Taxidermist profile: Hunters Heart Taxidermy

Taxidermist profile: Hunters Heart Taxidermy

Contact: (Owner/Manager): Ruan Viljoen Physical Address: 2 Nywerheid Avenue, Kuruman, 8460 Tel Office: +27 72 057 1235 Mobile: +27 72 057 1235 info@huntersheart.africa www.huntersheart.africa/home Tell us a little about your operation How it started &...

Taxidermist profile – Frank Zitz

Taxidermist profile – Frank Zitz

Taxidermy is my life I got into the industry when I was quite young as I had worked for a furrier when I was just a boy.  I had always been interested in taxidermied animals, and first started when I used a mail order from the back of a hunting magazine for a...

Book review – Horn of the Hunter

Book review – Horn of the Hunter

By Ken Bailey An admitted novice big game hunter, Robert Ruark went on an African safari for the first time ostensibly on medical orders; his doctor advised that a year’s rest would serve him well and Ruark decided that recommendation would be the impetus to...

An encounter with black-backed jackals

An encounter with black-backed jackals

 By Frank Berbuir It is 4 o´clock this morning when my alarm clock jolts me out of my sleep, my dreams, and makes me aware to get up, take a shower, and slip into my Sniper Africa Camo clothes. Outside it is still dark, quite and peaceful when I close the door of my...

Respect

Respect

By Martin Pieters The dust swirled in the midday heat of the Zambezi Valley, as we lay motionless behind a small outcrop of black rock that reflected its heat towards us. Shade was sparse apart from a clump of green about 15 meters ahead. This was directly in line of...

Worried About Environmental Impact of Air Travel?

Worried About Environmental Impact of Air Travel?

You have probably heard some environmental activists going on about how air travel is 'bad' because it might cause global warming? And were you starting to think that perhaps your trip to Africa to hunt on the great continent was a bit of a naughty thing to do? Forget...

Fourth leopard at 80

Fourth leopard at 80

By Peter Feuerle The leopard cannot be seen if he does not want to be seen, and that makes hunting him the perfect hunt. If you want a realistic chance to shoot a leopard, you must make him come to you, which means hunting over bait, or following a pack of hounds. An...

Return to Namibia’s Otjozondjupa District

Return to Namibia’s Otjozondjupa District

By Rick Hobert at ElandPro Safaris It’s 31 May 2021, about 2.30 a.m. somewhere over the north Atlantic bound for Frankfurt, Germany on the first leg of my trip. I’m sitting here wide awake and can’t sleep. I started thinking about what had led me to this point in...

October newsletter

October newsletter

Trophy Shipping - Know your Facts With the sun setting slowing on this year’s African season which, by all accounts, has been just what we needed, attention moves to the trophies. How is the processing and mounting getting along? Then, it’s getting them shipped back...

Hunter Profile: Archie Landals

Hunter Profile: Archie Landals

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in 1945. I guess that makes me a city kid, but we were never far from the country. Although Edmonton is home to almost 1.5 million people today, it was only 100,000 when I was growing up. When walking out the back door we were...

Taxidermist Feature: Marakalalo

Taxidermist Feature: Marakalalo

Company Name: Krugertaxidermy t/a Marakalalo (Pty) Ltd. Contact: (Owner/Manage) Kruger Human Physical Address: 21 Stormavenue, Bainsvlei, Bloemfontein, Free State Province, South Africa Tel Office: +27 (0) 649382563 Mobile: +27 (0)834478132 Contact Email:...

International Vulture Awareness Day 4 September 2021

International Vulture Awareness Day 4 September 2021

Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas where they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure, and some species are facing extinction. The 'IVAD' has grown from awareness days run by the Endangered...

August newsletter

August newsletter

Send in the clowns Not sure how they first got the reference to being clowns of the savanna, but some refer to them as such. The blue wildebeest is not high on the wish list of first timers, nor is it the most majestic. Yet, think about it, when it comes to Africa’s...

Fury at Bay

Fury at Bay

Hunters who have had the privilege to hunt leopard over hounds or over bait will know the anticipation and excitement of the hunt, from the day you book it, to the day you start hanging baits or dragging roads, through to the day you first lay eyes on your leopard....

