SOUTH AFRICA: 2nd Hunt With Kingsview Safaris

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  1. darrack10

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    I will post a lengthy detailed write up of my second hunt with Kingsview when im done with all the details as there are pages of them, but i would like to share my pics and small details with yall . Its been tough this time to get it all down on paper because there was so much to write. Ive kept a small journal with notes but every day was long, adventurous, and i didn't want to miss putting any of it down so it is going to take me much longer than i thought. It was my second hunt with Kingsview Safaris and my wife accompanied me on both trips. Jono Mchugh, owner of Kingsview, and Wayne Dell my PH on both hunts, were the main reason we decided to do this hunt again. We have stayed good friends and talked probably every month since the time we last which was 3 years ago. We have become very close and it meant alot to be able to go back and know we were in good hands. I was also able to "take in" more of Africa this time. The last time, i felt like i missed so much because it was all new. It went so fast that i felt i missed out on so much. I was there but felt like i missed it, im sure alot of you have felt this same feeling. This time i was up early, in bed late, and all of my senses were heightened. It was my 40th birthday and this was my excuse to get to go back. Jono is a straight arrow and is as honest and caring as they come. His desire to make sure his clients have not only a good time but an unforgettable adventure is second to none in my opinion. He truly cares about each hunter and wants to make sure their adventure is what they dream of when they visit Africa. He puts alot of effort into each hunt and it shows. He and his wife Justine have always treated my wife like she was family which made her feel as welcome as i did. Even though she isn't an outdoorsy type per se, her and Justine get along great. Jono, Justine, the kids, Wayne,and his girlfriend Alex are family. That's the only way i can explain how i feel about them. These pics are all of animals i took on my 9 day safari. We hunted the same places anyone else would if they book with Kingsview. The animals we took were all extraordinary and by the end of the hunt all we could say was we were so blessed on this hunt. We hunted hard, shot well, and enjoyed every minute. We hunted for the right animals not just representatives and i appreciated that. I felt like by hunting for the " right " animal you have a trophy whether its the biggest or not. We hunted mature animals and i was very proud of all of them as were Wayne and Jono. Hope you like the pics and if you ever think Africa is a place you would like to visit please do not pass up on the opportunity to hunt with Kingsview. You wont be disappointed i promise.

    Flight- Delta flight 200 from Atlanta to Joberg then British airways to Port Elizabeth. Expect a delay
    Lodge was Intle Game lodge. Amazing place with excellent food, Views, rooms, service, and game drives.
    Gun - Waynes suppressed mouser action 30-06 with a boyd stock and 4 x 12 leoupold vx2. Wayne and Jonos guns are very well suited to use. Highly recommend.
    Camo- mixed, but all sprayed with Permethrin due to the ticks this time of year. Worked like a champ no tick bites for me or the wife. Dont worry to much about camo. Solid colors work fine.
    Ammo- Hand loaded Hornady interlocks 150 gr. All worked flawless. Surprisingly the only animals that took more than 1 shot were the copper springbok and the Kudu both hit high and back on first shots. Both were my fault.
    Vehicles used were crew cab trucks with plenty of room and very clean and comfortable. No hunting was done was from the truck. All was done spot and stalk. We did glass from the truck and move on animals.
    Binos - Wayne and Jono hunted with 10 x 42s and i took my 15 power cabela euros. This was too much glass although did come in handy a few times. Not sure if it was worth it but they were fun to use as i love to glass. Rangefinder can be tricky if you rely on one always. It is not a must in my opinion and can cause some grief if your not practiced with your rifle at different distances. They can and will help but sometimes they can take away from the hunt and make you nervous when you shouldnt be. Just my opinion.

