Updated: Jan 20
Tripple Specie Rowland Ward Hunt: $16,400 .
1x Rowland Ward Cape buffalo.
1x Rowland Ward sable.
1x Rowland Ward golden wildebeest.
1x Black springbok (as a gift!)
There is no better representative image of a Cape buffalo with a Rowland Ward spread than the 43" bull which is the logo image of Impact Dynamics Big Game Safaris. A hard horn boss and worn down horn tips show the age of such bulls. The area where we shall hunt has a number of lone, non-breeding bulls - called "daggha (mud) boys" for their unique habit to forever be packed with dry mud as they are at leisure to engage in such self-centrered, enjoyable, lolling in the mud activity.
We shall be analysing spoor and then track those which we think are made by the biggest bulls until we find our RW+ quarry.
In the early 1900s golden wildebeest were sporadically observed along the Limpopo River basin adjacent to the Tuli-Block of Botswana. Early ranchers in the 1920’s called them “Fox Wildebeest” due to its fox coloured skin.
Then, for the first time again in the 1990s a golden wildebeest bull was spotted in that north western corner of South Africa - a recessive gene that had survived and re-appeared.
Because this is the area where the golden wildebeest originated from, this gene was captured and implanted into a number of females in the wild. That off-spring were re-introduced into a number of large private properties bordering the Tuli Block. The huntable animals will be 28" ++ horn width, so will comfortably qualify for Rowland Ward entry.
There was a growing discontent amongst landowners with a serious approach to macro nature conservation against this practice, and who quite correctly argued that even though it was an original recessive gene that had emerged, the present generations were not a natural occurrence and no further live capturing of individuals and husbandry was allowed. Being a recessive gene the numbers will over time decline as hunting only is allowed.
So sure, the present occurrence of animals of this sub specie are offspring from re-introduced original genetic material, but being the original recessive gene their numbers will again decline and disappear. This makes today's trophies unique in its own way: within the next four to five generations they will be gone. This tripple Rowland Ward opportunity is special also for inclusion of this historically unique sub-specie.
The sables in the photos above are seen in typical habitat. Non breeding bulls are solitary and need to challenge the herd main man for mating rights. Because when they do fight it is to the end, the process is mostly one of posturing, and appears to be a self-evaluating excercise for the challenger.
Black springbok (bottom centre in the photo collage above) is a distinct specie - it even has fewer teeth than the common springbok, experts will tell you. It is offered here as another option to the black impala - the latter which must suffer the same fate as the golden wildebeest.
Included in the cost of the hunt: All travel from and back to Johannesburg International Airport, during hunting, to the taxidermist, all accommodation, food, beverages, snacks, trackers, skinning & caping, trophy preparation. All hunting licences, CITES permits where required, and rifle import permits (rifle customs is a breeze, by the way).
Not included: Before and after safari accommodation, taxidermy, crating, dipping and shipping of trophies to USA.
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