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Zimbabwe Hunting Report Part 2

October 11, 2013 by  
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I slipped my TC Icon .416 up onto a boulder, and put my crosshairs just behind the smile of the crocs jaws. In retrospect, I didn’t take my time and may have been over confident. I squeezed the trigger, and the croc reared straight up. Rod tried to compensate as the head was 5 feet off the ground, but he shot high. The big reptile slid into the river, and I was just sick. Almost always, if a croc gets back in the water, you have lost him.

We spent the rest of the day there with no luck, and we went back to camp. I beat myself up pretty good about the botched shot. We watched the video and saw that I shot low and hit him in the jaw. We had found a tooth on the sandbank, so it all added up. Nixon assured me the croc would be out sunning the next day because fish would nip at and aggravate the wound on his jaw. I had no hope.

We got back to our spot about 8:30 the next morning, and there were 3 crocs out sunning. They were all 10-12 feet long, but I did not see the big guy. As we were slipping in for a closer look, I glanced way upstream and saw what looked to be a really big croc lying on a sandy beach about 800 yards away. I showed Nixon, and he said we should go check him out. We made a long slow stalk and ended up about 60 yards form the dinosaur. I couldn’t see the side of his jaw that should have been wounded, but Nixon assured me that it was the same croc. You have to trust your PH, so I got set.

The croc was content sunning with his mouth open, and this time I took lots of time, picked my spot and lined up my Nikon scope’s crosshairs about 6 inches behind the smile. I sent a Nosler Partition right into the area where the spine meets the head, and the big croc simply closed his mouth and straightened out his tail. He was done and never moved an inch. Sure enough, when we walked up to the gigantic croc, he had a big chunk out of the right side of his lower jaw, and the tooth we found fit exactly into its spot.

I have to say that this was a really intense hunt, and crocs are very turned on. They see and hear very well, and their sense of smell is also very good. We did a lot of sneaking, crawling and stalking, and it was one of my favorite hunts I have ever been on. I was fortunate to get a second chance after messing up my first opportunity, and for that I feel blessed.

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