SOUTH AFRICA: Hunting in the Karoo last may with MH hunting...Great time...!!!!

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  1. ROCKET

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    I had a long trip from Argentina.......Buenos Aires-San pablo(Brazil)-San Pablo-Johanesbur-Johanesburg-Bloemfomtain-and tree hours drive to the Vanderkloff twon where the lodge is.
    Thanks god all the flys were perfect and I had a great welcome at the Vanderkloff lodge.
    Mynard Heroldt is the owner and he demostrate to be a great man.....myguide who pick me up to the airpor was the youn man Johan 25 years old.The lodge is full of taxidermys of everything game wich make feell as in the paradaise.
    My boss is the booking agent for MH Hunting in Buenos Aires and I made all the arregements for my hunt trhu the hunting operation for I work.
    I feel between friend since the first time I got there and the hunting days pass as I was hunting with a friend of mine.
    The Karoo landscape is very special......flat lands mix with a lot´s of Kopiies and big hills with flat tops where you can find alot of game and spend many time hunting up there.

    First day..........found blue wildbeest in a flat land.......with my guide Johan starts a aproach in the open field......I behind him grabing his belt and him with the shooting sticks crossing on his head imiting a strange animal in the open.......we get at 160 meters of them......he set up finaly the shootin sticks........the ñu was looking us......I take a shoot in a midle of his chest.......felt down over his own shadow.......was a pretty nice one.......!!!!!

    The trophy........

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    The ñu hunting hapeened in the morning......we made stop for lunch at the field and after this we keep on hunting untill we found a cople of blesbuck, male and female along........left the Cruiser and star to stalk again.......they were walking slow on a flat topof a hill......we go behind them trying to cover our selves with small bushes and the closer we got was 210 meters........Johan set up the sticks again and I take a shoot........20 meters run and go straith to the ground......wasa good shoot.........

    Another nice one..........

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    Those was my two first trophies for the first day and I was in the glory.......we were stalkin all the time on foot......we send the truk to same place to wait for as then we walk lookin for game.....just great.......!!!!!
    The return to the lodge and dinner a some drinks at the lodge bar is unforgetable.....

    Second day same plan......awake up 5.30.....breackfast 6 and live 6.30 to start to hunting at 7......stalk again......found a big herd of sprimbuck in flat land down there......aproach in the bushes.......front neck shoot......

    There he is.......

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    In the afternoon a cople of Kudu bulls run away and couldn´t take them unfortunatly.......

    Day 3........Finaly we done a good stalk over a shootable Kudu bull........not a monster but good enought to me......that was a good morning........representative Kudu bull......


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    Kudu bull wasin the morning........in the afternoon we saw a nice warthog in the Kopiee base and stalk for it with a great resoult.......120 meters shoot........

    All the band was there......guide, helpers and trakers........great moment.......!!!!!

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    Day 4.......with a nice trophys allready in pocket the list start to be short........focus on gemsbuck that morning......we had a couple of gemsbuck aproach failed but we work on this solitaire and along animal and got it.........that morning.......

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    Lunch time as every day at the field and keep going........keep hunting.......and we found the same way as orix a red hartebeest.......along, nice bull.......aproach trow the bushes......180 meters away from my rifle.......was another nice shoot to keep on my mind.........

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    Day 5........We were hunting in open range for Zebra and Impala and took as good work.......cruiser, stalking, cruiser, stalking........finaly we got 150 meters away from a very nice Zebra.......shoot in the shoulder........short run and pictures..........


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    In the afternoon we spend many hours behind a impal herd with a nice male at the head.......to be honest that was the only trophyI shoot from the truck at 220 meters.....we finish our stalk for3 time because the herd run away from as and we got the truck again we saw the same herd at 300 meters of the truck.......we moved a bit and I take a shoot.........was not the way I like but you have to know what you should do when you must to do...........

    Was good anyway to me.......

