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Photos: Pieter Potgieter

After a light breakfast we drove over to
the skinning shed and picked up our tracker,
Shadrack, then headed to the range to sightin our rifles. I was shooting a Remington
Model  in .-. Dad bought a Model
   in .  Mag. in advance
of our trip, a purchase made with an eye
toward someday pursuing Cape buffalo.
From the shooting bench we could
see herds of blesbok and springbok in the
distance. Stalking within range in the wideopen terrain with so many eyes would be
difficult, so we circled around and used a
crease in the land to flank them. There were
several good springboks to choose from, but
we decided to try our luck with the blesbok
first, after Pieter spotted an exceptional ram.
Dad, like so many times through the
years, was adamant that I take the first
shot, and he wished me luck.
Employing a tactic familiar to pronghorn hunters, Pieter opened a giant
camouflage umbrella to hide our forms,

and we advanced behind it, cutting the
distance to perhaps  yards. We crawled
the final span to a scrub bush, and Pieter
put up the shooting sticks.
Our boy was covered in the back of the
herd, but it was easy to keep track of him-
his horns were longer and heavier, and
his body darker, than the others. As we
waited for the shot, my mind wandered
back to the words Dad had spoken when
we booked our trip at the  Harrisburg
show: "I can't wait to see the look on your
face when you tip over your first African
animal. Once Africa gets in your blood,
life will never be the same."
Dad knew that lesson well, having fulfilled his lifelong dream of hunting Africa
three years earlier (also with Pieter). Now
we were on the Dark Continent together. It
was only fitting that after a lifetime of sharing his love for hunting with me, my first
taste of Africa would come with Dad by my
side. This is the same man who was there

Craig McDaniel, the author's father
and an NRA Benefactor member,
couldn't pass on a huge South African
springbok. The horns carried by his
steinbok, left, were equally impressive.

when I shot my first limit of squirrels; the
man who was there when, to my surprise,
I connected on a -yard shot to kill my
first deer; the man who helped me call in
my best gobbler to date just five seasons ago.
The herd began to part, snapping me
back into the moment. When the shot
presented itself, I settled the crosshairs on
the blesbok's shoulder, slowly pulled the
trigger and ... blew the shot. The herd froze.
I ran the bolt on the Remington and shot
again. The herd took off, and my blesbok
immediately fell behind. Though probably
unnecessary in hindsight, I shot again and
broke his back, putting him down for good.
I looked back at Dad and gave him
a thumbs-up. I couldn't tell you whose
smile was bigger.

It was only fitting that after a lifetime of sharing
his love for hunting with me, my first taste of
Africa would come with Dad by my side.
. ❘

 ❘  


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