Up on the Zeiss Victory Stage at the 2017 Dallas Safari Club Hunting Expo and Convention, predator calling legend, Byron South, was answering question from the audience about best times to call, how long to call, what animal distress calls to use for coyote and bobcats, and if several of those attending asking if they could accompany him on a future hunt.

I do not remember the date, although it had to in the early 1960’s. Nor do I remember the country, but it was in Africa. I do remember the photo of my hero Jack O’Connor long the “Dean of Gun Writers” with a monstrous greater kudu, a great gray ghost bull with spiral horns measuring over 60-inches. The photo and story made a huge impression on me.   Shortly after the photos and story appeared in Outdoor Life, I made a promise. Some day I would hunt Africa…

The last embers of our “Colorado Mountain High” campfire were turning to gray ashes. I poked what was left of the fire which had earlier in the evening prompted many tales of great stags bested. The others had long since excused themselves and gone to bed..   The dying coals sent offerings of bright sparks to the dark heavens above. Way off in the distance I heard a faint high-pitched whistle.   It was so distant I questioned if indeed it really was a …… Then just beyond our…

“You packed and ready to go?” asked Sean Lingl. I was….but really did not want to drag my Boyt travel bag and gun case down stairs to head to the airport to begin the long flight back to Texas. The hunt had been a fun one. For several days Sean a long time friend and ace black bear guide, Jamie Romeril blacktail deer hunter extraordinaire, cameraman Jason Miller and I had been hunting on Vancouver Island. What had started out as blacktail deer hunt I had set up…