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Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Hi all, just heard from one of my outfitters in Namibia, Burger Oelofsen from Etosha View who sent me these!

Burger has always kept and loved Ostriches, right up until this week when they did this to him - he's never allowed anyone to hunt them but I think his opinion is softening!

Here they are before the attack - I took this during the summer while I was out hunting with him - fabuous place for plains game too - it's just on the edge of the Etosha Pan - stunning, and exceptional Springbok too!

So, I shouldn't laugh (but have) although I'm sitting here now giving thanks that pigeon's don't grow to 7ft tall!

Cheers all!

Roo

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Location: Muskoka Ontario
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Did they kick him or head butt him. Hes lucky they didn't cave in his cheek bone.
F.K.

Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Burger said it was all over in a moment - he was 'rushed' by one in particular and he's sure it pecked for his eyes but woke up having been knocked out. It also took a swipe or two at his privates - I'll spare you from those pictures - but 'not pretty' is how I'd describe them!

Apparently, the best way to hunt these is at night off the top of a pick-up truck with lamps - they pick up quite a speed so you use shotguns and try to shoot them in the back of the head - it's a clean kill and the torso is undamaged so you can use it for bags and luggage!

Have a great day!

Roo

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Seems like a long range sniper shot to the back of the head would be a lot of fun Thumbs up . I would think all that "bunny bashing" would put you in good form with a 150 gr. out of the old .308 or .30-06 Yes .

Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

You got that right, but the trick is to drive at high-speed across the velt at night, no lights, just a bright lamp and a shotgun - you've got to get close, and at the speed these things run, it's easier said than done - but a 30-06 would slow it down a bit too!

Have a great weekend!

Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Hi all, sorry for the delay in posting more - been away in South Africa for a bit - as you do!

Anyway, I showed this thread to oom Burger Oelofsen while I was out in Namibia and he was a bit concerned that people would think him a pussy- testosterone and all that, and he's a really nice bloke so I said I'd post this up so you get a better feel for the chap!

This is Burger Oelofsen (right) together with a huge problem lion that he tracked with the happy hunter shown to the left - quite a chap huh, and the lion's pretty impressive too!

Anyway, Burger's fine now and has healed totally, but I still didn't get to shoot the damned Ostrich - back again in Feb so maybe then!

Cheers folks

Roo

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Location: California
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That's a hell of a turkey!

A freaking Ostrich did that? It looks like he went ten rounds with Mike Tyson!! Jesus does everything in Africa bite or what? Don't they have anything in that continent that's not trying to kill you? What's next? Homicidal squirrels?

Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

smile

You're about right there mate, and some days it does seem like everything, including the plant life is out to get you!

Most people seem worried about the spiders and snakes (I was real close to a Mamba in October plus Puff Adders and Cobra earleir in the year) but everything, including the antelope will have a go at you given a chance!

Still, that's part of the fun of it I guess!

Have a great weekend!

Roo

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Location: California
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Thehuntingagency wrote,

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Most people seem worried about the spiders and snakes (I was real close to a Mamba in October plus Puff Adders and Cobra earleir in the year)


If I had a skirt I would be hiking it up and dancing on the nearest table. Laugh

Location: Cotswolds, UK
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That's a hell of a turkey!

Works for me! May struggle locating a table though!

BTW - take a look at this - it will give you a flavour for what I enjoy most about the great outdoors and hunting in Africa generally!

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wSd6Wj-_EfU

Have a great day!

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Location: California
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That's a hell of a turkey!

What a coincidence! I love the same things, even in America. I guess a campfire is a campfire, cocktails with friends are what they are wherever your at.

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