ZIMBABWE: Hunting The BVC In Zimbabwe For Buffalo, John Sharp Safaris Exceeding Expectations

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  1. Shootist43

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    You guys had a hell of a hunt. Have the two of you already started planning your next one?
     
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    John congrats to you and Dave and your team for what was obviously a great hunt that Cody and Tim won't forget ....:D Beers:
     

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    John Sharp Safaris!

    :)
     
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  4. Bullthrower338

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    Float hunt in Alaska is on the table!
     
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    Gents,

    Congratulations to the both of you for a successful hunting trip (and done so with proper rifles as well).
    Buffaloes, eland, hyena and others.
    What a great write-up.
    Thanks for posting.
    I loved it.

    Best Regards,
    Paul.
     

  6. Bullthrower338

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    Thank you Paul!
     
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    Throw in some fishing and it sounds like winner!
     

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    No Cody,

    Thank You!
    I insist, as I do love a good read.
    And both of you guys have delivered.

    Cheers,
    Paul.
     
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    Dave said this lake produces 10-11 pound bass! I would have loved to try it, maybe next time!
     
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    A few random pictures....

    Poor backlighting...but he was getting ready to be cut, so time was of the essence!

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    My first Elephant in the bush.
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    This poor little guy must have wandered too far from the clan...
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    Bad hair day? :)

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    For a Safari you will cherish, you cannot go wrong....

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    You know, reading these reports saddens me no end. I hunted the BVC in 2013 and am reliving the experience reading these reports. I can’t manage the walking now or I’d be booking my trip in the morning.

    There is a style to the writing here that generates excitement, anxiety, joy, and envy that is wonderful. Incredibly well written, thanks for going to the trouble to post in such detail. I always tell guys, “The photos of your trophy’s are wonderful but I want to hear, in detail, all about the taking of the animal.” You have done just that in aces.

    know
     

  12. tarbe

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    It warms my heart to know that the stories Cody and I have shared find a place to settle in the heart and mind!

    We have tried to share the objective truth of our time in the BVC, but do it in a way that conveys some of the subjective joy that we felt.
     
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    Amazing hunt! I was especially glad to read about the joy of hunting eland, even if you didn’t get one. I bet you learned a tremendous amount about eland in those 6 days.
     
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    I would like to add at this point that we were dealing with 15 bulls. We had picked up their tracks at 7am, located them at around 9am and had been squirming around them for just over seven hours, with a twitching wind, trying to find the one we wanted, before Tim finally got his shot at 4.15pm. It was an epic stalk and a fitting end to a classic buffalo hunt. I know that every time Tim looks at that bull in his home he will relive those nine hours in his mind, and the arrival of Cody and Dave made the moment especially meaningful.
    Tim is a very special human who is always thinking of and wishing good on others, so this is a blessing that he richly deserves. And I am blessed that he chose me and my team to help him realise his dream...
     
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    Thanks for participating in this thread Mr. Sharp.(y) I really enjoyed your book too, good stuff!!:cool:
     

  16. John Sharp

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    You're most welcome Sir - really appreciate your comments.
     
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    Spectacular hunt! Congratulations and thanks for the great write-up!
     
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    Tim & Cody, only six days ago I was hunting in SA, so this has been my first chance to read your story which I have greatly enjoyed, sharing a hunt with a good friend doubles the enjoyment.

    Congrats to both of you for a great experience :D Cheers:
     
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    When I hunted the BVC, we went bass fishing one day and caught several, although none were 9-10#. Caught a couple in the 3-5# range using black and chartreuse 6” worms. Weird, catching bass with waterbuck and impala watching you fish.
     
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    Thank you sir...but truth be told, and as is usually the case, most of the credit goes to the team at the BVC and to John and Dave and their guys.

    Cody and I were "along for the ride". We sure had a great team surrounding us, making it all happen.

    As Cody said earlier - so often in life you spend your money and end up wondering if you made a wise choice. This was a relatively expensive hunt...20-20 hindsight tells us that the money was VERY WELL SPENT!

    As one wise man once told me "I cannot afford most cheap hunts"!
     
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