone with him running over the hill. Juan told Randy that we must just stay in position as the Oribi are very territorial and could make their way back to us. As he completed that sentence here came two rams running back over the hill to us… With a few discussions and contemplating the correct ram was identified and put in the cross hairs. As soon as he gave Randy the opportunity to get a shot in he was down.

The next few days we hunted Warthog culls and a cull Red Hartebeest. We tried our luck to hunt a free range Bushbuck on a property near to the lodge but luck was not on our side for this day.

All in all we had a fantastic hunt with Randy and hope to hunt with him again soon as he is wanting to complete his Tiny 10 list…

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Randy hunted with us in May this year and his main animal he wanted was an Oribi.

Oribi are indigenous to the coastal belt of the Eastern Cape, they are also found in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, and small populations persist in the north eastern Free State and Swaziland. This little antelope looks a lot larger in size out in the veld compared to once you have shot one, reason for this is they have a long, slender neck and legs.

The first afternoon we took our time and spotted/glassed a lot to observe the Oribi and to be very selective in the Oribi that we were wanting to shoot. We did not get one that afternoon. The very next morning we arrived at the Coastal property and there was mist everywhere. As much as this was a disadvantage it worked as a brilliant advantage to us as well by helping us to stalk and get in position without being noticed by the many eyes around. Once we were in position the mist started to lift, however the ram we wanted to shoot was lying down so we waited for him to make his move and get up.

Out of the blue the ram and his ewe jumped up and took off. Why we have no idea, and just like that our stalk and patient waiting was gone with him running over the hill. Juan told Randy that we must just stay in position as the Oribi are very territorial and could make their way back to us. As he completed that sentence here came two rams running back over the hill to us… With a few discussions and contemplating the correct ram was identified and put in the cross hairs. As soon as he gave Randy the opportunity to get a shot in he was down.

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Review – Stephen 2017

The Prelude ​

Around Sept 2016 started chatting with Juan and Lauren on Africa Hunting

Found them to be very knowledge and quickly established what we wanted

Yes guys the Blonde was coming ……..

A busy 8 day cull hunt – inland then down to the shore – so 2 hunts in one with very different terrain

The pricing was fair actually better than fair – and plans were set dates agreed

Then a mention of a Giraffe that had to come off one of the properties ….a very fair price was agreed –

Then what to do with the skin – living as we do in Iceland in Igloos (apartments but don’t tell the tourists ) of a massive 100m2 with the love of my life – and the Blonde !!!!!! (Husky comes first )

Anyhow what to do with the skin – carpet a bedroom – this was left to be decided

The Pickup ​

As we were finishing up some other business we decided to meet in Grahamstown at a certain butchers – where I have been asked to leave because of my consumption of Biltong ….. Yep I can live on that stuff !

Lauren and Juan arrived at 11am depriving me of my usual biltong thefts

After a short 2 hr drive much discussion about Africa and hunting etc

We arrive at the amazing lodge – this place is off the register – it is a primary breeding farm of 40k hectares with the usual accompaniment of all the African species – and some very special cape buff bulls – why I cannot tell exactly where it is ! But suffice to say the level of trust they have in Juan and Lauren is amazing

Again the level of trust they placed in The Blonde and myself – respect

Also some White or vied Rhino on the estate which made stalking more interesting !

Zero the Rifles​

Rifles worked – the Blonde shot better than me – but moving swiftly along

As the day was still young – let’s try a few Impala – our list was extensive for cull animals

So off we went – The Blonde claimed first blood 180 m dropped to the shot with her Swedish Varberger 7×64 –

So I am up next another easy shot at 150 in the fridge

The Blonde finished the day @ 200 on an Impala

Off to dinner ​

Dinner was amazing cooked by one of the lodge managers – Kim also a qualified PH

After one two three – whatever beers – we slept in the lodge which could be described as palicial …

Well living in an igloo ….. It was amazing

Breakfast the next morning was the usual fare – rusks coffee and lets go hunting – back on Impala detail a busy morning saw 5 in the fridge – we split up so became a boys against the girls team

We were doomed to failure ……… but optimistically believed we would win ,

On our way back to the lodge Juan spotted a old bushbuck – he was on the way out – skinny and the flies already put the word out –

So a quick stalk and relieved him of his troubles !

My first bushbuck ​

Afternoon was back on Impala with success – OK the girls won – even with the bushbuck which as an act of kindness rather than hunting

HONOUR had to be restored – after another amazing dinner and beer plans were laid for the Giraffe.

My first actually- how hard can it be ? They are six metres tall and and and and

The morning – I must admit I was slightly nervous – I have culled maybe 250 African plains game ,,, but never a giraffe – plus my 8mm was playing up and my double 318 WR were both out of commission one requiring a new barrel the other the scope mounts had come loose before the trip .

So as I was using a 7mm rem mag – thought a little underpowered for Giraffe

Anyhow borrowed a 300 win mag and after a zero check let’s drop a giraffe!

Now as Stefanno was the lodge manager a professional hunter sometime the previous night after the beer and the Klipdrift (brandy) it was decided he would guide me as he knew access roads and the estate intimately, having been manager there for five years

So a 27 year old is looking at old grey beard with 50 within a year thinking he is drinking like an Irishman should and we are walking after a Giraffe… Tomorrow will be interesting

Well after two hours I am bumping him up the hill towards the giraffe

Husky walking – makes you tough !!!!!!!!

– trying to get him on an access road – finally a shot on his neck @ 200 m I Missed – I don’t know but a miss

The bull moved and offered a perfect frontal chest shot facing me so I took it dropping two bullets in there … that had an effect

He wheeled and after a spirited walk up another hill … had a perfect neck shot as he slowed – with suppressor on the rifle I could maintain sight picture – as I was gripping that rifle like the holy grail !!!!!!!!

Guys seriously you have to do this – it’s like dynamiting a building straight down –

The Blonde who was up the valley on the bakkie with the rest of the crew had a side on view

Juan later said his legs were in the air his ass on the ground before his head hit the ground

A quick 200m trot and we were where he fell dead as hope !

After a couple of pictures the recovery crew came in 700kgs of meat and the skin – more about the skin later

We decided to take an early one after that ….. So over a beer – not only had I completely won Stefannos respect as I could walk – 17km as the counter would tell later …….. Well the Love of my life we walk 10k each and every day !!!!!!!! (Husky )

Juan had done a deal on the skin to a taxidermist for a full body mount for a client – He was an amazing bull..

Juan told me what he would receive and removed that from the trophy price – as I had told him I did not want the skin – a honesty I appreciated ……..

And have been promised photos of the finished mount !!!!! AMAZING

I did however keep the forelegs (shins ) for knife handles so he will always be with me !!!!!

So an amazing day – one I hope to repeat again with the double rifle !!!!!!

The last day before the move to the coast

Sometime in the previous night Zebra were mentioned ….I had a vague memory the next morning over rusks and coffee …. Then let’s go hunt Zebra apparently the owner had promised some skins from the very overpopulated herd of Zebra to a friend – as we had (the boys) lost on the numbers but won on the kgs of meat we got !!!!!!! a final day for a Zebra each would work –

A difficult stalk and the dominant stallion quartering on … it did the Zebra sneer “take him “ was all I heard … With Juan’s excellent advice on shot placement the 7mm rem mag barked and he thumped …. A 10m run and he was down and gone.

The Blonde pulled an amazing shot on a quartering away zebra and our cull was finished – time to move to the coast !!!!!!!

Well what a suprise dinner was Giraffe fillet and some Buff on the same plate –

A fitting end to the first half of the hunt

To be continued ….