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Good Fellows and Good Dear Huntresses,

Stop the presses ! .... This just in on the wire;
At long last, old Velo Dog once again is booked for Namibia = September 5 through October 5, this year / 2021.
My outstanding wife will be going with me this time.
It will be her 2nd time to Africa and my 6th.
Also, we plan to spend a few days touring Germany afterward, before finally flying home to Anchorage.
My Mother-in-Law will be living in our house and taking care of our hideous mongrel, until our triumphant return back here to Ruby Ridge Compound.

On this topic, my wife is not a hunter per se.
However, she definitely is not a floppy wrist either.
As a teenager, she lived on a family owned commercial fishing boat in Alaska, long-lining (halibut and cod primarily), from Kodiak to Dutch Harbor and was raised on wild seafood / wild game meat here.

As such, she has developed some truly amazing recipes for moose, caribou, blacktail deer, grouse, waterfowl, snowshoe hare, etc., etc., not to mention salmon, halibut, rockfish, trout, oysters, clams and so forth.
To watch her filet a salmon is amazing, (if not scary LoL), to put it mildly.
Likewise, she knows her way around a meat grinder, and vacuum sealer, more so than most of us men folk.
So, she is by the grace of God, my soul mate for sure.
Likewise, she is the best traveling companion I could have ever have hoped for.

Anywhooo, in the event that, any of you folks are interested in joining us this year, up at Khomas Highland Hunting Safaris of Namibia, we will skid sideways into Windhoek on the morning of Sept 21 and then fly out of Windhoek, on the evening of Oct 5.

For my fellow Rifle Grumps, I plan to use my employer’s (Philip Hennings) scoped Brno 602 Magnum Mauser, for everything - eland to steinbok.
I dunno what ammunition Philip will have in supply, during these Covid / Socialist troubled times.
Last time (2017) I enjoyed perfect success with South African PMP ammunition, 300 grain round nosed softs.
I will keep you posted on this detail.

As a side note, my personal favorite hunting rifle here at home, is also a Brno 602 Magnum Mauser, in .375 H&H, identical in every way except that, mine has a simple 4x Zeiss scope on it and Philip’s rifle has a variable power scope (also a Zeiss) on it.
As we speak, I am in training with my Brno .375 for this Safari.
Standing, with shooting sticks....practice, practice, practice and then practice some more.

Likewise, I plan to do a bit of waterfowling with Philip as well, (Egyptian goose and red billed duck) with one of his shotguns.
Particularly, his Miroku over/under 12 bore (2 & 3/4”), fits me well (2.5” drop at the heel).
And, with (3MM ?) lead shot is a death-bomb on large, thick feathered game birds.
For me, the above has been a muey effectivo goose crumpler, not to mention a proverbial lightening bolt on guinea fowl as well.
Speaking of guinea fowl, those birds have obviously discovered Kevlar.
If I lived in Namibia or, anywhere else that guinea fowl abounded then, a scoped .22 rim fore magnum or better yet, a .22 Hornet would be a must have, IMO.

I guess that’s about the news that’s fit to print around here from Anchorage.
So, stay on that front sight and best regards for now.

Blah, blah, blah, out,
Velo Dog.
 
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Congratulations to the both of you on your upcoming hunt and tour. I would volunteer to be your gun bearer, but since you are using your outfitters guns, I guess I am out of a job. Still trying to figure out if and when I will try and make up my hunt in Limpopo later this year that had to be cancelled last year in Sept due to Covid. Am looking forward to a stellar hunting report (with lots of pics) from you and Mrs. Dog. Good luck to you both!!!!
 

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Wonderful news Velo Dog, your intro is great to read, I cant wait for the actual report. The trip sounds like heaven, you cant but have a wonderful time both, enjoy it to the full!
 

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Great news Dog, congrats!
 

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Congratulations and what sounds like a wonderful trip you have planned.
 

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Wonderful,miss Africa like you
Which way would General Miles ;) go in Germany ?
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Wonderful! Envious of you spending a month in Namibia! Really looking forward to your report!
 

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@Velo Dog
I am happy for you, and looking fwd to your forthcoming report!

I have a question.
What are the seasonal migratory antelope species that you are mentioning, in migration between Namib and highlands?
 

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ERROR / TYPO

In the first sentence of my above post, just now I am noticing that I wrote, “September 5 through October 5” etc., etc.
It should have been September 21 through October 5 and so forth.
 

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Wonderful,miss Africa like you
Which way would General Miles ;) go in Germany ?
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Greetings Foxi,

I am not sure exactly where in Germany we will visit.
But, I will let you know as soon as we decide those details.
Unfortunately, we will only be in your country for less than one week.
I am retired but we cannot stay gone my wife’s work schedule.
Do you have any suggestions ?

