One More Month.........Bags are already packed

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Wildside Outdoors, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. Wildside Outdoors

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    As I sit quietly behind my desk at what is supposed to be work, I realize that I can't think of anything other than Africa. Having never been, my mind is filled with all sorts of wild ideas and mini movies of how things may play out. It is quite difficult to concentrate on the many tasks that are provided to me within my daily life when I know that Botswana is only one month away. It is hard to believe that all of the planning and research that I done began almost 2 years ago.

    After nearly 4 months of research, punching numbers, making phone calls, sending emails and trying to decide how I was ever going to make a journey across the pond that would put me face to face with at least most of the plains game that I desired, I finally settled on Jason Bridger and Kanana. I booked my dates in January of 2013 with regret that I wasn't taking the trip that same year, but this fall would be reserved for my father on a long awaited elk hunt. Elk was the one animal he had always dreamed of harvesting and had yet to take so my wife and I had helped ensure this would be a possibility.

    As the 2013 year came to a close, it truly was the ending to a phenomenal year. My father had taken his elk, a small 6 x 6, but grand for his standards as his age is being foretold through his movement. Not a single tag was left unfilled for the family and as the New Year came in, I knew that Africa would be slowly approaching.

    Each day I look to my calendar at the right of my desk and make an "X" on the previous day and quickly note how many days remain before I leave on the hunt that I have long desired more than any other adventure on earth. All of my bags are packed for the hundredth time, the one exception being my bow that I continue to shoot each and every day. I think of the friends I've made along the way, the advice given to me, so freely - much more so than what I am used to with Eastern US deer hunters. Everyone has been so helpful and I can not thank everyone enough for their input, their ideas, and their knowledge. This site has been so instrumental in helping me plan for this trip, the people have been full of knowledge and I hope to be able to pass on this knowledge and my own experiences to those yet to experience the Dark Continent as well.

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this site and while I have yet to leave for Kanana, I am sure that while I am there, and after I return, that I will only be the more thankful to each and everyone on here.

    - Didn't mean to have such a long post, but I am just bursting with energy.......... I really need to find something to shoot at!
     
  2. Biddleman

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    You'll have a great time at Kanana with Jason. The bad part is you'll get spoiled by seeing so much game, and when deer season rolls around it will seem so ho-hum. Wait until you get back, the only thing you will think about is your time there and how to return.
     
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    You have reason to be excited, enjoy the hunt!
     
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    And this is how the addiction started taking hold.....

    Best of luck on your hunt,looking forward to your report!
     
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    I feel your excitement Wildside, I depart for my first trip to Africa in just 44 days and 18 hours (I have a countdown clock on the front page of my cell phone that even gives it down to the seconds). I cant wait to read all about your trip and share my adventure as well, this web site has become quite addicting.
     
  6. Scott Slough

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    I have to second the energy ... I am not sure that my nerves would stand marking days off on the calendar and packing so early. I guess we all have different routines.

    I leave in 28 hours and I have everything in the spare bedroom with 3 different suitcases and 3 different backpacks. I plan to spend the evening packing and repacking different combinations as I am certain that sleep will be hard to come by!!
     
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    wild side , wait till you have half that time left , the tension is four fold .
    and scott I m 13 days to where your at , im like a cat on a hot roof ,now mate
    everything is right and good to go ,
    im just waiting on a couple of packet of rage broad heads .and I will have to reload another 40 odd 300s for my dearest,most expensive , to keep her eye sharp ..
    got all the export /imports permits back in the snail mail .
     
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    You are going to have a wonderful safari!
     
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    Enjoy your trip, Planning can be frustrating sometimes. Keep all your paperwork and permits in their own envelopes so you can access them easily if needed
     
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    As I was out enjoying the great sunny day that showed up today on Canada Day I was reminded of a small fact:
    I was hunting at Kanana one year ago today.

    It was pretty uneventful. Not much to celebrate about on the National birthday.



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    This should help settle you down. Not much to look forward to. :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Jumbo

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    I live here and can share the excitement! enjoy!
     
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    good luck and enjoy,travel safe.
     
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    You are going have the trip of a lifetime.
     
  14. Wildside Outdoors

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    Thanks everyone! I appreciate the support. Wayne................ that was just COLD! LOL
     
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    Wildside, flying out on Sunday and can fully sympathize! Hope your trip goes well!
     
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    16 days for me. fully understand. 2 years ago this month was my first.
    Will be taking my wife for her first safari. She's giddy.
     
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    42 more days til wheels up....
     
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    I like your idea of a countdown time. Just set one up myself. 81 days and 18 hours for me. I've got the fever as well. It's a great thing that i don't have Facebook to be addicted to. I'm on here so much I'd never get anything done if I did! I'd hate to see how much time I've spent looking at this site and shopping for gear.
     
  19. Wildside Outdoors

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    Good Luck Scott!
     
  20. Scott Slough

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    Wildside ... I did make it. Not sure this makes you time go faster or slower, but I thought I would wet your appetite a bit.
     

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