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Bushbuck thread
      #150853 - 16/01/10 11:39 PM

Great idea with the waterbuck, kudu and warthog threads. Keep posting. I have to scan some old photos to add to some of those threads.

But I love BUSHBUCK.

Here are a couple of mine. Please add yours!





This is the Limpopo Bushbuck I took hunting with Dantri Groenewald (BigFive) of African Bush Safaris
in September.

The hunting of this bushbuck was a little unique. Shot by using a ground stand on the riverine bush edges of large circular irrigated wheat fields. I was expecting closer shots and was using 300 gr Woodleigh RNSPs in a .375 H&H. We were spotting bushbuck at ranges from 90 metres to well over the other side of the field, about 800 metres.

A number of does came out to eat on the fringes of the crop and suddenly a good forty metres out into the field a big blackish buck appeared. While the field looked flat it had depressions and bumps so was deceptive. Animals could appear and reappear and the range was harder to estimate.

Estimated the range and took a shot, buck fell over but jumped up and ran into the very thick riverine bush. Damn.

The animal required a follow-up in thick bush. Circled around and entered the bush through a game or pig tunnel. No room to manoeuvre in there. Dantri pulled out his handgun just in case. Junior the trackers eyes were wide with the whites showing. Could hear the buck barking occasionally and spotted him moving off. Hard to see in the dark under the top storey of branches. Spotted him again barking at us and hit him again heavily with the .375. Luckily the animal was hit hard enough that he
didn't prove a true danger as his spine was damaged by the first shot and his movement was limited. Good exciting
stuff.

The photos were taken right on or after sunset in thick bush and required the use of a camera flash.

Stay tuned for the photo essay and story. Currently scanning the rest of the slides.

Here is another shot of the same bushbuck.




A very nice chobe bushbuck from Nemba in the Gwayi Valley, taken right on the banks of the Shangaani River. First time it was spotted, got a shot off and completely missed. Very upset, but no blood so didn't have to pay for it.

Next afternoon by huge luck bumped back into the same trophy bushbuck and this time did the deed and dropped him.



I had trouble on this safari with the Woodleighs not having cannelures (early bullets) and the projectiles moved under recoil in the magazine. My excuse anyway.

Edited by NitroX (19/01/12 01:57 AM)


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: NitroX]
      #150897 - 17/01/10 04:40 AM

Nitro

Great looking bushbuck...and a great story to boot..

I have attached a photo of the infamous "265 yard" buck taken with my .416 Rem. using 400gr A-Frames..while in Zim in 2008..

You can see where the bullet come out on the side showing in the photo as he was quartering towards us in the river bed below..



This one was shot in Zim in 2004--Again I was using my .416 Rem. --but much closer shot--as this was around 130 yds...was taken just as it was getting dark and we were driving back to camp..




Took this one as he was running into the brush along the riverbed---and yes, again, with my .416 Rem. rifle...it was the last day of a 21 day safari in Zim. Never hunted specifically for bushbuck, all these were taken while out hunting other game..agree, they are an awesome looking animal and fun to hunt...




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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: Ripp]
      #151280 - 21/01/10 01:42 AM

Nice bucks, guys. I still have to bag a few of these, they have slipped me too many times.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: AspenHill]
      #151281 - 21/01/10 01:54 AM



Zim - April 09. One morning found us with 3 flat tires on "Cherrie" - so while some guys were working out on those, Gordon picked Kasirai to escort us. With our rifles slung over our shoulders, we strolled out of camp. Easy, slow walking brought us above a shallow valley about 30 minutes out of the camp. Suddenly, to our left in a small crossroad, a bunch of baboons took refuge in all directions, leaving a bushbuck that was in the middle of them a bit confused. He managed to jump into nearest thicket and waited patiently. I was already on my knee - safety off - seeing Gordon corking his right ear - still I asked if it was OK. He confirmed, so I took a firm aim. The bushbuck was quartering with his rear toward us with little more of the animal to be seen. So I used my imagination - put my bead where I thought it was supposed to be and let one off. High jump and a kick of the hind legs made us all (except the bushbuck) quite happy. The bushbuck dashed into a dead semi circular run through high grass. Still the follow up was quite exciting and we found it no more than 30m from where it was shot.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: 93mouse]
      #151366 - 21/01/10 08:07 PM

Below is an old chap we got on the Limpopo in October 2008, we were out looking for bait for a croc, first day on that Safari, we )or I should say Ricus, my PH) spotted him about 60 yds away in a ravine. I was carrying a classic African rifle, a .44 Mag 1894 Marlin !! 1 shot just behind the shoulder, he was quartering away, he jumped about 6 feet in the air and while doing so did a 180 Deg turn, he ran into some thick stuff, we found him about 40 yds further on. There was almost no hair on his neck. best, Mike



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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: Mike_Bailey]
      #153083 - 07/02/10 08:09 PM

They are an excellent looking animal - I have one on my list for Sept this year.

