Butch is third generation Zimbabwean, having been born and raised in Zimbabwe. He grew up in the Lowveld on the sugar estates where there were plenty of hunting opportunities.
He has been a professional hunter for 31 years, obtaining his license in 1987 with Buffalo Range Safaris where he hunted for 10 years, and then hunting for Ingwe Safaris for another 15years before joining up with Roger and Guy Whittall on their Humani Ranch inside the world renown Save Valley Conservancy in SE Zimbabwe.
Butch has also been a pilot since 1992, flying C206, C182s and Savannah aircraft.
He is married to Jenny Whittall and has two lovely girls, Holly and Katie. He attended college at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, England, graduating in 1985 and began professionally hunting in 1986.
Butch can arrange safaris throughou Zimbabwe and surrounding counties to ensure hunters get the very best opportunities to hunt the species they need. He caters to bow, rifle and muzzle loading clients.
Butch Coaton Safaris operates according to strict quotas with annual game count aerial surveys being done on the conservancies to monitor wildlife population trends.
“I hunt with Butch because he not only has the bushcraft but the desire to get close to dangerous game.”
“As a traditional muzzleloading hunter it is essential I hunt with someone who has patience, is willing to get close, and is not going to shoot my trophy unless absolutely necessary. Butch is a fantastic hunter that exemplifies these qualities as well as many others. Butch has become a dear friend and I very much look forward to many more years of hunting together.”
“My first and my fifth Safari was with Butch. He taught me how to hunt in Africa and instilled an abiding love of Africa. His knowledge coupled with enthusiasm and great skill makes every day a special memory. There is no one I would rather share a drive in a Cruiser or a Sundower with than Butch and no one more dedicated to making your safari the trip of a lifetime. As I write this I think I need to plan another trip with Butch.”
“Butch Coaton is the consummate African PH. I’ve hunted North America for six decades and this was my third trip to Africa. Most fortunately I hooked up with Butch this last hunt (August 2017). His keen field craft, intuitiveness, and ready wit provided the hunt of a lifetime. He skillfully mentored my wife on her first stalk; she’s now hooked! Safari with Butch has put Africa into our blood. We will return to hunt with him for as many years as we can. Thanks to Butch, Africa’s calling.”
“This is my second hunt with Butch Coaton and I cannot say enough, from his professionalism, to making my wife a non hunter an essential part of the group to being one of the funniest people I know. Like the first hunt he makes my job easy putting me in right place for a clear shot. ”
“Making the decision to hunt with Butch Coaton a few years ago was one of the best decisions of my life! Subsequently, my wife and I have hunted with Butch on another three occasions, with our fifth Safari together coming up. Butch has a tremendous knowledge of all game to be pursued and how to hunt them successfully with either gun or bow. What differentiates Butch, in part, from many other PHs, is his personality. He is engaging, has a great sense of humor, and sincerely enjoys his clients! Make no mistake, when it’s time to close the deal with any dangerous game, you want Butch by your side!”
“Butch goes out of his way to provide the best hunting experience possible for his clients. Not only is he an extremely competent and passionate professional, he is also one of the most interesting, funny and kind people I know. As soon as our safari is over, I start dreaming of the next one. I fell in love with African hunting and Africa, in large part, thanks to Butch.”
“I've been hunting with Butch 3 times now. The first time I met him, he was a complete stranger filling in for a PH I knew who had an emergency. There's a reason I've re-booked with Butch twice. It takes no time at all to get along with Butch, and as a guide, he is professional, attentive, safe, courteous, experienced, and accomplished. As a friend, he is fun loving and genuine. I have zero hesitations recommending him as a professional hunter to anyone, and I look forward to booking my next safari with him.”