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Being a disabled person and going hunting can sometimes be extremely frustrating and sometimes extremely rewarding. It’s amazing what you can see if you sit in one spot and pay attention, to your surroundings. This is the story of my two first Kudus; sounds confusing let me explain.

Well I guess I got a bit tired of people giving me a shocked look, when I told them that I hadn’t shot a Kudu. I have been a second to slow or looking the wrong way sitting in my blind, or just plain strapped for cash on a number of occasions.

With the prices on Kudu just going up and up, I decided that 2008 would be the year I had to shoot a Kudu trophy or not. Well I got my chance, two in fact. They aren’t trophies by any means, and not anywhere close to SCI or Rowland Wards standards. But now I get an even bigger look of shock, when they guys at the local Gunshop (come meeting place) ask me what I shot this year. And I get to say two Kudu’s.

 
I shot this young bull in the Orange Free State on the farm Brandfontein near Fauresmith, I say shot as we where driving round in a vehicle at night. We where looking for Mountain Reedbuck at night with a light, as my friends to young sons where having a hard time with the 250m 300m shots during the day. I was just back up in case they wounded an animal, but we where sure we would see Kudu down by the river so I was ready just in case. Sure enough when we got to area between the river and the mountain, a herd of kudu went running towards the safety of the thick river bush. I just couldn’t get a shoot on the big Bull, and settled on this youngster. A relatively easy 135m head shot (well it is with a S&B Zenith with a Flashdot recticle), and I had my first Kudu. Not really ethically hunted, but heh in my position beggars can’t be choosers. He is what the guys here call a Bees horing Kudu (Cow horned), and slaughtered 100kg. The photo was taken the next morning, so he has been gutted already.

Now this guy I can Say I hunted, 3 days sitting in blind from morning to dusk, we where hunting on the farm Hartbeesdoring in the Tabazimbi area. I had seen lots of game, but was determined to actually hunt a Kudu. So I had passed up on a couple of different species (including Kudu cows, my friend was in the area behind them in a bow hunting blind), although I shot a Warthog on the second day (can’t seem to leave them alone). It was the last day of the hunt, and already past the time when I normally wouldn’t shoot due the light going fast. I always try to keep alert until I hear the guys come with the vehicle to pick me up; after all you never know what could come along. I just happened to be looking in the right direction, when this head popped out from behind a bush. KUDU, KUDU. That was the only thought going through my head; I had to wait till he turned his head so that I could move my tripod and rifle in his direction. My heart was pounding so loudly that I thought Mr 8 Shots down there in the Cape could hear it. I wanted to wait a bit to see if he was with some friends, but they could have been ten or fifteen minutes behind him for all I knew. I just didn’t have the time as the light was against me, and he was bigger than my other Kudu. So I decided I had to take him, he looked in my direction and then turned his head to the side. I put the recticle on the side of his head and squeezed, well I don’t think that I have ever squeezed any rifles trigger so perfectly. I thought the timney on my Ruger was never going to go off, at the shot he was down. Well then I got what we call buck fever, my hands where shaking so badly I could hardly open the bolt. He is 39 inches 15 inches short of a registered trophy, and slaughtered about 130kg (no scale on the farm). I’m so proud I don’t care if he makes Rowland ward or SCI. I hunted him, and I think it’s the animals we really have to work for that we remember the most.  One Kudu shot and one really hunted so my two first Kudu. This goes down as my best hunt ever, and 2008 was a good year of hunting.

5 Warthog

3 Impala

2 Springbuck

1 Gemsbok

2 Kudu

Not a bad haul even if I do say so myself, check out this Warthog sow I shot the same weekend as my larger Kudu. Biggest tusks I have ever seen on a sow, I kept looking to see if I couldn’t see a pair of gadgets that only us males have.

Happy hunting guys

 
Regards Chris

 

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Awesome Chris, looks like you had tons of fun.  Thanks for sharing and for the pics, we always love good stories and pics.
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Thanks Supertool tons of fun is the right words, geuss it was my time to share. As i love the stories and pics too.

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WOW, I hope you bought some of the optics in the pictures from us so you can enter our photo/story contest.  Congratulations!!!
 
 
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Great job there Glock. Congratulations Sir!!!!! Remember the true trophy is the memory of the event. The wall mounts are only the added bonus. They are nice, and there are several of us here that are envious. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!
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Wow, great pictures, great story, just great. I am very happy for you. Looks like a the "hunt of a lifetime" everyone is always talking about.
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Yes, great pics and story, Chris.

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Congrats!  Glad you finally got your Kudu.  Excellent
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Way to go, Chris. That was quite an assortment of animals you collected!!  Good photos...now you can eat all that meat!!!  Thunbs%20Up
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Envy your hunts Chris!  Great pictures and story.
 
 
Enjoy your well earned steaks.
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outstainding Chris.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

outstainding Chris.
 
 
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Thanks for all the great comments gents.
 
Supertool the rifle is a Ruger RBZ in 30-06 and is topped with a 2.5-10 x 56 S&B Zenith with a no 7 Flashdot recticle.
 
Sorry Chris but since I live in South Africa you can't export to us, I did email you about it once. And you explained the legality, why you cant. 
 
Ed I will definately contact Sant about your Xmass wish list for you.
 
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Nice hunt you had there Chris. Yes, the best hunt is allways the most difficult one. You will remember this kudu for the rest of your life. It is admirable that despite your disability you still get out there and hunt!
Two nice kudu and thanks for sharing your hunt with us!!
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Thanks 8Shots have you picked up your rifle yet???????
 
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Yes, I have finally done the deed. I have made some posts under the rifle section.
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