East African Professional Hunters Association, Records

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East African Professional Hunters Association, Records
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Records of the East African Professional Hunters Association (EAPHA)
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KFRICAU IUBTThIG SAFARI 1964 4C /- I C
John 3B. Whittod




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-1I r' Cnr iald b Mtxico City. We are at.
5 m L- .? ..*.JX.rp*tt~ ~gox dcwn to ,.out 65k an during

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C, IM .-i../ t crng up Mnadtiy ihen we w tip. to lavo
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..p b ....^ c. -. C: -ly^ ^ w tinlly 'uchecad round -nd gt ezvo -r
Uhc, and-iVng o'yjd -i Th 1/h in trod of the 15th of June.. and we go to
^ 0 1 a. Un I >^ tlhs ctzwp wa: boing pufe together,
M. f'-f *cr^. /L< -J T W~wd ith the wo gun bea-ans fo r cm
T t Z- hi 4V2L0 U meat &c wc. go along. Wie go onel Haebe e at-
rwiy tjk ..1 czrp MecIT, ZnAC 300 that startAd the day.
ing on uA> Tu.d-y ifLghLt and with me of cQOu5se is my
*hy Y- t . d p of vihit hant, Mr. Goff C Lawenee-Brmn I *
1 'L. -,r him, but inh!. bcs I cnai do is to ask Mr. lawrence-Brown
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P>:rik^^jI I &a' if thi4 ca, but I let t him e cajy thatA 3atcmaenfLe The only
^inc 1 A,-d I k :.y U; thhe It am athar prcud to bc on this safari wiih
T ]iM1- 'd. t ide r- t.n ou bs% tmnding spor-:f'SM, a goed tryate and an
rMn -".1 an pa f. nd girat pacvbn 2c. Today, for .Inmransce, we came through
: Kf ^ca-t I-id have had many people undl.r' the same circumstances
wrns no.'u, gob zap' b'~n thwir'lve s a:-ound and use pr-ofane language whereas
-.1 Mr-t Ki.-.t d db a wi> handkerchief about and say "shoo" to the
f -in ; nicwt grat Jy Eaannv'r I is scscthtng I wasn" t doing myself, anyway.
A now 3 a w;i p.. yc-u L.cbk A> !4r4 Whitbed because I am urc he wmiould like to tell
Y/. :C 14Y-t hi h4.n2. e^d th other ninais we goL en this trip. Good nightL folke"

AP(.Uy, Lhr. .tht ^ hI tas talking aboi7 arc thu first,? experience
I r.-: t-d wi-b hr m.1 At bt, &nd this (.-mp ha: bccn ucipletey fre of
a ~e' f -'.^ ^* vy .-'-Ing. This w::^ dcrwn in .' e :un^y *lvc~i the- ^re ^r
.: r'j.- *^d *- di'd a .;.. :ny h.e-:; uiial Yi} tah:- way homA' a:t dzbzrat dujtk 2nd *;j

41 -. 4k ;!.
T!A^ '- ; CT ;i L:d-'() dUj '7 siU.l :4' 112 daiy' h~ovs bacn ;t-te: I hcwe gozcten h~erct
^)d~~~ i v^ ;i /:yhng, '. w- kiag out c-item betU-o- than I had hoped. Sv#^.a ro'" ^
Y^ sf ^ Ai.i ;c ^jl't t~n1t aryrh~ing to hrzgiabomti, novertchel~eso has gone *
.^ t'* 4/*-1 f y -j- j. ,. C'** ;o- .....A4g US) LUJA1g z...4ultj ^.21 ialkUCE 'AI0 G-i9
in *---'n.., ke:- i.h *.. C;- c:-nd w^.Y21. *zryw^my Mr. 1L~u ob%, oK least thcost: two


z*y "h cming has been b-tweon
0 *. 252.30 y:' -..d\ 'ii i r if!: ad whit;- have done acme bad iscssing, nn the
I; '?':.d 1 V .. . zn. 2-2 days. 1 o4 inw-an e%
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on the fir cftnon we wc-nt out, while the tents were being erected,
to shcrot .'me enmap meL, ass we muct live off the guns as far as meat is con-
eerned., That was a Hrbcbecst and he has an ugly face so I am not going to
plan to mount his head, but the n-axt day wn got a nicehead. Then on Thursday,
which is today, we go two their's and to do this in 2-/2 days is certain
inteesting to me because I feel thabt we will have no worry about getting as
many as I .ianto

The first head on Monday was a better than average O(yx, whichh is, of course,
one of the heads I have wanted0 Then today I got & Steinbok, thieh is a nice
animal in the group of the thr-c midg A antelopes of Africa. Then in the
afternoon I had not had a chance at an Impala. and I got a wonderful chance for
the first time and made the worst sho& I have made in Africa, as it was little
more than 100 yards away and all set up, I felt pretty badly for a file,
but Mrt Lawrence-Brntm practically pulled something out of the hat in the
afternoon to set me up with about the identical shot and at that time I
made the best sho. I have made in Africa. So you see it was a day of mixed
emaotionis, but lots of fuao

Continuing with hunting for just a mAment, I had figured the minim of the
trophies I wanted at ten, and considering that in 2-1/2 days I have almost
1/3, that sounds like I am going very fast. On the other hLdt, I em now in
the early days of shooting .any t-ro-Pby that we can ceme to., nd as they are
c.n-pletedthe range of different trophies uihich I want to shoot wl4l become
less and so, of curse, we will not continue .his pace, Also, it will give
us a chance later to devote speeialI time to hunting arny ve-ry special trophies.
We axre looking for such as Kudu right now; we saw one si&ll one today at a
distance ,ad so far thal is allow We have a Leop-a-d bait having in the tree,
but it has not been touched as of now0

As to our camp, I am sitting n w in front of a beautiful camp fire and the
night is perfect, just as I have told you it would be, and so I will go a
little further with a description of the -camp0 IC is riun by twelve natives,
two of which ,cre our gUM beare-rsa, ,id I supposed it sounds like a lot of people
to do the work, but they get. paid 75# a day each and so you see it is not
really big money we ar-o t.;ing absuL as we view money -in Americao I do not
speak their language of course) but naturally Mrx Iwe,-ensBrown does fluently
and so there is no problJca there0 Our camp consistss of a sleeping tent for
me, a sleeping tent for ?:, L,, renec-Brown two for the natives, a dining
tent and a cook tent, Alao, -r Ia-en, s4orwn and I each have a little boys
room nearby, Of cour-se you knorw ne are getting a little old and should have
these lwwries. Actual -, the oeamp is spread around some hat as a miniature
village would be. None of ouzr tents are tlose together0 %e campfire is in
front of the dining4 tent, My tent is about 75 yards from the dining tent in
one direction, Mro lawren.e4Brown s is the s3ume disbanrcn in another direction,
and in another direction are .nhe naninves tents. It sees like quite a bit%
and certainly a man such a: I Thould nrt be able to afford it, but on the "
other hand, as the British aigaL say, ",T.ict is the way it is done, old chap. '








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In other ivords, it is done this way or not at all.

One thing that is surprising to me about this camp is that I thik it must
be one of the most silent places in the world. There is no wind, there ja
no noise = even such as a falling leaf that you might be conscious of. Ihe
animals do not cane around and have anything to say to us, and it is vWI
believable how absolutely quiet it is. I understand Mr. Lawrence-Brmown heard
some lions and a leopard running last night, but I was too sound asleep to
know about it. He says if meat hangs around here a bit longer they may ecame
a little closer.

Anyway, we have kind of used up our time at this location because there is
another party who has come into this location, r. LawrenceBrowm has
discovered, and vhnile they arc five miles auay that is close in this sortc of
activity. u e plaA generally, therefore, that the truck will come in tomorrow
whieh is to take this first recording and get a few supplies that were not
taken ar of, as of course is usual in such an event, because fram here in
we will have no more contact with our home base. In this connection, I think
that we will leave here on Thursday. We are now principally hunting for
LeSser Kudu and with what I have already. this would be quite as much to expect
in one camp in less than a week. So you may expect not to hear vw:rd frcan me
for at least ten days, as that is as soon as we can expect to get anything off.
We are leaving this camp, probably on Thursday, and then we will go to a camp
where we can really hunt some eLions and Leopards and several of the other
things we want to hunt, because, wnile in this locality we can hunt Leopard,
we cannot hunt Li-on here.

The view is really very fine. Of course, at 5000 feet you know we are very
high, but at the same time' there are mountains that tower well above us in
the background around camp, and all over Africa these beautiful acacia trees
that I would say do not furnish much shade, but it makes you think this is
Africa and they really seam a part of Africa and are very pretty. One thing
that I did not realize is that Africa generally is not an open bare plain.
These plains they speak of, and here they call thes plains while further south'
they speak of them as the veldt, really are not open plains like our west because
this is very high country and it gets rain at ceain times of the year and so"
it is a country that is sparsely tree country. They call it the bush generally.
Well, to try to give you a general idea., you Might plmnt a park, putting tres
25 and 50 and 100 feet apart generally, and this is Africa's arrangement by and
large. To keep things from being monotonous, Africa has taken care of everything.
For instance, this morning we devoted the hunting hours to Kudu primarily, and
for those animals we went through what you might call a park section, as they
appeared to be, but with a great deal 'more vegetation. In other words, it
was thick, but not thick like a swamp. nhile we did not get any Kudu, two were
seen at a great distance and they disappeared. But then the other part of the
hunting generally is quite beautiful country because it is not bare open plains.
It is plains with trees dotted around it, mostly these acacia, but they remind
you of Japanese gardens. For instance, they just growe up so high and then they




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spread around a bit and they make a partitular setting that is, I guess,,
Africa.

