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I have opened my hunting season with a surf-and-turf! (Not sure if all the members are familiar with this term, it is used in South Africa on the steakhouse’s menu which describes a half steak and half sea-food order).

 

Our crayfish season closed this past week-end, so I managed to get my last dive in. Weather conditions were not ideal, but I managed to dive a full quota (4). They were well-sized, so I ended the season with a bang.

 

On Sunday I went Egyptian geese shooting. I am out-an-out a rifle hunter. I do not even own a shotgun. I have however on several occasions done clay-pigeon shooting. In these instances my years of bushbuck hunting stood me in good stead, as I did pretty well at hitting the clays.

 

So on Sunday we traveled to Tulbach, a fruit and wheat growing area about 2 hours inland from Cape Town. One of my friends has the shooting rights on the canning factory site where Egytian geese are a pest.

 

Upon arrival we set up some blinds and decoys. I took up in one of the blinds, whilst the other guns spread out to other sites. The factory dam turned out the best site where the shooters had good sport.

 

We were in position about an hour after sunrise when the geese started coming in from their sleeping areas. They came in droves, at one stage about 500 birds were sitting just out of my range. Unfortunately my hide was new and the birds seemed wary. Eventually I got my first shot in and dropped a goose! After that I took another 4. The wind was blowing strongly and the geese were flying high and fast.

 

The guns at the dam had it easier and they shot some 30 odd.

 

A great way to open the season (which officially starts around May for antelope). Egyptian geese are a pest and can be shot year round.

All cell phone pics excuse quality
 
The hide with decoys 
 The view from the hide
 
A view of Tulbach valley
 
geese flying in not very clear but see to the right of white fog/cloud
 
 
The bag
 
 


Edited by 8shots - April/15/2008 at 06:57
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8,
Thats some pretty country. congrads on the fun hunt. Do we see a shotgun in you next gun order?
 
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Very cool, 8. You have pics of some incredible scenery.
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  I'd say this 8-shots guy is pretty cool, if you were to ask me...
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I'm not real fond of eating our canadian goose, but boy do I love a cray fish boil.
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Thanks to you all. If you ever come to our side of the world, you know where I am.
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Hey, 8 shots, are you diving for crayfish?? That's pretty COLD WATER isn't it?  Shocked You'll have to tell us about that, too!!  Send us some cell phone pics of the topless beach, too.  I'll close my eyes so I don't see anything that I'm not supposed to look at! Get%20Your%20Popcorn%20Ready
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Ed, I had just finished reading a story on buffalo hunting. The hunter describes the tense moments of stalking through tall grass with visibility reduced to a few feet, not knowing when he will come face to face with a big buff.
Well, on Sat I was diving in a thick bed of kelp, with poor visibility. As I parted the kelp on my way down I thought buff hunting has nothing on this! I am diving in Great White country, imagine parting the kelp and coming face to face with a 12 ft monster. Now that is an adrenaline rush ....
 
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I think that would scare me a lot more than a buffalo!
Great pics and story, thanks.
 
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man i love it when 8shots posts pictures of his homeland, what a beautiful place with a diverse choice of game to pursue too.
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Hey 8 shots, the scenario you described about meeting a Great White Shark close up got me to thinking about whether or not turds float to the top of the ocean or whether they just sort of drift around down below.............Stare???  
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They do neither, they squelch up through your wetsuit Dead
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/17/2008 at 16:17
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Yukkkk.........I'm sorry I asked.........  Dead
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so am I:)
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Wouter, once again, thanks for the great pics and stories.  I always enjoy your posts, friend!  You're very blessed to have such a wonderfully diverse variety of game to hunt!
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