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Jul-15-12, 
08:00 PM (MST)
"Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Many of you have already read of my first safari, some of you not. I've told it several times already, so let's try something new. For those who have seen the photo gallery, post a pic number and I'll elaborate. For those who have not, name an animal. Chances are I have a pic (please keep it to Namibia to be fair).

Or" for those who have not been on safari, ask a question you might have.

Game on!

Pred

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Lets play....  ShowThemToMe      Jul-15-12   1 
  RE: Lets play....  predator      Jul-15-12   2 
   RE: Lets play....  ShowThemToMe      Jul-15-12   3 
    RE: Lets play....  ShowThemToMe      Jul-15-12   4 
     RE: Lets play....  cjboz      Jul-16-12   5 
      RE: Lets play....  ShowThemToMe      Jul-16-12   6 
      RE: Lets play....  predator      Jul-16-12   7 
     RE: Lets play....  predator      Jul-16-12   9 
    RE: Lets play....  predator      Jul-16-12   8 
     RE: Lets play....  ShowThemToMe      Jul-17-12   10 
      RE: Lets play....  predator      Jul-17-12   11 

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ShowThemToMe
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Jul-15-12, 
08:11 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

I know you shoot a decent sized Gun Preddy!

Just curious which animal needed the borrowing of Blanks 375 H&H?

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I've got Wild Honey Tree's and Crazy Little Weeds growin around my Shack!
These Dusty Roads ain't streets of gold but I'm happy right where I'm at!
All these Perty little Western Belles are a Country Boys Dream!
They ain't got Wings or MM Halo's but they sure look good to me!

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Jul-15-12, 
09:43 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Ok, to be fair, STTM asked on the open forum for me to tell the story behind a pic he's seen on a photo blog. Specifically, Page 25, pic 766:


Bessy, to answer your first question, THAT my friend, is a Greater Southern Kudu, otherwise known as the 'Grey Ghost'.For those who do not know what a kudu is-it is a very big antelope. As tall as a moose, and weighing up to 800 pounds. I have a few pics of them, because I LOVE THEM!!! Seriously, folks, if you want to experience Coue's deer hunting to a new level, go chase kudu. They stand still just as long, and can disappear just as easily.

There is a kudu in this pic, can you see him?

How about now? He's a nice bull, too, we almost shot him.


We found kudu just about everywhere, from acacia bushveldt to mopane bushveldt, from 3200 feet upwards of 7000. We saw some nice bulls, and even turned down a very good one at our home base of Omujeve.

My particular kudu was the result of a little rest and relaxation that turned into a special opportunity to hunt an area not easily hunted. We only had one day there, and maximized it by sitting a waterhole. We saw all sorts of animals, and the kudu didn't actually come to the water.

Who would have ever thought a potty break would reveal the bull we'd been trying to find for over a week?? The shot was difficult, through a small window in the thicket, and let me tell you boys-kudu are one tough animal. He took two rounds through the heart and never even flinched and just walked off. Truth be told, we really thought I'd missed (the rifle was shooting a little wierd out in the desert). The real truth is that I hit him both times:


After a short sprint across a flat and up the other side to where he had been standing, we found him stone cold dead within 10 steps. I don't think he even knew anything had happened at all!


The bull's horns are 54 inches long, to give you perspective- that would be comparable to a 380-class bull elk

It took 6 of us to load him in the truck, as the winch was broken. Here we are trying to figure out how to do that for the 4th attempt:

We did load him, though.

Here are a few more pics of the Grey Ghost:


QUESTION #2: What animal did I have to switch from the 30-06 to the 375 HH?

ANSWER: Blue Wildebeest!

We saw my bull just off the road, and he took us on a tear. And I do mean TEAR, because he ran us right through a really nasty patch of bushes called "wait-a-bit". They are called such because they have short curved thorns that tear into your clothing. Once you are caught, struggling only gets you more entangled. You literally have to have someone pull you off.

