One for the Road

One for the Road

A Masai homestead near the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania.  The grass hut is perfect for the climate.By Terry Wieland   A Good Night's Sleep Grass, mud, and (ugh!) corrugated iron   Fifty years ago, I found myself in the southern Sudan, in a small camp of...

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Rigby Art unveils new limited edition wildlife collection

Rigby Art unveils new limited edition wildlife collection

London gunmaker, John Rigby & Co.’s art department, Rigby Art, unveils three new limited edition fine art prints of a caracal wildcat, dik-dik antelope, and klipspringer antelope. Crafted by Rigby artist and engraver, Geoffrey Lignon, each piece showcases the...

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Justin Prigmore unveils Big Five at DSCC

Justin Prigmore unveils Big Five at DSCC

Award-winning, Scottish-based artist Justin Prigmore unveiled new original works and paint live at the John Rigby & Co. booth #4125 at the 2024 Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Convention. The four new works are all original oil paintings on Belgian linen and have been...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Hunting On Safari in East and Southern Africa Aubrey Wynne-Jones (Macmillan South Africa Ltd., 1980, 180 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey     Like many others, early on I read the books of Capstick, Ruark and Hunter, dreaming of the day I could live out my own African...

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One for the Road

One for the Road

Corbett’s .275 Rigby, and mementoes of his life and career, courtesy John Rigby & Co.By Terry Wieland   Top of the Tree Jim Corbett and the Queen     By a strange coincidence, I was in the midst of re-reading all of Jim Corbett’s books about India,...

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One for the Road

One for the Road

Elephant in the Okavango.  Botswana has one of the few remaining healthy elephant populations—healthy to the point of threatening their own well-being through habitat destruction.  Proper elephant management is difficult because of international opinion, made all the...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Rhino War Major General (Ret.) Johan Jooste with Tony Park (Ingwe Publishing, 2022, 268 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey      Rhino War is a fascinating read describing the staggering level and sheer brutality of rhino poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Wato Brian Watson ( 2019, 321 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey    Brian Watson’s Wato is purely and simply an enjoyable read. I suspect that’s in part because he’s one of us. Like many of us he took a fancy to guns, shooting and hunting as a child, and he grew up in...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Written by Neil Harmse       Chapter 24. A Martini Henry – Resurrecting an ‘Oldie’   A number of guns were put up for sale by a retired hunter and among these was a very rusty, badly pitted sporting Martini Henry .577/450 made by Isaac Hollis &...

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Rigby welcomes celebrated wildlife artist Zoltán Boros

Rigby welcomes celebrated wildlife artist Zoltán Boros

Red Stag with HindsLondon gunmaker John Rigby & Co. is delighted to announce the latest addition to its esteemed art department, Zoltán Boros. Hailing from Subotica, Serbia, Zoltán is known for his passion for wildlife and his exceptional talent in capturing the...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Dangerous Game Quest Kim Stuart, (Fjermendal Press, 2021, 236 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey    Kim Stuart’s Dangerous Game Quest – A Personal Journey is a compilation of stories describing his odyssey to become the first hunter to take each of the Magnificent Seven...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 22

Written by Neil Harmse       Chapter 23. The Ultimate Big Bore   For those big-bore shooters who always claim they are addicted to back pull, I have come across the ultimate rifle which should satisfy their every craving for brain rattling,...

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Father of Them All

Father of Them All

This Enfield-made Martini carbine in .303 British compares favorably with the much later Lee-Enfield No. 5 Mk. 1 – the famous Jungle Carbine.Even after the Martini-Henry rifle had been retired as the British service weapon, various manufacturers (including the royal...

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Rigby’s Rising Bite Shotgun

Rigby’s Rising Bite Shotgun

Diggory Hadoke examines the re-emergence of Rigby’s classic shotgun in modern guise.   When you buy a new British gun, you actually buy an old British gun, made recently. Every major maker still in business is selling products developed from patents dating back...

