Late March saw father and son, Richard and Luther Dietrich, join Brett Nelson and his group on their annual hunt to John X Safaris.
Professional Hunter, Gary Phillips, guided Richard and Luther on what was to be their first African safari. Both hunters were interested in a variety of Plains Game, hunting from both our Coastal and Mountainous areas.
An action packed bonus it turned out to be! Gary was called away to attend to ranching matters and Tyrone took over for the morning. Both Richard and Luther had settled on Warthog hunting, after all their trophy room would never be complete without a Warthog. The hunters spotted a good boar, took their time with the stalk and settled onto the sticks for the shot. At the crack of the shot the Warthog took off and disappeared into the undergrowth. The guys started tracking the blood spoor; there was plenty of blood, but no pig. Ed, together with Brett and Jeff, were called in with the Jack Russel’s, Bongo and Dodge.
Both dogs took off immediately, within minutes all hell broke loose. The dogs had found the wounded Warthog and now had it bayed. The hunters went rushing into the action. To their surprise the Jack Russel’s came rushing back with the pig in close pursuit, unfortunately the pig chose to descend on those without rifles. Words cannot describe the mayhem, but we’re sure you can picture the scene! Dogs first, then the hunters, then trackers, and finally the wounded Warthog ready to pounce on any slow retreats. At the last-minute, the men with guns got the gap they had been waiting for and dropped an irate Warthog in its tracks.