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  • Birthday 06/03/1976
  1. Botse Safaries 2012

    Thanks very much Deerman. It was a great time, and there was plenty work involved. But the results makes all the effort worth it.
  2. Botse Safaries 2012

    Thanks MoHuntress. I try to stay ouf mischieve. :DHere more pics.
  3. Botse Safaries 2012

    Went back to my old haunt again. This year produced:x2 Warthogx2 Red Hartebeestx2 Bluewildebees (30\"Bull)x2 Kudu (48\"Bull)x2 Zebrax1 Gemsbok (38\"Bull)x1 Waterbuck cow All hunted with my 9.3x64mm Brenneke, original rifle. Shoots a 250gr bullet at 2,760ft/sec with spectacular results. It is a caliber with plenty knockdown power. Some details on my hunt for last week. We went to Botse Safaries outside of Vivo. It is now my 4th year visiting this gem of a hunting destination. I have been privileged to have experienced a number of hunts across our country, and although many will be in my heart and mind for years they do not compare to Botse for a total experience. The food, the venue, the animals, and the hosts as a total are just one cut above. As many of you might know I own an original Wilhelm Brenneke, made in Berlin 9.3x64mm Brenneke. It was a bit of a tough road I was lead down, but not one that I now regret. Only RWS makes cases for this old calibre, and reloading is a must. I’ve been working on loads for over a year and eventually landed on a gem of a load that produced the famed velocity as well as the low pressures it was designed for. Meaning that I can shove along a 250gr bullet at speeds higher than the legendary .375H&H. Amazingly you are doing this from a standard length action, it is not belted and it is not a Magnum. I achieved speeds in excess of 2,900ft/sec with this calibre, but I backed off to a more sedate and civilised 2,760ft/sec. I feel at >2,700ft/sec with a 250gr bullet there is few plains game that will feel I am short changing them with 140ft/sec........ So back to the hunt. We arrived on Wednesday and were settled into camp at about 11h00, it was immediately of to the shooting range to sight in rifles. Of course I had no adjustment to do as my Zeiss Diavari with its German post is only has an elevation turret. Windage is adjusted on the telescope mounts itself, this can be a very tedious process. After a good solid lunch we were out in the veld by 14h00. Animals were around, but with very thick foliage cover, and plenty dead material under foot stalking was exceedingly difficult, and then a swirling wind meant we walked like drunk people. But I did manage to end my day with two warthog, and one bluewildebees bull. I finished my day very satisfied with the performance of the rifle, and the Barnes TSX. Accuracy was excellent, and all three animals died instantly. The warthog were all shot at fairly short range (less than 50m, and the Bluewildebees dropped to a single shot on the shoulder at about 150m as the sun was sinking behind the horizon. Day 2 dawned with promise and good weather. We were dropped next to the new fence that splits the property into a breeding and a hunting area. We almost immediately spotted a herd of Livingstone Eland, and went into stalking mode as we hit the ground. After about 20minutes of stalking a kudu bull emerged from the mopanies and stood watching us at about 50m. A single shot at the junction of the neck and the body dropped him into a very undignified position for such a beautiful animal. It was also the first time ever that I have not seen a kudu shed that final tear. We immediately proceeded further after the now very aware Eland. After about an hour on the trail we again walked into a sounder of warthog. For some time we stood watching them, contemplating scaring the eland again or shooting the very large boar that was with the sounder. During this debate between me and the guide we heard a commotion behind us, and from the cover emerged an expansive heard of bluewildebees, lead by a “large for bushveld” gemsbok. As he stopped about 40 paces from us the shot immediately rang, and he took of as if racing for the Triple Crown. During the ensuing chaos, I short stroked the bolt, and jammed the next round scew between the bolt and the chamber, and watched as the BWB just bolted into all directions. At least we had a lovely Gemsbok, and also found him on my “to-be-shoulder-mounted”list. After the Gemsbok we were back on the trail of those elusive Livingstone’s. Found them, and glassed the herd for about an hour until they eventually moved off. There was nothing that fell into our very defined parameters of what was allowed for 2012. Shooting a Rowland Ward this year would cost the farm R1mil on the auction market, so it was off limits. Kind of despondent after so much tracking and having to watch the eland walk away we headed for the nearest road. Just as we stepped into the road a zebra did exactly that approx 200m from us. My guide Bengai did not need a second invitation, and as the sticks went up the rifle was in place, and I sent a Barnes in just behind the shoulder. He darted away (to my surprise), and popped out back into the road about 30m further. Again I sent a Barnes his direction, and again he darted away. So off we went looking for tracks. Found the spot where we shot at him first, and about 20m further found him stone dead inside a sickle bush........... So off we set to find number 2 zebra. After a short track we found the animal standing