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- Jun 22, 2021
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Thanks ! I think so as well! I just did not know how this one compared with the regulation of what is deemed “ proper regulation” ha! This rifle is fine. The right barrel is spot in point of aim and the left barrel three inches high and slightly left at 100 yards. At 50 yards the bullets are roughy an inch and a half apart. I have to get to packing for this trip. Departure is five days away and I don’t even have my gun permits worked out. Ann from hunters 2000 said she will call me tomorrow. It sounds as if a breakthrough came today and maybe I will get to take my double rifle after all. I’m counting on it!Your rifle is well regulated, I would hunt with it!
Thank you! Today is the day of departure. I hope all goes well!Safe travels, and have a fantastic safari!
Thanks for your optimism! Ha! I hope it all goes well!I would say that there is an elephant in Botswana that is in deep trouble.
Thanks! You and I had some great discussions! Yes the leopards went well in both Tanzania and Botswana. Since you and I first talked there has been a full bag safari in Tanzania during which I was blessed to harvest the grandest of wild lions! It was so exciting! Now I am hoping to hunt a bull elephant in Botswana. I am currently broken down on the side of the roads in Oklahoma on the us to Dallas to catch the plane so things are off to a rather shaky start! Ha! Thanks for all the conversations before my very first trip you were very helpful and I think youSomeone once said this, "The hardest part is just deciding to untie the boat from the dock and head out into the unknow!" !!
Outstanding!!!Well the day has come! I headed out from the lodge in Kansas this morning planning to drive to Dallas Texas and catch the flight heading towards Botswana as the final destination. Currently I’m broken down in an old Chevy tahoe on the side of the road in Oklahoma the middle of nowhere so things are off to a bit of a poor start! Ha! I’m sure not too many elephant hunters Have such a poor caliber of vehicular transportation as I own!
Here is an update I did not get all my travel permits and firearms permits and things until yesterday. Anne was very helpful and saved the day. Unfortunately the South African police issued the permits with one number off on the serial number even though they had been given the proper serial numbers so the permit had to be re-issued. I believe I have the documents that I need to transport the firearm.
The shooting of the double rifle finally came together the last three shots of the 60 rounds that I fired in practice could have been covered by a quarter. Off hand and in the wind. The first two shots were in the right barrel followed by the left barrel is rapidly as I could get back on target and then I reloaded and shot one more with the right barrel. I am so glad that I worked with this gun to gain confidence I’m sure it probably isn’t necessary to shoot an elephant but it’s been such a fun ride and now the gun feels like it’s a part of me when I pick it up it’s no longer like a foreign object it feels like my gun if you know what I mean!View attachment 526424View attachment 526425View attachment 526426
I too owned a hand made BrackenberryI am excitedly looking forward to my upcoming elephant hunt in Botswana’s NG 13 with Leon Kachelhoffer. If you want to become infuriated at the way the fake media portrays hunters and hunting in Africa just google NG 13 elephant or Leon Kachelhoffer and read one of the many “hit pieces” written in the national and international media in April and May of 2022. We all can remember the way Corey Knowlton was treated. The Texan that hunted the Rhino in Namibia to benefit conservation. Corey was attacked with death threats and phone messages saying things like I am going to rape your wife to death and make you watch and burn your house down with your kids inside! Lovely people, aren’t they? These kind hearted, caring, anti-hunters. Leon was treated the very same way for his crime of investing years of effort and a huge amount of money to develop this hunting concession which will benefit all the wildlife and the area tribes. I am so passionate about the conservation aspect of “funding conservation through hunting in Africa” that I had to book with Leon and do this same hunt on the “one year anniversary” of him being crucified for harvesting the hundred pounder. I will be able to interview Leon and the local tribes and council and get the story first hand on how they were falsely accused. I will see the benefits first hand and hopefully someday be able to spread the truth about how beneficial “tourist hunting” is to conservation in Africa.
Leon came to my hunting Lodge in Kansas this winter and we planned our hunt. I cannot believe the hunt is only about a month away. I feel so unprepared.
I want to thank everyone on AH for being so helpful! Through the wonderful friends I have made on AH I was able find guidance to wonderful outfitters and discern which companies I would like to hunt with. If this hunt goes as I hope I will have been blessed to go on three hunts to Africa in just 22 months. I have harvested several leopards and three cape buffalo and fantastic wild lion and 26 plains game animals. I have been in Tanzania for 28 days and in Botswana for over 30. All this is beyond my wildest dreams. I definitely feel like Cinderella! What I mean is that my paygrade and education I was never meant to go on all these fantastic adventures! God has blessed me and I am thankful! Covid stole my Alaska fishing business because it was largely based on cruise ship clientele. This nightmare of my losing my business caused me to have the time off to go to Africa.
This October I floated the Snake River for twenty days and hunted with a recurve bow made for me 40 years ago by Jim Brackenbury. I took no supplies and lived entirely off the land. I slept on the gravel under the stars and called in 18 bull moose. I used a kayak I made myself about 30 years ago. In the end I shot a bull at 8 feet away with an arrow that was 60 years old. A browning micro flight and a vintage fred bear broadhead. I have an article about this adventure that will come out this next month I believe in a western hunting magazine.
The reason I mention this Idaho moose hunt is that by using Old and Vintage equipment I was able to make this hunt one of the most amazing adventures of my life! I knew the unit had produced an average size shiras bull of only 28 inches. I did not care about the size of the antlers I cared about the “size of the adventure”! Think about those words for a minute!
Today I spent the day with George of Champlin Firearms in Enid Oklahoma. What a gentleman! He opened his shop on a Saturday just for me and he spent hours and hours teaching me about double rifles! I have hunted all of my life and had never touched or seen let alone fired a double rifle! So now you see why I told the story about the moose hunt this oct with vintage archery gear! I am only 30 days or so away from my Elephant hunt and I am just now discovering the romance and history of the double rifle! It is all I think about! I am so afraid that I do not have the time to do justice to acquiring a double, learn to shoot it well, and be ready for this elephant hunt. On the other hand I am afraid that if I take the elephant with a borrowed camp gun I will forever regret that I did not hunt the elephant with a mor classic and historic firearm. Oh well! Ha!
Thanks again everyone on AH for your help in my journey to support conservation in Africa through hunting!
Below a picture of George and I at his Champlin firearms shop in Enid Oklahoma taken today.
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above a recent scouting picture of an elephant on NG 13 taken by Leon and sent to me.
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above a picture of me four decades ago with the same bow that I used on the moose hunt this past October.
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above a picture of Leon Kachelhoffer and I at my lodge in Kansas this winter.
above floating the snake river in Idaho for 20 days this past october with the 40 year old bow and 30 year old kayak I built myself
My wild lion from Tanzania this past August.
Me with the same bow I carried above the artic circle In Alaska 40 years ago as seen in the previous picture I used this past Oct on the snake river in Idaho. Makes me want to use a double rifle on the elephant hunt to make it more historic and romantic.View attachment 519823
My Botswana Leopard was mounted by Robert Vitro and was displayed at SCI in Nashville. I have not seen it in person yet. Alan Porter of Colorado is providing trucking of the mount from the show back to my lodge in Kansas. It was just loaded on the truck this evening after the close of SCI Convention and I should see the mount soon.
Good luck Jerry and safe travels. Hope you get some help in Oklahoma. I am to far away to help
Me too buddy! It was the bow of my youth! Shot everything with it! I loved it!I too owned a hand made Brackenberry