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Here is an article that our friend Wouter a.k.a. "8shots" wrote.  He was being modest and didn't post it for everyone to read, but it deserves to be shared with everyone.
 
Great job, Wouter!!!Excellent
 
Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

This is a story I wrote and is the second that has been published in our local hunting magazine.
If you guys think it is OK I could move it to the hunting forum?
 
 
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WOW!  You lucked into a deal that was too good to be true.
 
I especially like the caricature of you.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

WOW!  You lucked into a deal that was too good to be true.
 
I especially like the caricature of you.
 
Caricature??  Thought that was a photo!
Good story Wouter.
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Well done, 8!! Thunbs Up 
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 Great article, Wouter.

 Good story, and nicely written; very readable writing style.

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Thank you for all the kind words. The magazine has high standards and it is not easy to have a person's story accepted for printing.
 
By the way, the Nyala is available for hunting in South Africa, but only at top $$$$.
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Is this one?
 

 

1,600.00 USD

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15,108.11 ZAR

United States Dollars   South Africa Rand
1 USD = 9.44257 ZAR   1 ZAR = 0.105903 USD
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Yes Chris, that is the Nyala above!!! At the R8 per kg I would have paid about R600 0r $60!!
 
Instead I shot this nxala! (Mountain reedbuck) Not half the buck I was hoping for!
 
 
 


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I sat reading that article in the Magnum thinking the guy in the photo looks like 8shots. Never thought to look at who wrote it. Well done 8
 
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 I can see why the nyala is considered a premo trophy. What a gorgeous animal!
 Aren't they considered to be almost as elusive as bongo?
 Hopefully, 8-shots, you were paid enough for that article to be able to go after one, even if you have to ante up the going rate!
 Have you ever hunted them before?
 
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Ronk, unfortunately the rate for an article does not cover one of those. It does pay for the fuel to get to a hunting destination though!
I have not had the privilege to hunt a Nyala. The main reason is that their natural habitat is limited to the North -eastern part of our country. North-eastern Kwa-zulu Natal to be precise. (Which would be just below Mocambique) It is quite a distance to travel for just one hunt. As a South African, and shooting a non-trophy quality animal it would be slightly cheaper then shown on this thread. But still a bit rich, so I tend to rather shoot 3 or 4 kudus and some other animals then one Nyala.
The Nyala hunts are readily available should one choose to travel and pay the price.
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Great article 8's.  
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what makes the nyala so valuable??
or is it just the travel costs that really add up??
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Pyro, they are reasonably scarce due to their small habitat. They only thrive in the rainbelt of the north  east part of South Africa. So they are expensive for that reason. However within that area they are well managed with a good healthy population. Add travelling cost and it becomes even more so.
The guys that live in that area, like Glock, hunt them on a more regular basis. Added that if you have the correct farmer connections etc.
I have a PH friend in that area who has promised me some "special treatment" for several years now, but talk is cheap!
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i see. so are they tasty???
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i see. so are they tasty???
 
At that price they better be. Both their smaller cousin, the bushbuck and there larger cousin the kudu, are good eating. So I do not see that they are any different.
I have been fortunate to have lived in a bushbuck area and have shot quite a few of them.
 
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The reason that the Nyala's price is so high, is the demand from overseas hunters. Where their natural habitat is the northern part of Kwazulu Natal, they have been imported if that is the correct word to farms from Tabazimbi to Musina. Acording to PH's i've spoken to they are one of the most sought after African trophies (after Kudu). Unfortunately they go for high premiums at auction, and the land owner and PH's pass the cost over to the hunter.
 
This photo was taken from the veiwing deck of the lodge on the farm Zeekoepan just outside Pongola. If you want a trophy Nyala Natal is definately the place to go.
 
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Interesting coat color.  Gray body with tan stockings.  
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Kudu, Nyala, bushbuck. So how do they stack up? Each has its own allure. I have been fortunate to have hunted my fair share of bushbuck and kudu, but not the Nyala.
 
Bushbuck:
 
Nyala
 
Kudu:
 
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 I don't know too much about any of the African antelope but for me it would probably be:
 
#1-Bongo
 #2-Nyala
#3-Giant Sable
#4-Greater Kudu (actually tied for third place with Sable)
#5-Gemsbok
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WHAT?  No Lord Derby on that list!
 
 
 
Check out this video and pause it when they show the Eland on the ground (1:38).  What a beast!
 
 


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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

WHAT?  No Lord Derby on that list!
 
 
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