May/June 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

May/June 2017 Issue – Cover Stories

Polar bear challenge


PH Graham Jones and a friend embarked on an unusual adventure – a polar bear hunt in Canada. With brutal weather conditions, bone-shaking sledging, white-outs and dangerously thin ice, it was a hunt never to be forgotten.

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Hunting Lord Derby’s eland in Cameroon


Well-known hunter and author, Peter Flack, endured great inconvenience and bureaucratic red tape to arrange a hunt in Cameroon. But it was well worth the effort, as he took a magnificent Lord Derby’s eland bull.

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London Best Rigby


The London Best is a bespoke, best-quality rifle in every respect. Johan van Wyk had the opportunity to examine the first London Best Rigby rifle to reach South African shores under the present dispensation.

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Grandfather’s lion skin hunting jacket


In a close encounter with a lion, Mark Fynney’s grandfather, Oswald, was clubbed by the cat’s paw, resulting in a dislocated shoulder. He vowed to have a hunting jacket made from the lion’s skin.

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Mozambique bowhunt adventure


Bowhunter Danie Geel and his father booked a hunt with Zambeze Delta Safaris in Coutada 11, coastal Mozambique. Targeting the Tiny Ten, he took a fine suni and a very old red duiker ram.

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Also in this issue 

Of bores and boxers

Derek Carstens looks at two time-proven, old classics – the 7×57 and .300 H&H – and compares the performance of these calibres to some great boxing legends.

8mm Mauser – the European equivalent of the popular .30-06 Spr

Many modern cartridges stole the thunder of the 8mm Mauser. However, a cartridge shooting a heavy bullet at modest velocity, could also have long-range capabilities

African Explorers

A POW in the Second Boer War, Winston Churchill escaped and later became a lieutenant. He also published his book, which added to his fame.

Just another day in Africa . . .

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

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.

Search for the Big One

Seasoned PH John Coleman tells the story of how his good friend Wilbur Durrance, shot a magnificent nyala bull named the “Big One”.

Hunting in the Makuti area

In 1950, Owen Connor and his hunting partner Ian Ross took some young hunters to Zimbabwe to teach them the correct way of hunting.

Napha News

NAPHA Exco member, Riva Namene, sheds light on the Involvement of local communities in remote rural regions of Namibia.

From the Editor

National Rifle Association (NRA)

In preparing for my trip to Atlanta to attend the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings, I came to realise the sheer size of this powerful and influential organisation formed by Union veterans, Col William C Church and Gen George Wingate, in 1871. With 3,75 million of the NRA’s more than 5 million members being hunters, it makes this the largest organisation of hunters in the world. Since 1985, they have provided advanced hunter education and skills training for over 1,6 million young hunters through the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge programme.

Once again it was interesting to note that the objective of one of the NRA’s five bylaws was the following: “To promote hunter safety, and to promote and defend hunting as a shooting sport and as a viable and necessary method of fostering the propagation, growth, conservation and wise use of our renewable wildlife resources.” This is an objective they share with so many hunting and true conservation organisations across the world. The millions of dollars these organisations spend annually on projects across the globe to conserve, protect and educate are just simply astonishing. However, this figure could be much higher if these organisations did not have to defend their members’ right to hunt and to conserve against the animal rights organisations. It is just incredible to think how much money is spent in the fight between the two camps. When digging deeper, one realises that the NRA and other similar organisations raise funds to invest in worthy causes such as conservation projects, while the animal rights organisations raise funds for their own benefit as a business, only allocating a small percentage to “conservation” or to fighting the true conservation organisations.

I recently came across the following: The Humane Society International recently “saved” 46 dogs from a dog farm in South Korea where they are bred for their meat. These 46 dogs were then flown to New York, where they then would be available for adoption – and if not adopted soon, they were sure to be put down by the same organisation that brought them into the US. Now, obviously, this is a mere public relations stunt to try and justify what they are doing and to create just another platform to raise more money for these poor 46 dogs. When looking at the bigger picture, what long-term benefits are there for dogs in South Korea after this marketing exercise? I can just imagine what good all that money spent on dogs could do in the fight against rhino poaching in Africa. But yes, I suppose a dog in a cage is more emotional than an already dead rhino, and that saving dogs from a country, which is also one of the largest consumers of rhino horn, is more important. It just goes to show how naive these donors are to keep these criminal organisations in business.

Hunt wild and hunt fair.


Neels Geldenhuys

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