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I was going to post some off my Pongola hunting pics in May, but seeing as we had 2 hunts on the farm Zeekoepan with Willem Basson this year. I decided to wait until after the 2nd one at the end of July. The first hunt started on the 18th May and was for 4 days.

Wednesday I didn’t manage to get anything, but enjoyed stalking a couple of Impala and spooking them.

Thursday I decided to go and sit with my bow at the Pannetjie dam (Small dam). A Kudu cow or Zebra was on the menu, and would be the first large animal taken with my bow. Well the hunting gods were smiling on me that Thursday, as about 11h30 three Kudu cows came walking in. I ranged them at 30m and waited until the largest of the 3 turned broadside; she moved her left leg forward so I placed the pin on the heart and sent an arrow downrange. Well much to amazement or should I say horror, she took off with roughly 25 inches of my 29 inch Carbon Express Piledriver sticking out off her flank.

The sinking feeling in my gut can not be expressed, at least not without a few choice words we are not allowed to write on this site. As she ran the shaft fell out minus the 125gr 2 blade Rage I was using as my weapon of choice(I had them pass completely through impala the year before). She ran about 50m and stopped, I could just manage to see her through the bush, and there she stood 80m away. To far away for me to do anything with the bow, and I can’t get out the blind with my wheelchair.

I haven’t felt so hopeless in all my time since becoming disabled. I got on the phone to Willem and told him to bring a rifle and the dogs, well after about 2 minutes some Wildebeest came running in past her. And I lost sight off her through my Swarovski rangefinder; I spent an agonizing 30 minutes trying to figure out what went wrong. Well when Willem got there the only blood we could find was about an inches worth on the shaft, the sinking feeling got worse until I heard one the trackers shouting in Zulu.

And there she lay exactly where she had been standing, the relief I felt was like I had just won the lottery.
It looks like she must have pulled her leg back just as the shaft hit her, and broke it roughly 2 inches behind the broadhead. There was a massive cut on the big knuckle bone that normally covers the heart; luckily the Rage had still penetrated the heart. I should maybe have left the heart shot and gone for the lungs. I knew there would be some stiff penalty shots of spirit waiting for me that night at the lodge.



After the nerves calmed down and I felt almost human again, I decided I would grab my Ruger 30-06 and head to the Sugarland’s. Well the Sugarland’s are my favourite place to go with the rifle at Zeekoepan as the bush is not too thick. Sugar cane had been planted there a long time ago but removed, so the bush had been allowed to grow back. Its more trees as you can see in the photo so it allows me move along the road. And watch for herds moving through either from the river or going to the river, depending on the wind I either start at the top or bottom.

If you want to hunt big Impala rams then May is the month to do it, it’s the rutting season. And when you get a couple of herds together at the same time its chaos, I had so many impala running around me; past me; almost over me. Yet I just couldn’t get a shot in, as every time I thought I could squeeze the trigger some Ram would come charging in and all hell would break loose.
Well after stalking after these herds of Impala for about 600m while they’re fighting and chasing each other through the bush, I finally managed to get a shot in on this male. I was tired my hands where sore and could hardly push the wheelchair but I was so exhilarated from actually hunting this beautiful animal. I worked my ass of for him and I’ m as proud as hell for achieving it. I did get a lot of stick for my white shoes though, but with my feet swelling up due to kidney issues it’s all I can wear. (And yes another penalty drink was added to my tally for the day)



I shot another ram on Saturday and we spent the afternoon driving around with Willem, looking for a Rhino he had to shoot with an overseas client. What a trip we seen Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Rhino all in one day. The only animal we didn’t see out of the big 5 was a Leopard. This goes down as the best hunting trip off my life, without even shooting a trophy.

Well the second trip was from the 20th July and though not as exciting, it was extremely rewarding. I’ve already made this post too long so I wont go into to much detail.

I shot an Impala with the bow (pass through with the Rage) although not a well placed shot, he only went 30m and lay down.

I managed to stalk and shoot another Impala in my favourite Sugarland’s. Although my hands where so tired that night, I could hardly get over the bridge to my chalet.



Saturday I shot a Kudu cow with the rifle, although not very exciting as I was driving around with Willem. Trying to find a Kudu that wasn't pregnant or had a calf.



We had some fantastic hunting this year. I cant wait till next year as we decided to go for a week long trip

Some photo's of what you are missing, if you havent hunted in South Africa











Regards Chris

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What awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing Chris.
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Thanks SVT

If you look at the picture of the Giraffe that's the Pannetjie dam, Kudu was standing to the right of the photo when I shot her.

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There are few creatures I want to actually see in the wild and not hunt and a rhino is one of them.  I think they are just amazing animals and I love that picture of that one. 
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Nice pictures and storytelling! Thanks.
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Wow, Fantastic pictures!!
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   Thunbs Up Thunbs Up !!!      Color me green.   Big Grin 
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Pickled again,  Earl?!?!?!  Bucky
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Rhino are stunning in the bush, my hunting buddy was 40m from this bull when he took the photo. I'll post a few more pics on a new thread so as not to drag this one out. Including a very blurred photo of a Elephant that we where literary 5m from.

Regards Chris
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Great pics, great hunt. Looks like that "little" croc got tangled with a bigger one. No more tail for him!
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Hi Chris,
Sounds like you had a fantastic hunt. Nothing like a bit of drama to make the hunt more memorable .
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Great post and photos.  Excellent    Have another penalty drink!!  Bucky       Laugh
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Great photos.  Great descriptions.  Thank you. 
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Great post, thanks Chris!
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Thanks guys.

Regards Chris
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