Congratulations on a great hunt and thanks for sharing!The day after we got the bull, we drove over to the main camp that Johan has rebuilt and picked up the ivory from the skinners. We decided to hunt some franklin, guinea fowl and doves. Ronnie and Johan also made a call to a rancher a couple hours south of Maun named Herman Nienaber, owner of the Kgabu Ranch, to see if he could help me get a nice gemsbok. Since I got the ele early enough to get home before Father’s Day, I only had one and a half days to hunt a gemsbok. Herman thought we had a worthwhile chance to get a gemsbok if we hunted hard and had some luck. I got this 39” gemsbok with an hour and a half to spare after a few blown stalks. The ranch is 18,000 acres and very thick. I shot it with softs with the Lott at 100 yards. Shot through a bush that covered the vitals by imagining where the body was located. Figured the Lott would punch through. It did and the gemsbok dropped.
Really well written narrative of a hunt worth telling. Thanks so much for including us. I occasionally pull up that clip of that lion charge. Waiting long enough to be sure - and then getting bowled over by a dead on its feet cat bigger than an NFL lineman - takes a pair. Though, I am pretty sure it was a carefully aimed and timed shot from the kneeling position rather than from "the hip" as claimed by the narrator.
Only hunted one full day but I did see a group of eland with a big bull. Also found a big one that died of natural causes or a fight. Didn’t look like a lion took it down. Herman told me to shoot a big eland if we got on one but I politely declined and offered my rifle to Ronnie as he wanted one. Ronnie, being the consummate pro that he is, declined and said he would wait until after I got my gemsbok or come back another time.Herman has been sending me photos of old blue bulls he claims have my name on them. You didn’t by any chance bump into them did you?
Yes it’s quite a story. A woman hunter wounded the lion in the back right lower leg with Ronnie. Reinforcements were called in. Everyone missed but Ronnie. The lion came directly at him. He was shooting a bolt action.458 Watt at the time. Missed his first shot but not the second. Said he had lion slobber on his leg! I think I would have had something else running down my leg! Lol.That is the most incredible charge I have ever seen! I believe it was just off the NG43/NG41 cut line. I had an interesting follow up on a poorly shot buff in that brush. That is nothing compared to what these guys dealt with!
You could be correct for some areas. However, so many of the best areas border either a national park, reserve or a photographic safari only area. The bulls will get replaced and they move around and cover great distances. Most of the Okavango Delta areas are now photographic safaris only and Johan doesn’t see that changing.Now, I have two outfitters to talk to for Botswana elephant hunt for next year. It might take precedence over a lion hunt I was thinking of as bigger elephants are going to disappear from Botswana soon due to success of hunters like yourself.