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off to namibia tomorrow morning. hurricane dean missed south texas entirely and will not mess up my plans. Thumbs up to quote the old song "oh my bags are packed and ready to go..leaving on a jet plane..." or something like that. Laugh

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here it is in all it's glory:

day 1--mcallen to houston to frankfurt
day 2--frankfurt to windhoek lufthansa did not charge the $50 or even open the gun case or weigh the ammo
day 3--arrive windhoek, meet the Ph and his wife, 2 hour drive to the farm. sight the rifle in and go bait hunting, shoot a small gemsbok and place for bait
day 4--major drought going on, no grass and very little vegetation,looked for bait, shot zebra #1 near dusk as a trophy (.300 win mag, rem corelokt 180 grain, spine/high shoulder shot 163 yards, dropped in its tracks)
day 5--looked for bait, found a young kudu trapped in a fence and used him for bait, found 4 drowned warthogs in a stock tank and used them for bait now up to 7 bait sites. one of the first baits hit last night by hyenas, they ate it all. shot a kudu cow for bait
day 6--leopard tracks at bait 2 and a hit on bait 3. the leopard dragged the warthog about1/3 of a mile before eating. set up a blind to sit in and no leopard came. bait 2 was gone when we drove by, taken by a leopard. hyenas ate bait 5,6,and 7.
day 7--set up[ on bait 2, only a mongoose came and ate some of the warthog
day 8--leopard came back to bait 2 after we packed it in and ate,set up agian on this bait and again only the mongoose
day 9--shot a young kudu for bait, leopard ate part of bait 4,set up here for the night, no leopard
day 10--leopard hit bait 6 in the night, set up blind here, and no leopard came
day 11--leopard ate at bait 4 and 5 last night, set up at bait 4 again. first 2 honey badgers came in and started eating and the Ph said we might as well leave, but suddenly they took off in a hurry and there was the leopard--no noise whatever-he walked around the bait twice and then i took a near broadside shot. i lost the view in the low light to the muzzle blast, but the Ph said he is down and dead. when i could see, he was lying there next to the bait. after 20 minutes, we approached and he was dead, shot thru the left shoulder, breaking the spine and exiting in front of the right shoulder (.300WM with Rem CL 180 grains) CELEBRATE!!! he weighed 100 lbs and was a little young, but the Ph said shoot so i did. when i hoisted it onto my shoulders, it peed down my left arm Laugh he was 2 meters from nose to tail.
day 12--out for zebra, found a nice one in the late afternoon and shot from the top of a little hill (.300WM, Rem CL 180 grains at 130 yards) shoulder and heart shot, ran 30 yards, bullet found under skin of opposite side.
day 13--looked for jackal and baboon, shot a big male, he was nearly skin and bones due to the drought, shot a mange ridden jackal with no hair at the Ph's request end of hunt here (farm westfalenhof, okahandja, part of die keiler group of hunting farms)
day 14moved to next site (ovita hunting farm near okahandja) this place has a big pond with hippoes and crocodiles! Yes but just to watch.
day 15-- drove around and found the giraffe, shot a nice bull at about 40 yards, he ran about 40 yards and fell, shoulder and heart shot with .300Wm, PMC 180 grain barnes xlc bullet, not recovered as it was too big a carcass to climb around in.
day 16--looked for waterbuck, no shooters
day 17--no waterbuck, saw 1 red hartebeest but no shot
day18--no waterbuck or hartebeest
day 19--looking for waterbuck, stalked a nice one but no shot in the thick bush. a little later find a good bull, from a little hill take a 130 yard shot, he ran about 80 yards and then fell (.300 WM, pmc 180 grain xlc bullet, broke right shoulder, hit heart, and bullet recovered next to last rib on the left side, about 34" of travel)
horns are 28 5/8", and 27 3/4".. done!!!
day 20 left windhoek for frankfurt
day 21, left frankfurt for houston, missed humberto, and back to mcallen
i saw lots of kudu, gemsbok, blue and black wildebeest, springbok, eland, roan and sable, one nyala,baboons, duikers, damara dik diks, steenbok, warthogs, tons of birds. it was a good hunt Evil!

