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Africa Grand Slam!

Africa Grand Slam!

In late June, Tim Wagner went on his first African safari. Tim had been chosen as the winner of OL’s Africa Grand Slam Adventure Contest, and was sent to the Limpopo province of South Africa. Here's his story!
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from sschisler59@yah... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

tim, congrats on a great hunt! thanks for sharing. my cousin and I went to the same province with macdonald safari's after silent bidding on a 7 day hunt at the dallas SCI show. we got the hunt very reasonable, but not as cheap as you did! we were also treated like royalty. same type of accomodations, vehicles ,ph, etc.. we also hunted plainsgame. we harvested 55-1/2" kudu, 36+" gemsbok,27" wide blue wildebeast,19-1/4" red hartebeast,24+"impala, 4" stenbok, 11-1/2" warthog. what an incredible ist trip (hopefully) to the darkcontinent. everyone needs to experience this in their lifetime. i would encourage anyone to give macdonald safari intl. a try! they truly are worth the price.

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from hunting-scopes-... wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Congrats..to all & The Grand Slammer!
I enjoyed those pics. Now, more than ever, want to go to South Africa. What a beautiful Landscape.

Like best the "night sky with all the stars" picture...unreal! The Pic of the Impala and the "Champ" between the horns is awesome. I know he is going to get that framed up.

Thanks for sharing.OL is a GREAT PUBLICATION!!

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I can only dream of having such an amazing trip. I was a finalist for the Colorado Grand Slam last year and was praying I could be lucky enough to be picked. Maybe next time. Thanks for all the pictures and I look forward to seeing the Video. Congratulations!!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like a great trip. I've got a lot of pennies to save up before I can go to Africa, but it's on my bucket list.

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Awesome

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from twags wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Hey, Brandon. I think you nailed it! "Once in a lifetime" sounds fine until the hunt is over, but then you start thinking, "Well, maybe twice in a lifetime..." We watched some of the videos at the lodge while we were in S. Africa, and you guys will be in for a treat. The videographer did an awesome job of catching the hunts. I have an interesting setup for shipping the trophies back. My taxidermist is also a shipping broker, so he's not charging me brokerage fees. I don't know yet how much the shipping will be, it takes several months over there to get them dipped and packed to meet the U.S. entry requirements. But, I think it's going to cost a healthy chunck. (Not that all of my stuff put together weighs as much as an 8' brown bear!) Fortunately, I just found out the taxidermy is less than I expected. And, I'll get a couple of European mounts and then the tanned hides pretty quickly, so that will help me be more patient until the shoulder mounts are done sometime next year! -Tim

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from Linebacker97 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Tim,
From the Alaskan Grand Slam Winner, I congratulate you on a very successful hunt in Africa. It looks like a great time was had by all and God granted everyone safe travel, a true blessing this is. I know my attitude and hunting life was changed permanently due to OL sending me to Alaska. I want to go back so bad I can barely stand it. To me that shows how great a time the Grand Slam Adventures are. Soak it all in, I continue watching the video of my hunt and look at the pictures from it all the time. I can not wait to see your video. The pictures are great also. One question I have though, how are you getting some of those trophies back? It was not cheap to get my trophies from Alaska, and you have a 36"+ trophy!! Well worth it all in the end. Congratulations again. Brandon

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from twags wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Gentlemen, thanks for the congrats. I had a fantastic time fulfilling the dream of a lifetime. And, I can't imagine better companions for this trip than John and Justin from Outdoor Life. Both great guys; John was evidently too humble to mention the fine impala he took, too. The only problem with this trip is - I already want to go back!

HunterPilot is right, we flew out and back on SAA Airbus 340's, which were really nice, even in coach. Mdlindley, I did just fine stalking without camouflage in South Africa, but I can also say unequivocally that camouflage would have been better than the solid, dull colors. (I think my PH would agree, since he had me e-mail him some pattern recommendations once I got home, because the Texas Hill Country is very similar cover to the area where I hunted.) I had plenty of animals in S. Africa see me, though they couldn't identify what I was. On the other hand, stalking whitetails, I've been within 10 feet of deer that had no idea I was there in camo. Sitting in a blind or upland bird hunting, is as you said, a different story.

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from mdlindley wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

First off, congratulations Tim! Those will be lifelong memories for you on a very successful dream hunt.

The caption in photo #32 caught my attention: "Camouflage isn’t yet hugely popular for hunting in Africa." And that makes me smile. I will be unpopular for saying this, but I think camouflage is way overrated for big game hunting. Especially if you have 500 sq. inches of blaze orange wrapped around your torso like many states mandate. In my opinion, there is more emphasis on marketing than on effectiveness of the many camo garments made today. Unfortunately, it is getting more difficult to find good quality and functional gear that is NOT camouflaged. I have been forced to turn to the more expensive, but generally very good quality, companies like Orvis or L.L. Bean who still produce the more traditional style of hunting gear in drab colors, much like you see worn in Africa. Predator, turkey, and waterfowl hunting outside of a blind is a more justifiable use of camouflage. Kicking up pheasants wearing and tearing the latest pattern by Mossy Oak is not only unnecessary, but kinda looks ridiculous. Thanks for reading my rant!

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from HunterPilotSkier wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Congratulations to Tim on his Grand Slam hunt. Thanks for the photos and the story. I enjoyed both. He may have flown to South Africa on a 747, but the jet in the picture is an Airbus A300. Both are good aircraft, but the bus is the new kid on the block. Love your site and your magazine....I look forward to both each month.

