Trailing the Hunter’s Moon follows veteran outdoor writer, wildlife biologist and television personality Larry Weishuhn in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe!
Today’s blog features Larry Weishuhn sharing his experience in the second of the three episode series on hunting Uganda beginning Saturday July 25th, 9:30AM ET.
“Python over 20 feet long, aggressive to say the least! We had too shoot one that had claimed a client’s sitatunga that died in the papyrus. He came for us and I shot him at less than six feet “ said Christian Weth, Professional Hunter and primary owner of Uganda Wildlife Safari.
“Big crocs as well, not uncommon to see crocs approaching 20 feet and beyond in the papyrus. But probably the thing we’ll have to be concerned about more than those two is the hippos. We’ll be on hippo trails. I’ll sit in the front so if a hippo needs to be shot, I’ll do it! You sit right behind me. Don’t shoot unless I tell you to! And sit very quietly! Don’t rock the boat. At best they’re unstable. Don’t want to tip is over! It’s the dry season, the water is low and the tempers on the papyrus’s animals are high!”
Ptythons and crocs, big ‘uns and most likely hungry as well. Hippos which kill more humans in Africa than any other animals, and we’re going to be in a narrow about 12 foot long canoe-looking thing. I’ve shot hippos longer than such a canoe!
“Why is it we’re risking life and limb?” I questioned my hunting partner Tim Fallon.
“Faint heart never won fair maiden!” he shot back.
“And what does that have to do with where we are and what we’re about to do?”
“Sitatunga” he said. I nodded.
Indeed it was the papyrus and water dwelling, long hoofed, lyre shaped horns sitatunga we were after. Ruggedly handsome, but also delicious I might add. This truly unique spiral horn antelope lives its entire life in the papyrus, the floating mass of intermeshing roots and stems that floats on the Nile River and its tributaries, including the Mayanja River where we were…