SOUTH AFRICA: Last Week’s Safari Rundown

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Very fine jasonv! Thanks for sharing! Great looking bosses on that old buffalo!
    May I ask where were you hunting and who with?
     

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    Eastern Cape with Frontier Safaris. 75k contiguous acres operated by Barry Burchell. Great operation.
     
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    Sounds like a very nice place! You did some really long range shots.
     

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    It really is. It’s all about the hunting with these guys. If you want an infinity pool and oysters each night, look somewhere else.

    His facilities are very comfortable but it’s his property, amount of game and his great PH staff that keeps people coming back to him. Barry himself is fantastic as well.

    This was my second hunt with him. I’m going back for a third in 3 weeks as we work on a project for Bergara Rifles.
     
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    Beautiful photos mate, congrats
     
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    Awesome adventure. Great animals.
     
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    Sounds like you had a great hunt. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Looks like you had a great hunt, congrats!
     
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    Congrats on a successful hunt.
     
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    Congrats and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Congrats! And where do I sign up for your job??? Just got back and returning in 3 weeks!!
     

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    Nice story with great pictures, thanks for sharing!
     

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    You’ll have to kill me to take my job! Sporting Classics Magazine is basically a clubhouse for hunters.
     
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    Congrats, like your buff !
     
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    I hunted with Frontier a couple of weeks prior. Fantastic outfit with first class professional PH's. I will definately be back...Just need to decide to return to SA or go to Barry's place in Namibia???
     

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