Published August, 29 2013
As we approach our last 3 safari's, and start planning for next year, let's take some time to look at some highlights and why so many of us live to hunt.
It has always been a passion for me to hunt with my children. Being in the bush, sharing the excitement of the stalk and success of the hunt, creating memories to last a life time. My youngest son Josh, already an excellent hunter and rifle shot, had a Matthews Swicthback added to his weapons of choice on his 13th birthday. Within three weeks he was shooting well at 20 yards and alright at 30 yards. Having two weeks open it was time to spend time with the family and Josh to hunt his first animal with his bow.
The first animal to approach the blind was a Springbuck female. Having quite a few Springbuck under his belt with rifle, he seemed to be relaxed and made an excellent shot at 15 yards. First bow hunt first kill.
The following morning after being in the blind for an hour a herd of Blue Wildebeest slowly moved towards the blind. Having never shot one the excitement turned to shaking, smiling, deep breathing. Sharing these moments is what hunting is about.
After twenty minutes with only females feeding, two bulls slowly moved in to join them. By now Josh had calmed down and i new he was ready for the shot. Blue Wildebeest are tough and arrow placement would be vital to a successfully hunt.
The bull of choice turned broadside at 19 yards and before I could say now, he was already drawn and ready to shoot. The shaking 13 year old was now as steady as any old hunter would be. With the swish of the bow, the bull took off
The fletching sticking out behind the shoulder, I new he would not make 300 yards.
Wow what a moment.