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Offline R. W. Mackey

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Namibia, Second Trip
« on: September 01, 2013, 03:04:00 PM »
Recently returned from my second trip to Namibia with
Makalaan Safaris. Hard to top first trip but the second was just as good. Not in amount of animals taken, as I was just hunting for animals that I had not taken before, but in the quality hunting and great hospitality you receive from Antonie and
Melinda Louw, your host.
  Again I'm not a big story teller, I'll just let the pics do the talking. If anyone is seriously considering a trip to Africa, you will not find a better place, better animals or better people at a better price. Check them out, you will not be sorry. My friend who made the trip with me this year has already booked for 2015.
Hope you enjoy
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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 10:45:00 PM »
Congrats on a successful african safaris. Great trophy pics but would like to hear more details of the hunt. thanks for sharing.

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 03:43:00 AM »
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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 07:20:00 AM »
Come on now Roy.... I knows darn well mate you took more pics than that!!  Cough up and post away!

I am having MAJOR withdrawals of Namibia!

Bow, BH and arrow details x two please mate.


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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 11:23:00 AM »
I do have a few more pics, although I did more video this hunt
Than still pics. I used a Morrison ILF Recurve 55# @ my 29" draw. Same bow I used last trip, it's 60" which is good for most of the blinds, although 58" would have worked better in some cases. I carried a 62" Lee Recurve, but could only use it in a few of the elevated blinds.
  I used two arrow set up's, first Victory 350 shafts with 100 grain brass inserts, Broadhead, Aboyer wapiti with 125gr. BH adaptor total weight 300 gr., giving a total arrow weight of 640gr.  Second arrow was an Eastman Traditional 320 shaft same set-up, total weight 720gr.  Both arrows had 3 - 4" low profile banana feathers, great arrow flight, really high FOC, and Momentum figures.
  Ben,the Giraffe weighed an estimated 1800 lbs., hide weighed 400# alone. Antonie showed me several pics of where to hit him, much higher and forward of a normal plains game animal. He said if you hit him there, he will go down in sight, if you don't its a long tracking job.  He was right, watched him go down about 125 yds.
 Here are a few pics of the action.

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 05:11:00 PM »
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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 06:23:00 PM »
Cheers for that Roy. I too had similler sets ups with high FOC carbons. For years I always thought of shooting timbers on my African hunt but I have no place to make them up now-a-days so I did a lot of homework on my carbon setup.


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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 09:34:00 PM »
Jeanpaul,  hunt took place at Makalaan Safaris, located in North Central Namibia. It's about a 7 hr. drive North of Windhoek, where you fly into.  This is a family operation, very low profile, low pressure hunting situation. Antonie, owns one ranch (14,000 acres) his brother, a ranch and a half and his father a ranch. All this very close together, he bow hunts only on his land, if someone wants to gun hunt its conducted on the other property.  He takes a very limited number of bowhunters each year, a max of 4 at a time. He will not mix parties so if there are two hunters or your by yourself, you have the entire place to yourself. There are no internal fences, one side of the property is 9 miles long, the other is 7 miles long, definitely fair chase.
The property is mostly thicker brush with shorter trees mostly
Camel Thorne, some plains areas with scattered brush. Very rugged and beautiful in its own way.
  Hope this answers some of your questions, if there is something specific, let me know.

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2013, 10:05:00 PM »
RW congrats on a successful hunt and you took some beautiful animals!

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2013, 01:24:00 PM »
Congratulations you sir have done well!!!!!!!   :clapper:    :clapper:

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2013, 03:27:00 PM »
Great pics, sure miss africa. Hope to see her again. thanks for the info. If you got more, i never get tired of seeing pics of africa.

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2013, 09:25:00 PM »
Looks like a lot of those views were from the old homestead tree stand.  Great old eland bull in the middle of the day.  Outstanding waterbuck.  Great trophies with a stickbow.  

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2013, 11:02:00 PM »
Steve, I see you have been there. Several of the photos were indeed taken from the Homestead blind. I shot a Wart Hog, Zebra and the Giraffe from that blind, almost got a shot at that
Big Eland Bull, great blind one of my favorites.
Very special place, great people.

Roy
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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2013, 01:25:00 PM »
2009.
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Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex curly maple, birdseye maple and Osage riser 53#@ 28"
Blacktail 62" longbow takedown 53#/57# B & W ebony
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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2013, 01:32:00 PM »
2009  The best trip of my life.  I would have PMed you but some curious glitch has developed that I am working out.  
Really fascinating to hear your experience as I will tell you that those are exactly what I did NOT see at that stand.  It was mostly warthogs, kudu, and gemsbock at that time.  Just goes to show that bowhunting is entirely unpredictable. I did love that stand also.

Did you intend to shoot a giraffe when you went.  I find the idea intriguing but would not be allowed to come home again.  Pretty much anything else would fly.  I am not much for monkeys either but at least in Namibia that is not a likely as in RSA.  Nice pictures and makes me "homesick".
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex Mahogany and bamboo 62" 53#@27.5"
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex curly maple, birdseye maple and Osage riser 53#@ 28"
Blacktail 62" longbow takedown 53#/57# B & W ebony
Blacktail Columbia 62" Rosewood and Myrtle 55#@ 28"

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2013, 01:32:00 PM »
2009  The best trip of my life.  I would have PMed you but some curious glitch has developed that I am working out.  
Really fascinating to hear your experience as I will tell you that those are exactly what I did NOT see at that stand.  It was mostly warthogs, kudu, and gemsbock at that time.  Just goes to show that bowhunting is entirely unpredictable. I did love that stand also.

Did you intend to shoot a giraffe when you went.  I find the idea intriguing but would not be allowed to come home again.  Pretty much anything else would fly.  I am not much for monkeys either but at least in Namibia that is not a likely as in RSA.  Nice pictures and makes me "homesick".
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex Mahogany and bamboo 62" 53#@27.5"
Leon Stewart Deflex/Reflex curly maple, birdseye maple and Osage riser 53#@ 28"
Blacktail 62" longbow takedown 53#/57# B & W ebony
Blacktail Columbia 62" Rosewood and Myrtle 55#@ 28"

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Re: Namibia, Second Trip
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2013, 07:05:00 PM »
Steve:  The Giraffe just kinda happened, never intended to shoot one, you might say a gift from the hunting gods. In Africa the Giraffe is just another meat animal, I'm sure you know that,
Just here in the U.S. people make them out to be something there not. I thought my wife would be a little upset also, but I explained the meat went to widow lady that Antonie helps support, then she thought that was a good thing.
  I'm toying with the idea of going back in 2015, don't know, that plane trip gets longer every time I go.
  FYI, Antonie plans to attend the PBS banquet in Cincinnati in 2014, if he can get things worked out. You shouldn't be too far fron there, bet he would to see you.

Roy
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