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[I have been remiss in getting a formal hunt report posted on my recent trip to Zimbabwe. I posted a few pictures on the African Hunting Forum but wanted to get an “official” hunt report filed. Hopefully someone will find some enjoyment or utility in the the report.]


Hunt Dates: August 21, 2012 – September 7, 2012
Areas: Dande Safari Area, Zimbabwe and Dande East, Zimbabwe
Outfitter: Charlton McCallum Safaris
Professional Hunter: Buzz Charlton
Travel Agents: Steve Turner and Susan, Travel With Guns
Airline: Emirates (Houston-Dubai-Harare)
Trophies Taken: Elephant, Buffalo, Kudu (bull and one cow), Hippo, Hyena, Duiker, Bushbuck, Grysbok, Impala (ram and three females), Baboon
Game Seen: Lion, Wild Dogs, Civet, Brown Hyena, Waterbuck, Klipspringer, Sable, Leopard
Rifles Used: Holland and Holland Dominion Grade .500/.465 and Duane Wiebe .404 Jeffery (1935 Chilean Action)
Cigars: Macanudo Duke of York, Oscuro 601


Note

Unlike prior hunt reports that I have done, I am going to try and keep the narrative to a minimum -- which is tough for a lawyer. I know from my own review of hunt reports done by others that sometimes the narrative can be a bit tedious. On the other hand, everyone enjoys pictures. Besides it is a heck of lot easier to post a bunch of pictures than it is to write cogent text!

General Background

This hunt and the background behind this hunt were quite a contrast to my prior hunts. During the weeks and months leading up to this hunt the company that I work for was involved in its second major merger in the last two years. This time, however, I would not be continuing with the company following the merger. So after thirty years with the same company I was adjusting to the pleasant reality that going forward work was something that would be optional for me (I have a hard time at 54 using the term “retirement”). I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my career and the circumstances surrounding the merger are such that I have the full range of options open to me going forward, from spending all of my time at the shooting range to starting a new career. As a result of the situation at work, we had to do a little adjusting to the hunt schedule but fortunately were able to squeeze the hunt in despite the pending merger. In addition, our plan was to hunt lion. I have shot a lioness before but had not hunted a male lion. I was looking forward to the hunt although baiting and sitting in blinds are not two of my most favorite things.

Travel

For this hunt I flew Emirates. In the past I have always done the Houston-Dulles-Johannesburg-Harare route on South African Airways. Traveling during the summer in Houston I would always worry about weather delays resulting from summer thunderstorms that might cause a missed connection in Washington. When Emirates announced that it would be flying from Dubai to Harare, and with Emirates already having a non-stop Houston to Dubai flight, I decided to give Emirates a try. I am glad that I did. I was able to eliminate a connection and avoid fretting about a possible missed connection in Washington. I was also able to swap traveling on an Airbus across the Atlantic for a Boeing. Finally, I just think customer service on Emirates is taken more seriously than it is on SAA. While it is a long flight and you have an evening layover in Dubai going, I still believe that Emirates is the way forward for travelers that choose to flew into/out of Houston. The fare was significantly cheaper on Emirates too than both Delta and SAA. You do need a gun permit to transit through Dubai, but Steve Turner and Susan with Travel With Guns take care of that for you. I had no issues with my firearms going or returning.

On the way to camp, but first a stop at Borrowdale for some odds and ends . . .



No trip over the escarpment would be complete without a stop to load up on the little bananas that they sell along the roadside. I can eat those damn things until I have an upset stomach . . .




These were the envy of everyone on the hunt. While they made fun of them to try and cover up their envy, I knew that secretly everyone was wishing they had a pair, particularly TImbersnake. (Timbersnake, how that Bovril got spread inside your shoes I will never know, you should check with Buzz, maybe he knows. Does Bovril stink after it sits in a pair of sneakers for several days? Come to think of it, Bovril stinks right out of the jar.) All kidding aside, these worked great, easy on the feet, dry quickly, no blister worries . . .



The mascots for our trip . . .



Hunting

Our first stop was in Dande East to whack a hippo and get a jump on the baiting. For those that have not hunted hippo in the East, it is less like a hunt and more like an assassination. The “hunt” lasted less than 30 minutes and we were on to the recovery. The good news was that we had a number of good lion baits now and residents in the communal area would get some protein . . .






