The two Father and Son teams who did the Scout Rifle Safari were: Richard Mann (the author of The Scout Rifle Study and whose brainchild the Scout Rifle Safari was) and his son Bat Mann, who was the photographer on the Scout Rifle Safari and Jim Jeansonne and his son James Jeansonne.
This blog is about Jim Jeansonne and his son James’ Scout Rifle Safari.
From the start of the safari it was evident that this father and son have a good relationship and were here to have a great time. And as always when you arrive with an expectant heart and a positive attitude, you will have the best time. They worked incredibly hard for their animals and at first took some time to get into the hunt, but had great fellowship and fun all the way.
‘Africa is amazing and inspirational.’ Jim Jeansonne (father)
“What an awesome adventure, especially when a father and son can share the hunting experience of a lifetime in beautiful Africa!” Jim Jeansonne (father)Jim’s rifle was one of the most important rifles of the Scout Rifle Safari – an original Gunsite Scout #2. It was an honor to have an original Gunsite Scout Rifle as part of the Scout Rifle Safari. Thank you, Jim! Jim and his Gunsite Scout #2. Jim’s Rifle – 1985 vintage Gunsite Scout from the Gunsite gun smithy. Scout Rifles in Africa – Jim Jeansonne with his original Gunsite Scout Rifle #2. Michael Bane with his Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. James Jeansonne with his Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. Jim Jeansonne and his son, James with their first take of the safari, a nice Black Wildebeest taken after a mile and a half stalk, shot taken at 326 yards, single shot with Hornady 178. James Jeansonne with his hard won Gemsbok. Warthogs – a favorite of those who participated in the Scout Rifle Safari at Fort Richmond Safaris.
‘What an adventure! Both boots blown out on Kudu Mountain, brush scratches everywhere, but an absolutely beautiful country shared with 8 Gunsite graduates.’ Jim Jeansonne (father)
‘Great week! Many thanks to all involved… It was the trip of a lifetime.’ Jim Jeansonne (father)
Jim Jeansonne wrote the following: “We were hosted in grand style by Geoffrey, Victoria and Annamarie Wayland in a fashion that bespoke of how family would be treated. The PH, tracker, accommodations, food, camaraderie and, in general, the atmosphere that they provided were some of the high points of our trip. The hunting was everything we expected and challenged us both mentally and physically. In short, we can’t express enough, our admiration and appreciation to this wonderful group. We WILL be back next year! THANKS!”