Steve Nessl Hunts Impala In South Africa


Size wise, Steve Nessl describes impala as looking the most like a whitetail deer of all the animals he saw in South Africa. Although they are one of the most plentiful animals roaming the lands, Steve also notes that this factor, “Doesn’t make them an easy animal to get.” As we kick off this third installment of our South Africa adventures, we’re heading into the field on a traditional spot and stalk with Steve Nessl, led by Dale Sorour as our professional hunting guide, with Wade Middleton on the camera. The moment this trio steps off the truck, they’re greeted by a symphony of impala roars. Everywhere they turn there’s impala zipping around them, stomping across the field, and sounding off with loud snorts and grunts. It’s one of the most incredible sights to behold. Sit after sit, and stalk after stalk, Steve is able to get up on the sticks to set up for a shot, but none of these rams are willing to give up a good shot opportunity. Even though Steve doesn’t get a shot on one of these impressive impala his first time out, the experience of witnessing impalas in the peak of the rut was truly unforgettable and mesmerizing. And, there’s still plenty of days left to hunt here in South Africa!

Three days after his first attempt at hunting impala, Steve is taking on the role of hunter and camera man for his last day of hunting opportunities! Using one of our trusty Garmin Virbs, he’s venturing out on a solo mission with his expert hunting guide, Dale, with he goal of taking a shot on one of these impressive impalas, which have thus far eluded him in his South Africa adventures. Over the next few hours, Steve and Dale sit at a shack and wait for an impala to arrive. Just as Steve is ready to move to a new location, Dale spots a large ram at the watering hole! With a successful shot, this final impala is the cherry on top of a great collection of diverse African wildlife to bring back to the states, and what an incredible way to wrap up this dream hunting get-away!