Campfire Talk Part 5 with Larry Weishuhn

01 September 2012

By now you may have seen the photo on Nature Blinds’ facebook pages of Professional Hunter Corne Kruger of Omujeve Safaris and me and the first game taken with the aid of the Nature Blinds’ Larry Weishuhn Signature Stalking Shield. I knew the Stalker Shield would work well, but how well it did work impressed even me. And “blew away” the PH! The first afternoon on Omujeve’s Omatantheka’s Concession near Etosha after stowing our gear in my comfortable tent, Corne, Blake Barnett and I headed into the “unknown”. The Conservancy is 400,000+ acres adjoined by three more tracts of 400,000+ acres, two of which are not hunted by any, but the natural predators including lion, cheetah, leopards, hyenas, plus many smaller species such as the genet cat, caracal, bat-eared foxes and others. One of those tracts adjoins the Etosha game park. Here not only those large predators roam but so do black rhinos (we saw five while on our hunt) and the huge in body and heavy ivoried desert elephants (we didn’t see them but found where they had pushed over trees, old tracks and dung piles). The area too is famous for it’s huge gemsbok oryx, mountain or Hartmann zebras, greater kudu, Cape eland, many springbok (with some of the largest horns in Africa) and other other plains game. Our primary object that first afternoon was camp meat in the form of a “non-trophy” springbok ram, which equated to a mature ram that had less than 14 inch horns. From what I had seen on the long road into camp, that was not going to be an easy chore. All the springbok rams we’d seen on the way in the long bumpy road had been bigger or young with smaller horns. We saw numerous springbok, gemsbok, mountain zebra, glassed them with our Zeiss Victory RF and Conquest HD binoculars. At one point we even glassed a distant gemsbok with my Zeiss spotting scope, studied him carefully, but then decided to leave him where he was. After driving and looking for a while Corne finally spotted a lone springbok, ram. A quick look thru his Zeiss rangefinder binocular and he pronounced not only was this a likely candidate, but he also said, “Six hundred seventy-three yards. We’ll have to get closer.” Hurriedly we stopped the vehicle, grabbed my prototype Nature Blinds LW stalking shield from the back, then quickly chopped two nopane limbs to place on top. That done we immediately started out stalk. We were in a relatively open plain. We slowly moved toward the springbok. He paid us no mind whatsoever! Nor did the others which were on either side of the plain. We slowly stalked to within about 150 yard of the unsuspecting ram. There we set the stalking shield in front of my BOG Gear RLD shooting sticks. I nestled the Ruger American Rifle on the sticks, peered through my Zeiss Conquest, set at full 10x and when all was ready, pushed the rifle’s tang safety into the fire position and gently tugged the trigging on my .30-06, sending the Hornady 165-grain GMX on its deadly mission. At the shot I quickly bolted in another round, not admiring the fact the springbok went down immediately, being ready just in case a second shot was needed (one of my pet peeves in watching tv shows, is that most don’t do this, which tells me the difference between those who hunt and true hunters). The springbok was down for good. As we stood by the ram’s side, Corne started shaking his head and said with his African accent, “Can’t believe it, that was the easiest stalk I’ve ever done. We did it in the broad open, and the springbok, never so much as paid us the least bit of attention! Amazing! Your stalker shield really does work! Love the toys you bring with you for us to play with!” I simply grinned, knowing this would be first of several such stalks we would do with the stalker shield over the next several days. Later we used the Stalker Shield to stalk wary mountain zebra, often getting almost too close to them, same with gemsbok. In one instance we stalked in the wide open, grass no taller than ankle high, a gemsbok that turned out of be a huge cow. We started about a mile way and ended up less than 200 yards of the gemsbok, and it never acknowledged the fact we were anywhere in Namibia until we finally simply walked away. Again Corne could not believe how well my stalker shield had worked. When I left Namibia my proto-type stalker shield stayed behind for Corne and his PHs to use with other clients, and for hunts they had planned to do on their own. While left without my shield, I’m bringing back several additions and improvements to be made to my signature stalker shield. If you’d like more info about my Nature Blind, Larry Weishuhn Signature Stalking Shield or to purchase it or any of the other Nature Blinds products at a special price, please go to www.natureblinds.com/Larry. I know you’ll be glad you did!