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Hunting season has finally arrived in South Africa. So my best friend and I packed for Prieska. This is a small town on our north west border. On our list was gemsbuck, kudu and springbuck.
We arrived at camp as the sun was setting. What a beautifull setting under some camelthorn trees. We off loaded and double checked the financial arrangements with the outfitter. Nothing as bad as an argument after the animal was shot.
That night it was bitterly cold, with Jack Frost running ramapant in the camp. Before setting out we zeroed our rifles, and then off to look for impala and springbuck. The veld is typical sand dunes covered with grass and thorn scrub. We hunted from the vehicles. The terrain was deceptive under foot, with the vehicle struggling through the soft sand. Occasional rocky outcrops broke the terrain.
On day one I shot an impala with an impressive head shot. I also shot a springbuck. On day two we shot kudu, gemsbuck and more springbuck.
We had impressed the outfitter no end with our shooting ability the day before. On the second day 4 kudu showed themselves, but he only saw three. I dropped my bull with a clean neck shot, and before my rifle even went down, my friend dropped the second one. the outfitter would not believe that two kudu was down so quickly. As we drove to the spot, he said he would kiss our "you know what". And there the two lay. he could not believe this, and said he knew we know how to shoot, but this is ridiculous.
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 On the road in my trusty Mazda double cab.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Thanks for sharing, and nice pics, Wouter!  Do you have pics of the 2 kudu as well?
 
BTW -- what temperature qualifies as "bitterly cold" in that part of the world?
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OOPS!  I was posting at the same time you were adding the other pics.  I don't have any knowledge of how to judge a trophy Oryx / Gemsbock, but those sure look like nice ones to me, yours especially!
 
Thanks again for sharing your adventures with us, friend!Big%20Grin


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Ted, just check added pics above. Will chat later. Gotta run.
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AMAZING.  Very nice Wouter. I'll bring my self to take a hunt like that one day. very nice looks like you guys had a good time also.
 
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Very nice to say the least. Congrats. Looks like an awesome place.
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AMAZING HEAD SHOT or I missed the neck and got lucky?
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Thank you so much for sharing your pics with us. Your pictures and stories are fascinating, to say the least.  
 
 
 
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Hey "8" you are one blessed fellow, great pictures and story as always.  Some day I'll get there (Africa), until then I'll have to live my dreams through you.
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What caliber rifle were you shooting?
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Originally posted by ms6852 ms6852 wrote:

What caliber rifle were you shooting?
I was hunting with my 300 H&H loaded with 200gr Sierra gameking. I had the rifle shooting 2 inches high at 100 m. I live on the coast. Inland and at the higher altitude the rifle printed 4 inches high. I had to adjust the sights.
I have not yet chronographed the rounds, but found them disintegrating and losing their core at 150 yd shots. One photograph shows the bullet from the springbuck minus the core. The bullet was recovered under the far side skin.
They are loaded hot, very hot for long distances.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Thanks for sharing, and nice pics, Wouter!  Do you have pics of the 2 kudu as well?
 
BTW -- what temperature qualifies as "bitterly cold" in that part of the world?
 
Bitterly cold for us is 20-25 deg Fah.
I took this pic of the roof and canopy of my vehicle, covered in morning frost.
 
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The river in the pics is the Orange River, which flows halfway across South Africa and flows into the Atlantic. This river mouth is a great source of alluvial diamonds, where it flows through the  bottom of the Namib desert.
The river was briefly turned into a mighty river by me! In the background is the town of Prieska.
 
 
 
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another rock solid thread my friend, congrats on the  awesome trophies and the memories im sure for you will stick in your head for many more years.
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Sizzling in the pan is gemsbuck fillet. My first. I can personally vouch that they are extremely tasty. The next day we had cold gemsbuck fillet sandwiches for breakfast. Just as nice.
 
 
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Something which created great excitement for us, was when nearing our destination, a kudu was standing in the middle of the road! He jumped the low fence and stood in the thorn thickets. One can see the roadside fence in the foreground with the arrow pointing to the kudu horns, barely visible!!!
 
 
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My friend shot his gemsbuck at exactly the right spot and grazed the heart.
 
 
 
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I guess that wold do the trick.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

OOPS!  I was posting at the same time you were adding the other pics.  I don't have any knowledge of how to judge a trophy Oryx / Gemsbock, but those sure look like nice ones to me, yours especially!
 
Thanks again for sharing your adventures with us, friend!Big%20Grin
 
Rowland Ward is 40 inches. Mine measured 36,5 inches. Close enough to be a nice animal!!
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Wow, maybe I had the pics mixed up, but it looked to me like your Oryx had the longer horns.  Either way, nice trophies, and beautiful animals!
 
You're very fortunate to be able to hunt the wide variety of beautiful and fascinating animals you have in your backyard, Wouter!  Until I can some day make a trip to Africa, I'll have to be content with imagining I'm there through your pics and stories.
 
Thanks again for posting the many wonderful pics! Excellent
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Great post & pics as always Wouter.  Stand by for incoming mail from environmental groups Re: your polluting of that river!
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Great post & pics as always Wouter.  Stand by for incoming mail from environmental groups Re: your polluting of that river!
 
They are still wondering about all the dead fish down stream!!
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Great post & pics as always Wouter.  Stand by for incoming mail from environmental groups Re: your polluting of that river!
 
They are still wondering about all the dead fish down stream!!
 
I'm surprized you didn't fall in with all the leaning to get it ove that little ledge....
 
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......oooh, that's literally hitting below the belt BD!
 
(I wouldn't take that sitting down Wouter - unless you have too)
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