AUSTRALIA: 108" Bull For Meat

Anthony George

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 20, 2018
Messages
51
Reaction score
80
Location
Nhulunbuy
Media
58
Well it’s been awhile between meat Bulls and the freezers have been empty for too long.

Last few trips have had us come home empty handed, due to the seasonal rains and long grass the Buff are just not moving around.

But this trip was different,

Beautiful cool morning start at 0430 with the usual 5 coffee heart starter and a Ute pack in morning’s darkness, we were off down track.

Working our way down the little billy goat track, the fresh tracks and sign of Bull scrapes were everywhere, bloody good sign for the season to come.

Rounding the bend we spotted some movement out about 50m, a small herd of Buff cows were feeding in the bush. At first glance no Bulls were there, so MJ let out a call to make sure. With this, we watched as a Bull raised his head to see what the Fuss was about. From where we were he looked impressive and definitely a candidate for the freezer.

I pushed forward in behind some low bush, keeping the bush between me and the Bull. Only one horn was visible from where I was, at around 25m, so I turned to MJ and motioned for him to call again.

With this the Bull squared up to us with his head in full view. PHK he was impressive at this range. Front on head shots aren’t the best but that’s all I could see through the bush.

At this distance the Bulls face filled the Old Vari X scope set on 1.5, not wanting him to spook with my movement, I slowly touched of the 458WM with 550grn Woodleigh RN SN. With the blast the Bull’s head was driven back and instantly dropped out of sight. PHK PHK !!, I lost sight of him and from experience I’ve learned not to underestimate these Big Mature Bulls.

A quick dash and crash through the sharp thorny bushes and I was on him, I could see the Big Heavy Woodleigh had caught him under the left eye, at that range the projectile would have been still going well over 2000fps and hit like a freight train. MJ approached to help out if need, with his 404 Jeffery at ready, with this the Bull got up to his feet !! PHK PHK !

Now at less than 3 metres the sight of him getting up was impressive to say the least ! Now pretty sure I farted just before I snap shot him through shoulder and down he went again. Both of us laughed expecting the Bull to quickly pass away after that shot, but he got up to his feet again, but lucky he toppled over and with this I put another 550grner down through back of his head and that was that. He was a very impressive Bull and maybe my best so far.

Finding a path through the bush we made our way back to the car and managed to crash the V8 in nice and close to make the meat recovery easier. It was beautiful, cool and shady. Probably the best position we’ve had so far for butchering a Bull. Unlike the last meat Bull !!

Both of us took a moment to appreciate the Bull for what he is, a true example of a big coastal Bull in his prime, I thanked him for providing for our families. A quick measure with tap before we started, 19” bases and 33 1/2” & 36 1/2” horns. Definitely my best solo to date.

Along the way, while butchering I recovered the projectile from the first shot, it had entered below the left eye, passed out the back of the skull and down through the vertebral lugs alone the spine coming to rest just in front of the right shoulder, almost a metre of penetration and finished at 355grns or 64.5 % weight retention ! Amazing projectiles these Heavy Woodleigh Round Nose Soft Nose. The amount of work the projectile had done is astounding. The third shot projectile was also recovered, it had totally demolished the spinal Atlas and cranial base, coming to rest at base of tongue, and finished at 367grns, or 66.7 % weight retention, amazing.

With the photos all done we took our time and boned the entire animal out, easily filling our 3 eskies to the brim. 2 x 100ltr and 1 x 150ltr, with left over cuts in car fridge. He was in prime condition and between his back straps, chuck and brisket, filled the 150ltr esky easily.

This will all go well to keeping both our families well fed for the next few months for sure.

All bagged up, packet away and cleaned up, we crashed back out through the scrub and on our way home,

Barely midday, gotta Love it

I managed a bit of chatter and laugh before I did my usual and nodded off in passenger seat, only to be woken up with MJ ploughing into pot holes on the track, He does it Intentionally I think !!

Awesome day

1.jpg
DSCN6391.jpg
DSCN6403.jpg
DSCN6407.jpg
DSCN6408.jpg
DSCN6419.jpg
DSCN6420.jpg
DSCN6421.jpg
DSCN6428.jpg
DSCN6429.jpg
DSCN6430.jpg
DSCN6431.jpg
DSCN6432.jpg
DSCN6434.jpg
DSCN6437a.jpg
DSCN6440.jpg
DSCN6440a.jpg
DSCN6441.jpg
IMG_6703.jpg
IMG_6703a.jpg
IMG_6704.jpg
IMG_6707.jpg
IMG_6708.jpg
IMG_6710.jpg
 
