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Big Buck Hunting

Friday, October 07, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011 Day 5 and Day 6

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Day 5- September 4th, 2011
More of the same today - searching, searching, searching for a trophy elephant bull. Today we ran into scores of buffalo that appeared to be anesthetized, seemingly unaffected by our presence, as we traveled the dusty two tracks of Sentinel. We observe one buffalo bull worthy of a return trip to Sentinel in 2012. He was about 42 inches wide, deep long curls, and massive with hard bosses, without a doubt the best buffalo bull I’ve encountered on my seven African safaris.

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Posted by David Shashy on 10/07 at 02:57 PM
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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011 Day 3 and Day 4

Day 3 - September 2nd, 2011
Our hunting party of five returned to cut the tracks of more buffalo this morning. In short order we were back on fresh tracks. Most of the day we met with similar frustrating results as the day before. But late in the day Richard`s persistence along with the talent of our trackers and game scout put me in position on the Bog Pod for a 60 yard shot at great old hard bossed cape buffalo bull.

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Posted by David Shashy on 10/06 at 02:55 PM
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Saturday, October 01, 2011
Ground Blind Magic

There’s something magical about hunting whitetails on the ground. I’ve always enjoyed still-hunting and hunting out of ground blinds – either makeshift brush blinds or a commercial pop-up. In fact, after several decades of hunting whitetails, I’ve only killed a few bucks out of a tree stand or an elevated box blind. Hunting on the ground level gets you up close and personal, and particularly for close shots with a bow or muzzleloader, there is nothing more exciting or challenging.

I started hunting out of homemade “brush” blinds years ago in the early ’80s for both deer and turkeys. Generally speaking these blinds are made out of whatever material is available. This might include anything from hiding in the limbs of a fallen tree to building a “Texas-style” brush blind out of shrubs, branches, cut limbs, sticks and small logs, high grass, leafy limbs from trees, or any other natural material that can hide you. 

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Posted by Duncan Dobie on 10/01 at 08:31 PM
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Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Australian Water Buffalo Safari – NT Australia

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David Morris, Chris Dorsey, Larry Sletton and I went on a terrific five-day water buffalo safari “Down Under” at the beginning of August. David, Chris, and all took two great bulls each. All six were taken on camera by master videographer Larry Sletton of Orion Multimedia. There is certainly no shortage of great buffalo bulls at Conway Cattle Station near Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. The ranch is approximately 325 kilometers south of Darwin NT Australia, a six hour drive to camp from the Darwin Airport. The road trip seemed easy after 24 hours or so of flying time, plus layovers, from the U.S. to Darwin! Aside from arriving in Australia without my favorite buffalo rifles the travel was pleasantly uneventful.

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Posted by David Shashy on 09/06 at 02:57 PM
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
Be There When It’s Happening!
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Photo By Hardy Jackson

How many stories have you read in outdoor magazines over the years that say something like, “Unraveling The Mysteries of The Rut?” Why do we call it a mystery and why does it have to be unraveled? Okay, I’ll admit there are some mysterious aspects of the rut. For instance, bucks oftentimes seem to disappear for days at a time in late October during time that is often referred to as the “October lull.” This disappearing act usually occurs in late October a week to 10 days before “normal” peak breeding dates.  I’ll talk more about that in a moment, but first I want to define what we are talking about. For our purposes here, I’m talking about the peak of the rut, that frenzied period that lasts approximately two weeks each fall when most of the does get bred by bucks that have gone a little crazy.

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Posted by Duncan Dobie on 09/01 at 01:34 AM
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Lifelong Dream Fulfilled

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At long last, a lifelong dream fulfilled – hunting water buffalo in Australia. Four of us – Chris Dorsey, the head guy with Orion Multimedia, who produces Tecomate’s TV shows, David Shashy, Tecomate Pro Staffer, Larry Slatten, Orion partner and lead cameraman, and me – traveled over 30 hours to Darwin, Australia in the remote Northern Territory, better known as the Outback. We made the trek to hunt Australia’s massive water buffalo for VERSUS Dangerous Game TV series. What a trip it was! When the smoke cleared, we had six buffalo down and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/19 at 03:53 PM
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Big Bucks on Small Tracts – A Profile Of Success

For years, conventional wisdom had it that you had to have thousands of acres to have an effective management program for quality deer. That all changed with the development of the year-round food-plot strategy. The success now being realized on small tracts is rewriting the books! And, you can take advantage of this revolutionary new strategy where you hunt.

I visited just such a cutting-edge small tract in Middle Georgia owned by my friend Steve Grinnell. His 400-acre farm is loaded with big bucks and boss turkeys…all because of food plots.

What’s his program? About 15 percent, or 60 acres, of his farm is in year-round food plots ranging in size from 1 to 10 acres. Most are 3 to 5 acres. As with any serious quality buck program, he lets his bucks live long enough to get big, meaning he holds off the trigger until they reach at least 3.5 years of age. He works hard to provide year-round nutrition.

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Posted by David Morris on 07/15 at 12:26 AM
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