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South African Impala

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International, Plainsgame with tags on January 28, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

An unexpected challenge, impala was giving me fits during my hunt last year in South Africa.  I had hunted hard for three days, without a single shot fired.

On the second day of the hunt, all three of the other hunters in camp had harvested an impala.  The most plentiful game animal in South Africa, there are an estimated 40 to 50 million impala in South Africa alone.  I was nonetheless excited about the prospect of harvesting a record book ram.  We had seen hundreds of impala, including several good rams over the three days.  However, a good shot had not presented itself.

Our hunt was taking place in the middle of the roar, breeding season for these sleek and wary animals.  The roar of a ram impala sounds much like a leapord roar.  Loud and agressive their call seemed such a stark contrast to their appearance, after three days I still was not used to the irony of the males’ call. Their call is only matched in their agressiveness as we saw countless younger males challenged with their life by the older males.  Perhaps the only animal I have seen fight so viciously is whitetail deer in North America.  Perhaps a result of their abundance, I couldn’t help ask myself why we couldn’t seem to close the deal on a trophy class impala. 

On the third day of impala hunting, we finally tried a property that had not been hunted as consistently.  After perhaps only an hour on the property, an impressive impala stepped into view at 150 yards.  A perfect opportunity, if we could only get the ram to step clear of his compadres.  That was when the fever kicked in.  I started getting wobbly and couldn’t slow my breathing.  I will never tire of the adrenaline rush of hunting.  But the timing was not good.  I tried to calm myself as I slowly squeezed off a shot.  I instantly knew it was a clean miss.  Careful checking verified what I had suspected. 

So I gathered my pride and followed my PH in the direction of more mating calls about a mile into the bush.  It was like trying to follow a flock of birds through the forest.  As soon as we would get close, they would move out of range and behind more thorn bush.  Finally, we zeroed in on a second group of impala that we could see through a thicket of trees.  No more than 50 yards away, not only did we not have a clear shot, but the group did not hold a single mature male.  What we had failed to noticed was an old ram sneaking in on the herd from behind us.  Suddenly, Pieter turned and whispered an emphatic “shoot that one.”  I turned to see an great ram 25 yards behind us in the trees and closing fast.  I waited for him to step into a shooting window and fired a shot into the shoulder. A short and anxious tracking job, a fabulous record book animal and one exited hunter.  Perhaps one of the most elegant of all african shoulder mounts, Jennifer can’t wait to add this one to the collection.

Turkey Day 2008

Posted in Friends and Family, Turkey with tags on November 26, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Last year on Thansgiving these wild turkeys walked through our backyard.  First and last time that we have seen wild turkey in our yard.  My 12 year-old Zach spotted them first.  Fortunately, we were able to get some great photos.  Wishing all followers of the Great White Hunter a great Thanksgiving .

Africa-Gemsbok

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International, Plainsgame with tags on November 14, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

A few of you have been asking for more of my African animals.  Here is a photo of the Gemsbok I harvested.  While we were not in an area that is considered a trophy area for Gemsbok, I was more than thrilled with the harvest of this beautiful animal.

After close calls on several animals earlier in the day, we went home for lunch empty handed.  In fact, I had hesitated on killing the herd bull, a real beauty.  When I finally was ready to pull the trigger, he took off.  I was kicking myself all during lunch.

After lunch we crossed three gemsbok on the road.  We hoped out of the Landrover just as they disappeared into the brush.  This wasn’t the first time we had lost a herd in the tangle of thorn trees.  A tracking job and some educated guessing from our PH and we were soon on these animals again.  When we found them they were moving away and already over 250 yards away.  Some of the most incredible video footage from our hunt is the three gemsbok  on the run, with their tails swooshing back and forth in the afternoon sun.  Simply unforgetable.

 We ran back to the range rover and moved over two miles in the hopes of intercepting the three animals.  We spotted the gemsbok again, this time at over 1,000 yards.  But they were moving our way.  The stalk was on.  We soon closed the distance and set-up the perfect ambush.  The first gemsbok walked past at 15 yards-not a shooter-so far we were unnoticed.   The second gemsbok came into view and stopped.  The guide told me this was not our animal either.  The animal looked good to me.  I tried to remember the old adage, “Trust your PH.”  Then, just as the gemsbok started to move, my PH changed his mind and said, “SHOOT.”  At 15 yards, even I can hit a broadside gemsbok.  The gemsbok blew out on a death run, we were in hot pursuit.  My PH, Pieter later admitted that he initially thought I had hit the animal a bit far back.  Fortunately, it was a perfect heart/lung shot.  We found the animal down about 12 yards away.  What a huge relief.  I had harvested my first African animal.

