Well so we're back late last night, still a little woozy from the breakneck pace of return travel. CBP was a little different this time upon return to JFK. Got pulled out to check the rifles, and ended up getting the full search job! Everything! Turns out the guys really wanted to finger my Winchester 1895, seems they thought it was an original! When I told them it was a Japanese repro they were somewhat disappointed. Got searched anyway and admonished for not having a 4457 on my 27 year old Nikon binos of all things! Also they found a branch end and a cocklebur, a few rocks my boy threw in my bag etc. Told me I should have declared the rocks! Really? If anything keeps me from doing this again its the travel part, it really sucks. Now most remember this was my boy Nathaniel's first trip anywhere so this was quite the trip for him. First hunting trip as well, never taken anything before. He was first up with a nice blesbuck. He was shooting my dads old pre-64 Model 70 Winchester rebarrelled many years ago to .284 Wiin., which some would consider light for African plains game. Don't believe it. I had worked up a great shooting load using the 140gr Barnes Triple Shock at just over 3000fps using Win 760 powder. My PH Phil de Kock is a big fan of this bullet so he was not surprised by its performance. Nate nailed the buck from about 80 yards, the bullet taking him on a quartering to shot. It ran about 50 yards and piled up. Here Phil gave Nate his initiation into the ranks of hunters and gave him the "blooding" treatment on his face. This was a real moment for him and for me as well. I could not have been prouder of how he did on his first big game animal. Of course I am chasing eland around during all of this as well. Eland and hyena were the only things on my list as priority and anything else would be gravy. On day 2 while hunting eland (what else?), the trackers Nelson and Dennis spotted a kudu bull, so Phil and Nate went after it, I followed behind with TR's "medicine". At about 180 yards or so Phil put the sticks for Nate and he popped the bull and down it went, to a high shoulder shot. A chip off the old block for sure as I often manage to shoot too high, however it is a good anchoring shot. Phil had Nate give a finisher in the neck as it was thrashing around a bit, but could not get up. For a guy who has never shot at game before, especially off sticks, he is doing pretty well.