I have been fortunate to meet some great people through the years, here are some personal testimonials from a few of them.
That next day, Derek, our guide and I, went out and within about 45 minutes of being in the blind a great looking 10 point came walking across the field. As my heart began to race and my hands got sweaty our guide calmed me down and told me to me to get on that deer. This whole time, Derek kept the camera rolling capturing the deer’s every move as well as my setup. Once the deer came to a stop broad side I flicked my rifle off safe and fire, dropping the big guy in his tracks! I am not sure who was more excited, me or Derek as we both were trying not to make too much noise in celebration of my first whitetail. I couldn’t’ have asked for a better experience on this hunt; Derek was a great camera man and kept the mood extremely relaxed and fun.
Working with Derek you will see right away that his passion for hunting runs deep and that each and every hunt he goes on he pours his heart and soul into it. From his knowledge of plants and animals, to his expert videographer skills , Derek is truly the go to man.
Over a cup of early morning coffee we discussed the plan for the day. We would track a herd of wildebeest where they had last been spotted the day before. He explained everything I needed to know about keeping quiet and different things that I would need to be aware of while we were stalking the Wildebeest. I always felt like I could ask him something, even if I thought it would be a stupid question, and he’d always answer it with a smile on his face.
As we sneaked through the bush I was amazed at Derek’s ability, he had a great eye, often showing me different animals and plants that I’d missed or overlooked. After he spotted the herd, we made a slow stalk until we were in position. He made sure I was comfortable, and then told me to take my shot when I was ready. I remember that I had a lot of adrenaline pumping through my veins, and the Wildebeest was down before I could blink. I must admit that it wasn’t the greatest shot, hitting the neck which meant the Wildebeest collapsed and wasn’t able to move. As we walked up, Derek cautioned me to keep me rifle ready, and I put another shot in through its vital organs.
It was great to share that experience with Derek and I remember while taking photos and telling the others about our hunt, that he was just as excited as I was, if not more! Derek also took me wing shooting where I had a lot of fun too. There’s nothing better to end a good day of hunting with stories around the campfire, and I had a great time listening to Derek’s. We formed a strong friendship over that period and to date we’ve kept in touch with each other. I look forward to spending time hunting with him again.