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Joey Ward 17-Jul-18
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Fuzz 18-Jul-18
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Quinn @work 19-Jul-18
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Drahthaar 19-Jul-18
1Arrow 08-Aug-18
From: mountainman
17-Jul-18
I just got back from my first trip to South Africa. My girlfriend and I went for a ten day hunt and some sight seeing for a couple days at the end. We had a great time.

We hunted with African Arrow Safaris. I started communicating to Harry in early 2017 about my interest in going to African. He went over the costs for everything(which were quite reasonable) and we locked the dates.

This will mainly be pictures with a little info on each one. I will just say that African Arrow Safaris runs a great operation. I have a report in the outfitter section that covered how satisfied I was with everything.

From: mountainman
17-Jul-18

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Here are a few pictures of camp. Very nice accommodations and the cooking was excellent.

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17-Jul-18

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17-Jul-18

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Nice bar decorated with mounts, hats and broken arrows.
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Nice bar decorated with mounts, hats and broken arrows.
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Becky checking out the bar.
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Becky checking out the bar.

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17-Jul-18
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17-Jul-18

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Some mounts around camp.
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Some mounts around camp.

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17-Jul-18

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First animal down was a Gemsbok. 25 yard shot.
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First animal down was a Gemsbok. 25 yard shot.

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17-Jul-18

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Next came a Blesbok on day 4. Shot out of a tree stand.
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Next came a Blesbok on day 4. Shot out of a tree stand.

From: mountainman
17-Jul-18
At African Arrow, they only want mature animals shot. So, although I was not interested in inches and would gladly shoot an animal on the bottom of their scale(still a nice, mature animal) most of animals I shot ended up being on the upper end of the scale. Of course the only reason I know this is because the PH was there to judge the animals, something an inexperienced eye with African animals(such as myself) would have a very hard time doing. They were all very nice animals that I was quite happy with.

From: mountainman
17-Jul-18

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The afternoon of day 4, this guy came into the water.
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The afternoon of day 4, this guy came into the water.
When I shot this Impala, there were several large kudu a couple hundred yards from the blind. But we didn't know if they would end up coming in. I choose the bird in the hand over two in the bush philosophy,especially after my guide Johan said I should probably try for the Impala because of it's size.

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17-Jul-18

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A happy woman with her Wildebeest.
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A happy woman with her Wildebeest.
At last light on day 3, Becky got a shot a black wildebeest. The shot was back and it was decided to wait till morning to track it. Easy decision considering that some Cape buffalo were also hanging out in the area.

Thanks to some good tracking by Harry and Garry. They were able to get back on it the next day and she got a finishing arrow into it.

17-Jul-18
Congrats ! great looking trophies!

From: Dale06
17-Jul-18
Nice pics Congrats You won’t go just once

From: mountainman
17-Jul-18

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Kudu on day 6.
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Kudu on day 6.
In the afternoon of day 6, had a very nice Kudu come in. Shot was 18 yards with a short recovery.

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17-Jul-18

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17-Jul-18

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Couldn't help a little selfie action.
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Couldn't help a little selfie action.

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17-Jul-18

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The morning of day 7, Becky got an Impala on the ground.
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The morning of day 7, Becky got an Impala on the ground.

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17-Jul-18

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From: JSW
17-Jul-18
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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17-Jul-18

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On day 8, a lone Blue Wildebeest came in. After a 20 yard shot and a short tracking job, we were standing over him. He was a very old bull, is teeth were worn almost to the gum line. I bet he only had another year or two left, a great animal to take.

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17-Jul-18

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17-Jul-18

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Harry drove us down to the Limpopo river one afternoon. It was a little cool for the crocs and hippos to be up. But still cool to see. South Africa on one side and Botswana on the other.
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Harry drove us down to the Limpopo river one afternoon. It was a little cool for the crocs and hippos to be up. But still cool to see. South Africa on one side and Botswana on the other.

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17-Jul-18

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We also took a couple days and stayed down at the Palance in Suncity and did some game drives in Pilanesberg National Park. Both very cool experiences.

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17-Jul-18

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Entrance to the Palace.
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Entrance to the Palace.

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17-Jul-18

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17-Jul-18

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A huge, 3000 year old Baobab tree that we went to one afternoon.
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A huge, 3000 year old Baobab tree that we went to one afternoon.

From: mountainman
17-Jul-18

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We had a great time in South Africa and at African Arrow Safaris. The little, personal touches really make a big difference. We are already looking forward to our next trip!

From: Buffalo1
17-Jul-18
Great thread. Ya'll collected some very nice trophies. Quite obvious, a great time and as usual already figuring how to get the coins to go back. Congrats

From: stagetek
17-Jul-18
Great photo's. Congrats to you both on some fine trophies.

From: Stoneman
17-Jul-18
Wow, thanks for sharing. Great photos all around. Very nice animals, really like the Impala and Kudu. Congrats!

From: JTV
17-Jul-18
Very nice and great photos ...

From: Zebrakiller
17-Jul-18
Congrats thanks for sharing

From: bentshaft
17-Jul-18
Looks like a great trip!

From: Joey Ward
17-Jul-18
Awesome hunt. Congrats to you both!

From: t-roy
17-Jul-18
Congrats on the trip and some great animals as well!

I especially like your girlfriend’s black wildebeest. That’s tops on my list the next time I go.

From: mountainman
18-Jul-18
Thanks everyone.

T-roy. They are very cool looking animals. A black wildebeest wasn't even on her mind. But from what I understand, they rarely come into the blinds/stands(at least on Harry's place) so not a lot of folks get shots at them. Her guide told her this when that one came in, so she decided to take the shot.

From: Zebrakiller
18-Jul-18
I love the black! I shot mine at 78 yards. Congrats

From: mountainman
18-Jul-18
Thanks Zebra. I have been following your thread. Great looking animals.

From: drycreek
18-Jul-18
Great looking animals, and a really nice impala. It's also nice that your lady shares your adventure. That makes it all the more special. I always love looking at the African threads !

From: Fuzz
18-Jul-18
Awesome trip, trophies and memories mm! 13 months and I'll be making my 1st trip! Thanks for sharing!

From: pointingdogs
18-Jul-18
Congrats and thanks for the great review.

From: sticksender
18-Jul-18
Cool trip, great pics!

From: Quinn @work
19-Jul-18
Looks like a great trip. Even better when you can bring the better half.

That 1st trip to Africa is always special.

From: Butternut40
19-Jul-18
Congrats on a great hunt and thanks for sharing.

From: Drahthaar
19-Jul-18
Awesome adventure, beautiful trophies. Forrest

From: 1Arrow
08-Aug-18
Awesome trip. Thanks for sharing. Excellent photos.

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