Archive for the International Hunting Adventures Category

Ethiopian Mountain Nyala-#2 alltime SCI

Posted in Africa, Big Game, International, International Hunting Adventures, Plainsgame, Trophies, World's Best on February 26, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Yesterday’s post was on my harvest of a greater kudu in 2009.  Greater Kudu are one of the most popular and common of spiral horned antelope species in Africa.  This makes them affordable for the average Joe.  A not so common spiral horned antelope is the beautiful mountain Nyala.  One of my clients and already legendary hunter, Marc Watts harvested another amazing Spiral Horned antelope species-the mountain nyala.  Marc’s mountain nyala was harvested in Ethopia in November 2008 and scored a remarkable the 102 5/8 SCI, with 42 inch horns and 10 1/2 inch bases placing this exceptional animal at #2 on the alltime record book list.

 Not only is this rare mountain nyala a trophy for the ages, the story of Marc hunting in African “mountain goat” country for this rare trophy makes the harvest a truly great story. Read the full story on the SCI website http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/article/index.cfm?action=view&ArticleID=3202

What makes Marc’s harvest that much more remarkable is that this is the second top 5 African spiral horned antelope harvested by Marc.   Here is a photo of Marc’s top 5 Lord Derby Eland.

To read more about Marc’s harvest of this exceptional animal visit my earlier post https://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/lord-derby-eland-5-alltime-sci/

Marc has an exceptional line of award winning African Safari videos which can be purchased at Marc’s website at http://www.sabletrailproductions.com/  These two exceptional animals are just two of more than 275 animals Marc has harvested on the continent of Africa.  Marc was the first African American to complete the big five.  Read more about Marc at http://www.marcwatts.com/

My Dream Hunt-African Greater Kudu

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International Hunting Adventures, Plainsgame on February 25, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

2009 was the 100th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s historic African Safari.  One of America’s greatest presidents, Teddy Roosevelt was also an inspired leader in wildlife conservation.  A year end bonus from my law firm gave me a bit of spending dough.  After paying off some bills, I asked my wife if we could do our own modest version of the Teddy Roosevelt Safari. 

This meant something to me.  Teddy Roosevelt was not only a die hard hunter and conservationist, he was also Harvard Educated.  I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001.  Like Teddy Roosevelt, I also share the passion for the outdoors, conservation and hunting.  For me, following Roosevelt to the Dark Continent was a sort of a pilrimage.  I was happy to learn that while an elephant or cape buffalo were out of price range, a person can do a fairly nice plainsgame package for not a lot of scratch.  At the top of my list was the greater Kudu.  I found an outfitter with an impressive 100% harvest rate on monster greater kudu, including many in the 50 inch range and even a world glass 60 plus inch which ranks top 5.  His base package included my #2 plainsgame trophy gemsbok along with an impala and a warthog.  All for less than a good guided mule deer hunt.   We booked the hunt last minute and were on the ground in Africa a scant 6 weeks later. 

This was easily the hardest animal to harvest on the Safari.  Free range, rough country and dry weather.  We saw a good number of kudu.  Even captured some on film.  But either the animals were not trophy class animals, or they saw us before we saw them.  Nicknamed the gray ghost, the enormous antelope can disappear faster without a whisper.

After lunch we switched to the land owner’s Land Rover-one fine piece of machinery if you ask me.

The afternoon we missed a couple of quick-shot opportunities.  The PH would say, “shoot that one.”  But after being warned repeatedly not to kill a female kudu (like the hunter from the previous week.)  I wasn’t about to shoot until I was sure that we were looking at the same animal.  Opportunities missed only add to the excitement and sense of expecation if you ask me.

Shortly before dusk we saw two big bulls fighting in a meadow.  They quickly disappeared into the thicket.  When I finally located the big bulls as they moved through the thicked, I found a sliver of an opening through the trees.  With my PH telling me to shoot, I was able to connect on one of the bulls. 

You can see that the tips of these massive spiral horns arc outwards.  I am told that only 1 in 20 greater kudu have this horn configuration with of most bulls curving inward (see photo above.)  What a beautiful animal.  I can hardly wait for the mount to arrive so we can enjoy this beautiful animals for many years to come.

Marco Polo Sheep-the “Holy Grail” of Hunting

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, Guides and Outfitters, guides and outfitters, International, International Hunting Adventures, World's Best with tags on January 22, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Marco Polo Sheep are unquestionably one of the world’s most sought after big game trophies.  A subspecies of the Asian Argali, the horn length of the Marco Polo Sheep are unmatched .  The top of the world hunting experience in one of the most unique places on earth makes Marco Polo Sheep hunting a truly unmatched pursuit.  These sheep are huge in the body with mature rams weighing in at almost 300 lbs.  The longest recorded horn of any Marco Polo measured an almost inconceivable 6.2 feet and weighed 60 lbs.    It is not unusual for the typical hunter to harvest 50+ inch rams with multiple curls.  Thanks to Greg Rodriguez of Global Adventure Outfitters for use of the photo.  Contact Greg directly at http://www.mbogo.net/asia.html for more information on one of these fabulous hunts.

I found it interesting that of all of the Great White Hunter Posts, this is the first post of an Asian hunt.  The vast majority of Marco Polo Sheep are found in the Pamir Mountains adjacent the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China.   With the only hunt able populations being found in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  I previously wrote about harvests by the “typical hunter,” however, these animals and these hunts are anything but typical.  One of the world’s great adventures, many Marco Polo hunts are conducted at elevations of 14,000 to 16,000 feet.  While horses and off road vehicles are helpful, great physical conditioning and a willingness to push oneself are critical to get in range of a mature ram.  Given the open country, long range shots of 350 to 500 plus yards are not uncommon.  Add to these difficulties the extensive travel, limited number of U.S. import permits and a price tag of $25,000 or more …it becomes clear why a Marco Polo ram is truly the hunt of a lifetime.  Add a beautiful and “inexpensive” Ibex, another of the high mountain horned giants, for perhaps the best combined hunt the world has to offer.

If you are lucky enough to book one of these hunts with Greg Rodriguez please let us know.  As a outdoor writer and an award-wining wildlife photographer, Greg literally hunts on a constant basis with the best guides and outfitters in the world. Greg has put together an impressive list of the world’s top hunt offerings through Global Adventure Outfitters.  Check out his website at http://www.mbogo.net/