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From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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So it seems a bit slow before the hunting seasons start, so I guess it’s time for a recap thread.

I just returned from my second trip to Africa. I went to the Northwest province of South Africa, and hunted the old Melorani place with Ken Moody safaris.

This may take me a day or two, so bear with me

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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I arrived on august 9th late in the day, and was met by my PH Jannie at the Johannesburg airport to begin the 3 hour drive to Melorani.

From: Bake
21-Aug-21
Image rotation tools don’t seem to be working on my phone . . .

From: t-roy
21-Aug-21
Following…..

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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Day one was a little slow. Saw some waterbuck cows, ostriches, a nice gemsbok bull and some hartebeest. Nothing shootable offered me a shot except for a vervet monkey, which I just couldn’t pass up ;)

Picture is the back of the chalet where I stayed. Saw impala and Nyala here everyday, but of course didn’t hunt it

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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Day 2 was different. Sat a blind on a pond dam.

Saw a great big warthog out of range, more on this later. I have a warthog curse . . .

Saw a nice old buffalo at the back of the pond as well

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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And then, some waterbuck came in . . . And at the back, a bull.

Now, waterbuck has never really been on my list, but I’m a firm believer that you take what Africa gives you, and my PH said he was a good one.

I don’t have much self control, so I decided to take him

I got a little cute with trying to get my arrow far up in the vital triangle, and he was slightly quartered, so I managed to hit bone and glance into vitals , but the penetration looked very weak

I was worried after the shot. But I needn’t have. He sent us on a 200 or so yard track, but we found him quick

I did manage to get many pics on my phone if the waterbuck. I’m going to get some better ones later from my PH

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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I live the ridges and coloring

From: Bake
21-Aug-21
I should note here: my PH Jannie always sat the blinds with me. I appreciated this, as I was glad for some knowledgeable company, and of course, his expertise

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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Day three we sat a different blind. On a much smaller man made waterhole. It was warmer and sunny, which obviously helped as well.

We had a parade of animals throughout the day, including impala, kudu, warthogs, ostriches, Cape buffalo, gemsbok, hartebeest and giraffe.

Fairly early I had a shot at a nice impala with a broken horn (not the one pictured), and managed to lose my first African animal. Again, I tried to be cute and get right up in the vital triangle and hit bone again. Except this time, zero penetration. The arrow broke off at the base of the outsert. And there wasn’t a speck of blood.

After a diligent search, my PH called it and we returned to the blind

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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Not a shooter bull in this group. And hartebeest weren’t high on my list, as I had shot a nice one with a rifle on a previous trip

From: JTreeman
21-Aug-21
Now we’re talkin!

—Jim

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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At this point, having now been too close to bone by shooting way forward, Jannie and I had some time to talk about shot placement, and some animals to watch and discuss it over.

So I was determined not to mess it up again

Impala were coming in regularly, and finally two rams approached. Flighty and twitchy around the water. One had a nice flare, but they were about the same length and both mature. Jannie said to shoot the first one that gave me an angle.

After 5-10 minutes of the little bastards coming in, then spooking off, then coming in, I was finally given an angle at 26 yards.

I didn’t mess this one up. 80 yards and there he was piled up.

We took our pics, called in the skinner with the truck, and then got back in the blind

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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I just like horns. The ridges and the character and the colors

From: Bake
21-Aug-21

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So back in the blind. More animals and more animals. Cape buffalo cows and young bulls came in, some kudu, and a few more pigs. Close to dark, we look up and here are some gemsbok. 6 long horned females, most of whom looked pregnant, and one short horned bull.

Jannie said “He’s fully mature, actually old I think. But not very long. It’s your choice.”

Well, you take what African gives you, and I’ve never shot a gemsbok. Mature was the key word I wanted to hear.

I drew one him, but he quickly changed the angle and walked to the other side of the water. So I let down. No angle at water. But as he left, he stopped quartering away at 30, and I was ready.

I actually thought the hit was too far back initially. He ram 100 yards one way, made a circle, and then a mad death dash straight away and out of sight. We heard a crash.

We waited a while, but wanted some light to look, and as we got out of the blind, we had to scare off this fully mature TANK!

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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We looked and looked that night, but could not find him. We were sure he was dead, but just couldn’t see him in the bush. So we called it off, and planned to return in the morning with a dog.

I was positive he was dead, so I actually slept well

The tracks the next morning showed that our tracker Jacob, Jannie, and myself had walked within 5 yards of him the night before, but just couldn’t see him in the dark in the middle of this bush

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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I still don’t think he was quartered hard enough to make this placement a good shot . . . But it worked. 300 yards and less than 39 seconds before we heard the crash

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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So after loading him and taking him to the skinning shed we headed to a different blind. Again, a small man made water hole

Animals and animals, but not as action packed as the day before. But we saw kudu and pigs, and kept seeing multiple ostriches. 3 females and 2 males were hanging around. Displaying and chasing each other.

