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I just returned from hunting with http://www.gausshunt.com. It was a wounderful experience to say the least. We hunted, my companions and I, for two weeks. I took 9 trophies and my hunting buddy took 8. Seven of the nine that I took went gold in the Namibian scoring system. We hunted 4 different ranches, each with it's own particular species on it. We were met at the airport by our P.H. Hagen Eggert, and P.H. Hartmut Freyer. After a lunch in Windhoek we went to the grocery store and got supplies for me, as I am diabetic and can not eat certain things.I had been asured that there would not be any problem with the diet restrictions, and they were right on that point. I was allowed to pick up anything that I needed no questions asked. Yes, they paid for everything.We went to the first ranch, where we went hunting that same afternoon. My buddy Joe, shot a good Springbok before it was time to stop hunting that evening. After a wonderful dinner eaten at the main table in the main house of the ranch we retired for the evening. The next morning, after a very good breakfast we went out again. We went out for several milometers just to get to the first fence gate. After about one to two hours we separated. Joe went with Hagen, and I went with Hartmut. We went on a walk to get a Zebra. After about an hour and a half we came across two nice ones, but could not get close because of some Baboons. We finally got behind a hill and got up on the back side of that hill and found the Zebras sunning themselves on the side of the next hill. Hartmut told me to catch my breath before trying a shot, which was about 150 yards. I used the shooting stick and hit the Zebra, he made a single barrel roll down and then never moved after that. We made our way over to him and took the necessary pictures. Hartmut then had me stay with the Zebra, I did not mind as the walk back was not short. Also I found out later that the Vultures as well as other creatures would of already been at the Zebra body. When he got back with the truck everyone was with him, including another Zebra that Joe had taken. We loaded up my Zebra in the truck and headed out back to the ranch house. Along the way we came across a fine Oryx which I took. He measured 209.5 cm or 82.48 inches. Now the problem was getting him on the truck with everything else. Back at the farm they have all of the necessary equipment to process and cape your game animals. We got cleaned up and had a great lunch, as this only took about 5 hours total in time. Lunch there is the big meal of the day, and what a meal it was. My mouth still waters from the thought of it. Everything home made and very tasty. After a nap we headed out again. This time it would be Joe's turn to get his Oryx. He made a gret shot on a fine one and we then headed back to the ranch house, to a fine dinner. The next morning I got my Springbok after about 3 hours searching through the herds for the right one. He measured 104.5cm, or 41.4 inches. So now in two days of hunting we have taken two Zebra, two Oryx and two Springbok, time to go to the next farm. Here they have great Hartebeest. Joe got his that evening, and I missed on a easy shot. It ws just too close, head on, and I shot too low shooting between his front legs. With the bush there being thick we did not get a chance for a folow up shot. The next morning we looked for signs of one being hit and did not find any sign of a hit. We had to leave and go on to Hagens' ranch. We drove the full day arriving late after dark. We were shown our own private guest quarters, which are almost new. Each room has two twin beds and a fully tiled bathroom, private to each bedroom, no sharing of anything, very nice.The next morning we woke up to a very nice swimming pool, thatched roof sitting area, garden, all of it. We went into the main house, about 30 feet away to a big sit down breakfast at a linen covered table, better than most good restaurants. After breakfast we went our separate ways with our own P.H.s Hartmut and I went to his rench, 7000 hectares (1 hectare = 2.47 acres acres) acres, to hunt there, while Joe and Hagen hunted Hagen's ranch 5000 hectares. Believe me you cannot cover it in even a few days of hunting. Arriving at Hartmut's and making my scope check shot we went for Black Wildebeest, we counted over 107 in one herd alone. I took a very good one which measured at 225.0 or 82.48 inches. During that day I also took a Hartebeest that measured 173.0 cm or 68.1 inches.The next day at Hartmut's ranch I took a Kudu which measured at 50 inches, and good Hartebeest that measured at 68.1 inches. The next day at Hagen's ranch I took an Eland out of a herd of over 40 animals that measured 93.7 inches. I later found out that a herd of Eland, which are called the gohsts of the planes are unusual because they are so wary. This field can be over looked from the eating area of the farm house, it is very nice to look out and see game animals from the breakfast table. The next morning I took a good Warthog which measured at 16.7 inches. I can not tell you how good this hunt with these fine P.H's was. They are very knowledgeable, and will take the time to get you the "good" ones the first time. Professional Hunters are not scored on the quanity of game they harvest, but the quality of the game they harvest. Therefore they will not just take the first one that comes along. There were a lot of "joung one, too small" stated several tmes during that two weeks of hunting. They all looked very good to me having never been to Africa before. They held out and waited for the big ones to come befor giving the OK to shoot. If you want good quality game, a great hunt and great food, friendly and courteous people and accommodations I would tell you would not have to look any further than http://www.gausshunt.com. Look them up, it will be worth it to you if you are planning to go hunting in Africa. You can see my trophies at http://www.imagestation.com. In the upper right there are two boxes. type in mike338 in the first one and scroll down in the second one to members, and then click on go.

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South African hunting, Namibia

Mike can i ask what the trip roughly cost. Its something I always wanted to do. Thanks

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South African hunting, Namibia

The cost of the hunt with air fare from Detroit was at $9,500.00. The costs are spread out over a year, so it was not a burden Oh, by the way I am a mechanic by trade, I work for a living, so I know what a dollar is worth.

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Mike thanks for the info. are you having the taxidermy work done here or there ???

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All game was caped and processed so it can be shipped here, they call it dipped. All taxidermy work is being done here for two reasons.
1. I can get it done at my leisure, when I get the money for it, and have some or one done per year or whatever as I feel comfortable with.
2 If I had it done over there it would of have to be paid for all at one time they send you a bill and it has to be paid in full befor anything is shipped, and shipping mounted trophies back in wooden crates via air can be very costly due to size of crates and weight. Also, at different times this year, 4 friends of mine went there. We are going to have all of our trophies sent at the same time in one crate. Total shipping for each of us should be 200 to 300 dollars each. Otherwise each person has a crate and there is a minimum flat rate charge on each crate. We are just trying to cut costs. I hope this answers your questiion, Mike.

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