I was shocked to learn upon arriving in the DSA that Buzz had taken on several “little houses”. I guess in light of Zoe’s recent arrival and his upcoming marriage, he felt the need to find a little love in the bundu. It was gratifying to see the girls getting along so well together in camp . . .



We were sharing camp with several Aussies, Dan and Hilly. Both were great company and good sports. Only down side was that it meant that Pete Barnard was in camp too . . .



I felt that I could not duplicate Shootaway’s efforts in his recent Hunt Report to photograph -- and post pictures of -- every meal that he ate in camp over the course of his entire hunt, but thought I might at least try to capture one lunch and one dinner . . .




Driving back to camp one evening after hanging a bait, Buzz was chatting to Myles on the radio. We rounded a corner in the road and walking down the middle of the road in front of us was a hyena. I insightfully commented to Buzz, “There is a hyena walking down the road toward us.” I could tell from his reaction talking on the radio, he was thinking, “No more doro for Jines”. Then he realized, there really was a hyena walking down the road. He dumps Myles on the radio, we clammer out of the Cruiser and several shots later the hyena is down. I guess this is my fourth or fifth hyena. While my lion hunting luck is somewhat dubious, I have certainly been lucky on the hyenas . . .




Cat hunting is an emotionally draining experience, at least it is for me. First, baiting and checking baits is incredibly tedious. Second, shooting bait animals, hanging them and watching them rot seems like such a waste. It is all part of the cat hunting experience but it wears on you day after day. I guess that is why I like elephant and buffalo hunting, it seems like you are always in motion. Similarly, the days that we tracked lions were exciting. Early in the hunt we tracked a male and female and caught them sleeping against the bank in a sand river. Not sure who was startled more, them or us. On the last day we tracked a male and ended up bumping a lioness with a cub. That was tense. After a five or ten minute standoff with her growling and mock charging she finally moved off (although we bumped them again a little later). There is something about that deep, throaty growl of a big cat that gets your attention . . . instantly.

Baiting and some bait animals . . .








Yummy . . .



Some hunts you shoot better on than others. I have to say that on this hunt my shooting was dialed in. I did most of the shooting with the .404 Jeffery that Duane Wiebe built for me. The fit and function of the rifle is darn near perfect. It is accurate and it is dependable. And what the heck, it is deadly too. (I hope that is not a trademark infringement on Hornady’s motto.) The three impala were shot out of single herd while they scrambled to get out of a river bed. Buzz was convinced I had only shot one, but when we walked up, there were three laying in different spots in the river and going up the hill. Oh ye of little faith.

I have never been particularly interested in the small antelope. Not sure why. I know that others make the tiny antelope their passion in life. On this trip we did shoot two of the small antelope, a duiker and a grysbok. They are beautiful creatures. Frankly, I shot the grysbok just because I was sick and tired of seeing the tail end of them always running away. I felt like I needed to confirm that they actually had a head . . .




My friend Ike Takumaro had to cancel his hunt this year due to some health issues. Ike is a baboon slaying machine, big baboons, little baboons and all sizes in between. This is a baboon that I shot in honor of Ike, I hope that he makes it to Zim next year to hunt . . .



I am not sure which is worse, teste flies or mopane flies. I need to go back and re-read Dante’s Inferno. One of the nine levels in hell must surely involve the presence of mopane flies . . .



. . . and mopane fly repellant . . .



As the baits would eventually go off, it was time to replenish them. We actually ended up in a pretty good situation bait wise. We never struggled for bait and were able to space out the hunting for the bigger species in such a way to keep multiple baits active at the same time. On our elephant, I had told Buzz that I was interested in a hunt that would “not be too manic”. Always out to please his clients, we ended up tracking our elephant through a thick jesse block. We abandoned our initial approach because it had us with our backs to a gully and in the event we needed to retreat we would have had to do so navigating through the brush and the gully. We tried an alternative approach but could not get a clear shot. All this time the elephant were under a tree and the cow we ended up shooting was becoming increasingly uneasy. She was swinging her front foot, swaying her head and rocking back and forth . . . she clearly knew something was not quite right. We went back to our original approach despite the issues with the gully. Walking to approximately twenty paces from the cow, she turned and faced us. One shot from the Holland and Holland .500/.465 and she was dead before she hit the ground. We backed out and the other elephants eventually moved on . . .






It was fun hunting with the old Holland and Holland double. The rifle was built in 1931 and it is just a pleasure to hold and shoot. Taking it on this trip you could not help but feel that you were bringing the rifle home, back to where it belonged.