Cheers

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: NitroX]
      #153145 - 08/02/10 05:01 PM

Limpopo Bushbuck taken along the banks of the Limpopo River; northern Limpopo Province of South Africa back in 2002. This is one of my most favorite trophies.
Rifle: Ruger M77 Mk II in .30-06 Springfield.
Handload: 220 gr Woodleigh round nose at 2460 fps.

Photo taken very near the spot where I actually took him:


Photo posed later with the Limpopo River in the background:

(The opposite shore is Botswana.)

Me along the banks of the river:


Looking for Bushbuck:


Croc sunning on a sandbar:


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: BFaucett]
      #153151 - 08/02/10 08:15 PM

great photos Bob

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: 93mouse]
      #153153 - 08/02/10 08:38 PM


Hi 93mouse,

I like the "Sepia" touch to the photo, gives it a real "Old Time" African feel. Well done,

Cheers,

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: NitroX]
      #155114 - 28/02/10 06:59 PM

Here's my Bushbuck from the Save Conservancy in Zimbabwe, August 2010. I hunted with Roger Whittall Safaris with Collen Van Der Linden as my PH



Taken a few minutes before dark

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: controlled_feed]
      #165645 - 03/08/10 05:01 PM





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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: 93mouse]
      #166989 - 29/08/10 09:53 PM

Although no monster, this was the boys first Bushbuck taken on an enjoyable hunt.


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: ozhunter]
      #167330 - 06/09/10 11:44 PM


Not a great one but one hunted with a friend the first one recovered with the help of my Jack Russel - Walker


The one I never got...


The 16" Ram we DID get...


Also not a record book trophy but a happy client after making a beautiful shot with his 45-70


Here's a nicer one


And an even nicer one - shot with a bow

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: CT_Safaris]
      #170941 - 05/11/10 02:13 PM

Competition entries for the Save raffle ticket totalled and now closed for this thread.

Ladies and Gentlemen, thanks for joining in.

However please post more photos if you wish.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: NitroX]
      #192000 - 17/10/11 11:44 AM

We had gone down one side of a valley in the morning on our third day of looking for Kudu, and coming back up the other side, it was Michael our Zulu tracker (pictured with me and Alicia) that spotted this Bushbuck standing to our right in some shade at about 100 meters. He set up the sticks and looked at me with his eyes wide and said "Please shoot this one. - No Kudu today!"

Glad to be a new member of these forums.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: Cazadero]
      #215304 - 23/08/12 05:59 PM


Bushbuck from Kwalata Wilderness. Limpopo


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: messmate]
      #215312 - 23/08/12 08:39 PM

There're some really special bushbuck stories and memories here. I hope to create my own someday! Thanks for sharing, fellows.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: Ben]
      #215371 - 24/08/12 04:40 PM

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff189/albertasafari/Zimbabwe2006066.jpg

Maybe in my next life I will be computer savvy.

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: albertan]
      #215378 - 24/08/12 05:35 PM

Here is mine from my July2012 trip to the recently reopened Nuanetsi conservancy in Zimbabwe.



I hunted with Alan Shearing of Charlton McCallum Safaris.
Rifle is a Mauser M03 in 404J

and a shot clip of a little ewe in camp on day2
http://www.youtube.com/embed/UhNpnvOlIBU


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: HendrikNZ]
      #215380 - 24/08/12 06:01 PM

Hendrik

Is that a standard stock or a custom stock on the M03?

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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: NitroX]
      #215514 - 26/08/12 11:18 AM

Its a factory stock, grade 9 if I recall.
M03 is an Awesome rifle, love it in 404J!


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: HendrikNZ]
      #218378 - 24/10/12 11:34 PM

This ram was taken in Mica, not too far out of Hoedspruit in August 2012. The full body mount is a gift for a mate who wanted "something African" for the foyer in his inner city office! Rifle is a .300 Weatherby.




This Chobe ram was hunted on the Kana River in Gwayi - August 2009. We stalked dawn and dusk for two weeks when the dagga boys weren't keeping us busy! On the last day I suggested we sit after finding very good spoor at a waterhole in the river bed. We had 7 bushpig come in to drink at 20 yards, then 2 rams came out of the riverine scrub and put on a bit of a show at 220 yards. This fellow looked to be the older of the two, much thicker neck, much nicer pelage, bit shorter in the horn. Again, .300 Weatherby shooting 180gr Woodleigh PP.




A Limpopo Bushbuck hunted on a cattle property in Nylstroom in 2006. He was hiding behind a small bush on a grassy flat and made a break for it as we were stalking through the long grass hunting Common Reedbuck late one afternoon. A single shot from the .270 Winchester - 16" on the long side. A beautiful ram.



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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: 93mouse]
      #219139 - 06/11/12 01:04 PM



Limpopo Bushbuck taken August, 2012.


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: Surge45]
      #219142 - 06/11/12 01:21 PM

My god there are some fantastic bush bucks in this thread!!!! Wow.
Bob


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Re: Bushbuck thread [Re: aromakr]
      #219350 - 09/11/12 03:01 PM

I'm glad I found this thread, there are some beautiful bushbucks posted. I'm going to the east cape next September and my number one goal is a nice bushbuck.

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