Just got back from South Africa

Rick Richard

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Hi Everyone, thought I posted this thread on Sunday but I must have down something wrong so here goes again. My 16 year-old son, Hunter, and I got back last week from a hunting trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa with Frontier Safaris and I wanted to share some feedback. Overall, I was very happy with the experience and the value for what I paid. Over 7 hunting days we took 10 animals; 5 trophies and 5 culls plus we took an 8th day to go to Addo National Elephant Park. The reserve / ranch is about 60K acres so you can hunt somewhere new everyday and you can definitely air it out if you want to. My farthest shots were 397 yds, prone, on a Blesbuck and 454 yds, off sticks (crazy how stable their sticks are-see the last pic) on an Impala but another gentlemen in camp killed Impala at 605 yds and 700 yds. My son's farthest poke was 266 yds at an ostrich but he has shot elk farther here in CO. The terrain varies from sage brush flats in the low ground to grassy (& rocky) flats on the top of the mountains. We both were shooting my Gunwerks 7mm RM with Berger 168gr VLDs. He got to go free as a kid so the package was less than $6K and included great sit down meals (3xday) plus beer and wine with dinner--that's less than my outfitted mule deer hunt last year. Only down side was the 36+/- hours of travel and the $2K price of airfare. I'll cut it off there but would be glad to answer any questions you may have. And for the outfitters out there, why do you think they can offer such a compelling value compared to guided hunting here in the states?
Heck yeah and I would like to hear your comments to that lat question of your post.
 

PApa Black

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Hi Everyone, thought I posted this thread on Sunday but I must have down something wrong so here goes again. My 16 year-old son, Hunter, and I got back last week from a hunting trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa with Frontier Safaris and I wanted to share some feedback. Overall, I was very happy with the experience and the value for what I paid. Over 7 hunting days we took 10 animals; 5 trophies and 5 culls plus we took an 8th day to go to Addo National Elephant Park. The reserve / ranch is about 60K acres so you can hunt somewhere new everyday and you can definitely air it out if you want to. My farthest shots were 397 yds, prone, on a Blesbuck and 454 yds, off sticks (crazy how stable their sticks are-see the last pic) on an Impala but another gentlemen in camp killed Impala at 605 yds and 700 yds. My son's farthest poke was 266 yds at an ostrich but he has shot elk farther here in CO. The terrain varies from sage brush flats in the low ground to grassy (& rocky) flats on the top of the mountains. We both were shooting my Gunwerks 7mm RM with Berger 168gr VLDs. He got to go free as a kid so the package was less than $6K and included great sit down meals (3xday) plus beer and wine with dinner--that's less than my outfitted mule deer hunt last year. Only down side was the 36+/- hours of travel and the $2K price of airfare. I'll cut it off there but would be glad to answer any questions you may have. And for the outfitters out there, why do you think they can offer such a compelling value compared to guided hunting here in the states?
What brand is the shooting sticks? Looks very stable.
 

PApa Black

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LOL! I went back and found the answer to my question: those are very interesting shooting sticks!
 

morgaj1

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Thank you for posting. Looking to take the same trip in the next couple of years with my son.
 
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