I as nof gaing to prebend to give any political information because, first '
of al3_l, I am not paying any attention to it ,and I don't know aythir4g about
it. Second of all, I just am not in contact with anything of .the kind 7
because Africa could just be the same Africa as it was years ago so far as I
have run into. I think the cergency", as they call it -dn hero, is'
completely over, and while w-- had a bit ,f trouble in getting our gunm
licenses and so on, paticulax'-ry being rushed to get ahead of this holiday,
and I guess they are having morc and more of them as things go along, but no H
worries and really nothing disagreeable or az'nyohing that I have rn into, andIH
I don't expect to know anything more about that tahen I leave than I do right
now, because the country that we will go through will be native country and .
this country is r-aly just settled by the Masai. They atr hunters on the
one hand, but have gotten to be more and more just cattle raisers. They do."
not need all these cattle at all, but they would rather not buy an autcaobile
and so on, thni to sell their cattle because I believe thzb their status .*
falls as the cattle falls and raises in the number of cattle they may have,
in proportion. They t.ould rather do without riding, etc., and be socially
and financially considered impor-t&it people in their o nia neighborhood than
they would to have other luxuries. As you eas them, driving around the
country, they azr-e most always exactly alike. They have same sort of clay to
take care of their ccaplextons 'and give themselves a clay appearance, color.
wise. If they can get any red, like a blanket, they invariable wear that and then
with a spear in their hand they are completely clothed. All the wu en have a
pot on their head or something like that, and big earrings of some kind. Woll,
I guess that is all I kno:ew about the Nasai, but we have one with us as a hunter,
tho happens to belong to Mr.o Geoff ILarenee-Brown, who is an interesting type.
For one thing, he has an ear that is scarred- by his o--imanents so long that you
could push a dolla-r, a silver dollar that is, straight through it without
putting it throng edgewise

Those of you 'who are ,hunters w-rill understand this, and I thiTk I should say
a little about 5it. I3n all the books I have read on Africanz housing and all,
you get general ideas and you can tot know just what it is going to be like.
I will say it is helpful to get that lcaowledge, but things are & little
different than you expect them to be, and when you get to my age, wi ch is
68 next moanh and I ai going to celebrate dct here in on-e of these camps,
you begin to wonder can you do this or did you cme down hers for scrt special
reason and, if so, that it is. Well, I won t try to go into details and say
wy I came, because it is one of those things that is intangible anyway, but
I remember a friend of mine by the name of Tom Kullmban chatting with ise oce
reertcly as to the thrills that we get these days out of hunting ag&gnst the
thrills that we used to get; and also, would we rather shoot better: by having


forgotten all the thrills, or would we rather shoot worse and still have some
of the thrills and we both agr-eed that we would rather have soae of the thrills
and shoot a bit worse0 Well, it really o-ccirred today. I went out in the
morning and very fortunate-ly we fou-nd, or ran into accidentally, this Steinboko











That is one of the trophies I .Imedl because it is one of the tL-ee ainiatu
antelope of Africa and to ay mind I think it is the prettiest xmc of tM
I wanted one as a trophy, So, you .canlt shoot such a small a 1ua with a
powered rifle and 22 rifles are not. allowed for shooting any gaM e but ba
my shotgun and that is legal. but I only had #6 shot. Well, We saw tA
Steinbok and it looked like a nice c e and so I went after hia. Aftwr
a way through the grasso he stuck hi-, head &nd neck up and X bI Ace ,
probab3v at 35 or 40 yards. I got irL a uorthwhile shot but these bo are
much too small for that animal. Thea he ran and I gave him the second barrel,
which happened to be pretty pood, probably about 50 yards away, and fortuat
he was down in another 50 yrd&. So that is the thing that pleases yo a bt
but I was sorry to have been caught Kith shot that small. I did have me
#5a and they would have been very much better. There is still the Dik-*4k I
want to shoot, which is a bit samller than this one, to make sy trophies, sB
I am, being sure that tomorrow and thereafter I will have #5 shot avi4plAble for
this, because a shotgun is the onl4 thing you can use for this. If I Wa
shooting with this high pored rifle it would be terrible, and if I wre to
shoot the one box of buekshct that I have at him, it could break his Utt2
hoans apart, and his head ard all th-.t too.

For ay old age I have bean plan.nin: a- new office for m self, because we have
built a new office building ih&ic have not as yet sub-divided and g*ftea
in shape. But that is the on3v V.:- that I havre of course, to pA the
trophies except a very small a- tne, which I intend to use the Steinbok for,
is for little recreation spot in the basement. This will not in ay wey
interfere with iezs general -livng oCuartCers. But then, in this office d ,eal
it is a question of what to do with such a thing as a Lion. Now, if I could
get a leopard, they are very beautiful things even when they are dead and the
skins and the heads are cuite ionderual trophies; but just what are yMou going
to do with a Lion. He isn't in attractive head. So Mr. Iawrence-Brown, in
discussing the tIim"g, said "Well, if you will put his fore quarters, that is
his front and shoulder section and head up together and arrange it as though
just that much is stilckIng out of the bush he then is rather attractive and
?I don't know anything else you can do with him that is'. But, he said, here
is an idea. You can leave this trophy ith the t cdennist and tell him that
you want to decide later just how you are going to have it mounted. Of course,
in that case, you would take the cape, which means the throat section and the
head and the front shoulders, that is the front legs and down all the way, and
then you can tell him to keep it in storage until you want to have the work
done. So, I think if I should get a Lion that is about what I will do with him.
And also, after learning you can do this kind of thing, I will probably reserve
more trophies than I normally would contract for because I did not want to buy,
you might say, more than ten of the things at this time and as this seems to be
a thing you can arrage to your own satisfaction I won even buy ten at this
time but I will collect them down here and may#e through the years, when I
can't ccae hunting, I can order in another trophy or two and that might be
something very wor-hwhile frc my sif point of viw.












We wil planm to leave here on Thu^sday and go fu--her south. At that time
we -ill be in a location where we can start hunting for Lion and Leopard by
putting out baits for thea that mmst stay for several days. For that reasm
we may be cutting it short here and we -will not be able to shoot a LOP
at this point. aOn the other hmad, it is just arrarging- the whole thJing fr
the best possible chances, and I wiuld expect that we will be very pleaased,
at least I'w.ll, to do this ,use with 45A days, and we have only used less
than three, I think I have enough trophies from this particular point, hich
is three, plus camp meat. So, the next place we will expect to be able to
hunt Lion and Ieopard by putting out baits for them and still go after the
other game that we want, and the Lion and Leopard hunting will come along with
it. At this camp we cannot do it that way because, for instance, Lion are not
allowed to be shot at this particular point.

Another inte*estig thing that we leti as we go along like this: There was
a certain territory that we did not hunt yesterday, and I asked Mr. lAWrenee-Brown
about it#. He said, "Well, there are a lot of rhino in there'and they are not
legal to be shot here. You carmnot shoot thnem and so I didn't edar take you
throu4 it o"

I saidy'Why don't you dare t.ke me through it? You state the rhino charges
and I would have to shoot him, but I muldnr't int ention13ly plan to do it.
I wmaould have to pay for ha ng shot the rhino, but hw would it Affeca you
othe- widse?"

He said, '"Well, it could lose nMe r, license because you shoot an illegal
rhino."

I said, ", ell, why don't you say Ihay, it iicalt have to be shot. This greenhorn,
of course, got excitedd and he thought he couldn't dive away and ,iass the rhino
so he shoots him! t"

He said, "That wiouldnt mean one thing as to saving my license because the
whole thing is considered in this s .mser: When you take a client into a rino
zone, no matter whether he is a good shot or a poor shot or anything, and an
accident occurs and you kill- a rhino, you shoulhdnt have had him in there at
all. You are not supposed to hunt in this teartory for rh=ios unless you
can gurantee you ar-e not going to kill one of them."

Well naura -ly, no one can guarantee it, .but just from H-r. Lawrence-Brown s
viewpoint, he could not afford to loss hi: hunting license and practical-y
te:minate a business betsause of soiefh5.ng I might, do. So you might say he
steered clear of that territory just as I would, cr ary one else idth common
sense would do.

I have delayed saying that I have used the shotgun sane, because I kind of
forgot it until this mHOent, but I have shot some of the Francolin. This


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is a bird that is much like our Quail in eating qualities and the way he
handles himself, but he is about three times as big. That is, the type we
shoot. They have quite a few different sizes of Francolin and as-we go to
the next country we will shoot Sand Grouse too. They are smaller, but
evidently very fine birds both to shoot cand to eat.

Actual-ly, this is a sideline for the gu.. These antelope, such as the L
Steinbok that I shot and the Dik--Dik i.-i ?. hope to shoot, are too ma- l
to be shot with high--powered rifl-kezs, and whilee there a% s a .22 rifle along
in the car, I could not shoot them -dth the .22 because no antelope may
be shot with a .22 in Africa. So, all I have is #6 shot that I noinsal y.
use to shoot these Grouse like the rancolin, but we saw these antelope and
this one Mrt. I-wrence-Brown says has a pretty nice horn for these days, so \
I go off stalking him with my shotgun and all. I have is #f6 shot which I
have been using for shooting these Grouse for eating purposes. Now I did
have some #5 shot and they, I think, would have been all right but the #6s
were not. Nevertheless I stalk him along until finally, at about 35 yards,
I see him peeking through the r-.ass and I blast 4away with the right barrel
and I did hurt him, but he still runs at quite a rapid rate. So at 50 yards
I gave him the left barrel, and I could hardly believe it hen he wilted to
the extent that I expected to get him", and about 50 yards further on I did
find him down for keeps.J So that -was a very7 inte:!estiig hunting experience,
although it was not big gime huZing, but I will say that I still want to
shoot Dik-Dik, which is a bit smaller than this one, and so I have some #5
shock and will have this in the car from here on, in case such a thing occurs
again.

You know, it is hard to think of just the things the la-dies will be interested
in, after Jack records this thing in some letter form for some of our friends
who might like to read it. Well, I had planned to bring back Ostrich plumes
for Inez, thinking that was the oaly thing I could think of that she might like
to have. Well, there are Ostrich all over the place and I could shoot them
in any quantity, but it is the moulting season. The plumes are no good, so
I might as well say to Inez right now that I will not. bring you Ostrich plumes
because they wouldn't decorate you. Well, Inez, that about finishes the
Ostrich thing, and I am a little pezrplaxed as to viint I might bring to Inez
from Africa that .il9 please her. I know the Lion is out, so I am going to
plan maybe to have him held over a year, if I should get one, by the
taxidermist to decide now to mount him and where I might put him.

These things, of course, get to be a problem out hcre. I don't have to run
Whitso nof and can devote my timPe to such importt problems as I am going
through at the moment.

