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The First Lion

The First Lion

He’s roaring fear, You’re stupid if you’re not afraid, He’s built to destroy, That’s how he was made. See the tail flicker, A single black weave, See his mane waver, In that soft breeze. Hear his call, It shatters the quiet, Hear that first note, Of the bush’s wild...

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Big Gun for the Little Lady

Big Gun for the Little Lady

It was mid-morning on 14 May 1973, when the King Air carried my friends and fellow Michiganders, Joyce and Erwin Wilson, with all their gear, including hunting equipment and food. The plane landed on a dirt runway in Caprivi, the northeastern corner of Namibia. The...

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Our 139-mile Elephant Hunt

Our 139-mile Elephant Hunt

By Divan Labuschagne   It was April, and the vegetation in Bwabwata was thick. Grass towered six feet tall in some places with visibility mere meters. I love this time of year, up close and personal with some of my favorite species - elephant and buffalo. Bwabwata is...

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Respect the River

Respect the River

By Tayvi Rae Stilson   I kept thinking, “What will my family do if I die in Africa?”   This is the story of how I died.  Well, not literally, but a little inside.   From the time I was a little girl living in a small town in the United States, I wanted to...

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There is a Time and Place for Everything

There is a Time and Place for Everything

This Texas heart shot founds its way into the vitals and we had our trophy.By Ricardo Leone   While a respectable number of hunters may wish to debate the ethics of taking a Texas heart shot as your initial shot on big game - few will dispute the effectiveness of this...

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61-Year Dream Come True

61-Year Dream Come True

By Owen Maddox   The seed was planted when a young boy of ten years old was given a copy of Outdoor Life Magazine by his uncle.  During these early years, the uncle introduced him to hunting a variety of animals in Kentucky.  Among the uncle’s favorites were...

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Hunting With an Old-Timer

Hunting With an Old-Timer

The hunters looking for springbuck on the plains below them.By Piet van Rooyen   The springbuck ram stood quartering towards us at just over 200 meters, its impressive set of horns clearly outlined against the background of yellow grass and granite outcrops. My...

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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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A Night in Hippo Heaven

A Night in Hippo Heaven

By Donald J Stoner   It is said that hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal (if you exclude mosquitos).  But does that qualify them to be classified as dangerous game.  I have certainly had my doubts until, that is, an experience I had one night...

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The Bow Hunt of a Lifetime, South African Style

The Bow Hunt of a Lifetime, South African Style

By Barry Parks   About 10 AM, a waterbuck herd walked in from our right. The “Waterbuck Bull of a Lifetime” was the last one to enter. He mingled with the herd as they ate and drank. No animals could be in front of or behind him. About 10 minutes went by before a...

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The Tiny Ten – a Worthy Quest

The Tiny Ten – a Worthy Quest

By Ricardo Leone   “Son of a … Klipspringer!”  How could I miss it? Yes, I was over-excited again and lifted my head to see if I hit the damn thing as I was pulling the trigger. You would think on my eighth safari with numerous other big-game hunts under my belt, I...

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One for the Road

One for the Road

Very likely a clone of the rifle Ruark took to Africa in 1951:  A Winchester Model 70 in .220 Swift.  A very fine combination for its intended purpose—varmints at long range—but a dreadful choice for an African safari.By Terry Wieland   The Last Laugh The .220...

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Hyena Inspired Victory Dances

Hyena Inspired Victory Dances

By Kendal-Ray Kaschula     If there’s a cattle rancher reading this book, then you’re about to understand this next story better than anyone.   I lived on a cattle ranch from fourteen, and for as far back as my memories went, we were plagued by hyenas....

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Family Safari

Family Safari

By Matt Blymire   I am a 40-year-old from Pennsylvania who grew up hunting whitetail deer with my dad.  I started hunting with him at the age of 12 which was the legal minimum age in Pennsylvania, and then continued hunting deer on my own.  Now married, with...

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Hunting in Benin’s Western Savannah

Hunting in Benin’s Western Savannah

By Enrich Hugo   West Africa has a special appeal not only for hunters. The mix of geographically diverse zones offers savannahs, marsh and rainforest lovers plenty of opportunities to explore fauna and flora. This time is Benin our hunting destination. This...

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10 Days with a Rigby

10 Days with a Rigby

By Buzz Nady      This whole thing started in September 2021. I was at Afton, Richard Lendrum’s lodge in Joburg. Richard was promoting a raffle in The African Hunting Gazette magazine, and the grand prize was a SSB Rigby Rifle in .416 Rigby! A proper buffalo rifle! I...

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Not Just Hunting in the Eastern Cape

Not Just Hunting in the Eastern Cape

Abigail with her white-horned blesbok bull at the Hotfire property.By Abigail Prevost   I was not sure what to expect when we stepped off the plane in East London, but I got the feeling that the next two weeks were going to be something incredible – and my gut...

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Great Bulls of Fire

Great Bulls of Fire

By Enrich Hugo   The smoke stings something in the lungs and the ash particles that whirl through the air tickle the nostrils. And occasionally we had to deal with glow around us. In addition to the ash, the air is full of insects and other small crawlies. Wherever...

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