reply to post by CreeWolf
Nice Deer! In South Africa we used to call that an "Engine Shot". Basically meaning if you hit the deer just behind and below the shoulder area, you
will hit a vital organ in the "engine" and kill it. Experienced guys would take a neck shot, but that is tricky!
I hunted Impala, Kudu, Wildebeest and Warthog in South Africa many years ago. Warthog, now that is one tough mother! I've seen a warthog take 4 shots
with a 30-06 before finally dropping! That is one animal you don't take lightly. Don't injure him or a buffalo, and track him, without being really
A friend of mine went hunting with a colleague, and this guy wounded a warthog. He decided to track it down, and out of 'nowhere' this warthog
stormed him, and put the 6foot 4inch gut flat on his back (broke a shin bone as well). Luckily it scampered off, but had it laid it's tusks into him,
he'd be hurting. That's why you carry a handgun with you on the hunt
I used to hunt Impala and Kudu with a .308 Winchester. Hit em with a solid (not hollow point) in the right place, they die pretty easily and minimal
meat damage. Warthog and Wildebeest, I used a .375. Now, even using that the right away, it doesn't take too many shots before your shoulder feels
that baby (well, it's the minimal requirement to shoot the big five).
I used to barrel sight that as accurate as possible, before doing the real thing and calibrating rifle and scope at 100 metres. Amazingly, Warthog and
Wildebeest meat is really good - when you consider how ugly those suckers look . LOL!
Wildebeest is tricky to shoot, as his hump creates an optical illusion and a lot of people shoot too high in their attempt at a good engine shoot. His
heart is only abut 6inches from the bottom, but if you nail him right, the sucker runs for about 10 seconds, and then drops.....
And yes, you have a profoundly deeper respect for an animal once you track it in the African bush, get up close, shoot and kill, and the clean the
carcass. It is in somehow a spiritual occasion. You almost connect with that animals soul (sounds freaky, but that's how I felt when looking into
their eyes afterward)
I had a friend who had this definition: A hunter is someone who eats what he kills, and uses whatever he can from the animal. A killer is someone who
kills and leaves the animal to rot, or gives it to another. He believed you can only be a hunter for yourself (not mine, but that was his).
Oh yes, Elephant meat is also awesome!