Arrived at Shona 2 days late because of flight cancellation due to a no fly by law in Frankfurt.
Hunters and rifles used
Myself Peter Martin; Cooper 52 in 275 Rigby using a 160 gr Long Range Accubond, Second rifle my good old CZ 550 in 9.3×62 using a 250 gr Accubond this will be our spare.
Oldest son Brandon Martin [first trip to Africa]; TC Venture in 7mm 08 using a 160 Accubond
Youngest son Kelly [ second time to Africa] Ruger Model 77 in 300WSM using a 180 gr Accubond
Arrive at Shona at 1:00 PM, have lunch and sight in the rifles. Decided to go after Mountain Zebra and Gemsbok. I go with Brandon and Johan Veldsman is our PH. Kelly goes out with PH Jonus and apprentice PH Joshua. We spot a Gemsbok and Brandon does a stalk with no luck. We walk up a hill and get into a blind to watch a water hole nothing coming in. We decide to walk back to the truck, as we are going down the hill a Zebra comes out seems to spot us and walks away. goes about 20 yards and stops broadside. One shot and Brandon has his first African animal in the salt
Next day had breakfast went out again with Brandon did a stalk on a Gemsbok with no luck. did a lot of glassing but not many animals moving. the weather is cold and conditions are very dry. Johan had told we he got less the a quarter of his usual rain fall,
Found where a Leopard was hitting a bait so Johan offered it to me at a very good price. I said yes so into the blind later this afternoon. We get back to camp and Kelly, after a long stalk in the hills had got his Zebra
Had lunch and got ready to go into the blind, the boys go out together. Into the blind no show on the Leopard, but lots of Honey Badgers. I like Johan’s blind he has a bed for the client, so I managed about 6 hours of sleep. Back to camp for a late breakfast. Learned that Kelly had got a Duiker [ Damn this was on my list and he beat me to it] Went out and checked and renewed baits, no hits by the Leopard. Back to camp waited for the boys to come in, they had both shot at Gemsbok and lost them in the dark.
Went out the next morning with the dogs. checked where Brandon had shot his not a trace of blood. Got on Kelly’s and spent about 2 hours mainly watch the dogs work. Joshua come to us and takes us back to the truck and we drive to the river and wait. We hear the dogs take after something then nothing. After about an hour Jonus come running up “Kelly grab your rifle” and the run off, with me behind them there is a Gemsbok laying in the trees wounded, Kelly gets on his knees and shoots it, it is not the one that Kelly shot at the night before, but is the one Brandon shot at. The last they had seen ok Kelly’s it had jumped the fence and kept on going. The one that Brandon shot was a small cow, so Johan said we will call it a management one so Brandon can get a better one.
Lesson to be learnt here even though we didn’t find any blood we should have tracked it more. The PH and you both have an obligation to the animal. Kelly was pretty bummed out about loosing his, he has very good ethics. He did a quartering away shot, and i told him thats not the kind of shot to try on the second day, on the last day and a huge animal maybe, but be sure that you can get the bullet into the vitals.
Im tired so I will stop here and continue in the morning. but ill leave you with some scenery pictures