2018 East Cape, SA
I took this bull after spooking him and his buddies the day before. Uphill stalk and taken with my Blaser R-8 in .300 WSM. 1st shot on right side just aft of fore leg; 2nd shot quartering away (seen forward of left rear leg).
I took my first Eland last September. What a truly magnificent and regal beast. Fell in love the moment I saw one. Two observations (1) for me, the hunt was just as exciting and more challenging than Buff. Now, there isn’t the same level of danger / death potential but I found them to be more skittish and the stalks were, on average, longer and through worse terrain. Clearly this is based on only my 10 day pursuit, so small sample size. (2) I naively didn’t realize that the old “gray bulls” were actually gray because their hair was worn off and it’s just bald skin. Not because they turn gray or get darker as they age. Learn something new every day.
Based on how much I enjoyed everything about this animal, I will absolutely work to complete the Eland slam in the future.
Greetings all! I've been a hunter for 50 years, but only now planning a trip to Africa. I was fortunate and successfully bid on a couple hunts for plains game in SA later this year and next. Also a rare Native Texas (5th generation) and USMC Vet. Hunt safe y'all!