As we look back at the past month I have to remind myself that this is only the end of April. The first Kudu bulls have barely started following the cows, and the early mornings are slowly but surely requiring longs – it seems it’s time to pack away the shorts until September. In saying this I find myself excited to report back on the month of April, not only to relay the news of the exciting hunts that were enjoyed by all, but also anticipating that which lies ahead. Who wouldn’t be excited about the start of the rut and the return of many old friends in May?
Glancing through the various hunters’ albums it is rewarding to see our management efforts coming together. An ambitious principal was formulated into a plan some ten years ago, one which would see a new vision on areas, game numbers, and quota management. I’m glad to report that the vision is starting to mature into something even greater than we ever imagined.
Like with all visions it takes a team of strong individuals to enforce an agreed ideal, for this I’d like to thank my team of professional hunters and trusty trackers. What these guys have achieved and keep achieving on a daily basis is nothing short of remarkable. The results speak for themselves on the quality of trophies hitting the salt, but the effort on educating our hunters on what we’re trying to achieve, and ensuring their buy in, is what they need to be commended on.
As you look over the results of the past month, you’ll understand what I’m referring to. The quality of trophies will be mind-blowing at times, while the reports from our hunters have left not only Trish and I, but our entire team, speechless.
Part 1 – Early April….
The Reunion Tour
Brett Nelson has been an integral part of John X Safaris’ success over the past fifteen years. This year he was back again for hunt # 9, he brought along his girlfriend, Gina, and some old buddies of ours from Maryland. It was a reunion…. 12 years in the making.
On this particular hunt, Brett stepped aside for the most part, giving Gina her first taste of Africa. She took in every moment, enjoying the fun along the way while being an extremely lucky hunter too.