In 2019, I made plans for another trip to bowhunt South Africa in 2020. After researching outfitters, I selected Dries Visser Safaris. As we all know, Covid-19 changed everyone’s plan for hunting in 2020. My original trip was cancelled and new trip dates were planned for 2021. I recently returned from my hunt.
I set several goals for this trip:
1. I needed one animal to complete the SCI Continental Award- Africa 15. My animal species choices were steenbok, bush duiker or reedbuck; 2. I needed a black wildebeest to complete the South African “Beest Slam.” This slam includes the blue wildebeest, black wildebeest and the red hartebeest; and 3. I wanted to have an enjoyable, fun hunt.
Due to Delta Airline schedule changes my original 10-day hunt was shorten to a 9-day hunt. As we all know, a day in a hunt can make a major difference. I knew that with the shorten time, I would have to be flexible and adapt.
Day 2 of my hunt I took a beautiful whopper trophy quality mountain reedbuck; Day 4 of my hunt I took a beautiful, aged trophy quality black wildebeest. I initially shot it with a bow, had to track it and shoot it with a .375 rifle and was able to close in on the animal with a bow; Day 6 of hunt my I took an ancient impala ram with a .243 rifle with a “can”; Day 7 of my hunt I took a beautiful trophy steenbok with the .243 rifle. I had missed one earlier in the day with my bow; Day 8 of my hunt I took an ancient, whooper trophy bush duiker with the .243 rifle.
On this hunt I got to bowhunt, spot and stalk with a gun, shoot a .375 caliber rifle, got to see a .457 Lott caliber rifle and ammo, night hunt, tag along on a zebra hunt on my final day in camp and witness God’s display of beauty in some awesome sunrises and sunsets. I saw several species of animals I had never seen before- the golden wildebeest, the golden gemsbok and the king wildebeest, plus many “night” animals. Also saw several bird species that I had not seen on previous African hunts. I experienced hunting in some unusual hunting conditions- extremely high winds with blinding dust and also hunting in the rain in South Africa. Experienced some awesome food. I met some great people- DVS staff and great hunters from many states in the U.S. It’s always great to meet fellow Bowsiters. I got to meet “Jailer” from Bowsite on this trip. I also got to see and experience first-hand the global impact of Covid-19.
This was truly a unique and exciting adventure- a memory I will always treasure.