CAMEROON: Lord Of The Savannah Cameroon Feb 2016

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I attempted an unguided Cameroon hunt for Eland in 2014 and although I did get a Buffalo I failed to find an Eland, the quest was not over..

Day 4: After 5 hours of tracking a good bull we were getting very close, the tracks fresh ,droppings shiny and wet ,fallen leaves soft to the touch.The sweat stung my eyes and the tsetse stung everywhere else.
A Hartebeest suddenly stood in our way, we froze.Please don't run I thought , he ran...busted, no doubt startling the wary eland.
The bull would not stop running for hours, the trackers shook there heads in mutual disappointment.We took a break l, drank greedily from the canteen.
Suddenly another Eland appeared to our left through the Savannah gallery his dulap swinging and walking parallel to our position.We ran 50 yards to the right to set up the sticks and hopefully intercept the bull.It was the right move as we now had the bull in our view and we anticipated his approach through a gap in the trees and brush.I blocked out everything around me and got settled on my sticks, the .375 tight to the shoulder and looked through the reticle of the scope.The head came first( ignore the horns concentrate), the neck and then the shoulder came into view.Squeeze.A twitch on the shoulder, almost a nervous tick and silence after the roar of the rifle. The bush was silent, the PH was silent, trackers silent.We walked forward looking for blood, not a drop,100 yards later Francois my PH turned to me " he's down".I looked forward and saw a giant blur of yellow and collapsed on my knees and wept.
The tracker asked the PH why I cried, wasn't I happy?!
The quest for the Lord of the Savannah was over and he was magnificent.I have been told he was the biggest this season from the hunting block, it wasn't important he was old and it was an incredible hunt.
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Amazing trophy Environ! Congrats!
 

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Great Bull environ, congrats! Did you take some other species?
 

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Trophy of a lifetime. Very happy you were successful after a previous failed attempt. Congratulations
 

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Wow what a beautiful animal! Congratulations.
 

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Very beautiful, mature LED, congrats
 

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Great Bull environ, congrats! Did you take some other species?
Yes I did thanks JES, got a good Red Duiker, Great Kob ,Big red bufalo and an exceptional Hartebeest so it was an outstanding hunt...its a shame that they have made waterbuck and bushbuck into class A animals but luckily for me Im going to Benin in 4 weeks so hopefully ill get to hunt them there.
 

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very nice
 

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Great LDE, congratulations!
 

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Congrats on the trophy!!! Thanks for sharing, this is one I would definitely love to do
 

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Well done Ricky, great trophy!
 

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An incredible trophy and proper homage paid in the moment.
Thanks for sharing your hunt with us.

Good tracking lessons in your report. I appreciate that.
 

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What a royal creature! Congratulations on your success. Hope to hear more about your trip along with more photos.
 

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Those are some amazing animals. Congratulations!
 

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Awesome trophies, good luck in Benin!
 

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Great pics and trophies, thanks for posting!
 

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You had an excellent hunt. Beautiful animals. Congrats and well done! Bruce
 

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