Well let’s wrap this up with my Sambar deer hunt on a WMA public land draw hunt.
Arrived at the area this morning at 10:30 for the 11:00 orientation and compartment assignments.
After reviewing the map of my area I headed out to get a feel for the land it was now alittle after 12:00. By 12:45 I had spotted what I deemed to be a respectable stag bedded about 500 yards from me in an oak Mott on the edge of a marsh. At this point all I could see was he top of his rack. I had a perfect stiff cross wind and managed to move through the tangle of short oak brush to the edge of the marsh. From here it was on hands and knees as I closed the last 30 yards to a spot I could set up my shooting sticks for a 150 yard shot sitting.
Now it was a waiting game for the stag to stand up. I remember thinking why did I not bring a water with me. My mouth was getting parched but I was determined. At last he stood to reposition and I was ready. The rifle bellowed followed by the reassuring whaup of the bullet finding its mark. I put my first shot through his shoulder with my .280 rem. The big stag fell but it wasn’t for long. He regained his hind legs and started plowing forward. He stopped for just a moment and I sent another one his way.... boom.....whaup.... and he was out of sight... now my mind racing did he crest the ridge or did he go down for good on the follow up.
I quickly gathered my stuff and made my way over to where I last saw him and there he lay. An absolutely amazing stag.
I did a little housekeeping in my shop and found some .500 Jeffery ammo that I no longer need. Superior Ammunition and Hendershots loaded them, along with AHR (American Hunting Rifles). Several Woodleigh/A-Square solids along with lead bullets in both 535g and 600g. Message me for any details.
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian