I just went thru a couple hundred pictures and whittled it down to a manageable amount for my farm / slow / PC , to show you some of Wylie and Russ's excellent adventure !
Research and planning complete , forum member Wylie Harvey ( aka WalknTall ) and his brother in-law , Russ Pottinger , took off to South Africa , for a Photo Safari and to test their Excalibur tackle on an awesome " Hunt of a Lifetime " .
August 9th – August 25, 2011 .
A picture leaving home ....
A couple of airport pictures ...
A few frames form the Smithsonian Airplane Museum ( man , there were enough pictures to post an entire new thread on that place ! )( I didn't know Excalibur had their own plane ? )
Once they arrived in South Africa ...
Started at Kruger National Park for 3 days and nights with Sabie River Bush Lodge for a cool safari... Sabie River Bush Lodge organizes open-vehicle game drives into the Kruger National Park with its own qualified guide and game vehicle.
Here are some pictures of the accommodations and tasty treats at both Sabie river bush lodge and Diekie Muller Hunting Safaris ... Not every day , you can sit on the deck > watch elephants pass by and hippo's " Do their thing " , day and night !
Here are some frames of all the cool birds and animals from Kruger ...
Of course , there we elephants ! ... Wylie and Russ found out that when the elephants have young with them , the matriarch will help the Safari vehicle along if it stops for too long !
And no matter where you go in the world , there are always cool sunrise / sunset pictures to be taken ..
Next on to the hunt , at Diekie Muller Hunting Safaris , http://www.dmsafaris.com/
Predominately hunting from ground blinds over food / water source ...
And cover scent is the sweeeeet aroma of burning donkey dung !
They used Wylie's " Old Faithful " Excalibur Exocet 175 , equipped with a Maxzone scope , Boo Custom string , shooting Big John's Goldtip Bolts/arrows , c/w 150 Boltcutter broadheads .
( Combined weight of 459 grains )
And an Excalibur Exomax , equipped with a Varizone scope , Boo Custom string , and again shooting Big John's Goldtip Bolts/arrows , c/w 150 Boltcutter broadheads . ( 459 grains total )
The animal dispatch went as follows ...
Wylie's first mission was to take out a nuisance baboon ... a 42 yard shot with his Exocet and the 150 Boltcutter broadhead make quick work of it !
And later a dinner pot Guinea fowl , with the same set up .
On to the bigger game .... these animals were spread out over the duration of the stay .
Wylie took a beauty , Blue Wildebeest , 27 Yards , Exocet 175 ..
His next trophy was a 23 Yard shot on a real nice Impala , with his Exomax .
Russ stepped up to the plate , with a 24 yard shot on another beauty Impala , using the Exocet 175 .
His next hit was a 25 yard Kudu , again with the Exocet 175 ...
Wylie then took a cool looking Gemsbok ... 26 Yard shot , with his Exomax .
Russ also picked up a Gemsbok at 25 yards , using the Exocet 175 .
And then Russ connected with a very heavy Eland ... 27 yard shot , with the Exocet 175 again .
Yep , Big John's bolt / arrow set-up with the 150 Boltcutters , did the job well on all .... and the 2nd frame shows what happens when you miss low and hit a water pipe !
Next few frames show some of the needed help , gear and transport for such an adventure ...
Last day , Last hour , Wylie and Russ were called on to put down a couple of warthogs , with a borrowed , Sako 270 ( Wylie 125 yards , Russ 130 yards )
Great way to wrap up the trip ...
All trophies dropped off at the local taxidermist , to be prep'd , mounted and shipped back to Canada at a later date ...
A picture with " the crew " and it's off on the long trip home !
I hope you all enjoyed these few pictures , showing Wylie and Russ's excellent adventure!