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A View on Hunting by a Traditional Leader in Namibia

A View on Hunting by a Traditional Leader in Namibia

By Dr Margaret Jacobsohn   Chief T J Mayuni, traditional leader of the Mafwe people in the Mashi district of Namibia and patron of Mayuni Conservancy, is an ardent conservationist and an animal lover. He can describe and recall the name of every dog he has owned since...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 21

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 22. Useful Equipment for Shotgunners   The long-awaited day has finally arrived. You have your licence for your new shotgun and have collected it from the gun shop – and the season is open! You cannot wait to get out...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Ask the Namibian Guides Diana Rupp, (Safari Press, 2013, 182 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Long-time Sports Afield editor Diana Rupp first hunted Africa in 2003, a plains game hunt in Namibia. Captured, as so many of us are, by Africa’s magic, she’s gone back...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 20

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 21. Shotgun Cartridges and Their Development Over the Years   Today most wing and clay target-shooters using modern shot cartridges show very little interest in the ammunition they use, apart from what they feel is...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

A Game Ranger’s Note Book  Arthur (A.) Blayney Percival, (Whitefriar’s Press, Ltd., 1924, 372 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Arthur (A.) Blayney Percival (1875 – 1941) arrived in British East Africa in 1900 from Arabia, where he had been in charge of a British...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 19

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 20. Understanding The Shotgun     New shooters being introduced to the shotgunning sport may find the many terms and techniques rather confusing, with words like ‘load’, ‘bore’, ‘gauge’, ‘choke’ and others bandied...

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The Beauty of Beadwork: Turning Waste Into Art

The Beauty of Beadwork: Turning Waste Into Art

For the past six years, Carmen Rudman has been creating intricate works of art on mostly, South African wildlife skulls.   Living on their family ranch, Blaauwkrantz, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a well-known hunting destination, and with her background...

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Formula: AHG + John Rigby = One Very Happy Hunter

Formula: AHG + John Rigby = One Very Happy Hunter

Dear John Rigby Co. and Maria,   I wanted to write and tell you how thankful I am to own a John Rigby 416 rifle. It arrived last Wednesday!!! Your company and willingness to participate in the African Hunting Gazette drawing with the prize of a 416 is just...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Death in the Dark Continent Peter Hathaway Capstick (St. Martin’s Press, 1983, 238 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   There’s probably no modern author of African hunting adventures that has captured audience appeal like Peter Capstick has. After a short career as a...

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Wato – The Book

Wato – The Book

By Brian Watson   Wato - The Book is a beautiful 324 page hard cover compilation of some of Wato's hunting adventures in wild Africa and other wilderness places. The book can be purchased here: https://watosbook.square.site/ To give you a taste of what's in store...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 18. The Slug Gun   As I approached my mid-60s, I decided I would ‘retire’ from game hunting and concentrate on wingshooting. I have a passion for vintage and well-made side-by-side shotguns, and it gives me great...

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African Response to UK’s Proposed Hunting Trophy Ban

African Response to UK’s Proposed Hunting Trophy Ban

On 17 March 2023 a Private Member’s Bill to ban the import of hunting trophies into the UK passed its third reading in Parliament. It was approved by MPs after this reading, but required further scrutiny in the House of Lords before being passed into law. A strong...

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Wildlife Artist: Zoltan Boros

Wildlife Artist: Zoltan Boros

Zoltan Boros was born in Szabadka, Hungary in 1976. Nature and animals fascinated him since his early childhood. Zoltan began drawing at a young age, developing his talent by drawing the local wildlife. Later, he began to paint with oils and watercolors and continued...

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Black Wildebeest 

Black Wildebeest 

Written by Tom Murphy   The Black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou) is sometimes referred to as the white-tailed gnu. Its average weight runs between 250-425 pounds. Shoulder height is four feet. Overall length 65 inches to 90 inches. The black wildebeest has a dark...

