“They running yet?” I questioned.   A snicker and then a laugh was the response I got from Chris Treiber who handles the hunts on Sandstone Mountain Ranch near Llano, Texas. “I know you’ve been in Africa for several weeks, but we’re still about four and a half months away from when whitetails will start responding to rattling horns! You getting a little anxious aren’t you!”

“Whatcha shooting?”   “Ruger Number 1 in .300 H&H Magnum using Hornady’s 180 grain InterBond ammo.”   “Whatdaya hunting?”   “Blackbuck antelope and possibly Axis deer if I run in to an old buck with extremely long main beams. The property Blake Barnett and I are hunting is low fence and based on what our friend who invited us to come hunt with him has told us, there’s no telling what we might encounter.” I responded picking up the Ruger single-shot and what was left of the box…

“You ready?” I asked glancing over my right shoulder at the cameraman. He nodded an affirmative. I brought the two big double forked mule deer shed antlers together with a loud crack, followed immediately by meshing the tine together in a grinding manner. Three seconds later I caught movement running through the mesquite and cactus coming directly toward us. I kept rattling. I could see two bucks, including a very massive ten point, the other only a bit smaller racked. The smaller of the two sailed over a…

Twenty-two years ago this summer (2016) I went to Africa my first time. That trip essentially changed my life…   I had dreamed of going on safari since I was a youngster “in short britches”! When I learned to read a friend of our family game me a copy J. A. Hunter’s books. I was hooked. In high school when Hemingway’s books, were on the required reading list for “English Composition”, I knew I’d made the right choice in teachers. I considered this a “sign”. Someday I’d go…