I've been home about 4 days now and, as most of you know, the worst part about coming home from 2 weeks in the bush is playing catch up at home and the office. But the kids are all hugged, the cattle are counted, and the office... oh well it will always be there. So I think I can get the hunt report started.
This might should be at the end but I want to start by again thanking AH and Wintershoek Safaris (https://www.wintershoeksafaris.com) for offering this hunt giveaway (https://www.africahunting.com/threa...erver-4-trophies-taxidermy-for-2018-19.42394/). My wife and I had the time our lives. I had hoped Christina would have a good time and enjoy the hunt enough to see why I love Africa. She had such a great time she is already planning our return. The lodge, the property, the wildlife, and especially the people at Kareekloof made this the most enjoyable trip the two of us could have ever asked for.
We got off the plane in Kimberley tired and a little lost as we are not exactly international travelers, but Gideon met us there and we headed for the lodge. Gideon explained the history of the 1887 ranch house they had converted to the lodge as we drove. as we pulled in the entire staff was there to meet us with a glass of Sherry and a warm welcome. Yvan Nieuwoudt also arrived at the same time and said he would my PH for the week. I had met Yvan in Dallas and was happy we would be hunting together. He also introduced us to his girlfriend, who was just in from Mississippi to see Africa with him for the first time. Yvan pulled me aside and asked if she could take a drive with us that night to see some stuff, but then Georgeana could stay at the lodge as PHs don't invite friends on a client's hunt. By the way she and my wife were already laughing and chatting, I told him that I was inviting her on any day she wanted to come because I couldn't think of a better way for Christina to enjoy the hunt than to have another lady along, especially another southern girl from the States. We got settled into our rooms and Yvan asked if we just wanted to rest or take a drive? I told him I would like to shoot the camp gun I would be using for sure, then maybe start hunting in the morning. The range was a couple of miles away and we were already seeing Springbok and Wildebeest driving in. I shot the rifle and we decided to go ahead and have a look around as we headed back to the lodge. We made a short stalk on a nice set of Springbok rams but cover was light and we never got close. I had already had bad dreams about these tiny antelope at distances of 200 - 300 yards off sticks, so with no sleep I wasn't up for 300+ yard shots on Springbok. The next thing we saw was a large herd of Gemsbok. Yvan said they were in a tough spot to approach but we might as well try, so off we went. About 350 yards from them we had been spotted and didn't have much left for cover so we were just glassing them. Suddenly Yvan pointed to our right at a lone Springbok ram about 150 yards away feeding on a ridge. We got to within 80 yards or so before we had a good enough look at him to know he was a shooter but he fed away out of sight over the ridge. As we quickly but quietly headed his way, Yvan said he will be at our feet when we top the ridge, be ready. At the top he set the sticks and bang, I had my Springbok. After losing sleep imagining 350 yard shots off sticks, I had my ram at 40 yards.
Honestly the picture session and rest of the night is a blur, we were so tired. But after our first taste of Aretha's awesome cooking we went to bed early after a great first night in Africa.
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