Editor’s Note: Dave Stueve is the owner of Double Lung Archery, the La Porte City Pro Shop dedicated to all things bowhunting. As the exclusive booking agent in the United States for Infinito Safaris, Stueve makes an annual trip to South Africa each June to hunt on the 30,000 acres in the western side of the Limpopo province Infinito Safaris devotes to bowhunting.
Hunting South Africa, Part II
Third in a Series by Dave Stueve
Up at 3:30 again! Today I will be hunting with La Porte City’s own, Scott Mc Intosh with me! Having hunted deer and turkey together, I am glad to hunt with him in Africa, as well. Shortly after settling in at the hide, some red hartebeest cows come in. Close behind them is a bull! Red hartebeest is not in Scott’s hunt package, but since the hunting has been a little slow, I ask him if he would like to shoot him, telling him he can trade it for the blue wildebeest that is on his hunt package (I hope Charl is okay with this!). “Is he a good one?” Scott asks. I answer, honestly. “I don’t know for sure, it’s the first one I’ve ever seen! He has horns that are four times the size of the cows- he looks good to me.”
Scott readies for the shot! The bull, as trophy animals often do, stays out of range until he feels it is safe to join his cows. We wait, and wait. The bull stands there for about 10 minutes and then, deciding he is safe, strolls right in offering Scott a perfect, 15 yard broadside shot. Scott draws his bow, settles his sight pin, slowly puts tension on the trigger. The arrow is on its way! I watch it disappear just behind the hartebeest’s shoulder! Perfect shot! The bull turns and runs off into the open field, makes it about 70 yards and down he goes! We watch for any movement but there is none. The beest is dead! Scott has his second African trophy! At the end of the day, it is back to the lodge for another great meal and camaraderie around the fire. A wonderfully diverse group of hunters, outfitter, professional writer and videographer all having a great time. This is Africa! There is something special about sharing a hunting campfire, no matter what continent you are on. I suspect it has been that way since the first campfires thousands of years ago. Tomorrow morning I am going after my Zebra! You really didn’t think I was going to come all the way to South Africa and not hunt did you? Up until now I have been helping Charl (the outfitter) by going with our hunters, advising them on trophy quality, shot timing and placement, as well as shooting footage for a promotional DVD. I need to test out the new hybrid broadhead that Grim Reaper sent me, as the company appreciates real world feedback on their designs. Day 6 What a slow day! I see some impala and an ostrich. Only one small impala ram offered a shot which I declined to take. The rest of the day was a bust. We arrive back at camp to find out that Andrew shot a HUGE blue wildebeest bull! Andrew is on the board! Matt shot an impala ram and Randy recorded two kills, an impala ram and a warthog! Four more in the salt! Ron was with Andrew and got to witness his son’s first African kill. You could tell how proud they both were and thankful they were able to share the experience. We sit down for dinner. Erika has prepared Zebra filet off Chuck’s Zebra! Mmmmmm! Yep, still my favorite animal to eat. After dinner, Charl, Marness, Ulrich and I gather to devise a plan for tomorrow. With only two hunting days left, we need to shuffle things around a bit. We all turn in about 10 PM. Tomorrow is going to be another long, beautiful day in South Africa! Next Week: What surprises await the hunters from Iowa on their final days hunting in South Africa?