January/February 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

January/February 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

Million dollar nyala

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What are the greatest threats to our wildlife and wild places in Africa? What is modern-day conservation? What are you doing to support true conservation? Ivan Carter speaks his mind

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Namibia’s Nyae-Nyae: Home of the tuskers

Herman Jonker visited the Nyae-Nyae on the rim of the Kalahari Basin, where his small hunting party walked on the trail of the big tuskers and experienced the tracking skills of the Ju/’hoansi San (Bushmen)

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Man-eaters of Ngoma

Seasoned hunter John Coleman tells the story of how he, assisted by his tracker Luka, brought an end to the reign of terror of two man-eating lions in Botswana’s Ngoma area along the Chobe River

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Dealing with a new reality: Hunting ban in Botswana’s concession areas

Earle Stemmet was among the last guests to visit Qorokwe Hunting Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. He explains the negative impact of the hunting ban on the country’s economy, its wildlife and its local communities

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Heym Martini Express: a masterpiece from Germany

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Every once in a while a rifle comes along that really causes a stir for all the right reasons. Johan van Wyk explains why the Heym Martini Express bolt-action is just such a rifle

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Also in this issue 

Also in this issue

 

Rhino Bullets – the hammer of Thor

Ballistics expert Chris Bekker discusses aspects such as jacket/core separation, controlled expansion bullets, velocity windows and in-target stability mechanism.

The role of hunting through the eyes of a non-hunting conservationist

Dr Chris Brown of the Namibian Chamber of Environment looks at the positive role of hunting in conservation and warns against animal rights agendas.

African Explorers

Charles Henry Stokes spent 17 years in Africa and successfully established the only reliable portage caravan between Zanzibar and the shores of Lake Victoria.

Tanzania lion hunt

Christophe Beau of Grand Safari guided Claude and Sonia Magnin and their friends on a fair-chase hunt for a free-roaming lion in Tanzania’s wilderness. 

Cape grysbok with bow and arrow

Danie Geel took a Cape grysbok with bow and arrow in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province – no mean feat as it made SCI’s Record Book!

Just another day in Africa . . .

Cleve Cheney guided a group on a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park and had a close encounter with the great tusker, Tshokwane.

 Black lechwe challenge

The black lechwe is a sought-after trophy. Geoff Wainwright guided an American client for this antelope in Zambia’s Bangweulu Swamps.

Hunting the trophy sable

One of Africa’s most beautiful antelope, the sable is also a formidable quarry. Benand Els provides guidelines on how to hunt this majestic animal.


From the Editor

From the Editor

 

Yesterday and tomorrow

 

Yesterday the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) was in very good hands under the leadership of the well-known Kai-Uwe Denker. I have peace of mind that tomorrow NAPHA will still be in excellent hands. She is definitely not as sunburnt as her predecessor and I think not as stubborn either, but Danene van der Westhuyzen does not have to stand back a single inch for anything or anyone – with or without her Krieghoff 450/400.

 

During the recent NAPHA AGM Danene was unanimously elected as the new NAPHA president for the 2017/2018 term. As with Kai-Uwe Denker, African Outfitter hopes to see Danene serving her full maximum term of a combined four years. Not only is Danene one of the few female professional hunters in Namibia, she is also the first-ever female professional hunter in Namibia to qualify as a dangerous-game PH. NAPHA has become synonymous with fair chase and ethical hunting practices, publicly taking the moral high ground on contentious issues such as breeding and hunting of the so-called “colour variants” and hunting of captive-bred lions and canned lion hunting. With Danene’s passion for ethical hunting practices and the principle of fair chase, she has won the respect of numerous conservation and anti-poaching organisations, making her the perfect candidate for taking NAPHA to new heights. Danene is also the chairperson of the Outfitters and Professional Hunters’ Associations of Southern Africa.

 

I wish Danene only the best for the tough task ahead. Being a mother, spouse, businesswoman and president of NAPHA will take a lot from her but she is more than capable to face up to the challenge.

 

For African Outfitter it has been a challenging year with the weak global economy, but thanks to my wonderful team, we have pulled through and we stand proud at the end of yet another year – our 11th year in print. Without the dedicated effort from my office, accounting, production and layout teams, there would be no African Outfitter on the shelves. I believe that we rank among the world’s top hunting magazines regarding content, and for that I would like thank my superb team of co-editors and contributors. Although the magazine prides itself on offering excellent entertainment value with a 65/35 article/advertisement ratio, we still need to pay the bills at the end of the month … In this respect our team member Yolande van der Merwe deserves special mention. With sheer determination and hard work, Yolande has managed to keep us afloat through some very difficult times, always finding the required advertising to balance the books. Thank you so much Yolande – we are extremely grateful for your valuable contribution.

 

I wish all the African outfitters, professional hunters and our loyal readers a blessed festive season. Hope to see many of you bright and on the other side of the big pond early in 2017!

 

Hunt wild and hunt fair …

Neels Geldenhuys

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