Waidmannsheil !
General Miles.
 

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@Velo Dog
I am happy for you, and looking fwd to your forthcoming report!

I have a question.
What are the seasonal migratory antelope species that you are mentioning, in migration between Namib and highlands?
Hello mark-hunter,

Thanks and the migratory hooved game species are primarily gemsbok, aka: oryx and Burchell’s zebra.
The abundant Hartmann’s zebra, aka: mountain zebra seem to stay in those mountains most of, if not all of the time.
Certainly there are exceptions, due to drought, bush fires, flooding, etc.
Also, cape eland migrate up to the highlands and back, according to the rains and grass patterns.
However the eland there do not show in large numbers, compared to the oryx numbers.

My understanding is that the members (multiple, huge tract land owners) of the Khomas Hochland Wildlife Conservancy are doing what they can to enhance migrating eland, by not hunting them up there yet.
As usual, I plan to track / stalk eland on foot during this visit.
But also as usual, that will instead be down in the Kalahari region, where eland are plentiful.

Cheers,
Velo Dog.
 

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I see you may have paraphrased a quote from Hunter S...sneaky aren't you....
Mornin’ David,

If I have ripped off someone else’s quote, I do apologize.
I’ve been saying “skid sideways” since high school, LoL.
Nonetheless, I will try to avoid using that line very often.
So hopefully all is well here in the world’s best forum.

Meanwhile, if your Limpopo plans fall through, let me know.
At the moment, Khomas lodge is not over-run with Sept 21 to Oct 5 bookings.
Fellow forum member and fellow Alaska friend of mine, “Mekaniks” was originally planning to go.
But some other scheduling conflict has changed his plan.
There is a small possibility that his plan could change yet again, back to joining us at Khomas and I hope so.
He is good company and so I cross my fingers and wait for news.

Cheers.
Paul.
 
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Great!! I eagerly await the first installment of the Velo Dog Diaries!
 

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Mornin’ David,

If I have ripped off someone else’s quote, I do apologize.
I’ve been saying “skid sideways” since high school, LoL.
Nonetheless, I will try to avoid using that line very often.
So hopefully all is well here in the world’s best forum.

Meanwhile, if your Limpopo plans fall through, let me know.
At the momentthe Khomas lodge is not over-run with Sept 21 to Oct 5 bookings.
Fellow forum member and fellow Alaska friend of mine, “Mekaniks” was originally planning to go.
But some other scheduling conflict has changed his plan.
There is a small possibility that his plan could change yet again, back to joining us at Khomas and I hope so.
He is good company and so I cross my fingers and wait for news.

Cheers.
Paul.
No way you should retract the quote, you generally have such a way with words anyway. I will PM you tonight and tell you where the quote came from...at least to my knowledge. I see or hear it very rarely and it got my attention.
 

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Greetings Foxi,

I am not sure exactly where in Germany we will visit.
But, I will let you know as soon as we decide those details.
Unfortunately, we will only be in your country for less than one week.
I am retired but we cannot stay gone my wife’s work schedule.
Do you have any suggestions ?

Waidmannsheil !
General Miles.
in Bavaria is a lot to see
neuschwanstein.jpg

Cinderella Castle -Neuschwanstein

chiemsee.jpg

Castle Herrenchiemsee "near" Salzburg (near for an Alaskan like you).Salzburg is also wunderful,ask Red Leg
Biergarten-Seehof-Herrsching.jpg

the beergardens around Starnberger See



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Oktoberfest is not allowed this year :-(
What do you value so much? Culture or halligalli ?

Like everywhere-all depends from the weather and the bloody Covid 19 this year.
If you would come to Munich,one day I think,I can be your guide.So you want and Corona allowes it.
All these things are tourist traps,but really nice ones :)
Foxi
 
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in Bavaria is a lot to see
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Cinderella Castle -Neuschwanstein

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Castle Herrenchiemsee "near" Salzburg (near for an Alaskan like you).Salzburg is also wunderful,ask Red LegView attachment 401117
the beergardens around Starnberger See



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Oktoberfest is not allowed this year :-(
What do you value so much? Culture or halligalli ?

Like everywhere-all depends from the weather and the bloody Covid 19 this year.
If you would come to Munich,one day I think,I can be your guide.So you want and Corona allowes it.
All these things are tourist traps,but really nice ones :)
Foxi
Thank you Foxi,

So many interesting things to see and so few days to see them.
Yes, others have agreed with you that Bavaria is an excellent place to go.
We will be passing through Frankfurt.
I look forward to seeing at least a small part of your historic and beautiful country.

Best Regards,
General Miles.
 
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