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Old 08-06-2008, 11:46 AM
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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.

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Roo
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:15 PM
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Say....where can I get one of those Springbok Backpacks? lol
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:50 AM
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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!

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Old 08-07-2008, 03:51 PM
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Congrats on gaining a medal for your hard work. That is a huge and nice looking animal.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:51 PM
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Awesome animal. Who was the medal from the country or a tribe. Also have you ever hunted the cape buffalo?
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:36 AM
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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

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