A latter-day migration: Foreign bucks move from SA to Namibia
Where is the most popular place to hunt in Southern Africa? The answer to that has always been clear, but things have changed lately. And not without good reason, some may argue. Herman Jonker investigatesSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
How to become a PH
Chris Bekker provides an overview of the requirements and processes to become a PH in South Africa. Included is a handy list of professional hunting schools approved by Nature Conservation, with their contact detailsSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
In this new series Mark Fynney shares his hunting history with our readers’ sons and grandchildren. We can look forward to many stories and exciting photographs of yesteryear, interspersed with hunting tips and wingshooting adventuresSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Hunting the sable antelope
This article by co-editor Benand Els is intended for those wishing to hunt a trophy-class sable antelope. It will assist the hunter with the planning of and preparation for a successful huntSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Johan van Wyk puts a brand-new Heym 88B Safari.470 NE double rifle through its paces during a hartebeest hunt on a Karoo game farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape ProvinceSubscribe to our magazine to read more!
Also in this issue
Good mates and grand guineafowl
Andrew Tonkin loves wingshooting and the associated camaraderie. He shares a special guineafowl shoot in the Setlagole district of South Africa’s North-West Province with us.
Just another day in Africa . . .
Cleve Cheney’s children grew up in the bush, learning the ways of the wild. He describes a hilarious incident involving his daughter during a lion encounter.
Biotechnology meets conservation
Dr Imke Lüders and Ilse Luther explain how assisted reproduction technologies in wildlife may contribute to the survival of threatened species.
Peter Flack’s first buffalo hunt was anything but perfect. Putting it down to experience, it has taught him how not to hunt buffalo.
A gripping old hunting story featuring an evil witch doctor, a bangle found in a croc’s stomach and a lion shot in a graveyard.
Africa’s final battle to save its wildlife and national parks
Ron Thomson explains just how big a threat the animal rightists, corrupt African governments and mismanagement pose to the continent’s wildlife.
Jumbo-sized sense of humour
John Coleman shares another entertaining hunting tale from the good old days about a smart elephant with a good sense of humour.
On safari: big-game hunters of yesteryear
Chris Meyer writes about big-game hunter Arthur Neumann whose assistant, Shebane, was taken by a crocodile in the Omo River in Kenya in 1896.
From the Editor
When you don’t know that you don’t know
This picture is so typical of many countries across the world (almost all of them non-African countries with no elephant populations), allowed by CITES to decide on the future of elephants in countries like Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
With CITES Cop17 in full swing as I write this column, I cannot help but to refer to the above picture that frequents social media. Is this not typical of what is happening at the moment? If the tables were turned, would they accept it if Africa started telling the US how to manage their wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, black bear and wolf?
CITES has been hijacked by animal rights NGOs that use this forum to promote their business – the business of making money from “endangered” species. Between these NGOs and commercial poaching, many species on the African continent will soon be endangered by the correct definition as given by CITES. Currently the term “endangered” is a word loosely used by them to evoke emotions and make the uninformed masses reach for their wallets to soothe their conscience. They rely on emotional dollars for their business and the more “endangered” the species is, the easier it becomes to collect the emotional dollars.
Yes, more “endangered” equals more emotional dollars and that is probably the biggest reason why these animal rightists hate hunters so much. With the hunting industry flourishing and by applying sustainable-utilisation principles, fewer huntable species will become endangered, which in turn will result in fewer species they can use to milk the uninformed of their dollars. These groups just love poaching, because that is the quickest, cheapest and easiest way for any species to become endangered. Just look at what happened to wildlife numbers in Kenya since hunting was banned. Soon the same will happen to countries like Botswana.
CITES has become the Dark Continent’s biggest enemy, and in order to pull the fangs of this monster, Africa will have to resign and distance itself from CITES.
On a more cheerful note, we would like to welcome Mark Fynney to our editorial team as Co-editor: Young Hunters. We have to realise that without growth in numbers among hunters, hunting and the solutions it offers for the protection of wildlife will slowly disappear, leaving our wildlife to the mercy of the animal rights NGOs and poachers. It is the responsibility of all hunters to introduce hunting to as many people as possible, and where better to start than at home with your own kids? We are grateful to Mark for his belief in and dedication to our young hunters.
Hunt wild and hunt fair …
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