I Have Returned

by david on July 19, 2012


Sorry I have been so long in posting but it has been a crazy couple of days.  The 36 hour trip went smoothly and I encountered no problems.  Johann picked me up at the airport and we went to have breakfast with the Taylor’s.  Joe, Jill, and Kelsi had just finished up their first safari and were flying out later in the day.  I had the privilege of meeting them while Johann and I worked the Harrisburg PA show last February.  It was nice to see them again and have a brief chance to visit. After breakfast I hung out for a while while Johann took them to the airport.

Tuesday morning we ran a few errands and headed for the lodge.  On the way we got a phone call about the possibility of a PAC Elephant being available.  I was ecstatic.  I have always wanted to hunt elephant but have been hesitant about doing so on a trophy basis.  Hunting a PAC (Problem Animal Control) was a completely different matter.  A PAC has been labeled so because it has consistently destroyed crops and property or has killed someone and poses a Threat to others.This is the only justification I need and have asked for the proper paperwork and procedures too be started.  I was not planning on hunting elephant when I came over but I would be only too happy to do so. I am so excited I can hardly sit still on the way to camp.  We get to camp  and have a great dinner of stuffed Zebra steak.  After dinner my bubble deflates slightly as there may be a problem with the PAC.

The next morning we are up early and head to the shooting range to check the rifles.  My 9.3 x 62 is spot one but the .416 takes a little bit of fine tuning. We make aa few adjustments and the .416 is soon deemed fit for duty.  After shooting wee head back to the lodge for lunch and to watch an elephant hunting instructional DVD.  After  watching the DVD it is time for a little rest and I head to the chalet to lay down for a while.  I should not have done it.  Not long after I stretched out I started getting the chills and quickly became miserable.  Needless to say I did not get much rest.  I tried hunting a little that afternoon but really could not put 100% effort into it.  I saw some nice animals but I was afraid I would screw up the shot and decided not to shoot.  We got back to the lodge just at sunset and I headed straight for bed, bypassing the sundowners and dinner.  Somewhere about 5:30 amI thing my fever broke as I woke up drenched in sweat.  I rolled back over and slept to about 8:45 and felling a little better I went a head and got up.

After a cup of coffee I felt better and walked offfer to the garage where Johann was working  on one of the landcursers.  More bad news the local tribe that was having the problem with the elephant had doubled their price over night and the new price was more than I could stand.  With the elephant hunt canceled it was now o to plan D or possibly E.  As we all know in Africa you have to be adaptive and I guess  she was just driving home the point.

Check back later for more updates,

David Brown







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