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  • Hippo
    of Southern African His sun sensitive skin keeps him in the water nearly all day and he is usually only found away from the water during his nocturnal grazing sessions His 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 with Witkop Safaris by all means use enough rifle and when hunted in the water as I have 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 as his name translates 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 whose nasty disposition needs no further elaboration Sight your rifle in dead on your shot must be made with pinpoint accuracy when hunting Hippo with Witkop Safaris The Hippo can also be hunted on the land and make no mistake hunting Hippo with Witkop Safaris in this manner can be extremely exciting A Hippo Bull disturbed on the land or in a small pan can become

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  • Cape Buffalo
    moving and grazing as he goes At night they tend to herd up to protect the young from their archenemy the Lion Both sexes carry horns however the horns of a bull can be quite spectacular in spread deep curl and a solid boss covering the forehead Cows lack the boss but can have a very wide spread in fact the world record buffalo on file in the Roland Ward record book is a cow with a spread of some 64 inches With a well placed shot a rifle of 375 caliber is adequate for the hunt of Cape Buffalo with Witkop Safaris However a shot from the various 40 calibers provides a much more immediate and noticeable effect when hunting Buffalo with Witkop Safaris To place your shot from side on follow the center line of the foreleg one third up into the body This will impact the high heart lung area the buffalo will usually rock forward at impact and then turn and run off If placed well he should not go far Never shoot above the halfway mark on his body as unless you are lucky enough to hit the spine you will only anger the beast and might well be in for a long and dangerous follow up For a head on encounter aim dead center in the chest just below the V of his neck If you are faced with a charge the brain shot is the only sure way to stop old Mbogo If he charges with his head raised high the tip of his nose will be a good aim point if he puts his head down so as to strike with his horns as he usually does aim below the boss and about eye level dead center on the forehead With the

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  • Hippo
    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 with Witkop Safaris by all means use enough rifle and when hunted in the water as I have 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 as his name translates 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 whose nasty disposition needs no further elaboration Sight your rifle in dead on your shot must be made with pinpoint accuracy when hunting Hippo with Witkop Safaris The Hippo

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  • Leopard
    regularly if water is available The mature Tom 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 with Witkop Safaris An Impala hung on a conspicuous branch in good view from a blind makes an excellent ambush for Old 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 7 mm in most African countries the 375 remains the lawful minimum caliber When hunting Leopard with Witkop Safaris place your shot midline on the body well behind the shoulder Highly susceptible to hydrostatic shock a shot placed in the center of the chest will often crumple this cat There remains controversy in regard to the weapon of choice for

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  • Leopard
    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 with Witkop Safaris An Impala hung on a conspicuous branch in good view from a blind makes an excellent ambush for Old 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 7 mm in most African countries the 375 remains the lawful minimum caliber When hunting Leopard with Witkop Safaris place your shot midline on

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  • White Rhino
    Africa The Black Rhino Diceros bicomis has not made such a successful comeback and is still highly protected The White Rhino or square lipped rhino is much larger than the Black or hook lipped rhino weighing in at as much as two and one half tons He has a broader and longer head and a prominent hump in the shoulder region The White Rhino is an exclusive grazer social in nature and relatively docile except when mating or protecting his young The Rhino can live as long as 40 years The smaller Black Rhino can be identified by his smaller shorter head and rounder ears he has a distinct prehensile or hooked upper lip He is an exclusive browser The Black Rhino weighs in at just about a ton and can be much more aggressive than his cousin the White Rhino He has been known to charge without provocation Both species and both sexes carry two continuously growing dense hair like horns Dominant breeding bulls can be very territorial Possessed of extremely good hearing and a well developed sense of smell their eyesight is poor making them fairly easy to approach from downwind if your stalk is done slowly and quietly This member of the Big Five has very thick skin thus larger caliber rifles with well constructed bullets are the order of the day When hunting Rhino when hunting Rhino with Witkop Safaris solids would always be a good choice for their excellent penetration but remember to be cognizant of what is behind your target as this type bullet will often exit Place your shot up the front leg above the prominent skin fold and slightly to the rear if you are offered the broadside presentation when hunting Rhino with Witkop Safaris Attempt the brain shot only on a

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  • White Rhino
    is an exclusive grazer social in nature and relatively docile except when mating or protecting his young The Rhino can live as long as 40 years The smaller Black Rhino can be identified by his smaller shorter head and rounder ears he has a distinct prehensile or hooked upper lip He is an exclusive browser The Black Rhino weighs in at just about a ton and can be much more aggressive than his cousin the White Rhino He has been known to charge without provocation Both species and both sexes carry two continuously growing dense hair like horns Dominant breeding bulls can be very territorial Possessed of extremely good hearing and a well developed sense of smell their eyesight is poor making them fairly easy to approach from downwind if your stalk is done slowly and quietly This member of the Big Five has very thick skin thus larger caliber rifles with well constructed bullets are the order of the day When hunting Rhino when hunting Rhino with Witkop Safaris solids would always be a good choice for their excellent penetration but remember to be cognizant of what is behind your target as this type bullet will often exit Place

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  • Blesbok
    Witkop Safaris Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi The Blesbok lives on the open plains of the South African highveld Primarily grazers they form herds consisting of females ewes and juveniles while the males rams tend to be solitary The neck and top of the back is brown darker on the flanks with a white belly A small white blaze above the eyes and a larger blaze below is usually divided between the eyes With both sexes carrying horns care must be taken when hunting with Witkop Safaris Blesbok to insure you take the animal of choice Best time for hunting with Witkop Safaris 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 with Witkop Safaris on the plains of the Free State can be challenging as your shots can 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 with Witkop Safaris Blesbok near the approaches to waterholes 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 with Witkop Safaris Calibers like the 270 or 300 magnums with bullets of 130 to 150 grains give excellent results for longer shots out on the plains As always the aim point is critical place your shot by following the rear line of

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