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  • Trophy Hunting the Crocodile in South Africa
    grow rapidly during their initial stages of life During their first six years they grow at a rate of about 10 inches per year after which that rate slows significantly The trophy crocodile may reach a length of about 15 feet and may be as old as 75 to 100 years of age While the croc appears to be lazy and lethargic as he basks on the riverbank do not be fooled he is a shy wary and extremely cautious creature They are extremely difficult to approach on foot to within a reasonable shooting distance This big lizard is extremely hard to kill quickly and cleanly The first shot on the croc must be carefully placed to anchor him as if he is allowed to retreat to the water the trophy is surely lost Only two shots are effective in anchoring your croc a shot placed into his golf ball sized brain or one that hits the spinal column just behind the head The croc is best hunted from a blind and shot from a solid rest in the prone position His tough hide and the extremely hard bone encasing the brain calls for a rifle of at least 338 caliber or larger Use only quality controlled expansion soft point bullets Rifles larger than 375 caliber should be avoided as the recoil from such a weapon shooting from the prone position can be brutal and thus accurate shot placement becomes an issue Without question a quality scope of a least 4 power is essential Hunting the trophy crocodile can be an exciting and rewarding experience With a bit of planning one can stack the odds in your favor Choose the right rifle and bullet combination and place your shot carefully Your reward will be a magnificent crocodile to add to

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  • Trophy Hunting the Elephant in South Africa
    can be extremely quiet While his eyesight is relatively poor his hearing is very good and his sense of smell is without equal Over his lifetime he receives 6 sets of molars which move forward in his jaw as previous sets wear down His last set of teeth comes in at about 47 years of age and once these wear out he can only look forward to slow starvation Thus depending on his diet his lifespan is somewhere between 50 and 70 years He is a destructive feeder preferring grass and rather than adapting to his habitat he adapts his habitat to suit his purpose He can consume up to 500 pounds of grass and browse every day The elephant is a very social animal found in small herds made up of cows calves and adolescents Bulls are usually found on their own or in small bachelor herds and only occasionally with a herd of cows Tuskless cows and cows with calves by their sides can be extremely aggressive You hunt this animal with your legs the stalk can be quite long and cover many miles While the 375 is the legal minimum caliber there will be no room for error in your shot placement if it is your weapon of choice Hunt this big fellow with the largest rifle you can shoot well 40 and even 50 caliber rifles with 400 to 500 grain solid bullets would definitely be a good choice A fifty yard shot might be considered a long shot on the elephant as most are taken at between 20 and 30 yards Contrary to the opinion of some the elephant is not endangered and in fact several countries of Southern Africa have been forced to institute culling operations to keep their numbers in balance Photo Gallery

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  • Trophy Hunting the Leopard in South Africa
    weighs between 120 and 180 pounds with individuals sometimes pushing the 200 mark Females range from 70 to 130 pounds and generally appear more slender in stature Mature animals can consume about 20 percent of their body weight in a single feeding They carry their prey up into the trees to protect it from the larger predators It is amazing to watch them carry prey weighing easily as much as their own weight into the tree tops They feed on virtually all meat sources including scavenged rotten meat Impala is often considered their favorite meal This cat is strongly territorial and a ruthless killer The leopard has exceptional eyesight and hearing Give this member of the Big Five the utmost respect if you are forced to track a wounded cat into the bush he is a master of stealth and camouflage and can come for you seemingly from nowhere Life expectancy is about 12 to 15 years The leopard is most often hunted on bait An impala hung on a conspicuous branch in good view from a blind makes an excellent ambush for ol spots Being primarily a nocturnal hunter the leopard will be extremely difficult to get in position for the shot as in most African countries he must be taken during daylight hours While he could be successfully taken with calibers as light as the 270 or 7mm in most African countries the 375 remains the lawful minimum caliber There remains controversy in regard to the weapon of choice for following up a wounded cat in the bush While some seem to choose a shotgun with buckshot many Professional Hunters prefer a large caliber rifle a double if available Be very cautious in your follow up as if allowed to get to you this cat can inflict serious

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  • Trophy Hunting the Hippopotamus in South Africa
    encounters with humans normally occur around sunrise while he is making his way back to water and can often result in a fatality Hunting hippo can be a very difficult task Normally the bulls are hunted as trophies and as they spend most of their time in the water identifying the bulls can at best be difficult The bull s head will be slightly larger than the cow s and he will exhibit two not so prominent humps on either side of his nose where his large lower tusks fit into his upper jaw When hunting hippo by all means use enough rifle and when hunted in the water as described your shot placement must be dead on The triangular indentation just above the eyes is your aim point and a shot placed here will penetrate the brain and anchor this large water horse From the side aim just below the ear The hippo will sink beneath the water but float back to the surface within about an hour or so making his recovery possible Use extreme caution here as where you find hippo you will almost be sure to find the Nile crocodile as well Sight your rifle in dead on your shot must be made with pinpoint accuracy The hippo can also be hunted on land and make no mistake hunting hippo in this manner can be terrifically exciting A hippo bull disturbed on the land or in a small pan can become frightfully aggressive Approach this big fellow with extreme caution and be ready for a charge Rely only on large caliber rifles with solid bullets for this job As always the 375 should be considered as the minimum caliber but consider one of the 40 calibers or even larger in a double rifle if at all

