Group Hunt – J – July 2019
On the last day we had this Buffalo Bull standing at 37 yards…
J and his wife came down a few days earlier to visit a local town called Kenton on Sea to relax and also went to a Photographic Game Reserve near by.
Starting in the Karoo Concession we were on the hunt for Red Hartebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland and Black Springbuck. One of J’s favorite hunts on the 11 day safari was of his eland bull. We spotted a group of 6 bulls from far and started our stalk up a rocky mountain in the Karoo. Trying to not bump any other animals was challenging but we managed to get a little ahead of the 6 Eland Bulls and waited patiently. When they came out, the bull was shot and the spiraled horn animal was down. Not realizing how far up the mountain we were when we shot the bull, we had to skin the Eland for the cape and then cut him into quarters to be able to retrieve him. The nearest vehicle that we could get to the Eland was about 1km away at the bottom of the huge mountain. Needless to say we got back to camp late that evening but it was definitely worth all the hard work!
J’s first animal that he shot on this safari was a Red Hartebeest Bull, a stalk through a small rocky valley to get us in prime position. A great shot was made but a second one was needed as Hartebeest can be very tough animals. A few days on looking for Mountain Reedbuck and by the third day luck was on our side. The previous times the weather was not great with gale force winds and rain. Next on the list for up in the Karoo was Black Springbuck. After passing quite a few nice Black Wildebeest rams we spotted the one we wanted far in the distance. The stalk was on and we came up just in the right spot of the ridge. The Springbuck were feeding away slowly from our direction. This Black Springbuck ram was walking and feeding with Common Springbuck females. A shot was made and J had his magnificent Black Springbuck ram.
We moved from the Karoo Concession down to the Coastal Concession to hunt some of the Coastal animal species.
Down at the Coast J wanted to finish his spiral horn slam with a Bushbuck and a Nyala. The Nyala were plenty to choose from and a brilliant shot was made and 2 out of the 3 spiral horned animals was down.
His main animal was a Buffalo, we hunted hard for a couple of days and walked for miles, the first day we found some fresh Buffalo tracks. we had 3 trackers and they all started to track in all directions. A big bulls track was spotted and we followed his track for quite a long time only to find that he had joined up with a herd of Buffalo. We then hopped into the cruiser to track them along the road. Far in the distance the herd was spotted with a bull in the front. We drove around the top and walked quickly to get ahead of the herd with the wind coming towards us, the herd ideally should walk straight up the opening towards us. After a couple of minutes that is exactly what happened. On the last day we had this Buffalo bull standing at 37 yards. One shot with his 470 and the bull was down. First a cow came through at 36 yards away, a second cow and a soft boss bull. at 30 yards away the wind unfortunately turned a little bit and they caught our scent. Off the herd went running through spekboom thickets. We went back to where we originally saw the herd from a distance and tried to spot them again. They had moved into thick bush and as the heat was getting warmer, the buffalo started to bed down. We then decided to have lunch in the bush and have a little siesta in the bush. Later that afternoon the buffalo started to move but decision was made that there was not a bull in that herd that we wanted.
The second day of Buffalo hunting was unsuccessful and we went back to camp empty handed. On the last day after walking a good few miles again, we spotted 3 groups of buffalo in the distance. We quickly regrouped and made our way to where we thought the buffalo was going to walk up to. While in position we waited for approximately 30mins or so and the one tracker said “I hear them, they are here, they are coming”. Sean got J set up on the sticks and in prime position. Sean guided J through the process of what possibly could happen and where the buffalo were going to come out and what they were likely to do. the last buffalo to come out was a bull. J made the decision to take this bull as it was his last day in Africa and wasnt sure if he could come back again for another buffalo hunt. There he stood at 37 yards. One shot with his 470 and the bull took off. The herd came running back to the bellow of the bull. We waited patiently and on the bulls last bellow, the tracker said “that was the last bellow, he is down”. This was a great close counter Buffalo hunt. One I think we will all remember.
Bushbuck can be very elusive and sneaky and this seemed to be the case. We were lucky to find the one that J was looking for, an old ram with a dark skin, on the last morning of the hunting safari trip. He was feeding in the bushes on the edge of an open veld. We slowly stalked closer and the Bushbuck turned to show his shoulder perfectly. Shot was made, the Bushbuck jumped up high and fell to the ground. Great Shot!
Happy hunting and see you again!
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