The past 10 days saw Paul Brisso and good friends, Steve and Lisa Dahmer, on safari with John X Safaris in the Eastern Cape.
Both Steve and Paul had previously hunted in Namibia, but neither men had ever hunted in South Africa and had certainly never hunted any of the terrain or variety of species that the East Cape has to offer. For Lisa it was to be her first trip to Africa – and what a dream first trip it turned out to be.
Paul, Steve, and Lisa were joined by Professional Hunters, Carl van Zijl and Juan MacDonald, together with their trackers, Boy and Steven. The guys were set to do most of the hunting, while Lisa was along for the experience and would end up doing a bit of hunting herself too.
Paul, together with Carl and Boy, were on the hunt for Nyala from our Coastal Area. Nyala and Lechwe were Paul’s priorities on his hunt and we were set to hunt hard in order to achieve above average trophies on both these species.
The following day saw Steve and Lisa on the hunt for Nyala too. Nyala was a big priority for Steve, together with anything else outstanding. Paul and Carl headed out in search of Lechwe.
That evening was spent around the bar sharing in the camaraderie and excitement of the many stories from the days adventures. The hunters were enjoying themselves and there was so much still to come…
Steve was still on the hunt for Nyala. They were spotting bulls, but nothing that took their fancy.
While Paul was enjoying the worlds luck, we knew it was only a matter of time before Steve got lucky.
When Steve first told Lisa about their hunt to John X Safaris, he had asked her what the one trophy was that she wanted to hunt most of all. Without hesitation she said the biggest one possible! It was therefore agreed at the outset, that if we could find a really good Cape Eland, Lisa would be the first to give it a go.
Paul having enjoyed the pleasure of joining Lisa on her Eland hunt was ready to get back out hunting himself. The excitement was literally infectious.
Back south saw Steve pushing hard at trying to find the Kudu that had gotten away, and Paul was pretty much done hunting for this trip.