There are many breathtaking places in Africa, but few destinations can match Tanzania’s Mount Loosimingor for scenic beauty. Rising 7,200 feet above sea level, Loosimingor is part of the same volcanic chain that created Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorogoro Crater. Surrounded by drain plains, Loosimingor’s slopes are lush and green, shrouded by heavy fog in the mornings and decorated with thin veils of moss that hang from trees above. It looks more like a scene from Gorillas in the Mist than a typical safari camp, but there is plenty of game on the mountain.
PH Rainer Josch guides buffalo hunts on the slopes of Loosimingor out of his tented camp. Since there is no vehicle access to the camp, hunters hike up the face of the mountain and are treated to magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley and the plains of Maasailand far below. The initial hike is only a taste of things to come, though; hunters who want to find their buff on these emerald slopes had better plan on walking, sometimes as much as fifteen miles a day. This isn’t a hunt for everyone, but if you are looking for a unique buffalo hunt in beautiful country you should check out Rainer’s website at www.wild-africa.net. You can also learn more about Rainer’s mountain hunts in my upcoming article in the July issue of Cabela’s Outfiiter Journal.
The foothills of the Seven Devils Range in Idaho is a wingshooter’s dream. There are six species of wild birds found at elevations varying from 2,500 to 6,500 feet in elevation. In addition, both the Salmon and Snake Rivers run through the area and it is an ideal location for a cast-and-blast trip that includes salmon and trout fishing with an upland hunt. Or, for the more adventurous, nearby Riggins is Idaho’s whitewater capital. The Devils, however, will test even the most fit hunter with the best gear, which made it the perfect place to evaluate Fausti’s Dea side-by-side shotgun and Danner’s updated Pronghorn boots. A light gun and rugged boots are essentials on a Devils hunt, particularly when hunting in high, steep country. Last year in the Owyhees I ripped both soles off a pair of premium hunting boots, the miles of steep terrain and rocky soil quite literally peeling the sole away from the upper until I was left hunting in lace-up, cordura moccasins. Not good, and no positive review for those boots.
Taylor Towne at Danner provided me with a complimentary pair of Pronghorns for the hunt to see how the redesigned boots held up under tough conditions. Unlike my last hunt, I had no problems with my footwear this time. The Pronghorn has been around for many years and each subsequent version of this proven classic adds more and more features to an already fabulous product. Since that hunt my Pronghorns have been from Georgia to Maine with me and despite the miles and abuse they’re still my go-to boot for most any hunt. See my review of Danner’s Pronghorns in the current issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine. The full feature on the Devils hunt will appear in next month’s issue.
I also had one of Fausti’s new Dea side-by-sides along on my Devils trip. My 28 gauge model weighed around five pounds loaded and carried like a dream. And, like all quality Italian side-by-sides, it was a beautiful gun, with intricate scrollwork, a magnificent straight-grip walnut stock, non-selective single gold-plated trigger and five choke tubes. They ain’t cheap but they’re worth it and if you treat your Dea right it will be around for a long time. I’ll be heading to Brescia, Italy next month to tour Fausti new facility and accompany Giovanna and Barbara Fausti on an upland hunt in the southern Alps. Stay tuned.