Seeing the BIL's report he posted made me take a look back at mine. I'd sure be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy reliving this hunt everytime I read about it or see pictures! Hides and horns should be here any day and land in the hands of the Artistry of Wildlife studio and I CAN NOT wait to see these beautiful creatures in person again!
The next day the focus was my kudu. We hunted hard and saw several bulls but nothing that compelled Andre to say shoot. This may have been the most difficult one to hold off on for me. As I'm sure we would all say who have seen them in person, these are magnificent animals and even those that aren't huge look huge!
The next day we were again on the hunt for kudu. We again saw many cows and young ones and some bulls but nothing Andre got excited about. Andre decided at one point that we would stalk into a water hole. As we get to about 80 yards out we spot kudu but it was too late as we had been spotted first. Kudu took off and alerted and I figured back to the drawing board. That's when Andre slipped to the ground on one hip and told me to follow. He said shoot him off my shoulder. I looked and saw what he was talking about. I had an opening to shoot through and literally never saw horns, Andre told me to shoot so I shot. I saw the kudu drop immediately and when the dust literally cleared he was gone. We walked in and there was no blood in sight. I was for the first time on the trip getting concerned when we hear Andre from behind the water hole dam. We go to see what he has found and the first words I hear are those familiar "You have no idea what you've done". He isn't the biggest kudu to ever walk the planet but I couldn't be happier with his 54". He is more than I expected and can't wait to see him again. At the end of the day his total score was 131". View attachment 241957View attachment 241958
Next up was my Nyala. This was an animal that I was super excited about and we literally had not laid eyes on the entire trip. Once we decided to focus on hunting one it didn't take long before an opportunity presented itself. This Nyala happened to be at the same waterhole I took my kudu the afternoon before. After a little stalk I had a shot opportunity and took it. For whatever reason this was the worst shot I had put on an animal so far. Though it wasn't horrible, it was a little back. After another short stalk on his trail I had the opportunity for follow up and put him down. Again, what a beautiful and tough animal! My Nyala had a long horn of 25 7/8" and a final score of 66 3/8" View attachment 241959
Greetings all! I've been a hunter for 50 years, but only now planning a trip to Africa. I was fortunate and successfully bid on a couple hunts for plains game in SA later this year and next. Also a rare Native Texas (5th generation) and USMC Vet. Hunt safe y'all!