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NateR 09-18-2012 06:23 PM

BLOG: Africa Photos
 
From Matt's blog:

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On July 4th, Joey and I left for Africa. We flew in to Johannesburg and then took a jumper flight to Port Elizabeth. All of our hunting was done in the country of South Africa. Joey and I had a great time, I got homesick, but Joey didn't want to come home when the hunt ended. Here are the photos of the animals that we hunted.

My blue wildebeest:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...71756201_n.jpg

My kudu:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...86825546_n.jpg

Joey's kudu, also called the Grey Ghost of Africa:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...06081946_n.jpg

Joey's trophy bushbuck:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...02721237_n.jpg

Joey's impala:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...96682308_n.jpg

My red hartebeest:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...46045406_n.jpg

Joey's gemsbok:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...31176154_n.jpg

My gemsbok:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...38594873_n.jpg

My eland (the biggest antelope on the planet):
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...01976400_n.jpg

Joey's zebra:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...32453548_n.jpg

My black wildebeest:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...07771191_n.jpg

Me, Joey, and my cameraman Blake:
http://www.matt-hughes.com/images/af...40863671_n.jpg

For my equipment, I used a Browning Medallion XBolt, chambered in .300 Win Mag. I shot a Barnes 180gr, all-copper bullet and I topped it with a Nikon 4-12 BDC reticle. Joey shot a Browning Micro Midas XBolt chambered in 7mm-08. He shot a Barnes 120gr, all-copper bullet and was topped with a Nikon 3-9 BDC reticle.

The Browning gun shot great, the Barnes bullets did their job well; but to be real honest I could not have done the trip without the BDC reticle. With those animals moving close and then sometimes running away, if my guide could get a range on them I could quickly look down and see what reticle to put on them.

This was the reticle as I looked through my scope, so between 100 and 534 yards I had a place to put my scope. Like I said before, I dont' think my hunting trip would have been nearly as successful without Nikon's BDC reticle. I shot trophy animals and to do that I had to use a little bit of range. Very few shots of mine were under 300 yards. Like everything else, I think confidence plays a big part in that. I'm very confident in my shooting and looking back I think I did great, but having the right equipment played the biggest part.

The Bible verse for this week:
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Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
-matt

VCURamFan 09-18-2012 06:45 PM

Man, those beasts were massive! Joey did a heck of job.

It's good to have a Matt Hughes Blog again! :happydancing:

Bonnie 09-18-2012 07:00 PM

They all look so huge. What do you do with the animals afterwards?

VCURamFan 09-18-2012 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Bonnie (Post 194922)
They all look so huge. What do you do with the animals afterwards?

That debate has lasted centuries...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYiCPmwOV4A

Bonnie 09-19-2012 12:39 AM

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Originally Posted by VCURamFan (Post 194924)
That debate has lasted centuries...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYiCPmwOV4A

I wasn't sure how to "phrase" my question. :laugh:

matt hughes 09-19-2012 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Bonnie (Post 194922)
They all look so huge. What do you do with the animals afterwards?

in Africa when you kill any animal the ranch keeps the meat and the hunter gets the hide and skull. when we were there we ate meat from hunts before us so we did get to try different animals. everything we had tasted very good. i think thats a good way to do it though. if i would have got the meat of the animals i would have donated it to a village. they waste nothing over there and have plenty of need for food.

Bonnie 09-19-2012 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by matt hughes (Post 194934)
in Africa when you kill any animal the ranch keeps the meat and the hunter gets the hide and skull. when we were there we ate meat from hunts before us so we did get to try different animals. everything we had tasted very good. i think thats a good way to do it though. if i would have got the meat of the animals i would have donated it to a village. they waste nothing over there and have plenty of need for food.

That's great, no waste. :cool:

County Mike 09-19-2012 01:26 PM

Those should definitely make your trophy room a lot more interesting. The racks on those animals are very impressive.

rearnakedchoke 09-19-2012 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by VCURamFan (Post 194921)
Man, those beasts were massive! Joey did a heck of job.

It's good to have a Matt Hughes Blog again! :happydancing:

man .. that is the first thing i thought of .. absolutely huge ..

kevint13 09-19-2012 03:24 PM

So for these hunts, were you just hanging out in a field or in a blind? Or did you do a lot of walking or driving to find the herds?


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