    Day 1
    Here is my Bushbuck from Yellowwood, one of the concessions. This animal was high on my wish list.We had hunted all morning and hadn't seen any but put in alot of time glassing. This was an animal that i learned on my first hunt, can be tough to get and usually take some time. As luck would have it we went in for lunch and caught a glimce of him moving through some trees far up in front of us. My first trip i shot an old ram with 1 horn that had broken off while fighting. Cool thing was that the hunter before me had shot the ram he fought with. My rams horn was still stuck in his cheek bone when he was harvested. Although i loved my broken horn ram, this ram was stunning. We knew he was a shooter as soon as we saw him. He was big bodied. Dark black cape and his horns were heavy and long. The shot was 220 and everything went perfect.

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    Same afternoon:

    I love impala and to me they are one of the most beautiful animals in Africa. There are a lot of them there so i wanted to be "picky" and get one that was not only old but had a good look to him. I dont know how long he is but he definitely didn't shrink when we walked up on him. His body was tremendous as well. I think they said he weighed 48 kilos hanging weight. Everyone was surprised by his body size. I was very happy with him. Shot was 178 and the stalk was awesome. We worked around him and played the wind. He walked right towards us and when we crested the hill he was in front of us and had no idea we were there. impala.jpg

    This baboon was a big heavy sucker. Not sure what he weighed but i couldn't hold him up long before i got tired. Very surreal feeling shooting one these things. I never wanted to hunt a baboon until i got to Africa. I actually still dont really want to hunt them but do so to help out with the "problem" they seem to be. The stories you hear of the destruction they cause and the turmoil they inflict is enough to want to help the cause. It was defiantly a experience to get to see one of these animals up close. To see the resemblance to touch their hands and feet, was strange to me to say the least. They are a very neat animal and make a cool mount but i will just be bringing home the skull of this big male. The shot was awesome. He was screaming at us while we took pictures of the Impala. We took the impala to the shed to get cleaned and caped and decided to see if we could go back after the baboon that was screaming at us in the trees. As we turned the corner when were took pics we see the troop running into the trees. his male stayed back and looked for just 1 second too long. All i could see was his chest at 270 and thats right where i hit him. baboon.jpg
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    Day 2.
    The first time i came to Africa we were not allowed to hunt Letchwe. They were plentiful here on Yellowood. They were also such a sight to see with their majestic horns and red color. They were off limits and they knew it. We saw a ton of them and a lot of good ones too. Letchwe was not on my list this time either but i couldn't resist when the wife offered to hunt one as a birthday gift. No way was i going to turn this down. I wonder if this included the mounting as well. Should i ask her? MMMM tough one. It turned out to be an amazing hunt. We hunted hard all day and got the one we wanted. We saw a lot of mature animals but this was definitely a mature dominate bull. We saw some that were bigger but this was the ONE. He was wide, had dark leggings, and was much bigger than most. He would run off the smaller bulls and was chasing the females extremely early in their rutting season. There was plenty to chose from and although we thought it would be easy, it was hardly that. The saying goes that once an animal knows its being hunted it knows it. This was absolutely the case with my Letchwe. letchwe.jpg
    Day 4
    Now i never thought in a million years i would ever be able to hunt Africa. Especially, to experience it with my wife, who is not a hunter at all. Now, to think i would be here twice and have the ability to hunt a sable, was like winning the mega lottery and being the only ticket holder. This was a hunt i would say was very hard to describe. I was extremely nervous for obvious reasons. This is the most regal animal in Africa and i am about to be the guy who can pull the trigger on one. I just realized, for the first time, that everyone was there for me and this hunt was one everyone wanted to be perfect on. I know that we have all been together but this hunt just felt different. It actually felt like a championship game in a sport where everything is on the line and im up and can make the difference. Maybe that sounds a bit corny but thats the only way i can explain it. All my practice was about to be tested. The wind was high this day as well and added to the anxiety. I tried my hardest to enjoy and take in every minute. Short story of this hunt was we had 1 day to hunt Sable and make it happen. We drove a good ways to get to this giant concession, and when we pulled in i didn't know what to think. This place was huge. 25000 hectares if i remember correctly. The topography changed from flat to rolling hills to giant mountains to thick brush much like a mix between South Texas and the Hill