Three leopard in one tree
Owen Connor recalls how he and two other hunters each took a leopard from the same tree, the biggest tree in the Zambezi Valley, during three different hunts in the then Rhodesia’s Rifa TriangleSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Best guns from Birmingham
Many of the “best” guns bearing famous London names were not made in London but in Birmingham, home to a multitude of expert gunmakers. Johan van Wyk delves into the history of these gunsSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Zambezi River long ago
“In my time, over 55 years ago, the Zambezi River and surrounding area were a different place to what it is today.” Seasoned PH John Coleman reminisces about his adventures on this mighty riverSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
The blue of the sun: Driven partridges in Spain
Aldo Rech and his wife Michelle followed in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and participated in driven partridge hunts in Spain. They found that this form of hunting is steeped in tradition and historySubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Hunting the Damara dik-dik
Experienced hunter Benand Els shares some handy tips about hunting a trophy-class Damara dik-dik. Focusing on hunting tactics, he discusses aspects such as dik-dik habits that affect hunting, hunting methods, follow-up and photography hintsSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Also in this issue
A buffalo gets the better of me
Being on the back of a pick-up with a darted buffalo that wakes up sooner than planned can be quite a sticky situation …
Sensational shooting and hunting feats – fact or fantasy?
Andrew Tonkin examines some interesting stories from now and yesteryear pertaining to shooting and hunting feats beyond rational belief.
What do bongo and ART have in common?
Peter Flack investigates the important role that Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) can play to help the survival of species in captivity and in the wild.
African explorers: Arthur H Neumann
Known as Africa’s original ivory hunter, Neumann captured his three years of ivory hunting under Mount “Kenia” in his famous book, Hunting East Equatorial Africa.
Some reflections on bolt-action DG rifles
The focus is on the aspiring professional hunter and the aspects he should consider before deciding on the desired qualities of a dangerous-game rifle.
Primitive game control
Geoff Wainwright spent many years as a PH in Tanzania where he encountered the primitive Hadzabe tribe, taking the opportunity to hunt crop-raiding baboons with them.
The True Green Alliance (TGA)
The primary purpose of this new NGO is to discredit animal rightsism within the governments and parliaments of Southern Africa, and within the public domain.
Product review: Shotgun ammunition by Kuvhima
Kuvhima Ammunition is producing a range of 12-gauge shotshells primarily aimed at the competition shooting market as well as a limited range of hunting loads.
From the Editor
For me the hands on our cover represent the following:
“A man’s age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The old hands on our cover belong to Ginger van Zyl, a well-known gunsmith from Pretoria, South Africa. All of us who have crossed his path know him as “Oom Ginger” – Uncle Ginger. We call him “Oom Ginger” and he calls each one of us “Young Man”. I have known these hands for more than 25 years – among other things, they have shortened the barrel of my .375 H&H, fitted crossbolts, and fitted my .458 Win Mag Ruger No 1 with a decelerator pad. These hands also built me a custom .22-250 with the birth of my youngest son and fixed and re-blued my two old air rifles – obviously not without huge protestation, as there is nothing Oom Ginger hates more than working on an air rifle!
I remember a couple a years ago, my boys, in cleaning our 7×57, got the bore snake stuck in the barrel. I suppose this has happened to quite a few hunters but according to Oom Ginger, it was the first documented case ever … He made no secret of my utter stupidity, but as usual accepted the challenge to “save” my rifle. After several failed attempts at removing the bore snake, he came up with the perfect solution.
He took an old .22 ramrod and cut off its thread side; then we started looking for a brass wood screw that was soft enough as not to damage the inside of the barrel. It is hard to believe how scarce these screws are a gunsmith’s workshop – we could not find a single one! The search took us to his garage and more than an hour later we found a solitary brass wood screw. He cut off the head and then brazed the threaded piece to the ramrod. Very proud of his invention, he screwed the ramrod into the patch side of the bore snake and pulled it out – in less than a minute. Oom Ginger had one less useable ramrod but one very relieved “Young Man”!
When we had the photo shoot for this month’s cover at his workshop, I wondered how many thousands of rifles have been worked on by those hands over the years. As Oom Ginger was an avid hunter in his younger days, I always look at those hands, wondering how many times they have carried a rifle in the African bush, hunting big game like elephant, buffalo and lion.
To all hunters out there, remember the following: “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
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