SOUTH AFRICA: Rhinoster Hoek Safaris With My Son

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  1. BRICKBURN

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    Gorgeous country!
     
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    Warren's place is truly special. It reminds me of West Texas in ways.

    It's one of those places where you'll never forget just because of the land you see and the animals are just a bonus on top of that.
     
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    couple more pics of the area
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    Looking at the mountain never got old, maybe next trip might need to visit the caves up there
     

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    Hunted there a year ago in early June, saw that one horned bull...he was very good, too bad only one horn. photos bring back lots of memories. wish I had thought of the rocks in the shoes....MMMMM.(y)
     
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    Dobber, looks like you and your son had a great hunt. The best part is that now he will be wanting to go back and do it again. Without a doubt, it will be easier for him to "sell" the idea of a return hunt to your wife. Where you might get a questioning glance and an Oh? He will hear, "gee," that sounds like a great idea
     
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    I won't tell Doug
     

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    Almost finished this report, work somehow keeps getting in the way of relaxing long enough to finish. Here are a few pictures of the camp, as i noted this is an early 1800's homestead, but had everything to cover our needs
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    apparently i missed taking one of the large living room area and some of the outside, might have to check with the kid and see what he has for pics, even the dozer out front looks like it belongs, well kept property
     

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    We decided one late afternoon to walk up a drainage ditch, which started out knee high, maybe a bit of a hunch to slowly stalk onwards, but the area we were going was to watch a side hill about a mile up. As we started the clouds were getting darker and we heard the rain before we saw it, torrential downpour that lasted only minutes, all we could do was stand there and look at each other thinking well this isn't as much fun as how i will remember it years from now. The closer we got to where we were going to sit and watch, the deeper the drainage ditch became, gorge came to mind at one point. We got around a corner and both got the scare of our lives (well maybe more me than Warren) but apparently we awoke an owl and it flew out of its hiding spot straight at us head high and it dumped about a quart of shit as it went overhead, we were able to dodge the potential shit storm but had to sit and laugh for a minute before heading on

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    After all we went through, the downpour, the owl bombardment and the slick walking we finally got to a good vantage point and due to the weather change we had one more obstacle to overcome before dark came
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    The fog rolled in quickly lol, it rolled on out not quite as quick as it came in and we did see a few kudu's but none that were on the target list - Just another great day though, and the weather just adds to the memories
     

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    Finally got a chance to finish up, sheesh i need to work on time management a bit better

    I had words with Warren and wanted my son to shoot a respectable Kudu, wasn't on the cull list, but worked out a good deal. The one thing i will say i did miss was hunting with my son more, but then again he is becoming a well adjusted young man, and based on me being me the odds weren't in his favor

    Jeanne looked after Mike aka the kid, and couldn't have been happier that he was having such a good time
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    The last morning we were thinking about going out for one last walk, but the weather wasn't real nice so a bit of a sleep in, had to leave by 11am so not a whole lot of time, but i was willing. We sat had coffee, enjoyed some down time and discussed a future trip. This time with the wife in tow. Send the wimmin folk off to Cape Town and drive the roads looking at wine and trinkets while i casually toss small stones in someones boots to slow them down while hiking up them hills.
    Want to check out some of the caves on that ever present back ground mountain, heck who knows there might some critter worth shooting up by the W (insert subtle hint here)

    Great family, great times and great friendship, looking forward to planning 2018
     

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    Very nice report and look like you both had some good fun.
     
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    Ian, it was great to have you and Mike with us.

    A few memories made:

    A countdown clock appearing on my phone

    A photo sent to me of Mike enjoying a snack, my wife saying ‘Oh S**t’ and sending me back into the grocery store.

    The first day, after you guys arrived and unpacked, after the shooting range, the young uns deciding we must still go hunting. I was impressed with the Detroit Cammo.

    Mike obeying the order to empty the pots, although he battled sometimes.

    Dodging the rain, standing under the trees to escape the downpour, or just standing in the open waiting for it to go past.

    Taking a smoke break and having to empty my boots.

    Remember, sending the Ladies down to Cape Town, needs a tough credit card that doesn’t say ouch.

    We will climb that little mountain!

    Till 2018

    Warren Belinda and Family

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    Most of this report came through while I was there, following in your rock filled shoes... well Warren's rock filled shoes.
    Wonderful report.
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    LOL that last picture, walking up that steep ridge enjoying the time while you took a picture of a shroom on a turd

    Enjoyed your report as well HuntingGold

    Warren i will bring 2 cards with me, one for the wife with a $500 limit and mine with a bit more to keep her in check
     
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    Congrats on the great hunting! Love that country!
     
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