Jan/Feb 2015 Issue – Cover Stories

Jan/Feb 2015 Issue – Cover Stories

.505 Gibbs

In the first article in this series, Casey Lewis gives a detailed overview of the origins and history of the .505 George Gibbs bolt-action rifles, illustrated with some interesting photographs.

 

Around the Campfire with Johnny Vivier

Well-known and respected PH Johnny Vivier gives an overview of his distinguished career that spans 37 years, touching on aspects such as his favourite rifles, game animals and hunting areas.

 

Big-game rifles Down Under

The 5th International Big-Game Rifle Shoot was hosted by the Melbourne chapter of the Big-Game Rifle Club of Australia in August 2014.

 

Buffalo stampede

Seasoned game ranger Cleve Cheney and his trails group came face to face with a 400-strong herd of stampeding buffalo in the Kruger National Park and lived to tell the tale.

 

Rainsford’s Rigby-Mauser – a historic rifle rediscovered

Hubert Montgomery delves into the history of this special rifle, covering aspects such as the life of William Stephen Rainsford, the Rigby .400/350 Nitro Express cartridge and the Rigby-Mauser.


 

From the Editor…

Namibian professional hunting in good hands.

That was the message from the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism at the recent annual general meeting of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA). Honourable Uahekua Herunga only had praise for NAPHA and what it has achieved in 2014.

African Outfitter attended the AGM, held at a lodge just outside Windhoek in November 2014. I was taken by the message that the president of NAPHA, Kai-Uwe Denker, had for the association’s members. Herewith some extracts from his speech: “Why does hunting face so much international criticism, why are petitions started to stop it? The answer is easy. Deep down humanity has an incorruptible sense for right and wrong. And unfortunately there are too many facets – especially in trophy hunting – that totally undermine all good work that was done to explain natural connotations and ourselves. We sit with a serious dilemma and like with many other things, money is the driving power behind this dilemma. For monetary reasons – not at all for ideological reasons – we hunters drift away from the rest of the conservation community. That ultimately has to be fatal.”

Another extract: “The selective, artificial breeding of game animals for the hunting industry keeps luring on the horizon like an irresistible financial temptation. The artificial breeding of colour variants, like for example white springbuck and yellow blesbuck, and the simultaneous elimination of cheetah in an attempt to protect these recessive colour variants, have nothing to do with conservation. The line-breeding of golden oryx by artificial elimination of the dominant normal colour variation, is directly contradictory to natural selection. What are we busy with? Do we just use conservation as a pretext? The artificial breeding of lion to be shot by trophy collectors has nothing to do with sustainable use, nor with fair-chase hunting. It may be financially lucrative, but it places a huge question mark over our true motives as hunters. NAPHA has taken very clear stances on these issues.” I personally commend this stance taken by Mr Denker on behalf of NAPHA.

Another “monster” on the conservation scene that is raising its ugly head is the concept of a “fee” raised on each and every one of these animals mentioned by Mr Denker, whether these animals are hunted or merely kept. This so-called fee will then be donated or allocated to some or other conservation drive or project. By window dressing what they do in this way, they “buy” acceptance for their actions. The sad part of all this is that the beneficiaries of these fees would probably accept these funds smiling.

On a lighter note . . . The African Outfitter team wishes all our readers and advertisers a wonderful and blessed festive season. May all professional hunters and outfitters enjoy their family time over this period and may we see each other early in January either in Dallas, Vegas or Canada.

Neels Geldenhuys

Chief Editor

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