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African Parks 2022 Update

African Parks 2022 Update

The addition of Kafue National Park in Zambia, and Boma and Badingilo National Parks in South Sudan added considerably to the African Parks portfolio of land now under formal management agreements. Positive discussions with the governments of Angola and Ethiopia also...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 17

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 18. Silver Shooters   To quote George Bernard Shaw: ‘Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime it is to waste it on children.’ We never consider that we are getting older, and things change… As I myself get older, I...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter W.D.M. Bell (Country Life Ltd., 1923.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Scottish-born Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell, best known today as Karamojo Bell, was a true Renaissance man. Best known for his hunting exploits in East Africa, he...

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First Global Human-Wildlife Conflict Summit

First Global Human-Wildlife Conflict Summit

Hundreds of representatives from conservation organisations, academia, governments, businesses and indigenous and local communities from six continents and 70 countries met for the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence, hosted by the IUCN...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 16

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 17. Why Wingshooting   I think there are as many reasons hunters pursue game as there are hunters – and those who hunt feathered game are no exception. When I decided to sell off my rifles and, instead, take up my sport of...

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World’s Longest Buffalo Hunt!

World’s Longest Buffalo Hunt!

By Jim Thorn   I hunted with Monterra Safaris in May 2021.  On that hunt I had an opportunity to take a Cape buffalo that was giving them some problems.  Of course, my only bad shot of the entire hunt was on this buffalo.  Not nervous, not in a bad position, the...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Cries of the Savanna Sue Tidwell (Circle T Publishing Company, 2021, 426 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Sue Tidwell knew little about hunting in Africa or the complexities of game management, hunting ethics and human-wildlife interactions when she accompanied...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 15

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 16. A Storm to Remember   Living in the bush has its memorable moments, as well as its problems and dangers, but the dangers are not always from wild animals. One of the most frightening moments during my time living in the...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

From the Cape to Kasserine: Ten Years of African Hunting 2007 - 2016 Craig Boddington (Safari Press, 2018, 324 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   This is the fourth book in Craig Boddington’s series describing his African hunting adventures; he writes one every...

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Are Cape Buffalo Really That Dangerous?

Are Cape Buffalo Really That Dangerous?

By Ken Moody   We’ve all heard the stories. The maniacal, charging buffalo bearing down on the quivering client as our hero, the professional hunter, brings his mighty double rifle to bear, ending the chaos with a well-placed shot, or worse – getting killed in the...

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A Close Encounter With A Lion

A Close Encounter With A Lion

This account of a close encounter with a lion near the Limpopo River in 1845, appears to have been written by William Oswell, a former big-game hunter, three years before his death.  _________________________________________________________________________________...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 14

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 15. Geoff’s Lion and Baboon   A good friend of mine has always had a yearning to shoot a lion. When I was involved with problem animal control, Geoff kept asking me to call him if there was an opportunity to join me and...

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Leopard Hunt – Podcast

Leopard Hunt – Podcast

Caption: Rudolph Stephan, Tim and Mary Sylvester.By Richard Lendrum   I was talking with Tim and Mary Sylvester when they were out on their safari and somehow the conversation turned to recalling a previous hunt they had done - a leopard in Zimbabwe almost 7...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Africa's Most Dangerous Kevin Robertson (Safari Press, 2007, 244 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   Much of African hunting literature is of the “Me and Joe” variety, books chock-full of tales describing the hunting adventures of the author. On occasion, however,...

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The Baobab Buffalo

The Baobab Buffalo

Written by Kevin Cunningham   It is almost a cliché to say that hunting Cape Buffalo is special. For me it began, curiously enough, many years ago hunting whitewing dove in Mexico with Ralf. Ralf was a successful, greying guy who loved the hunting and fishing life,...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 13

Written by Neil Harmse     Chapter 14. 'The Hat’ - A Dirty, Smelly Old Friend   When it comes to ‘outdoors men’ (sorry, ladies, this is a man thing!), have you ever wondered what it is that sets us apart from one another? I am particularly referring to...

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Hunting the Big Little Buck

Hunting the Big Little Buck

Mountain reedbuck afford a challenge hunt in the wild.By Daryl Crimp   “He’s an absolute monster,” said PH Pete matter-of-factly, “and he lives on this big plateau.”   ‘Big’ was an understatement. Even ‘huge’ didn’t cut it. The landscape in Eastern Cape is steroid-...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Hunter J.A. Hunter (Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1952, 264 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   At times we have a tendency to ignore or belittle the common in favor of whatever shiny new penny comes along; judging by all the love given the new 6.5, .27 and .28...

