Africa Trophies

Species taken from 13 countries and on 26 safaris


The  Species from Africa that were recognized by SCI at the annual  convention as "major award winners" - were due to their outstanding  Trophy size and degree of difficulty in Harvesting them:


Limpopo  Bushbuck, Peters Duiker, Livingstone Eland, Gerenuk, Black Lechwe,  Bates Pygmy Antelope, Kirks Dik Dik, Vaal Rheedbok, East African Roan,  Forest Sitatunga, Common Blesbok, Kalahari Springbok, Damara Dik Dik,  Crawshay Defassa Waterbuck, Mountain Nyala, Red Duiker, and Salts Dik  Dik.

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Total:

"Trophy" Species: 107  


Top 10: 91

Number 1: 45

Number 2: 17


Weapon:

Handgun: 106

Crossbow: 1


Major Award Winners: 17

Pygmy Tree

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 Kirks Dik Dik, Salt Dik Dik, Damara  Dik Dik, Common Oribi, Steenbuck, Sharpe Grysbok, Cape Grysbok,  Livingston Suni, Klipspringer, West African Bush Duiker, East African  Bush Duiker, Southern Bush Duiker, Peters Duiker, Blue Duiker, Natal Red  Duiker, Bay Duiker 

Gazelle Tree

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 Chobe Bushbuck, Harnessed Bushbuck,  Limpopo Bushbuck, Cape Bushbuck, Menelik Bushbuck, Abyssinian Bushbuck,  Kalahari Springbok, Mongolian Gazelle, Black Springbok, Copper  Springbok, Common Springbok, White Springbok, Soemmerring Gazelle,  Southern Grants Gazelle, Thomson Gazelle, Hillier Goitered Gazelle 

Leopard

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 Mount Longido, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #5
Hunted  Leopard for 38 days, and never saw one until this beauty. Almost didn't  find him - no blood trail, even though he was heart shot! 

Giraffe

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Namibia, Africa
Handgun - .300 Win. Mag.
Old  "Black Bull" that was fighting with other bulls and disrupting the  mating season. Then, broke out of the preserve and fought with  neighboring bulls. He had to be culled! 

Elephant

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Hwange, Zimbabwe
Handgun - 48 yards
Brain shot at 48 yards. Dropped in his tracks. Most emotional moment of my hunting life. 

Zambezi Sitatunga

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 Banguelu Swamp, Zambia, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
We  went VERY late in the season to Banguelu had receded back for miles.  Saw 50 Sitatunga in 4 days. Took him the morning of day 5 - 252 yards. 

Vaal Rhebok

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East Cape, South Africa

Handgun - SCI #1

A  once in a lifetime shot. He ran across a canyon and turned for a quick  look. Took him at 271 yards, head-on (small target area!), with a 30 mph  crosswind

Black Lechwe

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Zambia, Africa

Handgun - SCI #1

308 Yard heart shot. They live in the flat open country. This was the closes we could get!

Southern Impala

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Natal, South Africa

Handgun

He was a decent first Impala. Then Danell shot one 1/4" longer the next day!

Sable

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 Hwange, Zimbabwe
Handgun - SCI #1
Very aggressive, so relatively east to stalk - He was protecting his harem. One shot at 58 yards. 

Lesser Kudu

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 Masai Land, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
Very  tough to find. Fortunately, he was not afraid of humans (Masai do not  eat meat),so he gave me five tries to set-up on shooting sticks before I  had shot 

Kalahari Gemsbok

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Karoo, South Africa

Handgun - SCI #2

This was the first specie I took with the .378. It flipped him onto his neck, with his feet sticking up in the air.

Johnson Impala

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Mozambique, Africa

Handgun - SCI #1

He stopped for one second in a 4" wide opening in the brush. I happened o be lined up there....

Zebra

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Longido, Tanzania
Handgun 156 yards
They only live on wide open plains. THe only way to make a stalk was to dress as Massai Warrios and walk past them. 

