NAMIBIA: College Station, Writing Across the Curriculum, Kowas

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  1. Jfet

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    Because I have framed this trip as a graduation present for Wyatt and PB is coming and is planning to hunt Mt. Zebras, things such as new clothes, floors, or other items cannot be played. However, the Cape Buffalo trip in 2016 may be a different story. ;)
     
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    June 9, 2014: Still in school


    It is the duty of all members of AH to write a hunting report. I don’t like writing. It is the duty of all members of AH to write a hunting report. I don’t like writing. J


    Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.” Gen. Robert E. Lee


    To those that have read this report so far and especially those that have responded, Thank You! I realize I did not start the report in a normal fashion but it was a story I liked to tell and it has overcome the inertia of not writing. It has also allowed me to learn the skills necessary to write this report and post pictures.


    I am going to attempt to continue writing this report on a regular basis because if I wait until I return the whole story will be overwhelming and I will not write the story. Therefor, I am actually writing this story in journal form and when I get a chance and the connection allows me I will post on the forum. I hope this report will provide information, inspiration, and laughter.


    Who: Team Fet

    Me

    PB (Princess Bride)

    Wyatt

    Ty

    Hunting Location: Kowas Safaris in Namibia http://www.kowasadventure.com

    Rifles:

    1. I will be shooting a 375 H&H Magnum in Winchester Model 70. I will be using Federal Premium 300g Swift A-Frames

    2. PB will be shooting 7mm-08 Browning A-Bolt. She will be using Federal 150g Core-Lokt bullets

    3. Wyatt will be shooting a 30-06 Browning A-Bolt. He will be using 180g Barnes TTX bullets

    4. Ty will be shooting a 30-06 Browning X-Bolt. He will be using 180g Barnes TTX bullets


    Animals to Hunt: We are first timers. We don’t have a clue. The first time to Africa Package that Kowas offers has been a good starting point. This will not be the last trip to Africa, thus the 375 but it’s a start.

    1. Kudu

    2. Oryx

    3. Springbuck

    4. Blue wildebeest or red hartebeest

    The above list is the plan. We have not arrived in Namibia and the plan has already fallen apart. The team is requesting to add zebras, warthogs, and baboons. I remember when the boys were very little going to a private fishing pond and catching trout. We got caught up in the excitement of the moment and caught a lot of trout. Then we paid for them by the inch. One of my favorite photos of the boys came from that trip. Priceless! :)


    Current Status: Packing
     
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  4. Jfet

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    Yes Sir! that scope will work!(y)
     
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    June 14: Still at Home but getting closer

    Working on picture posting skills. Hopefully, this works.

     
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    WHOOP! It worked!
    No, that is not Africa. It is Throckmorton Texas and that was my morning. Now I need to actually step on a plane and fly. :)
     
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    It worked! :)
     
  8. Jfet

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    As we are packing somethings that have jumped out at us
    1. Somebody on this forum suggested packing all your bags several days in advance. GREAT IDEA! We have been able to adjust loads and have determined that one bag would not work. Quick trip to Cabelas
    2. Ty has successful completed two years of college. He has lettered as a freshman in NCAA Div III College Football. He is in charge of a cabin of teenagers at Sky Ranch Summer Camp. However, he will not turn 21 for another 6 months and that means don't pack ammo in his checked luggage. It could cause problems.
    3. This has not been a sudden revelation but its something to consider. If you are going to do a safari to Africa for a college graduation present then be prepared to make adjustments if your college graduate gets a job a week after graduation. The new employer may not let your graduate off of work. We realized this could happen and we told Wyatt that if work did not let him off PB and I would get him there eventually. We were ready to bite that bullet but it worked out. (y)

    Hope this helps somebody!
     
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    Since I guess I am the feature of this trip, I should geton here and help tell the story as well. (While I do have a job, I can't do anything until I get back from Africa anyways, so they did not mind letting me take off for two weeks!)

    My dad, Jfet to his new found fourm friends, has always pushed my brother and I to embrace the "life is an adventure" concept. Whether it be blazing through the dirt of Moab to get to the campsite before dark (50 miles in just under 4 hours--poor suspension!), salmon fishing in Alaska because we didn't want Mom to be the only one to say that she'd been ther, or preparing for Africa, I am truly grateful for the opportunities that my parents have provided so that I didn't become a typical "fat-butt video game kid".

    (Happy Fathers Day btw Dad, 48 hrs until Africa)

    I hope all that read this continuing report will feel asthough they are right there in the bush with us, close enough to appreciate the thrill, (maybe not so close we have to dodge you as we leg it from a irrate rhino, things happen to the Fetner Family on trips) and will enjoy it as much as I sure we will!

