African Muzzleloader Hunt #4
On July 2nd Fred and JoDean Peters and I were off to
We hunted with Dirk for two weeks in sunny
After two weeks in
Two days late we arrived in
Julian raises sheep for a living, but his passion is raising springbok, big springbok, in fact the largest springbok in the world! His farm is a little over 80,000 acres, but when combined with the land of his brother, cousin, and neighbors he has an additional half million acres or so of other land to hunt on. A good portion of that land contains his one thousand plus each of white and black springbok plus about thirty-five hundred common springbok and several hundred copper springbok.
We all arrived at Julian’s elegant new lodge July 20th. By dark I had shot a 17” common springbok. The next morning I shot another 17” plus common springbok, and a 14” black springbok, also with a muzzleloader, plus a genet and an African Wildcat. Joe managed to shoot a common springbok and a couple of white ones. We also shot a couple of foxes. Fred and JoDean shot white springbok as well. That was just day one.
In the days that followed I shot a vaal rhebok, klipspringer, and 13 total black white and common cull springbok Joe took a gemsbok, steenbok, copper springbok, a dozen or more cull springbok and an eland. I need to mention here that the eland was a long ways from the truck and had to be cut into several pieces to get it packed out, as snow started to fall!
Fred and JoDean were not doing too bad themselves, taking among other things an ostrich, zebra, and several springboks including a very nice copper and a new world record common taken by bow and arrow shot by JoDean.
Hunting with Julian is just short of incredible for several species, but especially for his springbok. He culls over fifteen hundred ewes and rams each year to constantly improve his quality. The proof is in his results, one of the common springbok I just shot with a muzzleloader may have broken my own all time all weapon world record that I shot there three years ago. I now have the top three common, white, and black springbok with a muzzleloader as well as the number one copper with a muzzleloader, all taken on Julian’s farm.
by Gary Tennison