texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Sawyer S, jennsono, Mbogo, BC_Reb, WTXN
68423 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 107,634
bill oxner 84,135
stxranchman 57,431
SnakeWrangler 57,218
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,461
Gravytrain 42,474
BMD 41,172
Forum Statistics
Forums46
Topics603,759
Posts11,314,179
Members83,423
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
First leg of the journey... #7566311 07/28/19 06:48 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
Last year I bought a hunt at a charity gala for 2 to the Limpopo region of South Africa. Me and the wife were booked for 2 Nyala and whatever else we could find, wife wanted a Kudu and I Gemsbok, Impala, Waterbuck, and maybe a Bushbuck or Zebra.

Well after 11 months of prep the day finally came, and it has already been interesting.

After packing, re-packing, dealing with a rifle that didnít want to shoot the ammo I bought, we got ready for the flight.

My wife, who is a experienced traveler and loves planes, started feeling apprehensive about the trip last week.

Friday evening, she loses it. Starts crying and saying she canít go. We mutually agree she is gonna stay, tell the kids and plan on taking me to the airport the next morning. I re -arrange some bags and mentally prepare to make the trip myself.


Well, we load up my stuff and after dropping the kids off she decides she would regret if she didnít go so we rush back to the house, grab her bags and head for Bush Intercontinental in Houston.

We would have made it in plenty of time, but there was a construction delay on 10 right before the Brazos river bridge that had us at damn near a standstill for 1 1/2 hours.

We get thru and race to the airport, hand the keys to a valet and run inside.

We get to check in and Plane is close to boarding so a rep for Qatar airways takes us, makes sure we have all the correct documents, checks our bags, runs us thru TSA and off to our terminal.

After some additional security measures we are on the plane.

Flight was long but did get to see some amazing things. Cape cod at night is gorgeous and I couldnít help wondering what giant sharks were swimming off the coast of montauk.

Crossed the Atlantic and awoke to a sunrise about 1am our time. Got to see the coast of Turkey along the Black Sea and the snow capped peaks of Iraq and Iran before landing in Doha, Qatar after a 15 hour flight.

We chose Doha and Qatar airways not only because of price, but logistically it made the most sense for our arrival time in Johannesburg. Iíve been thoroughly impressed with both the airline and the airport...itís incredible.

Everyone we have met so far has been super nice and very accommodating.

Trying to load pictures but include having difficulty doing so. Iíll try to a bit later before our plane takes off.




For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566319 07/28/19 06:56 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611

Long Island at night:

[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566321 07/28/19 06:57 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611

Snow capped peaks of Iraq


[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566322 07/28/19 06:58 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
Man made islands in Qatar



[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566341 07/28/19 07:45 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,027
Creekrunner Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,027
Great pictures. Glad to know you guys are where you're supposed to be. Keep hydrating and have a blast.


...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566376 07/28/19 08:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,861
T
tex70 Online Content
Pro Tracker
Online Content
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,861
Cool pics, keep em coming up

Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566410 07/28/19 09:46 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 57,431
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 57,431
[Linked Image]


[Linked Image]
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566424 07/28/19 10:05 PM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 10,613
G
Grizz Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
G
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 10,613
Cool pics! It's awesome that your wife decided to go at the last minute. I have absolutely no doubt she would have regretted that decision for the rest of her life.


Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566472 07/28/19 11:08 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 5,169
P
PKnTX Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
P
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 5,169
Thanks for sharing the great pics.

Hope y'all have wonderful time and hunt! Keep the pics coming.

Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566524 07/29/19 12:14 AM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 451
H
HandgunHTR Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
H
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 451
Doha is a very cool city. The market has been around for 100s of years and if you play your cards right you can get some great deals. The Arabic museum there is pretty cool too.


#FighttheNoise
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566545 07/29/19 01:00 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611

Some pics from Doha airport. It was more like a Marriott resort with a few terminals.

