Bossie Mostert hurt by a wounded buffalo today

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  1. cpr0312

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    Prayers lifted up for Bossie! Well wishes on a full recovery!
     
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    First and foremost, prayers and well-wishes to the injured P.H. Without people like him none of us would be able to experience Africa the way we do. Sometimes hunts go bad, for whatever reason, and these guys go in to try and salvage it. My hat is off to them. For those who might be curious the buffalo was ultimately tracked down with the help from another P.H. and finished off. The other P.H. has also stepped up to finish off this hunt because Bossie, as you know, had no insurance and needs the money to get through this. That kind of tight-knit community is amazing to me. These guys are competitors but rather than seeing this as a windfall the other P.H. stepped in to help because that's just the right thing to do. I'd like to think I'm a good enough fellow that I'd do the same but who knows. These guys are really a treasure and again I hope Bossie has a swift and full recovery.
     
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    Mostly good words and all good intentions I'm sure.... But I would argue the primary reason others have stepped in to help and to "finish off this hunt" and the primary reason Bossie would be asking them too, has little to nothing to do with money, needed to pay medical expenses or not.

    Knowing Bossie and some of his associates, I'm positive the primary reason is to have the client get the best experience possible with the time left of his vacation and hunt. I've only hunted with Bossie twice, and my experience has been that he is very well liked in the community and all his friends are truly much more like family. It seems to be a very tight knit community and I am continually amazed at how far all of them routinely go to ensure that us foriegn visitors have the best experience possible.
     

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    My thoughts and prayers are with Bossie and family. I don’t know him but a good PH and staff becomes a part of your family!
     

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    I dont see anyone blaming the buffalo.
    I dont want to get hurt, I still go hunting knowing its is a risk. if I had the opportunity (Funds) I would hunt DG
    ive known people smashed by cattle in the yards of managed herds. That was an accident. Also a large animal defending itself or becoming agitated by being handled by humans. A part of life for both the animal and the people in the industry

    Unfortunately the animal was wounded. yes the client or PH wanted to kill it. Thats hunting. If it was hunting or eradication the idea was to kill it! by following up, for several days they wer doing the right thing bby trying to Kill it. not aggravate it
    Unfortunately it retaliated before they could do what they needed to do.
    i think we all understand why the buffalo defended itself but it is also an unfortunate event and a person has been injured. the person who was doing the right thing!
    Think about what you wrote. there is an inherent risk in most things, driving for one. But we have a reason to do it unfortunately there is a lot of tragedy on the road.
     
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    all the best bossie

    sure he will make a good recovery

    thoughts and prayers are with you
     
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    Bossie just called me a bit ago. He is out of the ICU and feeling much better today! He sounded great, but choked up asking me to again thank everyone for their prayers and donations.

    He told some of what happened and it made me choke up and sent chills up my spine, more because of his faith and experience than the actual attack. His experience reaffirms ones belief.

    He got two shots into the bull as it charged, as many hunters in Africa do, as they have been taught from young on, he carries his gun bolt up or open, safety off. His 416 Rigby Ruger holds a standard 3 down, when he racked the 2nd shell out and went to push the 3rd in, the safety had engaged and it blocked the bolt from going forward. He sent a video of his good friend Hermann purposely re-creating this. I'm guessing all Ruger's with the 3 position safety di this but will check several of mine when I get home. (Sitting at a rest stop on I80 to type this)

    His tracker was carrying a 375 and short strokes it and thus jammed the gun. Everyone ran away and the bull had Bossie down. At one point he felt the bull breathing in his face and opened an eye to see it's nose right there. He was praying "Dear Lord please don't let me die, DJ cannot grow up without a father so please keep me alive". At that point he heard a voice that said "crawl into that Bush and lie still". He did that and the bull jumped over the bush and ran off. At that point Bossie called everyone back. Hermann drove his Land Cruser in and they loaded Bossie and drove him to the hospital. Bossie has had a very strong faith as long as I have known him and he is convinced that he survived only by the Hand and Grace of God. He knows God came to his aid.

