Seasoned PH Geoff Wainwright regales the reader with stories about his elephant encounters as a greenhorn while serving his apprenticeship with Zambia Safaris.
On target with Aimpoint
Aimpoint is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Well known for its original design and manufacture of a wide range of optical red-dot sights, it has built up a reputation for superb quality.
A conservationist’s hunting principles
In order for hunting to stand its ground and be accepted we will have to have a watershed where hunters define themselves as conservationists and separate themselves from unethical and canned
Hunting the trophy hippo
In the third part of this series, Benand Els discusses trophy-judging aspects such as measurement methods for Rowland Ward and SCI, determining sex, tusk length, and recovery and trophy care.
Shooting vintage shotguns today
The use of older and even very old shotguns is an area of heated debate among shooters. Andrew Tonkin takes a look at this not-so-simple matter, focusing on the British or Continental 12-bore.
From the Editor
We recently had the opportunity to exhibit at the annual HuntEx exhibition in Midrand, South Africa. With vision and brilliant strategic planning, the owner and organiser, Adriaan Woudstra, has grown this expo into the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere over a very short period of time. HuntEx 2015 had a record attendance this year with 45 521 visitors (see their advert on p 51).
African Outfitter had a very successful HuntEx. We were fortunate to get many new subscribers and meet and chat to some of our fans. We increased our stand substantially from 90 m² to 144 m² to accommodate all the full mounts on display this year. The main attraction undoubtedly was the full mount of an elephant, flanked by full mounts of a white rhino on the left and a black rhino on the right. We were very fortunate to also have had full mounts of the true “Dangerous Six” at our stand, complemented by interesting species such as bongo, forest buffalo and others.
The African Outfitter team would like to urge all international exhibitors who normally attend hunting-related shows, such as the DSC show in Dallas, SCI in Vegas or IWA in Nuremberg, to consider adding HuntEx to their international exhibition calendar in future. You might just be pleasantly surprised!
In this issue we bring you a very interesting article, “A conservationist’s hunting principles” (see p 10) by Richard Sowry, a section ranger in the Kruger National Park. I belief Richard hits the nail on the head with this must-read.
At this time, Africa is right in the middle of hunting season. It is my wish that every international hunter choosing to hunt on this magical continent this year, will return home with an unforgettable hunting experience and not just a trophy. Remember, your hunting experience should be something special that lasts for the duration of your 7-, 14- or 21-day (for the lucky ones) trip, not just for the few seconds you squeeze the trigger. The essence of your African hunting experience should be a combination of being in the bush, feeling close to nature, soaking up your surroundings and trying to outwit your quarry on its home turf. It is about the walk and stalk that could be unsuccessful but that is part of the challenge. In the end, your trophy should remind you of an incredible hunting experience, not just the actual shot to down it, irrespective of whether you took a buffalo or an impala. Always remember that there needs to be a story behind every trophy gracing the walls of your trophy room. That animal deserves that the story be told of how it was hunted and the best way to achieve this is to commit yourself to ethical, fair-chase hunting. If you follow these basic principles of hunting you will always have a great story to tell. I plead with every hunter visiting Africa to insist on an ethical, fair-chase hunt – you pay hard-earned money for this experience and you have the right to demand it.
As for the outfitters and PHs, please remember that your actions have an impact on everybody else in the industry. Sell the experience, not the animal – your client deserves it.