African Hunting Gazette

African Hunting Gazette Apr-May-Jun 2020

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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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1 Min.
behind the lens

The Bwabwata National Park in the Zambezi Region of Namibia was created by merging the Caprivi Game Park with the Mahango Game Reserve. It is situated in the Zambezi and Kavango East regions, extending along the Caprivi Strip. In Bwabwata East along the Kwando River where Ndumo sets camp, is my home away from home. This is a wild and remote area, making sightings of rare species, like the sitatunga, possible. Sitatunga are confined to swampy and marshy habitats which makes photographing them extremely difficult. Our camp is situated on the banks of the Kwando River flowing from north to south. It is in the early morning before daybreak that sitatunga are most active, and it was at that time that I was lucky enough to take this incredible photograph of a…

4 Min.
2020 is forcing us to re-evaluate everything

Think for a moment of the logistics of your last African safari. In all likelihood, your first leg took you to Atlanta. Then it was a flight to Joburg - 8425 miles. Then there’s clearance and perhaps an overnight at Afton. From there, anything from three hours’ drive – or more. Perhaps another flight and transfer, and that’s before you even reach your base in the African wilderness. You’re on the other side of the planet! A logistical feat - and we just take it all for granted. Until now, I have been unashamedly optimistic. There is a fundamental demand: Growing game numbers, plus more choice of where and with whom to hunt, plus cheaper flights, together equal a logical and economic recipe for growth. Simple? And so, while I still feel…

2 Min.
news & letters

Dear AHG Thank you for publishing such a magnificent magazine. I look forward to my next issue with the anticipation exceeded only by that of my next African adventure. Usually, I start reading at Terry Wieland’s " One for the road ". As Mr. Wieland points out " it's all been said before." Well, maybe not all. The caption under the picture of the two bulls, " You lookin' at me?” caused me to laugh out loud. You see, I've had that experience. Buffalo, it would seem, object to being addressed in an impolite manner. In 2015, on a plains game hunt, in South Africa, my friend was off chasing gemsbok. I opted to hang out by the truck. Sometime later a group of young buffalo bulls strolled out of the bush, at about 60…

3 Min.
outdoor books

There is an admission I have to make. I am a lousy and slow reader. If there was one skill I would love to acquire - and it really just needs discipline - that is to speed read. As a result, you will not have seen many book reviews from me over the years. I usually avoid them for two reasons - the first, explained. The second: What do I know about the subject under review? Many media types waffle on in their justification for getting a free copy. My stance is different. Into Africa: A Hunter’s Safari . This very impressive gent made his first safari to Africa and self-published his book about it, with first-hand experiences there to share. He is also a pilot and military man (Colonel) for 34 years,…

6 Min.
free-market environmentalism: the usa versus africa

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), based in Bozeman, Montana, USA, is a conservation and research institute dedicated to free-market environmentalism. PERC is committed to working with conservationists, policymakers, scholars, and journalists to understand the root of environmental conflict and move toward innovative solutions. Their particular interest is in how markets encourage cooperation instead of conflict over natural resources, and how property rights make the environment an asset by giving owners incentives for stewardship. The idea is to nurture a culture of creative conservation and environmental entrepreneurship to replace the often ineffective and acrimonious political culture; the ultimate aim is to improve environmental quality. CNN founder Ted Turner's 113,000-acre Flying D Ranch, just outside of Bozeman, is an example of environmental entrepreneurship in action. Turner bought the ranch in 1989…

4 Min.
bats, viruses and anti-use activists

This introduction, and most of the information on bats and human disease here comes from the pen of Matt Ridley, the remarkably well-informed and erudite author (notably his book, The Rational Optimist, with a new title in press), commentator and blogger. See http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/ bats-behind-the-pandemic/. You can also follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/authormattridley/. In my view, he is one of the most perceptive and effective communicators in the world when it comes to explaining complex science to a lay audience. The relevance here is that the current global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has disrupted the world on an unimaginable scale, is strongly suspected to have originated from a species of Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus affinis. Initially it was thought that pangolins were the primary…