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  • Trophy Hunting the Black Wildebeest in South Africa
    his excellent senses and herd instinct make hunting black wildebeest quite a challenge This member of the antelope family is an ox like animal with unusual horns a beard and hair on his nose He is dark brown in color with a horse like tail which is almost pure white As such he is sometimes referred to as the white tailed gnu These strange looking beests occur naturally only in South Africa With both sexes carrying horns it sometimes takes quite a bit of patience to distinguish the bulls from the cows Hunting black wildebeest is most likely best pursued during the morning or late afternoon while the herd is grazing During cool weather they will graze anytime but when it is warm they tend to rest during the hottest part of the day Caution is the watch word when hunting black wildebeest as he can be very aggressive when mating disturbed or wounded This clown of the plains as he is often referred to will often be seen trotting in circles and chasing other members of the herd Hunting black wildebeest in open terrain calls for a minimum of 270 caliber with a good 150 grain bullet The 7mm mag or one of the 300 magnums is an even better choice These guys are tough so always use heavy for caliber premium bullets Follow the back edge of the front leg and place your shot one third up into the body never more than half way up Hunting black wildebeest in bushveld conditions may well call for even larger calibers like the 9 3mm or the 375 Your Professional Hunter will be your best guide here Photo Gallery Facts Name Black Wildebeest White Tailed Gnu Scientific Name Connochaetes gnou Weight Male 180 Kg Weight Female 155 kg Shoulder Height

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  • Trophy Hunting the Blesbok in South Africa
    flanks with a white belly A small white blaze on the forehead and a larger blaze below is usually divided between the eyes With both sexes carrying horns care must be taken when hunting blesbok to ensure that you take the animal of choice The best time for hunting blesbok is while they are grazing in the morning or late afternoon Like many other species they tend to lay up during the hottest part of the afternoon Hunting blesbok on the plains of the Free State can be challenging as your shots may need to be quite long The blesbok shares a common behavioral characteristic with his cousin the Bontebok that of standing together with heads facing toward the sun and faces low to the ground He sometimes shakes his head violently stamps and runs in a complete circle only to resume his original place As available water is essential to this specie hunting blesbok near the approaches to water holes can prove productive This once near extinct antelope has been reintroduced on the game farms of southern Africa and boasts a population somewhere in the hundreds of thousands American hunters can rely on their favorite whitetail deer rifle when hunting blesbok Calibers like the 270 or 300 magnums with bullets of 130 to 150 grains give excellent results for longer shots out on the plains While hunting blesbok in the bush you may want to select a heavy for caliber round nose bullet As always the aim point is critical place your shot by following the rear line of the fore leg about one third up into the body which will strike the top of the heart and the lungs If he does not go down he will not go far Photo Gallery Facts Name Blesbok Scientific Damaliscus dorcas

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  • Trophy Hunting the White Blesbok in South Africa
    a variation in color known as a morph species Hunters can find the white mixed in with a herd of common blesbok He exhibits the same territorial tendencies challenging displays threatening behavior and marking of the grass with his pre orbital glands He prefers to graze on short grass especially that which is newly sprouted from burnt out areas All blesbok feed during the cooler morning and evening periods tending to rest during the heat of the day Hunting white blesbok is best accomplished during the afore mentioned period set up on approaches to feeding areas or water You can use your favorite deer rifle when hunting the white blesbok Quality expanding soft point bullets suitable for your caliber of choice will be most effective The high heart lung shot will be the ticket here take aim directly up the foreleg about one third and squeeze Never shoot above the half way point or you may be in for a long day Hunting white blesbok can net you a very unique trophy to hang next to the common variety His white color and straw colored horns set him apart from his common brothers Photo Gallery Facts Name White Blesbok Scientific

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  • Trophy Hunting the Bontebok in South Africa
    be somewhat smaller than the rams and prefer to form herds of separate sexes Hunt the bontebok early in the morning and late in the afternoon as these are the times he prefers to graze The bontebok tends to lay up during the heat of the midday sun The bontebok has appeared on the endangered list before but game ranching in Southern Africa has brought his numbers back There are now sustainable numbers of this species to allow hunting This beautiful antelope was once indigenous only to the plains of South Africa but game ranching has made him available in many other regions Your favorite deer rifle will be adequate for hunting bontebok a 270 7mm or one of the 30 calibers will do quite nicely Use good quality bullets as with all African game and if hunting the plains remember that your shots might have to be made at considerable distances The bontebok is listed under CITES 1 which requires both an export permit as well as an import permit If you intend to take a bontebok on your safari be sure that the proper permits are available and secured prior to your hunt Photo Gallery Facts Name Bontebok

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