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My usual hunting buddy and I left this past Sunday for a hunt about 600km north of Cape Town. This places us near Beaufort West in the heart of the Karoo. The Karoo is semi arid country covered with karoo bush, grass and thorn tree thickets along the mostly dry river beds.
The day was cold with a lot of wind, which made our frequent coffee stops rather unpleasant.
 
As we approached the farm our level of anticipation was heightened by the game we saw. At one stage we stopped and watched a kudu cow and young bull sunning themselves on the warmer west slope a mere 80yds away from us.
 
On our arrival we were shown our rooms. The farm house was a really nice and well furnished. Our rooms were very comfortable.
 
 
 
 
We waited around a big fire for the other hunters to arrive. We ended up as a party of 10. That night we had a great braai of kudu steaks, sausage and kudu steaks.
 
The next day the morning broke clear and calm. Not a breath of wind. And that is how the day remained.
 
First we all checked the zero's on our rifles and those that needed to made adjustments. Then it was off to hunt. All the species available was plains game, meaning that they do not hide in the bush but graze out in the open in herds.
Available was gemsbuck, rooi hartebeest, blue wildebeest and springbuck. I decided to hunt one large animal and 8 springbuck. For this purpose I became a two gun hunter, something I never do. I took along my Sako 300 H&H with 200 gr SGK and my newly aquired Rem VSF 308 loaded with 155gr PMP Palma.
We were each given a place to hide away. My spot was nice rocky outcrop. The gameplan was that with 10 of us placed in strategic positions within a 2640 acre camp we had things pretty much covered. We then had some farm hands slowly stirring the game about. When they come within your designated fire arc you do what needed to be done.
I stuck to my plan of taking only headshots, using the 300 H&H for the red hartebeest and the VSF for the springbuck.
 
 
 
 
At the end of the day I managed to take the red hartebeest at 180 yds with a clean headshot. I also took 4 springbuck at ranges from 220 yds down to 120 yds. The 308 operated as I had hoped. I shot with precision, taking only headshots. However, having a telescope with a parallax focus is not ideal for hunting. From the pics you will see how close the game came after I had filled my quota!
 
 
During the course of the day 30 springbuck, two gemsbuck, one red hartebeest and one blue wildebeest was taken. Yes, not two many for the number of hunters. It sounds easy but the game move all the time and opportunities for shots are few.
 
 
 
 
 
 
That evenening we had another roaring fire and enjoyed a stew of beef neck.
 
The following day the remainder of the hunters who did not bag their quota went back for two blue wildebeest and two gemsbuck. They used a combination of walk and stalk and ambush hunting.
The rest of us went to a different camp for springbuck only, but we were not very successful due to a combinatiom of factors. The weather had turned a bit nasty, as well as most of the hunting was focused on the guys who had not yet shot anything. I managed to bag another springbuck, whilst the other hunters got their wildebeest and gemsbuck, as well as another 4 springbuck.
 
 
 
 
That evening my friend and I had to do supper. We did potato in oil, and inch thick T-bone steaks.
 
 
We left the next morning, loaded with enough venison for a year!
 
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That is awesome 8's. It looks and sounded like you had a great trip and Thanks for sharing it with us. I do need to come over there and hunt a few of ya'lls common animals.

 

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   Excellent  THANKS 8!   I gained 10lbs just reading it.
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That is cool, thanks for sharing Wouter!!  Thunbs Up
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Love your stories 8shots, keep them coming.  Congrats on a great hunt.
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Nice.  Sounds like you had a great trip.
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So, what did the rest of the bunch use to hunt with?
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Nice 8! Looks like a good trip. Thanks for the pics and story
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We need to hang out, bro; especially on a hunting trip, in Africa, with whiskey.
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Very nice 8shots!  Some day I would love to get down to hunt Africa.
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Terrific photos and story, 8shots.  What a country!!! 
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One day I will be there to hunt those critters.

Thanks for the pics.
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8's, do you normally try for the head shots?  180yds at the head is some fine shooting, but I personally don't think I could held steady enough for that.  If it is a clean hit, I know tracking is much easier.  Didn't know if you used this approach all the time or if it was a case by case basis.
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 So Wouter enjoys another big adventure!
 
Ok, I'm a little bit jealous...
 Thanks for sharing it with us, though.
 Great photos, and I always enjoy hearing about the FOOD.
 THAT is a huge factor in what makes or breaks a lot of hunts, as you well know...
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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

8's, do you normally try for the head shots?  180yds at the head is some fine shooting, but I personally don't think I could held steady enough for that.  If it is a clean hit, I know tracking is much easier.  Didn't know if you used this approach all the time or if it was a case by case basis.
 
A lot depends on the shot presented by the animal and my position. If the animal, as in this case, is standing still and I have a dead rest (as was the case), I do try for the fancy shot. It is risky, but I have put in a lot of practise and I am pretty confident of my shooting if I may say so.(on paper anyway!)
I think that if a trophy animal presented itself  I would want to be doubly sure and I would irrespective of all aspects go for the heart/lung shot.
 
If the shot is a bit more difficult in that the animal is moving, or my own position is a bit less steady, I would go for the heart/lung shot.
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A few years ago, I had the chance to go to Colorado, on a bison hunt. I tried a head shot(oooppps) but quickly fixed it with a follow up in the vitals. Luckily she didn't take off, as matter of fact she only took about 3 steps and then turned broad side to me.(lucky I guess)
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That just makes me sick. I can't get time to hunt for my boots much less go hunting.
Congratulations.
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