Doctor A and Barneo go to Spain

Monday, 24 February 2014 15:05 by admin

Spain is an interesting country to visit, but hunting has its unique challenges.  The first challenge was to get our hunting rifles out of the police station at the airport in Madrid.   Unfortunately we never did and were forced to use rifles provided by our outfitter   We made this trip to secure the grand slam of Spanish ibex.  4 subspecies of ibex exist in Spain.  March was apoor choice for timing as it snowed first than rained every other day we were there.  The snow blocked our way into the  area of the Beceite ibex but we did each harvest a Gredos ibex on the first day of the hunt.  The bad weather disrupted our movement around in Spain and we never got to hunt the Ronda.  Barneo and I had 4 tags each and being the practiced hunter he is he found a South East Spanish Ibex.  Barneo was 3/4 of the grand slam and is returning in 2014 for his Ronda.  I was happy with a great Gredos and 3 Beceite ibex with great horns.

 

The outfitter was Casa Hispanica and the guides were great but none spoke English which makes hunting challenging since I only speak English.  At one point my guide drew pictures in the dirt to identify the best shooter in a group since the verbal cues were lost.  They were kind and well qualified but the language barrier was a problem.  Barneo called checking on the paperwork for our rifles and was told we were all set.  Only after the police confiscated our rifles did we learn that written permission from the Spanish embassy was required to bring a rifle into Spain.  I suspect the language problems were the root cause of the problem.

 

The accommodations and food was a 4 star plus.  A nice touch was a private guide who kept our wives busy while we chased Ibex in the mountains.  The price was not cheap, but reasonable and with the exception of lacking English our outfitter was exceptional.

Doctor A

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Hunting Africa

Monday, 24 February 2014 14:57 by admin

Thormahlen and Cochran African Safari Hunting a truly caring group of hunters.  They are expensive but their operation is first class.  The food was 4 star and the guides outstanding.  Peter Thormahlen and his wife Anso lead the effort with a personal touch.  The accommodations were 4 star and important as I hunted with my wife as an observer.

I will use them again.

 

Doctor A

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MISSION STATEMENT AND VISION

Monday, 10 February 2014 14:42 by admin

Gamestar Hunting has been developed as a forum for hunters willing to share information.  Evaluation of guides and outfitters as well as prices and quality of hunts need to be discussed in a transparent way.  Doctor A and Barneo will travel the world and act as international hunt consultants to further this mission of transparent information sharing among hunters.

 

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Doctor A Goes to Africa

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 02:02 by Dale

Doctor A with wife as an observer in tow set off for Africa. Top of the list is a male and female lion.  Not bad for a new hunter to jump to African lions.  We landed in Johannesburg, South Africa after a 16 hour flight from Atlanta, and were met by representatives of Thormahlen and Cochran safaris.  They helped us through customs and checking in my rifles.  I carried a Blaser R8 in a .375 caliber and a Blaser R8 30.06 for smaller plains game.

Hunting lions is unique.  When you start following dinner plate size tracks you are immediately alert.  We followed the lioness tracks for less than 30 minutes when we walked up on her at 10 yards.  She was in the shade of a small tree and my first shot in the right chest caused her to raise up, roar and turn to charge.  She cleared about 5 yards when my second shot took her under the right eye and she went down for good.  Lying only 5 yards away, I took a deep breath and looked at her massive head and paws before anything else.  With a Trijicon 1-4 dangerous game scope, her head and front paws completely filled my scope view as she lunged toward me and  I pulled the trigger for my second shot.

My wife said little as she bent over the beautiful lioness.  The action was so fast neither of us had time to be afraid.  It just happens. The next day 4/25/13 was my 61st birthday and one I will never forget.  We left the lodge about 8am and used our Toyota land cruiser with a fine young tracker out front on a seat welded to the front bumper.  After driving along sandy roads he spotted a giant male track and we were off on foot.  This stalk covered several kilometers as the lion was moving away from us.  We pushed him onward and spotted claw marks on a tree that he had started up.  Not far from that tree we smelled the lion in some short grass perhaps where he rested briefly.  Not far from the grass my PH (professional hunter) started to run and waved my wife and I to follow.  He had heard our lion just ahead.  As I rounded a large bush, I heard the lion roar then a series of growls.  My tracker had the tripod sticks set up and I scanned the horizon after placing the .375 in the top of the sticks.  I was becomming nervous as I failed to locate the growling lion, and looked at my tracker who simply pointed up.  To my amazement the 580 pound lion was in a tree just ahead looking down and growling menacingly.  3 quick shots from the Blaser with a 300 grain Hornady DGX bullet followed.  The bullets did the job as they hit his left chest just behind the shoulder. He fell dead from the tree.  I never expected to tree the "king of the jungle", but it does happen my PH informed me.  We had pushed the lion hard and he finally climbed a tree to look back and see what was following him so intently.  He had a black flowing mane, and was a true giant old specimen of the African lion.  I plan to place this mount on a large branch like base in the open second floor of my lake house so I can always see him as he was up in the tree.  This was a birthday to remember!

Good Hunting,

Doctor A

 

 

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