Every safari is unique to itself. My 3rd trip to hunt South Africa’s Eastern Cape with John X Safaris was more diverse than the previous two safaris. My friend and PH Carl Van Zyl (2nd Generation Owner of John X Safaris) and I set out to hunt a few species that had previously eluded us as well as a taking on a few new ones that included my first dangerous game encounter.
We start by discussing one of Carl’s favorite species: the Cape Bushbok. Incredibly elusive and quite solitary, we finally found success after much glassing and few blown stalks. (Carl and I with our ram).
Next, we head into the high country to chase the reclusive and tiny Klipspringer antelope. Weighing between 20-25 lbs, these rock jumping mountain dwellers inhabit the Eastern Cape’s most unforgiving terrain. This specific ram had given Carl and his hunter’s fits for 5 years before our hunt. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good!
Hunting dangerous game is something that I’ve always romanticized about and on this safari that dream became a reality. Rhino Vitadarting offers hunters the experience of hunting a rhino without actually killing the animal. Why is this necessary? I admit I struggled with this one internally for a long time leading up to that day. In this discussion I’ll share my thoughts after having experienced it first hand.
Cold Lone Star Beer in South Africa? Say it ain’t so! Carl and I enjoying a well deserved beer after a long day of hunting kudu in the mountains.
Humans have taken running shots at wild game since the dawn of time. Yet for some reason that skill set seems to be dying on the vine. I find that reality somewhat shocking due to the fact that modern technology has made taking a running shot more lethal than it ever has been.
Outdoor Life Shooting Editor John Snow jumps on the show this week to discuss this technique and whether or not it still has a place in the modern hunter’s skill set arsenal.
Then my old friend and singer/songwriter Zane Williams drops by the studio with a vintage 1937 Gibson guitar. We talk old guns and guitars, our latest failed turkey hunting outing, and hear some brand new tunes off Zane’s latest record “The Oak Tree and the Weed”.
Trail Camera technology has come along ways in recent years and Stealth Cam has long been at the forefront of pioneering those advancements. This week, I’m thrilled to have Stealth Cam and GSM Outdoors’ Taylor Black drop by the studio to discuss the latest and greatest from one of my favorite companies.
We discuss the latest in Wireless and WiFi cameras and the more affordable monthly plans now available through Stealth Cam’s relationships with AT&T and Verizon. Oh, and we’ll also give away a new Verizon Wireless (MSRP $299).
Next I’m joined by Trophy Scan founders Jeff Johnston and Clint Stewart. I am really excited about what Trophy Scan is doing to improve alot of things regarding the hunting industry.
You’ll have to tune in to find out more but seeing the 3D scanner in action and their patented software score a whitetail buck in a matter of minutes was pretty incredible. Replica Mounts, Scoring, Conservation and much more are in play with this multi purposed technology. Also be sure to enter Los Cazadores deer contest this fall as Trophy Scan is a big part of the 2019 contest!
(Clint scans and scores my Illinois 8 pt buck)