Peter Dafner@pdsafaris

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Safari #1 day 17: Check Lion baits early, but still only several young males and females feeding. Lots of interesting tracks on the roads, but we are running low on baits....that’s the way it goes sometimes. We decided to sit in the blind for our early morning feeding Leopard from 7.00 - 8.30, but guess who did not show up?....as we drove past the bait again two hours later though, the bait was hit hard...checking the trail cam showed the big boy was in the tree at 9.20?! How is that for big cat behavior? Little hunting pressure, placing your bait correctly in the center of a big males territory and on the edge of a thicket will get your cats feeding at daylight hours.PD
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Safari #1 day 16: we do have a very healthy "big cat" population in our area and the way we manage, protect and hunt them, guarantees their future. Still two big male Leopards feeding and our second client in camp (Buffalo hunter) decided to buy an upgrade so he can also hunt for Leopard. Additional interesting info today: Lions walked through camp and our staff had some scary moments. We also managed to hunt a beautiful old and big East African Greater Kudu and will put up two Lion baits close to camp … one upstream and one downstream… stay tuned. PD .
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Safari #1 day 15: when you go on a 21 day full bag hunt, its not only about the big or dangerous game, but its also about the little Antelopes that really add to the experience, adventure and excitement….here is a beautiful Kirks Dik Dik and we really worked hard for it. Cheers from Lunda. PD .
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Safari #1 day 14: our baits continue to attract Lions and Leopards and everyday we get new intel from the feeding signs, tracks on the roads and pictures from the trail cams. Herewith our cat report of today: „Scruffy“ still feeding on his freebee Buffalo bait
5 Lionesses and 3 young males feeding on another bait
two male Lions ( 3 - 5 years old) feeding on another
3 big Tom Leopards feeding on their respective spots:-)
found single big male Lion track in a remote corner of the area, where I want to bring up a bait soon and hopefully get a look at him.
found two more big Leopard tracks on the roads and mentally filed that intel for next clients coming in.
Honestly speaking, this is great cat country and we are able to protect this gem, because of tourist hunting. I will say this again and again … hunters are active conservationists and driven by facts.
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Safari #1 day 13: today was a great day again in Lunda North. We found this big old single male Lion on one of our baits and managed to take several pictures and get a really good look at him. Here is my personal opinion: definitely 6 years plus but lost condition for whatever reason (kicked out of a pride, injured or any other sickness) with that a big old Lion will loose condition quickly and loose also patches of his mane. Now here is a tough decision, but we decided to turn him down at this stage…lets see further development. What would you do?PD .
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Safari #1 day 12: The early bird catches the worm … in our case we picked up Buffalo tracks with the first light this morning, followed them for about 1 hour and got up close and peronal with this beautiful Daggaboy. Cheers from Lunda.PD .
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Safari #1 day 11: the day after a big cat has been brought to the skinning shed, we always take it slow and enjoy the experiences we had. Did some testing of new ammo today and very happy with the gun and 10.3 x 68. Cheers from Lunda.PD .
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Safari #1 day 10: this morning we found a very big Leopard track next to our bait and feeding a lot. The track already told me that we do have an exceptional big old Tom feeding and we immediately focused all our efforts on this specific cat only. Rearrange the bait, so he can only feed in a specific angle, cut the shooting line and build the blind at around 60 yards…. the wind situation was very bad, but we delayed to sit, until it was more steady late in the afternoon. As the light was fading this big guy showed up and I could not believe our luck on our first attempt in the blind….well take your guess….cheers to our client and thanks for the support to protect these remote and fascinating areas and animals. PD .
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Safari #1 day 9: cats are busy and are about to finish all our baits! Two baits proofed to be hit by 3-5 year old male Lions but one bait is hit by a very big Leopard. We got a Jakal, another Impala and one more Baboon … the later two to refresh Leopard baits. I believe 2 - 3 days from now will have us sitting in a blind…cheers from Lunda…PD .
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Safari #1 day 8: We followed the wounded Buffalo for more than 3 hours this morning with lots of circles and tense moments in thick stuff, again for another 2 hours in the afternoon, but eventually lost the track and no more blood … so we had to give up. Very sorry for that, but its the way it goes sometimes. Update on cats: one bait 9 Lions feeding, another two baits hit by single male Lions, two baits hit by male Leopards … need to get more meat tomorrow in order to keep the cats feeding and get them comfortable to feed in daylight hours…..I am heading to the fire place now…cheers .
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Safari #1 day 7: every day we have some exciting experiences.
Here to name a few….6 lionesses and 2 young males feeding on one bait. A big male Lion and big male Leopard feeding on another bait … the Lion even pulled down a Hippo quarter and dragged it to the place where he felt comfortable. So I had to reclaim it and bring it back to our tree … some tense moments! Then we were close to Buffaloes several times and got a shot at a Dagga boy late afternoon. Following the blood trail into some thicket with fading light, we had to stop and continue our search tomorrow morning…stay tuned…we are on the trail.. .
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Safari #1 day 6: early morning wake up call, but no more Lions roaring?! Whats happening here? We drive up to the bait close by, but it hasn’t been touched … frustration building up? … you bet.
Two hours later, we drive past the same bait and suddenly there is 4 Lionesses laying all around bait, so I guess we are back in business. Another bait is hit by a young male Leopard, we stalked 3 dagga boys, but too small at this stage, found a big Defassa Waterbuck, but he got away … cheers from Lunda. PD .
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