Well, now that we are talking aboat the ladies, maybe they will be a bit
interested in camp life, particularly the part of it that concerns food9
We have, of course, a cook and a general person for taking care of the dining
room and ourselves, and who have nothing to do with the natives; they have












their o wn cook. We get all the attention (and then sone) that we could
get any place else. We do have a rfrgeator It took it a day to get
going after caing off the truck and gettLing start ed. That w.ll occur
at each stop, of course, but it is still very fine. We have ice cubes,
such as never could have been had some years ago, and actually the cooking
is quite, good. We of coarse have to have orange juice that is of the canned
varieaby and such things as thwt, but the cook turns out vesy nics things
that I cannot describe; anyto.y, we do have good food. In addition to this
we have men around who do everything that they possibly can. Most of the
time they aren't needed and frolic and beesme a little of a nuisance because
the things you want to do for yourself they take over and handle, oftenw-imes
just handling my gu, for instance. They want to do it and so you put up
with it as far as you can and let them do it and then it gets to the point
that, well, like the advertisement that has been with us recently, "Mother,
I wld rather do it myself". Of coiyrse, I was quoting frca one of these
old TV counercials, but it does give a little general idea of what we are
talking about But it is one of those things you go along idt`h because
they are tZrying to do things that they think might be a little helpful.
Or maybe they Ull even- think it o-uldn t but ara ju"st s.mpy tryira"ng and
that is about all.

I forgot to say that I am rambling along w'ith alz these thiings in a very
random way because all at once today I learned that we are= going to move
camp in the next two days and they are sending the truck in for ce-rtain
supplies tomorrow, so in the morin frtg my first recording has to be on the
way, along with a letter I expect to 'write to Inez tonight and then it
will be at least ten days or more before there is any other mail from
locations. I say mail of course I am including this tape. So i am
going to talk a little bit more and just ramble along because I have told
Jack to edit this thing and cut out the spots that aren't worthwhile, and
since I do have a tape recorder i am just going to talk n and let it go at
that. So taen things occur in this that do not seem to be in orde-r and -do
not seem to be a part of the whole, etc., thit i` the fault of editing,
then just blame Jack because I don "t plan to edit this thing myself. Jack
has agreed to do it.

For your infoexation when it starts to get dark here it gets dark fast
and has it over iath. Well, I fooled around until it is now 9:00 o'clock
and we have not .had dinner, but that is simple. Wie don't have to worry
about it because nobody here has anything to do but to do what we want
dor;.o

Mr.* lawreneeBrowsn left for his ow.n tent xahere he said he had some orders
and things to arrange, and anyway I eam sure he will be gad to get out of
this business, which he doesn't have to be doing because he isn't going to
get paid for it anyway.

Especially for Mr. Jacobs' _nfor-wctic, I would like to say that the
Adventurers Club flag is hanging in front of our dining room and we are











hoping that we will do a little more advontvring because of the Adventurers
Club. But quite frarnly I do not know that we can do any greater adventur:ing-
than we have already done, but we can do some more of it. So I hope to send
a bit more info:xaf.tion in frci time to time as we change frcm one camp site
to another, although I believe I am running out of any worthwhile information
for the moent and I am not quite out of tape on the one side. Well, to
switch the other side over and run that out too would mean an hour end a half
of this chat-chat and I think that couldn't be anything buat boring for any-
body. Incidentally, uy friend GCeoff ia lked out on me during all this con-
versation, after he finished his little spiel, and he has just ccmae back. So
I just told him, "Well you ought to take over this thing and do some of this
work yourself."

Now I am going to stop this thing for xay own part and insist that Mr. Iawrence-
Brown do a little bit of talking, too.

(Mr. Lawrence-Brown)

Well, the mike has been handed back to me now and I cannot think %iy, but
I understand fr= I Mr. Whitted I don't understand why we are being so
formal; he has been calling mae Geoff and I have been calling him John for the
last 48 hours However I -as given to understand by him that you,
Miss Margaret& or Mrso l.rgaret, ar going to tke this down in shorthand
and make several copies and distribute therm to various friends of Mr. Whitted.
Well, I sincerely hope that you will be able to underst-nd what I am saying.
I find that a lot of Americans find a bit of difficulty in following me.
However, I wish for the best and I hope you are successful.t If not you can
throw a rock at me. I know it won't reach here, but still, just have a try.

Also, to Mr. Jack Irhitted. You dad tells me that you are a great sportsman
and are very keen on hunting and would like to come to Africa. I sincerely
hope that soraed"y you will be able to make it, and if I am not too long in
the tooth by then that I would have the pleasure of taking John's son out.
I think we could have a grand time together. If you are anything like your
father, you should be a wonderful fellow. I don't want to say too much
he is listening. He might get a swelled head, you Imow, and his hat won't
fit, That would be an av.ful tragedy. However, so far he has done
exceptionally well and I am quite convinced that in the future he will do
a lot better and we dll have a very successful and happy trip, provided of
course, we do not break down, get stuck in the mud or get eaten up by a Lion
or something, but I know they won't eat me* I am too seasoned with pepper,
salt, and Africa'I chilis. Well, just talking on this thing is awful, you
know. I really can't think of what to say. It is a bit difficult, too,
talking to people ten thousand miles awiay theAt you never met.

Howeve&, well, John, whaht else would you like me to say. Go on, give me
a lead.









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This is June 21st and we are on a very beautiful lake which happens to be our
Camp No. 2. The lake is about 3/4 mile by 1/4, Geoff says it is more than
twice this large, but you can't see much at one time because it is so grown
up with water vegetation around the shores and islands in the middle. There
are Hippos on it, but they stay out on the islands so you just hear them.
However, at night they come ashore. It certainly is a waterfowl hunter's
paradise, coupled with upland game. For instance, this morning we went shooting
Sand Grouse in what is called a water hole but really is a very shallow little
marsh. I have never seen anything like it. I don't think we were out more
than forty mZLnutes in getting a bag of more than 25. The shooting was very
interesting I will be bringing some pictures of this lake campsite home
because I have never- sen anything quite as beautiful. In front of us are
tremendous white Pelicans; ths water is full of them. There are other wild
fowl on the grounds. Ycste-,-,,r killed some duck and geese; we weren't
hunting very long.

The day before leaving the first camp we did not get arny shooting, the next
day we were traveling for ten hours or merear, and the following day we didn't
fire the rifle. Yesterday we got both the Grant s and the Thomson's Gazelle,
and after oite a lot of work, Trying to hit those small animals at 200 plus
yards was next to an impossibility for me, but I finally got them and that is
out of the wayo This is now a total of five trophy animals that I'd wanted.
Really we have finished up with the smaller things. In the case of Kudu, we
hope before leaving here to make the first try and then on from there,

There is only one shooting instance that seems to be worthwhile mentioning.
That happened to be a shot I took at about 100 yards at an Impala, and that
was the first shot I really placed well, by accident or otherwise. Anyway,
it hit the exact spot in the shoulder which the shoulder spot represents, and
Geoff said that it was the exact position0 Now at this shot the animal fell
just as if his logs had been brushed from under him with a giant hand, and I
am sure ho was dead when ho hit the ground Some days later when I killed a
Thomson's Gazelle I was shooting to the same spot in the shoulder but my shot
went low and a little too far to the rear. It so happened this was a heart
shot0 The heart was badly torn up by the bullet, and the bullet being at an
angle took a portion of the upper leg which, of course, stopped him from
traveling. While going to this animal we could see movement, even though he
couldnIt get up and run, for about half the distance to him would certainly
cover a minute or more in timeU Geoff remarked that except for the leg injury
he probably would have run for fifty yards before falling, yet his heart was
torn half apart.

We made the bird hunt this morning early and then came home for breakfast,
This tine we wore merely lolling around and letting the hours go by, because
the next thing we want to do today is to go looking for the Greater Kudu.
There are some of them in this district but it is useless to go before 3:00
o'clock; actually 4:00 o'clock might be the earliest we might see any,

Latvia is the name of a fish in this lake which is really delicious. They are
fished by the natives and so we can get as many as we wish. They catch them
and smoke thaem The fish will not take a bait, so we cannot catch them on
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up by Hyena. at night it would be a complete loss of time, money and energy, and
I should imagine extremely annoying to body and soul,

I remember ny first trip -*ith aikc Cottar. He originally came out here from
America rany. many years ago when I was still a very small child, The old man
used to hunt and then his son took it up, and it is the son I am referring to
now, ITikeo, W lo v;re crossing the country on foot, and I won't mention the name
of the c3lient for very obvious reasons, .liIke was leading, his gmun bearer behind
him, then_ there was the client and his gun bearer behind himo I was leading all
the horses hoecn the client's gun bearer ran up to him, tapped him on the shoulder
and pointed off to the left. I naturally followed his direction and urder a tree
about 200 to 250 yards awoy wore two very nicc Lions lying down. The client drev
Mike's attention to these twio crimmals.3 Mike looked and said, "I can't see any
Lion" The client Twas insistent and kept pointing to the tree. "Can't you sco
those two Lions lying under the tree?" 1-ice looked again, stretched his neck,
and sqainted his eyos. lieH said, "Lions, I can't see any Lions, If you mean
those two hyen-.s; there, it' about time you knew the difference,1 And wioth that
he turned around n cid the safari continued, iWhen we got to camp that night, or
the place owhore we wcre going to make camp, I was busy sorting out the tents and
seeing to the porters rations Mike cane up to me and looked at me with a funry
smile on his face and said, "ew1ll iU.d, how are you getting on?" I said, "Very
well indeed lr-. CottarL? thank you." Ho said, '"I hope that you paid attention to
what happened today. T I said, "Are you referring to the Lions?" He said, "Yes.
Kid nvs,-r, never let anybody interfere wirth your hunting. You are the hunter*
You aro in charge. II I had for one second decided that they were Lions and we
should go after thcn, we rould never have gotten to water tonight. Furthermore,
we would probably have spent two or three hours skinning out the Lions, salting
the trophy, and then having to get one of the porters to double up his load
while the other fellow carried the wet Lion skin and head into camp. We would
never have made water anyway, so we would have had to stay out in a dry camp
that night4 So take ny tip. You are the skipper of the ship and as such you
stay as the skipper of the ship and everybody takes your orders, Never, never,
and I repeat never, let anybody tell you what to do, As soon as you do there is
confusion and your safari is just as likely to be a flop as n ot,."

