SOUTH AFRICA: Hartzview Last Minute Lion

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Was it pretty intense hunting ol simba? What was the range of the shot?
It was exciting. We were about 30 to 35 meters from the lion.
 

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Not to hijack this thread but I think its probably o.k. sice its with Jacques. Took all of one day becaue of rain, heat and a full moon that
kept him active all night. Jacques certainly knows big cats and their behavior. He was starting to move after growling and announcing his intentions. I put a stop to him with one shot from my .375. He made about 5 feet and was done. Absolutely gorgeous old lion and a great P.H. and outfit. Thanks, now on to p.g. and camp meat.
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Not to hijack this thread but I think its probably o.k. sice its with Jacques. Took all of one day becaue of rain, heat and a full moon that
kept him active all night. Jacques certainly knows big cats and their behavior. He was starting to move after growling and announcing his intentions. I put a stop to him with one shot from my .375. He made about 5 feet and was done. Absolutely gorgeous old lion and a great P.H. and outfit. Thanks, now on to p.g. and camp meat.
Nice lion! Good job.
 
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NiceUOTE="K-man, post: 153132, member: 9703"]Not to hijack this thread but I think its probably o.k. sice its with Jacques. Took all of one day becaue of rain, heat and a full moon that
kept him active all night. Jacques certainly knows big cats and their behavior. He was starting to move after growling and announcing his intentions. I put a stop to him with one shot from my .375. He made about 5 feet and was done. Absolutely gorgeous old lion and a great P.H. and outfit. Thanks, now on to p.g. and camp meat.
Nice lion! Good job.[/QUOTE]
Thanks, Vinny.
It is good to see a good outfit deliver on what they tell you and have advertised. I might ask them for a wildebeest as big as yours, but I probably have already streched my luck.
 

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Nice lion! Good job.
Thanks, Vinny.
It is good to see a good outfit deliver on what they tell you and have advertised. I might ask them for a wildebeest as big as yours, but I probably have already streched my luck.[/QUOTE]
Good luck with the plainsgame. I'm sure your PH will get you some great animals. Will you be hunting with Jacques or Ockert?
 

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Thanks, Vinny.
It is good to see a good outfit deliver on what they tell you and have advertised. I might ask them for a wildebeest as big as yours, but I probably have already streched my luck.
Good luck with the plainsgame. I'm sure your PH will get you some great animals. Will you be hunting with Jacques or Ockert?[/QUOTE]
Make sure you post more pictures!
 

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Not to hijack this thread but I think its probably o.k. sice its with Jacques. Took all of one day becaue of rain, heat and a full moon that
kept him active all night. Jacques certainly knows big cats and their behavior. He was starting to move after growling and announcing his intentions. I put a stop to him with one shot from my .375. He made about 5 feet and was done. Absolutely gorgeous old lion and a great P.H. and outfit. Thanks, now on to p.g. and camp meat.

K,

Glad to see you got your cat.(y) Didn't take long to change the avatar!;)

Can't wait to hear all the details.

All the best with the rest of your hunt.
 

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Amazing luck. Longest hunt for Lion I did was 31 days in Zambia.
 

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Congrats on a fine lion and awesome trophies. Thanks for the great read.
 

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Hartzview Last Minute Lion

I'd only been home from Africa for 10 days when I gave my lovely wife the bad news that I would be returning.....this year! Fortuitously, I received whole-hearted approval. Having never hunted with Jacques or his crew before, my research offered no evidence precluding a booking with Hartzview, while making all the arrangements through Jacques and Hartziew administration proved painless. (Please feel free to use me as a reference). Canadians require a “firearms export permit”, and while easy to procure, I was not prepared to risk dealing with the logistics/immediacy of the compressed timeline and the time-off that I was able to schedule. Jacques ensured that I would have the appropriate rifle at my disposal. (it turned out to be a tack driver: a CZ 550 375 H&H). 5 extra days to pursue species previously unhunted were added to the lion package at an incredibly reasonable rate.


I lodged at Africa Sky Guest House (a short drive from OR Tambo in Kempton Park) for a couple of days to recover from the long and exhausting flights before I continued to Kimberley where I was met by my PH, Ockert (pronounced exactly as spelled). A two hour trek to Hartzhoogte Ranch in the North West Province was followed by a delicious meal prepared by Herbert the chef. The luxurious accomodations, meals, and hospitality met and exceeded ones' expectations due a South African Hunting Lodge. I can honestly say I have never eaten better than when I dine in Africa.


Ockert, his crew and I hunted Hartzview for 2 days (blesbok and springbok in the salt) before we loaded the “bakkie” for the trip to the Kalahari where we were to meet Jacques for the lion hunt. For those of you who haven't been to the Kalahari, a short description might be appropriate; it was a first for myself as well. This specific property is large and very close to the Botswana border. The Kalahari is comparitively flat and sandy and you'd be hard pressed to find any rocks or stones here. It is populated by many of the acacias and blackthorn shrubs; in spots thick and virtually impenetrable to places where it presents a more open savanah and bushveldt type landscape. As the day heats up from mid to high 30's Celsius, the sand gets softer and walking gets tougher. During our hunt the sun was hot on your back, the skies were clear and mostly cloud free.


Day 1: Following introductions, Jacques, Ockert, trackers, and myself immediately set out to search for fresh lion spoor. While looking for paw prints, a very shootable black wildebeest was sighted. Long story short, once the bull was down he proved to be more than just “mature and shootable”; he was massive!


Day 2: After a long day under African skies tracking, pushing, and a few bonus sightings of the big male (plus a blown opportunity by myself), Jacques and Ockert reassured me that they would not quit until I got my lion. I was prepared to reschedule flights if necessary and as the pictures prove, no change of plans required.


Day 3: This lion had travelled a quite a distance since the previous evening and it required about 2+ hours to determine and isolate his freshest prints before the tracking and stalking could begin. On this day we were blessed with six unique sightings before the seventh and final encounter. The heat and relentless pushing by 2 PHs, 2 trackers, and a client had finally exhausted the lion. He presented a frontal shot at about 35 meters where he was resting in the shade of one of the larger Kalahari trees. As we approached the downed lion he was more impressive and heavily maned than in Jacques' AH trail-cam posting. In the excitement, I could not remember if I fired 2 or 3 times, Ockert assured me it was only twice. What else can one say.....a dream come true! Words cannot express my gratitude for such a rewarding adventure, and it did not end with the lion; there were five more exciting days of hunting with Ockert left.

To Jacques, Ockert, and Hartzview staff and crew: absolutely no dissapointments, a heart felt thank you my friends!

A word of advice to all AH members: when the deal of a lifetime presents itself, àct quickly!

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I'd love to be over there now. Congrats on the lion and eland.
 

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I'd love to be over there now. Congrats on the lion and eland.
Thanks cmnhunt. As its probably quite a bit warmer there than here, I'd rather be there as well!
 

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