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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2018, 08:50:50 PM »
I have to thank Mike Yancey for downloading the photos for me.  There are a couple more to come yet.  Should be a Gemsbuck and Warthog.  It was a fun trip.  Never pass up a chance to hunt Africa.  Wish I had done is sooner.

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2018, 09:53:35 PM »
All great critters. I have hunted 4 times in South Africa. I would love to make it to Namibia one of these days!!!

Congrats on all your critters!

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2018, 12:40:03 AM »
You did very good Sir
Great hunt, congrats.
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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2018, 01:25:39 AM »
Thanks for the pictures Gene (and Mike).  Keep the stories coming.  I love to hear them.  I kept a.journal when I went to Africa, and still enjoy going through them.

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2018, 06:23:06 AM »

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2018, 06:27:14 PM »

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2018, 09:11:38 PM »
Awesome!
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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2018, 07:07:13 AM »
People just don't realize how much fun a hunt like this is. Gene knows now!

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2018, 12:05:05 AM »
WOW, congrats!!!!!
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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2018, 10:14:47 AM »
Congrats Gene, very fine animals and professional accuracy. Hat off!
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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2018, 07:07:38 PM »
Congratulations !!!!!! Excellent shooting. Well Done.
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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2018, 07:53:45 PM »
After shooting 5 animals in 3 days, we took a few days off.  Antonie and his wife (owners of Makalaan Safari's) took us to northern Namibia to one of the national parks.  We spent a couple days and one really great night.  We were right on the river and could hear the hippo's grunting all night in the water.  Had a boat ride the next morning.  It was a double decker pontoon boat and they cooked our breakfast on the boat as we traveled up river.  We saw so many animals and had a really great time.  Next we sent to Etosha Park and spent some time.  Again saw a lot of animals.  Was worried at one point as an elephant approached the vehicle.  The day before, someone had an elephant sit on their vehicle.  It was a great day in the parks.  I also enjoyed seeing how people live over there.  People walking for miles with jugs to get water.  Most in the country live in communital housing (grass huts).  They all seem happy and clean.  We returned to Makalaan Safari's and continued hunting.  I only needed a Warthog, and waited for a couple days to get a good one.  Saw lots of hogs, but nothing I wanted to shoot.  Took lots of pictures and videos of animals.  Then finally I had a good one come in and the tracker gave the thumbs up and I shot him.
What a great trip, if you are thinking about going, don't put it off.  You will never regret going.  I am currently working on getting rugs, heads and caps back to the US. 
Thanks to all that helped me before and after this hunt.  It is great to have people that you can ask advice and get help from.
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« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2018, 04:46:19 PM »
Yes Mike, I know now what you have been taking about - Africa is a blast to hunt.  I should have never waited so long.

