Most of these hunts will be structured around one or two primary "must-have" animals, usually greater kudu
and perhaps gemsbok or nyala, and a selection of other animals will probably happen along: blesbok, impala, hartebeest, springbok, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, and more.
Other snaps show the Trump brothers standing by animals they gunned down on two trips in 2010 and 2011, including antelope, waterbuck, two buffalo, a great warthog, a greater kudu
and a civet cat.
Mopane is highly browsed by the greater kudu
(Tragelaphusstrepsiceros) (Hooimeijer et al., 2005; Curlewis, 2014), elephants (Loxodonta africana) (Kos et al., 2012), and domestic animals such as cattle (Timberlake, 1995) and goats (Macala et al., 1992).
Lake Nukuru has lions and rhinos and the trees are wonderful for leopards and birds, while Lake Bogoria is home to flamingos and the greater kudu
Pick a couple of the major antelope that you really want, maybe greater kudu
and gemsbok, and then pick two or three common animals from a long list: impala, hartebeest, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, etc.
If you doubt this poundage is adequate for whitetail bowhunting, consider this: using my old bow-arrow combination in South Africa, I achieved a complete pass-through on a 600-pound greater kudu
. And that was with 42 ft-lbs of energy.
Savannah and woodland dwellers like eland, kudu, blue wildebeest, warthog, and impala also need space; however, and unlike their more northern cousins the southern greater kudu
, here in South Africa's Eastern Cape, the kudu dwell in valley bushveld thickets and along densely wooded kloofs, as does the challenging bushbuck, therefore a hunter may not traverse as vast an area as he might for the true plains dwellers.
According to the DWNP, between 1979 and 1986, CKGR's wildebeest numbers plummeted by 90 per cent, hartebeest by 70 per cent and greater kudu
by 50 per cent, declines from which they've never fully recovered.
So, why does the Greater Kudu
, Africa's "Gray Ghost," top every visiting hunter's wish list?
The Kolos, including Don's son Luke, who also signed up for the hunt, shared a goal to each harvest the gray ghost of Africa, a greater kudu
. This elk-sized animal stands 60 inches at the shoulders and is the second tallest antelope in the world.
For those of us who've been around a bit, this handy widget plugs into your ear and serves to amplify surrounding sound, while still shutting down if it hears a loud blast --like that .45-70 SSK Hand Cannon going off in the general direction of that Greater Kudu
that just stepped out in front of you (we can dream, can't we?).
Though I have yet to take an elk with this load, I did take a zebra, greater kudu
and gemsbok with it.