Out of Africa

Out of Africa

As we mentioned, Empty Cases blogger, Richard Mann, accompanied by his son Sabastian ("Bat") Mann joined our Media Relations Director and friends on an African safari over the past 10 days.

Here, Bat offers up some journal entries and images from their adventure.   One thing's for sure, he'll have quite the answer when someone asks, "So, did you do anything fun this Summer?"

If there is a tree or bush in South Africa without these sticker type things, I've yet to find it...

July 30: Today we went hunting for kudu no luck, but great day out on the Safari. Saw plenty, just never got a good shot. Hoping for better luck tomorrow!

July 31: If you've never been to Africa one thing you need to watch out for are these needle sharp things (inset, left). They will get in your shoes, your pants, your shirt, even your hair. If there is a tree or bush without these sticker type things, I've yet to find it. You'll get them in your pants and six months later still have them there. So if you plan on coming to South Africa, careful when you sit down to shoot that you do not find one of these in your nether regions!

Kudu Success!

August 1: Ideally you would want your kudu to get within 300 yards. Well today we weren't so fortunate, but he was within range. At 456 yards, I cranked up the dial and got on target. Five seconds later I was getting high fives from my guide.  Probably the best hunt I've ever had, and the coldest I've ever seen Africa. If you think you want to hunt kudu, the farther out you can shoot, the better off you are.

You may never pass this way again, asking for help can make all the difference!

The Buddy System is one thing you never get too old for. When long range shooting I prefer to be seated if I can't go prone. So, when it comes to a really important shot, if I can I use the buddy system. Never let your pride or ego stand in the way of a big shot; don't hesitate to ask for help. It worked for me on my kudu.

Author, Sabastian "Bat" Mann, and his dad Richard.

Probably the most important part of the safari are the personal relationships you create. Lucky for me I was here with my dad, and obviously we already have a connection. Having a friend on the trip is great, but having your best friend is even better.  We were also with a father and his daughter. It was great being on the outside and seeing what it's like to connect with your dad. Hunting is truly a family tradition.