I landed at about noon, got my rifle and cleared customs, then Pieter Stoffberg of Nimrod drove me to a ranch about an hour east of the capital city of Windhoek. The ranch was about 20,000 acres and we went out that afternoon, verified that my scope was zeroed on my .300 WBY, then went for a drive around the ranch where Pieter showed me some of the large variety of game to be hunted. It was incredible for me to see Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Kudu cows, Warthog, Impala and Springbok on that first afternoon....I could hardly wait to get down to some serious hunting! The next day we went out for real. We would drive to places on the ranch, glass and spot game, then try to stalk for a shot. We made several stalks on Kudu and Hartebeest in the morning without getting a shot...these animals are very spooky and it is NOT like shooting fish in a barrel, believe me...they were as spooky as whitetail deer, but with better eyesight.
Late in the afternoon, we spotted a Hartebeest bull that Pieter was sure would be high in the record book and took off on a stalk. As we were moving into range, we spooked a group of Gemsbok that we didn't know where there as we were sneaking through the thick bush...they ran off and took the Hartebeest with them, much to our dismay. We had been seeing lots of sign and the area looked like a great place to jump something, so we maneuvered to get the wind in our favor, then snuck along a dry creek bed, peering up over the top every few yards to see what we could see.. We were startled when a Kudu bull "barked", the sound they make when alarmed like when a whitetail "snorts"...it was LOUD and CLOSE but we never saw him in the thick bush, but could hear him take off.