I can’t stop smiling when I describe my year-long journey that will climax next month when I hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa.
It all started when I won the 2012 Extreme Huntress contest sponsored by Tahoe Films. Well, not really. It all began in the Louisiana Bayou, when my Dad and my brother took me hunting. But that’s another story.
Preparation for Africa has been very challenging. Let me tell you a bit about that…. The Extreme Huntress title comes with more than just an Extreme Hunting trip. TJ (my fiancé) and I had to postpone our wedding. That’s because our wedding dates conflicted with the scheduled hunt schedule. Conflict or not, TJ and I chose rifle shells over wedding bells. But hang on, TJ will be joining me as an “observer” for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Another challenge has been learning to use my new Blaser 375 H&H with Barnes VOR-TX bullets and Aimpoint Red Dot site. Can I say “O-U-C-H!?” I just did—many times! The rifle kick rocks my petite body after every shot. Really, it is quite comical to watch, me with my big ear-to-ear grin, even if it is going to HURT.
An even-bigger challenge has been using sticks. I have never shot off of sticks. Executing this task has been more difficult than I originally anticipated. Yet another joke is: “Jackie is going to go to shoot her Cape and you’re going to see her disappear off camera! BANG. GONE! WHERE’S JACKIE?!”
Our quest will take us on a 1,500-mile stretch, from new home in Colorado to first home in Louisiana, then to New York for an overnighter. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty our journey out of the country will begin, first with a 15-hour flight to Johannesburg, followed by a trek to Victoria Falls and arrival in Bulawayo.
We will meet up with Tahoe Films to head to the Omay Concession, a-10 hour Jeep ride through the rough terrain of Africa. Once arriving at our Lodge with Martin Pieters I will then start my extreme hunt–one of the Big 5 DANGEROUS GAME: Cape Buffalo!
Guess what I told TJ in case we run into trouble? That’s right: “I can run faster than you!” Is that something you should say to your fiancé?
I will keep you posted on what will happens next.