Bob Bricker Safari
Wednesday, 13th April 2016
They all had a great time with Barry Podesta where they got their kudu's at the beginning of their safari and with us at RHS !
The hunt end with 11 Trophys :
Kyle hunted : kudu, gemsbok, red hartebeest, blesbok, white blesbok, black springbok.
Bob hunted : kudu, gemsbok, black wildebeest, springbok, impala.
2 nd Kudu taken day 2.
1 Kudu down on their first morning so far !
They arrived safely in johannesburg with afton's assistance.
Bob, Kyle and Richard Bricker from Pa. USA will be here on mon 4 April 2016 for their south africa hunting safari.
Kudu hunting story by Barry :
The hunt I had with Richard, Bob and Kyle was great fun.
Kyle and Bob set rifles in on the range, 1 shot each and both shots perfectly placed. We got the wind into our faces hunting east into the steady breeze. We covered some ground and got into a “imboniselo” for the late afternoon . We spotted a Kudu cow and 2 four year old Kudu Bulls but no finished Bulls. The next day we got an early start and after looking at a number of Bulls. We stalked a big bull but on closer inspection I noticed his right horn was not concentric in the finished tips. I passed him up and about 2 hours later we found a lovely 10 year old. Leaving the group Bob and I stalked closer and got to about 150 yards. The Bull was feeding on Acacia Karoo that is still bright green before the first frost in the flood plain of a dry river bed. He was in great condition and A group of cows were feeding just to the left of him. Easing into a good position I knelt and erected the sticks. Bob eased himself up slowly onto them and took aim. The Bull was almost hidden with just his hindquarters protruding from a bush. After a short time he moved into a good position and Bob fired. We were shooting down hill and I saw red dust explode behind the Bull. Reload and shoot again I instructed. The Bull twisted and stood do it again I said the shot rang out and the bull lurched into a run. Reload I said and with that Bobs rifle sling holding the ammo slipped from its clip on the stock and leaving Bob straining to hold the rifle while he was trying to grab the loose sling. The bull went all of 10 yards before crashing down and laying still. All three rounds had found there mark. We took some pics loaded the Bull off for capping and got the wind right in a valley a couple of miles west of where we started.
Kyle was getting his turn to hunt and hunt we did. We hunted mostly on foot for the rest of the day and although we spotted a good bull he was feeding with four other Bulls but they moved into some very thick bush and managed to disappear. The next days early start and hard hunting again found a good bull with , cows spotted us and never saw him again. The pressure started to mount for me as the afternoon slipped away. We decided on a spot for late afternoon. As we were driving there a frantic whisper was directed at me in the driver’s seat. Joe my tracker had seen a big bull crossing an open piece of ground. We made an about turn to get the wind favourable and proceeded slowly with sticks in hand. Through a small gap in the bush we spotted the Bull. All we could see was his head and neck and the outline of his chest through acacia. Kyle mounted the tripod quickly we were about 90 yards away and the bull was about to bolt. Look through the leaves you will see the shoulder shoot quick he is about to go. Bang and away the bull explodes from the bush. Everybody takes the spoor and I cut a circle in front and stumble over the bull stone dead about 70 yards from where Kyle hit him. A perfect shot and a lovely old Bull. We all bent down thanked the Bull and praised “Diana” for a successful hunt got some pics and took a slow drive back to the lodge. Absolute pleasure hunting with the Brickers any place any time.