Now, folks, that was a groat lesson to me and I remember that, though I never
worked for Mik-e again and for several years I never took a safari,, In fact, I
never even got to the grade of getting rm professional hunters license before
the uar, simply because there weren't marqa safaris. The demand for white hunters
was not big and one had to earn a living, so one just took any job that came
along that paid hi rway. So I have had a lot of experience in gold mining,
logging, railroad construction, road work, bridge building, and various other
types of work. But during all this period I was very fortunate to be in areas
adjacent to or in 1ntal country, and as a result I continued with my hunting,
gaining experience and studying animals, I used to sit under the trees for
hour after hour on a Sunday, with binoculars, just watching the animals to see
what they do and how; they reacted to various things, and from that I gained a
terrific ezount of cxperienco about the animals of Africa. Unfortunately though,










as civilization moves in the animals mrove out, At one tiMe Zebras just roamed
the plains today in the hunting areas zebra take to the timber. The Lions
used to sleep under the trees; today in the hunting areas they crawl around in
the dense bush, in the gunlliesu, and hide up in the hills. Zebra and Lion, arnd
antil.s of this sort, you will still find out in the plains in the big game
sanctuaries reserved for national pnars and so on, but I am afraid not in the
hunting arcas, They have le3'.ned not to come out in the open aman irll go
after thorn co they take cover a.nd as much cover as they can.

It was not until after the war that I got my professional hunters license, in
1946., and since then I have been doing nothing else but professional hunting
right up to today. One of these days I suppose I shall be too old to hunt any
longer and I shall have to sit down and probably wito a book with a lot of
fancy stuff in it so it will be a big seller and I shall die rich, I hope.
Well good nght t folks.

Thank you., Geoff, for talking about older days and white hunters being developed.
We at home don't kna.. about this sort of thing and really never read it in books,

lIe have decided to break camp tomorrow and go to another location, lle are nw
after thoe Greater Kudu and also the Lesser Kudt, if we can get them, but they
dontt seem to be in the sans district. We scamwed the country this afternoon
and Geoff decided it is too dry here now. The food is not up to the qualities
the Kudu vant so they havc migrated clserw here. Tomorrow evening we vrll be in
the ne-r location and I will talk again. At this time I am very anxious for
Gooff to tell you about the country wo arc headed for next in a rather big way.
We have n area which is set aside for personal hunting. Only one safari may be
there at one time, We will be there from July 1st until the 15th, as that is our
period0 It is about 400 square miles in extent and has most of the game that
is the socalled big game of Africa in it, After that we will be working for
Sable, which is one of the two, Kudu being the other, that I most rant for
trophies. And I will say they are the two most valued trophies in Africa by
most of the hunters wi-ho cone down. This includes all of the so-called dangerous
game. So that is the general idea for our immediate future, and we will talk
about it later.

Well, here we are at Camp 3. The reason I am numbering the camps is just an
expediency. It has nothing to do with any district or anything else. We just
started out calling the first spot No0 l, and so on. As you can imagine, we
are now in Camp 3 where weo came to hunt the Greater Kudu. This to mr mind is
probably the greatest trophy in Africa or the world, I think many agree wiLth me
on that. I am almos-t as anxious to get a Sable. l1e haven't had amy luck in
getting a Kudu., We spent four days, mornings a&nd evenings. Evenings we hunt
from a blind; mornings we rove the country. I have seen a number of cow Kuduo
They are tremendous just to see. They weigh about 500 pounds, graceful as can
be, with big saucer ears. I had the opportunity twice to sea them by the side
of the road, not more than 50 yards from the car, so I can only imagine what a











tremendous sigh it ill be when and if I can see the bull, which weight about
700 pounds and his horns may be 4 feet long. They have a twist like a corkscrew
until they reach ti7o complete turns, which is trophy size, and the fine ones
reach throe complete turns, lie haven't had arny luck. We have not fired, or I
have not fired the rifle even once since coming here because there is nothing
else we arc interested in shooting, primarily just Kudu, the Greater Kudu at
that. But today -re went off in the middle of the day to about five miles north
of caap where shooting would not affect the Kudu, I knocked one duck down and
we got a brace of Francolin for dinner tonight, which is quite a thing to have
because I like these birds very mich, It is very much like our Grouse and it is
not only fine eatirg but it is fine sport shooting them. Tonight as I look back
on this camp it seems it ha.s been completely non-eproductive, but it has been very
interesting because of seeing the Kudu country, seeing the cow Kudu at least,
with the anticipation of the big bull vhich we have not encountered. And here-
after, when c l a.ve hero, it will still be Kudu country that wem are hunting.

This afternoon in coming from a blind where we hunted the Kudu we saw a half-
grown. Leopard and two wild dogs which added interest to the trip., Incidentally,
in hunting these Kuadu, it is a routine matter. We leave early in the morning -
about daylight- and roam the countryside until about 8:30. It is useless to go
on any further, because they are out in the open only early in the morning and
again late in the afternoon. In the afternoon we hunt from blinds which we build
ahead of ti oi., overlooking Csome open bit of land that we think the Kudu may be
in during the late afternoon, until the time it gets to be dusk and hunting is
over.

Tomorrow we start a vxery long trip. Geoff tells me that we will probably be
driving anxyrhere between 16 and 20 hours to make a midway point towards this
control zone wvrhore wa rill seat up a camp for the duration of possibly two weeks,
This is because we must reach the control area July lst. That is our time.
In the next camp it will be much lower country and much warmer, which I am
thankful for because the present temperature is from 50 to 650 and, frankly,
the tent gets pretty chilly.. This ner territory will have general game such as
the control area, and I believe we will again start hunting pretty much as we
did in the begirmnning. When we hunt we will be hunting a number of different
ani-mi at the =amea times, At the former camp there was only one animal to hunt
and i;e did not even fiLo a rifle in this zone because it would lessen our chances
to get a Kuduo

Up to this time I have not received one piece of mail from home. It is in
Nairobi, and we made an 0 nile drive yesterday to learn what we can do about
the m ail, arnd to got a cable off and a reply back. Actually, it was the day
before yesterday that we made the trip0 Tonight at 9:00 I got the reply which
said. "Everything fminc. Do not cut short Safaris" This was a code arrangement,
since you could not get messages such as this unless the government decides they
must be very important at the moment. They recorded it this way, s0 I know every-
thing is fine at homo. Actually we will not be able to mail a letter after
tomorrow for nearly three weoks, We will be out of touch with all mailing zones
and. will nt got any more nail either.












It is surprising to me that this country is so big, and that there are such
isolated parts of the country still in existence. Generally I have thought, and
I hink eiost pcop.eo do, that Africa is so built up and the conditions are Dasdig
the country smaller and smaller all the time so that there is very little gain
area loft. I find that this is not the case. For instance, we are now 500 miles
from Nairobi and when wo get to the final spot in the south, where we are going
to hunt for two weeks in one ccmp, hopefully, we will be 700 miles southwest of
Nairobi, After that, which will be around the 15th, we widl start back again,
hunting as we cone along.









AFFUCA NO.

We had a red letter day today and I am looking forward to describing it.
Actually, the two animals that are the greatest trophies so far as I am
concerned are the Greater Kudu and Black Sable, and today I got a Black
Sable. I am going to turn this over to Geoff in a few minutes because his
voice is better and ho can tell more about the Black Sable. However, I
want to mention at this time that Geoff has done tremendous things for me
in shooting the rifle. I cane down without expecting to shoot it axy good
and I certainly lived up to my previous thoughts. I did not do arithing
worthwhile at it until Geoff came up with the idea that I wan not squeezing
the trigger. After he directed me and explained it, I realized that I had
never known what squeezing the trigger really meant. I do not know how many
other people have not realized this either, because to me squeezing the
trigger meant merely pulling it gently and smoothly. Now, for those of you
who like to hunt and shoot guns (particularly rifles), I am going to ask Geoff
to tell you about it because it is making my hunt quite delightful when I was
so insecure in my shooting that it was ruining my trip. First, though, I will
tell you a bit of comedy that happened today. I am sure Geoff would spring
this one if I didn't beat him to it myself0

After the hunt was over and we were starting home, I wanted a bird to eat.
Evidently someplace along the line I didn't get my belt fastened, and I got
out to shoot the bird, and when the bird got up I was already feeling my pants
slowly slipping. By the time I swung on the bird and shot, my pants were
passing my knees. You can well imagine I did not hit the bird; however, the
two gun bearers and tracker seemed to enjoy the joke, Geoff's only regret was
that ho didn't have his camera with him.

Geoff Lawmrence.-Brown:

Well, good evening folks0 It is me back at the nlwe, and I bet you are
cursing0 However, John has asked me to say one or two things, particularly
about Sable and the trigger squeeze We went out this morning in high hopes
at least I had high hopes of finding Sable. Shootable Sable, that is. We
did actually come across one herd, but there were no shootable bull in the
herd mostly cows and one very young bull. However, on the way down to look
for these Sable we met up with a Wart Hog and John pulled off a very good shot
on him and brought him down, so we have his trophy in camp. Then this evening
we wont cut and we cane across seven young bull Sable. When a Sable is full
grown and in his prime he is generally black all over except his chest, which
is white, and the low part of his legs, which is a very dark tan color. These
seven young bulls had not turned black; they were still in their tan and
chocolate stage although one or two of them had reasonably good horns. They
weren't really full grown and I decided to let them pass. I said to John,
"Ihy, I don't think they are worth ito I think we can get a better one0" and
we started off. John looked back at the Sable and then had another look, and I
could see him out of the corner of my eye. He said, "You're sure we can get a
better one?" I said, "If we don't it will be the worst luck I ever had in my


life." However, we left them and went on and everything worked out fine
In about a couple of miles we did find a Black Sable, and I mean he was black
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the one to have bore, which ip the Hippo ag.s, l3 he medium sizid 4- S .
in Southc-k-c L. nri( rid Angola they g., the, Gint. Sable, which is. of lourse
a tothi biAgg

I am vzy played to cay that the Sable John got today wnt 40+ that it
40(" on one. ho-lrn and 40 3/8" on he other and 'hi, is atove a-.ve-ag for this
particular disridt, though I have had bigg. one3, but; wihn one .ba3k; about
an average,. of -.omas, you haveto ,co:';nan p 1. tha f Sables end .alsl ,.he sit,$,
of hor-ns and then divide t.hcdr Ash ye-u cbviA-ly know how 6o work o,*0o I am
not her-e as a H.ch.:.>cAl 1sh.e.,
Tc get. on [b tih- :igg_ s:.-:: b by thi i,,oy I maat '.k about. the shot that
ToK _oT
Jchr? pu;l.d off ,\ thi Sab1e. He k-pi -uning away frcs Un and finallyy heA
stopped and the g-..s W-.. .it Ie bit l.ng, He wa. zbut 125 to 150 ya:-ds
..wa-y and I said to John, "Doit shoot high)' because that is a tendency a lot
of people try to do i.s t:e. ge- a clear-- view V and they :':ry to shoot over the
grass .d as a result shoot over the aniraal So I said "Shoot low and shoot.
through thle g'.!a- 3 nd d,.n.L fctVgr-It to sCq:Se,.e." Jchn squeezed and pulled off
a peife< snot The Sable is ntw t? skncAid *out and in earrp