Fringe Eared Oryx

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 Masai Land, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
The  outfitter had tried for years to get a shot at him - too elusive. We  hunted late in the year, during their rut, so he was distracted enough  for a 284 yard shot. 

Forest Sitatunga

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 Cameroon, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
First,  and sneaky as a whitetail. This was the 7th one we stalked - pushed him  to the river and did a fast shot when he jumped onto the bank. 

East African Impala

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Masai Land, Tanzania

Handgun - SCI #1

Impala are usually everywhere. This was the only one we spotted, and the only one in the record book by Handgun.

East African Defassa Waterbuck

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 Western Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
There  were not many in this area, but we made a successful stalk on the one  herd we found. Tough shot at 223 yards from shooting sticks. 

Crawshay Defassa Waterbuck

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 Zambia, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1 , Overall #8
I  passed up many lesser ones to get this overall top 10. The guide did  not believe that they had any this big in the Kafue National Park. 

Common Waterbuck

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 Tembe Preserve, South Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
He was so old, that he would not run - just laid in the long grass. Took us two days to find him standing up. 

Common Reedbuck

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Common Nyala

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 Natal, South Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
Like all the spiral horned species, these are very sneaky. Shot him just at dark as he was peeking from a bush. 

Baboon

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 West Tanzania, Afirca
Handgun 195 yards
Very smart critters. This was the first I had shot at, after several safaris. The only shot I had was running-tough target. 

West African Roan

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 Central African Republic
Handgun - SCI #1
Stalked  herds for 9 days - no shot opportunities. Finally, last minute of light  on last day, had a 207 yard Texas heart shot - he was walking in brush. 

Warthog

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 Ugunda, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #5
He did not get big by being stupid. The only option was a running Texas heart shot. 

Spotted Hyena

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 Western Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
Finally!  After years of sitting in stands over baits and never seeing a Hyena, I  took this one in the open at 173 yards while checking Lion baits. 

Southern Roan

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Limpopo, South Africa

Handgun

He  completed my quest for all three Roan species. I had tried for years to  find a 30" trophy, but finally gave up and took this nice old boy. 

Southern Greater Kudu

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 Natal, South Africa
Handgun - SCI #5
They  hide by standing motionless inside of thick brushy trees. The .378  knocked him up into the notch of the tree - took 8 trackers to lift him  out. 

Scimitar Horned Oryx

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 East Cape, South Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
This  specie is originally from the Sahara Desert, but is not hunt able in  it's original habitat. The herd stays in open plains and are very hard  to approach. 

Porcupine

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Olive Baboon

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 Mozambique, Africa
This safari was  in true "Wild Africa", with no native's farming. So, the Baboons were  not raiding crops and were no hunted. They were the tamest we have seen  in Africa. 

Mountain Nyala

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 Ethiopia, Din Din Mountains
Handgun - SCI #1 (Gold Metal)
The  only one ever taken with a Handgun. Almost impossible to find - they  stay in thick jungle on very steep sides of the mountains. Was actually a  short shot for an Nyala - 209 yards. 

Klipspringer

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 Longido, Tanzania
Handgun - 76 yards
After  78 days of hunting in Africa I finally found one that stood still. I  was literally hanging on the side of a a cliff to take him - 100 yards  above camp. 

Jackal

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 Ugunda, Tanzania
Handgun - 105 yards
You never know these are usually very sneaky, but for some reason this one stopped in the open. 

Hippo

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 Ugunda, Tanzania
Handgun 97 yard brain shot
He was the big boy in this river - had fighting scars all over him. 

Hamadryass Baboon

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 Ethiopia
Handgun - 441 Yards
Impossible  to get close to. The natives had killed them all - this was the only  gang left in the entire area. The only shot I had was through branches  while he was hiding in a tree. Must be a world record shot! 

Guinea Foul

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Genet Cat

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 Cameroon, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
An extremely small target, hiding high in the trees. He was over - gunned with a .300 Mag., 180 gr. Bullet. 

