TANZANIA: On our way home from Tanzania

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  1. Boatbuilder

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    Day 15
    We decided to go have another look for buffalo today. We got on a herd and found a hard bossed bull that was only 70 yards away. He was smaller than the one my wife shot so we decided to pass on him. We put a sneak on a herd of heartebeest but the wind was swirling and they were gone.
    We then headed down the trail and spotted a herd of impala and the stock began. We got within 100 yards or so and I made the shot count. He ran 15 yards and fell over dead. I ended up with a small scope rash on that shot. Couldn't believe how small these little guys were. Africa pics and vids from camera 627.jpg

    We headed back to camp for lunch and then headed back to croc bait with impala for bait. Got everything set up and was in the blind by 5:00pm. The crocs came into bait with a full hunger on and it was amazing to watch them feed. Duncan, our cameraman, set up a gopro camera close to bait. It is amazing footage watching crocs feed at such a close distance. Finally at 6:00pm a 10'2" croc gave nme the shot I wanted. First shot was 2" behind his smile and he shuttered a bit but never moved an inch. I gave him another one in same spot and one behind front shoulder for insurance. We finally had a dead croc that I'm very happy with.
    Africa pics and vids from camera 654.jpg
    What a way to end a safari. We had to fly out the next day at noon so we just stayed around camp in the morning before we flew back out to Dar Es Salaam.
    I cant say enough about how this was a dream come true for my wife and myself. This was a 1st class operation from the time we booked and until the time we arrived home.
    good thing is, my wife is already wanting to go back for a lion.

    Thanks for reading
    Jim/Bev Clow
     
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    Congrats, some fine trophies and great memories.
     
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    Nice well done, only one thing and I guess that most of the gents that reading this is happy that them wife's not hunting.... with the reason that everything get double expensive...:D:D
     
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    The hunting of a lifetime no doubts.....greats pics and awesome trophies......thank you for share with us........!!!!!!!!
     
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    Great report Jim, congrats to you and Bev on some great trophies!
     
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    Many fine looking trophies taken by you and the missus but the markings on that Zebra are spectacular!

    The Leopard looks great and a front on photo, or any video footage would greatly be appreciated. The "charge" must have got the heart pounding?

    What rifle/and load were you and the wife using to always have to follow a blood trail?
     
  7. Boatbuilder

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    My wife was using a .375 H&H. I was using a .416 Rigby. Using Barnes X 300 grain.
    These rifles belonged to the PH Jack Franklin. We decided to use his rather than the hassle and stress of bringing our own. This was the first time I've used Barnes X and I'll be using these from now on. They hold together very well and penetrate like nothing I've used before.
     
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    Congratulations on a great hunt. Thanks for sharing your story and photos.

    I may have missed it, but what outfitter were you hunting with?

    All the best.
     
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    Kilombero North Safaris. PH was Jack Franklin.
     
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    Thank you for the great report and pictures.

    You have some great trophy's in the lot. :D
     
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    Way to go Boatbuilder! Great trophies and great country to hunt in, the first place I went to in 1985. It is the classic safari country even today I see. You guys done good. Congrats!
     
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    What a safari! Hard to ever top one like that. Some great trophies. Congrats on a great trip. Thanks for sharing. Bruce
     
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    Fantastic hunt, Jim, congrats for some great trophies and thanks for sharing !
     
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    Great hunt and enjoyed your write up. Some shot that Mrs. of yours.
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    What an outstanding safari! My sincerest congratulations to both you and your spouse. Fine buff - hers is a beast :) - is there anything more fun to hunt? Also amazing luck with the cat. You also were extremely lucky someone didn't end up with 130lbs of organic powered food processor in their face. Well done.
     
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    Jim, thanks for sharing your hunt and congrats on some fine animals.
     

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