Third in a Series by Dave Stueve

Last Week: In three days of hunting,  Double Lung Archery’s Dave Stueve, his girlfriend, Tammy, and bowhunting safari client, Corey bring down a pair of warthogs and impalas.

Thursday

I wake at 3:30 am and can’t get back to sleep. Today is it. I get the fire going and have a Monster to kick the day off. One by one the rest of the camp comes to life. Erika and Bushman, then Tammy, then Charl and Corey. We have breakfast and head out. I am going back to the location where I shot my pig two days ago. Today we are hoping for a wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck or red hartebeest. Hope we both don’t shoot Waterbucks! The price tag on those is high enough I might have to stay and work them off! Corey is also after something big, maybe a Kudu Bull.

We pull up at Pat’s house and Willim asks us why we have waited until the last day and what pressure that puts him under. LOL.

Today, I am hunting with Johannes, one of Pat’s men. A very good guy, we had some pretty good laughs throughout the day. He really got a kick of my “redneck” tripod. The tripod I took on the trip was too short for their windows. The first few days, I tried a couple different “methods” of raising it. Today I went full redneck and used sticks and black tape to make it tall enough. Worked like a charm!

We are only in the hide a few minutes and one of the white rhinos stops by for a bite to eat. Man, those animals are HUGE! A shame they are poached just for their horns.

By 11 AM, all we have seen are warthogs. One of them is a huge boar that keeps tempting me, but I hold off. I already have a warthog on this trip. I hope Tammy and Corey are having better luck. This hunt is more about them than me. Both are on their first trip to Africa and I want it to be a great hunt for them.

At 11:30, here come the baboons! Next year I am going to shoot one! They are very smart with great senses, a true challenge for a bowhunter.

At 2:00, a lone Waterbuck comes to drink, but he is too small. About an hour later there are four or five waterbuck hanging out in the edge of the bush. The cows and smaller bulls come in, of course, to the only spot I wouldn’t have a shot anyway. There is a large bull with them that I decide I will shoot if he gives me a shot. He never comes in.

Right before quitting time a jackel comes running in. Sweet! He is just over the edge of the waterhole. I come to full draw, he sticks his head up, I have a clear shot for his neck. I am using a 1.5″ cut 3 blade Dead Ringer Rampage. I take aim, I squeeze the trigger of my release. The arrow flies and goes exactly where I am aiming. Too bad the jackel wasn’t there by the time the arrow got there! Yep, he ducked my arrow!

So, here it is, my last day. The hunt is over. It has been a good hunt, tough, but good. Tammy has a Warthog and an Impala, I have a Warthog and Corey has an Impala. Not bad for a five day hunt.

Back at camp we sit down to another fine meal of Impala, Corey’s Impala, with potato wedges. We gather around the fire one last time. Everyone is tired and sad we are leaving in the morning.

But wait! Charl decides to mix up the plans a little and that gives us another three hours to hunt in the morning. I’m in!

Tammy decides she will sleep in, pack at her pace and be ready when I return from our last minute hunt.

Charl says he is going to turn in, turns around to head to his room and sploosh, steps right onto the cover, over the pool! Down he goes! Like a big cat he rolled over the cover and out the other side. I don’t think he even hit the bottom! Pretty agile for a big man! The funny thing is he stepped in the same pool he had been warning us about every night.

After we got done laughing, I decide I’m going to turn in as well so Tammy and I head to our room.

Friday

Morning comes and, as usual, I am up before daylight. This will be my last African sunrise until next year.

I tell Charl I want to hunt Mamba hide. It is the one we hunted the first couple of days, though nothing has been there the last two. I figure the animals will come today. Charl tells me we should pick a different spot but I tell him I have a good feeling about it, so we stay.

Not an hour later here come the wildebeest! At first, we only see cows, but then, there he is, the herd bull. He is a nice one! Probably eight years old and all scarred up from fighting. They mill around on the wrong side of the hide for awhile but eventually, he and two cows come over to the water hole. Charl is running the video camera. All I have to do is wait for the shot, and then make it. The bull steps into the water, clearing the cows. Another step, another step. I draw my Hoyt Carbon Element G3. He turns, quartering away, shows me his armpit and whoooosh, the arrow is on it’s way! It is a perfect hit, we can see blood as he jumped out of the water and heads out of Dodge! Both Charl and I know he is dead, for sure! Charl goes to the other side of the hide and opens that shooting window. He looks out and says, “There he is.” He only made it about 40-50 yards from the hide. I am thrilled! One more Wildebeest and my first hunt with Charl as my professional hunter.  Got it all on video that can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/user/DoubleLungArchery

We call for a truck and helpers to load him, and off to camp we go to pack to leave. I get back to camp and Tammy already has heard the good news. Corey returns soon after but did not shoot anything this morning.

I finish packing my gear, change clothes and then meet with Charl and Corey to settle up for the hunt. Then it’s time to go. We all say our goodbyes to Erika and Solly and hop in Charl’s truck. We have no time to spare!

The trip home was uneventful, Johannesburg to Frankfort, to Chicago, then back to Cedar Rapids.

I am busy at this time planning next year! We will be doing another “Hunt with Double Lung” group hunt, and already have several people interested in going. If you or others you know are interested in an African Safari, let’s talk!

Editor’s Note: Dave Stueve personally oversees all consultants in the USA to ensure his client hunters have an awesome hunting experience in South Africa. All booking are handled through his office in La Porte City, everything is taken care of for the hunters here in the United States. The cost of an African bowhunting safari is more affordable than you might think. For additional information about an Infinito Bow Hunting Safari trip of a lifetime, contact Dave Stueve at Double Lung Archery, Infinito Bowhunting Safaris, located at 501 Main Street, LaPorte City Iowa 50651. Telephone: 319 342 4550.