Nkw tr. gte i, lo this -rCiggp.r cquez.-e I suppose,to de-eA-ibe it properly, it
i; just .o -jtion of 'squgcs-..ing yo". t .- ole hand as though yu Ve-I squaezizfg a
lftwn C, w:...ugng oYut, a pi.. c',af l .lct.h$ you a qucaeze i-h the whole- hand,. As you
have y'nur- hand as'ound the p.to!. rip your fore. finger on the tr-igger and your
th C-b a-''ilnd -he .p c., th i pito. g-Pip, when you squeeze the whole hand your
fQrW fing.s aut. it.ic.aLly bLng, siue:S.-d t t-he same time_ thifeore i, has
to appty p."' .-,c CSTe o ac triggerm The :-it.'i then fires or goes off when you
3r not anti.cipating ',6 it im 6yr wh charge t.hate the 0ifl is ucincfn& to jerk, or they fli]nch or pull off or if
ye snap the rtg&- i..ke you do with a shao gun you stil pull off, but by
aq..... i.g ... ..C.bu'Ig th cby
ayuzzin that, p-ossur'e .e .e^ady. Squeezing the whole hand will steady the
rfe and, d. I Wy, ym7 are nevicr awre of a ly When he gun is going to
v theLI g=aftflis going
fir_-e as y hold the sightc en the target; you have got -to hit it prcrided the
1itle is a, unate, wJich Jthn s rjfler is- I think folk that., 1 all I _(an say
about tho trigger soucae ad the Sable and I hrpe thatK In the ,a Myct day ^ (MO
Wve will be able to give. yo.u tsn news tah Gr,,.r Kadta so naw%' Il toss you
back to John sd let him ieLL you about bis .r:. o.ft the sbory and how he felt5
"h z3" 7 ax. ho.hf:i
abaut gettrtg thiI Sable.

Well., ther- is :.'. -alLy no'h'l a,-e for t m, to say abouf-, the Sable, episode
.zcept, to say thaie *am :.*. to his emp en the -wey t.o the (Yong.-ol area. The
two au fal. Ue 'we' going to bhunt were the Gr M.er Kiiudu and the Sable, hoping
t get at least ,n- of t.hann But this ws cur ttsc after-.noon to hunt he-rae
because we aSe leaving c-ar-jy tcW.or-Pow mo-zning ason as we ca.n get, the (samp
broken down and loaded rn the wrack. And then we a.re headed for oair control.
a..ea wich will take us two days to get t.h-e, because it.s anct-.be- 2fX0 odd
a~-les 5C.u;h iL.cmn whei-s we are now. An they.- we ho.pe b.o dc the r..l. big g e
hanftig. I owonflder, of c.cur_--c, Kudu. and Seble big game although in Afria
big game i.s clawsed as d&ngercu, game. Well arnymy we hav, one of the










important two out of the way. Now, in addition to the Kudu which we hope to
get, we can devote a great part of our time to hunting the big game. Tonight
we have such a number of trophies already that we can devote about as much time
to the really big game as we wish to., Incidentally, for Jack's information, I
.would say that the collecting of trophies for Whitso's African Room is coming
along fine. Another thing Geoff has told me that is very important, I can
collect these trophies, deposit them with a taxidermist, and draw on them as I
like. In other words, I do not have to have them mounted immediately; I can
decide which ones I want mounted. They can come along in a more or less slow
way, which will make the matter of paying for them much easier. Well, we are
leaving for this control area tomorrow morning so there is nothing to say now
and probably rnot for a week or two because I can't mail anything or get any
mail as we arc too far away from things of that sort.

In playing this back I note that I failed to give a moral for the loose belt
story. The fact is that I had not tightened the belt or made provisions to
do so since leaving home. I find that as I take off pounds I mst add holes
for the belt buckle. I am happy to say that I am now at a new buckle position.
This itemn is for the special benefit of Inesz.

It is approximately July 7th in Camp No. 5, southwest of Nairobi 666 miles by
speedometer the greatest distance we will be on our southward and westward
swing. ie have four Lion and Leopard baits out and a Leopard eating now.o
From Camp No. 4 to here is 184 miles, The first 84 were covered in eight hours.
At this point we got stuck overnight and made temporary camp. The elapsed time
for the 100 miles remaining was 37 hours, including another overnight camp.
This road was actually marked all the way through the 100 miles on & map as if
it hnd been a road. It certainly was not now. It was Geoff's opinion that it
had not been driven on for at least tiwo or three years by even one truck,
because trees were across the road, three or four to a mile I would say on the
average, mostly pushed down by elephants during those years. We had to drive
around-where we could, and where we couldn't we cut thornem out with axeso Also,
the road was g'own up in grass to anywhere from 3 to 10 feet in height (mostly
8 and 10 feet), It was very difficult at times to tell where the tracks had
been. In addition to this, grass prevented our seeing holes that had mostly
been made by elephants, during the wet season. Then when those dried, and it
is dry at this time, the roads arc harmd and have no give to them* just con-
tinual shaking. You can imagine how it was when it took 37 hours to go is0s
miles. Well, to make what should have been a long story short, we are here
and certainly it is a wonderful country. It is a country that I believe I
will always think of as being Africa as it was a thousand years ago. From
this spot for more than 100 miles back we did not see a human being, and
therefore it does seem like the country is so remote that it is back of beyond.
Yesterday we penetrated somewhat deeply into the heart of our land and it was
simply a gorgeous thing to see, For the first time I have seen land that I
thought of just as if it had neven been entered by anyone, This might be called
park land by the tens of thousands of acres, where there are beautiful trees,
tall grass in somo spots, lower grass in others, and grass burned in still other
places0 And also we saw more game. lie hadn't encountered much game on this


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trip, One reason was that the grass had not been burned as it was expected to be.
This burning is quite necessary at this time of the year because it gets so long
and dried out that you cant 'see animals even when they are around. This is
usually done every year before this time, but it seems the grass was longer than
usual and there just hadn't been any hunters in here to get the job done.

This is the following day and I definitely know it now to be the 9th of July. We
have nearly a week to be here, but I think our plans are rnow going to be changed.
I was hopeful that we were going to get the big game shooting we wanted here, and
I wrtot or rather spoke, on this to quite an extent about the beauty of the
country and so on, and ,;what a lot of game we saw in getting into the heart of this
country a couple of days ago. Well, that was all very true, but we noti have had
baits up for quite a fmew days and we have not had visitors for those baits. I
mentioned one, a Leopard that had nibbled on one of our baits, but we sat up last
evening and he didn t come back. We went down this morning and he hadnIt come back
during the night and neither had arny other baits been affected. So there is a
little problem hereo of tlheo aimals available for bait. They are about all used
off my license at this time. That is, there are many animals on my license that
can be used for bait or for trophies or anything else that I haven't taken, mostly
because I haven't chosen tol but they do not live in this territorj. Buffalo,
for instance, have moved out of this territory for the time being at least; for
how long we don't know, so we havo to forget about shooting him at this spot. The
carnivorous animals cannot be readily taken except with bait which is swung into
a tree and a blind made adjacent to it. After the animal starts feeding on the
bait this generally moans Lion or Leopart that is when you build a blind,
sit up,' and shoot him,

At the moment we have three baits hanging which can be said to represent on the
one hand two .Leopard, and on the other hand two Lion, due to the fact that bait
is so hung that either might take it.o But the only bait really that I have left
to shoot is also a trophy animal. This animal is a Roan. Roan is the second
largest antelope in Africa, Eland being the largest. I do not object to taking
one for a trophy where I might use that portion behind the shoulders for bait and
canp meat This plan would help, but we haven't been able to shoot the Roan. So
we will leave tomorrow unless something develops on the bait we have hanging .now,
We are forced to such a decision, but I am quite well pleased with the number of
trophies I have at this timo. So far as the antlered game is concerned, which
means most of the game I want for trophies with the exception of the big game or
the so-caUed "'dangerous" game, one disappointment is the Kudu. It is one of the
two that I most want regardless of big game, but I have the Sable and can do with
only one of those two if need be, and then I have about as many as I care to.
Also, I am bound to pick up a few more lesser trophies. The point that has
become a bit embarrassing is that I came to Africa big game hunting, and while to
me that means all of these kind of anals I shoot to Africans and those who are
versed in African lore it means the dangerous gamo or the game that fights back.
I have four licenses for these animals and I have not filled one of them at this
moment, I know it is embarrassing to Geoff because he expected definitely to
partly fill this part of the license before this time, and so I reached a
decision while talking with Geoff today that from here in we will consider
noghing as vital shooting except the big game of Africa0 After I have one or two












of them I vwill attempt to revert back and shoot some more, taking what comes,
and be pleased with it. So, unless something different happens tomorrow, I will
no doubt be talking to you from some other camp later. I aontt at the moment
know which, but at that time I will know a bit more about what I am expecting to
do. What we expect and what we do are never the sane, anyway. So it may be
some little time before I tell you some things w have done again.

Since Camp 5 report of July 8th wo have arrived at Camp 6, which is around the
end of the orbit to the southwest and mid-point of the Safari. We visited the
Lion and Leopart bait around sunrise July 10th, and then started breaking camp
as we still had no takers.

This is .a good time to record something that is quite surprising to me. I
believe we, generally, who have not been to Africa and who read the papers and
other things about great changes taking place hore, are not visualizing what
appears to be virgin country. In three weeks of hunting we have not been in
contact with one other hunting party. That is, we have been entirely alone at
camp sites and in the bush, day and night.

On the section covered July 10th, there was considerable fire on the road. The
gun bearers would have to run ahead with branches and beat the fire out so we
could drive past, and occasionally we would have to drive around the section of
woods to miss the road entirely. Now these fires are an interesting thing in
Africa. To begin with, in this section of Africa there are eight seasons a
year instead of four as we have, because when the sun goes to the north we have
a winter, so to speak, and when it swings far to the south we have another
winter, Therefore there are twro longest and two shortest days every year. For
instance, during these days the temperature i-r.ll get down to the 40's at nigh
and up into the 70's during the day, but that is about the extreme both ways,
so you might say we are having winter.