Currently 39í000í over Saudi Arabia en route to Joíburg reading a Ruark novel and enjoying a scotch.

Iím sure Bob would have approved



[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566547 07/29/19 01:01 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: Grizz] #7566553 07/29/19 01:10 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
Originally Posted by Grizz
Cool pics! It's awesome that your wife decided to go at the last minute. I have absolutely no doubt she would have regretted that decision for the rest of her life.



We both believe itís a spiritual attack on her. She loves to fly and when we met she would get on a plane just to ride around.

We went to Vegas a few weeks back for 2 days and she didnít want to get on the plane then. Last week she flew to DC to support a friend who has published a Christian therapy book and she had it hit her again.

Iím proud of her. It took a lot of tears and some meds but she didnít let fear be a tool that could be used against her and she boarded the plane.


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566575 07/29/19 01:43 AM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 107,634
dogcatcher Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 107,634
Great pics!


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

[Linked Image]
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: dogcatcher] #7566617 07/29/19 02:15 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 7,061
K
kry226 Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
K
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 7,061
Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Great pics!

Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566669 07/29/19 03:22 AM
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,707
B
Bryan C. Heimann Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
B
Joined: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,707
Better late than never. At least she came around, and ya'll made it happen smile I think that speaks to your character.

Some great pictures! I can't wait to see the pictures from the hunt. Could be an aweful lot of us living vicariously through you right now, thanks for sharing with us.


Regular Guy/regularguy11B/ laid over
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7566807 07/29/19 01:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,841
N
Nogalus Prairie Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
N
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,841
Looks like the beginning of a grand adventure! up


Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568802 07/31/19 05:22 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
Just finished up our second day.

First day we hunted a beautiful property in the Waterburg mountains.

Saw lots of kudu and a lot of mountain reed buck and too many impala to count. Stalked on a big kudu but did not score. Also stalked a extremely large impala but again, failed to close the deal.


Today stayed at camp close to the Botswana border. Started off on a stalk on a large gemsbok. Chased them most of the morning, was stalking a large gemsbok and jumped a big waterbuck. Went after him and while stalking him we found a large Nyala at 60 yards so I put a bullet in him and the first one went in the salt.

Stalked after more gemsbok, zebra and a hartebeest unsuccessfully.

We found another large Nyala and we had memorable stalk but the wife was shook up more than she will admit to herself and missed her shots. Oh well, this is hunting.

This isnít anything like what I imagine. You see a lot of game but killing it is quite another story. Our main camp is in terrain looks just like the Dilley/Bigwells area. Lots of brush make it very tough to get a clear shot.

Wife is on a mission to shoot everything she sees.

Tomorrow hope to get a gemsbok and a Kudu/Zebra.

[Linked Image]




For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568814 07/31/19 05:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,027
Creekrunner Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,027
Well done! banana Tell the wife to imagine she's shooting the ex. grin


...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568817 07/31/19 05:37 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 35,972
R
redchevy Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
R
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 35,972
Congrats and thoughts for straight shots!

Sounds like your trip has had some trials and tribulations, hope its smooth sailing and good luck


It's hell eatin em live
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568836 07/31/19 05:54 PM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,355
M
Mr. T. Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
M
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 6,355
Keep us up to date. I'm living vicariously through your posts.


Cabin rental in Pagosa Springs, Co.
Sleeps 10, If interested please PM me.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568899 07/31/19 07:04 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
Some pics from the day


[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568903 07/31/19 07:10 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 4,051
S
Son of a Blitch Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
S
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 4,051
Great to hear you are both there enjoying this experience together!


George Blitch
george@mapmyranch.com
www.MapMyRanch.com
[Linked Image]
"Keep your aim as true as your word" - GB
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568904 07/31/19 07:13 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: First leg of the journey... [Re: txtrophy85] #7568920 07/31/19 07:32 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
T
txtrophy85 Online Content OP
THF Celebrity
OP Online Content
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 27,611
[Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3