Africa’s loveliest animal – without a doubt
When do you hear about the first PH registered in the Eastern Cape, and then hunting the #1 kudu (63 inches) in Eastern Cape? Exactly. I really have to scratch around to unearth these gems of information because hunters can be reclusive individuals.
I had seen Ian Wilmot around the shows for many years but had never really spoken to him. No reason. He’s naturally a quiet gent, and I guess after 30-odd years of professional hunting, has little to prove. However, just last month, when he overnighted at Afton en route to the Luangwa with a couple of clients, I managed to get to know him. Talk about fascinating.
Aside from the fact that he was literally the first licensed PH there – license #001 – he hunted this magnificent kudu you see on the hero pic. For those who know this part of South Africa (note the vegetation and aloes in the picture,) it is an extraordinary feat. The story is in this AHG Monthly, below – and his full interview I have saved for the Vol II of the Legendary Professional Hunters Book.
Plus, I have also given an account of what will go down as an incredibly memorable experience with Heritage Safaris, and that is my Nine nights in the Selous. I went overboard with the pictures, and feel free to ignore when you have had enough, but this digital platform offers a world of opportunity for this kind of thing.
Sorry for bombarding your inbox as we did that daily blast of African Dawn Outfitters – but judging by the feedback – it was well received.
Mid-month we will be bringing you the montage of all Dawn Members’ photos – Fresh from the Veld. On their behalf, we proudly present their trophies of the season for you to browse through. Nothing speaks quite like results – and you’re in for a treat.
Till next time, enjoy this month’s issue.