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Giant Sable Conservation in Angola

Giant Sable Conservation in Angola

Written by Pedro Vaz Pinto    This past year finally allowed us to move forward with routine activities and reach a quasi-normality state after two years of facing all sorts of constraints derived from Covid-19 related restrictions. And on the ground, the year of 2022...

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Bongo Hunting

Bongo Hunting

Written by Frank Zits   After the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo), hunting forest bongo possibly rates next, or at least high, on the list of dream safaris for most African game hunters. There are two types of African bongos, the western or...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 11

ritten by Neil Harmse   Chapter 12. Wilderness Trails   My life in the bush had its moments of excitement when dealing with problem animals and I have mentioned incidents on hunts and while guiding clients on safaris. However, when I think back, one of the...

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Black Death with a Crossbow

Black Death with a Crossbow

Written by Jon FossilThirty yards in front of me, two huge Cape buffalo were repeatedly goring each other in a battle to the death.   We had been following these two Dagga Boys for several hours and were now only 30 yards from the two combatants with nothing but a...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Strange Tales from the African Bush Hannes Wessels (Safari Press, 2009, 234 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   As is suggested by its title, Hannes Wessels’ Strange Tales from the African Bush is not your typical book that describing someone’s African hunting...

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A Little Namibian Adventure

A Little Namibian Adventure

Written by Alan Tuck   In September 2022, I hunted at Okarumuti Game Lodge, 70km outside Windhoek, Namibia.   The Italian-owned and -run lodge, located almost exactly in the center of the country, has a working cattle ranch that sells hunts.   On my trip, I...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 10

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 11. An Expedition into Mozambique     The 1980s were a busy time for conducting walking trails and I also got involved with game control operations. By way of something different, I was asked by my good friend Loot...

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Elephants and Mega Wildlife

Elephants and Mega Wildlife

Written by Richard Lendrum It was just over 20 years since I last sat down and had dinner with Johan after his life-altering buffalo attack.   Much has changed in Johan Calitz’s life since then; and what a treat to catch up and spend five whole days with this...

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Hunting Mozambique with Mashambanzou

Hunting Mozambique with Mashambanzou

Written by Randy Pretzer   I am not much of an author, but my wife and I hunted the Zambezi River area of Mozambique in 2022 and I wanted to share our story.   This trip was purchased at an SCI auction as a crocodile hunt with Mashambanzou Safaris, although I was able...

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Sango Wildlife Lodge & Camp

Sango Wildlife Lodge & Camp

As I write this - John Ledger is fighting for his life in an ICU at a leading hospital in Joburg. He is either about to – or has had some big heart operation to try unclogging his arteries. It will be a tough ask for any surgeon as John, by his own admission has done...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Facing Down Fear John Sharp (Ex Montibus Media, 2021, 336 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   That bigger-than-life professional hunters are not relegated to a bygone era becomes quickly evident when reading John Sharp’s Facing Down Fear (Ex Montibus Media, 2021,...

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Wato – The Book

Wato – The Book

By Brian Watson   Wato - The Book is a beautiful 324 page hard cover compilation of some of Wato's hunting adventures in wild Africa and other wilderness places. The book can be purchased here: https://watosbook.square.site/ To give you a taste of what's in store...

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African Conservation Awards 2022

African Conservation Awards 2022

Winners at the Game Rangers Association of Africa 2022 African Conservation Awards © GRAAAfrica’s conservation heroes were celebrated at the prestigious awards ceremony at the African Rangers Congress in Botswana on 17 September. The awards are an annual celebration...

