Cape Buffalo


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Cape Buffalo


In 2001 Mark Egger came to hunt with me for the second time and we had yet to shoot a buffalo 40 inches wide or wider. After leaving camp and driving for about ten miles we saw where a large herd of buffalo had crossed the road sometime during the night. I examined the tracks and determined that we should follow them. If nothing else, it would be good exercise. My longtime tracker, Ally took the lead and off we went. It took us one hour and 45 minutes to find the herd and when we did most of them were bedded down and hard to see. Finally, I spotted this guy and showed Mark, but all I could see was his left horn. However, from that alone I could tell that he was over 40 inches. Mark got into shooting position and fired a shot from his .375 directly into the bull's chest. The bull ran fifty yards and piled up. Even standing over him he looked over 40 but upon closer inspection and with my "tight" tape, he measured 1/4" under 40 inches. Somehow things weren't right. Then I looked at the bull and saw what I couldn't have seen before. The bull's left horn was visibly wider than his right. I then measured each horn from the center point of his boss and sure enough they were different. Just enough to keep him from being "over 40". Had his right horn matched the left, he would have correctly measured 40 1/2 inches. Nevertheless, he is a fine trophy and now you know the rest of the story!

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