behind a bush, while she set of running I sent two rounds into her which slowed her down considerably; and shortly after that we found her almost back at the point for everything started. After another hearty lunch we started the afternoon session on the furthest point east on the farm. A couple of minutes into the afternoon we found a lone Waterbuck cow, and after some minutes decided she was alone, and not carrying a calf, so she also fell to the 9.3. The rest of afternoon was made up of numerous unsuccessful stalks and animals leaving us in their dust. Again just before 18h00 things started looking up. We walked into a herd of Red Hartebeest, and 2 shot 2 in short succession. But the second one was lost in the night, and to my dismay we had to wait for the next morning to find the remains.......... Friday morning we headed out to where we marked the lost animal. After about an hour and 200m we found her dead, and to my amazement still in one piece. Luckily the hyenas and jackal passed her by. Of we set, and after shooting someone else’s wounded warthog the rest of the morning delivered nothing; and shortly before lunch time I was shaken out my coma of despair as a kudu bull barked at us from literally the other side of mopanie, and the bush exploded with animals. A kudu cow made the mistake of stopping at 300m and with some Kentucky elevation I dropped her with a single shot (much to my disbelief, and Bengai’s joy), who would have thought there would still be enough energy to break her back at that distance. After lunch we started our final session, and this turned into my most frustrating hunting session ever on Botse. We found ourselves having to reset for stalk after stalk every 15minutes. Even seeing the horns of a huge kudu meters away, but seeing nothing to shoot at. With a very unhappy pair heading for 5pm and end of hunt Bengai and I was given another startle by a Bluewildebees bull watching us. He was probably watching us from 30m; I dropped this old 30”BWB with a single shot to the head. On the other animals, I have photos I’ll share, but they were not real trophy class.
  4. am certain that the dream to hunt a Cape Buffalo is one shared by many hunters, and for many hunters it might even be the pinnacle in hunting on the African continent. Even before I had killed something larger than a francolin I had the requirement to one day stare down a Cape Buffalo over the open sights of a big bore rifle. And I’ve always been reading everything I can that applies to the hunting of past and present hunters that has had the opportunity to face these warriors of the savannah and came away to tell the story. I’ve been keeping an eye on prices to hunt buffalo, however as we know the opportunity to hunt these beasts tend to come with a rather hefty price tag. Hunting a true trophy bull can put you back as much as R100k when hunted in South Africa; I have gotten into the habit of looking under the mattress each morning, but the fairies has not yet left me the R100k for such an adventure. But then along came Tintshaba Lodge, and they have buffalo hunts starting at R15k; and since I have had SARS be so kind as to pay me back some money, my adventure was on. What was even more enticing was that Tintshaba lies in Mopanie veld in the Limpopo lowveld, and is bordered by Kruger National Park on 2 sides, so walking on this property you are just a likely to walk into elephant or lion as you are in finding one of the more than 200 buffalo. Arriving at Tintshaba outside of Phalaborwa on 4 September 2011 we were impressed with the different approach that the owner Markus has taken in the layout to his hunting lodge; you still have the setting and ambiance of a typical hunting lodge at the bottom of two monolithic granite koppies (from there the name, meaning at the foot of a hill) but you also find 5 luxury thatched chalets that will sleep 6 people each, fully furnished and there is even a beauty salon should you bring your wife along. All the walking paths in the camp are paved and the chalets are fully serviced and all linen is supplied. On Monday morning I set of with our tracker January, and Professional Hunter Thinus Lindeque. I was carrying my .416 Rigby Ruger No1 and Thinus his .375H&H BRNO loaded with 300gr Dzombo solids. As with typical buffalo hunting our day started with visiting watering holes on the 5,000ha farm and looking for fresh spoor before we would then set of to track down the herd in which we would then hopefully find a suitably old buffalo cow. After about 2 hours in this fashion we had tracked down a large herd of at least 80 animals in dense mopanie and we sat down to glass the herd to see if there were suitable trophies. The herd was well aware of our presence and they were watching us just as intently and some of the younger animals gave us a couple of half hearted mock charges.We managed to identify 3 large cows that were clearly old animals sporting large horns with plenty character; I also spotted at least 2 bulls that were monsters in presence and sheer size. I slid a 400gr Barnes-X into the chamber and set myself up for a shot, selecting one of the animals that had so much wear on her horns that they shined in the sun. After about 20min there was what seemed like a clear shot and I squeezed the trigger with the cross hair just a bit of centre on her chest. She soaked up that more than 5,000ft/lbs of energy turned around and ran of with the rest of the herd