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My Hunting Journey

My Hunting Journey

By Valerio Ventriglia   My hunting life began in in Zambia, at a very young age. I used to go for my school holidays to Zambia, spending three months at a time. I used to pester my father to let me go with him when he went hunting, but as I was too small, I used...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 9

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 10. Bad Luck Safari     There are times when, no matter how carefully things are planned, nothing seems to work out as one hoped. I remember one safari to Botswana years ago which seemed to go wrong from the very...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Land of the Black Buffalo Paul Smiles (Faber and Faber Limited, 1961, 184 pages.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   On a comparative basis, there is very little in the way of classic hunting literature focussed on what is today’s Botswana; professional hunting wasn’t...

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Ian Wilmot’s Monster Eastern Cape Kudu

Ian Wilmot’s Monster Eastern Cape Kudu

By Ian Wilmot   The biggest kudu we ever shot in the Eastern Cape was a 63-inch kudu, shot 3 or 4 years back. Still the biggest kudu to come out of the Eastern Cape. And it was an interesting hunt, an enjoyable hunt. The terrain is challenging. And this kudu had...

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Young and Dumb, but Alive!

Young and Dumb, but Alive!

By Ryan Phelan of Hotfire Safaris In the early 2000s, I was running a private game reserve in the Tuli Block in Botswana. We had one particular elephant bull that was becoming a nuisance, as he was destroying our solar pumps and panels and threatening my fencing...

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Nine Nights in the Selous – Authentic East Africa

Nine Nights in the Selous – Authentic East Africa

By Richard Lendrum Named after the famous African hunter whose life ended here, the reserve in this East African wilderness is difficult to describe in a few hundred words, let alone do justice to. But I will try.        In the heart of, and largely surrounded by the...

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Silhouettes in the Mist at Lake Mburo

Silhouettes in the Mist at Lake Mburo

Abdullah in position next to the sitatunga and screaming in the mist.By Ricardo Leone   I had met my friend Peter “Bwana” Chipman of Kwalata Safaris in Zambia at the Safari Show in early 2020 and made his booth my home for the three days that I explored the exhibition...

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Dugga Boy! A Zambian Adventure

Dugga Boy! A Zambian Adventure

 By Stuart Ward, February 2022  Hello and welcome to Africa. Jeannette and I are greeted warmly with smiles. Zambia is a very pleasant breezy cool in early June.  The air is rich with earthy mopane smoke aromas. It’s that back woods campfire smell, only different...

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Springbok Slam on a Short Timeline

Springbok Slam on a Short Timeline

By Michael W. Mills, Maricopa, AZ, USA   Africa is a place that grows on you. The more I experience Africa, the more I want to return. Planning for my Africa 2022 trip started before I completed a hunt in 2021.   Fast forward a year, I’m in South Africa with my...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 8

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 9. Concerning Snakes   One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people venturing into the bush on a trail or hunt is: ‘Do we have to worry about snakes?’ To be honest, there are snakes all over, even in suburban...

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Hurry up and “Wag n Bietjie”

Hurry up and “Wag n Bietjie”

A Kalahari Leopard  By Ryan Phelan of Hotfire Safaris     Max was back! Back on his fourth adventure with Hotfire Safaris, this time in the vast Kalahari of Botswana. The quarry, a leopard.   We had ten days booked to search over a million acres of Kalahari in...

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Hunting buffalo in the Eastern Cape

Hunting buffalo in the Eastern Cape

By Ronald Blymire   After having to cancel our 2020 trip we were finally headed back to South Africa. The flight from Washington DC to Johannesburg was uneventful and, as he always is, Mr X was waiting for us as we exited the baggage collection area. We collected our...

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The Magical, Mystical Karoo

The Magical, Mystical Karoo

By Johan van Wyk     I suppose we all have a favorite hunting ground, a place where the days are longer, the sun always shines, and the hills are not too steep. I grew up in what I known as Bushveld country, generally flat terrain with the odd kopje covered...

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The Enduring Mauser

The Enduring Mauser

This take-down Rigby Mauser is bored for the .350 Rigby, once a popular cartridge, now upstagedThirty years after their first failure, Wilhelm was dead. Paul was 60 and might have quit the task.   By Wayne van Zwoll Deeply pocked by the great hooves, the path narrowed...

