Kalahari to Caprivi – Pt. 1

Today’s blog comes from one of our country’s most recognized wildlife biologists/outdoor writers/television show host of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon , Larry Weishuhn.  Although universally known as “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry trails the “Hunter’s Moon” throughout the world in search of big game hunting adventures. Tune in for this weeks episode of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon Saturdays at 9:30 AM ET.

Africa holds many adventures, some of them expected and some totally unexpected!  While I do like surprises as well as anyone else, encountering a lion where you really don’t expect to find one truly is surprising.

Bobby and Hunter Evans had bought their African adventure at the 2013 Dallas Safari Club Convention.  Part of the package involved being in camp with me.  Bobby happens to be my son-in-law Lance Tigrett’s uncle.  I had spent time with both Bobby and Hunter in the past, so was anxious to hunt with them in Africa!

Bobby and the problem lion.

Bobby and the problem lion.

The trip from the Johannesburg airport to Tosca in far northwestern South Africa was long, but fun.  It was hours of telling many stories of the week just past when my cameraman/co-producer Blake Barnett and I had hunted rogue hippos with Frikkie du Toit in the Limpopo region.  That had been an extremely tough, long, trying though thoroughly enjoyable hunt.

I was ready for several “no stress” days of sharing Frikkie du Toit’s camp with friends, possibly hunting kudu right along the Botswana border where before I had take a 59 1/2 inch long greater kudu and just enjoying Africa.  Little did I realize we were in for high adventure, an adventure which we did not feature in my “Trailing the Hunter’s Moon” show.  No sooner had we reached Frikkie’s lodge than we were asked to hunt a lion which had been attacking livestock and local villagers only a few miles away.  We agreed!  Later we were to learn several other professional hunters had unsuccessfully pursued this lion during the past couple of weeks..

Without going into details, we were able to “entice” the lion out of a dense thicket we could not follow his tracks into, because of the “tightness” of the thicket.  So we shot and dragged bait around the edge of the thicket, then dragged it to a place to hang only a short way from the headquarters of the ranch where the problem lion had been causing problems.

Suffice to say, we (Bobby, using my .375 Ruger rifle topped with Zeiss Conquest scope and shooting 300 grain Hornady DGX ammo) were during a very long night successful in taking the rogue….

Now you know part of the story, behind the scenes… one of these days I’ll tell the rest of the story!