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Adrenaline rush II
Round II...Waking up at 6 am to start yet another amazing hunting day! This morning I Joined Ben and Alex. Alex was after a Water Buffalo. And like the day before, we got on top of our horses to start the adventure around 8 am, when we left the lodge.
We saw a few nice Buffalos the day before with Osqui while searching for Red. So today, George lead us in that same direction. After an hour or two we finally notice a group of three nice Buffalos. We stood there, trying to hide as best as we could, but somehow they noticed something was not good, and they started walking away from us. From right to left. Alex was very tented to shoot. It was a long shot and it was only 10:30 am. George told Alex:
-You can take the shoot Alex. But, on the other hand, we have all day long to go for him. And the environment is on our side. There is a cliff over there that’s why they stopped moving. They can only come back this way.
So we had two options by now. Staying put and see if they come back the same way or take the horses and get closer. We agreed that the second option suited us better. They were about a mile away from us and waiting was not an option.
I thought it was a good idea to shoot a video from the big rock we were before to get the whole picture, so I set up my camera there and waited for the guys to get in its range. The buffalos didn’t move an inch since the guys left. I finally saw them 10 minutes later. It was funny to see them from a long distance. To see the horses walking (as small as ants) and the buffalos on the other side without noticing anything.
I think this was one of the hunts I enjoyed the most. I could see the guys hiding and crawling all the way down to the Buffalos. I have never been this far from a hunter and I couldn’t tell when they were planning on taking a shot. But after 5 minutes waiting...
The buffalo was down but still breathing and I realized Alex might take a second shot so I never stopped recording. And then, out of the blue...
Second shot. I saw the dust from the bullet and 1 or 2 seconds later I heard the sound. I was expecting it this time. Listening to the shot sound 1 or 2 seconds after it happened, can give you an idea how far I was!
I walked back to my horse and put on his reins and we headed towards the guys. Same story with the Stag from the day before, with the exception that a Buffalo is so much bigger. It took George about two hours to skin it and take the meat out. Meanwhile, we were listening to great music that Alex played, lying on the grass using the buffalo’s hide as pillows. There were no clouds so the weather was perfect. I think that was my favorite part of the whole trip!
That night we had dinner at a special dining room in the lodge. There is a beautiful wine cellar with a nice table and hunting furniture, like chairs made out of red stag horns. Dinner was excellent, as always at Rincon Lodge. We had a great time, a few more drinks and we called it a night pretty early since we had to go to the airport super early in the morning.
I had a blast with these guys from Dallas and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the States when it’s time for the DSC. We’ve already scheduled a night at Ben’s house! I can’t wait!
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