When he finally stopped long enough to check his backtrail, I put a round right through his lungs. It went all the way through, too, but he took off anyway. Long story short, that damn bull ran bleeding out both sides of his body until he ran out of blood, then continued running for a half-mile. Once we lost blood, we lost the trail and searched for hours. We had called for more searchers and the tracking dogs when our own tracker found him by making out tiny blood drops on the ground.

He died in some of the thickest stuff in the drainage. How he ran with no lungs (we pulled them, there wasn't just a hole through them, they were BLOWN APART) is a testament to their wil to live. My PH said that they lose blue wildebeest more than any other animal because of this trait.


They are also HUGE:

Keep 'em coming, this is fun!!

Pred

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Jul-15-12, 
09:54 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Pic 512?

That thing Dead?

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If You Love Your Country,SHOW THEM TO ME!


I've got Wild Honey Tree's and Crazy Little Weeds growin around my Shack!
These Dusty Roads ain't streets of gold but I'm happy right where I'm at!
All these Perty little Western Belles are a Country Boys Dream!
They ain't got Wings or MM Halo's but they sure look good to me!

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Jul-15-12, 
09:58 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Pic 356?

That the Tent?

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If You Love Your Country,SHOW THEM TO ME!


I've got Wild Honey Tree's and Crazy Little Weeds growin around my Shack!
These Dusty Roads ain't streets of gold but I'm happy right where I'm at!
All these Perty little Western Belles are a Country Boys Dream!
They ain't got Wings or MM Halo's but they sure look good to me!

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Jul-16-12, 
00:34 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Great pics!! I showed them to the wife and she is ready to go on Safari!! Ohh Darn.... How long were you all there??

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Jul-16-12, 
05:17 AM (MST)
6. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Get your Pocket Change out boz!

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If You Love Your Country,SHOW THEM TO ME!


I've got Wild Honey Tree's and Crazy Little Weeds growin around my Shack!
These Dusty Roads ain't streets of gold but I'm happy right where I'm at!
All these Perty little Western Belles are a Country Boys Dream!
They ain't got Wings or MM Halo's but they sure look good to me!

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Jul-16-12, 
09:19 AM (MST)
7. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

CJ- In country, 13 days. 16 days total with travel.

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Jul-16-12, 
09:35 AM (MST)
9. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

356:

That is a solar-powered pumping station for a borehole in the desert. A lot is powered with solar there; we could learn a lot from them. While I can't say for sure regarding this one, hunter and tourist dollars pay for a lot of the improvements in the conservancies. This particular borehole fed a large waterhole nearby. Our campground had borehole water piped to a kitchen sized sink, shower and toilet. Better than what we get here at a State Park, fellas!

We sat it one afternoon to see if kudu would come in. It was much more comfortable in the shade of a big tree than riding open in the rack. It was dang hot in the desert!

Here is the waterhole:

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Jul-16-12, 
09:29 AM (MST)
8. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

512:

Nope. Sound asleep! When Joel told me they sleep lying down like a dog, I called BS. I have never heard of this. But as usual, he was right and if elephants snore, this one should have been, because it was so asleep we not only drove right by it, but it didn't even realize we were there for several minutes.

Here is another one, just waking up:


We were really lucky to have seen desert elephants, and particularly lucky that a cow let us within even a mile of such a new calf. We did nothing loud, stayed mounted on the bakkie, and she tolerated us for some time.

She finally let us know it was time to leave:

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Jul-17-12, 
02:31 AM (MST)
10. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Like how Hot Preddy?

SHOW THEM TO ME!
If You Love Your Country,SHOW THEM TO ME!


I've got Wild Honey Tree's and Crazy Little Weeds growin around my Shack!
These Dusty Roads ain't streets of gold but I'm happy right where I'm at!
All these Perty little Western Belles are a Country Boys Dream!
They ain't got Wings or MM Halo's but they sure look good to me!

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Jul-17-12, 
09:44 AM (MST)
11. "RE: Lets play.....Namibian stories"

Mid 90's to possibly triple digits, with a wind that went right through you. All I know is that I drank a bottle of water an hour and by the third day, I was sicker than a dog and the PH wasn't much better....

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