It goes without saying, insult a Professional Hunters hunting dog and your life will be in danger – watch a Professional Hunter work with a young dog for the first time – and you’ll be rewarded for life.
Recently I had the great pleasure of guiding two elderly gentleman from Spain on their annual safari to Africa. Both being experienced hunters who’ve had the privilege of hunting throughout most of Southern Africa over the course of the last 30 years.
Manuel Revenga and his good friend Salvador Albacar, accompanying him, joined me on one of our classical Plains Game Safaris. We were after a host of species that Manuel had previously not hunted or had little or no success on.
Day 1 started off with the usual sighting and re checking of the rifles before starting on the hunt. By midmorning we had spotted a fantastic Warthog across a valley, but had no way in getting any closer without a long trek through a steep gorge. Judging by Manuel’s enthusiasm, we decided to set out and give it a crack. An hour later we were up and through the gorge, and in position.
Manuel steadied himself on the sticks, leaned into his 300win mag and squeezed. At the exact moment of the shot the Warthog stepped forward and Manuel hit him a bit far back. I signaled for my tracker, Boy, to send in my young inexperienced hunting dog, Bongo. A warthog, never the best trophy to start a dog on, but this was Day 1 and if this safari was to start on the right note, then he’d have to learn fast!
Never the less, we had met two fantastic gentleman and shared 7 magical days enjoying the great spirit of hunting. We had hunted some of the most beautiful terrain the East Cape has to offer and saw the rise of a young Jack Russel into something larger than life that I’m sure will be spoken about for many years to come!