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    Waterbuck of a lifetime. Double kneeling off of Bog Gear. Tried both prone and sitting, but there was too many limbs in the way. Even with double kneeling I had to thread the needle so to speak. Relatively short shot at 176 yards I think (Could be 167). One shot and 40 yards later he was done. Thanks to Thinus En Sanet Steyn (Big Water Safaris) and Philip! Had a hunting/shooting buddy with me too, Todd Fischer. Another very good friend, Darrell Holland had hunted with me on my first day. 7mm Dakota XP-100/180 Grain Berger. It will be measured tomorrow. He weighed 750 pounds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie Bishop View Post
    Waterbuck of a lifetime. Double kneeling off of Bog Gear. Tried both prone and sitting, but there was too many limbs in the way. Even with double kneeling I had to thread the needle so to speak. Relatively short shot at 176 yards I think (Could be 167). One shot and 40 yards later he was done. Thanks to Thinus En Sanet Steyn (Big Water Safaris) and Philip! Had a hunting/shooting buddy with me too, Todd Fischer. Another very good friend, Darrell Holland had hunted with me on my first day. 7mm Dakota XP-100/180 Grain Berger. It will be measured tomorrow. He weighed 750 pounds.


    Beautiful animal. Congrats! Where was this?
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    First time I ever saw one. Looks like a tough customer. Sounds like a serious bullet too.
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    Beautiful animal. Congrats! Where was this?
    Couple of hours from Bloemfontein, South Africa
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Well done.
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Impressive critter...I have often wondered about the hoops one must jump through to take pistols out of and into the country.... thanks
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    Congratulations Ernie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie Bishop View Post
    Couple of hours from Bloemfontein, South Africa
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    Congrats Ernie, great trophy.

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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Wow!

    Beautiful looking animal.
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Congrats! That is a trophy to be proud of. for the rest of your life.

    I lived near there for a year in 1977 - 78. Great area, a lot like Kansas, flat and featureless all around. I remember driving the highway and we came to a group ( congress, yep that's the term ) of baboons, who had blocked the road by sitting in it. They would hold their hands together begging for food as the cars drove by. A truly incredible sight.

    What's next? Did you bring your Frankenruger? A Springbok or Impala would be perfect for it. Make sure to enjoy some Biltong ( South African jerky ) , a campfire ( braai ) with some grilled Boerworse ( farmer sausages ) , and melktert ( milk tart, dessert ) It's been 40 years since I was there and I still miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywapti View Post
    Congrats Ernie, great trophy.

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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Nice lookin' shootin' iron too. It's 7mm Dakota? That's a fine cartridge. How long's your barrel? Nice looking gun.
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    Nice one, congrats.
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Heck Yeah! Thanks for sharing that. Congrats!

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    Thanks guys!
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Congratulations
    One nice trophy
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    Congrats on the trophy. Did you take a package trip for a number of hunts and trophies? I hope to have enough saved to take a safari in about two years and I'm trying to learn as much as I can about them. Six Gun posted a write up several years ago about his safari and of all of the trips I've read about so far, that one sounded the most appealing. Can you tell us more about the whole trip?
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    He's a beast! Great work! Waterbuck is on my list if I ever get back to South Africa. Yours is definitely a high bar to meet.
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Waterbuck is on my short list of must haves!


    If you guys think that's awesome, wait til Ernie posts the rest!! Saw them on Facebook, some great pics coming!!!
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    Thanks guys when I have some more time, I will do some more updates.
    My professional hunter did something he says he hardly ever does, he measured the horns of the waterbuck.
    Horn length 29.5" and 30". Bases both 10". Green score SCI 79.5"
    I don't keep track of things like this, and had no reference point until he told me what the entry-level is for this animal in SCI.
    This beautiful animal was truly a gift, and I am very blessed.
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    Dear Lord, we are going to need a plastic surgeon to get that smile off your face buddy!!! Well done
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    Very cool day! Now, how does it taste?
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    Re: Nice Waterbuck

    I didn't eat any waterbuck while I was there.
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