After breakfast we drove about 40 minutes to another property that Craig said usually had a lot of mountain reedbuck on it. We drove in and parked, climbed the first saddle and spotted a group of 20 plus mountain reedbuck. We left the tracker there with the spotting scope and stalked around the back of the mountain, bumping another group of 8 mountain reedbuck with a small ram in it. We climbed, crawled on our butt, and crawled to the top of the mountain. At one point the mountain reedbuck ram was 40 yards. Craig said unfortunately he was not big enough. As we sat glassing there was an impala ram chasing a female several hundred yards away he was grunting and for those that have never heard it, it sounds like an old car with no muffler taking off from a stoplight at low speed. They were not rutting so I think the ram was being optimistic but it was cool to watch and listen as he chased her around. We stalked our way out, not finding anything else to hunt but did spot a free range group of eland cows and young bulls. A total of 9 eland in the group. We went back to the lodge for lunch then to a nearby look out spot to try and find a gemsbok for me.
We parked the truck and walked to the top of the look out where we could see the valley between two mountains and the side of the opposite mountain. We spotted a group of old Gemsbok cows, I let Craig know that a bull or cow either was fine with me I just wanted to take a mature specimen. Craig picked out one old cow and explained that the animals left horn about an inch from the tip shifted out. Now we started our stalk, we cut across a saddle in the hill side and then up to a point that would protrude out over the top of the herd. This was about 100 yards to where we needed to be, the skyline and horizon would not allow us to crouch as the herd would spot us. We crawled on our bottoms and on our hands and knees for this 100 yards. When we finally reached the spot Craig confirmed where the shooter was in the group and set the sticks up. The Gemsbok were 200 +/- yards, one of my furthest shots off of sticks. I lined up on the Gemsbok and squeezed the trigger. There was a thud at the shot and the cow took about 8 steps before stopping again. Craig let me know my shot was back a few inches from where it needed to be and to shoot again. I did shoot again square on the shoulder and the Gemsbok cow fell to her end. Craig called the tracker on the radio and told him to go back to camp and get some help, there were no roads close and it was very steep where the animal fell. Craig and I descended to the cow and attempted to get pictures, the slope of the ground and just us two limited our photos but we still managed to get one or two good ones. The tracker arrived with 4 helpers and to work they went, it is hard to explain to those who have not been hunting in Africa how hard the staff works when an animal is down.
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