Cape Buffalo

It's rare that a hunter is faced with a buffalo charge, but it can happen, and you must be ready.

By Craig Boddington

Robert Ruark had it right. The Cape buffalo does look at you like you “owe him money.” He is a magnificent animal, always tough and sometimes incredibly brave, and he has a fearsome reputation. The reality, however, is that facing a determined charge is not a normal end to most buffalo hunts. Hunting in the 1950s and early 1960s, when bag limits were much higher than today, Ruark shot a lot of buffalo. I believe there is a passage where he stated that he had taken more than a hundred, and in the period he hunted in I don’t question the number. Although badly mauled by a leopard (in India, not in Africa), I don’t recall Ruark relating a first-person account of a genuine close call with a buffalo.

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Is the .375 or the .416 a better choice for African buffalo?

By Craig Boddington

My buddy Zack Aultman had just shot a nice buffalo on the edge of the herd, and followed up his first shot perfectly. We didn’t have to worry about that one but, as sometimes happens, the herd stood, milling uncertainly. Amid the two or three hundred buffalo were several more good bulls, so I replaced Zack on the sticks and we started sorting through them. Some that had beautifully shaped horns were still too young, but after a few seconds we found a beautiful bull a bit right of the herd’s center. Although surrounded by other buffalo he was on our edge of the herd, so we focused on him. When he turned broadside I held a third up into the chest, near the center of the shoulder, and squeezed the trigger.

The hit sounded good and the reaction looked good, but he was immediately covered up in the press. There was no chance for a second shot, but as the herd stampeded we could see him losing ground. Just as he came clear he started to wobble, and then pitched forward, nose first.

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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.

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Announcing a unique buffalo hunt opportunity in South Africa for a conservation-minded hunter.

 

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