Annemarie Ungerer paid a lot of attention to her shooting. In fact, this treasurer of the Pretoria East branch of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) was regarded as close to a perfect shootist.
It was two yars ago in the Vaalwater district that her skills were put to the test. Hubby Johan, chairperson of the Pretoria East branch, says it was at sundown that they decided to shoot their guns in. "Annemarie did very well and her grouping of shots was excellent. We just had that feeling that we were going to shoot very well the next day.
"We were up early and we were crawling along to get a shot at some impala the following morning. We abraded our elbows as we crept along on the ground. But the impala got wise and off they went.
"As we strolled along we eventually saw some impala about 200 yeards ahead. There was no wind. Everything was perfect and we could actually rest our guns on a tree trunk to take aim. Annemarie pulled the trigger and we all thought it was right on target. But the impala took off and when we got to where they were, all we could find was the tail of one impala.
"What pussled us was whether this would be regarded as a wounded impala and whether we would have to pay for it.
"Fortunately I came across the same impala later and shot it."
To this day the tale of the missing tail evokes peals of laughter in the Ungerer family.
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