MARSHALL, ILL. —
One of the first thoughts from Krysten McDaniel was “We are going back next year” and for Josh McDaniel it was “The experience was so much more than I expected.”
What can they be talking about? Yes, Africa. This young couple harvested ten animals in eight days with bow and arrows only!
Kennedy and Alex, the camp trackers and skinners, worked from daylight to dark. What do they do with all the meat, you say? Nothing goes to waste; they even keep the tripe or guts! Many natives benefit from such a harvest and from my personal experience, the wildebeest melts in your mouth. Josh agreed the food was outstanding.
They said they couldn’t believe how everyone catered to them and they felt like one of the family, not just a client.
OK, enough about the hunting lodge.
Krysten is a petite young lady, as pretty as a speckled pup on a fire engine. She may be 100 pounds soaking wet. This info is actually important further down the path!
The animals Krysten took were wildebeest, kudu, zebra, wort hog, impala and gemsbuck.
Josh took wort hog, vervet monkey, wildebeest and impala. Krysten was hunting with her Mathews bow in a Jewel model. She loves it, with the animals as proof.
And yes, Josh also packed a bow. In their hunters’ paradise, he said. Josh’s main focus was to be cameraman, to record everything his wife did. Their hunting exploits will air on television next year. Ted Nugent, rock star/bow hunter, wants their footage for his show.
Josh set out remote cameras so the animals would walk up and smell them and even lick the lenses.
Cobus Van Vuuren laughed at Josh asking so many questions and was like dynamite ready to explode from taking everything in.
Zebra was No. 1 on Krysten’s list and when it stopped at the water hole, it only went another 300 yards from the well-placed arrow through the lungs. It was a mean one, biting and kicking the others away from the water.
Krysten’s eyes got big as saucers when the Kudu came in with their ears working like radar and huge horns, standing at 6 feet at the shoulders. No, the 50-inch bull didn’t go very far either.
The blind was set up for taller hunters, so Krysten had to stand on a cooler to take a shot on her gemsbuck and wildebeest. When the Gemsbuck came in it was nervous, never standing still.
She held her bow at full draw for several minutes and had to let off from being exhausted. Ok, the animal settles down and she can’t get her bow drawn back while standing on a small cooler, so Cobus came to the rescue, helping her make the draw and steadying the cooler. She thought the shot was high, but the camera caught the arrow in flight showing it to be a perfect shot with the animal going a short distance.
Her wart hog is second to none being a major trophy “Tusker”.
The impala eased into shooting range with the only worry of a predator lurking in the thick brush nearby. When it felt a sharp pain in the side, created by a lady from Indiana.
Josh went through not only the shock of jet lag and a six-hour time change, but culture shock as well. He says more folks need to experience Africa to appreciate the life style we have in the United States.
The natives wholeheartedly appreciate everything you do for them, like provide a job with an outfitter.
If you would like to hear more about Africa, Josh and Krysten love to tell about their experience of a lifetime. So, the next time you’re in Gander Mountain buying hunting supplies ask for Krysten, she works there. Josh is the bow tech for Custer’s Bow shop, which is about five miles south of Riley.
For info on the lodge they stayed at, visit www.javavusafaris.com.
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