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    May 2021 Newsletter

    I wanted to showcase the common eland (as opposed to the Giant, or Lord Derby) this month. When I sent the message to the...

    Taxidermist profile: Nico Van Rooyen Taxidermy

    As second owner of Nico van Rooyen Taxidermy, from 1994, my beginnings in this artistic trade were based on a childhood in hunting and...

    South African Government’s latest thinking on elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards

    On 2 May 2021, South Africa's Minister for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, made public a massive report of 582 pages compiled by...

    Hunt eland in Africa

    Livingstone Eland  The Livingstone eland, Taurotragus oryx livingstonei, is found in Angola, the northwest tip of Namibia, the Caprivi Strip (now Zambezi Region), Botswana, Zimbabwe,...

    April 2021 Newsletter

    Getting your trophies back home This headline may prompt one of one the following responses: Can’t recall anything about it really. Was seamless and reasonable. ...

    The Weird World of Parasites

    Great fleas have little fleas Upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, And so ad infinitum Hunters often get very close to their...

    On safari with Jaco Oosthuizen

    African Hunting Gazette: When and where were you born?   Jaco Oosterhuizen: I was born in northern Namibia back in 1973, in the town of...

    Hunting hyena in Africa

    Brown Hyena  The brown hyena, Hyaena brunnea, is a species found in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.  It is currently the rarest species...

    Taxidermist Feature: Umlindi Taxidermy

    Company Name: Umlindi Taxidermy Contact: (Owner/Manager) Cecil Henning Physical Address: Braemore Farm, Cradock, 5880 Tel + 27 72 335 1358 Contact Email: Bernie@umtaxidermy.co.za Website: www.umlinditaxidermy.co.za Current processes offered Pick up &...

    Book Review – Drums of the Morning

    Drums of the Morning, by respected and highly experienced Zimbabwean professional hunter Wayne Grant, is a must read. In fact, I would go so...

    March newsletter

    As the 2021 season kicks off, I thought some insights from someone who understands big game could be interesting. Stretch Ferreira, a professional hunter and now...

    News from Eastern Cape Bowhunting

    The Hunt Is On With new hunting blinds, record animal births and thriving populations of South Africa’s most prized game, 2021 is poised to be...

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    1. CV-19. Mankind has not seen this situation before. When very deadly EBOLA broke out in Africa recently, there was concern, panic even, but not a shut down of Africa, let alone the world. Same for the terrible Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. While I remain skeptical of all the reasons why responses have been extreme and unique, especially since other common disease such as the flu still takes more lives, the preventive measures for COVID-19 also work well for the flu and CV-18, CV-etc.

      Reality says that so far about 80% of those with CV19 have mild symptoms and recover, many without knowing they were sick. However, no one really wants to say “here I am, come and infect me.” My planned college class field trip to Namibia was canceled before the airlines beat me to it. Cancellations of planned safaris are cascading over the communication lines. I am concerned too, but …

      In Jan. 2019, I booked a July/August, 2020 safari with a quality PH, John Sharp for the Bubye Valley. Communication with them has been superior. Same for my travel agent, Jennifer Ginn at Travel Express. I did not qualify for travel insurance due to the timing specs of booking vs. deposit history, but you do not need a magnifying glass to read that travel insurance will not cover cancellations due to government intervention.

      Right now, I choose to stay the course of my original intentions. Work at keeping my health and attitude. I will keep practicing with my 470 NE to be ready when that moment of decision presents itself, in Africa.

      Bill Head

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