NAMIBIA: Our 2019 Drought Stricken Namibian Trip

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  1. gillettehunter

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    Hate to hear about the lack of grass and water. Tough time for Namibian wildlife. Thanks for sharing. Nice pics.
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  2. Dee S

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    Yes, I took her last year, this trip is for me. Hopefully, there will be at least one Mt Zebra stallion still alive and we cross paths with him?
    September is not that far off, but with such a serious draught as they are experiencing, three months is a lifetime away. Like I said earlier, chips are on the table, hand is dealt, and I'm all in, all I can do is enjoy the ride and not worry about the things I can't control.
     
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  3. Mort Hill

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    Thanks for the informative recounting of your trip. Enjoyed living it through your words and pictures.
     
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    Dee, I wouldn't worry to much about the drought. You will smoke a stud with your bow. My first trip to Namibia they had a lot of rain late in the season and the grass was way high in August. I set my first day only seeing a few kudu cows and not much else. Game wasn't hitting the water holes was a tough hunt but still manage to take a few with my bow. I think you will be in for a wild hunt action all day long. I got my money on you letting the air out of a Stallion and other game.
     
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  5. kevin masters

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    Awesome pictures! Thanks for the report!
     
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    Enjoyed the report. Making the best out of a "bad" situation is one of the hallmarks of being a hunter. All four of you seemed to think that this was a fun trip.
     
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  7. Arctic97

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    Thank you. We all had a great time, yes. The situation really was not bad while we were there, but the drought was a major topic of conversation everywhere we went. Even in early May it was having an affect on how people were managing, or going to manage, their resources for the rest of this season. People offered up very low prices to remove game from their properties just to help facilitate what they know is going to be a tough year. So for the hunter, there was extra opportunity, I just wonder how it will all shake out at the end of this year when they can expect to see some moisture again. My one friends place was inundated with Mt. Zebra. His place had grass. The week after we left he drove 600 out with helicopters. A few days later 100 had managed to break back in through his very good fences. He told me it was a war....
     
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    Very good report! Nice Pictures as well, hope that they get the rain soon!!
     
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    Thanks for the report. That was a great trip covering a lot of ground.
     
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  10. Arctic97

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    Thank you. It WAS a great trip (aren't they all?). We saw a lot of friends and hunted 4 totally different areas and visited a couple others. I drove over 2100 kilometers, which I also enjoy. Already looking forward to the next time! :)
     
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    Mr. X is the best
     
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    Sure enjoyed your report........lots of details and some fine pics too. You are a very knowledgeable traveler....especially with regard to Namibia. You seemed to enjoy all aspects of your trip....not just a wackem-and-stackem guy. Thanks for posting....FWB
     
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  13. Arctic97

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    Thank you! I tried really hard NOT to make it a dead animal display. I really enjoy taking some trophies while I am there, but I have also learned that some of my best memories come from the little experiences of the travel while there. Having friends there that keep allowing me to invite myself back to wander their farms is why I always end up in Namibia. We have traveled SA, and east Africa, and loved it, but I have only hunted Namibia. I keep saying there is time, but......
     
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  14. kathy

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    Awesome adventure, thanks for taking us along. I read you are at sea , me too ,chief engineer on a tug boat. Forrest
     
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  15. Arctic97

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    Thank You Forrest. Yes, I am the electrical engineer on a factory trawler.....

    Leaving Seattle Saturday....and departing Dutch Harbor as seen last March below....
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    Love the scenery pics of Namibia also!
     
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    Great report and cool pictures.
    You did have a good hunting. Congrats.
     
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    Great report. When I get to my Namibia account, I hope I'll do half as well. Your title drew my attention, though. The drought is devastating.
     
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  19. Arctic97

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    Thank you. Yes, drought is bad, but as I said in some of my replies here, it may open up opportunities for us hunters - at least for this season. I am sure you will write a great report. Look forward to reading it. When do (or did) you go?
     

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