The Dream Jackal
By Robert Hoague
Jul 9, 2008 – 10:30:51 AM
Noon … and all the animals had cleared out of our area. Will and I checked
out the cooler to see what was in it for lunch. More ginsbok
sandwiches, some snacks, fruit and homemade chocolate cake. We divvied
it up. Very good stuff. I saved one sandwich back and half the
chocolate cake for later in the day.
An hour later we spotted a Jackal near the edge of the trees on the
furthest side of the mostly dried up lake. Will told me it was a Black
When I was a kid I read most of the Tarzan books and they gave me an
impression about jackals as being mean killers and opportunists that
traveled in packs. Because they tweaked my interest I had read up on
them and knew a little about them. They are 15 to 20 inches high at the
shoulder and can weigh up to 35 pounds.
The Black Backed Jackal of Namibia is the
oldest canine (older than wolves, coyotes and dogs) and often
scavenges, but it is a skillful stalker and successful hunter too.
They prey on guinea fowl, rodents, hares, snakes, lizards as well as
small to medium sized animals. Sometimes they hunt in packs, (which was
usually the case in the Tarzan novels). Jackals are fierce killers and
can take down Impala, Springbok and gazelles. Their powerful jaws and
sharp teeth can crush the bones of the game they hunt. When killing
planes game antelope the jackal
uses a vice-like throat bite which cuts off the air and suffocates the
victim. They also prey on livestock such as sheep and goats.
Frankly, I consider the Jackal quite a trophy and told Will so.
The Jackal stopped in the brush and I zoomed in on it all the way with
my camera and took two pictures.
I went for a third pic but the Jackal
had moved out of the frame.
“He’s coming,” Will whispered.
I looked up and the Jackal was coming on a dead run across the concrete
hard, dried mud of the lake bed. Down with the Sony. Up with the
It stopped at the waters edge and I heard Will whisper, “nineteen yards.”
My BowTech Guardian pulled like it was 20 pounds instead of 65, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was pumped.
Like a green beacon, the bright green fiber-optic pin shown brightly
and I held it rock steady above the shoulder bone … and touched my
My arrow popped through the Jackal and it fell flat on the spot.
Whaaa Hooo. Just like I’d dreamed about since I was a young kid, a
Jackal with my bow, just like Tarzan. I could not have been more
tickled … and I promise you this was one of the highlights of my
We recovered the Jackal and quickly took a few pics. And got back in
the ground blind. There was plenty of bowhunting time left today.
- BowTech Guardian–
This is really a swell hunting bow and from the time I sighted it in
until now it feels like an old friend. Four things sum it up: smooth to
draw, accurate as in tight arrow groups and shots in the kill zone,
very fast, and quiet when you draw and shoot. A 10 in all ways. BowTechArchery.com
- Grim Reaper RazorCut
– Cut on impact, razor sharp 1 3/4″ cut blades, smacked through the
Jackal’s vitals and dropped it in its tracks. These
broadheads fly like field points and make a wide, lethal cut. GrimReaperBroadheads.com
3B Outdoors Release Light Plus
– A new item and I really like it. The light sticks to the head
of any release and turns on and off with a push button.
is designed for finding your nock or string loop in the dark or low
light but it has many other uses. It
see in the dark or low light and it does not affect your night vision.
It was perfect to look inside the cooler before daylight to see where
the coffee thermos was and find a snack — and as I mentioned already,
it does not mess up your night vision. 3BOutdoorsArchery.com
- Pro-Ears Gold Series – The
latest in the Pro-Ears line. From a bowhunter’s perspective they are
excellent for hearing enhancement. It hears noises that are too soft
for your ears to pick up. The Gold series is digital and the sound is
exceptionally clear, even at higher volumes. And each ear adjusts for
volume and you can tell where a sound is coming from, to the left,
right, in front, or behind you. Pro-Ears.com
- Nikon Binoculars and Range Finders – In this type of
hunting binoculars and range finders are an definite asset. I
appreciate that its design of the Monarch razer 800 rangefinder because
you hold it with one hand while you have your bow in the other. And the
Monarch ATB 10×36 binoculars are up to the task of checking out animals
when they are still far away.
I used a Jim Fletcher
release, its a dandy for us string loop shooters. The arrows were Carbon Express Maxima 350 arrows. Lake
Country Archery in Yantas Texas made them. Richard fletched them with an
AZ EZ-Fletch (Carbon arrow model) and used yellow EZE-Eye wraps and Bohning Blazer yellow
zebra vanes. The sighting was done with a Kingsway One Pin sight and the arrow rest is a Trophy Ridge drop zone.
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