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Huge Blue Wildebeest falls to Monster XLR8 Image
Location: Limpopo, South AfricaAlbum: African & MiscellaneousAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: African & Miscellaneous

Huge Blue Wildebeest falls to Monster XLR8

March 17, 2011 by Ben Salleras

It was getting late in the afternoon, on the second last day of my South African adventure. Perched on a high bank above a small waterhole, I waited in my ground blind, entertained by a pair of Steenbuck feeding 150m away.

With only an hour of daylight remaining, a large herd of Blue Wildebeest came wandering through the bush and down to the waterhole for a drink. At the back of the herd was a huge trophy bull, I decided I would take him if he gave me the chance. Patiently I waited for an angle, but time and time again he was either protected by other wildebeest or didn’t offer a good shooting angle. I drew 4 times on him, only to let down each time. The adrenalin was building…..

Finally after patiently waiting for my opportunity, he presented a clear, slightly quartering shot at 45m. My shot hit him well, with a loud snort he reared up on his hind legs and bolted into the scrub. My guide soon arrived, and after a quick tracking job I had my trophy wildebeest, I was absolutely elated. He later green-scored at 77″, a true monster Blue Wildebeest, and another fine trophy claimed by my faithful Monster XLR8.

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