My first hunting trip in Africa
I was asked to write a report on my hunting trip in South Africa this year, but since I am not a good writer(usually becomes very boring), I will mostly just put in some pics:)
I went to hunt at Gers Safaris/Klein Papkuil and I really enjoyed my stay and hunt with them.
Very nice people and the accommodations and food excellent.
I was bit worried that I would be hunting half tame animals from seeing a few American made hunting videos from other places in SA, but luckily they were far from tame.
I brought my bow as I knew that it was possible to hunt with a bow at their place, but unfortunately didn't the agent inform Gers Safaris that I planned to hunt with a bow too, so nothing was prepared for that. I informed the agent that I was bringing my bow, but it was not passed on...
So I decided to hunt with my gun instead of pushing my luck stalking with a bow when I had only 5 hunting days.
I really enjoyed the stalking seeing lots of game but still difficult to get a shot at a decent animal, both because they were very alert and also because it was difficult to be undetected passing animals I didn't want to shoot.
The main difference I experienced between the animals at that place and the different kinds of deer I usually hunt is that the deer use their ears and react much more to sounds than the PGs, but the PGs used much more their eyes and reacted much more to things not looking right from very far.
I did many kilometers of stalking and much of it crawling every day on hard ground full of pebbles so it was hard on my knees:)
One day we crawled for 2 1/2-3 hours stalking a herd of impalas ending up in shooting my Kudu bull instead:p
I told my PH from the start that I didn't care about big trophies, I just wanted some memories from my hunting, so I don't know if any of the animals I shot are big at all, but I don't care:)
The Impala was the animal I thought would be the easiest to shoot, but it turned out to be the hardest to get:)
The last day the owner offered me to put up a pop-up blind and let me shoot him a Kudu cow for meat for free with my bow.
Of course I took his generous offer and I managed to shoot a young cow that only went 25-30 meters after my arrow passed through her before she fell over dead.
I really enjoyed it all and it gave me the Africa Fever for sure:D