    Hermann took his blood spoor dogs and several experienced PH's went back to finish the bull. They put the dogs on the track right where Bossie was attacked and the dogs flushed the bull straight away right out of the same thicket it had charged Bossie from. It was quickly dispatched at that point.
     
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  8. Eventually_Africa_Again

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    Hermann is actually the PH I'll be hunting with next week. He sent me the video you described so I'll share it here so all can see the problem.
    https://www.africahunting.com/media/safety-selector-issues.79671/
     

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    Thanks for posting that. The only Ruger's I have are tang safety's. Didn't realize this was an issue.
     

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    Good luck and best wishes to Bossie, the man who stared Black Death in the face.
    Thank you to the PH fraternity who tracked and killed this injured animal, this is testament to how to tough they really are and how far some people will o to help others.
    im sure hes not the only person who has taken a hit from these massive animals but its good to see he had the will to make it through when he might well have thought he was done for.
    best wishes whatever your faith or whatever keeps you going, i hope you have a speedy recovery and get back to your family soon.
     

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    It is 23:37 here in Africa. I had plenty of ME time to read each and every post.

    Thank you all for the kind words, prayers and help it brought tears to my eyes reading it all.

    I can't respond to everyone individually but I will to the one who needs it the most.
    @Bushpig4Ever....I have a ferm believe in life, " If you have nothing good to say, Then you have nothing at all to say" unless you speak out of personal experience.

    But we all differ and were brought up differently.

    Now as you say, you will be hunting Cape Buffalo later this year, if you send me the dates I will say a prayer for your safety that day.

    Although I knew my career had it's dangerous, I still signed up for it.
    Hunting and Conservation is my life and my passion.

    Keeping my client and my crew alive is my responsibility.

    My other passion is the relationship I have with my GOD.
    The... Lord-Jesus-Christ.
    I hope one day you may also experience the same relationship as me and my family do. It is amazing.

    God bless you and your family.
     
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    Heal well and heal fast Bossie,
    you have way too many hunts left in you to be calling it a day yet !
     

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    Hi Guys

    I would like to thank you all once again for the great, wonderful and overwhelming effort you all put together to help me thorough this horrific and difficult time.

    I have been home for 6 days now and I am feeling great. I can not thank our Heavenly Farther enough for what HE has done for me. I can not imagine how it would be without God in my life.

    Besides the few broken ribs that reminds me to take things easy, I have no other pain. I did however pickup a minor heart condition after the incident but I am currently taking medication for it. The top two chambers of my heart are not functioning as the should but I have faith that I will be Ok and that it's only a temporary issue.

    Although I feel tiered at some points I do get enough rest and in the times I am up I try to work my leg as much as possible to regain strength in all the muscles.

    Kind regards and Lots of Love
    Bossie Mostert
     

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    Glad to see that you are doing well, we will continue to pray for you! You're faith should be an inspiration to all in this holy season, hope you are back to doing what you love as soon as possible. Happy Easter!
     

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    Those are good news Bossie, glad to hear that.
     

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    Not the greatest analogy...but on this day, I cannot help but think of Jesus calling Lazarus out of the tomb after he had been dead 4 days.

    Do you think Lazarus had a stronger faith after that?

    Bossie - you have been given a great gift in that God has called you out of spiritual death and into the light of His Son. Additionally, you have been delivered from this recent experience (and frankly, several others of great magnitude) with faith that is not only intact, but stronger than ever.

    This is a work of God, plain and simple. Your faith is not of human origin...it is divine. God has used you to show many how He is able to sustain us through trials that would destroy us, apart from the faith that comes from above.

    God bless you and keep you, to His great glory!


    Tim
     
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    Glad to hear you are feeling better and largely free of pain. We hope for your continued full recovery so you can get back to doing what you love.
     

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