Last edited by a moderator:

cagkt3

Platinum supporter
AH legend
Joined
Apr 10, 2017
Messages
2,931
Reaction score
2,011
Location
Texas
Media
87
Hunting Reports
2
Articles
1
Member of
DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS
Congrats, and thanks for sharing! That's a nice looking bull
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,792
Reaction score
16,334
Location
Canada
Media
412
Hunting Reports
8
Articles
23
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
A little hair raising!
A refreshing hunting tale about how you throw some adventure in to feeding your family.
Thanks.
 

gillettehunter

AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2009
Messages
3,387
Reaction score
3,090
Location
WYOMING
Media
83
Hunting Reports
6
Hunted
Namibia, Kyrgyzstan(2) South Africa(4) New Zealand Zambia(2)
Great bull. Lots of good meat there. Looks like those bullets preformed very well. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
Bruce
 

Scrumbag

AH fanatic
Joined
Jul 13, 2016
Messages
676
Reaction score
433
Media
40
Member of
BASC, SCI
Hunted
Europe
Fantastic hunt fellas! Your mate has an excellent taste in chamberings with the .404
 

Ridgewalker

Lifetime bronze benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
6,071
Reaction score
6,752
Location
Colorado
Media
229
Hunting Reports
3
Hunted
South Africa: Limpopo, Northwest; USA: Ak, Mt, Wy, Co, Ne, Ks, Nv, NM, Tx
WOW one fine beast! That must be great fun chasing them!
 

Bullthrower338

AH legend
Joined
Sep 20, 2014
Messages
4,355
Reaction score
9,662
Location
Houston, Texas and Alder, MT
Media
173
Hunting Reports
2
Member of
Life Member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, Huntin' Fool, DSC and Pope and Young Club
Hunted
USA, Mexico, Canada, RSA, Australia NT, Zimbabwe
Quite Impressive
 

Anthony George

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 20, 2018
Messages
51
Reaction score
80
Location
Nhulunbuy
Media
58
Thanks heaps guys
Yes we live in an amazing area and get to hunt these Big Boys alot

Was a great day and even better way to fill the freezer
 

cpr0312

AH ambassador
Joined
Jul 21, 2011
Messages
9,085
Reaction score
8,862
Location
North Carolina
Media
343
Hunting Reports
6
Articles
1
Member of
NRA Life Member
Hunted
US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe, Zambia
Congrats and thanks for sharing!
 

enysse

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 20, 2009
Messages
11,662
Reaction score
4,053
Media
136
Hunting Reports
8
Member of
Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
Nice buffalo and a lot of meat, WOW! I'm sure shooting at close range was exciting!
 

PaulT

AH elite
Joined
Apr 10, 2010
Messages
1,137
Reaction score
776
Media
145
Articles
5
Member of
S.C.I. International. Rowland Ward. Sporting shooters Association of Australia. Australian Deer Association.
Hunted
Aus. N.Z & Zim.
Not sure i'd want to be chewing on those steaks, but he's a spectacular bull.

Awesome bull.

Careful with the ones that get up on you. It can turn to shit in a split second.
 

Anthony George

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 20, 2018
Messages
51
Reaction score
80
Location
Nhulunbuy
Media
58
Not sure i'd want to be chewing on those steaks, but he's a spectacular bull.

Awesome bull.

Careful with the ones that get up on you. It can turn to shit in a split second.
The shank is one of my Fav cuts, great for curries and slow cooked

Yep agreed they can be unpredictable
 

jacques smith

AH fanatic
Joined
May 25, 2014
Messages
830
Reaction score
736
Media
5
Magnificent bull ! Through the skull completely and he still got up. Damn guess he didn’t get the memo that he was dead. Nicely done. Jacques
 

PaulT

AH elite
Joined
Apr 10, 2010
Messages
1,137
Reaction score
776
Media
145
Articles
5
Member of
S.C.I. International. Rowland Ward. Sporting shooters Association of Australia. Australian Deer Association.
Hunted
Aus. N.Z & Zim.
A good friend of mine,
who has decades of experience with these animals,
was recently "surprised" and seriously injured.

Be careful out there and don't let your guard down !
 

Anthony George

AH senior member
Joined
Jul 20, 2018
Messages
51
Reaction score
80
Location
Nhulunbuy
Media
58
Thanks heaps guys

I'll post up a story about the toughest Bull I've come across
 
 

 

 

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

John Camp wrote on Bonk's profile.
Bonk how about $775.00 for the CZ 550 Standard in .308?
ve7poi wrote on ZANA BOTES SAFARI's profile.
See you in May 2022
twenty days with you time seems to have slowed now after booking lol
tarbe wrote on Royal27's profile.
Current ETA to Buc-ees is 11 am or we can meet you there about 2 hrs later in the way back.
On the ocean or in the bush .
 
Top