Thanks Tim!Sounds like you got quite a bit of hunting in, for this being a "come what may" trip!
Sounds like that night vision apparatus is to blame for the miss on the HB. That would be my story!!
Glad you are home safe,
I won't blame the equipment. I chose to use it. I do however; think I under estimated the learning curve... I think you're also right on the side shot - that thing wasn't thick...Some had a similar piece of night vision equipment a few years ago when I was trying for bush pig in KZN. I'm almost glad we never saw one - I'm not sure how I would have done with the set-up - looking, as you say, over the scope at a small screen. A honey badger is not large - particularly if you are taking a side shot - so perhaps not surprising it didn't go as well as expected. I can truthfully say that when something like this happens to me, I'm really very glad when no trace of blood is found.
Nice bushbuck though, and what looks like a very large civet.
A little surprised you are seeing so many genet - I saw two in 12 days of spotlighting. A shotgun can come in handy because like civet, they tend not to stop for long, and they sit pretty close to the ground.
Sounds like great fun, notwithstanding the frustration . . . .
It would have even been bigger if you hadn't shot a leg off.