Hunting Diaries - David Shashy
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Plains of Kansas with Tall Tine Outfitters
After a successful and exciting open country muzzleloader hunt in the Sand Hills of Nebraska in early December 2011, David Morris and I headed south to Protection Kansas to hunt giant post rut Kansas whitetails with my old friend and hunting buddy Ted Jaycox of Ocala Fl. Ted and I grew up hunting together around Ocala Fl, our home town. And I say “old friend” because Ted it was nearly 40 years ago when we were both teenagers that we haunted the local whitetail herd of Central Fl. Ted and I share some terrific memories from our “Good Old Days” afield. We would surely relive some of those adventures during the week`s hunt at Tall Tine.
Here are a few of the memories Ted and I share:
Monday, January 09, 2012
Nebraska Sand Hills Traditions Muzzleloader Hunt
Can you imagine a more barren place to hunt whitetails than the plains of Eastern Colorado? I could not. Not until David Morris and I arrived in the Sand Hills of Nebraska this past season with expert Tecomate Videographer Matthew Carmen. We all met at the Rapid City South Dakota airport as scheduled on November 30th. Our four day muzzleloader hunt would begin December 1st. We headed out to join forces with our outfitter, Lynden Branson, a life-long resident of the Nebraska Sand Hills region. And I`ll go ahead and say it now, Lynden knows how put together an extraordinary deer hunt in the topo-rich grass covered sand dunes that surround his home range. This would be a hunter`s choice muzzleloader mule deer or whitetail hunt. And if you plan to hunt the Nebraska Sand Hills, leave your lock-on and climbing stand at home. Not a tree in site!
Monday, November 07, 2011
Eastern Colorado Whitetail Rut Hunting
The whitetail rut in is definitely heating up. Plenty of action was taking place in the wide open prairie country and river bottoms of this region October 22nd through October 26th. David Morris and I just concluded our third consecutive whitetail hunt in as many seasons on the plains of Colorado with the “master of the prairie spot and stalk,” Aaron Nielson, of Global Hunting Resources. Our strategy has normally been to locate mature bucks to hunt just after daylight when most deer travel from the crop fields to bed in the sparsely vegetated rolling hillsides or in the thick cottonwood and tamarack choked dry river bottoms. Success on our prior hunts here had not depended on intense rut activity. More so, we have depended on the late fall feeding patterns still intact during the pre-rut period for success on this hunt.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011
Tecomate’s David Morris booked his return to Zimbabwe’s Sentinel Limpopo safari area for August/September 2011. He would stalk “Bucks of Zimbabwe”, the spiral horn antelope of the region. The Southern Zimbabwean nyala, kudu, eland, and bushbuck are the four species that David would target - the four most like whitetails - cover dwellers, alert creatures of stealth, each an African challenge to harvest. Hunting these antelope is similar in many ways to a quest for our beloved #1 big game animal in the Tecomate Whitetail Nation. Minimal persuasion on David`s part convinced me to join him.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011 Day 9 and Day 10
Day 9 - September 8th, 2011
For us it was back to the riverine after daylight in search of the heavy horned bushbuck of the nyala berry tree. And that’s right where we found him. Moffat spotted the ram first in the thicket just beyond the berry tree’s far reaching branches. A duiker moved into the clear first and fed leisurely. The old bushbuck ram that we wanted carefully scrutinized the scene from his vantage point in dense cover. There was no clear shot. Finally our ram cautiously followed the duiker’s lead and began to vacuum nyala berries from the forest floor. My .300 Winchester Short Mag 180 grain XP3 caught him broadside high in the shoulder. He collapsed. Another African milestone for me at Sentinel Limpopo. The bushbuck was the sweet icing on a terrific safari cake!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011 Day 7 and Day 8
Day 7- September 6th, 2011
Elephant pictures, skinning, butchering and general adrenaline hangover were on tap for me today. My group did little else. David Morris and Matthew Carmen came to admire our elephant and take photos. Several trips by Land Rover to the skinning shed were required to transport thousands of pounds of meat and trophy. We met David back at camp for lunch and some shut eye. But I could forget sleeping, still pumped up.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011 Day 5 and Day 6
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.
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.