Country. The Sable, were in the mountain areas we were told, and they are not seen often. They were released years ago and the owner said there was no telling how big or small they were or how many he had. He would release bulls onto the main concession and hold his females so there was no fighting. I was excited, nervous, anxious, grateful, and whole mix of things i never felt before. Did i say excited! We all were. This hunt would be a true test for us all. We drove for awhile and glassed many areas. We continued to check out areas as we got to a high spot. Wayne soon found a herd of 6 bulls together with one clearly standing out as a bigger bull from over 2 miles away. We parked and made a plan. The wind was 30 miles an hour if i had to guess. We walked about a mile and got to a hill where we could hide ourselves enough to see the group but we were not able to close the distance from there. We were 680 yards at this point. We sat and waited but the group of bull was not liking the wind at all and must have felt safe on the high side of the mountain because they didn't move for an hour. We finally decided to try our luck and stand and let them see us. Our hope was that they ran down the mountain towards a small fence line and they would stay on that fence line. If they did we could get to within 250. Plans like this never work ,but it did today. They ran hit the fence line and followed it only stopping at 279 to look at us. Thats all i needed as i was ready and on the sticks. I had nestled into a rock and was sitting on another. I felt steady even in the wind. I waited for the wind to calm and as they stopped i knew exactly which one i was shooting at. I shoot and he falls instantly. I was a bit worried because i knew i must have spined him or hit him in the neck. I ended up hitting him just in front of his shoulder in the neck. He was unbelievable. This hunt was epic. sable.jpg
    Day 7
    Today we went on another journey as Jono was able to find me my final springbok for my slam. This was another trophy that i never thought i would hunt as the price of them was extremely high on my last trip. Thanks to Bill Capwell talking me into at least asking Jono about one. Jono was able to get me a great price and the hunt was a go. Due to a broken horn on a black springbok that i had hunted on the last trip, we were after one of these as well. This hunt had its ups and downs for sure. We drove a ways to get to hunt this ranch but it was a great drive. It was just the guys on this one so we got to cut loose and the camaraderie was awesome. We had fog and rain to start the day and it continued throughout the day. We were on springbok as soon as we got onto the ranch but this was not going to be easy. These things were out of there mind skiddish. They were not staying around for us to even look at them. Wayne decided we needed to take a walk. We found some brush and walked slowly and quietly through a half mile or so of it to see if we could sneak up on something. After a couple hours we find my black ram alone and he had no idea we were there. The sticks went up ad the shot was true he went right down. A beautiful ram with perfect color. This was a really cool hunt and differnt than i could have expected to hunt a springbok. I really enjoyed the stalking part of this hunt. We loaded him up and soon went to another part of the ranch to see if we could have the same luck on a copper. I felt like this was going to be a very tough task after our morning started out the way it did, but after getting the black down the pressure was off. We actually get up on a big copper in quick time. This was the shortest shot of my trip and i somehow miss. I still do not know how other than i felt too confident and must have pulled off on the ram to soon. I shot high. We follow in the direction the ram went and unbelievably we get on him again in short time. He is walking and is aware of us but stops in an opening long enough for me to shoot. I do and hit him high and far back. Shit. He is hit in the spine and is down but not dead. I feel bad as does Wayne and we hurry over to finish him. You would have had to see it to believe it but as we get to him this ram gets up and runs off like nothing is wrong. I didn't have a shot as he ran off. We are both in disbelief. We now gather everyone up and i get to track my first animal in Africa. We both talk it over and have a feeling that he will be down right in front of us. As the time passes and the blood thins we all begin to worry more and more. Unbelievable luck finds us and a ranch hand who had been at a different part of the ranch, sees a copper ram a mile from where we are with blood on its back. He shows us where and we go to see. Sure enough its my ram. He is lying under a tree and as soon as he sees us he is up and gone. No friggen way!!! We are able to get close to where we last saw him and get into the trees where he went in. We see him walking away from us. As he sees us and starts to take off, I was able to put another round in him and this crazy awesome hunt is complete. My stomach hurt from the thoughts of losing him to finding him and i had a huge headache as this was my fault this animal suffered. I dont know what happened with the first or second shots but he is down. What a day. But it wasn't quite over..... black.jpg copper.jpg

