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i got back in one piece from africa from my lion hunt.
i went to southeast namibia in the kalahari desert for the hunt. this area is a series of stabilised dunes, anchored by grass and trees, but still a little more difficult to walk than packed dirt.
we went out on arrival, and put up two bait sites at water holes, using 1/2 of a donkey at each site. (these sites were never touched by anything!)
the first day, we were driving the border of namibia/botswana, looking for tracks crossing the road, when a lioness was spotted under a tree. we stopped for pictures then got closer. she decided that was enough attention and took off. that was when the trackers spotted three more lions about 100 yards up the dune crest, one of which was my designated lion (this was not a trophy hunt but a hunt to remove excess lions from the game reserve). we chased them about two miles, the lions always slipping over the next dune before a shot could be taken. after about 1 1/2 hours, losing the tracks once, we caught up. the two lionesses had separated away and we were left with two males. they had taken cover in a bush. the temperature was around 80-90 degrees so they were hot and tired. the PH said to shoot the one on the left. all i could really see was the face, the rest was shadowed or bush covered. so i shot him in the forehead (this did not do the skull much good), using a 300 gr nosler partition from the .375 H&H. he just rolled over dead. after scaring the other male away, we retrieved my lion, took pictures and back for lunch.
that afternoon, we looked for red hartebeest. i took one shot over 260 yards and missed. we never did catch up to him.
the next morning, after hartebeest again. again, a long shot, about 240 yards, with about a 20 mph wind. i rushed the shot, since they were anxious, and grazed the belly. fortunately, they decided to walk away, not run and my second shot hit just under the spine and he went down. he was a very nice bull, with 27 inch horns. that afternoon a caracal was spotted and since i had no solids for the .375, the PH had me use his .450 rigby with a solid ( i am not sure it really helped avoid any damage). my 10 day hunt was over on the second day. i have always had to hunt to the last minute on other hunts. i rented a car and spent 5 days in etosha national park. it was fantastic.
i hope to get my trophies early next year.
it was a good hunt and good to get back to africa.

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Congrats and way cool.

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Nice - that's a rather large red hartebeest isn't it?

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the hartebeest ran 27 inches in length. i think the bases would run at least 8 inches around. this converts to 72 inches total approximately. at almost 2.5 centimeters per inch. that runs about 179 centimeters. the namib professional hunting assoc uses 165 centimeters as the base for a gold medal trophy, so this was a good trophy.

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this is the sunrise as seen from the airplane window as we approached windhoek airport. :thumbsup1:[attachment=0]HPIM4449.JPG[/attachment]

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Very pretty! Yes

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