Imagine yourself on a dangerous game hunt in South Africa staring down a Cape buffalo. The bull moves into good position, and your professional hunter urges, "Shoot!"
You could be living this dream courtesy of a special raffle that will allow one lucky winner to experience an unforgettable, all-expenses-pad seven-day Cape buffalo hunt for one hunter in South Africa. Included in this extraordinary package are round-trip international and domestic airfare, lodging, trophy fee, 1x1 professional guide, trophy prep, dip and pack service, trophy shipping, import services, and taxidermy.
Best of all, 100 percent of the raffle proceeds benefit the DSC Frontline Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to provide financial relief to professional hunters and their assistants killed or seriously injured while providing professional hunting services. For more information on the raffle or to buy tickets, visit www.DSCFrontlineFoundation.org. The drawing will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016, at the Dallas Safari Club Convention.READ MORE
Announcing the results of the “Oldest and Ugliest Buffalo Contest.”
by Dr. Kevin Robertson
Sports Afield’s recent “Oldest and Ugliest Buffalo” competition, which ran throughout 2014, turned out to be a rip-roaring success. Any free-ranging African buffalo taken in fair chase in calendar year 2014 was eligible. To judge the entries, we aged each buffalo—a few from their actual teeth, others from photos of their teeth, and the remainder from their trophy photos. We then reviewed with great interest the respective tales of the hunts.READ MORE
Announcing a unique buffalo hunt opportunity in South Africa for a conservation-minded hunter.
Sports Afield Oldest and Ugliest Buffalo Contest Official Rules
1) ELIGIBILITY: Any hunter who takes a Cape or Southern buffalo in Africa in a legal and fair-chase manner during the 2014 hunting season is eligible to enter. Employees, officers, and directors (and their immediate family/household members) of the Sponsor and any of its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, are not eligible.
2) DEADLINE: Any buffalo taken through December 31, 2014, in a legal hunting season in Africa may be entered. To be eligible, entries must comply with these official rules and be received by 1 January 2015.READ MORE
Each of these bovines presents a unique hunting challenge.
By Craig Boddington
The Cape buffalo of Africa is genus and species Syncerus caffer; and the water buffalo, native to Asia, is Bos bubalus. We call them both “buffalo” (as we do the American bison, which is yet another genus and species), which is confusing. The Cape buffalo is a signature African animal, but for some reason, many people refer to Cape buffalo as “water buffalo.” While this mistake is common and adds to the confusion, for totally unknown reasons I have never heard anyone refer to a water buffalo as a “Cape buffalo.”
As hunters, I think it’s important to understand that water buffalo and Cape buffalo are significantly different animals. In biological terms, they are not as close as white-tailed deer and mule deer (which do share the same genus), and thus might be considered as disparate as sheep and goats or even elk and mule deer. They do have similarities. Both are cloven-hoofed ungulates; both are primarily grazers.