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…

“That Ruger FTW Hunter of yours really does like Hornady 250-grain GMX, doesn’t it!” commented Tim Fallon when I showed him two targets I had shot at the Lodge range with my .375 Ruger a few minutes before.   “Yes Sir! Three shot essentially into the same hole at 50 yards and basically the same at 100. That impresses me! From the range card you did for me, sighted dead on at 50 yards it’s dead on again at 200 yards and only 3-inches low at 250. I…

“It’s time!” said my hunting partner, Blake Barnett, who also serves as the co-host and producer of my television show.   I cast a questioning glance. “Time? Time for what? I’ve pretty well figured out what Ruger guns I’m using this fall and have them sighted in. I’ve got sufficient Hornady ammo to make it through the season and if I don’t I know where I can buy more. Not only that, I have had Travel with Guns book any flights. Got my Drake clothing packed for the…