"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
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“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
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“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
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Introduction to Elephant Hunting:
Elephant hunting is the most exciting form of big game hunting in the world! The African elephant is the largest game animal on earth and the undisputed leader of the African “Big Five”. Elephants are the only big-game animal that you will shoot up at, while standing less than 30 yards away! Fortunately, modern wildlife management has provided for the safety of this great game animal and its numbers are secure, and increasing. In fact, elephant overpopulation is a real threat to ecosystems in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and in South Africa. With the increase of human populations and the loss of wild habitat, elephant overpopulation has caused a massive increase in human-wildlife conflict, leading to defensive poaching, and dangers to both local communities and elephants.
Human-wildlife conflicts have spiked all over southern Africa in recent years, especially during the dry season when elephants come in contact with humans as they compete for limited water sources. Due to the loss of habitat, elephants in pursuit of water and food will raid crops, destroy homes, and even kill people. This is especially true for rural communities where human-elephant conflicts are the highest. Crop raiding elephants can destroy an entire year’s crop in just one night, threatening starvation for impoverished villagers.
Elephant Hunting Countries:
The official elephant population in Botswana varies from study to study, however most experts put the population between 150,000 to 200,000 elephants, while the carrying capacity of the ecosystem is only roughly 80,000. An ecosystem’s carrying capacity is the total population of game that can be supported sustainably in a given area. Elephants eat roughly 400kg (880lbs) of vegetation and drink over 120 liters (31 gallon) of water per day. Great damage has been done to once verdant forests and wetlands such as the Chobe and the Okavango. Hence, Botswana is by far the most popular destination for elephant hunters and the overpopulation of elephants there ensures a wide selection of trophy bulls. This country has produced some of the heaviest ivory of all countries in which elephant hunting is currently allowed. Although Botswana was never famous for 100 pound elephants in the hey-days of ivory hunting, countless bulls can grow to old age there, which is an essential factor in producing large ivory. The average tusk weight taken in Botswana in the last decade was between 58 and 68 pounds (per tusk), with exceptional elephants of over 80 pounds being taken each year by the best operators. The largest elephant we have taken in Botswana carried massive tusks, weighing 97 x 87 pounds. Today, after being closed to hunting for 7 years, hunters traveling to Botswana are sure to see hundreds of elephants during a 10 day hunt and the chance for that magic 100 pounder is very real!
After the closure of Botswana, Zimbabwe became the most popular destination for elephant hunters due to transient elephants migrating between Botswana and Zimbabwe and also because of Zimbabwe’s large resident population of elephants. Prices are more modest in Zimbabwe than elsewhere and the quality of ivory, at least with the leading operators, has been remarkably uniform, safari to safari, year after year. This country continues to produce good trophy quality elephants with tusk weights between 40 and 55 pounds. Our best professional hunters have constant success rates of nearly 100% and the largest ivory taken by our leading professional hunter in Zimbabwe weighed a staggering 101 x 89 pounds.
At the moment prices in Zimbabwe are depressed due to the on-going political crisis. The large, remote tribal and government concessions where elephant hunting takes place are still safe for foreign travelers Hunting Consortium staff, travel to Zimbabwe almost every year to verify that the security situation is satisfactory and monitor the hunting areas to ensure quality and sustainability.
Elephant hunting was reopened in this country in 2005 after a closure of more than 20 years. The elephant population in Zambia, like that in neighboring Tanzania, was heavily damaged during the poaching of the 1970s and 1980s. Nowadays the population has recovered well and hunters report a good selection of bulls during their hunts. The harvest quotas are small and not all areas in the country produce good results.
The reopening of government concessions in the Caprivi Strip in northern Namibia have been a great asset to elephant hunters. This area is heavily populated with elephant, as it borders the northern part of neighboring Botswana. Studies of regional migrations of elephants indicate that these animals in fact move between Botswana and the Caprivi Strip on a seasonal basis. Ivory in Namibia is usually of the short, thick variety, weighing on average between 45 and 65 pounds. Several large trophies over 70 pound are taken every year. Prices in Namibia are more modest than in Botswana.
This country’s elephant population was heavily damaged during the civil war in the 1990s, and elephants there were especially hard hit. Some areas however, were virtually untouched by the fighting and many others have since recovered. There is now a sustainable population of elephants there, especially in the northern region of the country in and around the huge Niassa Reserve. Mozambique was never famous for 100 pound elephants, but good trophies in the 55 – 65 pound range can be found, with the occasional trophy over 80 pounds. Three elephants weighing over the magic 100 pound mark have been taken during the past 10 years – all of them in the northern coutadas.
Mozambique is also a good choice for buffalo, lion and leopard. Especially in the Zambeze Delta. It offers perhaps the best VALUE in mixed bag big game hunting today. Prices have risen in recent years however, this country still offers some of the best values in African hunting today. As it continues to regain its former reputation as a great safari venue, prices will undoubtedly continue to rise.
Although camps vary from place to place, clients will usually have a typical, large safari tent or bungalow made of natural materials, with en-suite toilet and shower facilities. Dinners are elegantly set up in dining areas which are set in the most beautiful of places. An experienced staff caters to your every need. Great meals are the rule, often prepared from wild game and fresh locally grown vegetables and salads. Daily laundry service is available in all camps.
As a full service travel company, the Hunting Consortium will make all necessary flight and hotel arrangements as well as procure any required visas and firearm permits. Hunting Consortium can assist you in getting the best airfare routing that best suits your desired itinerary and destination. When you are ready to book a hunt, we will construct a custom itinerary plan for you, designed to your specific requirements. Hunting Consortium will provide you with complete advice and suggestions on everything related to the hunt, from equipment and immunizations, to trophy shipping and a host of other necessities. Each of our hunters receives detailed information material on the hunts, country, inhabitants, and travel formalities. The firm also provides every hunter with a map, equipment checklist and other articles designed to prepare them for the hunt. Our staff is available to you seven days a week to answer any questions you may have concerning the organization or execution of the hunt.
We at the Hunting Consortium pride ourselves in planning hunts that deliver the right results for every client according to his/her own individual taste, budget and trophy quality aspirations. Elephant hunting is a very complex theme, so we encourage those interested to contact us for a thorough briefing and consultation, in order to determine the right hunting option.
Wisdom From Experience
The Hunting Consortium offers its clients unparalleled experience in Africa, having arranged safaris for more than 40 years! We work for a wide variety of customers and pride ourselves in giving individual attention and in tailoring every safari to the needs and goals of each client. No other company provides the depth of service and individual attention which we do.
Bob and Margarete Kern have owned safari companies in both South Africa and Tanzania. Bob and Rob Kern as well as other members of the experienced Hunting Consortium staff have personally hunted every area offered by the Hunting Consortium and visit concessions and areas frequently to keep the information we provide current. We know personally every operator we recommend. The Hunting Consortium is uniquely qualified to assist our clients in any realistic hunting desire in Africa. We know who to hunt with, when to hunt for the best possible results, and how to get there as efficiently as possible.