A lot of leaves have dried and fallen, and the dying grass has gotten so high%
that it is the time for fire. Some of these fires are started by hunters; let's
say generally when and where there are hunters. Then the wild bee hunter is a
man who generally burns things off. He is quite an interesting person because
he lives deep in the forest; he and no one else lives there, One of these men,
who runs more than just a one-man business by having others in with him and
doing his honey business on a rather large scale, has just been employed to
start with us today as a guide. These are the best guides that can be had
because they live closest to the animals. One day, deep in the woods, we came
on two of these men and where they live. They were living not in any shack, but
in a nice little log cabin wich they had built, with a stockade around it to
keep unfriendly Lions away. Of course, they could not talk MrY language and I
was certainly sorry I could not talk theirs. Now, back to the fires again. They
wi.l bring new grws- almost immediately as the old grass is burned away. In
fact it will be quite green in three days after the first fire starts through.
These fires allow the herbivores to graze again and so there are more animals
for the carnivores to eat. The trees do their part by keeping rather thin foliage






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so the sun can shine through onto the ground, and the grass grows as if it were
meadow. Hexre we have what is called the bush country. In America it would be
forest fires that you wero having because the fires would burn the trees too,
but here it is all arranged for -- the tree trunk near the grass can stand the
flames without being hurt.

I suppose it is a nice break for these animals, getting twice as many seasons
in their lifetime, because they don't live a lot of years as we people do. The
only exception is the elephant. Ho is such a big fellow I guess he is entitled
to a lot more anyway.

An interesting thing happened just this moment, I -was looking across our little
river, which at this point is about 200 yards from camp, and there was a big
Wart Hog that walked out. I would have grabbed wy rifte and gone after him
except that it is against the law to shot within 500 yards of water in Africa,
at least in the part where I am hunting,








A FRITA NO. 4

The fa -,.t that I am not a qualified jou -mali st plus the fact that cirum--
otaces don~t work owc right either, hd'n'asesd a great opportunity bcL
cause T should have added the one word "continued" to the last tIape. I
could not got rmy next,. recording off until long after our present situation
has changed de....ng2,y one way or another. It just o happens we are afoot
so to speak now, and we are cex taiLy not on wheels because this morning we
we.: cut and shot a Zebra, and we dragged the car;ass around for a while and
puIt it up a treeoo hoping to attract a I `okn that grunted around near our amip
somewhere last. night. Having acwt polished this we goneraj,4y started on our
wny o thi ngh,"..pC

We hadn't gotten very far vthna suddenly Geoff said, "I have no steering, the
deel juns ctuc-ns around, nohi.ng hawppens.o" -e l.,- iw as quite easily determined
as to ihat had happened because the tee .ring rod that,, operates the mheels had
broken 12i tw- and there isn t nmuch of a ay to fix this: certainly not to get
us May fr af tI'his country. Geoff ingenuousIy accomplished a way to get back
to camp at th.e rate of about tr. nmllos rn houw which surprised me to travel
at such speed 1uder the TAiunstances0 We rigged up a pole tied 'with rope
to the steering anr and then we put. a gun bearer on one of the headlights
and had htn push and pull- the pole sidemays to operate the wheels. The best
speed we ,ould make under those conditions was tuo miles an hour, Incidentafly-,
we' roc-e with it inscad of walkng So we. finally gt here surprisingly
withnuxt, m srteering heeael to work with, just this felow aon the front. The
reason h1 wa.nt to-o cmDO+cent as because he had never steered a bat. The
fact tIhat he had to pufl the pole in one direction mhen the 46 was to go in
the other was quite a problem JNr Geoff. He shouted to hJM .in, his language
hotw to puzsh anMd p)ull the pole and so on. With many long naneuvemts we nmalJy4
got in. Well with this broken steering an in this part, of the world, there
is not. mui you -.an do ab1ut it. However, we learned that about2 40 miles fronm
here there were t.wo land Rovers that had broken down and possibly we might get
a steering arm fr-an one of t+henu So we dispatched the tack about I:00 PoM.
toctuy arnd it now rmut be about 9:30 at night; Geoff has gone to bed much
agitated a, to what hr.e happened to his truck., Even at the speeds it can
make, it should have been in long before this and it isn't here. So just how
we wd.l ge.t along, certainty Wh.ether we an3 roll along in the near future, is
a problem at the moment. Well, .fortunately, things I can't do anything about
don j1j realty wory me so I am sitting here by the campfire recording this
Everybody, else lhas gone asleep and this seems to be a little fun.

The only way we could hunt today was the way the old foot safaris used to
have to do. That is, walk along with the gun bearers doing their duty by
carrying the guns along until we got to a place we could hopefully think
seme game might walk out in the late hours of the day. Well, we go to a very
pretty spot and a spo, Whero unquestionably these Kudu. to came out many '-
afternoons, but to happen, to be right at that spot where they are c or^Ix
at the right time, of course, the odds are very badly against uS. Anyivwyj,
that s what we did and spent a nice ticDUight hour hoping, looking, and


hunting, so to speak, in that manner. Wel3l it was really a nice experience
as I spent, a lot of hours in blinds before this, but nothing has happened so
far in the blind., unfortunately. Yet "under different circumstances that could
have been some of the best of our hunting.











VIC> it di-dn b podu te :Pythingh tis afernos.i b?. &i .i..Ce Lo describe
.,th type of hunting n'.,r cud .i. klnd ef a meoal picture,- I think I .wilJ
:r. ttcianer Lt. c.hen .e I migb ha I;e ~nssed This hunting from blinds
,,A.. M-- 1 -n l.-d
a .ss ice do, fWr I. .rd and have done quite a f.w- t ies xor KIdu, is a matter of
going .. t ,ith .itoat t. hrt, ,.n,2. i.. ..x sun o .x.LLI&nLO tell>, &nud you simply stay
h~ Ak".., be-: st ,; A. .. .
...... b.o tn,,t :n f,, &t iuhLt the aait vu-ch as Kudu or the Leopard
xirtg t, hibe.. ..K i coo Bo ther-e is the ,-thrif.l. of antieiv.tion and that
.t. cf thing, .d tday I ',c-ni"y eat-ed at. the end of e-ach one of these
h_ .umA 3 Ci tf P,. -a L A ,,. .. .,
hnts Goff preset a .turo Whtr I think I sha. lt always rember, Any
interestedd hunter who has ,perrihennaed hunting in the l.ate afternoon, perhaps
f-or du.c,,ks ant.itq-e m;t.,.e ore and mo:re theIe Jaes' few minutes as to what they
.-mig.h. prvdc-bc ba ucaue time is r-u'nmi-ng out Anmd any real interested hunter
.suh as Geoff Iarne-Br-,wn is, b.:e..ne a little more intent and it shom
up as you w'atc,.h him. Fo"r instance,- he 4tar-*xts mldng the final sweeps, of the
landscape with hi binoculars 'ich in. the vezn.aultar of the sport is walled
gassingg the country"e Thant is, he puts his binW-oILars up and he swings
around the horizon. He be,.omes a fdttle more intent al-LL the time because
each of those sweeps he intends to be the la-t,, but they just don't develop
into a last one r-ight awmay. I haer learned to watch him and I know about
when the leas one is fira.ly cctang "un Atualkr, the picture I see is a
bit despondent when you. see it t! rourh the per-sonC of a- m.n .like Geotff, becam.,,e
he has worked hard al-. day He has .asned in the exira moments and
part icu- ar',y tody there sns the disaster of the breakdown of the o te d Rover -r
so he persists in i.tying to nasce at Te, b one mute eepiath his bi ncuL. xrL.
WeI._...& it. .ina- t, of course, mts -nd as .i .ll tings must end and you c.a see
that his hopes and t-he d'ay light a. e grxat1l1y flic king away together
You Amixl romomber agy harjg mentioned seeing tihe Wart flog today fra my camp
as I ., m:kr.ing an o.'-.i.er ecctrding- W&. thlrc this i8 an animal that
has been mju-.y ignmoed by people mo .wA..e about Africa. He i qte a.
....~~~~ -,c, ke .... s, quite a
oC1 ..oM in ry estil- n I hate seen cynmparatieiy few, and only on. hitdch
.n. big eno'.uj. to mrke a t..-.rophy 4 I a hc.1 h i-n with the idea. tht vis
".isks, Pvhi... 1 zw bot fifr inhee An c,,u.d be the trophy, but I think I
qL.,rl& .i hs w ht l- h-ad., ThL.! i.. not the type of 'th-ng that makes him
,ycjp t e by ayreM:wn because his mos.t aMnising asset. is hi. taP an th a
h.e -rris if. And, of cor,-se if mount any part of .m, L -antc Lit. the
tai"i An an)y ':me fLihan zi cu:utd in my yoag ddy!, btnnAd-fo.ded t.,-,yig to put
th .-ai o the d.nky. C, tChe way up here I saw two traveling along in
their. usut.l trot wh Mama, fol. owv-.ng Papa. The cd fellow is quite at
.amusing har.er. to see in motFion. His great dignity is an mu9sing thing
to w"t..th and most% of trhis comes ,ob'ut. by hi. *-aiL, He ajlwys .arr ies his
tail vertcalr. and never misss a stop or allow hls tail to
bec-ne oat. oC position. Maybe its only on.c: he,, &.r m:ybe its twN _, t.hwer
hogs and maybe se-.ral pigrs, but each onW? fcu',ow rxrz,. t .y behi.. .he z. he
xi. the order- wh : .e W. 'hou..d be a-d ni. a rw fc i. :,.r..- d. je j ,.- A. 4.
,.t m .f posni;..o I think th" f A tim .I _. thr Vtt Yt'g YrI xt.",
....ou... of SentOn' C. %artor. I c -nt. A^, ^I ..h .- :^g- 0 ..; ... P ..... .
:vn:i.tte r b-, hi'.. .n V the Wart, Hog :'oc.ld b,.^re b,".. M. Y.. i_ 4 Amin L:...
T th. .. he m ci^ d b. N... bsco &.i"- n' 9 ,t ."-'."7:" ',:, c. : "*h'. "" :^ .*. .,- :"^ ,-
.7,.
.. ht.in k ',., _.I' ,i -. '" A .., ", no. ., d.y .... ..:, .... i. .,Ai .. ..^ :." ...f

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J.utxr ts:i d<. onr.,tr to t'he children of Am4rica justL the way the Stars
-,d Strpes tud b. cartd No. I do Pt. intJend to lesve the Wart
H, in the pcsiPin of being just 1 *;cmiqfl fellow. I do not- feel that
ht,.s is the ony t thing he has to otter because he is a tough fellow too
and he is iL.ling to defend his dignity s certain people do vhcm I
scNrc. And he is able to defend himse.. with his long tusks and he is
about to do it, I w%.uld say, if he is fdrced to it.