With exceptionally heavy horns, beautiful black, grey and white markings and finally that amazing tail, the gemsbok and the kudu were at the top of my Africa list.   Jennifer’s filming was superb.  I will always be able to relive and remember my first Africa hunt for gemsbok.

My Dream Hunts-Brandon Sulser

Posted in Big Game, Friends and Family, Outdoor Products and Services with tags on November 12, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

We need your help.  I am trying to win a hunt for one of my buddies Brandon Sulser.  Brandon is a great guy, who hasn’t been able to hunt for several years due to an accident that put him in a wheel chair.  Due to the injury, he is not able to shoot a gun (his ears are still ringing from the last time he tried.)   So we need a very specific kind of crossbow hunt.  We have been working on this for some time and think we can help Brandon win the hunt.

Brandon with Coyote

HERE IS THE STORY: The hunt is being provided by a small but growing company called My Dream Hunts.  We are hoping to win this week’s contest for the person that provides the most new customer referrals.  The membership is free, they won’t bombard you with emails, or sell your email to third parties.  You might even win one of the daily hunt giveaways from My Dream Hunts.  With only 600 members and a daily drawing, your odds are better than most public land lottery tags. In addition, most of the My Dream Hunt giveaways are guided hunts.  Signing up only takes about 30 seconds and doesn’t require a credit card or social security number.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP-FOR HUNTERS and NONHUNTERS: There are three ways you can sign up for which we get referral credit: (1) Go to the Right Side Bar of my blog and click on the My Dream Hunts Image-it will take you to the sign up page; OR (2) Follow this link http://www.mydreamhunts.com/Registration/Referral/ryan@brainfling.com
; OR (3)  Go to the My Dream Hunts membership page and add ryan@brainfling.com-as the referring email (if for some reason you see a referral box-please add this email.  It means that the referral tracking information is not working and the email must be added for us to get credit).

 To learn more about My Dream Hunts follow this link http://www.mydreamhunts.com/ or click on photo below!MyDreamHunts

Here are a few of the daily hunt My Dream Hunts giveaways from the last couple of weeks: (1) 8 day grizzly bear hunt; (2) 7 day Colorado Archery Elk Hunt-4 hunters; (3) Kansas Turkey Hunt; (4) 5 day Arizona Mule Deer Hunt; and (5) Alaska Black Bear Hunt.  A few have offered to post this on their facebook and email their friends who are hunters-to all of you a HUGE thank you!

Please let me know if any of you win one of these great hunts!

Jen’s first flyfishing catch

Posted in Fish, Freshwater, Friends and Family on November 11, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Jen and I recently made a trip to the beautiful Teton River in Driggs Idaho.  We spent the day at Huntman Springs on the largely undiscovered backside of the Grand Tetons. 

The boat

Click on the links below for more photos of Jen’s first fish on a fly, our day of adventure  and Huntman’s Springs. 

Driggs

Those of you who follow my blog know that the month of October was a fun one for my family.   Both of my boys harvested their first mule deer.  Zach and Haley caught some monster rainbows.  Seeing Jen get addicted to flyfishing was right up there.  I can hardly wait to hit the river together for many years to come.

Huntsman Springs was simply beautiful.  Combining first class lodges with the outdoors is always a great combo.  Click on the photos below for photos and more info about Huntman Springs.

Huntsman's

Thanks to the Huntsman’s for an incredible day of fishing and relaxing in Idaho.  Contact Tiffini Vance at Prudential Realestate 801.913.9930 for more information about the Huntsman’s new development, Huntman Springs.

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The GWH-Blesbok #67 SCI

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, Plainsgame on October 6, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Many of you have been asking for my Africa photos…well here is the first one.  Record book wise-none of the animals I harvested in Africa were better than my blesbok.  With over 16 inch horns and massive bases, this dude will go far into the Safari Club International world record book. 

Blesbok-#67 SCI

Click on the photo above for more pics and the story.

Iridescent Color of the mighty Sailfish

Posted in Fish, Friends and Family, Saltwater on September 29, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

I have always wondered why sailfish mounts are painted with bright colors when all of the pictures of sailfish are much more drab.  When my brother-in-law caught this beauty, suddenly it made more sense.  Check out the sail on this fish.

Bryan Hale-Amazing Sail

We first saw this sailfish because it’s sail was sticking out of the water like a shark from jaws.  This showoff tail danced all the way into the boat.  Congrats on a beautiful fish Bryan.

Jaws-the sailfishBryan Hale

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