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Lucas K
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Knew you could do it, congratulations! Can't wait to hear the tale.

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Take a peek at Dennis Kamstras article in Traditional Bowhunter magazine. He talks about heavy wood hunting shafts...some are 850 grains bare with spines to match. Kevin
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Unbelievable! Well done, not sure that can be topped, ever!
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WAOW !!!!!

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All I can say is wow! Nicely done.

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Thanks for all the good wishes and kind words.
I'm back in South Africa now.
I will be back in the states next week and will post up the video and some more pictures.
I'm not sure how to tell the story, still trying to get it all straight in my head. It is kind of like a dream to me now with parts running together.
LOTS of walking, hot , humid and all worth it in the end.
This herd of Elephant had been giving the villages fits as they were totally unafraid of people and chased the villagers on sight.
When we went into the thicket after them we made a plan.
If I felt I had a 100* quick kill shot , I would say nothing.
If I had a kill shot that was going to involve some follow up tracking I would holler "shoot" and the PH would shoot it in the hip. We did not want it to be able to keep up with the herd or make it to a near by village and kill somebody.
If the arrow didn't go in I was to holler "kill it" and he would try to shoot it in the head or spine.
At the shot, I glanced off a rib and got about half the arrow penetration, I said shoot and the PH fired at the hip.
All hell broke loose. Elephants were everywhere at once and Steyn had to shoot 2 more for us to get out of the thicket.
We went back 4 hours later only to be pushed out of the brush by the other Elephants.
The next day I was happy to find my Elephant had only ran about 50 yards away before rejoining the herd.
I suppose one of the other elephants helped me out as the all bunched together as we found my arrow completely in the elephant when they dressed it.
To quote the trackers report to the ranger investigating
" arrow go in, elephant walk, walk bleedy, bleedy, walk here bleedy, bleedy, walk there bleedy, bleedy .........Done

The Tuff broad head did a great job.
The one that hit a rib was a little bent at the tip
I shot 2 more I to the elephant the next day.
Both disappeared completely

I will have video next week for everyone
Thanks for all the help putting this together
Buff

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Wow!! Great story! Having been mocked charged by a juvenile bull while on an exploratory trip to check out a Botswana archery concession, one can not realize how big, unpredictable and unafraid of humans that some of these rogue elephants can be.

An acquaintance of mine was nearly stomped flat (his poor hunting partner was not so fortunate) during a buffalo hunt in Zambia in the late 1990's. A tuskless cow with a very bad attitude attacked without any warning.

Congrats on your successful hunt, and looking forward to getting more of the details!

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Congrats on truly great trophy and adventure.

Just one question, when doing testing on dead one did you try to hit rib bone?

Is it so that the middle of rib is just too thick for a any trad bow?

Thanks...

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quote:
Originally posted by DG2:
Congrats on truly great trophy and adventure.

Just one question, when doing testing on dead one did you try to hit rib bone?

Is it so that the middle of rib is just too thick for a any trad bow?

Thanks...

I only had 3 arrows with me
I shot one in the head. It went in about 6"
The next 2 I shot in the chest, neither hit a rib. There is a lot of meat on them so you can't really pick one out to shoot at.
The rib bones seem to be pretty round on the outside so I. Pretty sure if you center punched one, an arrow is not going to get thru.
The 2 I shot that didn't hit a rib zipped right thru.
I just glanced of a rib with the first shot and only got half the arrow in.
I think the change of direct hurts as much as the impact.
JMO

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I just read through the whole thing on the Texas forum - what an incredible story!
Congratulations Buff - absolutely epic!

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It's nice to know that a shot from an 83# bow can zip through an elephant if shot between the ribs assuming the setup is at least as efficiant as Buffs. But what I'm curious about is what would be a minimum set up that could go through a rib and still bury to at least to the fletching. That would be a nice bit of info just for the sake of knowing.
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Congrats again, Marty!

Hope to see you soon and hear all the stories in person.

Bisch

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Congratulations on an outstanding accomplishment!
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Congrats Marty! That's the pinnacle of big game! Well done! [clapper]

Looking forward to the photos and videos! [coffee]

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