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Man Magnum November 2018

The leading magazine for the South African hunting and conservation fraternity. Suid-Afrika se top-tydskrif vir die jagter en bewaarder.

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RECENTNEWS REPORTS on the number of game rangers killed in Africa are shock-in Earlier; the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) stated that political instability and connflict have led to 57 violent deaths taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. Murders of rangers in other countries include Kenya (30), Nigeria (15), Cameroon (10), Uganda (10), Mali (8) and South Africa (8). The latest tragedy occurred in July this year and involved a ranger in the Kruger Park. The ranger and his colleagues, supported by the K9 Unit, made contact with a poaching group they had been tracking. Shots were exchanged, he was hit in the upper body and died from his wounds. The GRAA says that, apart from the threat of heavily armed and highly organised poachers, rangers have…

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Lesson Learned I was recently invited to Dinokeng to assist with culling numerous antelope species on a game farm owned by my empoyer. I spotted two lone impala rams and, after a shortish approach, got behind a suitable dead tree stump to use as a dead-rest. Confident that my rifle had earlier been checked and zeroed-in at 100m on the farm range, I quickly picked one out as they stood calmly looking my way and squeezed off a shot. The Woodleigh 180gr Protected Point Soft Nose launched from my .30-06 took him in the left eye and exited behind his ear, effectively voiding his cranium in the process. Through my scope I saw the impala do a somersault then land on his back with all fours pointing skywards. I unloaded my…

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taking the spoor

MOST HUNTERS WILL eventually end up with a wounded animal on their hands. Whether it is one of the big five or an antelope it is one of the unwritten laws of hunting at the hunter who wounds it, or someone else, must put down permanently – as soon as possible. There are some shots that will put an animal down on the spot permanently, but in most cases, although the animal may be dead on its feet, it will run off. It might go a few metres or a hundred-plus metres before it falls down dead. If the shot was a bad one, there is no limit to how far it will go. If you shoot at an animal, always have a look for blood at the spot where it was…

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sti’s dvc omni pistol

WHEN I FIRST became involved in Action Pistol shooting (back in the Dark Ages?) one of the first technological marvels to hit the sport was the ‘Pin Gun’. Originally designed for the then popular bowling pin shooting matches, it was a single-stack .45 calibre 1911 pistol fitted with an extended barrel that had a weight mounted on it. The added weight was to hold down muzzle-jump, allowing faster follow-up shots, and to provide a longer sight radius. Soon thereafter, ports were cut in the weights to vent powder gases upwards, which further reduced muzzle-rise. Thus, the muzzle-mounted compensator was born. For many years I attended the annual Second Chance Bowling Pin Shoot in Michigan and had my gunsmith build me several pin guns. Around the same time, compensated 1911s became popular…

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botswana lion

THERE IS NO big game animal more impressive and fearsome than an angry wounded lion. A 250kg ‘big cat’ is already magnificent to look at, but hearing the deep, thunderous growls and seeing the tail thrashing in anger definitely gets your attention! As a rule, if a wounded lion charges, it will keep coming. Unwounded lions often bluff and back off if you stand your ground, but don’t bank on it – they’re unpredictable. Obviously y it’s best not to wound a lion, but sometimes a safari client makes a bad shot, or it can happen when you are hunting alone. I operated hunting safaris in Botswana during the 1960s and 1970s and these hunts all included a lion in the bag limit. I used Masarwa (San) trackers to track and…

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the extraordinary gerenuk gazelle

MY TRACKER VINCENT was perched in the lofty heights of a baobab tree, scanning the Masailand veld with his field glasses. We were in Tanzania with my American client, Bill Carvajal, accompanied by Patric he government game scout, and my Mesai skinner, Meshach. From our position on top of a hill we had a fantastic v off Lake Natron which stretched all the way to the border with Kenya. We were near the end of a 21-day hunt and had ticked off most of the plains game on Bill’s wish list, including lesser kudu, dik-dik, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, and wildebeest. Now we had just one day left to track down a gerenuk (Litocranius walleri). The legendary hunter Frederick Selous described the gerenuk as, “a strange thin bodied gazelle. So thin…