Jakkalskuil Safaris News - December 2016
a very busy year the most activities on Jakkalskuil
comes to an end. The trackers and personnel of
Jakkalskuil are on leave and we can hear in the evenings
the dum dum dum music rolling over the Karoo plains as
they are trying to motivate themselves for the coming up
hunting season of 2017. We are experience daily
temperatures of 40 Celsius (104 F) so the owner and his
family stays in the shade and in the swimming pool.
The most of the game species
are giving birth during November and December . We
already saw some small Gemsbuck, Impala, and dozens of
small Warthog following their moms with the tails
upright. We spotted already 6 baby Bontebuck and it
looks better than last season when the herd ram killed 6
out of the 10 newborn babies. During August one of our
old clients from Kentucky, Karl Leukefeld and his lovely
wife Sally, returned to the Karoo and he took care of
the baby Bontebok murderer. So, that problem is solved.
The year of 2016 was the
fourth year in a row of abnormal low rainfall. It
exposed us to great challenges to manage the pasture in
such a way for all the animals to survive.
We sold a lot of sheep and did several cull and
management hunts on Springbuck and other game.
During October Laszlo Hauser, our agent in Europe,
visited us for a management hunt safari with 6 clients.
They end up by culling more than 70 animals in 4 days.
Our summer raining season starts normally during the
beginning of December and we hope to get some showers
before Christmas day.
During April Ladislav Leczo
visited us to hunt some nocturnal animals of which he
got 6 different ones. Of the other trophies that he took
were an Oryx Scimitar, a Lechwe and a Damara four horned
sheep with unusual horns and a beautiful skin. He also
successfully hunted a Red Hartebeest and a Gemsbuck with
unusual horns but the Kudu with the unusual horns
escaped and is still around.
The May madness was caused by
the freaking favourable fearless Springbok hunter of the
Great Karoo, Dale Denisar and his old hunting buddy,
Mark Markegene. Mark also brought his son Paul with.
They did several breath taking long range shots on
Springbuck with their custom built rifles, specially
made for long distance shooting. Dale and Mark
also brought a new dimension to crow hunting in the
Karoo by shooting 26 of those birds during a short time
by calling them in. Dale will be back during 2017
to sort more of those crows out. We lost during
the spring lambing season for sheep 9 ewes and 12 lambs
due to crow attacks.
During June a Dutch family
visited Jakkalskuil for a Springbuck cull hunt. The
father and his six sons hunted more than 50 animals.
My youngest daughter got
married at the end of June so everybody moved down to
the Western Cape for the event. July, as normal, no
hunting took place and we visited the northern parts of
the Kruger Park for a very welcome holiday.
During August our old friends
Karl and Sally Leukefeld turned up. After Karl sorted
the killer Bontebok ram, he hunted several other
outstanding trophies like Sable, Lechwe , Kudu, Copper
Springbuck and Impala. Karl and Sally are on their way
back to the Karoo during 2017, but first they want to do
a safari for Tiger fish on lake Cahorra Bassa in
Mozambique and then fly south to visit the Karoo.
Bruce and Charlie Tustin
hunted a beautiful Karoo Buffalo next to the
Vanderkloofdam during September. Bruce put an
excellent shot with his 375 right on the shoulder of mr.
Buff and made a one shot kill. After the
adrenaline disappeared he went on hunting during the
rest of the week a beautiful Sable as well as an
outstanding Copper Springbuck.
October can now be declared as “Hungarian month” for we
were for the third year in a row during October the
hosts of a group of hunters from Hungary. This time, our
booking agent in Europe, Laszlo Hauser, brought a group
of six hunters to the Karoo and they hunted a lot.
Laszlo himself hunted a record book Steenbuck and
Mountain Reedbuck. The rest of the group caused that the
taxidermist shop cannot close this year for a Christmas
November was the end of
hunting season and we had our hands full by seeing that
everything have fresh water and enough food to eat. The
first baby of the season was a Gemsbuck calf that was
born on the 15th.
At the moment we see babies in
the veldt all over as we are spreading out alfalfa to
support the moms in milk production.
We wish all our clients and
friends a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful and
healthy 2017 .
Your friend in Africa
Kobus of the Karoo