I’d never even considered shooting an ostrich. But, you take what Africa gives you ;). And I had an itchy trigger thumb

I took a picture of a female with my phone, and Jannie used a twig to show me proper shot placement. Just in case a male wandered by close enough . . .

Well wouldn’t you know it? A male happened to come by and give me a nice angle at 30 yards.

Boots maybe?

My wife’s first question . . . “ why an ostrich?” My response, “why not?” ;)

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
Nothing like shooting a 150 lb turkey!

More tomorrow. Jet lag still crushing me

From: JG
22-Aug-21
Very cool thread, thanks for sharing

From: Pat Lefemine
22-Aug-21
Bake, you and I are the only hunters I know who took an Ostrich. I never got it mounted and it ended up in a Porno video (yes, true story - for another day).

Congrats on a super trip!

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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The next morning we devoted to an animal-who-must-not-be-named and a rifle named Sig.

The evening was wholly given over to finding a nyala bull.

Nyala has been on my wish list for a very long time. I think they are beautiful.

I got two stalks that evening on a lovely mature nyala bull. Neither was successful.

I wanted a mature animal, with a classic shape.

There were plenty of nyala around

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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So remember that pig we saw? We headed back to that blind the next day.

The goal was pig, zebra or wildebeest. All which had been frequenting this pond and blind. Although not always in range.

First thing we saw a herd of 18 zebra water at the back of the pond. Maybe 60 yards away.

As the day wore on and it heated up, we expected to see some pigs.

I’m not much of a bow purist, and I’d told Jannie if we saw that big pig again out of bow range, I was gonna grab the 300 Win Mag he carried for follow ups, and I was gonna blast it.

Again, warthog curse ( more on this later)

Sure enough, the pig (who must hate me), comes in and waters at the back of the pond

I didn’t hesitate. I grabbed the 300 and blasted that pig and my heart rate rose and my hands trembled.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21
Pics and back in the blind. I was feeling good. After two safaris I had finally gotten some nice ivory. I still hadn’t managed it with a bow, but I had time to shoot another. I shot a very young warthog my last trip over.

So the pressure was still off. We planned to leave the blind early today, because we had nyala ambush plans.

Well, what would happen to show up but a small herd of zebra with a nice stallion. My wife did request another rug . . .

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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The zebra was cool. Great pass through and he only ram about 40 yards and tipped over.

Now, as I said, we had a nyala ambush plan.

It didn’t work. The little bugger didn’t walk through the gate we thought he would (like a whitetail), but instead jumped the fence and followed some females.

I made a move and managed to close the gap while he rubbed a tree and postured for the ladies.

But ultimately he picked up his head and busted me.

And I made a bad decision to shoot a decently long distance.

Long story short, I gut shot him

Nyala pictured is not the bull I shot

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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To shorten what is a long story, I got to see the amazing ability of African trackers.

For a mile and a half.

After about a mile the trail was very tough. No more blood, and really hard to follow.

My PH and I had to go to town for Covid testing. So we left 3 great trackers on the trail

When we got back, two of them had been pulled off to hunt with clients, but the PHs and Ken were all armed and looking for a live bull.

We were headed to join up, and just lucked into the bull. And I finished him with a rifle to put an end to it.

I really like him. Fully mature. Cool shape. Light colored cape.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: t-roy
22-Aug-21
Hopefully, you included a trophy room in that new house. You’re gonna fill it up in no time!

I had a male and female ostrich within 15 yards, but didn’t shoot, which I regretted later. Where did your PH recommend for you to shoot your ostrich for proper shot placement?

From: Stubbleduck
22-Aug-21
Great story....I hunted Melorani in 2003 and 2005 when it belonged to and was operated by Stewart Dorrington, a real gentleman and absolute master hunter. Lots of animals. Most days it was unusual to go more than a half hour without some new critters coming by. I shot two Zebras, one on each trip, and I still do not have a Zebra skin rug in my home. Both daughters however really like their Zebra skin rugs.

From: drycreek
22-Aug-21
I’m liking this thread Bake !

From: Dale06
22-Aug-21
Love this recap of your hunt. I’ve been there three times, Zim once and SA twice. May go back some day. I can relive my trips by reading about your African safari. Hope you get to go on many more of them.

From: Buffalo1
22-Aug-21
Great story Bake and you took some great trophies. Thanks for taking us along.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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So now that the nyala was in the salt, we had some limited goals. I still wanted a blue wildebeest. And I would always take a trophy or broken horned impala, or another warthog.

So the last day came, and that was the goal.

I made a dumb decision to pass an old broken tusked boar. And got to watch some old Cape buffalo bulls for a while.

Right before sundown, here comes some wildebeest.

After some maneuvering around, I finally got a shot on the bull.

Hit him about an inch lower than I wanted, but he sprinted about 50 yards and ram head long into a tree and died.

