September/October 2016 Issue – Cover Stories

September/October 2016 Issue – Cover Stories

Caveat Congo – The anatomy of a hunting disaster


Peter Flack was looking forward to hunting in the Republic of the Congo (ROC) but was utterly disillusioned: “Any person proposing to visit or do business in ROC should have his head read!”

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African Explorers: Samuel Baker


In her series on Africa’s great explorers, Brooke ChilversLubin follows the travels of Samuel Baker and his wife Florence as they explore the rivers of Abyssinia and discover Lake Albert and the Murchison Falls

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The gift of enthusiasm


Bertrand Russell said, “If I could give my child but one gift, it would be the gift of enthusiasm.” This is what a special father-and-son hunt was all about for Deon Pienaar and Dylan

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Lion hunts to remember


Owen Conner and his good friend and hunting companion of 50 years, Ian Ross, decided to go on a lion hunt in the Zambezi Valley. It proved to be a real test of courage

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.500 Nitro Express – Greatness at last


Unlike before World War II, the .500 NE has at last assumed its rightly place at the table of dangerous-game cartridges – perfect for use on critters like elephant, buffalo and hippo

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Also in this issue 

Hunting in Africa?

Canadian-based Dennis and Julie Hilling provide handy information to prospective hunters to Africa on what to look out for in hunting contracts.

Just another day in Africa . . .

Cleve Cheney tells how he nearly came to grief during one of his lion capture operations in the Kruger National Park.

Campfire Chronicles

Colyn Schutte tells how a white man saved the special relationship between the Bhavenda tribe of Venda and the sacred white crocodile in Lake Fundudzi.

Hunting the Damara dik-dik

This article, the last in this series, is intended for the hunter who wishes to hunt a trophy-class dik-dik. The focus is on trophy-judging aspects.

Some reflections on bolt-action DG rifles

Ballistics expert Chris Bekker looks at desirable features of the Mauser action, Mauser magazine design, back thrust on the bolt and other aspects.

The elephant and the sable

Seasoned PH John Coleman reminisces about conducting safaris in Botswana in the early days and the few occasions he had to shoot animals in self-defence.

The hunter and society’s “conservation” ethos

Ron Thomson provides insight into CITES and the other First World forces that are preventing “best practice” wildlife management in Africa.

Farewell to PH Derek Evans (1929-2016)

Geoff Wainwright pays homage to his close friend and legendary professional hunter, Derek Evans, who sadly passed away in May this year.

From the Editor

Hunt wild and hunt fair …


Forgive me for once again quoting the famous words of Edmund Burke but they serve to illustrate my point: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”


About two years ago, a small grain of sand found its way into my hunting boot while following the footpath of hunting, conservation and game ranching. Unfortunately, over the past two years it has grown into a small rock and it is now a case of the proverbial “the boot has become too small for my foot and the rock”. I need to get rid of this rock and frankly, I don’t care if it finds its way into the boots of those whom I believe deserve a stone or two in their boots.


I consider myself part of and loyal to the game ranching and hunting (local and international) industry that underwrites sustainable utilisation, ethical fair-chase hunting and solid conservation principles. When we consider ourselves part of this group we must and should make every effort to inform our fellow role players about the happenings in our industry, and when we become aware of threats to our industry we should double our efforts. In the case of African Outfitter we have the responsibility to inform the hunter, especially the international hunter who is the outfitter’s bread and butter, about what is happening in the industry. I frequently get a slap on the wrist for being too outspoken in this magazine or on social media when I point out issues that I know have or will have a negative impact on our beloved industry, for example the abhorrent canned lion hunting and breeding of colour variant freaks. How can any of us turn a blind eye, or suggest rather turning a blind eye to “protect our industry”, while those who are busy destroying our industry because of greed couldn’t care less about protecting it? More often than not we are asked to rather sit around a table with these culprits and try to find common ground. But how do I find common ground with individuals offering tame, domesticated, castrated, split brindled gnus to outfitters for hunting by international hunters? Greed has driven them up to this point. Do you really think sitting around a table will convince them to part with their fortunes made through such schemes? I think not.


Even if I am the only person left to do so, I will keep informing and educating where possible. By covering up what these ruthless people do will not protect our industry; it will rather serve as fuel for the animal rightists. We need to distance ourselves from these culprits and the separation should be clearly defined.


Hunt wild and hunt fair …


Hunter’s greetings

Neels Geldenhuys


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