sounds almost exactly like my son, Matt's, impala hunt with Marius. we watched from a 500 yards away. took what seemed like forever, but the shot came at about 20 yards, I think. congrats.We hunted bushbuck mostly in the morning hours and then in the afternoon would hunt other species. One day we decided to go after Randee's impala. The weather was marginal but we tried anyways. Things just didnt quite work out the way they should so we backed out for another try. The following day we tried again. The weather was a little better but would occassionally rain. A band of bachelor rams was found just before they entered some heavy brush. We just watched for some time and finally they started moving about again. A plan was put together that Marius and Randee would go it alone and would sneak the brush line in attempts to catch the band unaware. I stayed at the bucky and watched along with Lloyd. It wasnt all that long and they were in the area. From my vantage point I could see many of the band, while I am sure they could not. As the approached several younger males stared in the hunters direction and appeared to be getting nervous. They then moved up a little then went back to feeding. Randee and Marius were now closing the distance and I could still see eight rams together in a small opening seemingly oblivious to the hunters approach. I was over a half-mile away and watching things unfold from a distance can be very deceiving, but the hunters appeared close. Finally I saw Marius put up the sticks and could see Randee put the rifle up. I saw a ram that appeared to be the biggest and focused on him. Some of the rams appeared to be getting nervous again when I am certain I saw the impact of the bullet in the rams side. All at once the rams blew out of there and a moment later I heard the report of the rifle. Marius called for me to bring the bucky around and to bring the tracking dog. It took a little time before I arrived. When I finally made it, Marius had found good blood. The dog was turned loose and moments later the ram was found only yards away. Beautiful young lady, beautiful ram.
As it turns out, they had crept to within 30 yards of the unsuspecting rams. Impressive.
sounds almost exactly like my son, Matt's, impala hunt with Marius. we watched from a 500 yards away. took what seemed like forever, but the shot came at about 20 yards, I think. congrats.
I tried to e-mail you Jerry with a thanks for the info. It did not make it.... Thank You for your help.