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the lkittle hill above my head in the picture is where i shot the zebra. more pics

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kevin davis wrote:
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Great Photos!
I usually hunt with bows, but, my friend has a problem leopard that needs taking care of. Having never killed a leopard before, i am considering using a gun. My pal owns an AK 47-7.62 m. Is that weopon as good as the above mentioned guns for use against a leopard?
I have tracked leopards quite a lot ,but, never hunted one. I here they are bad when only wounded. Any advise would be much appreciated.

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Well done Kevin. How was your heart just before the leopard shot? Sounds like you had a fine hunt. When are you going back? No one goes to Africa once. How much sleep did you lose? I had a bait hunter on my trip. The leopard guide had a unique arrangement. He built a sleep blind about 300 yards from the bait that had been hit. Then a shooter blind was built about 100 yards from the bait. A motion detector was fixed in the tree just above the bait. When the motion detector went off, the hunter and PH moved from the sleep blind to the shooter blind. BANG. End of hunt. Strange point. The leopard had circled the sleep blind a number of times before going to the bait. Different way to bait but it worked. As for the fellow who asked about an AK47 for leopard. Should the leopard charge, I hope he has a medical airlift insurance and a will. A charging leopard can absorb more firepower than one gun and one hunter can deliver. I have seen two charges and both times it took two professional hunters and multiple weapons to bring the cat down. Again, Congratulations on a fantastic hunt. One of these days I am going to get my computer guru to show me how to attach pictures to my Emails. I am working on my third trip to Africa. Looking at crop damage elephant hunt in southern Zimbabwe. Normal trophy fee for one elephant is ten to fourteen thousand plus daily rate. Crop damage permit allows one to shoot five elephants for ten thousand plus the daily rate for 14 days. Only draw back, If you want tusks, you are allowed to put a reserve on one set at the local ivory auction. I never really considered an elephant hunt until I saw so many of them last July. Then somehow it became the spotlight of my next trip to the Dark Continent. My stepson told me you called. I cannot wait to hear about your adventure in person. By the way, my wife got pulled for a bear permit in Maryland. 2500 applicants, 200 permits, and she made it in year one. My stepson got a nice young boar in Ontario about a month ago. No luck for my wife. I don't hunt black bears any longer. Got a nice 7 footer on my last bear hunt. One rug is enough. Now I help with the baiting, deliver and pickup at the stands for whomever is hunting. Most times it is my wife. The outfitter allows me to do this as my wife has hunted with him numerous times and I am familiar with his hunting territories and procedures. It also helps with the cost of the hunt. I usually go for free and my wife gets a discounted rate. In closing, Boy would I like to be your taxidermist. God Speed from one leopard to another.

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i doubt i would use an ak on a lepopard, would prefer something with good light capacity as most shots are in low lite situations, so a good scope is mandatory. i would prefer a little more oomph from the bullet also. .30-06, .300 mag, not much less, especially near dark. remember, you do not want a wounded leopard to go off and die and get eaten by hyenas.

i would love to do an elephant hunt.

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When you kill the animals for bait do you have to pay trophy fees for them?

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at this farm there is no charge for bait animals, but i think a slightly higher daily rate reflects bait animals. another farm i investigated did charge about $130 per animal, reflecting the loss of meat sales from that animal, but had a lower daily rate. i am sure they get you one way or the other. as noted, 5 bait animals were already dead and utilized, which would otherwise have been a complete loss to the farmer.

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I checked out the website for the African buffalo outfit you told me about. Looks promising.

I have gone back and forth about wanting to go to Africa to hunt buffalo - do I really want to spend that kind of money on a hunt. But I think I've got the bug and it is only going to fester until I go.

A leopard hunt would be cool too, but I want to use my new .375 H&H magnum and I think buffalo is just the right ticket.

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