African Hunting Gazette

African Hunting Gazette Oct-Nov-Dec 2018

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Our Objective is simple and clear - to promote hunting in Africa. And everything we do, focuses on this central mission. We believe that for the passionate hunters they are either hunting, or spend their time wishing they were hunting. This publication helps them get through that time when they are not actually in the bush. Our reader is more committed, more passionate and has tremendous interest in just about everything to do with the African Safari. From cover to cover the AHG brings you everything you need to know about hunting the great continent of Africa. From the southern tip of Africa to the northern reaches of Ethiopia, we go about pursuing our simple and unambiguous objective.

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3 Min.
flushing africa…

The history of bird hunting – wingshooting – can go back to one of the greatest names in hunting: Frederick Courteney Selous. We see him in that classic picture, ensconced in a deck chair with an open book, and hung next to him is a recently shot Kori bustard. This majestic African bird is actually the world’s heaviest flying bird, weighing up to 40 pounds. Of course the ostrich is also the largest bird, but it can’t fly. However, it can run - and run fast! So while the ostrich does not belong in the wingshooting category, it is still a huntable bird and is featured in the issue. Africa offers a diversity of game birds and, like her game, the birds are varied, colorful, and numerous - and also a…

1 Min.
reader alert

Life Membership: We have materially changed this from the what we called a Guild Membership program, to simply calling it what it is… A Lifetime membership to AHG with a great incentive. (See page 128) Welcome: Craig Boddington as a new contributor (At last:-) Afton Safari Lodge: It's a little over one year since we took over this iconic ‘first stop’ in Africa and we have made some significant changes. From gun permits, meet and greet, to accommodation, we look forward to hosting you next time you are passing through Joburg. (See IBC) richard@thefuture.co.za…

1 Min.
news & letters

Greetings Richard and Esther. I just finished reading the Summer 2018 issue, finding the article titled “Africa – from Canada with love” authored by Thomas Schwanke most informative and well-timed. As I read, I found myself reflecting on the many years of learning about and understanding the importance of getting the African experience planned correctly on the first trip. There are so many considerations in planning a perfect safari, and Mr. Schwanke presented these matters in an engaging and concise manner as possible. The hunting/conservation world is up against political and regulatory pressures while facing a reduction in participation notably in the younger generations. Getting started on the path to Africa is an applied effort. I can’t tell you how many times I have met fellow hunters with a burning passion for an…

5 Min.
silence of the lambs

Communities in Botswana were sacrificed to further western-imposed conservation approaches by Khama conservation policies The recent and overwhelming vote in Parliament surely speaks volumes that rural communities living with wildlife have become the Forgotten People. His Excellency, President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s commitment to listen to the people and make decisions for the people is paramount and commendable - his pledge to leading an inclusive Government with people at the centre of the debate is the recipe for success and prosperity. While the Masisi Review may be unpalatable to many, his approach is not entirely about hunting. It’s about appropriate land use, and how to engage rural communities in wildlife-based management – to date there has been a chronic failure to recognise, implement and support community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) in the country. So,…

10 Min.
zeiss: sharper vision when it counts!

They have big faces, black and white in sharp contrast. Their long tails are always moving. They weigh as much as a BMW 1200 motorcycle. They travel in herds and, because they eat grass, live in open places. “So why aren’t we finding gemsbok?” I said, “Maybe we’re not very good hunters,” a reply that came instantly to mind. What wasn’t in doubt: we’d been humiliated. For two days Jan, Shan, Jamy and I had prowled a sector whose savannah-like plain, sandy washes and rocky scarps had produced handsomely in the past. Our tally of one missed shot was unalloyed. It still stung. “There!” Jamy spied a tail in dusk-darkened bush. “A small group – not too many eyes.” Still, the animals were scattered and moving. We had little time, only light cover.…

4 Min.
new shotshells from namibia… now

As a lifelong U.S. citizen, it’s difficult to avoid an American perspective! We’ve had ammo shortages in recent years, but common types of ammunition are readily available in sporting goods stores, “big box” stores, hardware stores, and in small towns, sometimes in gas station convenience stores. This is probably amazing to hunters and shooters in many parts of the world, but I find it equally amazing that, until now, not a single self-contained cartridge has been produced in Namibia! It is, after all, a country much larger than France or Texas. It is also very much a hunting country, with the second-largest safari industry on the African continent. Ammunition is required, and in a farming and ranching society, a necessity for pests and snakes and such. But, until now, all…