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TheHuntingAgency 08-06-2008 11:46 AM

Springbok Takeaway
Hi folks, I was showing someone my pictures from Namibia this June and he'd never seen one quite like this before - thought I'd share it, see what you thought!
It was about 30 degree's and I finally got this chap on the 7th time of trying after a 3-hour stalk.



East Texas Droptine 08-06-2008 12:15 PM

Say....where can I get one of those Springbok Backpacks? lol

TheHuntingAgency 08-07-2008 03:50 AM

Very pretty creatures Springbok, and to sit and watch then dance and pronk across the velt is a magical thing, IMHO.

I think Springbok culls are some of the hardest to do because of that, similar thing with Gemsbok, beautiful, graceful antelope, but livestock needs effective management everywhere and at least they both taste great!

Here's a Gemsbok from last year that won me a conservation medal - you'll notice that the horns are not especially long, but the thickness shows the age of the animal, as did his teeth. This old Bull had been head of the pack for 3 years and had recently been forced from his position by younger males - this means that he would have been outside the protection of the heard, and a solitary animal like this is fair game for all sorts of preditors.
Personally given the choice between being eaten alive by hyaena or hearing a shot ring out and wonder what it was, before collapsing, I think I'd rather take the quick option!


timberghost 08-07-2008 03:51 PM

Congrats on gaining a medal for your hard work. That is a huge and nice looking animal.

bigbucks 08-07-2008 09:51 PM

Awesome animal. Who was the medal from the country or a tribe. Also have you ever hunted the cape buffalo?

TheHuntingAgency 08-08-2008 05:36 AM

Medals - actually I don't usually go in for that sort of thing, but here's the background to it - NAPHA Tropy Medals

In short, what happens a lot is that Trophy hunters want a prime trophy, great horns and a perfect hyde - trouble is that real trophy animals, that have been Alpha male and head of the gand so to speak, have marks features scars and the signs of their age, experience and battles - that's exactly what I want from a trophy, but most folk want something that looks a bit more 'perfect' for their study wall - that's where these conservation medals come it - great idea IMHO.

Cape Buff - sure - I've got to scoot out for a moment so I'll tell you about it when I get back


Buckshot 08-08-2008 08:02 AM

Welcome to the site.

Very interesting animals you are hunting. Hunting in Africa is a long time time dream of mine, although for the near future a dream is all it will be. Welcome again and keep posting the pictures they are great.

TheHuntingAgency 08-08-2008 09:22 AM

Cheers guys.

OK, so Cape Buff.

This is unlikely to be what you want to hear but if you go about it right, there isn't as much drama as you'd think. You've got to consider the sheer size of these things, the density of it's muscle mass and the thickness of it's hide. For example, one of my mates is a Sth African vet, and he told me that during his training in Sth Africa, he had to disect a cape Buffalo's head - he said it has the hardest thing he'd ever done. The skin on the boss and around the forehead generally is just over an inch think - take a Stanley Knife to it, and it won't hardly scratch it!
So you bide your time, stalk and wait for the right shot, take it and take another two maybe then wait. Simple - it's just the where I've been is effectively jungle with dense cover and vegetation. Wound one and you had a big problem, but it may not even be your fault, for all you know, the Buff you came face to face with may have been shot yesterday by poachers, or wounded in some other way - lions eat 'em and I don't blame the lions one little bit!

Huge hearts on them, really strong, powerful things, powerful smelling too.

It's like any big animal, or small one come to that - if you surprise it, frighten it or wound it, regardless of if it's intimidated, wounded, frightened, threatened or whatever, it's gonna fight for it's life, and in this case, that means big trouble. Fortunately I've never been involved directly in such a way, but I've met plenty that have and it's not how I'd want to spend a holiday!
The guy on the left is John Wambach from Pro-Guiding in Namibia. I don't represent him but he deserves a mention as he was pretty badly injured by an angry cape buffalo that slashed against the back of his legs causing a fair amount of damage to his hamstrings and ligaments - he recovered well enough but I'd not want to trade places with him. The creature was injured by a hunter and as PH he was there to back the guy up. There's a longer version of the story but it's not mine to tell - all I'd say is that if this is what you want to go and shoot, please take enough gun for the job.

Not meaning to preach here, it's just that I've seen quite a few hunters in my time, some of whom have had some pretty strange ideas about what constitutes enough gun. I've seen bow-hunters, black-powder hunters and so on too, but for this you really need a minimum of .375 H&H Mag, preferably a .416 Rigby, and solids too, 300gr solids is my preference. 9.3x62 will do it too, .458 certainly sorts them out, but I find that a bit too much for my liking, each to their own, but that's what I think makes the difference here, combined with good technique, patience and the support of a decent PH!

Incidentally, it looks like Namibia's Nature Conservation Department have decided not to issue any permits for Cape Buff this year. I was out in June and it was highly doubtful then - not sure why, the WWF guys were around a lot counting game levels in Etosha, Damerland and Cocoland but the rains were exceptional in Angola this year, and the resulting flood-off kept the Caprivi underwater all season long - no grass for roofs this year then - good job it doesn't rain there much!

If you fancy it, my best advice would be to go to Namibia - it's the most unspoilt, stable, safe country in Africa by MILES and the country is unspoilt. Here - how's this for a view:
This is from Stillerus which overlooks the Etosha National Park, or this:
This is a trail through the mountains at Stillerus - great for Kudu and Kemsbok in wood like this - and leopard!

TheHuntingAgency 08-08-2008 09:26 AM

This is Etosha-View - nice Burchell Zebra and Red Hartebest, but this place hold the record for the biggest Kudu horns ever shot in Africa (and possibly the biggest lion too!)
At Onduri this is the view from the guest dining area...
...and this is the view at night - every night!

This is Rexes Farm, and when you ask him how far is his, he points to the furthest mountain, and this picture doesn't do it justices - it's 20 miles away - and he points and says 'Just over there a ways' - not bragging, he's just been here forever and loves sharing it with us eager new explorers!
Fabulous places, but South Africa was like this too and still is in sme places, but it's disappearing fast. Best advice I could give, if you really want to see the place, is get over as soon as - it doesn't need to be expensive. Sure, if you want room service and prawn sandwiches at 3.00 in the morning, it's really expensive, but for most folks, we want to be out there amongst it, and staying with a family or on a tented safari is a great way to see the place and get some great hunting in too!

Cheers folks, have a good 'un!

timberghost 08-08-2008 03:44 PM

Great info and pics. It's cool to have hunting pics from the other side of the world.

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