The Holland and Holland was also the rifle that was used on my buffalo. Several days we chased buffalo around. Some were in herds some were dagga boys. One morning while driving one of the trackers spotted a group of four or five dagga boys on a hillside. They busted off and we decided to see if we could track them and catch up with them. The area we were hunting was actually a bit reminiscent of Makuti. Rolling hills with little valleys. Eventually we caught the bulls laying down under a tree. We were up on the side of a hill overlooking them. As we moved up to get a shot, the bulls spooked and started running up the hill. My theory is to throw lead until something hits the ground, a theory I employed on this occasion. The buffalo eventually dropped after running about 100 yards up the hill. It was fun shooting the double off hand at the running buffalo. Afterwards Buzz said, “Most clients would not have attempted that shot but would have waited for a broadside shot.” Translated I think that means, “You are a dumbass!”








As with most hunting, the bushbuck, kudu and the impala were really targets of opportunity. Not much of a story with the impala or the bushbuck. Regarding the kudu, we initially saw the kudu bull with some cows on a hillside. I took a long shot -- more of a prayer actually -- and missed. We tracked the kudu and caught them on another hill. This time the shot was true . . .






I guess at some point I need to come to grips in this Hunt Report with the lack of success on the lion. First, our lack of success was not due to a lack of trying. We worked hard from the beginning of the hunt until the end of the hunt. For example, the last day of the hunt we tracked a male lion for almost nine hours before reluctantly conceding that he was unlikely to stop before it was dark and it would be too far to walk back to the Cruiser. We had numerous baits up and multiple hits on the baits. We sat in blinds on a number of occasions, including one evening when we had four lioness, two young males and a cub all feeding on a bait for about an hour in daylight. That was quite an experience since we were in a ground blind that was only about 75 yards away. Watching and listening to the pride feed had all your senses on high alert. We had several shootable males feeding but fate always had us a day ahead or a day behind them. It was frustrating and disappointing but sometimes that is hunting. I could feel the sense of disappointment that the entire team felt when we all realized late in the day on the long tracking session on the last day, okay, the lions have won this time. Todd Williams is going to pick up the baton and try to get this lion tag filled in several weeks. Hopefully things will fall into place for Todd. Good luck Todd.






Poaching

Poaching continues to be a problem throughout the rural areas in Zim. We discovered several poached elephant carcasses during the hunt. While National Parks does patrols, they are ill equipped to be very effective.




Final Impressions

It was great to see Criton back in the field. It is nothing short of a miracle to see someone hunting who just months earlier had been stomped on by an elephant and had his pelvis crushed. Occasionally you could see a little hitch in his step walking behind him, but if I had not known what he had gone through earlier in the season I would have never known he had almost been killed by elephant. Nyati and Eddy as always were delightful company. And while he is the quiet one in the group, Tedious made a wonderful contribution too. Timbersnake . . . not sure what to say about him other than I have never seen an elephant tail used in such a creative manner. Did you actually pick something off of yourself and eat it . . .







In Harare we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Richard and Brita Harland’s apartment. I am still burning off calories from Brita’s dessert and Richard’s abilities as a chef are only marginally bettered by his elephant hunting abilities. They are good people who have been dealt a tough hand, deserve better, yet never complain.

Steph, Buzz and Zoe were wonderful hosts too. Yes, it is true that Zoe has been blessed with her Mother’s good looks thankfully.

In short, it seems that my trips to Zimbabwe have become annual visits with friends as much as they are hunting trips.



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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Good read Mike, congrats again on another quality hunt with the CMS Team. Perhaps there will be another opportunity on a lion. It took me two tries.
 
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Congrats on a stunner of a safari! beer
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Enjoyed the report, thanks for sharing.


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Always enjoy reading your report,Mike! I am already looking forward to your next one.



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Great report, very nice pictures. Sorry about the lion but that gives you an excuse to go back (as if we need one).
 
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Great report Mike. I like the picture heavy reports as well as I never get tired of looking at them. That Holand and Holand of yours is fantastic and I know that helped make your hunt special. Very nice buffalo!! Nice old Kudu as well. I swear, I think I have some video footage of him from Dande in 2010 but there was no quota remaining and we had to pass him up. That right tip starting to turn outward with the left being straight is what makes me think so. Damn shame about the poached ele's. That's a real pisser!

I'm sorry the Shumba didn't work out. I really was pulling for you to connect. Thanks for the nod towards luck for me connecting on the lion. Either way, I'll buy you the best steak dinner in town when you come to DSC this year!

