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The Kudu Thread!
      #148150 - 17/12/09 01:37 AM

Post your photos and stories!



I've had the pleasure to hunt kudu several times now and have shot two bulls and culled some cows. The above photo is my best to date. He is a Limpopo Valley animal that was taken with an arrow from a grass blind at a waterhole. The arrow pierced the heart and passed completely through the bull. He still managed to run 90 yards on no blood. You can see the entry wound ahead of the first stipe. He was fighting with another bull which made for a seemingly long wait to draw and release the arrow. I was shooting a 65 pound Parker bow with Easton Red line arrows decked with Steelforce heads.



He measured 62 inches on the longest horn..


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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #148166 - 17/12/09 05:36 AM

That, dear lady, is the Kudu of a lifetime!

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: mikeh416Rigby]
      #148169 - 17/12/09 06:17 AM

Wow, what a great trophy ! A real monarch I would say. Congratulations !

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: Kalunga]
      #148175 - 17/12/09 06:58 AM

I'm not posting anything after seeing that beauty. What a magnificent individual.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: tophet1]
      #148180 - 17/12/09 07:35 AM

Oh come on, POST, kudu are special. I am going to put my 50 incher up when I find the pic.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #148192 - 17/12/09 10:45 AM

Ann,

Congrats...that is a wonderfull Kudu!

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AzGuy]
      #148193 - 17/12/09 10:50 AM

I doff`s me lid to you M`aam!

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #148214 - 17/12/09 02:57 PM

I went to South Africa on my first plains game safari in 2000 at the Mabelingwane Game Ranch property of Mabelingwane Safaris. I was primarily after Kudu. The Kudu didn't cooperate on that trip and I didn't get one.

Mabelingwane is a game fenced ranch but the property is about 14,000 acres in size. It's located about 10 miles south of the Limpopo River in the northern part of the Limpopo Province. I hardly ever saw the perimeter fence. The animals had plenty of room to move and hide. There were even about 8 White Rhinos on the property. We saw a couple of them the first day and never saw any Rhinos again. Maybe not true fair chase hunting but close enough for me.

Here's an aerial photo (not taken by me) of the property:



I went back to Mabelingwane in 2002 determined to try again for Kudu. The Kudu just laughed at me as they remained well hidden. I felt I had a Kudu curse.

In 2005, I decided to try once more to take a Kudu at Mabelingwane. I was determined! So, on my first day of hunting, my PH and I built a brush blind (hide) and decided to see if we'd get lucky. After a few hours, three bulls were spotted. Two young ones and one mature bull. These guys circled around our blind for about an hour staying obscured from view in the bush. They knew something was up but couldn't figure it out. Finally, the two young bulls stepped into view to cross a small clearing. Then the mature bull followed them and stepped into the clearing.

He was quartering towards me when he stopped and looked straight at me. I put the cross hairs on his chest and squeezed the trigger. Good hit! He ran about 75 yards and was down and out. Here's the photo of him:



Not a great Kudu but a nice one, IMHO. We didn't measure his horns in the field as I didn't care about the measurements. He was my first Kudu and he was MY Kudu and that was enough for me. I've never had him officially scored.

A few days later, after also taking some other game, we decided to try for Blue Wildebeest. Again, my PH and I built a brush blind around the base of a tree that he thought would be a good spot. We waited and waited. Never saw a dang Wildebeest. As the light was starting to fade for the day, my PH touched my arm and whispered to me to look to my right. I turned my head and saw a magnificent Kudu emerging from the bush with what looked to me to be VERY nice horns! My PH whispered to me, "That's a VERY nice Kudu." I whispered back, "Yeah, I know. I'm going to shoot the sonofabitch!"

I was in a bad position to make a shot. I slowly stood up and leaned over and around my PH (who was sitting to my right) and got my cross hairs on the Kudu. I must have made a noise as the Kudu stopped, looked in my direction, then turned around and started slowly walking back towards the thick bush. I tracked him in the scope. At this point, I was leaning over on one leg while aiming over and around my PH's head and shoulders.