in a cloud of dust. The PH and tracker were both satisfied with the shot and they sat down for a smoke and a 25minute wait before we were to follow up and see how we were going to load the carcass. While they were smoking and joking I removed the telescope from the Ruger as well as the sling as one never know whether you will be faced with an animal intent on taking out its pain on your own hide, or whether you’ll find it nice and dead as it should be. At 09h05 we stepped into the bush, I swopped the Barnes-X for A-Square super solids also in 400gr. We walked up to where she was standing when I shot; my tracker January turned to PH Thinus with a very serious face and said sternly “we have big problems” and he pointed at the clear impact mark on a small little hardekool tree not even 1” in diameter. The game plan took a serious change, we were now following an animal that had not been shot as we all believed her to be, and all we could see was that she had taken a bullet and she was leaving a blood spoor. Off into the bush we went, and from the spoor we could see that she was the trailing animal as her spoor wider than my no9 boot was the most clear and not stepped on by another. At about 11h00 we saw her as she was lying down but she spotted as at the same time and with amazing speed she was back on her feet and crashing through the bush after the herd. We decided let us leave her for some time, and rather return to camp for a early lunch as well as getting some water as we set of without any real supplies for a long day. We did so, and it was with an extremely heavy heart that I walked back to the Cruiser to return to camp. By 13h00 we were back on the spoor with two trackers and with some more energy. We were on a good blood spoor although clearly a couple of hours old by now. Here again I was given a lesson in the unexpected she did not travel in a straight line for more than 50m, constantly turning and backing back on her previous path, or crossing it numerous times; all the time heading up the hills (not downhill as many wounded animals will do). All the afternoon we tracked without stop or break and all the time expecting a black bundle of fury to charge from somewhere in the dense surrounding bush. At 16h30 Markus got airborne in his microlight to assist in finding her before night fell and one of 2 things would happen; she would rejoin the herd and would be lost or she would be taken down during the night by spotted hyena, or the resident lions. We pointed him in the direction we were tracking and within a minute he had spotted her about 1km ahead of us and about 1km from the herd. We immediately broke into a jog (thank goodness for the time in the gym on the treadmill) to close the distance as the sun was already touching the horizon at this time. Within a couple of minutes we were where she had been spotted and it was time to conclude this hunt. As we spotted her at about 70m Thinus shot first with the .375 but there was no indication that the shot had hit her and only served to motivate her around the raison bush with more fury. As I shot with the .416 it looked as if a massive hand swatted her of her feet, but no sooner had she fallen over than she was already getting up. By now we had already closed the distance to less than 40m and as she was getting up we both fired again but with the movement both our shots hit very low in the brisket, but it did make her pause for a moment and our next volley of shots hit her high on the should, the .375 passing under the spine and the .416 a hand width higher breaking her spine and dropping her rear legs. By now we had moved to within 15m of her and even with her back legs not working she was still on her front legs facing us and shaking her head at these 2 creatures that she was intent on teaching a lesson. Again the two rifles shot in near unison, this time the .416 being first and the bullet struck her just behind her head killing her instantly, the .375 bullet hitting her just higher up the neck. It was over, but we were not met with a death bellow; just one more angry growl as her eyes turned glassy. It had been nine hours since the first shot and I had my trophy. An almost ancient old buffalo cow with a trophy as good as any I could have wished for. And although I never intended to experience a confrontation with the buffalo, I also got the chance to experience it. I got to learn that you can never rely on bullets to punch through branches and trees. And I also saw with my own eyes the different results two different rifles had in exactly the same results on the same animal, I walked away loving .416Rigby and Mr John Rigby even more. He can add my skin to the list of skins he has saved since he developed this classic cartridge 100years ago. After the photos were taken, and she had been loaded with much effort we drove to the skinning shed under a clear star filled sky. And I got the opportunity to thank our Creator for affording me such a privilege and blessing me with a day that I will remember for as long as I will live. Interestingly none of the .416 400gr’s were recovered all had excited, and only one .300gr .375 had been recovered, the bullet that had struck her on the should was recovered from under the skin on the opposite shoulder. I’ll be back at Tintshaba next year for another hunt, and hopefully within the next 10 months I’ll be able to add this buffalo to my other trophies.
  5. Botse Safaries 2011