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    Day 6.....I awake later that morning because I was done with my trophyes........I was having my breakfast about nine in a morning when Mynard comes and ask to me......what are yo doing at this hour and with no hunting clothes...........geting my breakfast I said.....I am done.......you are not done he said......change your clothes, I want you try my new rifle with a sprimbuck and there we go.........

    Was a 22-250 with a special trigger and bedding work and couple of more things..........

    thats the resoults.............free range also.......

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    Guys.....as you know this the only way to put six great hunting days in the short way in words......I have much more pictures to share with you and millions of more things to say but I think that this is a good start at least........you ask me and you gonna have your answer for sure........!!!!!!

    Couple more things........

    Mynard and staff is great.......

    Lodge and rooms and service is very good..........

    Wine, beer, sodas is plenty.......

    I take my own hard drinks, Jack Daniels and Bacardi rum.......

    Vehicles there´s severals and very good, land cruiser and toyotas........

    Guides are very experienced.........

    Dinner is ok....

    Lunch could be much better........

    The price was the price.....no changes......

    Mynard gave to me the last sprimbuk for free......

    I shoot nine trophyes with a Musgrave rifle .308 caliber and 150 grain bullet they give to me and no charge for it and the last sprimbuck with the Mynard 22-250.

    I soo happy with this trip......South Africa and their people and game and everithyng don´t let me down.......this is what I waiting for many years.......!!!!!

    I am ready to keep on sharing more details and pics with you guys...........!!!!!!!!

    See you........
     
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    Well done Rocket! Now time to share some Argentina stories. I live in the U.S. but have a fascination with S. America, so close yet so far away for some reason.
     
  3. ROCKET

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    Thank you Phil......Stories from Argentina will come......!!!!!
     
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    good stuff rocket .
    you got yourself some very nice trophies ,mate .
    thanks for sharing your memoeries with us all .
    just like phil , im looking foreward to reading of your adventures in argintina .
    I really like the shape of your impala ,ram
     
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    Congratulations.

    Thanks for sharing your hunt report.
     
  6. ROCKET

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    Thank you bluey for your concept.....!!!!



    Thank you very much BRICKBURN......!!!!
     
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    Enhorabuena Rocket, congratulations for a great hunt and very good trophies.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. ROCKET

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    Thank you very much Nyati for your comment, let me tell you......this hunting trip for me represent one of my dreams allready done.......Hunting in Africa......!!!!!
     
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    Rocket thank you for sharing with us. Looks like you had a great trip! Nice trophies!
     
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    Thank you CAustin......you are right, it was a great trip.....the trip of my life.......!!!!!!
     
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    Enhorabuena, Rocket, great hunting, great trophies. Now you have to come back!
    Y además Mynard habla español....
    Congrats
     
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    Gotta love the SA hospitality

    Glad you had a great trip
     
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    Great Story!
    Great Pics!
    "...felt down over his own shadow..." This is a great expression! May I have your permission to use it?
     
  14. ROCKET

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    Jafa......so do you Know Mynard.....???......glad for that.......and I have to go back there for sure.......!!!!!
    Thank you for your coment......!!!!!




    Ted......the South African hospitality was unique.....I will never for get that.......!!!!

    Thank you......!!!!!





    Jfet......first thanks for your welcome in my presentation in hello from Argentina.......of course you can use that nice expression......why not.......I ll be glad if you do.......!!!!!

    Thank´s and see you.......!!!!!!
     
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    Nice trophies for your first trip.
     
  16. ROCKET

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    Thank you Frederick.....!!!!!
     
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    Great hunting report! Love your pictures. I'm a big red hartebeest fan, you got a nice one!
     
  18. ROCKET

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    Thank you enysse......I really like the red hartebeest and Iwas lucky to find a nice one.......!!!!!

    See you.....!!!!!
     
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    Yes, Rocket, I met Mynard a few years ago in Madrid, at the hunting Fair. Really kind guy. I talked with him, but finally I didn´t hunt with him.

    Jose
     
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    Great write up and pictures Rocket! Sounds like you had a great time.
     

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