This selection turned out to be very difficult as this was a good exercise in self-evaluation. It turns out my interests are even more eclectic than I thought they were. Any of Africa’s spiral horns were in the running, plus all of the Big Five, plus all the wild sheep and goats, all the deer…and then were a couple of really big bears, one from Kamchatka, another from Romania, that almost made the cut. Another animal that was just off the final list was a capybara, easily the coolest animal I’ve taken in South America. Here’s the final list!
BEST CAPE BUFFALO, TANZANIA, 1993
The Cape buffalo is one of my favorite animals, offering a great and classic hunt. I've been very lucky with big buffalo, but the biggest was this wonderful bull taken with Geoff Broom, a great professional hunter and long-time friend and mentor. We hunted Mto Wa Mbu, a famous old Masailand block hunted by Robert Ruark in the 1950s. We had worked a mid-sized herd all day when three big bulls appeared out of nowhere. This one was not the biggest of the three, but he was the one I could get a shot at, and he stands as my very best buffalo.