Hunting wildebeest in Africa

Hunting wildebeest in Africa

African Black Wildebeest The Black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou) is sometimes referenced to as the white-tailed gnu. Its average weight runs between 250-425 pounds, and shoulder height is four feet. The overall length 65 inches to 90 inches. The black wildebeest has...

The Orange Grove Bushbuck

The Orange Grove Bushbuck

I met Sydney in Kentucky in 2020, just before Covid, and we immediately started talking about a family trip with her, her father and her boyfriend coming to Africa. It was planned for the end of 2020, but obviously Covid ruined our plans.  One evening in early...

There is No Climate Emergency

There is No Climate Emergency

Readers will have noticed a recent massive surge in alarming international news about the climate. This is an organised, contrived campaign to draw attention to the forthcoming United Nations climate conference to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The UN...

Hunting Buff with Stephen Bann

Hunting Buff with Stephen Bann

While most folks spend a lifetime dreaming of hunting Cape buffalo, I was lucky enough to make that dream a reality. Cape Buffalo, known as The Black Death for their aggressive and angry nature, are one of the most dangerous big game animals not only in Africa, but in...

Taxidermist profile – Life Form Taxidermy

Taxidermist profile – Life Form Taxidermy

Established in 1981, Life-Form Taxidermy is a world-renowned studio, with a large, dedicated staff, providing top quality taxidermy and outstanding service. Our indigenous taxidermists specialize in African game and, coupled with their artistic talent and...

Highlights from John Sharp Safaris

Highlights from John Sharp Safaris

Just a quick update to let you know what's been happening with me in the field. My first hunt of the year was a leopard hunt with Andy from North Dakota.  We hunted on Malangani where I knew there was a huge leopard - we saw him in 2019 lying on a...

Motsomi’s happy customers

Motsomi’s happy customers

When we planned our 1st trip with Motsomi in 2018, we planned it as a once in a lifetime trip. Then we fell in love with SA and made lifelong friends. Our 2nd trip here with Motsomi may have even topped our 1st as we have already started planning our 3rd trip. Marco...

News from Bergzicht Game Lodge

News from Bergzicht Game Lodge

Dear hunting friends, We’re halfway through 2021! And how exciting that this year has been a much nicer roller-coaster than last year. (We felt like saying good luck with the Thanksgiving and Christmas planning, but luckily there is more than enough time still left...

Hunting zebra in Africa

Hunting zebra in Africa

Burchell’s Zebra The Burchell’s zebra Equus burchelli, is a southern subspecies of the plains zebra. It differs from that zebra by a number of features, most prominent being shadow stripes which are overlaid on the white stripes on the African zebra’s hindquarters....

UK Charity raises funds at expense of Africans

UK Charity raises funds at expense of Africans

As the UK parliament consider bans on hunting trophy imports, community leaders representing millions of rural Africans have launched an official complaint against one of the key players in the campaign against trophy hunting. Representatives from communities of six...

First African Adventure

It starts like most adventures start - a thought in the back of your mind, a vision of adventure, the experience of a new culture, new people, and a different perspective of a sunset in a remote continent and different hemisphere. Such was the case when I began...

A West African Hunting Story

Suspicions arose when my French representative took me aside at Ouamou, our hunting camp in eastern Burkina Faso, strongly advising me to keep my firearm within reach at all times. I had just arrived with my last group of hunters after two months of back-to-back...

African Dawn Catalogue

An African Dawn is the promise of a new day. The first rays and warmth of sunshine, with the sounds of Africa’s bushveld coming alive. So, if you are reading this and dreaming of your next (or first) African safari, there is no time like the present to plan. And here...

June Newsletter

Dear African hunters, enthusiasts and outfitters Most deaths occur on the way down… That is if you’re on Everest. It’s to do with not enough understanding what the second half requires. When extreme fatigue sets in, not enough understanding of how this, along with...

Hunting bushbuck in Africa

The African bushbuck is divided into two species, the kewel (Tragelaphus scriptus) and the imbabala (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) The kewel’s distribution includes Senegal Ethiopia,Eritrea, and south to Angola…

Hunter’s Profile – Kelly Drolet

From what I remember and that which has been told to me by my parents and grand parents, it is obvious to me that my love for nature, the wilderness and the outdoor life is based on being raised on what would be defined as a very remote farm. We had limited access or...