East Cape Greater Kudu

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 Craddock, South Africa
Handgun 299 yards
My  2nd longest shot with a handgun to date. After running to the top of a  mountain, took 2 snap shots. Found the holes in him 2 inches apart. 

East African Roan

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 Western Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
The only one ever taken with a handgun. He won the SCI #1 Handgun award at the 2006 convention. 

Crocodile

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 Zambia, Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
Wounded  him two days in a row. He was determined that I would take him. On the  3rd day, he came right up to the bank I was sitting on. 

Colubus Monkey

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 Ethiopia, Din Din Mountains
It was very difficult to get a shot. They are very wary and stay in the tops of the trees. I made shooting sticks 8 feet high, in order to be able to shoot upwards. 

Bush Pig

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 Western Tanzania, Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
They are a nocturnal animal. Had hunted them unsuccessfully many times from stands and with dogs. Pure luck to find them during the day - accidently. 

Western Bongo

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 Cameroon , Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
Had to shoot right thru 2" trees to get to him. Five shots with the .454 Casull and I had mowed out a shooting lane! 

Guinea Foul

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Mozambique, Africa

Everything in Africa likes to eat Guinea Fowl - so, they are very wary! There was a unique subspecies in this area of Mozambique, so we took both species

Gerenuk

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 Masai Land, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
They look like a miniature Girrage. Tough snap shot at 179 yards from the shooting sticks. 

Damara Dik Dik

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Namibia, Africa

Handgun #1, Overall #2

He saw us and ran off. However, they are very territorial, so he eventually came sneaking back -did not see us!

Bushpig

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Western Tanzania, Africa

Handgun - SCI #2

They are a nocturnal animal. Had hunted them unsuccessfully many times from stands and with dogs. Pure luck to find them during the day - accidently.

Zebra

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Longido, Tanzania

Handgun

They live on wide open plains. The only way to make a stalk was to dress as Massai Warriors and walk past them!

Warthog

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East Cape, South Africa

Handgun

My first trip to Africa. This was a great shot for my 1st trip to Africa - he was running through a small opening in the brush at 183 yards. Guide said shoot the next one to hit the openi

Steenbok

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Karoo, South Africa

Handgun

My first trip to Africa. I had brought an open sighted handgun for this smaller species - impossible to see them in the thick brush.

South African Springbok

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 Karoo, South Africa

Handgun

He was defending his territory, which allowed us to get to 205 yards for the shot - they usually run when they see you a 1/2 mile away!

Southern Mtn. Reedbuck

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Karoo, South Africa

Handgun

He had been fighting and lost an eye. I saw him from the hunting lodge and shot him without the guide around (a BIG No No in Africa!)

Lioness

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Kalahari, Botswana border

Handgun

Tracked her for 9 hours! She kept circling, running, would not stop. Finally she waited in ambush and the tracker saw her in heavy brush with just her shoulder visible

African Lion

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 Kalahari, Botswana Border
Handgun - SCI #2
True Lion hunting - found tracks and followed him - like tracking buffalo. He circled and almost got one of us. Took one shot with the .378 through the heart. 

Abyssinian Kudu

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 Ethiopia

Handgun

The only one ever taken with a Handgun. I accidently left my scope turned to low power - could barely see him. Aimed for white on his hump!

Bates Pygmy Antelope

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 Cameroon, Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
Pure luck to even see one of these, let alone hit it with a handgun - there are only 23 in the SCI record book.
Fun Fact: Bates Pygmy Antelope are the smallest huntable antelope in Africa - This one weighs 3.5 pounds. The Lord Derby Eland (pictured below the Bates Pygmy) is the largest huntable antelope in the world - he can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. 

White Rhino

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 Craddock, South Africa
Handgun - SCI #4 Overall
First Handgun darted Rhino in SCI. Had to get within 19 yards for dart penetration. Final stalk, on our bellies took 45 minutes to go 16 yards - he was watching. 

