Keith and Lauren Mallory traveled to South Africa for 10 days to live out Keith's hunting dreams. Keith is an avid hunter, this was his first trip to Africa. Mallory is retired from the Coast Guard and now works at the Coast Guard base for United Research Services on the J-model helicopter upgrade. His inspiration for hunting and traveling came from watching TV shows.
Keith was very busy during his 10 day trip, he went on 11 hunts, hunting a different animal each time. Lauren accompanied him on 8 of the trips, and was his photographer. This was her first time accompanying Keith on a hunt, and she enjoyed it, not sure if she would want to do it at home though. Here there was a lot more to see, they could be in one area and see rhinos, or giraffes walking by. The hunts were guided in a fenced in area, that gave Keith reservations at first, but the area was as big as Pasquotank County and rich with game.
Keith's favorite animal during the trip was the kudu, an antelope like animal that has long spiraling horns and can weigh up to 500 lbs. He had a passion for the kudu since seeing one on TV. The horns on his measured at 52 inches. Keith used a Rugar No. 1 and a .300 Winchester Magnum on his hunts. On subsequent hunts Mallory added gemsbok, black wildebeest, blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok, blesbok, impala, common reedbuck, red hardebeest and warthog to his list. All 11 animals are currently being crated and will be shipped back to the United States, then sent to a taxidermist. While in Africa, they ate the game meat every day, and whatever meat was left over is donated to orphanages except meat from the zebra which might be used for predatory hunts.
Keith and Lauren plan on going back to South Africa, but with more sightseeing thrown in this time. Keith now is helping two neighborhood boys get their hunting safety course under their belts and out hunting. From The Daily Advance .