Wow, reading this made me think of my very first safari, with Roy Vincent, then of Rosslyn Safaris in the Deka Safari Area back in 1983. 24 days, everything except lion, but 2 buffalo. It was an incredible safari, with 41" and 42 1/2" heavy buffalo, a big 7'1" leopard that went right at 170 pounds, a 58x54 lb elephant, 54" kudu, 45" sable and 31" waterbuck and other quality animals including a 5 1/2" klipspringer. If I'd made it 28 days, I could have added lion and should have as we saw a fantastic male that would have been easy to shoot.
Total cost then, including all trophy fees... $27,000.! Oh, for the good old days.
Mule deer and Colorado elk seasons almost done! Hunters driving farm roads, looking for racks, their PH driving them along, I ask that you not pull into my drive. The buck behind me, on the boundary line of the GMU somehow knows. The hunter laughs, I would invite you in to see my Searcy rifles but social distancing prevails, darkness arrives and the buck slides away into secret tree grove...
i‘ve taken to heart a suggestion to tell my story about a lion hunt 37 years ago. ‘I don’t know, but am thinking there are site rules as to posting and file type. Three of the four posts (chapters?) are done, I took time away from here to write up the story. I have a couple of photos too.
also, I’m going to dissemble the rifles and see if Butch may have signed them. I’ll let you know.