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Africa’s Forgotten Wilderness

Africa’s Forgotten Wilderness

Camp overlooking the Vovodo RiverHunting in the Central African Republic Today By Andrew Gooden “No, it’s not the Congo – it’s just a bit further north… no, rebel militia doesn’t jump out from behind every bush… yes, hunting is open there.”   I find that the questions...

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A Vintage Flight for Doves

A Vintage Flight for Doves

By Simon K Barr Photography credit: Tweed Media   South Africa is a sportsman’s dream: not only is it bursting with some of the most exciting hunting in the world, but when flying from Europe, there’s no jetlag. Less well-known are the fantastic opportunities for...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 7

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 8. Concerning Rhino   At one stage, when I was doing wilderness trails for the Wilderness Leadership School, I was asked to do a promotional walking trail with a group of journalists and dignitaries to help raise funds for...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

In the Salt  Lou Hallamore (Trophy Room Books, 1999, 218 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey   It’s been said that Lou Hallamore, one of Zimbabwe’s most revered PHs, has spent more time in leopard blinds than most of us have spent in movie theaters. His knowledge about...

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Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2022

Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2022

Ranger with elephant, Namibia. © Marcus WestbergThe need for rangers to help in anti-poaching and anti-trafficking patrols is mounting every day, with 259 rhinos poached for their horns in the first six months of 2022 in South Africa alone, in addition to the 451 lost...

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The Benefit of Doubt

The Benefit of Doubt

By Mary Hayes   During my hunting experience in South Africa, I learned a very important lesson about taking pride in what you do and to never doubt yourself. I have carried this knowledge with me since the time I had this amazing opportunity.   Hoooonnnnnk…...

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Mpofu! The largest of the antelope species

Mpofu! The largest of the antelope species

An eland bull is a huge, impressive animal, and hunting one is an experience you won’t soon forget. © Massaro Media GroupBy Phil Massaro My first safari was a ten-day jaunt spent on South Africa’s Orange Free State, in the semi-Karoo region not far outside of...

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The Triple Deuce Safari

The Triple Deuce Safari

By Kim Stuart   Two old guys, two double rifles, and two Cape buffalo each.   I know, this sounds like an African wreck waiting to happen. When long-time hunting buddy Jim Gefroh and I sat down with Jacques Senekal, owner of African Maximum Safaris in the North West...

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Hunter Profile of a loyal supporter – Chuck Shellhouse

Hunter Profile of a loyal supporter – Chuck Shellhouse

I am 75 years old and have been enjoying the outdoors my entire life. I grew up on a farm in Ohio and began hunting pheasants and whitetail deer. After college I lived out west in Arizona and Colorado and got hooked on mule deer and elk. I have hunted both in Arizona,...

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Afton 20 years later

Afton 20 years later

In August of 2002, I first visited  Afton Guesthouse in Johannesburg, SA. The place was recommended by a PH who is no longer in the industry. I was fortunate enough to stay several times during my six weeks and three-country hunt. I was able to harvest all of the...

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Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 23

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 6

Written by Neil Harmse   Chapter 7. Lion Problems   As previously mentioned, during the 1980s the southern Kruger Park boundary was continuously faced with problems caused by lions crossing. into private properties and killing livestock. Once these nomadic...

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The Night Of The Leopard

The Night Of The Leopard

By Don Stoner   The Land Cruiser rolled to a stop on the rough, hard-packed ruts my PH called a road. Then, shifting into four-wheel drive, we slowly turned onto the soft white sand of the dry river bed. Five minutes later we caught the odor of the rotting bait...

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Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

From the Veld – Recipes and Reflections from Namibia Danene van der Westhuyzen (Tip Africa Publishing, 2020, 242 pages) Reviewed by Ken Bailey From the Veld is more than just another cookbook. It’s part autobiography, part photo montage and part homage to the land,...

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A Long, Short, Waterbuck Hunt

A Long, Short, Waterbuck Hunt

By Daryl Crimp   My Courteney boots puffed dust in the bushveld and left distinctive tracks, the solid rubber soles offering quiet tread— silent footsteps in the dirt. I’d learned the hard way that soles designed for comfort with tiny air bubbles injected in the...

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