The conditions in NG-41 and surrounding units have been unusually hot and dry this season and the elephant concentrations and movement were a-typical in everyones opinion. You can't change the weather, it just is what it is. You go to hunt so you rely on the experience of your PH and leave the camp each morning just damn happy to be where you are.
This bull was found just before dark walking through a huge expanse of buffalo grass mid-way through the hunt. Tony took the bull at 60 yards through the lungs and shoulders with 3 carefully placed shots with his Classic 505 Gibbs we put together some years ago. The bullets used were Barnes 525gr Round Nose mono solids that we had Barnes manufacture for us specifically for this rifle and another Gibbs we built for Bryan Walt. These bullets have now accounted for 3 big elephant bulls and despite the lack of any flat meplat have worked flawlessly and feed reliably every time.
Congratulations to both Tony and John on such a successful safari in an area that will no longer be open to hunting in the future. We are truly looking into the opening pages of the Good Old Days.