March/April 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

March/April 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

Tanzania lion hunt

Tanzania lion hunt

Christophe Beau took clients Claude and Sonia Magnin to Tanzania to experience a fair-chase hunt for a free-roaming lion. Claude managed to take a magnificent male of about seven years old – a life-changing experience

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Hunting: Fighting the good fight

good fight

Never before has so much anti-hunting publicity been exerted by the uninformed international community – the result of a carefully orchestrated campaign by the animal rights brigade. Ron Thomson explains how to fight this

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Raiders of the lost armouries

lost armouries

In his youth, fire-arm enthusiast Andrew Tonkin and friends embarked on a bold endeavour to buy obsolete military rifles from the Mozambican government. Their dream of acquiring fine firearms soon turned into a nightmare …

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Leica Magnus – worth a second look

leica magnus

The name Leica is synonymous with top-quality optics and the finest German engineering and manufacturing. African Outfitter recently received a top-of-the-line Magnus 2,4-16x56i riflescope to test and the Leica certainly did not disappoint!

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Hunting the trophy sable

trophy sable

Benand Els discusses the trophy-judging aspects when hunting sable antelope and looks at aspects such as measuring methods (Rowland Ward and SCI), how to determine gender and horn length, and recovery and trophy care.

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Also in this issue 

African Explorers

Winston Churchill survived his escapades as a soldier, war correspondent and POW in the Second Boer War to become a great statesman.

Just another day in Africa . . .

Black mambas are deadly. Cleve Cheney witnessed the death of one of his students who was nicked on the finger by a baby black mamba.

Annealing your brass

Ballistics expert Chris Bekker explains that there are no hard and fast rules – it depends on the judgment of the reloader.

Hunt cursed by a chameleon

Seasoned PH Geoff Wainwright remembers how his superstitious trackers were scared by a chameleon on a buffalo hunt in Tanzania’s Luangwa Valley.

On Safari: Big-game hunters of yesteryear

While on a hunting safari in Africa, Arthur Neumann made some interesting observations about Grevy’s zebra, noting that it has some unusual characteristics.

Elephant trophy bull

Seasoned hunter Owen Connor reminisces about a 12-day hunt for elephant and buffalo in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe in 1993.

Sweaty hands on a felt hat

Mark Fynney tells the story of his father, Eric, who had great adventures while perched on his father’s shoulders during hunting expeditions.

Namibia Professional Hunting Association (Napha)

Learn more about this association for PHs, hunting guides, hunting assistants and individuals,as well as businesses with a vested interest in the hunting profession.


From the Editor

This is my favourite time of year – there is a slight change in the air, a hint of crispness when I rise in the early morning. This only means one thing – hunting season is upon us! It is time to clean and oil your trusty friend, visit the shooting range to hone your skills and make sure the bullet flies true, and to start planning your hunt – if you are in the fortunate position to do so. And for those who are hampered by either old age, a tight budget or other constraints, we have a choice selection of hunting adventures and advice to enjoy from the comfort of your favourite armchair.

If you have a sable antelope on your wish list, be sure to read the article on hunting this regal antelope by Benand Els. In this issue he focuses on trophy-judging aspects. In the late 1980s, our co-editor on vintage guns, Andrew Tonkin, and a friend overcame almost insurmountable obstacles in their efforts to buy some obsolete rifles following the end of the civil war in Mozambique. Read all about their adventures, failures and successes in “Raiders of the lost armouries”.    

Africa is still very much steeped in folklore and superstition, especially in rural areas. In “Hunt cursed by a chameleon”, seasoned PH Geoff Wainwright recalls a buffalo hunt that was nearly ruined by a chameleon, as this harmless creature is feared by the local people as harbingers of bad luck. As usual, John Coleman entertains us with yet another good hunting story from the good old days in “Hunting with Frank”. Also do not miss Mark Fynney’s enchanting series, “Tomorrow’s hunters” – in this issue he regales us with the hunting adventures of his father Eric as a young child, together with his loyal hunting dog Nibs.

On the technical side, Chris Bekker explains that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to annealing your brass – it all depends on the judgment of the reloader. He discusses the technical detail and provides some handy tips.

The name Leica is synonymous with top-quality optics and the finest German engineering and manufacturing. African Outfitter recently received a top-of-the-line Magnus 2,4-16x56i riflescope to test and, as can be expected, the Leica certainly did not disappoint! Co-editor Johan van Wyk put Leica through its paces.

Last but not least, congratulations to our co-editor Ron Thomson and his team on their perseverance and dedication in establishing and promoting the True Green Alliance (read more on p 93). We fully support this initiative as we all share a common goal – the preservation, sustainable utilisation and wise management of Africa’s wildlife and wilderness areas.

Until next time, take care and shoot straight!

 

Neels Geldenhuys

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