SOUTH AFRICA: Huntershill May 2018

Ragman

AH elite
Joined
Jun 8, 2015
Messages
1,407
Reaction score
2,025
Location
Saskatchewan, Canada
Media
232
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Canada(Sask./B.C.), Namibia, RSA(Eastern Cape) USA(Texas)
Congrats on a great hunt and some beautiful animals! I am one of the lucky baboon hunters...managed to get on on my 4th day as they were coming for water. Huntershill looks like a quality outfit!
 

Dr Ray

AH legend
Joined
Apr 1, 2017
Messages
2,695
Reaction score
2,771
Location
Cairns, Australia
Media
52
Articles
5
Hunting reports
Australia/NZ
5
I'm still getting synched to the time change and my wife handed me a massive honey do jar. I hope to add to this later but suffice it to say I had a blast. Hunted 3 properties with a great PH Johan and after 4 years finally got my baboon.

Day 1 off to the range to check my zero and after a few shots we are off to do a bit of scouting before dinner. Massive property with plenty of game but they are skittish so either shoot long or work on your stalking skills.

Day 2 Johan finds me 3 very nice Black Wildebeest with one being a great one. Unfortunately they are moving at 350 up high on the side of the mountain. Broke my first rule of don't shoot at moving animals and paid the price. He went down but jumped up and the 3 were off to higher ground. My PH went for the truck to cut them off while the 2 trackers and me followed them from what cover we could find. I got another very long shot at a steep angle but mistake#2 no rangefinder so parted the hair on his back only. We trailed him for the rest of the day but lost them.

Day 3 Johan takes me to a new place Comre for Eland. It is flatter, sparse cover and covered in stones. At my age I'm watching where my feet go more than the animals because a twisted ankle ruins the hunt. We finally spot some nice eland and low and behold one old gray bull. Sent Johan to get the truck and we followed them for a long ways till they stopped but a herd of giraffe had us spotted and pinned down. Nothing to do but wait till one or the other moved, thankfully the eland moved over the hill and we followed them. After spotting the old gray guy we started our stalk keeping what sparse cover there was between us till we closed to 300yds. I placed the crosshairs 8" over his shoulder and squeezed. The 7mm mag barked and he hunched I was sure he was done but you guys said keep shooting so a second produced another hunch then a slow turn and I dropped another quartering away. Down for the count. When Johan got there he looked at the 2 shots about 3" apart and said that where you hit him, nope those were the exit wounds, he couldn't believe it. Barnes 145LRX damn deadly. The 3rd was recovered and weighed 144gr. Getting him into the truck was even more of an adventure.

View attachment 229748

Very interesting and thanks for posting.
 

BWH

AH legend
Joined
Aug 5, 2012
Messages
2,775
Reaction score
2,821
Location
Texas
Media
102
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
4
USA/Canada
3
Member of
Ducks Unlimited, Texas Trophy Hunters, Trout Unlimited, SCI, DSC & NRA
Hunted
USA & RSA
Congratulations..... Have heard nothing but great things of Huntershill. Looks beautiful!
 

cagkt3

AH legend
Joined
Apr 10, 2017
Messages
2,926
Reaction score
2,032
Location
Texas
Media
87
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Member of
DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS
Congrats on a great hunt, thanks for sharing!
 

Shootist43

Gold supporter
AH ambassador
Joined
Apr 25, 2015
Messages
5,881
Reaction score
5,899
Location
Grosse Ile, Michigan
Media
25
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
NRA
Hunted
Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Limpopo Province South Africa
Great report and photos. Congratulations on the long range shooting, you appeared to be more comfortable doing it than I would be since most of my hunting is done at under a hundred yards.
 

lcq

AH elite
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Messages
1,493
Reaction score
1,294
Media
10
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
NRA CSSA
Hunted
Canada, RSA
Great report and photos. Congratulations on the long range shooting, you appeared to be more comfortable doing it than I would be since most of my hunting is done at under a hundred yards.

I hate shooting off sticks (mental block) and avoid it whenever possible. However up north where there is plenty of short scrub you have no choice. In the EC particularly at HH I used a long bipod and shot from a sitting position, way more stable. Here at home I haven't ever killed a deer over 50 yds, just can't see that far in the scrub
 

lcq

AH elite
Joined
Nov 30, 2013
Messages
1,493
Reaction score
1,294
Media
10
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
NRA CSSA
Hunted
Canada, RSA
Thanks everyone for the kind words. You have helped me out immeasurably over the years with helpful advice and the do's and don't's of hunting Africa. This is the best site out there on Africa Hunting and it is because of the people here.
 

Jeffrey Masters

AH veteran
Joined
Feb 5, 2017
Messages
171
Reaction score
152
Location
Bluegrass
Media
5
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Hunted
SA, Mexico, Lower 48, Alaska
Day 9: Repeat of Day 8

Day 10: Suffice it to say that I'm now convinced that I won't find my BWB but off we go yet again. Plenty of wind, spitting rain (isn't this the dry season) and some really low cloud cover blankets the mountains. We have seen a few herds but my guy is nowhere to be seen. So I bit the bullet and we started a stalk on a really nice bull. Taking advantage of tree cover we managed to get to within 250yds but the wind was at our back and they winded us. They took off but the bull stopped for a few seconds giving a clear shot. The big 7 barks and he is DRT.

Had a wonderful time and met some great people from the US, England, Australia and Ireland.

Mike from Chicago if you read Africa Hunting I apologize for shattering your preconceptions that all Canadians are polite socialists who liked Obama and loathed Trump :)

View attachment 229943
That is a brute of a Blackie!!!
 

MikeDeltaFoxtrot

AH veteran
Joined
Nov 30, 2017
Messages
137
Reaction score
136
Location
Virginia, USA
Media
24
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
SCI, NRA
Hunted
USA (Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia), South Africa
I am surprised at how large the baboon looked in the picture. What did he weigh?
 

Buff-Buster

Gold supporter
AH elite
Joined
Aug 3, 2011
Messages
1,810
Reaction score
1,310
Location
Hempstead, Texas
Website
www.mashambanzousafaris.com
Media
90
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
Houston Safari Club, Gulf Coast SCI, SCI International. Rowland Ward, NRA, RMEF, North American Hunting Club - Life Member, Texas Trophy Hunters
Hunted
Mozambique, South Africa, (Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State & East Cape), Zimbabwe (Charisa & West Nicholson), U.S.(Texas, New Mexico, LA, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wyoming & Montana), Canada (Alberta & Saskatchewan) & Argentina (Cordoba)
Congrats on a great hunt! I'll be back at Huntershill next June. Going to see what being an observer is like!
 

AZDAVE

AH elite
Joined
Jul 26, 2013
Messages
1,897
Reaction score
2,658
Media
169
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Alaska,lower 48
Nice report. Thank you for sharing. Like the eland and baboon best.
 

kevin masters

AH fanatic
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
501
Reaction score
615
Location
richmond ky
Media
26
Hunting reports
Africa
1
USA/Canada
1
Hunted
us mexico alaska south africa
that was an awesome hunt! I love the baboon, he looks huge.(y)
 

Forum statistics

Threads
36,243
Messages
683,103
Members
62,499
Latest member
Marianne15
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

Rifle57 wrote on Viral_SIGness's profile.
Viral is a great guy to trade with First Class all the way!!
 
Top