    Chomping at bit while at work,

    Wyatt Fetner '14
     
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    welcome to AH wyatt its been an interesting read with a bit of tension already! you will all have a great time hunting in namibia together, and we will look forward to reading about it , enjoy :)
     
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    Welcome Wyatt!!!

    And congrats again! To graduate from Texas A&M is a big deal and you did it with style! :)

    Gig Em!

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    Sitting at work, plane to Dallas tonight to meet with family

    So we are sitting at T-minus 24 hours before Africa. Needless to say I am super excited and ready to go! I have packed everything (including passport, yes Mom) and will meet everyone and the rest of the luggage in Dallas tonight. Im bringing along Capstick for Dad to read on the plane. Let's go hunting!!!!
     
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    wyatt i bet the hands on your watch are moving very slowly.....:D
     
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    June 18: New York City

    Does a New York City cab equate to a Cape Buffalo. If so, then I am ready. ;)



    We start to whisper tomorrow!(y)
     
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    June 19: JFK Airport


    “Good Morning Sir, are you the group traveling with firearms to South Africa”

    “Yes, officer we are.”

    “May I see some ID?”

    “Here is my passport officer.”

    “Hmm, do you have any state ID like a drivers liscense?”

    “Yes, why…”


    Team Fet has crossed miles of territory, forded countless rivers, and crossed daunting mountain ranges. We have dealt with different tribes of people such as early morning commuter tribes, policy and procedure tribes, and tourist tribes. We did all of this in a single day. To quote Jack Aubrey, “What a marvelous modern age we live in.”


    Ok, modern air travel makes the opening sentences of this story pale in comparison to the opening stages of either of Theodore Roosevelts trips to Africa or the Amazon but I wonder how well he could have steped into modern day travel?


    Travel and adventure are two terms that go together. (At this point please read the word Adventure as Ivan Carter would pronounce it on his show.) Travel and adventure, I believe are deeply ingrained in the DNA of some of us. We just have to go and see what is on the other side of the river. We are drawn by the lure of discovery for ourselves. It is the ADVENTURE!


    Adventure: to respectfully face danger.

    (Clay Croft, http://www.xoverland.com)


    In the early 20th Century the trip to Africa took several weeks provided the ship did not sink. Today the flight from JFK to J’burg will take 15 hours provided the wings stay on the plane. When Theodore Roosevelt went to the Amazon he was accompanied by several members of his family including a young cousin in her 20’s. She traveled with the family as Roosevelt gave speeches in South American cities before his trip down The River of Doubt. When Roosevelt departed into the Amazon, she left with Mrs. Roosevelt and returned to New York. Several weeks later she died of jungle fever. Today we have modern medicines but life finds a way and the viruses, bacteria, and other creepy crawlies adapt. Winston Churchill describes the whirling dervishes and wully buggers in his book The River Campaign. Well, just watch the news and there are people out there that still don’t get along with other people. Then I am sure the dangers of a cape buffalo charge, pursuing a wounded leopard into thick bush, or stalking to within feet of a large bull elephant is as prevelant as it has always been. These are the things that light our fire because there is danger to be experienced. It is adventure!



    Oddly, though we have developed a travel industry that minimizes danger. I am sure the White Star Line worked to great lengths to get their passengers to their destinations. Each disaster, though, has brought lessons. Each lesson brings new procedures, rules, and policies. Rules and policies bring new enforcement. Enforcement can lead to, “Aw, it is too much trouble. I will just stay home.”


    …As I produced my Texas drivers license the second officer began to explain to me about the regulations in the five burroughs of New York concerning long arms. In short, if you live there you can not have them. The officer was polite and the description of the regulations was assuring. They were just making sure that we did not live in New York City with long arms. I was asked to open the two gun cases and when they saw guns with bolts removed and copies of my _______ form their official demeanor back downed and they engaged us in several moments of good natured conversation. Which included some gentle teasing about how even grenade launchers and fully automatic Tommy guns are legal in Texas. We gave them are best winning Texas smiles and they wished us good luck and then esscorted our firearms to the baggage drop.


    The two officers were great examples of enforcing rules for our protection. When they saw we were compling with the regulations of New York and basic gun safety they smoothly switched into a very welcome encouraging and helpful mode. They probably would not have done that if we had not been prepared. All of us adventures stand on the shoulders of those that have gone before us. AH has been a great source for getting us through this part of the trip. Now PB just has to shoot straight and get her Zebra. If she doesn’t, well that could be a whole new type of danger. I hope I live to write about it. ;-)
     
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    great read so far, looking forward to more
     
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    You may end up with another "priceless" invoice at the end of this trip if this attitude prevails.
    Good luck with everyones attempt at self control.

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