Judge Brent Haltom and his wife Jana from Texarkana, Arkansas USA booked a safari with Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris at the recent Dallas SCI show with a Lion being the #1 priority animal that Brent was after. Brent and Jana have been on other safaris before, with this being their first hunt with WJVS. Our top Lion PH, Yvan “the great” Nieuwoudt was assigned to take care of Brent and Jana and to try his best to fulfill their dreams and expectations on this dangerous game safari. Check out the results and report from Judge Brent;
Just a note to let you know that Jana and I are back in the USA. Thanks For a great time and for helping me to harvest some really spectacular trophies. Everything was first class. The hunting speaks for itself with the quality of the animals taken and my taste buds still remember all the great food and drinks …. See you in Dallas Jan’ 2013.
It was a cold Sunday afternoon when Brent and Jana took a charter flight from Kimberley to our Kalahari area in search of a big lion. Late that same afternoon a very fresh track was picked up by Yvan and marked to start the next days hunt from that same spot. It took a few hours of tracking before the Lion was located where he was laid up in some thick bush. The Lion took of before Brent could get a shot off and the hunt was on! After at least 5 different sightings of the beast that day things just didn’t come together to get a good chance at putting him in the salt. The next day began with much anticipation when the Lion that the hunters were tracking had a heck of a fight with another Lion during the night!! Now it was as good as tracking a wounded Lion as no one knew what injuries each Lion had endured during their punch up, hence all systems were on high alert and rifles were at the ready. After a further 6 hours of tension filled tracking, the Lion finally stood his ground which presented Brent with an opportunity. A perfectly placed single shot with Brent’s .338 Ruger, broke the Lions neck which killed him instantly bringing this very exciting and challenging Lion hunt to a jubilating end.
We had the pleasure of also hosting Brent and Jana at our Gamagara and Thuru Lodge areas respectively and superb animals were taken in both locations ….. Jana also thoroughly enjoyed the hunting and the relaxation of the Spa at Thuru.