African Hunting Gazette

African Hunting Gazette Jul-Aug-Sep 2019

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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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“he can track a butterfly...”

Thirty-five years ago, a family friend in Bulawayo, now a retired hunter and co-owner of Southern Comfort Lodge, mentioned that his tracker Hlayisi – (pronounced Shlice, except clients called him Slice), was so talented that he could track a butterfly! Having collected butterflies as a youngster, I will never forget that comment. Fast forward to 2012 when I was at an African Professional Hunters (APHA) dinner in Reno, where the Dangerous Game Award was given to John Sharp. When John walked up to the stage, he interrupted the applause to say that the trophy was not for him, but for his faithful and loyal tracker who he would like to recognize and honor, and he asked him to join him on stage. As Isaac Ncube walked up, completely bewildered, a thundering…

4 Min.
news & letters

Richard, Thank you for such an amazing magazine. Through AHG and your other work you are an extremely impactful advocate for hunting in Africa. I have read your Spring 2019 editorial several times as it has really resonated with what has become a passion for me - promoting and introducing fellow hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to the incredible experience of being on the ground, in the bush, of Africa. In 2014 a good friend, Jim Rice, introduced me to South Africa by inviting me on a hunting safari. That trip was literally life-changing and I am forever grateful. I returned to South Africa the following year by myself mainly to hunt a lioness in the Southern Kalahari as it seemed certain that import restrictions would be implemented by US Fish and…

6 Min.
the mysterious case of the vanishing elephants

175 000 people, 130 000 cattle, 50 000 goats, 9 000 agricultural fields, 130 000 elephants per national park (Chobe 11 000 km²) and a game reserve (Moremi 5 000 km²) are all components of a 130 000 km² constituency. These are the semi-arid Ngamiland and Chobe districts of northern Botswana. Within this region lies the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thousands of remote islands encircled by endless palm-and-papyrus-fringed waterways teem with prolific wildlife and countless bird species. It is easy to see how the Delta has attracted the rapt attention of foreign photographic safari companies. This is high-end market territory with daily rates reaching as high as USD 2 500 per person. The Okavango Delta is unique in its own…

2 Min.
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13 Min.
understanding anti-hunting propaganda

One of the best people to dissect the convoluted world of propaganda is Professor Keith Somerville, a writer and lecturer on the politics of conservation, elephants and the ivory trade, human-lion coexistence, rhino conservation, sustainable use conservation, propaganda, humanitarian reporting and African affairs. He teaches at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent; he has many other appointments and is a prolific writer on conservation issues in Africa. In his journalism teaching, he deals with the issue of propaganda, and recently published an article on anti-hunting propaganda here: https://africasustainableconservation.com/2019/05/17/https://africasustainableconservation.com/2019/05/17/propaganda-and-the-trophyhunting-debate-the-case-of-conservation-beforetrophy-hunting/propaganda-and-the-trophyhunting-debate-the-case-of-conservation-beforetrophy-hunting/ I am going to do my best to summarise this article for readers of African Hunting Gazette (with full acknowledgement to Professor Somerville), but I would recommend you read the original essay which has more detail than space allows here. You…

2 Min.
spotted hyena

English: Spotted Hyena Latin: Crocuta crocuta German: Tüpfelhyäne French: Hyène tachetée Spanish: Hiena manchada MEASUREMENTS Total length: 1.2 – 1.8 m (3.9‘– 5.9‘) Tail: 25 cm (9.8”) Shoulder Height: 85 cm (2.8‘) Weight: 60 – 80 kg (132 – 176 lb) DESCRIPTION A large carnivore with heavily built forequarters that stand higher than the lightly built hindquarters. Head large with prominent, rounded ears, and a black muzzle. The tail is short with a covering of coarse hair. Overall color is fawnish-yellow to grey-fawn, with a scattering of dark-brown spots and blotches. Head, throat and chest are not spotted. A short erectile mane runs down the neck and onto the shoulders. Its characteristic calls are one of the main identifying factors – a combination of whoops, whines, yells, grunts and giggles. DISTRIBUTION A wide sub-Saharan range, but absent from the equatorial forest belt.…