Where to hunt Baboon
There are five species (Chacma, Gelda, Guinea, Hamadryas and Olive) of Baboon in Africa, more or less evenly distributed across Africa. Hunting opportunities exist in just about every country from Burkina Faso and Cameroon to Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa. However, if you wish to target a particular species of the Baboon specifically, you’d better make sure in advance whether large numbers of the particular species are there on the outfitter’s territory. The two most commonly hunted Baboons are the Chacma Baboon in Southern Africa and the Olive Baboon in East Africa.
Baboon is one of the most affordable animals to hunt in Africa, and the shooting fee can be as low as $60 (on some properties, where they are a problem for the landowners, you might actually get a chance to shoot a few for free). However, dedicated baboon hunts are rare, as baboon is usually hunted if an opportunity presents itself in the course of a regular plains game or dangerous game safari. Overall, you can go to hunt in Africa for as little as under $2,000, although most “plains game packages” sell for $3,000-$7,000 range.
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When to hunt Baboon?
Baboon is hardly ever hunted specifically. Opportunities to hunt baboon exist pretty much the year round, especially on game farms. No month is necessarily better or worse for baboon hunting, especially given the wide distribution of the species, but most people prefer to schedule their plains game hunts for the Southern Hemisphere winter, that is, June to October.
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Few hunters target baboons specifically, but many will take one if an opportunity presents itself. This may happen in the course of a spot-and-stalk hunt, or while waiting in a blind over a waterhole. A hunter who wants to add a big, mature baboon to their trophy collection and doesn’t want to wait for an opportunity should try to ambush or stalk a family group when the baboons are preoccupied with their scavenging activities.
Why hunt Baboon?
If you have to ask this question, you’re probably not from Africa. Baboons multiply like crazy, especially in absence of their natural predator, Leopard. They are intelligent, strong, and have an efficient social structure, which makes their scavenging expeditions into farmlands and human settlements especially devastating. They make dangerous neighbors, known to steal and kill pets and even children, and small wonder that most locals adopt a “shoot on sight” policy against them. A hunter who will try to add a baboon to their trophy collection, however, may find them a quarry that commands great respect - the same intelligence and social cooperation make Baboons hard to outsmart, as long as they know they’re being hunted. In fact, some hunters who tried to collect all species of the Baboon reported that the experience left them wondering who has more brains.
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