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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16107532 05/22/21
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Congratulations. You got some dandy critters.


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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16107644 05/22/21
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Congratulations on a great first safari! You were fortunate to take some excellent animals.

Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16107966 05/23/21
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Congratulations, thank you for sharing.


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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16109527 05/23/21
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Looks like you had a great trip. Wife and I hunted with Tholo in '18. Loved every minute of the hunting. Took every animal I was after. Camp was great, PH was great and so was our San tracker and driver (Charles and Sam). Food was good but not great. No biggie, though. Accommodations were quite nice at 'Hippo Camp'. From out of the dark every morning, a woman's pleasant, high-pitched voice called out: 'KNOCK KNOCK!" Nice, if kind of weird wake up call. wink

Are Riann, Stefan and Steven still PHing there for Clive? We had Christo and we hit it off great. Great dude and great hunter and teacher. I don't think he's with them anymore. He used to PH for Calitz for elephant and other big stuff.

For me, some of the most fun I had was knocking down about ten guinea fowl with Clive's old 20 ga double he let me borrow when Christo told him he had a bird crazy guy in camp. About 1 out of 3 of the old shells he gave me didn't fire, but that just made it all the more interesting. smile

And yes, prepare yourself for sticker shock on getting your stuff shipped home. It cost me about 75% of the whole safari tab just to get my raw shipment in. Ouch.

Thanks for sharing.

Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16111230 05/24/21
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Riann is still a PH, but he was not in camp while we were there. Stefan and Steven were both in camp. We hunted with Steven and had an excellent time. The bushmen were excellent trackers, we were with Besa. They have a few more PH’s around. They all got along great and made evenings around the fire a memorable time.

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Congratulations on a great adventure!

Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16120695 05/27/21
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I, too, was at Tholo. In 2011.

Besa was my tracker. Did some things which truly amazedme. He was also quite a character.


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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16120713 05/27/21
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Besa was awesome, the made the fly swatters for me. The bushman were amazing trackers.

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None of the pics open.


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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16131705 05/31/21
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Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16159532 06/10/21
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Congratulations.Nice animals,I like the Eland.

Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: ggarcia85] #16160130 06/10/21
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Don't tell me you used Leupold scopes on rifles shooting at critters that could kill you? The sky's gonna fall I tell ya!


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Great animals! How big were the Kudu?

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The one I harvested was just under 55”

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That's a nice Kudu, congrats!

Re: Just returned from Botswana [Re: Filaman] #16175527 Yesterday at 08:20 AM
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ggarcia85, Congrats on your safari, you got some great animals!

Originally Posted by Filaman
Don't tell me you used Leupold scopes on rifles shooting at critters that could kill you? The sky's gonna fall I tell ya!

Not to hijack ggarcia85's thread, but just some more proof of the ability of Leupold scopes...
[Linked Image from i.imgur.com] [Linked Image from i.imgur.com]

And this fall I'll be using another Leupold scope on my .375 RUM for a Brown Bear hunt in western Alaska.


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Very nice

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