Forging made out a great deal in the camp this year. Jaap and Greg kept the forge going , Jaap worked on a knife and Greg assisted. Herman and Hansie forged a type of survival ax/knife from piece of truck leaf spring. Herman Nel forged a Bowie knife and taught Ruan the basics of forging a knife blade.
When they ran out of charcoal/coke while forging they turned to Lead wood and Kameeldoring wood, it burned hotter than the charcoal and coke..
Jaap and Greg:
Testing for magnetism:
Herman Nel teaching Ruan the basics of knife blade forging.
David shot the first animal, a warthog:
Johan Greyling shot an Impala:
MC Heunis shot a nice Impala ram, it happen late in the afternoon and we did not take a nice photo:
Erik shot the biggest, heaviest and most incredible Impala ram on the farm, Willie Barnard said this was the biggest ram he ever saw on the farm.Erik carried this big ram for about one point two kilometers.
This photo shows where MC Heunis is dressing the impala he shot by using a one hundred and twenty year old Herneuter knife. Like the Bowie of America had a status symbol the Herneuter knife had a similar status among the Boer hunter . MC Heunis will write an article for Magnum regarding the two distinctive items of a Boer hunter , the velskoen and the Herneuter knife.
To all the members who followed this thread, it is much appreciated. We are currently preparing for next year`s event ...
Thank you kindly Wheels, yes I myself enjoyed this hunt a lot. Every year I learn more and more new things from the participants . Here is one interesting remark around the fire while two leopards circled our camp and walked on our spoor while hunting in broad daylight: To distinguish between a male and a female leopard when they call, the male leopard will not "saw/grunt " more than seven times , while the female will call/saw/grunt more than seven times.
I really want to get this verified by the professional hunters if they please?
Nyati, yes you are quite correct, it really is a special kind of hunt. The members who participated are all people with excellent knowledge and skills. We learn a lot on this type of hunt. Around the camp fire , various discussions take place regarding the Boer war history, bush craft, old time practices like forging, casting bullets, re-loading for Martini Henry rifle, shooting the flintlock rifles ect. Then what I deemed to be certainly the only hunt where you as hunter walk alone into the bush to hunt, no guides, no day fees , all animals that are shot it`s costs been divided by the group and paid by the group.
Yes, this really is a one of a kind hunt...
Gert very kind of you to share this, truly an experience of value. The pictures and write up is just wonderful. This is by far my favorite read on the internet. I can read it time after time, and do. While it seems certain you have a fine group of gents, the addition of the youngsters is commendable. An experience that will no doubt be with them for a life time. Thank you Gert. Very much appreciate you taking the time to share.
Hi the dude in the picture. It would be cool to know the area (genetics) of the stag you have in your profile picture. I am from New Zealand and shot a stag here that is almost identical, especially the throw backs. I can send you a photo to prove I'm genuine with my enquiry.