Africa

Threats from antihunters have now cost Namibia’s rhino conservation program hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

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Any mature kudu bull is a trophy to be proud of.

By Craig Boddington

The greater kudu is perhaps the most recognizable of Africa’s antelopes, certainly one of the most impressive, and for most first-time African hunters, near the top of the wish list. Today the “plains game safari” is the most common African hunt, and the majority of plains game safaris are conducted in Namibia and South Africa. Despite his reputation as the “gray ghost” the greater kudu is the most plentiful and most widespread large antelope in southern Africa, so most hunters will get a chance at a greater kudu during the course of their safari.

However, their chances of actually getting that long-dreamed of kudu are much better if their expectations are realistic. In this terribly trophy-conscious world of ours, too many hunters are running around with measuring tapes in their pockets and their heads filled full of particular dimensions. This seems to apply more to some animals than others, and it certainly applies to the greater kudu.

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Elephant overpopulation has caused an environmental crisis, and safari hunting is taking the blame.

by Dr. Kevin Robertson

 

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Is the .375 Ruger caliber common enough in southern Africa for a hunter to buy ammunition if he had problems in transit and his ammo did not arrive in Africa?

 


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Less can be more when it comes to the right calibers and cartridges for Africa’s antelopes.

By Craig Boddington

The zebra stallion was about 125 yards away, quartering slightly toward us. Donna was steady on the sticks, and when her shot broke we heard the solid thunk of the bullet striking. So far that was according to plan, but then things got interesting. The zebra reared up on his hind legs, fell over backward—and that was it.

A big zebra can weigh 800 pounds; it is, after eland, probably the largest of what we consider “African plains game.” Zebras are also very tough. I’ve spent some long days following poorly hit zebras, and I’ve seen relatively few drop to the shot like that. PH Karl van Zyl, of course, has seen a lot more zebras shot than I have, and probably spent a lot more long days following them. We both wanted to be diplomatic, but our immediate conclusions were exactly the same: Donna must have pulled the shot a bit high and it caught the spine…or drifted left into the neck.

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