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African Big Game Hunt

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  1. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    A few pics of a hunt I did in northern South Africa, not far from the borders with Zimbabwe and Botswana.

    The Blue Wildebeest bull weighed 130 kg (290 lb) dressed out (skin and head off, guts out) and its horns measured 27 inches.

    The Gemsbok cow weighed 108 kg (240 lb) dressed out and its horns measured 34 inches.

    The warthog was small but it will make good eating.

    The wildebeest and the gemsbok are going on the wall.

    This was true “bush” hunting. Walk slowly and stalk. See them before they see you and recognize you as a threat. Shoot before they run. Tough animals, too. The shot I made on the Wildebeest would have put a whitetail deer down right there, but this thing ran for probably 100 yards before expiring.

    I used a borrowed, old, old German rifle with an octagonal barrel, chambered in 7x64 Brenneke (bottom rifle in the photo.) Looked like a Mauser action, but it didn’t say Mauser anywhere. Made in Oberndorf. The other is my friend’s old Brno rifle with a set trigger. Love the look of those full-length stocks.

    If I had left Africa without doing a hunt like this, I’d have kicked myself for the rest of my life.

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  2. RickN

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    Always enjoy your pictures from there Tim. Thankyou
     
  3. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    I still think you are having way too much fun to call it work LOL

    Good hunting
     
  4. 9manfan

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    Nice pic's and nice looking critters............
     
  5. Texshooter

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    Kool guns and sure sounds like you had fun. AJ
     
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    First trip ? If so, bet you go back. You can't go just once.
    Jim
     
  7. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    SC trapshooter,

    Actually, my wife and I are living over here. I'm on a work assignment. Came over in September 2010.

    Designing/building coal-fired power plants.

    Its not bad!

    Tim
     
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    Great pictures-- good for you- what an experience

    and true working guns---

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  9. momma91304

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    I don't hunt but Africa does get under your skin. I am going again on April 8th--Africa just draws you--the wildlife, indigenous people and the sweet smoky smell when you land--I would know I was there blindfolded. This trip is to Tanzania again--I was in Kenya and Tanzania in 2002, South Africa including
    Mala Mala and Victoria Falls in 2012 and now back to Tanzania. Still on my bucket list is Botswana and Zambia--maybe next year.
    David's mom
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    Glad to see you experiencing some of the good stuff on your adventure. As always thanks for the pics.
     
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