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This June I traveled down to the Limpopo of Area of South Africa. Ever since a little kid I also had a desire and dream to hunt Africa, and well it came true! I chose TDK Safaris because of the many different packages and animals they had to pursue! The prices were affordable and the accommodations were incredible! I had my own chalet with my own bed, own bathroom, my own house pretty much!! The food was unbelievably good, everything was fresh and tasted great! The hunt was truly incredible, we saw every animal you could think of! It was breath taking! In the mornings we would spot an stalk, then move toward the blinds later in the morning as it started getting hotter, after lunch we would sit in a blind and see literally hundreds of animals! I highly recommend this trip, and highly recommend booking with TDK Safaris for your next adventure!
I have the upmost respect for the Impala, harvesting one was more of a challenge then bringing a big ol’ Tom from his hens, or having a mature whitetail in bow range. Yes thats right I did say that, and yes I will back up my word. Hunting these Impala took us down to the wire, literally. They travel in herds, usually it is one Ram with fifteen females, or one Ram with ten other smaller Rams. They are very scarce animals and stay alert 24/7. Due to wrong winds, miscommunications, or the Impala simply not cooperating we could never get on a herd. They were either always one step ahead of us, or went to the other waterholes, they simply whooped our butts. On the last day we had to leave camp around 1 that evening, so we snuck in a last minute hunt. We spotted a big group of males that had two shooter Rams in there. The wind was right, there was good cover, and the stalk began to happen. We atleast crawled on our hands and knees for over a mile and half, gaining on these Impala as they were grazing through the grasses. Filming for a TV show I always want that creative second angle, my GoPro was running capturing it all, and I remember the guide looking back at me and saying they are 70 yards, when he did I bowed my head to pray to God to put all the tools together and bless me on this hunt. I usually do not pray for success, but I will admit I did this morning because I wanted this trophy so bad. As I said amen, I looked at my GoPro and its red 2H:03, We have been crawling and spot-n-stalking not these impala for over 2 hours and we still had about 30 yards to close the distance. The group bedded down which was a relief, however we had over 20 eyes all around. We were able to sneak up to the group, the big Ram was 50 yards, however one of his buddies were 20 yards bedded down infront of us, so we could not move. We knew it would be minutes before one spotted us, or the wind would change and the shooter would stand up, so we would have to make it happen fast. After about 5 minutes of a stare down and waiting game that seemed like forever, the shooter stood up! I drew the Obsession Delta 6 back and dialed my Trophy Ridge React One sight right behind the shoulder. The shot was perfect and he ended up going about 50 yards and piling up! This hunt really opened my eyes, really gave me the respect and passion I have for those African Safari animals. It is a true challenge and a true reward to be able to wrap my hands around that animals horn! This was a hunt of a lifetime!
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