After we returned from visiting the parks in Namibia, I went back to hunting.  The night before, I was visiting with Antonie (owner) and he showed me a nice Roberts recurve bow that he has.  He needed a bow string and I just happened to have an extra.  I got it strung up and the brace height set for him.  Now, he only had 3 junk arrows, so I gave him 6 of mine that I had made up for the hunt.  We went out to his practice sand pit to test the bow.  He really shot good and the arrows seemed to fit him well.  I also gave him some of my broadheads to try.  He has always wanted to shoot something with his bow, and now he is set up.
Antonie told me that morning that he would let me shoot for "free", another Gemsbuck cow, Wildbeest cow or another Zebra at a very reduced cost.  I told him I would think about it.
It was windy this morning and got in the blind about 9:00 am.  Again the tracker was burning Zebra dung for a cover scent.  Wow, this really works.  Wonder what elk at home would think of this. ha  Antonie also gave me the OK to shoot some Guinea for some flytyng feathers, so I loaded a judo point.
11:30 some Gemsbuck cows came in and I got an arrow ready, but the wind gave us away.  After lunch we moved to another blind, which was just about 100 yards away, but was facing the opposite direction.  I really only needed a Warthog to finish up my hunt.  At 4:00 two Warthogs came in - one a big male.  The tracker gave me the thumbs up.  At first I only had a butt shot, but got an arrow ready.  Finally he stepped up broadside and I let fly.  The arrow looked a little forward from where I wanted it (in the front shoulder).  The blood really flew as he took off.  The tracker only waited about 10 minutes and went to look.  He found my arrow completly covered with blood about 25 - 30 yards away.  He wasn't gone long and told me the arrow had cut his throat and there was a really good blood trail.  We loaded up the pig and took it back to the house for skinning.  Antonie asked if I wanted to eat some Warthog, but I passed.  He said the skinners and trackers plus their families would really have feast that night as they loved Warthog.  In about 10 minutes the meat was gone. ha
It was a teriffic hunt with some great people.  I am having the Zebra, Wildbeest and Impala rugged.  Will also have europian head mounts done on them.  Will have the Kudu and Gemsbuck shoulder mounted. 
It was a great time.  I can't imagine how much money I have spent over the years chasing elk here in Colorado and going to Texas every winter to chase javelina.  I should have invested that money in more Africa hunts. 
Thanks everyone for the help in the preparation for this hunt and all the advice.  Also thanks again Mike for posting my photos.  I feel like this is one big family here.  Now working on a slide / video presentation on an electronic photo screen.  Something I can watch while it is snowing out this winter.  "Life is about creating memories - and this was a great one for my wife and me"!
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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2018, 08:15:39 PM »
Very true on the cost verses the bang compared to Africa. I tell guys that I love to go to Texas and hunt javelina but by the time you get there, buy a license and pay a trespass fee or hunt fee you could have been well on your way to Africa.
I love how the outfitters in Africa appreciate real hunters. Once they get to know you and learn your ethics your like family. My outfitter called and talked to me for two hours last week after giving me some time after my wife Lisa passed away. He was truly upset and we set up a meeting this December when he will be here in the states to visit and talk about happier times.
Gene you will never regret a minute or one dime that you spent taking your wife with you on that trip. The trip that Lisa and I had will live on in me for the rest of my life. Even though I have a two week trip booked for next year it just wont be the same now that she is gone. Love every minute of every day with your wife!

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2018, 09:23:11 PM »
Everything you said it true.  I am truly sorry for your loss Mike.  I have also been blessed with a good wife that enjoys my hunting trips IF I take her along.  We have been married 47 years, soon to be 48.  Wouldn't know what to do without her.

If your ever in the Colorado area, let me know.  I live about 40 miles north of Denver.

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« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2018, 09:28:05 PM »
I am currently working on getting a Broker in Denver to receive my animals.  This has been a trial.  I have gotten some quotes from a couple different brokers and the price is so far apart I can't believe it.  One will do everything for about $215.  The other wants over $850.  I can't believe the prices.  By the time I get taxiderimy done in Namibia and over here, I could go on another hunt! ha

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« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2018, 01:18:10 PM »
Congrats on a wonderful and successful hunt sir! Africa is definitely something that gets in your blood and even after returning, you can't fully get it out! (even after 4 trips and working on scheduling #5  :o )

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« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2018, 03:54:36 PM »
Thanks for sharing Gene.  Thats a trip that I have been thinking about lately.  If I missed it I apologize, but what bow are you shooting?  thanks again for an inspirational story....

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Re: I'm Back - great hunt
« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2018, 04:15:21 PM »
For over 25 years now, I have been shooting a Stumbo bow.  Steve Stumbo made it for me.  He is the person that designed the Double Bull pop up blind.  Every bind has a small tag inside with his name on it.  He used to live in Ft. Collins, Colo. but moved and I don't know where he is now.

My bow is 70 lbs and was shooting 650 gr goldtip 75-95 shafts with 100 gr. brass inserts and 200 gr. Rocky Mountain Cuttroats single bevel broadheads.  This was the first time using the Cuttroats and I was really impressed with them.  I year ago I was only shooting 450 gr arrows and decided to increase the weight.  Took some time to get used to the extra weight, but I will never go back to lighter arrows.  My bow was much quieter and more efficient.  Never had to take a shot over 20 yards anyway.  Most were 11 - 15 yards.

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« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2018, 11:34:50 PM »
Wonderful harvests...congrats!
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