I had a similar thing happen to me. 2 weeks before my hunt in 2016 I had a heart attack. I was only 44 yrs old. Everything was fine then I went to work one morning and it happened. They put 2 stents in as well. The doc said no way I was going. I told him I've had this planned for 2 yrs and I'm going. He said I had to pass a stress test then he'd sign off on the trip. Well I passed and got to go. Here is my dream animal a 52" Kudu and we're already planning our 2nd tripView attachment 188229
Holy smokes MarkD that is some serious bruising there, I had a small bruise about the size of a quarter, that is one fine looking Kudu by the way.
Sorry guys this is taking so long to finish, went to Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron walleye fishing with Huntaholic and Terry one of our observers on our hunt. Great day on the water we boated 21 walleyes, a northern pike, plus we released some catfish and sheep head.
We went deep sea fishing today at Port Alfred, had a good day on the water, yours truly was a Dory Shark catching machine, the rest of the guys were catching the table fish. Huntaholic will post pictures of our fish, I had my I-phone and for some reason my computer and phone are not plying well with each other.
Day 8 or last day to hunt.
Up early again, we are staying on property today, I'm happy with what I have taken on this trip so if I don't get another animal all is good, off we go. We go back to a familiar spot Louw says there is Bushbuck here we can find him if we are patience so we settle in and glass for 30 minutes out pops a Bushbuck female, then the ram appears. I hear we must hurry up to the truck and we race over to the area we had spotted the ram, we sneak in and start looking, I found a very nice rock to sit on, and the wait starts. After what seems like for ever, I spot some movement below a quick psst to Louw a point and he's on them, Louw sets the sticks up in front of me while I'm sitting there, he whispers when he steps in the opening I will stop him you shoot. Sure enough the female walks through the opening and the ram follows, Louw then makes a bleat call the ram stops and turns a little, and I make the 90 yard shot, my second Bushbuck with KMG is down, my hunt is over.
View attachment 188753 He is not as big as my other Bushbuck, but he was just as hard earned I'm not sure how long we spent over the hunting trip glassing this spot looking for this ram, but Louw knew he was there and he wanted me to get him.
As I stated this was my second hunt with KMG Safaris, and Marius did not disappoint in the least, all 4 of us hunters filled out trophy lists plus some additional animals. We were already talking about coming back that last night at the dinner table, understand this you will hunt hard, because KMG wants you to get the best possible trophy you can get period. All of their equipment is top notch, we had no vehicle issues at all, we were taken to hunting areas that had the species of game we were hunting, and we were never asked to shoot anything we didn't want. The only problem you will have is you will see some very nice non-targeted animals that are grand trophies in anyone's book, which have to be turned down, because you don't want to lie to the wife about your trip cost. The food and accommodations are outstanding, the staff wants to do everything for you, like get your beer or mix your drink, your laundry is done daily So if you are wanting to hunt the Eastern Cape of SA, go ahead and contact KMG, you will receive a quick response and you will have the time of your life, these guys are good and they will take care of you from arrival to departure at PE.
I would welcome any questions you my have about our trip or about KMG, just PM me, I can email or call you. Thanks for reading my post.
Really like that black wildebeest. High on the list for me. Don't know why those little guys intrigue me so.View attachment 188179
Hi all, I hunted with Marius of KMG safaris in 2014 and had such a great time I decided to put together another trip in 2017, only this time several friends joined me. I contacted Marius and we settled on May 13 to 22, so deposits were sent to lock our spot in, we had 4 hunters and 3 observers, and some drama was mixed in. Two months before we were to leave one hunter drops out, but one of the other guys has a buddy who jumps at the chance to go, we are back to 4 hunters. So here's the big problem I went for my annual physical and my doctor does a EKG and says hey this doesn't look good go to this cardiologist, several test later, the nurse calls me says we have a cath lab booked for you next Wed, WTF just happened. So 20 days before I leave for Africa I get 2 stents put in my heart via my right wrist, so the doc tells me everything went good, but I found another problem so I will see you right back here Monday morning, are you serious. Monday 15 days before I leave I get 2 more stents via my groin area, and the doctor tells my wife "he is not going to Africa" later that day he tells me "let's see how you are doing next week". Five days before I'm scheduled to leave my wife and I meet with the doctor, I get a EKG and he listens to my heart, tells me there is a chance I could develop a blood clot but it's a low chance. I had told my wife that I would do what the doc said concerning going or not, after checking me out he looked at my wife and said " he wants to go to Africa, so let him go". I called my hunting buddies and Marius and on May 9th we left Flint, Michigan for Atlanta then to JoBerg, over night at the Afton House, then the next day to Port Elisabeth.
So on a side note I was one of those individuals who did not present a heart related problem, I had been working out 5 days a week, 2 hours a day and had lost 35 pounds since the beginning of the year. Needless to say I was shocked at my diagnoses, since heart issues and cancer doesn't run in both sides of my family, I'm the first. So go get your checkups and pay attention to what your primary physician tells you it could save your life, it did mine and I'm grateful.
Our first couple of days were spent at Schotia Safaris Private game Reserve taking pictures and viewing all the different animals along with showing the new African hunters what is a good trophy and where to shoot it. We were able to get over the jet lag and time difference, when Marius and his PH's picked us up we were ready to hunt.
Marius is hunting with my friend Greg and his wife Carole, they go the opposite directions as the rest of us when we were picked up at Schotia, Greg's first animal is a klipspringer, they will rejoin the group late the next night after his successful hunt.
John and his wife Lori were hunting with PH Greg Brown, Terry is hunting with Warren, and I'm hunting with Louw my new cardio rehab PH. Our hunt starts on the 13th but there is time in the afternoon of the 12th after we sight in the rifles. We went down the road about 25 minutes to hunt, it was great to be back in the bush, seen some animals, but no shot were taken. On the way out of the farm that evening we were almost t-boned by a cape buffalo running across the two track, not sure how that would have turned out?
Up early for breakfast and coffee, about 7:00am we head out for the first day of our hunt, I would like a Black Wildebeest. We are hunting on the property the lodge is located on, once we reach the top, off goes the truck and we start walking. Not long after we spot 3 Impala rams, Louw says you want one? they are not on my list, but sure, shoot the one in the back he's the nicest. While waiting for him to clear some brush I notice I'm shaky on the sticks, I'm having a hard time settling the crosshairs, I did notice the new meds I was prescribed did make me jittery for a couple of hours after taking them. I then hear Louw tell me to shift to my right there is a nice BW, wait until he turns then shoot, no shot was presented, and the 3 Impala also had enough everyone is gone. While standing there empty handed another Impala steps out, he is very nice standing broadside at 100 yards chip shot, bang, miss, off he runs no worse for wear, did I just do that, now I feel stupid.
So we continue to hunt when Louw spots some BW, so we jump in the truck to cut the distance, get out and start our stalk, after about 30 minutes, up go the sticks. We are walking uphill and the BW are on the other side of the hill I don't know the distance, Louw says ease up on the sticks and shoot the BW. I get on the sticks and there are 2 BW 60 yards away, I whisper which one, no answer, again which one, no answer, I turn my head and Louw is there with his fingers in his ears. waiting for me to shoot. Off they run, I hear why didn't you shoot, I said I didn't know which one to shoot the one standing or the one laying down, Louw says I didn't see the one, laying down, it's time for lunch. to be continued.