SOUTH AFRICA: MOZAMBIQUE: Off To Southern Africa With KMG & TMS & PPS

It seems like a win win situation, lots of hunting and think of all that money that your saving on arrows and trophy fees!
 
Had a hard enough time up in those mountains change Rhebok's with a rifle. Can't even imagine with a bow . . .or what's possessed you to try it!
 
Marius said he'd vote the person that shot a vaal rhebok with a bow the President of South Africa....if I remember right?
 
One more time today.
Going as high as we can go today. Where the big guys hide.
Here's hoping.

It's 0540. Rooster is crowing in the dark. This one is an idiot. He crows at 0200 as well. Almost became KFC the other night.

KFC at 8,000 feet sounds good. Shoot him!
 
One more time today.
Going as high as we can go today. Where the big guys hide.
Here's hoping.

It's 0540. Rooster is crowing in the dark. This one is an idiot. He crows at 0200 as well. Almost became KFC the other night.

If you need some help keeping a bird quiet I know this guy that can uhm.... Take care of things.... :whistle:

@Hank2211
 
Brickburn, I hope the weather is a little better your side of the hill, northern side the wind is howling, major chill factor, any vaalie with brains (normally huge brains) will be nicely bedded down seeking cover. Could be perfect for approach.

The wind was SCREAMING today. Got up to 15C and melting everything. Strange stuff.
The Bakkie was being rocked constantly by the wind. Quite intense up high.
Everything was hiding down in the drainages. Ass backwards really.

5 star accommodation way up high. Gorgeous lodge.
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9Km of "strolling" today with 7000 feet of ascent. Never mind the descent.
I was leaning into the wind and it made walking interesting.
There were actually eight insane Vaalies out in that wind up by the Lesotho border.
Crazy.

Approached one herd to within 38 yards.
Nice Ram.
These critters have eyes that are better than Hawks.
Zero knowledge of our presence.
Zero possibility for a bow shot.

They soon caught on and went out to three hundred and wondered what had bothered them.
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Saw at least 50 Vaalies today, lost count actually. Several Rowland Rams are still out there growing. :)

Finally spotted some Vaalies (several herds actually hiding from the wind) down low in this drainage and decided to put the stalk on them. Walking in the creek to stay out of sight and the wind.

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This is a view back toward the drainage from the Vaalies vantage point.

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It finally came down to the fact that it was never going to be possible today in this wind to use the bow effectively. It was just a reality of hunting. The original ten days is what is required to get it done. Between weather and the learning curve fours days was not quite enough.
Therefore, I made a "new plan".
We looked him over for a long time and he bedded down and stood several times. Finally , when we were about to back away and make a different approach the herd saw the PH move and that settled the deal. We were screwed on getting any closer.
I took the shot from the drainage in the dead centre of the picture above. (Vaalies perspective picture)
368 yards with a 12 inch drift for the wind and this very old 8 inch trophy was going home with me. (I would have hated to see what the drift would have been if the wind were perpendicular to the shot line.) Broken tips and and very old man. Comment from the peanut gallery: "By far the thickest Vaalie ram I have encountered that did not make 10 inches".
The ram also wasted some effort trying to grow a horn out of his nose too.


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That did not stop me from searching for the elusive 11 inch Monster. Plenty of glassing and nothing big enough ever showed itself for the rest of the day.


Final group of the day going to bed. You spot the Ram in this herd. There are eight critters bedded or standing.

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Happy with the effort and the result. Incredible experience up here on the top of South Africa.

Off to Joburg tomorrow.
 
Had a hard enough time up in those mountains change Rhebok's with a rifle. Can't even imagine with a bow . . .or what's possessed you to try it!

No one has really ever done it by walk and stalk. So, what the hell. I have taken a couple of Rowlands with the rifle so, this was the next step. :)
 
Marius said he'd vote the person that shot a vaal rhebok with a bow the President of South Africa....if I remember right?

Giving this another try with the proper time and a little better fitness on my part would be in the future plans. This can be done.

I'll skip the coronation, thanks. :)
 
It seems like a win win situation, lots of hunting and think of all that money that your saving on arrows and trophy fees!

This is hunting. No doubt about it. You have to rethink the way you do everything up here.
Way more planning and thinking goes into prep for a bow stalk than for a rifle.

Hunting the Bushbuck with Marius was just the same. Match your whits against something that works every day just to stay alive.

The game up high is just different.
 
Nice job Brickburn! I know you wanted it to turn out a bit different but that was/is a fantastic hunt. Good luck on the next leg of your journey. Thanks for taking "us" along with you on your hunt.
 
Congratulations Brickburn, beautiful tough terrain, fantastic hunting, and a great animal! Enjoy the next chapter of your journey.
 
Man you got a nice trophy! Congrats! What you going to hunt down Joberg way
 
OK I think I'm caught up Awesome read Wayne now whats this about Joberg?
 
There's always a reason to go back; some are not so good, some good, some great. Getting it done the hard way is a great reason to go back.
 
OK I think I'm caught up Awesome read Wayne now whats this about Joberg?

You have to go through these three little facilities to end up in Northern Mozambique.

JOBURG
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MAPUTO
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LICHINGA
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Man you got a nice trophy! Congrats! What you going to hunt down Joberg way

School mates need a visit and maybe a bird taxidermist that I have been referred to also needs a viewing their work.

I really don't want the Egyptian geese to come back looking like this:
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Funny enough Charlie, I got two invites to go hunting on the way back. As soon as I was asked about the Bow, it started.
Fallow Deer just down the road and then Kudu, etc at another place.

Have met a large array of people up here in the mountains that just seem to be passing through and "must see" the place. Just on road trip excursions seeing the countryside, or coming up skiing, etc.

They do a thin crust Pizza up here that people travel for miles to come and get. Not just because you have to travel for miles to get anything up here.

Off to breakfast and the day long drive ahead.
 
There's always a reason to go back; some are not so good, some good, some great. Getting it done the hard way is a great reason to go back.

I have to agree with that notion.
It is incredibly frustrating and rewarding all at the same time. The mental game is a huge part of this hunt and better physical fitness would also help you cover more country and create opportunities.
Next time...
 
You left out the TETE airport, we also stop off there.
 
Nice vaal rhebok, old mature.
 
Very well done Wayne......you really deserved that Vallie........it is a very hard earned trophie.......truly old school hunting in those bloody mountains my friend........well done again..........with the plus that nobody reporting here from the heart of the hunt like you........I was every day with you.....hunting......thank you.....!!!!!
 
Congrats on the val rhebok!
Keep it coming.

R.
 

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