You've hunted with the CMS guys more than I but I know what you mean about them being friends. They are good folks without question. BTW, I like Buzz's new hat much better than the old!

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BTW, I like Buzz's new hat much better than the old!


That is my damn hat! I left it at Buzz's last year and he confiscated it. That is why I always take my guns to my room each night in camp. Big Grin


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"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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Great report Mike - I loved seeing that old Holland and Holland doing what it was made to do. I'm a sap for old rifles and shotguns, that has to be one of the coolest yet.

Better luck next year on the lion, but you did collect some great animals this year all the same.


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Obviously a tough hunt, but it looks like you did quite well aside from the Lion. You will get a good male one of these times, I'm sure!

I take it that tusked females are a quota animal, just not exportable for that area? Good way to get bait though!

I really enjoyed your report with more pics!
 
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Very well done Mike. Excellent photograhs and some beautiful animals there.

Thanks for giving us the details.


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Beautiful buff and old kudu bull!!

Congrats on a wonderful safari, with better luck on the lion next go around!


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Mr Jines
I read your report with interest, but an even greater amount of incredulity.
I find it hard to believe that anyone can treat such a serious subject in such a flippant and frivolous manner.
The privilege of hunting Africa’s great and noble animals should be something treated with respect and reverence and I am surprised that a recognised legal professional such as your good self should resort to childish pranks in order to augment their trip.
Marmite in shoes, fluorescent hunting attire and the photographing of plastic blow- up dolls in simulated pornographic sexual positions is something better suited to the school yard than a well respected hunting outfitters camp.
I am sure that the outfitter concerned will feel that their credibility has been irreparably damaged by your publicity of such antics and I feel that you could not have done more to damage the public perception of African hunters even if you had shot an under age lion.
I hope that all the other members of this forum who consider themselves to be serious hunters will join with me in disassociating themselves from such reprehensible behaviour.
 
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Mike:
Certainly a successful hunt by any standard. Great trophies as well. It is fun to take buff and ele with a classic double. Hope you are able to return for another crack at lion.

Mr. Jolly:
Certainly you are aware that Mr. Charlton is of questionable character and, I suspect, responsible for the sexual trysts of his companions.

I can assure you that any indiscretions observed were almost certainly the fault of Mr. Charlton and not Mr. Jines. I further suspect that Mr. McCallum is somehow implicit in these shenanigans, if not totally responsible

By the way, how is that dental work coming?

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Mr Jines
I read your report with interest, but an even greater amount of incredulity.
I find it hard to believe that anyone can treat such a serious subject in such a flippant and frivolous manner.
The privilege of hunting Africa’s great and noble animals should be something treated with respect and reverence and I am surprised that a recognised legal professional such as your good self should resort to childish pranks in order to augment their trip.
Marmite in shoes, fluorescent hunting attire and the photographing of plastic blow- up dolls in simulated pornographic sexual positions is something better suited to the school yard than a well respected hunting outfitters camp.
I am sure that the outfitter concerned will feel that their credibility has been irreparably damaged by your publicity of such antics and I feel that you could not have done more to damage the public perception of African hunters even if you had shot an under age lion.
I hope that all the other members of this forum who consider themselves to be serious hunters will join with me in disassociating themselves from such reprehensible behaviour.


This rant from someone that hunts with a Krieghoff double . . . need I say more.


Mike

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"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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Mike - Congrats on a good hunt! I for one greatly appreciate less text, and more pics - it made it easy to actually read the entire report. Besides, a great pic is always worth a thousand words.

Again, congrats to you - and sorry you missed the lion of your dreams. Good luck on your next adventure!


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Wish I was there!
 
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Thanks for the report.
I enjoyed the layout.
Super trophies...The Lion,next time
 
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Another hearty well done Mike! Sorry about the cat... I hope you will still associate with me and don't see me as a possible "lion jinx" that rubs off on fellow associates!

And I must get the name and number of your stockbrocker... a Wiebe and a Holland and Holland. Lawyers outpacing the bankers yet again!


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Thanks for the great report, love the pics also.
Was the country in Dande that much different to Makuti in general?
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Mr. Marshall, so welcome home mate. How did you and Jay do?

Scott, in general Dande has much less topography than Makuti. Makuti is on the escarpment and you have some significant elevation changes. Dande is in the valley and is more rolling country.


