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I enjoyed the article on kudu hunting. Several years ago I went to Namibia for kudu. They can be ghosts in the bush. My first shot opportunity came when we trailed a nice kudu to a large path of acacia. I was following the PH and stepping across a small ravine, my rifle in my right hand, my left stretched out for balance so I would not fall, when the kudu emerged from the thick brush about 5 feet away. The PH said , "Shoot!", but of course I was too busy staying upright to do so. There went the shot. My next opportunity came while eating lunch at a waterhole, waiting for warthog. Kudu never come to drink during the day I was told. I looked up and there was a good kudu drinking, so I took that one. My final shot came as we were driving from one place to another and passed a small clearing in the bush. There stood a bigger kudu. All of us were so surprised to see each other, but I recovered first and got off a good frontal shot that dropped him. Luck is so important in hunting sometimes. The first was a 46" and the second 52". Namibia is a great place to hunt.

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I have to agree on hunting kudu in Namibia. I managed to take a nice 54.5" one last September and can't wait to go back. Thumbs up

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here is the Namibia kudu, about 52", shot from about 80 yards as we passed a clearing. He went down from a frontal shot, but when the PH's fox terrier chewed on his balls, he started kicking so needed a final shot from the .300 magnum.

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OUCH You just made me cringe Shame on You!

Nice pic Kevin! I don't remember did you post a pic of your trophy room? It must be loaded with treasures Yes

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"when the PH's fox terrier chewed on his balls"

THAT AINT RIGHT!

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Nice Kudu Kevin. Biggest Kudu in Southern Africa comes from the Lydenburg area in South Africa. Two of the top five, including the RW record, comes from this area. I would highly recommend any "Kudu lovers" to get a hunt booked in this area. Just remember, the Grey Ghost is one of the most elusive animals to hunt.

Kudu drink any time during the day/night[/b]. The reason why, on that farm they might not drink during the day, is because they get shot at the water hole....
Not a nice touch. This is only from my personal point of view.

Have anyone thought about hunting Eland? Check out this beast. They are on par with Kudu when it comes to difficulty when hunt on foot, and hey, it's the worlds largest Antelope!!

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If it's an antelope then, would it be a buck instead of a bull?

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Antelope makes it a Bull, I believe. Deer makes it a Buck?
Any case, it is very good Eland Bull. It took me 4 days on foot to get him to the ground. Every morning up at six, hunt to 12, take a break in during the "dead time", and start again at 3, until sundown at six.

This was one of my hardest hunts. The setting was the Limpopo Valley in far northern South Africa, on the border with Botswana. The rifle was a .375H&H custom made Mauser, scope was a Schmidt, and I used a 300gr. sp. on the business end.

Hunting method is what we call walk and stalk, I believe you guys call it "still hunting"? We would visit three water holes every morning, and pick up the Elands "spoor" (tracks). We would then follow these tracks until we catch up with the animal. If it gets too late, we mark the tracks, and begin again the afternoon. He returns every night to drink at one of the three water holes, so it was easy to pick up the tracks in the morning. He also had a very distinct right front hoof imprint, where the front was worn off. The area that I hunted this animal in, was about 2000ha. I believe that is about 4400 acres, but I am not sure. That is if 1Ha equals 2.2 acres.......

If you ever want to hunt something challenging, and don't want to pay the price for Buff or the like, try a Kudu or Eland Bull. They are awesome!