SiJnce ro.-taling our hunting car troubles of yesterday, I am happy to rtpoiet
t-hti. o,-ur tr. u,.k. got. back ate last night; with the part. About breakfast
ticme :his morning it had been ij.stal.lcd and we are out, to hunt, Also ouar
honcy hunter guide has just shown up. So about 3:30 we will. be off again
lid ty, this morning we fou.,nd nothing touched at the lion bait we
puti. e a., yesierda.y, but, we got, the Roan Areope h i quite a nce
f&-Wow. Ho weighs .betw. ,een 700 and 800 pounds %.ad has 24" horns, and with
al.l that we have mhae camp meat Now I have snoather one of my special
trophy .iense fi3J1ed and plenty of meat for a Leopard bait in addition.
So we will go out to put the Leopard bait up today and then we will be
going full out hopefully and trying anyway to get some of this big game
stuff put away.

We have just had t-he first visitors at our camp a German couple who
are traveling alone except f four 8servants Driving theia ovm iar
hunting on tbhei. 2W. because the an has hunted here different times over
.t. yrs0. So thats ,another way of doing it which I suppose is a nine
wary if you know *a o about it. ..

C.r he.-.. c.m boy says th, is Jul.-y 15th and Wednesday; I hope he knows
bem-.. c .1 i:n t Yet..er:y turned out to be an interesting hunting day,
and i suppose miht be ca.L.ed typdi.aeL of one of the mere interesting ones,
as i;t as a mixed agd %bhi.le we wemen'It killing any big game we were
working at it. We left camp at daybreak to go down and relocate a Lion
bait vhich we had hung a day or two previously. After this chore was
over we started generally toward camp and breakfast, but with the idea of
picking up a bait for a Leopard. This turned up in. the formna of a Wart Hog.
After breakfast we proceeded to go for. a spat reccmiaended by the guide to
put the Laopard bait up. After doing this, the nelwc t hinv to think about
was getting a li.on bait up and lhere to put it, Tho guide suggested a
place. It as reaJ.ly a pot hole out in a bit. Plade,. which he said a Lion
frequented. i!O went out there and did find a very big lion track mado
sane tine early tat xowning, .. Under a@ bush nearly uas where ho had beon
3'ing up, hopefully looking for something to have for bronekasta Our
siirrt 4ob was to find some neat to offer luit


.f&ttr pnrceed i.rog do'r. the glade for soie Unt4* ay minutes? w saw a herd ef'
Z.bre I shot one, but ur.,ortcux.t.ly the buLe et went .r on the shoulder
and brnke tb^ Ilec 'ut d'dtc gd.ve any fataY tinjuieso Aft.er fo3roi. ht
in the car for a bit, (ho was ruaning as fast awd well as could be) we
rtincxt.vgtd to t o trah:t.r s r.r"ttdi.g Oorting Q,,1u.M











ikeo bird dogs and ahso Geoff. They soon separated his traMLk z xt
aeflt the herd and we were under way* The first portion of this trip was
extremely slow because it was hard ground and they i.vd have to cast
around in darles to pick up minute details that showed which way he was
going. After awhile th cam to a mre densely wooded ground, a good
deal of grass0 but sftor. The t.raiY. became ve-y plain to them (but not
to me) and off they rent 2t aboat a good brisk 3 miles an hour walking
to me.)d hroughofh woods f.
pace and we foiJ.o.wing in the car, Thi cont,.inu.ed through the woods fr
more than a mile idth no antr ruptions except a couple of times when they
ost thmtcamk w.entvrty. At the end of this, there was the Zebra, and
as he made off again another buO.let took .care of him. We then tied him
to. the bumper of tta ct.r He is a v.ry heavy ..dmal, going .5!0 pounds,
and we started a P&,; fr t-he lion spot to hang him.

We wore some four miles a-way by that time and after getting about half
way there we saw3 tin Crib' And fIr ore.e they stopped running and took
a look at uOs. ,ve seen quAte u. few ox the. but always they weve in
mtion at their fa ,st speed & 20 or 25m- 25 es. per hour. I said to Geoff,
"Cwn l-e dr:op -he ZebrLa "trailing and go after this pair?" He said, "Why
n.h, 1.1 need the meat and you don't have your trophy." So after one try,
I eeuldn'.t get a shot. for the.y started going but again stopped, So this
time I gk-, up to u rcC) asonable shooting distance and he was standing with
his head above tho grass. The grass was fairly high., but they have long
ner ks and a srl.' head on top of it.. I fired away along the top of the
grass. The animal, foil and the boys went over and re.'rieved him and he
was no good as a trophy. The first one that I have lost _in this manner,
because I had decapitated the animal just below his jaws which wa.s the
part wch was 1 jst above grass levet. hWeUl, I lost a trophy except I do
have the horns and it wifl be a tconvers-ation piece when I have a couple
of drinks and feel like bragging scnae might, because I will probably
never make as good shc{,e and I'm sure I haven't before as I made on this
animal. Because in facing me his nIck is not 2" thick through and had
the bu..ll.et been out of _line as much as I" to right or left., he would
have gone s:.:ot ftte., We l loaded him nFbc.ard and continued on toward the
L. on vl.ot abrut "eweo miles aIuy We then hung that bait and returned to camp.

We usuly_ .e. ... ...n.. t a Vou% i.o or hou.s in'. the middle of the ay
beskus ':,.aur ..tar:% krring Aa.V.,J, ea-y d bhtix until dark It.. i t =- mt.hrnP g
4,nnd ,i-4't.-i., bhuting t i th. V .,y p3rod:i&yie time of the d4mt. -bA
c t cc;h A^an w'rr ^rrr ^ly hy 9r' Kndt ad thi5 aeains liust. t*n~iasjr aAyb
JLV't" d "' "' c.&it.,, ." .'.- d. en. j, ql, m 'r t e"s of jA a -'U 4
.aid q ."-.n b'.'y btT l I...:. 3 ,e ...t .L.be : tm:4. rv. l q?. 'V.
.",findbm p i$ t Ibbe ..r' T, h,.. '1 of ttchw ht-, 5
4'"1 t!& ? "Ih~ nPa'u onr- ^f ^h ^w ip i .rpie *-In Afr3mo'

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-^na ..n .b rt a t ,. "-' r1 "-: l ', b.b ... V"qcy t.,bf :ig T -. ,,,
b rk ., d .. vr. .j ... ,,, .... x.y .t t. . w .. . ,.








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out, and of course all of those totes are very interesting, Also again I
would mention Giraffe which, being protected in Africa, are just simply af2
over the country. At times they get in front of our car and lope along,
holding us back. It is remar-able how quickly an animal learns that he is
no longer wanted by man-, and so he doesn't bother about getting away from
man at all,

It hasn't been a lucky cday for us; lucky for one Kudu, maybe, and that is
all. Woc started out for a point about twenty odd miles from here to try to
place some Kudu. oWe hadn't gotten a mile from the camp when Geoff put on the
brakes and said, "Kudu". The rifle was in the back of the car, unloaded,
where it should have been, because that s whore it is supposed to be, legally,
on a main highway. I haven't seen two vehicles besides o',r own since we have
been on the "highway". Anyway, you must be 300 yards away from the highTmay
to shoot any game, otherwise it's illegal. Punishment for this, should you
be caught doing it, is for the white hunter to lose his license, which is his
livelihood, and for me to lose all my trophies. This was the first big bull
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S .'t ,.n bId - .-. .his Lr .n ng T-- ,t A-;.. c..d a q, .y ght
tv^ tn^ <'5.d thttr ht hA. tect ~ fac'atikng in the Xlte night saaereinie and
hg ^ .c .".;.d Cub ^ .h h '. I i .C4 ig a bia t his after noon
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tectr>^ ^hc ^XLC it.of r"a0 X antin rciws I think it should be
r. dp, the it 0m ari not ':,. rega. fless of That night became
......Mothfe h ..fee.. goov.. d p (o.spe e; .s of Leo.pard this
.t,',on. ,e. v,.i.cd ore ofur barit this mr-'i:ng and two Leoparc. had
fed on 5-... ra.be >erzntr and bAd a good neal. We then bIi, the blind and .
it its o.roy fA cscupcc thi, *ftvncr:- about 4:G00 Now there is no
atsuaawe they vI-; be tkhr.t becauno at tines they just do notc'me dii
day.ightfc and aft.eac sundo'vn the shooting is ovm.'- If they come during the
night ae cut ck. .but this ae Geoe.' e.-Ls-.... rafchex opt,:lxiatx.
Fo. i..e thirg tw ,.i'pak, hare e.It.en on it, and if they .came together or
know the othe-. has been th.w,- the chances a.e they eath ifd be thinking
-hbotr3 that r.ihe f2,.vr going eaily to e.ot tWh'-t meZ,., Another poi tt of
jj~b?:^s tU^ is v.ery y^u2Vtal. fY77 tui) L~c'pa^4 p.-. tA-. oefh.B.
.".t>-.vel together. it may
b .... m a. 4W iL.. .. .rnc feIal-,e. to females4 o nto .re of rachQ 'we don tc
..tS The. ..ad. '. to.. ,aint" tc &t.m.i.e the s ex o se. It
-- ..... SI...I..o i. v . .... y see and 'id i .. of 3.1.re, if tMhe, a. Vo'S
,---e ieord. mc h. t I~s p, ee They
show ,.p her -t'. vuit- a eightt tno se a leopard em to his tee. Th
t waT-y quick at g,--"1ng up the t"e in fa.t Geo.ff .qy- it ran go up like a
... d hny .... b,,. before Me T:n know heIs ther0 et all. It 23
'.n.ly an hour m'. until hw,-,A.e, so .et.e. l hours afte-e that I .v be able
to IL Io t.i .p e.. ssq.ig nohing happened or anything reth tel.ling.

