Most of you will recall the stories and daily diary entries of Paul Brisso and Professional Hunter, Carl van Zyl, on their recent hunt to Mozambique during September this year. A hunt like no other and an adventure that one could only dream about. From close calls with Buffalo in the swamps to Chobe Bushbuck on the pans, countless Red Duiker and Livingstone Suni in the forest, to hundreds of Reedbuck on the floodplain. That was our adventure.
But like most things in life, even in paradise things are not always as rosy as they seem…
“Day 9 – September 18 – A sad day….”
“Yes, today was a sad day. We had hunted so hard for a good Sable. Our efforts had come up short on numerous occasions, but we continued on knowing our luck would turn sooner rather than later. It had to come.
When it came, it came with anger, disappointment, and a sense of loss. It sucked every emotion out of the entire team. Hollowness engulfed us as we watched the magnificence of such a majestic animal ……so helpless.
He didn’t deserve this. To be caught in a poachers gin trap. He had given so much more to the world he lived in, his mere existence was more than we could have asked for. Hunters had ensured the sustainability of him and his kind, poachers had robbed both us and him of a fair contest.”
At the time of the hunt serious discussions and planning was taking place from the depths of the Zambezi Delta to the furthermost corners of the world, and by the time we publishing the above story, we had made a commitment to Mark Haldane and his anti-poaching team fighting the daily battle in Coutada 11, Mozambique.
Since then we’ve been extremely busy. An eager team led by Mark Haldane, and the support of many around him, have succeeded in launching arguable the greatest private anti-poaching drive in the history of Mozambique. This fundraiser promises to be something worth following – history is in the making.
Auction items include rifles by Blaser and Craig Boddington’s Ruger Number One .450/.400-3″, taxidermy, shipping, and video donations. Hunts ranging from a 10 Day Buffalo Hunt in the Zambezi Delta, an Australian Javan Rusa Deer hunt, a White Tail hunt guided by Craig Boddington in Kansas, and of course as promised, John X Safaris has come on board, donating a specialized East Cape plains game hunt. Then there’s also a fishing trip to Costa Rica, and of course a couple of fun dinner date donations too.
We urge you to come onboard and join the cause. Stand up as hunters and be counted!
For those who have never experienced the Zambezi Delta, and those that want to be a part of this amazing initiative, watch the below message from Mark…..
And hit the link to support the drive http://www.zambezedeltaantipoaching.com/
It’s a cause well worth supporting and one we hold close to the heart.
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