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Old 09-12-2010, 09:44 PM   #201
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Whew, hadn't been on here for a bit and did I get behind. Really enjoying this Michael. Congrats on all the animals but the lion was really a rush for me. I can't imagine what you felt. At this moment I am extremely proud that you shared the blind with me the morning I made my first bowkill. Little did I know then that you would be shooting animals in Africa in just a few short years. Waiting for more brother. Can't wait.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:07 PM   #202
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This thread is Tuthdocish. I did not think there was anyone that could tell a story with Pics like this, but you are knocking it out the park Michael... Outstanding.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:08 PM   #203
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I keep checking to see if your little logo is lit up and maybe your online typing more.... Congrats again. Cant wait for more
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:28 AM   #204
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Amazing. Way to keep our attention! this might rival the eternal flame thread...
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:26 AM   #205
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this has got to be one of the best recaps that will ever hit the green screen thats for taking the time to share and congrats on an awesome hunt
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:39 AM   #206
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Still here...still a fan. Goodness!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:24 AM   #207
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I'm caught up now ... outstanding doesn't even come close!

Keep it coming!
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:43 AM   #208
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It just gets better and better Michael, keep it coming!
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:07 PM   #209
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Thanks for making it that much more urgent for to make it to S Africa to hunt.

My wife will love your for it.

Great job by the way. This is my new favorite thread.
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:34 PM   #210
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Only 3 words can describe this
A May Zing!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:38 PM   #211
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WOW!!!!

Just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:34 PM   #212
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Micheal as professional and entertaining as this has been and it is not even finished yet, I am hesistant to put a semi live recap of my hunt coming up from the 20th to the 29th in the Limpopo also. You have definitley thrown down the guantlet and it is going to be a very tough one to follow.

Definitley will have to get expert help for the follow up recap and pics when i get back.

This has been as good as anything I have seen in a long long time!
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:50 PM   #213
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congrats awsome so far
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:15 PM   #214
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more, more
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:40 PM   #215
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You sir have a gift when it comes to this stuff. As Krivoman said very Tuthdocish!

Keep it coming!
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #216
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Awesome trip! Great writing! Tell us more!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:02 PM   #217
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I have enjoyed this from the start. What a great write up and the pictures seal the deal.

Thank you for sharing!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:23 PM   #218
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Thanks for sharing and great write up and the pictures are just awesome.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:57 PM   #219
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best thread I have ever seen keep it coming!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:30 PM   #220
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Mike, really enjoying the narraration. Sounds like you learned a lot about technical writing at UHD! Keep it coming!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:56 PM   #221
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Micheal as professional and entertaining as this has been and it is not even finished yet, I am hesistant to put a semi live recap of my hunt coming up from the 20th to the 29th in the Limpopo also. You have definitley thrown down the guantlet and it is going to be a very tough one to follow.

Definitley will have to get expert help for the follow up recap and pics when i get back.

This has been as good as anything I have seen in a long long time!

Doug,

I know that I as well as many others will most definitely be looking forward to your hunt, and can't wait to hear about it!!!!!

You and everyone else have been extremely nice on the comments, I really appreciate it.

I'm glad that many have enjoyed hearing about it as I truly enjoyed the experience and am further enjoying sharing it with others.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:58 PM   #222
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Great, great pics and great recap. Thank YOU SIR!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:20 PM   #223
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This thread is Tuthdocish. I did not think there was anyone that could tell a story with Pics like this, but you are knocking it out the park Michael... Outstanding.
Exactly right!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #224
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Doug,

I know that I as well as many others will most definitely be looking forward to your hunt, and can't wait to hear about it!!!!!

You and everyone else have been extremely nice on the comments, I really appreciate it.

I'm glad that many have enjoyed hearing about it as I truly enjoyed the experience and am further enjoying sharing it with others.
Please don't tell me that this is all we get for the day?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:46 PM   #225
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On this day, we began earlier than usual so that we could check various travel routes and waterholes for sign. As a first timer to Africa, my hunting was best described as more of a buffet style than ordering off the menu. While there were certainly animals I really wanted and hoped we'd see, I was just about open to anything! As we checked for tracks at the various locations, I couldn't help but smile every time my PH or Tracker pointed out the tracks of those animals I wanted the most. After checking out a few different locations and analyzing the wide variety of tracks, Anthony made the decision......a very good one I might add!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:47 PM   #226
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We hadn't even been in the blind that long when the most beautiful and wanted animal of the entire trip made his appearance. Prior to coming to Africa, one animal above all else represented Africa to me.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:50 PM   #227
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As this lone stallion gazed at the water and surroundings, I couldn't believe what I was witnessing. Just the previous evening, I was conversing around the campfire with one of the hunters in camp. This trip represented his third to Africa and he had yet to have the opportunity for a zebra in bow range.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:52 PM   #228
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And now, here I found myself less than 20 yards from the animal I wanted the most. However, we weren't quite there yet. While he might have been 20 yards, he was quartering to and still surveying the surroundings with great vigilance.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:53 PM   #229
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And then, as if he read the script I would have written....he walked directly to the water and began drinking.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:54 PM   #230
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While slightly quartering, I immediately drew back knowing that at any second he could race out of sight forever....
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:55 PM   #231
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And just like that, he further followed the script to a tee.....hearing something behind him, he turned his head to investigate and was now completely broadside and completely unaware of my presence.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:59 PM   #232
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I focused directly on the triangle striations present on all zebras right at the shoulder and loosed the arrow....
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:03 PM   #233
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Awsome this is great. All have been excellent shots
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:07 PM   #234
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As the arrow struck, the unmistakable outpouring of bright red blood could be seen as he raced away. After making it to the thicker brush, he slowed to a walk. After a few slow and wobbly steps, he surged up on his hind legs and then hit the dirt....I knew it was over!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:07 PM   #235
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I heard the WHOLE story at my office today. The rest is really not that exciting
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:09 PM   #236
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After the shot, I could barely contain my emotion....
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #237
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We climbed out of the blind and inspected the arrow, despite seeing it falter before our eyes.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #238
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Awesome! More!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:13 PM   #239
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Awesome brother! This is true greatness.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #240
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As we walked to the direction where we saw it last, I couldn't wait to take a closer look at this remarkable animal.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #241
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i have nothing to add to what everyone else has said. this is awesome.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:19 PM   #242
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Arguably, my personal favorite of the trip
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #243
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nice Zebra, congrats
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:24 PM   #244
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I'm GREEN!

And I love this thread
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:24 PM   #245
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I'm with you on the zebra....my most wanted animal from Africa. One day.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:26 PM   #246
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Micheal, you need to stay up all night and finish posting all the story/recap and the pics, this waiting is killing me! Unbelievable story, great animals and a big salute to you for your time and trouble in doing this and keeping us glued to the green screen. 5 stars for everything in this thread.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:27 PM   #247
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What a great looking Zebra!

More, More, More.....
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #248
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As we examined this unbelievable animal, we noticed his life had been one filled with obvious struggle and confrontation. He had bite marks across his neck, scars ridden across his body, and a broken jaw; almost assuredly coming from the hoof of another zebra while fighting......and despite it all, he was still truly one of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen and will most definitely hold a very special place on my wall.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:31 PM   #249
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Rug, pedestal or wall mount for the Zebra?
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:33 PM   #250
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Congrats. Beautiful animals
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