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Back From The Eastern Cape

Hello all, My family and I are back from plains game safari. We returned home a week ago today. We had a wonderful time. The lodging and food were 5 star. The PH's, one was the owner "Frans" and the other "Gram" were fantastic. The trackers were incredible! The game was plentiful and could be spotted with a little effort. Actually seeing game from the truck was easy, except for Kudu, Bushbuck, Duiker and Mountian Reedbuck. This was because there was absolutely NO shooting from or even near the truck. This allows the game to not fear the vehicle at all.
The terrain was closer to Colorado than what we were planning on. Except for not being as high in altitude (5000') was the highest. We hunted rolling, mountainous terrain with valleys, and all the animals I harvested except for one (Blesbok) was taken in these areas.
I want to tell the story about each hunt for each animal, but not tonight. I just want to get the pics and a quick overview of the hunt on for now. I did get my Kudu, Bushbuck, Impala, Blesbok, Springbok, Black Wildebeast and Warthog. I wanted a Gemsbok in the worst way but could never close the deal. All the animals were glassed from quite a distance after parking the truck and walking to a lookout or getting out before light in the morning and setting up on the top of a valley and glassing. One morning as the sun rose we were able to spot Kudu, Gemsbok, Bushbuck, Duiker, Impala, a Mountain Reedbuck from one position! All were very far but we could see them.
All and all it was a wonderful time for everyone and Lord willing we will return in 2014 as Frans Busshain the owner of Mankazana safaris asked me if I would like to represent him here in the US, seeing his booking agent will soon be retiring. Until then I will represent his company here in the Northeast, seeing his agent who I booked through and good friend of mine Joe Dabney lives in Arkansas. Joe doesn't have a client base here and I'm gonna give it my best.
Here are some pics of the trip. Thanks Kevin
Ok, I can't put on the photos because it says they exceed 4.0 Mp. Any suggestions? Thanks Kevin

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Sounds like one fun time was

Sounds like one fun time was had, that is one place that is on my bucket list if I get to it.

On your photos you can email them to yourself and they will resize in the email and then you can save the new one and should be good to go.

Or you can post the photos on a photo hosting site such as Photo Bucket and then link the url to the Photo Bucket account. Just make sure that the photos are available to the public when you use Photo Bucket or another hosting site.

Another way is to go to where the photo is stored right click it and select "Open With" and then select Paint. Once it is opened in Paint go to the upper left hand corner and click on Image and then on stretch/skew... then on the window that opens you will see 100% in horizontal and 100% in vertical. Change them to at least 50% in both of them. and the photo should shrink in size on your screen. You want the photo to be about 1/4 to 1/2 of your screen when you open it and you might need to play with the percentage to get it there. Then once it is to that 1/4 to 1/2 go back up to the top and click on File and then Save As and save the photo to a seperate file on your computer and you should be good to go.

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Thanks

Thanks Critter, I'm not really great with this computer stuff. Sorry for the late reply, this computer caught a virus and its been in the repair shop. Here are some photos I uploaded with your advice. Thanks again Kevin

PreviewAttachmentSize
45" Kudu
45" Kudu3.38 MB
14" Old Bushbuck
14" Old Bushbuck2.01 MB
Springbok
Springbok2 MB
Impala
Impala1.99 MB
18 1/4" Blesbok
18 1/4" Blesbok2.07 MB
9" Warthog
9" Warthog2.03 MB
Black Wildebeest
Black Wildebeest2.02 MB
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Hi Kevin   Congrats on some

Hi Kevin

 

Congrats on some very fne trophies, glad you enjoyed your hunt, and good luck on planning the next one

 

Best Regards

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Welcome home

Welcome home and Congrats! Looks like a great hunt. I'm looking forward to the stories

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Very nice photo's! One thing

Very nice photo's! One thing I don't understand about people that hunt there, what's the attraqction of a Wart Hog? Boy are they ugly!

It is one place I've always wanted to go also. But at this point in my life I'd just take a camera, don't hunt near as much as I did when I was younger. One of my brothers is over there on a photo safari right noe, he and his son. I enbey them. He said it was awfully expensive. They are there for three weeks.

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Very nice!  Man, that Warthog

Very nice!  Man, that Warthog is one big tusker!  Congrats, looks like a heck of a trip Kevin!

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Very nice!  Man, that Warthog

Very nice!  Man, that Warthog is one big tusker!  Congrats, looks like a heck of a trip Kevin!

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Back From The Eastern Cape

Congrats, Kevin.  It looks like you had a great hunt.  That Blesbok is a TOAD!!!

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Thanks Guys

Thanks to all for all the kind comments. I have a story and wrote it on microsoft word. I can not figure out how to attach it here. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Kevin

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To my small computer

To my small computer knowledge all you need to do is to open it in work hold down the left button on your mouse and highlight the story. Then once it is all blue right click it and select copy. Then come over here onto the forum and open a replay to window right click in that window and select paste. Now you're done.

There may be easier ways to do it but this way works.

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