The Kudu walked behind some brush and was obscured from my view. I waited for him to step clear of the brush as he continued walking. A few steps later he was clear and he was now about 145 yards away quartering slightly away from me. I put the cross hairs on him, tracked him in scope as he was still walking, held by breath and squeezed the trigger.

Bang! Good hit! I saw him hunch his back and his tail went straight up and then he ran. He got about 50 yards deeper into the bush and that was it. Kudu number two would soon be in the salt.

Here he is:



My PH did a field measurement with a steel tape and he turned out to be 56 1/2 inches on the longest horn. Needles to say I was thrilled!! I've never had him officially scored. He's mine and I'm very proud of him and to me that's all that really matters.



My PH's dog guarding the Kudu while the PH goes back to get the truck.

On the this hunt, I used a CZ 550 American chambered in 9.3x62 with a Leupold VX-II 1-4x 20mm scope. I left the scope set on 3x the entire time. I used a handload consisting of the 286 gr Woodleigh round nose soft point loaded to an average of 2390 fps muzzle velocity (chronographed). The Woodleigh bullets performed great giving complete penetration on both Kudu (and on a nice Gemsbok and a few Warthogs and Impala).

I now have a sentimental soft spot in my heart for the grand and truly classic 9.3x62 cartridge.

Well, that's my Kudu story......

Cheers!
-Bob F.



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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: BFaucett]
      #148222 - 17/12/09 05:51 PM

Ann,
That truly is an awesome Kudu.
Most 60"er Kudu have big ugly curls, and I just love the full coils of your trophy.


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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: ozhunter]
      #149188 - 01/01/10 12:42 AM

Bob

Glad for the story. Don't know if I'll see y'all or Pieter at HSC.

Barry


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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: BNagel]
      #149437 - 04/01/10 12:14 PM

Now c'mon fellas, I know there are more kudu photos and stories to tell!

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #149441 - 04/01/10 01:24 PM

Here is my 1.5 Curl 50" Kudu. First of three Kudu shot on this trip. Exit hole is on the Left shoulder but he only ran 40 metres. Rifle was 25" barrel FN Mauser 98 with Leupold 1-4x20. Similar to BFaucett's combo.




I'm planning to go back in 2014 to hunt a 55" plus if I can find one. I may come back with nothing.



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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: tophet1]
      #149442 - 04/01/10 01:34 PM

Not much to tell - the picture tells the story. Harvested this past September in South Africa with Dithalo Safaris. A hunt and a bull of a lifetime! Christopher





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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: crkennedy1]
      #149447 - 04/01/10 02:22 PM

Oh sure why not!



July 2002 with Tollie's African Safaris taken with a Westley Richard Francotte Martini made especially for a ZAR in 577/450. The Kudu was sneaking away from us and was hit just in front of the left hip. The 480 grain lead bullet went full length of the animal and exit dead center of the right front shoulder. He took two steps and dropped. Tape measure of the bullet entrance to bullet exit was 54 inches!

First reported kudu shot with Triple 7.

He's one of three biggest Kudu in Glacier County, MT. The local Dentist has one and I have another, a two year old taken for bilatong.

To quote BFaucett: "he's...MY Kudu"



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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: DoubleD]
      #149527 - 05/01/10 11:32 PM

Here's mine from last October in Otterskloopf in SA, link again I'm sorry, someone will have to show me how to put the pic direct on the page !! I don't know what he measures, he's not in my house in Spain yet but I'll check when he gets here, best, Mike

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd31/mlb6363/Africa%202009/kudu.jpg






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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: Mike_Bailey]
      #149534 - 06/01/10 01:20 AM

Quote:

Here's mine from last October in Otterskloopf in SA, link again I'm sorry, someone will have to show me how to put the pic direct on the page !! I don't know what he measures, he's not in my house in Spain yet but I'll check when he gets here, best, Mike








here you go mike next time put the adress that you posted between this [image]***[/image]

best

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: peter]
      #149536 - 06/01/10 01:33 AM

