What the heck is number 1?
My scores are as follows:
Southern Greater Kudu 119 6/8" (SCI Bronze Medal) (photo taken in the daylight)
Blue Wildebeest 73" (SCI Bronze Medal)
Warthog 29 10/16" (SCI Bronze Medal)
All 3 animals are officially in the record book.
PAStringking that is a cool hyena you took. Congrats on an unusual trophy.
How are you going to have your hyena mounted?
This particular species of Hyena is not importable to the US...which was totally OK with my wife!!
His skull will most likely be top 10 SCI which is just a bonus to the extremely cool hunt. I am having a reproduction skull made in SA that will be sent home with the rest of my animals.
My PH and I were set up in a small ground blind about 40 yards from a bait site. The site consisted of a metal steak pounded into the ground with the Civet Cat I shot the night before attached to it.
After about 15 minutes of sitting perfectly still, no talking or moving...I started to hear what I thought was sticks breaking. It is SOOO dark that I cant even see my PH sitting next to me but I stay perfectly still and try and control my breathing. Whatever is outside the blind is getting very close...like 5 feet close...and is breathing heavily. The sounds of breaking sticks seems awfully loud...which I come to find out later is the Hyena crunching old bones within 5 feet of the blind.
The bait is lit up with a small LED flood light. I see a dark object move across my blind hole...and then move back again. At this point my PH whispers "shoot if you can!!"
I cant see a damn thing...let alone something to shoot at. He starts a countdown...which I quickly realize is when he is going to light it up with the spot light. I quickly get ready...light goes on and boom...there he is standing at 30 yards. A shot and a bark later...he was dead.
I was shaking like a leaf on a Kansas cottonwood
Great story! One of the more unique Africa hunts I have ever seen.
Simple answer.... US Crap Politics
When I got back to the lodge and showed the owners the video, they asked why I didn't shoot it! Just minutes after this guy left, I also had two Honey Badgers come in. Those would have been another first for me as well, but I chose not to shoot them either. I'm not sure what I was thinking that day, but I just enjoyed seeing and photographing them.
Here are a few from July.
My Waterbuck. Don't know the score but horn lengths were 31'' on both.
Looking at all of your animals again is really impressive. I had nowhere near the collective quality of trophies on my first African hunt. But,then again, I didn't hunt at Limcroma on my first hunt.
That sable will be bigger for you on the next trip...