One for the Road

One for the Road

By Terry Wieland   The Fiercest Heart Stuart Cloete — soldier, novelist, elephant hunter   In 1994, when I was holed up on a remote farm in the (then) Orange Free State, learning one last time that I am not a novelist, I found myself longing for something to...

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   Under Canvas The fine art of teamwork   Many has been the paean to the joys of the old-time tented safari, wherein you set up camp for a few...

Book Review: Rift Valley Fever

Book Review: Rift Valley Fever

Rift Valley Fever - A British Vet in Africa After training as a vet in Edinburgh, Hugh Cran set off to Kenya and spent the next 50 years at the sharp end, treating the cattle of Maasai herdsmen, wild animals, the horses and pets of ex-pats and the military and the...

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 Tale of Three Buffalo The things that stick with you In Horn of the Hunter, Robert Ruark describes two Cape buffalo he took on his first...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...