W-., the wh-', st up ,looked sr good to,.day and dis.dn t come off because the
.e^oa.ds, d dn~t show. un.. Gecoff. and I spent sne time discussing the ps-
a~r.l.,': :','.-" Y u u-1d ,:1 iF'St. nd6 the re, -..U s S .,IMP.'.
.. .O;.. urdc:stnrd thera .s 9 a.a-ys the e hn.,e that they just simpy
no e.-.:yJ feede's 1nd *e aWC a.e just out of iu(k. We.ll if they -dk ,,cne
..l. ". .... ,I P l e rtit the bai.xt toowATWe" If they did ,,e -we
... ... ..-i.. -o '-, -r- .. f,. ,.:,i IX they didn"It ,1te tonight,. we wiU pr bst2ky
..-.- ht, He;'s a.the- rngLe; th. L&,epard zmary be in the eyl e..
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So he suggested a nets strategy tomorrow, and that is that Tw M.dUm, UIu' ..
a long distance oauy ani will all walk in, which means two g.. t.. e :.te.|
tracker, Geoff and me, and we will not be quiet or anything. at
bring in our equipment and got it arranged and at least a coup 4W .
away again, talking and laughing. in this case there has bemf lgD ....:..........


with it.

We reached the final decision today to break camp tomorrow i
further back north; in fact, there is nothing else to do. 1
animals loft for bait animals. Bait an, imals are needed for th is ... ..'
hunting so far as cato are concerned. I like this area beat in c
the other areas we have hunted. We still have not been successf.ul ..
the first big game trophy. I have enjoyed hunting in the blind 3 ilx : .
with the Leopard and Lion bait and so on. Today I had the first LUM bu .
didn't kill a Lion, but I did have a Lion hunt and it was very 1711,- .i. .....
The trackers found fresh Lion tracks in sand arAnd west off like biLdt.h-..I.l.'
found the pride within a half mile; three females and three cubs
large as their mothers, And then we found that the old Lion iidch bpmIs i
with the pride had gone off, probably for the day. We would circle V., #
little hill, no more than 25 to 35 yards atawy from these Lioness at tmr in'0
It was quite interesting. They were only mildly interested in us; ie i Sn
put on an act to seem bored, They didn't threaten us at all because X
threaten them. Vie spent the next two hours cruising wound the neighboSW .
hoping to find the Lion, or if not figuring we would go back in the late aftot
noon because Geoff says that 80% of the time they will stay there all day. .9
old Lion will be lying up someplace else through the heat of the day an then
join the pride. We got there late for the reason that we put a long hunt in,
trying to get a little bait. There was one animal I was entitled to, and we
night smuggle something else. We had one Wart Hog available, but he was too
small for Lion bait because the Lion would eat him up too quickly. We got
down there later than we should have, but it couldn't be helped. We had two
bloiwuts on the way; the first ones we had on the trip. lie searched and
searched, but the pride had moved on and could not be tracked. We knew they
had something to eat there so we investigated. It was a very big Wart Hog. I
have the tusks as souvenirs to bring back. So I got that ranch out of the
humti

After finding these Lion in the morning, and coming in and going out in the
early afternoon to look at the baits, I should have had wy chance to shoot a
good Kudu bull, but I couldn't see the animals. Geoff stopped the car quickly
and said, "There are twr Kudu bulls and four cows; one smaller bull and a big
fellowto" I could not see them; I am not trained to look into these trees the
way those fellows down here are, and it is miraculous the way they see things.
I never did see the big one, but I saw the smaller one and I could have shot
him as he was running into the trees, but I figured he wasn't the bull Geoff
was talking about. Also, his horns were so much in the limbs of the trees I
wasn't sure that he might not be a cow, Geoff had already told me that if
you shoot a Kudu cow you are really in trouble. I wasn't taking aW chances on
that happening. The Kudu got away and I haven't fired one shot at one. Of
course, neither have I fired one shot at a Lion, but that Lion hunt today


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S-..c .. c.ant h0ve a Lion I was very happy to have t.s .n
.. o .. s... y .. ,have a Lion is that we ar- e
where l..ion h ccing i. s .-proh:.bited I, can still ..hoqo
Eh~fcQo. and there will be plenty of' bait ivai3sb-bl iMH sm "
cf w:o.c -rfelo"-o and so on ar. allotte-d to you 4p par. b l
t-o ccA..h on your lieen..c a..nd I have been shooting gee a 3 .
.Litt h ,ts 4.-ht I don't want two trophies of one odd so M . n t
twro animTals of or. kind except in a fLorw places where an sW mx I
bait if you irnt thoe for that. In that case I haw .E] .
Those plains sroi a.s like those Gazeolle and certain .a :n4 : "'
.va -.lb-lc to mc do7n here, but further north

Tomorrow- night or at least, if we don't make that, the nexwt acb 11 '.t
be th.c big day for meo in Africa, because that will be our lsT $.-
mail,

Wol., we did got the n=ail and I ccr.ainly wras delighted atd -.itw a s
to have. e arc now at our Comp /7 and it has really been &v to .- .
got in Tuesday about 5:30 in the afternoon, That was Ju3y 2V.t. '1. .
Ju 23 rd 4: 00 in th,, aftcr-noon. Wie are well away from evel A M t
looks like a szaor resort spot here. The camp is on the sid ,or.t -a-
sor1pin! hi3e vnd a had pictures taken of it that will eventu4 pt
you a loek over cand into the Acacia trees. It looks. like a pa.1b toe,
then y, can look for t-j.enty miles across a very beautiful valley. As we
drove in that afteorncon around 6:00, I got the rifle out and loaded &1 .u
"u: be,,fore we- got to the cnpsite and saw some Impala in this park seet o,
c won-.t don a.nd there was quite a nice buck which I acquired for an extra
soet of *1r1 hor n, fox' camp meat., and for Leopard bait. After dividing
h.i th"eeiwca'.. ys3 we had cociktails and rested a little, and we then went out
to p-ut up the Leopard ba-it. Tlils is about one mile from camp. Upon visiting
th? ,a.t the next morning we found that quite a big portion had been eaten by
a Ano.r- 4e built a blind and went away on today's hunt, returning late
a !c ..con for 'o't and go"Ig to the Topard blind at 4:30, There were a
nu:tc0:: of .ztur es, probably 20 or 30 of them, and they were sitting around
~n they wereng sitt
th trc hoping that something wou-ld happen so they could get to the bait
1hic-h w:as about 15 foot in the air with no way for them to get to it because
it wras azzay from anyr limbs they could use.,

At 5:45 they flushed mraay like a covey of quail; this meant a Leopard had
coat,, She w alk.ed, cut of the bushes, stood and looked straight at our blind for
a little while realizing there was something new or she just didn't remember
seeing it there. There didn't seem to be anything harmful in it and so she
tcok a little quick run to the tree and ran right up it, I couldn't even
see that she had slowed up. I had read often that this is a wonderful
thing to see. ,any do not because it is so quickly and silently done that
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raorzmanx before wa had noticed that the bait bad flipp dN.
tottn too far bolomu the lub tiO-cl ucald .be tLW i ^ 4
frort The bait i11s properly adjusted, but apt An a
zCho had cfoZrnd it in previously.. Of courw-te ,-'..
Sho had o4j bcc n able to cat before bb I jam -'ii
with trtho pZ;D zd pudixer the bait ovor
b )".h. She wa..s a V tt. Z pu iAed as to )hat to do .'about m this. 'i ". ''
rid reaching frn. thc top and she couldn't reach it .t y2
che got around under the limb, hanging from it- fL ,3% 'tbt she 4 1U^y.-.I.:ZAi
oouldnIt do aXy good She then got back on top of tne V andI fig.re4^ '-
when she did c would be the time. it was about as might be expected. < .
She Ast-ood recc on top of the >i.tnb, nd puzzled over -wat to d I "' 'I. :.
figured that'-c the wni.ontp I3ve been waiting for, tt to fiod the tie t
,ihen che probably would st ay stifl for at. least a few second because= the
goreest danger i his hu.ing of Leopard is dig J.us at
othe time you pul. th trigger, ahe moves and you shoot how in a nO a n .a b A
spot,. thats C thes you are in trouble', But she didn't move eoept tgo r .to 'I
the groumd .ke a beg oV s-"and i dams cspletel_ .sur, s e o a.fore. "^M
hitting the gro, d so unconscicusy I took the rifln m ew - *A, e ._;/" 01-0
"Doent take the rvifle off her, keep her .overet. X, .. ...
5.so 1mtil the gun bearCers get here. haen you stfl lka e .0.
wjh;i.l.e e o nout 4with guy 8 and ,,r over hao from the out,^ ie e "4
out Msnd 'oe.v4 too. tc n the gun bearers get here, we .-1. thf .stis t
h ,r., Th..t. c%.., ;one a.i.ordingly and there w-as no movwezx. f, I W.
but C.ti.ff d esi ';o de'ride that she was dead until he went, over m O
'A
c_6.-idh adrcurd.. The re% n ork he m-ade then to me was, "A weuAd t
t.or.b,,e thing.' I had asked him a few days previous if a
qcr g.ott.n to him. H{e said, "Just one, and it got his claws t o s,
but. I wan tsan. ged much because I got the barrels turned into h. and
simply blew h:h- aay.'

On the vt.y L`a*ck to keap Geoff and the two gun bearers were having a chat .
lii"cah I coiuldnA'. understand, of course, and ihen within a distance of a
haf rle t-heS gun bearers got out, the observation door in the roof of the
car singing some weird A'riP.an song. Geoff tooted the hoxrn, and then I
rea ed e..or t~,~rtt e g .he t-.-mrphal march into ec mp, for want of a
better wAd, end a we ap.?proathed camp there were the otheS being eleven
in a.i, lined up to receive me The car. was driven near my tent^ and a
..chair r bre'.yit, and I was put,, in the cha- .and marebhed around the esp
This w.ixd song with slapping of hcnds and much csavor.ting about is an
anf.'Lent; ber:monial that onkyc oCc,(3rs hien one of the fitve big g&ame (dangerous
S is .O.. t Ln Africa,. And it is -ustmary that. the natives each. get
Litre tbt"2&i n "s, j i h nlt
Iete t, s.,ooA a i ;-Uh 9multfmied by eleven amounts to $7 O00. Well it had
g.ten too .Ce .-o pit"A- ..s of it, and I thought "There are a few
p .op.o at hc..e l .k. The: and J..k tsho would like to see that," so I had it
rut on ai this me o..ning so pictures could be taken For that I paid
another five chfltngz each, but I figured it ought to be wotih $7.00.

As of thiu morning I ^t.od two more Zebra skins fc, rugs to take hcrn
and '-ne Gra.n' Gavmi.e. I think t.he Grants Gazefle i one of the most
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