“Old Yellow Shoes” and I first met during January 2012. We had been in contact via email prior to the Dallas Safari Club Show, but had never formally met each other. I was therefore understandably caught by surprise when a big man with a wide grin and the brightest luminous yellow shoes stepped into our booth and introduced himself as the man with the “Yellow Shoes – Steve Travis”.
At first I started a bit hesitant, I had worked through our previous correspondence and his selection of species and wishes was no walk in the park. He had done his homework and had a fairly good understanding of what was required to achieve his goals. Only one snag – this Professional Hunter wasn’t overly convinced by his client’s initial appearance. Did this man realize that his goals were set EXTREMELY high and that we’d have to hunt like men possessed? Only time would tell.
Late March rolled along, with Steve arriving on the midday flight from Cape Town. He would be joining Professional Hunter, Carl van Zyl, and tracker, Swayi, together with hunting dogs, Bongo and Foxy. The idea was to concentrate our efforts along the Coastal Area, before heading north later in the week. Steve was after a selection of specialized Plains Game species, which required us to hunt both areas, at the same time keeping a beady eye on an approaching front blowing in from the west. Rain was on its way.
With the front approaching at a rapid pace the hunters took full advantage of their circumstances that first afternoon.