White Blesbok

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Bloemfontein, South Africa

Handgun - SCI #4

Early in the day, the trackers cell phone went off - scared the so bad, it took us all day to get close enough again!

White Beard Wildebeest

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Longido, Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
Very big and tough critter for a .270 Win with a 130gr. bullet at 174 yards. Took a few rounds. 

Western Hartebeest

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 Burkina Faso, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
The French guide did not know how to judge size. After 11 days, I shot this one at 226 yards, while he was shouting "don't shoot, he is too small"! 

Western Buffon Kob

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 Burkina Faso, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
An experimental hunt for the World Bank - there were no animals. All had been poached. This was the first animal taken. Took 12 days in 113 degree heat. 

Water Buffalo

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Bloemfontein, South Africa

Crossbow - SCI #1, Overall #5

I stalked to within 17 yards. He would not give me a quartering shot. When I shot he charged, but veered off. I had to track and finish him in the open - dangerous!

Tsessebe

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 Zambia, Africa

Handgun - SCI #2

263 yards while he was walking. Followed him for miles - would not stop walking!

Topi

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 Western Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
My longest shot at that time from the shooting sticks - 215 yards. 

Skull Room

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Red Hartebeest

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 Bloemfontein, South Africa
Handgun 216 yards
First animal of 2nd trip to South Africa, we lost him on a wide open mesa. Found him later in a small depression we had not seen. 

Puku

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Zambia, Africa

Handgun - SCI #1

Looked at thousands of them for 10 days before finding the exceptional trophy - Overall top 10.

Nyassa Wildebeest

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 Mozambique, Africa
Handgun - SCI #1
Had to wait 5 hours in 110 degree sun for the herd to move into position. They were with a group of watchful Zebras. 

Lord Derby Eland

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 Hwange , Zimbabwe
Handgun - SCI #7
Very tough critter! Dropped at first shot then took six more with the .378 and .454 Casull. 

Livingstone Eland

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 Zambia, Africa

Handgun - SCI #2

Played hide and seek with them all day. Was difficult to see in thick brush. Very lucky that the one to finally step into the open was this big boy.

Lichtenstein Hartebeest

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 Western Tanzania
Handgun - SCI #1
231 yard heart shot. He still ran a 1/4 mile. 

Kafue Lechwe

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 Zambia, Africa
Handgun - SCI #2
267 yards while he was walking. Nearly impossible to get a shot - thousands on a big open swamp plain. 

East African Eland

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Masai Land, Tanzania

Handgun - SCI #1

Only one ever taken with a handgun! Very rare and difficult to find. Only shot available was a 222 yard Texas heart shot (used a solid - had 6" penetration).

Dwarf Forest Buffalo

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Cameroon, Africa

Handgun - SCI #1

This is the REAL dangerous game of Africa! He was my 9th African dangerous species, and by far the biggest hazard to my health!

Caracal

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East Cape, South Africa

Handgun - SCI #6

During a 10 year period, I missed 22 cats at night - never hit one! Could not see them. This PH used a laser pointer to show me the location of the animal!

Cape Buffalo

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 Hwange , Zimbabwe
Handgun - SCI #7
Very tough critter! Dropped at first shot then took six more with the .378 and .454 Casull. 

Cape Buffalo

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 Zambia, Africa
Handgun 123 yards
Shot the Harnessed Bushbuck and ten minutes later this guy and a buddy walked out into this clearing, while we were still cleaning the Bushbuck 

Blue Wildebeest

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 Natal Area, South Africa
Handgun 289 yards
Tough animal. Took two shots in chest from the .378 with 270 gr bullets. 

Black Wildebeest

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 Karoo Region, South Africa
Handgun - 152 yards
VERY wild. Had to crawl for two miles to get to them. Second shot was at 180 yards thru the neck while he was running. I tracked and finished him alone. 

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