In 2006, my hunting buddy Jim and I made a trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa for a plains game hunt. Jim and his PH located a monster Steenbuck which they stalked and shot at three times--all misses. Over the next four days, they relocated the little ram three more times which resulted in three more stalks and five more shots--although the 8th shot finally ended the hunt. Needless to say, "Steenbuck Jim" became his new nickname.
The summer of 2008 brought us back to the Eastern Cape for a second safari. During the two years, my scheming mind had hatched a master plan as I purchased khaki baseball caps and had them embroidered. On the first morning of the hunt, I ushered Jim over to a chair at the breakfast table. When he pulled out his seat, there was a neatly embroidered hat with big black letters stating, "Steenbuck Jim". After two years of abuse compliments of Steenbuck jokes, he responded with a colorful list of creative words--all of them four letters long.
He, being a good sport, wore the cap with pride and had to explain to everyone he met just what the meaning was as he retold his fatefull story to each new property owner he met.
The next morning, Russ, his PH, was wearing a new khaki cap with "Steenbuck Jim's PH" embroidered on it. Needless to say, the profanities began anew when Jim finally noticed it. The third day, Mike, who was the tracker, was wearing one that read "Steenbuck Jim's Tracker"--again, Jim used choice words explaining his idea on my prank. Finally, on the fourth morning, I wore my new cap that read "Steenbuck Jim's Hunting Partner" ( I almost made the mistake of eliminating the word "hunting" which may have given the cap a whole new meaning in some peoples' minds). By this point Jim was just shaking his head in disbelief.
That night, as we were sitting around the campfire, Jim looked at me and said, "You know, smarta__, if you had really been thinking you would have sent one to Anne (his wife) so she could be wearing one when she picked me up at the airport." (Jim lives in AZ while I am in SD) To which I responded, "I never thought of that. You're right. That would have been brilliant". Six days later as his wife picked him up at the Phoenix airport, he was shocked to see his wife wearing a khaki cap with "Steenbuck Jim's Wife" embroidered on it. I had sent Anne her cap the day before we had left.
Fast forwarding to this summer as my father, Jim and I made a trip to AK for two days in Homer halibut fishing, one day on the Kenai for Kings and two days in Seward for halibut and salmon. The first night we were in Homer, we drove out to the Homestead for one of their delicious meals. Since it was so cool, we each wore a jacket. After ordering, I nodded at Dad who nonchalantly removed his coat. It was not two minutes, when I noticed Jim's eyes moving to the embroidering on Dad's shirt which read "Fished with Steenbuck Jim". He simply melted as his shoulders drooped his head dropped and he muttered, "Another Steenbuck joke. Is this ever going to end. Sh%&!" We then all three began to laugh so hard that the waitress came over wanting to know what was so funny. We literally had tears running down our faces. Jim then turned to me and said, "I suppose, smarta__, you have one too." To which I responded, "You bet" as I pealed off my coat. Upon returning to the condo we were renting, Jim noticed a neatly embroidered blue shirt with "Steenbuck Jim" on it.
So, do any of you have good humerous pranks that you have pulled on your hunting buddies? By the way, we are going back to Africa as soon as my school year is over (I am a teacher), and my mind is full of new "Steenbuck ideas".