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Hartebeest thread
      #153827 - 16/02/10 12:56 AM

Show us your hartebeest pics.


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Hartebeest or Hellbeast to me!

Hartebeest have been a difficult target for me. First hunt in 2002 in South Africa, chased them for days. Got within 15 yards of a sleeping herd, but they always got away. Then in Namibia shooting a borrowed rifle, lost my only wounded animal in Africa. Looked for it for days. Was pleased though to find a very small amount of blood in hundreds of metres of grassland, so my tracking skills weren't too bad.

Ended up taking this beast later on a flat run taking off. With Karl Stumpfe's 8x68S Mauser rifle.






Some live ones.







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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: NitroX]
      #153829 - 16/02/10 01:04 AM

Got this one while actually out looking for other game--he stepped out with about 6 others in the group---they ran a bit, stopped and took a minute to look back at us..bad idea for him, good for me..

My kids always called him the "Professor"....



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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Ripp]
      #157561 - 27/03/10 01:02 AM



Namibia 1995 - taken with 7mm Rem.Mag. and RWS TIG bullet - 250m shot


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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: 93mouse]
      #157571 - 27/03/10 03:02 AM

2008, SA, he made a great leather jacket for the wife, my PH, Ricus, told me they make good leather, he was right ! best, Mike



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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Mike_Bailey]
      #166068 - 11/08/10 08:29 PM



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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Ndumo]
      #166777 - 25/08/10 07:29 AM

My son's red hartebeast, taken in the limpopo, RSA, July, 2008







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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Maddog]
      #170950 - 05/11/10 02:50 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: Hartebeest thread [Re: NitroX]
      #170962 - 05/11/10 05:49 PM

Here is my Lichtenstein Hartebeest.
It's taken in the Kasonso area in Zambia.
Throphy was taken with my 340 Weatherby Magnum using 250grs Swift.



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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: WeatherbyMan]
      #171079 - 07/11/10 02:18 PM


Limpopo Province of South Africa back in 2002.
Rifle: Ruger M77 Mk II in .30-06 Springfield.
Handload: 220 gr Woodleigh round nose at 2460 fps.

Cheers!
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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: BFaucett]
      #171139 - 08/11/10 09:00 PM

I like the funny looking hartebeest. I hope to take another one day. They have been a problematic beast for me.

One hunt with lots of hunting but no success.

Another safari where I lost one. Only African beast where we never recovered it.

But then managed to take a second one after all.

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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: NitroX]
      #171177 - 09/11/10 04:27 AM

Thought long before posting.
This is from about one month ago with Vieranas Safaris in Namibia.
You see, I have a hard time saying I "took" it, as the shot was atrociously bad hitting the hind legs, and the PH had to put in a back-up shot. Well, I don't blame him as it's his job and it was my cock-up (actually, the problem later proved to be my gun).
Thanks to NitroX for his honesty; that persuaded me to post this.



In nature this sorry-looking beast actually looks rather slim and well proportioned!
I hope to take another one as it'll make a very fine rug.

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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Schauckis]
      #171195 - 09/11/10 03:36 PM

Schauckis,

Thanks for posting your story and photo! That's nothing to be embarrassed about in my humble opinion! I very much admire and respect your frankness and honesty. That's hunting... It doesn't always work out the way we'd like it to.

Heck, on my first plains game safari in South Africa, back in 2000, I muffed my first shot on a Gemsbok. I hit him too far back and the CHASE was on! During the pursuit, my PH hit the Gemsbok with two shots from his .458 Lott before the Gemsbok went down. I put the finishing shot into him with my .375 H&H.

Here he is:



Admittedly not the hunt that I'm the proudest of but we did follow him up and finish the job and there's absolutely no shame in that, IMHO!


Congrats on YOUR Hartebeest!!

Cheers, my friend!

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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: BFaucett]
      #171238 - 10/11/10 07:08 AM

Thanks, Bob!

In fact, the shot on my 1st gemsbok was a lot better although it hit low almost breaking the frot leg in two. I got in a follow-up shot, and kept on shooting and loading: six shots were fired three of which hit.... This induced the PH to comment: "You shoot that rifle pretty fast, Lars!" I don't think he had ever before appreciated the speed of the lever action in action (pun intended).

Incidentally, the gun is 8,2mm (.323") in caliber, proving once yet the viability of the 8mm in African use, too. I was shooting 200grs Nosler AccuBonds whose performance was sterling, indeed.

Back to topic, though: I had the most splendid chance on the Hartebeest, but he took both me and the PH by surprise. We were able to sneak in really close to him (there were two of them, in fact) and I moved to the left of the PH on my belly. Suddenly, the Hartebeest stepped out from behind the bushes, and I didn't get the rifle lined up as I was lying down. Trying not to move too fast so as not to jump him, I wasn't able to get up quick enough which would have ended up in a marvelous killing shot for sure, as he was very close to us, maybe 30 or 40 meters. I finally took the shot offhand @ about 100 meters, and the PH was of the opinion the shot was good based on the reaction of the Hartebeest, as well as the sound of the hit. Alas, this proved to be wrong....

- Lars/Finland

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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Schauckis]
      #171255 - 10/11/10 07:41 PM


Shot with my .333Jeffery


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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: rigbymauser]
      #177105 - 14/03/11 08:39 AM

My (then 14yo) son's Red Hartebeest shot with Andrew McLaren's .308W and 150 Partitions on a cull hunt. The shot was taken from the row of low scrub in the background.



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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: tophet1]
      #177146 - 15/03/11 01:43 AM

Well done Gentlemen. Something about old Hellbeast!

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Re: Hartebeest thread [Re: Mike_Bailey]
      #177155 - 15/03/11 06:43 AM

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2008, SA, he made a great leather jacket for the wife, my PH, Ricus, told me they make good leather, he was right ! best, Mike






The colour on this beauty is very rich. I know that available light and camera angles etc can make a difference to percieved colour but this one really stands out.

Von Gruff.

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