    Now, we have hunted Kudu for 2 full days and in between hunts. We passed on a true giant east cape kudu and was a split second from getting another one but we only had 1 day left to get one. Not getting a Kudu would devastate all of us especially after passing on the one i did. Now ill say that we passed because i was not there to hunt inches i wanted a mature bull that had a wide appearance. This is what i dream about when i see Kudu. So if I shoot a smaller wider bull over a long narrow bull im good with it. But first i have to get one. Well this rule of mine was put to the test. We hunted hard and found some really good bulls, none that made us all question whether to shoot or not, but Of coarse we see a huge mature narrow bull. One that i feel like was a dream bull for someone, and i elected to pass on him. Wayne and i looked at each other and knew it was going to take something really special to top it. Well after the springbok were taken care of and the drive back to Southeys hoek, our new home away from home, we had a little over 45 minutes to hunt before the sun set. I had this feeling today was the day and it turned out to be exactly that. We glass and see kudu as soon as we hit the ranch gate. This place is rolling hills with thick brush pockets but plenty of spots to glass. As we sift through them we continue on and see more. The rain this day must have made them hold down all day because this evening was perfect and we were seeing a bunch of Kudu. Just then a Huge bull runs across the road a few hundred yards from us and goes up the hillside into some trees. We cannot see him but his body dwarfed the bull with him. We drive past them and lose them in the trees. We go back to where we last had seen them and find the smaller bull he was with. We get out of the truck walk to a spot where we can see and wait. and wait. It must have been only a couple of minutes but felt like forever. The big bull soon appears and instantly runs up the hill. He finally turns at 289 and is giving me a hard quartering away shot. We all decide i can make it and i shoot. It hits him where i wanted and he runs a short distance before slowing down and turning towards us again. When he does i am ready and put another one in him. He is down. I was in awe of his body size and how huge he looked as he ran from us. I hadn't even seen him up close yet. He was a giant bull. Dark cape with lines throughout and i knew he was old. His face showed his age and he was what dreams were made of. We all were so excited to see him. When we did, shock was the word to use. He was truly unbelievable. His horns and body were so heavy. His bases were so big my hands just fit around them. I was truly honored to have harvested this king. News got around quickly and lots of photos were taken. Jono actually hunted this place with an earlier client and was on this bull. He told me before i got there that he had found my bull and now here he was. What a day. What a story i have to tell. kudu 2.jpg kudu.jpg

    I hope you enjoyed the short stories and pics as much as i do. This trip was amazing and not a day goes by that i dont relive many memories of it. I hope you all have gotten a glimpse of the trip through this little write up. I apologize for any misspellings and grammatical errors i know it makes it a hard read. I am tired but wanted to finish it as i had time today.

    Thank you again to Jono and Wayne for making this trip a reality and a memory that will stay with not just me and Vero but for Linc my 1 year old son. He will relive these stories through me, as i tell him when he is older, and the mounts that will be here in a year or so. You guys are family. Cant wait to see ya again.

    A few more pics taken for your enjoyment. kudu horns.jpg giraffe.jpg lodge.jpg nyala face.jpg sunset.jpg zebra dusk.jpg zebra bead.jpg
     
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    Incredible animals. I enjoyed hearing about how you bonded with the people. I had the same type experience on my two hunts in Namibia. Congratulations on a great safari!
     
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    Who’s the gun photographer? Some of the best I’ve seen! Congrats!
     
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    very nice- the copper is a beast
     
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    Fantastic trophies and photos, congrats!!
     
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    Thank you gesch.


    Sorry Ben if i missed it but, gun photographer?

    That copper has got alot attention. I didnt realize how big he was. He is going to go on top of a pedestal with all of my springbok on it. I think it will come out nice.
     

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    Congrats on a great trip!
     
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