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Kazuma Sept 7-21 Bull Elephants CMS
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My daughter Alexandra and I returned from a hunt with CM Safaris in Zimbabwe/Kazuma area Sept 7-21. The short two weeks that Africa gave us was fantastic. We met some very nice people saw elephants daily and made stalks on them as well. On aproximately the fifth day, on Alan Shearing our PH's recommendation I instigated the taking of a very beautiful bull with long ivory and my daughter Alexandra was able to be by my side. She was thrilled, I was proud and I know we now have another elephant hunter in the ranks. We hunted each day for another big bull hopefully larger in the weight department and on the last day Alan Shearing our PH picked a great bull in a group of approximately 43 bulls. By the time I got myself together deciding to take his advice a group of cows/calves had worked in behind them. The situation was dynamic and really got into action when I punched the big bull in the forehead though too high. He immediately decided to leave the area in high gear Alan put in a shot and I was able to as well then I don't know how many elephants came our way but it became so very impressive quick. Alan and his team turned them only with shouts that were probably heard for miles. When the elephants that were coming our way turned we followed the path of the bull I had shot. We didn't have to go far as he had fell over in about sixty yards. Alexandra put in a insurance shot then immeditely we had another advancement of a wave of elephants that Alan quickly suggested we give these beasts some room. The dust settled then we were able to approach the fallen bull.

You can see the pictures of the elephants we took on the CMS website. Even with me being as big as I am the ivory is very impressive in appearance though it does not weigh as much as you would think. The long ivory I believe is around 48/43 and the shorter heavier ivory is 56/54. A total of 201 lbs of ivory and pretty symmetrical.

It was so much fun sharing the hunt with my now adult daughter and seeing her get to participate in such an adventure put together by some very skilled people at CMS. I think she will carry the torch of hunting forward well with herself, possibly someday children and friends. Maybe she will even talk her mom into letting us go again. I certainly hope so.

With all that said, as I stated before to all that participated in the previous CMS videos thank you. You set the bar very high with all those one shot kills something I failed to master but I was prepared for how fast the action is after a nonfatal shot, but most importantly we did get into some great action that I was able to share with my daughter. I think allowing her to participate in the hunt as she did really made it over the top in her experience as compared to just watching. Any way the current boy that is a friend has a birthday this weekend and as I understand it he is getting a safari shirt and a set of the CMS dvd's. What more could a father want.

On this trip I really realized what father time has done to me. I haven't hunted much for the past six years and admitely am not the man I would like to be in my dreams. Alan Shearing was so very tolerant of my ablities and limitations to the point I think just maybe in the future I could consider trying to hunt again. Maybe even next time I will get the so very impressive frontal brain shot accomplished.

Best to all in your hunting.
Bob Keeler
 
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Congratulations in order for both you and Alexandra. Wonderful story and trophies. Hope you decide to book another hunt. So addictive, as I learned with CMS
 
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Bob, the hunters who have been able to hunt Africa with their daughters, especially for Elephant, are but a handful. The weight of the ivory is just a small part of the memory that hunt will leave with you and your girl. Well done.
 
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Bob and Alexandra,

Bob's bull elephants


Second bull

A happy camper. I should say a very happy hunter


In the salt and well done Bob and Alexandra

What wonderful experience and lifelong memories.


Until the next hunt,

Mike tu2


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Wow! Congratulations!! Fantastic! tu2
 
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Thank you for posting the pictures. It means so much to relive the excitement of those moments that were shared.
 
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Two damn fine bulls! Well done and congratulations.


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Congrats Bob on what sounds like an incredible hunt. I hope the water issues got sorted eventually. That would be taking roughing it to a whole new level.


Mike

"Living dangerously is twice blessed -- it blesses the moment with elation; it blesses the after-day with warm memories." ~Major P.J. Pretorius

"The man who declares that he is not afraid of elephants is either an ignoramus or a liar." ~Baron Bror von Blixen-Finecke

". . . when a man has shot an elephant his life is full." ~John Alfred Jordan

"Danger not only adds zest to all forms of sport, it also tends to sharpen the faculties and to bring into focus all that is to be seen and heard in a forest. Danger, which is understood, and which you are prepared to face, does not in any way distract from pleasure." ~Jim Corbett

". . . he wasn't aware of it then, by the time he left he had been infected by a disease known to many born outside the continent as the call of Africa -- an incurable disease indeed. ~ Peter Stiff

 
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It never did. But really I have had it much worse in life. They just heated water on the fire and poured a bucket or two into the available bath tubs and we used that.
 
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Hey Bob,
I know your daughter...and you certainly planted the seed...I can't tell you how many texts/fb messages she's sent me telling me all about her amazing experience, and how all she wants is to go back! Congrats to you and her!

Great trip...2 eles...like your style!





 
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Huge congrats x2!!!


Good Hunting,

Tim Herald
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Hey Bob

Thanks for the phone call while you were here , nice jumbo well done wave
 
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Bob: I didn't catch all of the photos first time through, or maybe you posted a couple of new ones. Wow, you holding that tusk is a great pic! tu2 Looks like your daughter is definitely hooked on Africa as well! Big Grin
 
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Mike, thank you again for posting the pictures it is fun to share them.

Ross J. I'm still haunted by that big bull by the fence. Also all that rain that we encountered that probably could have floated Noah's Ark so many short years ago. How is the herpetology? You know more about snakes than I think the books do your stories were top class and I still tell the story of that posinous snake you saw over our heads as we drove under it. You giving me the scientific jargon as you slowed down and I nervously listening all the time wishing to be maybe somewhere else. I'll look forward to seeing you either at SCI or in Dallas.
 
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Two very nice bulls! Congratulations! tu2


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Congrats on some great Elephant and a beautiful Daughter that enjoys the sport .
What rifles did you use?
Hope to find a Bull Ele similar next season.
Regards,
Adam
 
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Beautiful bulls, Bob.


Frank



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Bob, congratulations. I hunted with Alan Shearing this past May/June in Dande East. He is the consummate gentleman and a top notch PH.

Rick
 
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