Gustavo Ruiz and Andres Caballero joined Professional Hunter, Gary Phillips and assistant, Jose Hernandez, this past August for a 10 day plains game safari to the Eastern Cape.
Neither men had ever visited the Eastern Cape and had certainly never hunted any of the terrain or variety of species that the East Cape has to offer. Gustavo was set to do most of the hunting, while Andres was along for the experience. Andres, later did join in on the action and bagged a few good trophies too.
The hunters spent their first night of their hunt in the south. The following day they travelled north to our Eastern Mountainous Area, but not before stopping off for Warthog hunting along the way.
Having arrived in the north after the previous days excitement and enjoyed a warm cooked dinner with a few beers, the hunters woke to a crisp Winterberg morning. The game was plentiful and the guys had come to hunt. Gemsbuck, Cape Hartebeest, Springbuck, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck and much more…
The next few days were spent hunting the mountains for wary Mountain Reedbuck and crawling along dried up river beds for Cape Springbuck.
Back on the coast and the hunt was on for Cape Bushbuck, Caracal with hounds, East Cape Kudu, Zebra and the all important Cape Eland. Of all the species available, the Eland was the one that captured both mens imagination the most.
After the success of the Lynx it was time for Andres to join in on the action. He had been waiting patiently and now his turn had come.
By luck there was a traditional rugby derby in Grahamstown between two rivals that dates back to over 100 years. Gary had attended one of the schools and invited the guys along. It turned out to be a party of note as many old school friends connect after years and share in the camaraderie of the old days. Gustavo and Andres were soon at home in the crowd and enjoyed themselves tremendously. A nice break from the hunt and a great way to celebrate their success.
The guys hunt was drawing to an end and the all important Cape Eland was still eluding the hunters. Gary was set on hunting a certain group of Eland. He had seen two great bulls in a particular area a few months prior and wasn’t about to give up due a spell of bad weather.Cold and windy conditions had pushed the Eland down into the coastal forests to take shelter. When the weather finally turned, it drew the Eland out onto the plains and Gustavo got the opportunity at a beast of an Eland.