First Hide



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First Hide

By Wade Nolan

Jun 19, 2008 – 6:40:37 AM

 

First Hide
By
bowhunting biologist, Wade Nolan

It seemed a lot like an evening whitetail hunt.
The day was nearly over when I stole a few hours from my writing chores to
squeeze in an hour or so at the blind. I took along my Bear Truth 2 and an
African Bowhunter Magazine to help pass the time. I didn?t take a PH but I did
take a tripod and my camera. I?m hunting the new Namibia property that Dries
Visser and Riaan Alberts have set up in the Erongo Mountains. It?s called Kanona
West after the river that weaves through the property. After settling in, I set
up the camera so it would be easy to push record, surveyed the waterhole and sat
down to do some relaxing reading.

Blind hunting, in contrast to treestand hunting,
is best for folks who can be happy looking at 25% of the land around them. I am
usually only happy if I have plenty to look at? like a 360 view. When in a blind
I get claustrophobic and nervous if I can?t see around me. I do best if I read
something and glance through the portal every 30 seconds. The plan in place I
got into a great story about a bowhunt in the Erongo Mountains, which are just
north of here. Then found myself waking up every paragraph or so. How is it that
that we always remember falling asleep but we can?t remember falling
asleep?

As an alternate strategy I decided to stand next
to the shooting port and peek out. I seldom fall asleep when standing up and
things were working out. Doves were streaming into the waterhole like someone
was handing out ten dollar bills. They sound like roughed grouse flushing when
they leave and with a steady stream of fluttering noise I was stimulated and
finally awake. The magazine story would have to wait.

Then in the distance I saw a potential victim
approaching from the river bed. The warthog had a pair of very visible tusks,
even at 60 yards. This was show time and I cranked up the camera and reached for
my bow. I had the shooting port open and now I became concerned about scent as
the wind was drifting toward the waterhole. I may have to make this quick
because one fact I?m sure of is that a warthogs nose is legendary. The warty
approached from the opposite side and disappeared for a short while. In a flash
his knees were bent and he was sucking up a long drink.

At this point I knew that my long range strategy
concerning scent suppression was paying off. Both Robert Hogue and I have been
taking NULLO, which is an internal body deodorant, for about two years. The
non-prescription Chlorophyll Copper complex pills have been used in the health
care industry for about 50 years and were only recently made available to
hunters. They are just amazing and in that they are internally attacking BO they
fix breath as well as body odor. I really believe that these little green pills,
when used with other scent suppression strategies, make a huge
difference.

With the camera running I drifted toward the
shooting port, bow ready and got a look at the angle. It was bad. The pig was
quartering toward me and would have to turn for this to work. Warthogs move like
they are from the movie set of ?The Matrix?. This one was no different. In a
blur he wheeled and was facing the opposite direction. All with no particular
reason, as he was not alarmed, he moved again, as if alarmed, toward the salt
block. Now he was broadside and I wasted no time launching an arrow his
way.

There is always an animated discussion when shot
placement is discussed and rather than get technical let me say that there is a
simple solution when selecting ?the spot? on African game. It is always forward
of where you would shoot a whitetail. With a deer we typically instruct the
shooter to come up the front leg and move back 4 inches. While that will give
you a double lung shot on a buck it will give you an opportunity to track all
night with a bushman in Africa. That shot is just too far back on most African
game.

The secret here is to look at the book ?The
Perfect Shot? by Kevin Robertson and take note of the configuration of the front
leg bones and shoulder blade of African animals. There is a big forward facing
open ?V? that opens to the lungs and heart. This means that you raise your pin
directly up the leg and 1/3 into the body. This will put your arrow into the
boiler room. If you move your aiming point back you will get diaphragm and
guts.

The arrow disappeared into his side. The Warthog
spun and like most shot animals, left by his arrival route.

He used up only 4-seconds of his escape plan when
the lights went out. The grass behind the waterhole began to wiggle and I knew
that the ?Reaper? had ?X?ed his heart. I used the last moments of light to
locate him and called Johan on the radio, ?Wart down at the first hide?, I
announced, and after a little static I had arranged a ride back to the safari
camp. The sky was still blushing when I loaded my prize into the Land Rover.
Instead of reading a story about a bowhunt in Namibia?s Erongo Mountains? I had
gotten my own.

Wade Nolan with his Warthog.

 

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