What First Spurred Your Interest in Africa?

Discussion in 'Hunting Africa' started by JakeH, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Ross Reamy

    Ross Reamy AH Senior Member

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    Great thread!

    The hunter's horn sounded early for me, I've been infatuated with guns and hunting ever since I can remember and I was fortunate to have a dad that introduced me to such a fine sport and took me a lot, every chance he had. Also around that time the local boy scout troop toured a local business man's trophy room, it's impressive by any trophy room standards but more especially so from a six year old's perspective. Then it was Ruark, Capstick and various magazine articles that fanned the flames..

    From that point on I knew somehow some way I would one day hunt Africa. In my teens I set a goal, without having the means or even knowing what it'd cost, that I would hunt Africa before I'm 40 and hunt buffalo before I'm 50.. Life went on as it does, although I never forgot my goal, finished college, got a job, got married to someone who shares my interest in hunting.. Then all of a sudden November 1, 2015 I lost my dad and best hunting buddy, from that point on my life has changed. Life is way to short and none of us know how long we've got on this spinning ball. So for me there's no more wishing about doing something "one day", from now on I make a plan and make it happen.

    I'm 10 years ahead of schedule, went on our fist safari to RSA in 2017 at 29 and planning on hunting my first buffalo for my 40th in 8 short years..
     
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  2. revturbo9967

    revturbo9967 AH Veteran

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    My father in law went , before I knew him and the trophy’s were trickling in from the taxidermist when I first met my wife. I deer hunted for years but that was all I knew or thought about. When I saw these awesome animals come in , I knew I wanted to go to Africa .
     

  3. fourfive8

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    Really nothing extraordinary. Maybe Tarzan, Roosevelt’s adventures, a couple episodes of American Sportsman ??

    Also maybe by default as hunting in the western US, where I grew up and live, got more and more restrictive and commercialized. Even DIY Alaska became more and more difficult. So, Africa seemed a good value for the buck plus provided nearly endless options and opportunities. And so it proved to be
     

  4. JOHN GRENZ

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    Reading Outdoor Life magazine 50+ years ago with a story about kudu hunting. Seemed like an impossible step up from the gophers and jack rabbits I was used to hunting.
     

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  6. wolfpacker

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    Robert Ruark and Teddy Roosevelt. The Old Man and the Boy was the true beginning.
     

  7. flat8

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    In my early 20’s I read a story about Mt Kilimanjaro. I became obsessed with that mountain. Read everything I could get my hands on. Went and trekked it in 1998 at age 25. I’ve been back to the continent 5 times after that - the longest being for about 3 months when in 2006 when I made a career change.
     

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    Pretty much the same for me...never missed M of O Wild Kingdom’s Africa episodes and would tell my mom I was going to Africa on safari when I grew up. Have watched anything to do with African game ever since. Got the itch to finally pull the trigger on a hunt after catching a show on one of the outdoor channels a couple years ago about a several day kudu hunt that brought down a local giant with a 67” set of horns. My hunt is going to be delayed a bit but that big kudu I know is waiting out there for me and my 9.3x62 to arrive and let the chase begin.
     

  9. Paul Miller

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    Hemingway and then Ruark. Bought a Ruger Safari Magnum, .416 Rigby naturally, in 2016 when I realized 65 was no longer young and got my buffalo the next year in the swamps of Mozambique. Want to go back for either a sable or a kudu with a bow. Might even make it!!
     

  10. Wade J VanGinkel

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    Three months ago I had no interest at all really. I've hunted all my life close to home until about 10 years ago. At that time I started hunting all the states I could drive to within a day. New and different animals.
    The last 3 years I've been to alaska and was actually planning a hunt on kodiak island for deer when I joined this forum.
    Before the rates and dates were finalized for that trip I realized I would spend no more for a multiple animal safari than I would for possibly just 1 deer.
    At this point I read here at least an hour a day, watch you tube videos daily.
    Then cry myself to sleep because I still have 16 months to wait until my booked dates in RSA 2021
     
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    When a young man who was dating my daughter came into the shop and said "You know we can hunt Africa for 3 grand?" of course, he backed out, I hunted and it was more than $3K.
     
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    Back in the black and white TV era, my grandfather and i would watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kindom. I think I was around 5 or 6 when I first started watching it with him. He regularly said that if he ever could get to Africa its the one hunt he was willing to pay for. He also served in the US Army/Airforce during WWII. So I only did the one thing he couldn't. I miss that man.
     
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