July/Aug 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

July/Aug 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

Evaluation of hunting scopes

Ballistics expert Chris Bekker takes an in-depth look at low-mounting hunting scopes of no more than 10x magnification. He compares various brands and provides valuable pointers for the hunter wishing to buy a new riflescope

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A Maharaja’s rifles

Sir Digbijai Singh Bahadur, KCSI, Maharaja of Bulrampore, was a prolific hunter and owned many British firearms, from percussion to early breech-loading rifles. Peter Cameron follows the story of this fascinating ruler and his rifles

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Buffalo belligerence

Cleve Cheney had many close encounters with wildlife during his career as a game ranger and PH. One such episode involved an enraged buffalo bull that turned a translocation exercise into a near-fatal experience

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Rigby’s Highland Stalker

With back orders of a couple of hundred, Rigby’s Highland Stalker seems to be destined for success and a worthy bearer of one of the greatest names in gunmaking, writes Johan van Wyk

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Hunting the reedbuck

This article focuses on the two reedbuck species found in Southern Africa, namely the southern mountain reedbuck and common reedbuck. Benand Els describes these antelope and gives advice on how to hunt them

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Also in this issue 

Biltong hunt with poachers

Geoff Wainwright reminisces about a hunt in Zambia with the late Gordon O’Brian in his youth, involving two poachers who actually helped with the hunt.

Bowhunt adventure in coastal Mozambique

In Part 2 bowhunter Danie Geel shares further adventures of his hunt for the Tiny Ten with Zambeze Delta Safaris in Coutada 11, coastal Mozambique.

Eastern Cape hunt

Dennis and Julie Hilling from Canada took their nephew Kris Haughian and his brother Jeff on an African hunting safari of a lifetime.

Mahohboh on the hunt … Watch out!

When you are tracking a wounded buffalo, watch out for its unwounded companions! Ron Thomson shares some close encounters.

The man from Alaska

During his years as a PH in Southern Africa, John Coleman encountered all kinds of shots. Bob Zywna from Alaska was the best he had ever seen.

John Connor’s hunting memoirs

Owen Connor gives readers an insight into the hunting expeditions of his brother John in the Zambezi Valley, Rhodesia in 1955.

The leopard’s leap

Mark Fynney regales readers with a story of a leopard hunt as experienced by his father Eric as a child in the wilds of Africa.

 On Safari: Big-game hunters of yesteryear

While hunting in Africa, Arthur Neumann made interesting observations about how giraffe fall when shot, that they actually do lie down, and about their distinctive odour.


From the Editor

Death of a hunter

In recent months our beloved industry has lost two outfitters in the line of duty. These two men tragically lost their lives to the animals they hunted. Theunis Botha was killed by an elephant cow that fell on him after being shot by a fellow hunter at short range. Scott van Zyl’s remains were found in the carcasses of some crocodiles shot by the Zimbabwean authorities nearly a week after he had disappeared from the banks of the Limpopo River.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to both families and friends who have lost husbands, fathers and friends. It was simply amazing to see how many associations, organisations and individuals extended a helping hand by offering services, facilities and money to assist with search efforts and to help the families.

It was also comforting to read all the encouraging messages and words of sympathy from the conservation and hunting community at large across the world on social media platforms. As could be expected, the terrorists from animal rights organisations unfortunately could once again not resist the temptation to capitalise on these tragic events by basking in the sadness of these bereaved families. Their disgusting, inhumane comments keep on reminding us who they really are, what is really important to them and how unconnected they are to nature and all its inhabitants. Their blind rage and misconceptions about the real world are changing their personalities, transforming them into the “ISIS” of Mother Nature.

For me, this must be the most blessed and honourable way to leave this world when one’s time has come – to be taken in nature, by nature while living your dream and protecting your natural heritage through sustainable hunting, all in the interest of conservation. If I ever have the privilege to choose how to go, this would be the ultimate choice.

Stay connected to Mother Nature by keeping your roots in the ground and you will never lose perspective of what is real. Real might not always be what we want to hear, what we want to see or believe … but it is the only way.

Hunt wild and hunt fair.

Neels Geldenhuys

(You are welcome to join the African Outfitter group on facebook!)

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