Last animal of the trip

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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From: Bake
22-Aug-21
I had a great hunt. Ken and Virginia Moody were great to work with and ran a great camp. My PH Jannie Nel was great and we had a lot of fun. The other PHs in camp were Johnny Nel and Tavi Fragoso and Hans and they were a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go back

From: Bake
22-Aug-21

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Stubbleduck— I met Stewart as well. Really fascinating stories. Interesting how they turned that place into game.

T-Roy: basically on the line of his neck, but in front of legs. He said there’s a big area under that that is all lungs an will kill them quick

The pic is how I understand it. But please, I’m no expert by any means

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
And Pat:

I’d have never even thought to shoot an ostrich. But JTreeman shot one with Ken Moody two years ago. Inspired me ;). I’m glad I did

And I MUST hear the ostrich porno story ;)

My PH was laughing after I shot the ostrich, and said “I really like hunting with you. You’re game to shoot anything”. He said not many bow hunters shoot ostrich

From: JTreeman
22-Aug-21

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They don’t call me birdbrain for nothin…

—Jim

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
Yep, that’s the pic that inspired me to shoot an ostrich if one came by. Again, you take what Africa gives you. And they are pretty damn cool and relatively inexpensive.

From: bowhunt
22-Aug-21
Thanks for sharing

My buddy and I had a great hunt with Ken and his crew in June/July of 2019

Brings back a lot of fun memories!

From: Medicinemann
22-Aug-21
Blane, What types of wild game did you try while over there? Any favorites?

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
We ate Cape buffalo several times, kudu, and I believe wildebeest.

Cape buffalo blackstrap is pretty dang good

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
We had nyala burgers for lunch one day and they were dang good as well!

From: WVFarrier
22-Aug-21
Color me jealous. Congrats

From: Dale06
22-Aug-21
We ate lots of game when on our African safari. Every meal I would ask “ what meat are we eating?” They often said “What do you want it to be?” I thought it was all great, what ever it was.

From: drycreek
22-Aug-21
Yeah, not jealous, but envious at the least. That sounds better anyway:-) You had a great trip Bake, thanks for the ride !

22-Aug-21
Congrats Bake thanks for sharing.

22-Aug-21
Congrats Bake thanks for sharing.

From: Chief 419
22-Aug-21
Great trophies and recap. Hope you have enough wall space. They’re big critters.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
I only intend to mount the waterbuck and nyala.

Zebra and wildebeest will be full rugs.

Euro mounts of impala, gemsbok, wildebeest, and warthog.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
I have the impala cape too, but I’ll probably trade it to my taxi and just keep it as euro

From: Slate
22-Aug-21
Congrats very nice

From: Buffalo1
22-Aug-21
Bake,

The question now is what do you pursue next in Africa? While you are still young and have strength, I would encourage you to take on Cape buffalo.

From: Buffalo1
22-Aug-21
Bake,

The question now is what do you pursue next in Africa? While you are still young and have strength, I would encourage you to take on Cape buffalo.

From: Bake
22-Aug-21
There’s still some plains game I need. Southern kudu. Eland. Limpopo bushbuck. Etc.

Plenty to keep me busy ;)

I would like to hunt a Cape buffalo, but I wanna do it with an open sighted double rifle. And a bow ;)

From: Zebrakiller
23-Aug-21
Awesome I leave Saturday so this fires me up!

From: iceman
23-Aug-21
Good stuff, man! Congrats on a fantastic trip!

23-Aug-21
Great having you in camp! You’ll have to return with Jim “Batman” Treeman. Or is he “Robin?” LOL!

From: Bake
23-Aug-21
Treeman is definitely Robin. . .

23-Aug-21

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I can see it!

From: Potro
23-Aug-21
Great hunt and beautiful pictures. Congrats I hunted with Stwart in Melorani around 2002. It ws a great place. I guess It is now running by Ken. Fantastic place and looks like there are many buffs When I went there were no Buffs

From: midwest
23-Aug-21
Great to read the recap and see all the great pics, Blane....congrats!

From: JG
25-Aug-21
Very cool thread, thanks for sharing

From: t-roy
25-Aug-21
“Holy mullet, Batman”!

From: Bake
27-Aug-21

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I've uploaded a couple videos Jannie took. . . . Not all of them, sometimes I tend to curse when I don't think the shot is perfect :)

I have no idea how to make it play in the page. . ..

From: Bake
27-Aug-21

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From: Scoot
27-Aug-21
Awesome stuff! Looks like an outstanding trip to me!

From: Bowfreak
27-Aug-21
Awesome Bake.

Pat can't just leave the tidbit about the porno flick and not provide details.

From: Hancock West
27-Aug-21
nice placement

From: Ranger
27-Aug-21
Always, can't wait to go back to SA. My youngest has the fever after our first trip over SA and then followed it up as an intern for our summer a few years back there.

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