Eric and Andrew with
the Kudu bull Eric
shot with his DAQ
.457. The bull was hit
at 20 yards and ran
about 75 yards before
As far as we know
this is the largest
animal taken with an
airgun in Africa,
eclipsing the kudu
cow I shot last year.
This was the primary
quarry that Eric
wanted, and he spent
three days of solid
work to finally fill his
I shot this nice
springbuckram at 111
meters after a long and
difficult stalk. I finally
crawled under a tree
and was able to set up
my shot, sitting down
and using the bipods.
The ram ran a short
dropping, and was dead
when I walked up.
Andrew, Rob, Diesel the
wonder dog and I
taking a picture with
Eric with a nice little duiker ram he shot with Randys
DAQ .308 (left). I took this warthog with a reverse
Texas heart shot as it headed along a wash directly
towards me (lower).
Randy, Eric, and I drove to another ranch
about a 100 kilometers north to hunt impala
one day. It was a great trip; Randy was the
first to connect with an impala ram. After
spotting two rams, he worked his way into 50
yards before pulling the trigger. His 50 yard
shot struck low and he was off on a long
recovery track. Eventually Rob finished the
ram with a long shot with his 30-06.. Randy
was using a 425 grain bullet and a fill pressure
of 3200 psi.
My ram was shot late in the day after spotting
a bachelor herd of eight nice rams feeding.
Rob and I crawled on hands and knees over a
couple hundred yards working our way into
range, A 77 meter broadside resulted in a one
shot kill. This was the third stalk we set up that
day and we kept getting busted at around a
120 yards, which was further than I wanted to
shoot. I was using the same bullet and fill
pressure as Randy.
The terrain was rolling hills covered in long
grass, with sparse thorn trees offering the only
My ram measured 21" and
is a couple inches better
than last years.... I think he
will score well by SCI, I
have a few animals to send
in to be scored when the
mounts are ready.
Eric shot this impala at 78
yards with a 510 grain
bullet and a fill pressure of
3800 psi. The ram ran a
short distance before being
anchored with a fast
follow up shot.
The meat from the from the large
game animals we took was used at
our table, used to make biltong,
and sold to the local game butcher.
We kept the horns and the skins for
trophys. Our skinner/tracker was a
Xhosa named Tululu, and after he
dressed the animals they were
stored in the ranches cold house.
The skulls and the skins were
packed in salt before being
delivered to the taxidermist.
Chapman, Henderson, Mitchell Cont'd