07 May

>Guatemala or Africa

Steven K. Ledin,


Early last month I was invited on a bird watching expedition to the cloud forests of Guatemala in early June. I was learning Spanish through discs in my Jeep on the way to and from work. They were pretty useful and were working well. My new trail boots are comfortable and were waiting to walk on Central American soil. I actually watch birds for Cornell university every year. I don’t just watch birds through my oven window. I was very much looking forward to the trip. Then a strange thing happened. I got invited to Africa on safari at the same time. Bird watching is fun, but I’d rather be lugging guns through the bush with grubby shooters on the dark continent. So I’m going to Africa instead. Only a few weeks left until I leave, which leaves me with very little time to sight in and get familiar with a new gun, so I’m bringing my old go-to Howa in ’06. It killed everything just fine last time down there including dozens of varmints, some over 500 yards away when they let me walk up my shots. Some bird shooting also, so maybe I need a new shotgun. Good excuse to give My Shirley, anyway. Not that I need an excuse; she’s very understanding about my needs. I’m a bit out of shape and could lose a few pounds. I have a bit of time to correct that. I ordered a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10×42 with BDC for glass. I don’t like big scopes. My Monarch Gold 1200 rangefinder and Monarch glasses are ready to go. Needless to say this is a Nikon trip. Gotta get some range time in. I’ll keep you guys posted.

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