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DEATH IN THE MUMBWA (DVD)

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A well-crafted hunting movie from Zambia. It starts with hunts for plains game such as Lichtenstein hartebeest, warthog, zebra, puku, kudu, and sable. There are several leopard hunts and the host, Mark Buchanan, takes a chance by passing up a very nice 140-pound tom. Mark’s leopard hunts are filmed with two cameras so the viewer can see the leopard come to the bait from one angle and at the same time see the view the hunters have from the blind—very well done. Mark hunts a lion, too, and a very nice lion comes to the bait one evening but it is too late to shoot. After building another blind, the hunters get another chance; you will have to see the movie to see how that ends.

The entire film was made over a 28-day safari and follows Mark as well as Greg and Dale Jacobs around as they hunt in various locations. They shoot two leopards, one lion, and a whacking good sable. The DVD follows the hunters as they hunt in different areas, which keeps the pace and action fast, but not jarring. Short charter plane flights take the hunters to the Blue Lagoon for Kafue lechwe and then to the Bangwelu Swamp for a tsessebe and - sitatunga as well as a couple of black lechwe.

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