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.READ MORE
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!"
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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.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