Discussion in 'Hunting Reports Africa' started by Bullthrower338, Sep 4, 2019.
I am detecting an avatar change. Seems as though someone needs to get busy writing.
That is the bull of a lifetime Cody, and hunted properly to boot. Well done!
Hell of a bull Cody, congrats man!!
I'm busy loading ammo, man!
Great Bull Cody! Congratulations on an awesome hunt!
Ok - so day 1 was an adjustment day (and praying for 450 Dakota ammo...or the patience to wait for it!).
Day 2 John and I warmed up on a Zebra. Flawless stalk, no drama, quickly dead Zebra with one shot from the borrowed rifle.
We think the ammo will show up at BVC Headquarters on day 3...but we aren't sure when. So we figure on doing some recon in the AM, keeping tabs on deliveries so we can blast up to HQ to get the Dakotas once they are in.
Dave Langerman was gracious enough to lend me his nice .375, which I had zeroed on day 1, just in case. But John was pretty adamant...he wanted me to hunt Buffalo with the rifle I had been training with. I did not fight him on that (I have made a habit of not fighting John...would probably not end well for me).
Besides, we booked for 12 days, not the usual 10. The extra two days were for eventualities just like this. I was feeling pretty good about having those two extra days in the bank about this time!
So we really weren't feeling too much pressure here in the am of day 3. It was another nice, cool, somewhat cloudy day. The kind of day Southern Africans hate for hunting, but guys who grew up in Montana and Wisconsin love!
So John, Jessie (John's Foxie) and I are in front, Isaac, Lovemore and Gift are up top in back and we are doing John's usual 50kph on the dirt roads when we hear a tap on the roof.
Of course, John and I go into scan overdrive and what do you know...we haven't put out Zebra for bait, but we had a Hyena running parallel to the road and about 100 yards to our left.
So I'm staring out the window, enjoying the sighting and John is yelling at me to get out, grab a rifle and hunt that sucker!
By the time I snap out of it, that Hyena is in Fimbiri camp. So we resume tooling down the road and lo and behold, there he is again, paralleling the road.
John reasons at this point that the Hyena really wants across, so we stop, bail, grap the sticks and the 300 and jog down the road in the direction the Hyena was moving. We went as far as we dared - we didn't want to get too close and change his mind on crossing.
No sooner than we get the 300 on the sticks, here comes Mr Hyena. Except the dummy hit the brakes right on the edge of the track. I let fly and heard that beautiful sound of bullet hitting critter.
John had shouted to hold on the top of his back and that is what I tried to do...but I hit him in the spine. Either I allowed for too much drop or I pulled it. Either way, we got to him as fast as we could and put in a finisher.
Turned out to be a male...and the good news for Cody? He just inherited an entire Zebra worth of bait!
By the time we dropped the Hyena off at the skinning shed, it was time to go retrieve the 450 Dakota ammo from HQ.
After a few shots to verify the hole still went all the way through the barrel, it was time to hunt buffalo!
Wonderful old bull, congrats!
Great read and great bull! I especially like the picture with the double on his neck, just where that rifle was made to be. Thanks for the story, I bet there's more.....
Awesome @tarbe !! Congrats on the hyeana
That critter is high on my list in a a few weeks in Zim!
Well you boys are off to a hell of a start! That Buff is a total stud. What a boss on the old boy. And mid-day hyena? With fur like that? Wow! Diana is smiling on you both and well deserved
Well we sure aren't going to call it the Melania bull!!….
Oh my! What a grand adventure! Simply outstanding animals so far!
You couldn’t ask for a finer old dagga boy and that handsome hyena! Oh yes a grand adventure indeed!
If you can stand to watch it:
Tell me it’s not so Tim! The real world is harsh? That does make a guy feel better about giving an A-Frame sammich to a hyena though!
@Bullthrower338 again great bull and great report! Still cant believe you passed up caribou to go hunt Africa! I'm jealous!
They do like to play with their food!
I would've had to atleast shoot the wildebeest to put it out of his misery!
The excitement is just pouring out of this report, making for a great read! Fantastic
That's awesome Tim! As you know I have been skunked many times by those buggers. Next time though for sure! Full body mount for that or a rug?
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