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from HunterPilotSkier wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Congratulations to Tim on his Grand Slam hunt. Thanks for the photos and the story. I enjoyed both. He may have flown to South Africa on a 747, but the jet in the picture is an Airbus A300. Both are good aircraft, but the bus is the new kid on the block. Love your site and your magazine....I look forward to both each month.

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from mdlindley wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

First off, congratulations Tim! Those will be lifelong memories for you on a very successful dream hunt.

The caption in photo #32 caught my attention: "Camouflage isn’t yet hugely popular for hunting in Africa." And that makes me smile. I will be unpopular for saying this, but I think camouflage is way overrated for big game hunting. Especially if you have 500 sq. inches of blaze orange wrapped around your torso like many states mandate. In my opinion, there is more emphasis on marketing than on effectiveness of the many camo garments made today. Unfortunately, it is getting more difficult to find good quality and functional gear that is NOT camouflaged. I have been forced to turn to the more expensive, but generally very good quality, companies like Orvis or L.L. Bean who still produce the more traditional style of hunting gear in drab colors, much like you see worn in Africa. Predator, turkey, and waterfowl hunting outside of a blind is a more justifiable use of camouflage. Kicking up pheasants wearing and tearing the latest pattern by Mossy Oak is not only unnecessary, but kinda looks ridiculous. Thanks for reading my rant!

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from twags wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Gentlemen, thanks for the congrats. I had a fantastic time fulfilling the dream of a lifetime. And, I can't imagine better companions for this trip than John and Justin from Outdoor Life. Both great guys; John was evidently too humble to mention the fine impala he took, too. The only problem with this trip is - I already want to go back!

HunterPilot is right, we flew out and back on SAA Airbus 340's, which were really nice, even in coach. Mdlindley, I did just fine stalking without camouflage in South Africa, but I can also say unequivocally that camouflage would have been better than the solid, dull colors. (I think my PH would agree, since he had me e-mail him some pattern recommendations once I got home, because the Texas Hill Country is very similar cover to the area where I hunted.) I had plenty of animals in S. Africa see me, though they couldn't identify what I was. On the other hand, stalking whitetails, I've been within 10 feet of deer that had no idea I was there in camo. Sitting in a blind or upland bird hunting, is as you said, a different story.

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from Linebacker97 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Tim,
From the Alaskan Grand Slam Winner, I congratulate you on a very successful hunt in Africa. It looks like a great time was had by all and God granted everyone safe travel, a true blessing this is. I know my attitude and hunting life was changed permanently due to OL sending me to Alaska. I want to go back so bad I can barely stand it. To me that shows how great a time the Grand Slam Adventures are. Soak it all in, I continue watching the video of my hunt and look at the pictures from it all the time. I can not wait to see your video. The pictures are great also. One question I have though, how are you getting some of those trophies back? It was not cheap to get my trophies from Alaska, and you have a 36"+ trophy!! Well worth it all in the end. Congratulations again. Brandon

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from twags wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Hey, Brandon. I think you nailed it! "Once in a lifetime" sounds fine until the hunt is over, but then you start thinking, "Well, maybe twice in a lifetime..." We watched some of the videos at the lodge while we were in S. Africa, and you guys will be in for a treat. The videographer did an awesome job of catching the hunts. I have an interesting setup for shipping the trophies back. My taxidermist is also a shipping broker, so he's not charging me brokerage fees. I don't know yet how much the shipping will be, it takes several months over there to get them dipped and packed to meet the U.S. entry requirements. But, I think it's going to cost a healthy chunck. (Not that all of my stuff put together weighs as much as an 8' brown bear!) Fortunately, I just found out the taxidermy is less than I expected. And, I'll get a couple of European mounts and then the tanned hides pretty quickly, so that will help me be more patient until the shoulder mounts are done sometime next year! -Tim

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Awesome

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from seadog wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like a great trip. I've got a lot of pennies to save up before I can go to Africa, but it's on my bucket list.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I can only dream of having such an amazing trip. I was a finalist for the Colorado Grand Slam last year and was praying I could be lucky enough to be picked. Maybe next time. Thanks for all the pictures and I look forward to seeing the Video. Congratulations!!

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from hunting-scopes-... wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Congrats..to all & The Grand Slammer!
I enjoyed those pics. Now, more than ever, want to go to South Africa. What a beautiful Landscape.

Like best the "night sky with all the stars" picture...unreal! The Pic of the Impala and the "Champ" between the horns is awesome. I know he is going to get that framed up.

Thanks for sharing.OL is a GREAT PUBLICATION!!

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from sschisler59@yah... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

tim, congrats on a great hunt! thanks for sharing. my cousin and I went to the same province with macdonald safari's after silent bidding on a 7 day hunt at the dallas SCI show. we got the hunt very reasonable, but not as cheap as you did! we were also treated like royalty. same type of accomodations, vehicles ,ph, etc.. we also hunted plainsgame. we harvested 55-1/2" kudu, 36+" gemsbok,27" wide blue wildebeast,19-1/4" red hartebeast,24+"impala, 4" stenbok, 11-1/2" warthog. what an incredible ist trip (hopefully) to the darkcontinent. everyone needs to experience this in their lifetime. i would encourage anyone to give macdonald safari intl. a try! they truly are worth the price.

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