    Thanks Christiaan. Yesterday the shoulder mount for the eland and the european mount or that wildebees arrived at my home.
  6. Botse Safaries 2011

    Thanks Quigs. :DSee they accepted the one for the Wildebeest as well. http://www.hornady.com/team-hornady/scrapbook/rowland-ward-brindled-gnu-heinrich-stoltz
  7. Botse Safaries 2011

    I loaded my story on Hornady as well. http://www.hornady.com/team-hornady/scrapbook/two-rowland-ward-livingstone-eland-one-deadly-bullet-heinrich-stoltz
  8. Botse Safaries 2011

    Thanks friends. I really, really, really want to add a good looking whitetail and a black bear.
  9. Botse Safaries 2011

    u2u sent.
  10. Botse Safaries 2011

    Let me know, we can always arrange something.
  11. Botse Safaries 2010

    I know Carnivore, I owe you guys much more regular visits. And I\'ll spend more time back here with you guys. It has really been a hectic and upside down time the past 18 months. Things are only now slowly starting to take direction again, but all the turmoil has been good and not bad. :thumbup:Those Warthog are all very good boars when it comes to body size, but they are not trophy class yet on the tusk. Trophy you start heading for 12\" and 14\". I\'d love to own one or two more RugerNo.1\'s, but cost is prohibitively over here. Mine is in .416Rigby.
  12. Botse Safaries 2011

    Thanks everybody. Quigs, that one is a .416Rigby. I load Norma cases with CCI Large Rifle Magnum Primers and 100gr of S385 propelant behing a 400gr Hornady Interlok point. I am however considering the Hornady DGX of Hornady Interbond.
  13. Botse Safaries 2010

    Some pictures from my hunt last year at Botse Safaries. All animals except the first Oryx was shot with the .416Rigby. I shot the first one with a 165gr from my trusty Tikka in .270Win.
  14. Botse Safaries 2011

    The past couple of days I spent hunting the Bushveld of the Vivo district at Botse Safaries. The farm being 11km long and 6km wide with free ranging white rhino and about 26 other species including Roan antelope and Sable antelope. I again took along the Ruger No1 with 70 handloaded rounds. 400gr Hornady Interlocks and Norma cases. And these rounds have proven to be tremendously accurate and very hard hitting on soft skinned animals. On the menu was everything on the farm excl Roan, Sable, Nyala, Giraffe, Buffalo, Rhino, Tsetsebe and Black Wildebees. First afternoon we came across a lone Blue Wildebees bull standing in thick knoppiesthorn only his neck and shoulder was clearly visible and a single 400gr through the neck dropped him in his tracks, the bull measured 29” back at the camp, making it my first Rowland Ward BWB. About 30 minutes after that we picked up on the spoor of a large Livingstone Eland, and for the next 3 hours it was up and downafter this eland and plenty times got a good glimps showing us it was a good animal to shoot. Eventually just as the sun was touching the horizon he showed himself for just long enough to put a 400gr through both lungs. We found him about 60m from where I had shot him and the bullet was sitting inside the opposite shoulder, the shooting distance was approx 50m. Back at the skinning shed this eland measured an 1/8th of inch under 40\" and the carcass weighed at the butchery 431kg. Again theRuger delivered a trophy animal without any hassle and was not lost due to poor bullet performance. The recovered bullet weighed 355.1gr of the original 400gr. I went on harvesting 3 more warthog, a Red Hartebeest (shot at 288m) a lovely 24\" Impala ram on the run and a large cow BWB all with single shots and all but the BWB dropping on the spot. In total I managed 8 animals in 5 hunting sessions; our session on Thursday afternoon was ended by 2\" of rain in an hour and drenched everything and everyone to the bone. I am today even more convinced than before, the only rifle you need for Africa is a .416Rigby. I also had the first proper opportunity to use my Steiner Merlin on a hunt and I could not have been more satisfied.
  15. Hunt 2009

    Geno, luckily not like chicken at all.