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...

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...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

Classic and Contemporary African Hunting Literature

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Ernest Hemingway (Cosmopolitan, 1936.) Reviewed by Ken Bailey    The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, a short story by Ernest Hemingway set in Africa, was originally published in the September 1936 issue...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

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...

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...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

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...

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...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

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...

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...

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.  _________________________________________________________________________________...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

Jason Stone: Inch By Inch, A Trophy Hunter of 25 Years

Jason Stone: Inch By Inch, A Trophy Hunter of 25 Years

A 67-inch kudu bull from Limpopo, South Africa.Written by Richard Lendrum   Since record books started and inches measured, some believe this has been a curse on the hunting industry. For many, it is their way of distinguishing themselves, to prove something, be...

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...

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,...

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,...

Campfire Thoughts & Reminiscences Part 18

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...

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-...

United Nations Biodiversity Conference Reaches Landmark Agreement

United Nations Biodiversity Conference Reaches Landmark Agreement

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was opened for signature in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and entered into force in December 1993. The CBD is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components...

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...