"As a first time big game hunter I was referred by several people who had used Rob Kern to arrange their hunts and contacted Rob to set up a black bear hunt. After speaking to Rob about what I was looking for, he provided me with several options and spent time with me explaining the differences so that I could make the best choice possible. The Hunting Consortium took care of everything that was needed for my hunt, from my travel arrangements, to my rifle permit, and made everything seamlessly easy for me. I ended up taking a 7’4” black bear with a 19” skull after only 4 hours on the first hunting day! As a result of the services that Rob and the Hunting Consortium provided for me, I have decided to have Rob arrange my first hunt in Africa as well as all of my future hunts." -George Valis
"When I have a question about a car, recipe, or the latest news, I use "Google." When I have a hunting; where, how, or what question, I call the Hunting Consortium. No Guff! I've booked over 30 international hunts through the Hunting Consortium and fully intend to use their professional services far into the future!" -Jim Shockey
“These guys (Hunting Consortium) are the best in the business, bar none! I have hunted the world for more than 60 years, and the hunts I’ve done with the Hunting Consortium were always perfectly organized. No matter whether in Europe, Africa, or Asia - even in Russia, Tajikistan, and Iran, everything is ready to go and there are no surprises. I really appreciate their travel services - they do my visas, air tickets and everything else I need for an easy trip. One stop shopping!” -Dial Dunkin
“The Hunting Consortium is the “go-to-team” for any hunt in the world - period! Their staff are the most experienced professionals in the hunting industry. They have made my many hunting trips easier and smoother, not to mention successful. I trust their candid, straight forward advice and appreciate their personalized service. Sue and I think of them as family!” -Ray Paolucci
“Bob and Rob Kern and the staff at the Hunting Consortium are experienced professionals. Every trip is meticulously planned with true military precision. I have very much enjoyed my trips with Hunting Consortium and would not trust anyone else to outfit my international hunts!” -Craig Boddington
“I can rely on the Hunting Consortium for up-to-the minute current information on the most remote places on the planet and expert advice on my hunting requirements. Friendly and courteous, the service I get from them is truly first class.” -Rex Baker
“I’ve experienced some of the best hunts of my life with the Hunting Consortium. The trips have been as awesome as the staff who have taken great care of me throughout the years and many, many hunts! The arrangements and coordinations have always been perfect and they’ve always worked hard to ensure that I was satisfied and taken care of.” -Don Jacklin
“During the past 5 years the Hunting Consortium has been the most invaluable resource a hunter could ask for.I have averaged over 150 hunting days in that time and many, if not most of those days were booked through The Hunting Consortium. Their knowledge and experience is unmatched in the hunting industry. I have always been pleased with the quality of the outfitters and the professional hunter’s and guides that Hunting Consortium have booked for me. I’ve hunted in Africa over a dozen times on hunts booked by the Hunting Consortium and every time I felt like I was hunting the premier area with one of the best outfitters and knowledgeable, helpful professional hunters. In Africa I have taken 158 different animals I couldn’t have accomplished that without the Hunting Consortium. I was on a hunting trip for over 6 weeks in the South Pacific which included a family vacation with my adult children and hunted with 5 different outfitters in 6 different areas in both New Zealand and Australia - a LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE that the Hunting Consortium handled without a hitch. I finished that trip by hunting all of the species available to hunt in these locations besides one. EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS on a single trip. The achievement I am most proud of though is my 21 day hunt in Spain where I took every animal that is currently available to hunt. Considering that the 7 Capra species were all free-range, this was very challenging but the Hunting Consortium put me in the best areas with best outfitters.” -Rick Warren
“I and my family owe many thanks to Bob, Margarete, Rob and the expert staff at the Hunting Consortium for so many memorable hunts in so many countries. It is hard to believe, but every hunt and trip has been characterized by the same qualities - superior service, with a can-do attitude, excellent operators, all arrangements on time and fulfilling everything promised. This is a great organization! I am looking forward to my next hunt with the Hunting Consortium.” -Francisco Vizcaino Gutierrez
“Wherever in the world my hunting dreams take me, I know that Corey and Bob will have everything well-organized. Their amazing knowledge and continuous research has put me in a position to take some truly extraordinary trophies, with the very best guides in the hunting world today. Nobody knows more about the game and the world of hunting than these guys and the travel team at the Hunting Consortium is unlike any I have ever used. They know from personal experience how to get someone into and out of the most remote places in the world and they keep up with the ever-changing regulations concerning hunting, firearms and travel options. This is the most “can-do” team I have ever worked with in hunting! They have risked their reputation and their very lives to blaze your trail. If you’re not booking with The Hunting Consortium, it’s most likely your loss and someone else’s gain. You sure can’t do any better - their word is good!” -Lary Knowlton
“I don't have words to describe the gratitude and appreciation for all the staff at the Hunting Consortium and all that was done for us setting up our ultimate trip of a lifetime in South Africa. Everything went exactly as you had planned it, no surprises - no problems. The trackers and hunters absolutely amazed us. I can't think of one thing or issue to complain about. It was as good as it gets and I highly recommend the Hunting Consortium to anyone. Again, thanks for all you did for us.” -Mike Barrett
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Botswana is the most popular destination for elephant hunting and the over-population there ensures a wide selection of bulls. Land locked and about the size of Texas, much of Botswana is semi-desert. The parched, white plains of the Kalahari extend over two-thirds of the country and border the Makgadikgadi pans. In the north, the Okavango river opens into a massive delta and forms one of the most unique ecosystems in all of Africa. The Okavango Delta, with its complex series of channels, lagoons and floodplains is alive with wildlife and one of the most beautiful photo safari areas in the world. The delta is where photographers the world overcome to make a name for themselves. Hunting is now restricted to the fringe of the Okavango Delta and surrounding areas. The Chobe River is also renowned for its wildlife resources – especially its large herds of elephant. Almost twenty percent of this country has been set aside for wildlife, either in parks, game reserves or in controlled hunting areas. Strict game management policies have made the country one of the finest destinations for elephant hunting. Although Botswana has closed hunting for many of its most desirable species such as lion, leopard, sable, and sitatunga, and reduced harvest quotas for other species, it is still an excellent destination for elephant hunting, cape buffalo, and red lechwe. It is the most consistent producer of heavy ivory (over 70 pounds) in Africa today.
During the past decade this country has produced the heaviest ivory of all the countries in which elephants may be hunted. Although Botswana was never famous for 100+ pound elephants in the heydays of ivory hunting, numerous bulls can grow to old age there, an essential factor in producing large ivory. Several elephants carrying over 100 lbs. of ivory have been taken in recent years. Elephants in Botswana are famous not for their length, but for their mass. The average weight of an elephant taken in Botswana is between 58 and 64 pounds. Every year however, 2-4 elephants over 80 pounds, including the occasional 100 pounder, are taken. In Botswana only a few concessions produce good ivory consistently.
The standard of outfitting has always been high in Botswana. Luxury tented camps with full service staff are the rule, not the exception. The big difference among safari companies is in the quality of the concessions they lease. In this regard experience is essential in selecting the right company for the experience and trophy quality desired by the customer.
- Cape buffalo
- Red lechwe
- Southern oryx (gemsbok)
- Southern greater kudu
- Blue wildebeest
- Southern impala
- Spotted hyena
- Southern bush duiker