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Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by Rick Cox, May 16, 2018.

  1. Rick Cox

    Rick Cox AH Enthusiast

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    OK folks, throw another stick on the fire, crack a beverage, and help me out here. I'm leaving for a hunt with Pawprint Safaris in three weeks, for buff and sable. But I've arranged almost a week extra to hunt plains game. I am also going for a giraffe and zebra. I am having trouble choosing between a waterbuck and nyala, a black or blue wildebeest, and either a huge kudu or a huge eland should they show themselves. ( heaven help my bank account if they do.) Should I be thinking bushbuck? I do have great examples of kudu, eland, Oryx, warthog and hartebeest already.
    Keep in mind I am a working man, and funds are very limited.
     
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    Looking forward to meeting you sir. You have lots of time, let's see what mother nature offers.
     
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    Skip the kudu and eland if you already have them and spend your money on animals you don't have.
     
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    Nyala and blue wildebeest
    Pieter has some great kudu And his area holds bushbuck pretty good!
    Either way ur in good hand with pawprints i took a giraffe last year with them.
     
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    Don't pass on the Bushbuck. I love the way they look, the habitat and the methods. There isn't a more handsome animal in my opinion. I have 4 species of them and will never pass on an opportunity at a nice trophy Bushbuck.

    Steve
     
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    Bushbuck and Nyala for sure. Blue Wildebeest if time permits.
     
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    IMO never pass a huge kudu. Take what Mother Nature offers.

    Bushbuck can need to be hunted specifically for which can make it difficult with the other higher priorities, but I am sure pawprint will give you some idea of success when your there and you talk over your options.
     

  8. Rick Cox

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    Yeah if a kudu in the high 50's jumps out, I won't be able to pass it up...
     
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    I like the Black wildebeest over the blue. They are fun to watch run around and look crazy. On the other hand my wife liked the blue better so she took a blue. I would do a waterbuck AND nyala since you already have a kudu. I will be going after waterbuck myself on my next trip since I took a nyala on my last one.
     

  10. cpr0312

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    Lots of tough calls there!!

    Big eland or kudu, take whichever presents an opportunity first! Black or Blue WB also a tough call, Blue makes nice rug and Euro! Take a bushbuck if the opportunity is there also!
     

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    I would add a bushbuck for sure and then be opened to either the nyala or waterbuck. Kudu or eland maybe if you find one better then you took already. Blue wildebeest I like better but those crazy black beast will get you going when you see them in the bush to. There is some great impala around in the area to.
     

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    Nyala sir!
     

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    Don'y get caught up in the inch thing, a few inches either way on kudu and eland won't make a difference once they're on the wall.
     

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    It may not be a popular opinion but I'd wait to make that decision till I got there. For example I'd never even heard of a Nyala before I saw one in South Africa but after seeing it I wanted it! My (albeit untried and untested) rule from now on is "see what Africa provides". I'd hate to tell you to go for a blue and have a world record black break cover two seconds later, or say try for an Eland (I'm lying, it was the best hunt easily and I don't think I'd ever regret telling someone to try for one!) when a 60 inch Kudu was available. Either way, I've added my stick to the campfire and can't wait to hear from others as well!
     
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    Finish your beest slam and add a Springbok.

    Have a great safari and post lots Pictures, I'll be hunting with Pawprint in mid July trying to complete my own beest slam.
     

  16. Bullthrower338

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    Nyala, Black Wildebeest, I have regretted not shooting one since my first trip!
    Never pass on a big kudu! Definitely a bushbuck, I will hunt bushbuck every chance I get from now on, wonderful animal.
    That damn checkbook keeps a lot of us from getting very ignorant! Best of luck
     

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