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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Mike, thanks for the report. I enjoyed the photos and the cogent text. Just enough of each to get a good feel for the hunt, the people and the country.

Tom


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Thanks for the entertaining hunt report. Looks like you guys had a good time as well as a successful hunt. Top drawer all the way!


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Enjoyed this report immensely,love your firearms.


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Congrats on another great CM safari.
I've been waiting for you report, and as usual, no disappointment there.
Tough luck on shumba, but that's cat hunting. At least you had contact!
That's a beautiful old buff, and a real monster grysbok!
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Mr. Marshall, so welcome home mate. How did you and Jay do?


We had a super hunt Mike... well worth the three year wait to hunt in Coutada 11. I shot 2 buff, sable, nyala, Lichenstein's hartebeest, reedbuck, red duiker, suni and a world-class warthog! And Jay out-did that bag!


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And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
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Loved the style!

Thanks for sharing, that Kudu is a Hoss.


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Very Nice Mike. Lion next year...you had a great safari any way for sure and some great trophies...cheers!


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Mike,

After 103 years the 465H&H cartridge still works and works well!

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Simply amazing - congrats on another super safari!

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Mike, was there much Ele bull sign? Besides the hippo, did you spend much time in the East? Wondering if any bull movement along the Moz boarder.

Hey excellent shooting on the cow elephant too! tu2
 
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Thanks for the fine report, Mike. I enjoyed seeing the team and locales very much. Congrats on some very nice trophies.

I can't believe that is your hat! I ragged on Buzz about it a couple of times last year - he didn't once put the blame on you. rotflmo

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Buzz said, “Most clients would not have attempted that shot but would have waited for a broadside shot.” Translated I think that means, “You are a dumbass!”


That's exactly what he meant! rotflmo


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Bill, yes, we saw quite a few ele bull tracks in the DSA. In fact, one afternoon we watched an absolutely beautiful bull feeding. He was 60+ pounds a side, long ivory, no taper. He was all alone and calmly feeding on a hillside. Alas, all the quota was gone or he would have been toast. We took a good look at his track. One of the reasons I think he has made it as long as he has is that his track was just 18". I am confident most folks would see the track and simply not take the time to follow it.

In the East, we were just there a day. We did get a radio call later from Bongi that he had come across what he described as the "largest bull elephant track he had ever seen". For Bongi to say that, that is saying something.


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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Mike, great report - really enjoyed reading it! Well done on a great safari.
 
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Thanks for sharing a great and abbreviated report, Mike. Lion hunting is overrated anyway. The DSA is a wonderful place to spend ten or more days following tracks and confronting beasts. And I especially thank you for the firsthand report on Criton and his amazing progress back to the full use of his basket of talents. Your perspective is always enjoyed!
 
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Mike,

A good read it is. The baiting of cats is one of the most time consuming things anyone can ever do on a safari.
Wonderful pics.

Mike


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Great report
just curious, what kind of load do you shoot in your 404? Mine pushes a 400 gr woodleigh to 2185, just wondering if you like yours hotter.
By the way, there is one clear reason why no lion returned to feed: It's gotta be the shoes. No self respecting lion is going to allow himself to be shot by someone in lime green. You should have gotten day glo orange.
 
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Great report
just curious, what kind of load do you shoot in your 404? Mine pushes a 400 gr woodleigh to 2185, just wondering if you like yours hotter.
By the way, there is one clear reason why no lion returned to feed: It's gotta be the shoes. No self respecting lion is going to allow himself to be shot by someone in lime green. You should have gotten day glo orange.


Lime green, are you kidding? No self-respecting hunter would wear lime green. Those were chartreuse for heaven's sake.

I was actually shooting Hornady ammo in the .404J. With the DGX I was getting around 2250 fps. I did some reloading with Barnes TSX and was getting around 2200 fps with those. In my view that is plenty.


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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Great report


Lime green, are you kidding? No self-respecting hunter would wear lime green. Those were chartreuse for heaven's sake.


Lime green or chartreuse, which ever way you call them, they're seriously fugly! Roll Eyes Whistling

A great read though, thanks for sharing.
 
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Outstanding Mike! Great report and great pics! Congrats on another successful hunt with Buzz! tu2 Always fun to have a little levity in camp! Big Grin I wonder if the one "tasted a little tangy" LOL!
 
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Thanks for sharing your Adventure...great Safari and report...

Best wishes on your future, I am sure you will make a significant impact no matter what path you take...
 
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