A week ago today, as the sun dropped below the skyline, the old bull we were after finally stepped into the open. He had a mouth full of food and he didn’t like us interrupting his supper. As he dropped his head and glared at us from 35 yards, I placed a 500 grain Barnes TSX just below his chin at the top of his throat. The bullet pushed it’s way down his windpipe, through his lungs and lodged a foot behind his shoulder blades just next to his spine. He ran 100 yards and fell dead. The CZ 550 in .458 Lott held a total of six cartridges. I unloaded five and put the single piece of spent brass in a second pocket. I’d had a close encounter with this bull the day before and he made us earn this hunt. It was perfect. Earlier that day a nice warthog stepped out on a hillside. He was as wide as he was long. He looked like the ottoman in my living room but his tusks stood out. I sent one round from my McWhorter Rifle in 300 Win Mag at 432 yards to drop him where he stood. Several days earlier I’d used the same McWhorter to take a nice impala at 350 yards. I hit the ram on center with his shoulder but somehow my shot went an inch above his shoulder blade. I watched him stumble at the hit and then again twenty yards later as he ran up a hill to a dense tabletop plateau. For the next two and a half hours we tracked and bumped him around that table top until he finally stepped into the open for a shot that ended the hunt. On day one we hiked to the top of a mountain after glassing several gemsbok cows near the top. I’d taken a bull on a previous hunt and I was really wanting to take one with my Henry 45/70 with open sights. I left my PH at 65 yards and tried to slowly make it to a tree 25 yards from the cows. Halfway between the tree and my PH I got busted so it was on. I pulled the hammer back and let the first round go as I was still crouched. The round hit but the cow took off at a dead sprint. I worked the lever as I stood and missed my second shot. Still swinging the rifle as I worked the lever for a third round, I fired and watched the gemsbok tumble to the dirt. It was a great trip. Our small team was successful in producing some great content for our sponsors (CZ USA, Henry Rifles, McWhorter Rifles, Zeiss Optics, and Berger Bullets). Here are a few more photos from our team.