It was in Namibia back in uhm 95 I guess - anyway - The day was closing in and we were on our way back to the vehicle with a brief stop and look over the water hole upon our way. Approaching approximately 400 yards away from the water hole, we spotted two kudu bulls that were hanging around. A brief glimpse through the binoculars discovered young bulls with horns going into their second turn. I was still busy observing the youngsters when I felt a hasty pulls on my right hand. It was a tracker that was anxiously showing me something between the bushes some 50 yards to the left of the bulls. I raised my binos just to uncover (IMO) another rather average horned kudu bull. Tracker was amased by the bull`s appearance (not me at the moment). Since it was my first day hunting I unwillingly agreed to give it a try (expecting that something would come in between) in the meantime bull headed away behind the shallow ridge so we did not see him anymore. With last sunbeams behind our backs, we slipped between bushes and carefully approached the ridge. When we peeked over, at the first glimpse there was nothing in the valley below that would catch our eye. But there on the darkening horizon some 250 yds away, one couldn hardly separate the majestic contour of the gray ghost in the jess - standing broadside with head turned our way he sure knew we were there. The moment of truth came faster then expected and there was not time for any excuse left. Tracker offered me a shoulder and corked his ears Sauer 202 in 7mm rem. Mag. topped with Schmidt & Bender 3-12x56 set to 6 x - 4A was put high on the shoulder it looked awfully far and I let RWS TIG a go. At the bang the bull disappeared and all I saw was tracker departing in fast run over to the fallen bull. That looked quite strange to me since I was accustomed to wait at least 5 minutes before approaching the downed animal. When tracker saw that I am not following he yelled at me to come over as fast as I can. So I did. Later he told me that he saw a bull went down indicating a high shot and that he was worried about shot being too high (grazed the spine - client lost one that way a month prior my hunt). When we arrived to the downed animal it was hit just where the aim was - still alive tho so I put another one in his neck. It turned out it was a great old one and I am quite happy with it.




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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: 93mouse]
      #149546 - 06/01/10 03:55 AM

Very nice, guys, keep on posting. I found a picture of my first African animal, a kudu, in Namibia. Here he is with the guys I was hunting with.



Side view



I shot him as he was running below us, we were positioned high on a boulder strewn kopje. It was very hot that day, well over 40C and right around 1300 hours.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #149626 - 06/01/10 04:35 PM

Great Kudu there ladies and gents,

Looks like I will be rationing the rum this year to save for a PG hunt in 2011.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: Cinghiale]
      #150898 - 17/01/10 04:46 AM

Well, Ann none of these are as big as yours posted at the beginning of the thread. These were all taken in July of 2008, while hunting in the Limpopo with www.cruisersafaris.com/



My bull, taken with the .45-70 guide gun



My son's bull taken with a NEF Handi rifle, .30-06



My buddy Doc with his kudu. Taken with Marlin leveraction .308MX.



Doc's son with his ph, Hans. Taken with a .338 WM.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: AspenHill]
      #150903 - 17/01/10 05:08 AM

that is one of the most beautiful Kudu I have ever seen...congrats...

Truly a kudu of a lifetime...

This is the first one I ever shot in Africa--used my 300 Ultra--we were driving out looking for buffalo when he stepped out with 2 others--he was the biggest of the three--was only 52 1/2 --but for the first I was happy...

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: Ripp]
      #150933 - 17/01/10 10:31 AM


Hi Ripp,

Quote:

"but for the first I was happy"


I would have never guessed..... He is really nice, I hope one day to have one just like it.

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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: CHAPUISARMES]
      #153728 - 15/02/10 04:31 AM

I can't see you!







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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: NitroX]
      #153730 - 15/02/10 04:41 AM

A cow.







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Re: The Kudu Thread! [Re: NitroX]
      #157034 - 21/03/10 10:20 AM

RSA, Aug 2004




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