Africa

Outfitters and hunters battle poaching in one of Africa's most famous hunting grounds.

By Brad Fitzpatrick

In 2010, Buzz Charlton and Myles McCallum of Charlton McCallum Safaris were awarded the rights to hunt in the Dande Safari Area and Dande East concessions in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, two of Africa’s classic dangerous-game hunting destinations. While poaching is an issue throughout the Zambezi Valley, the duo quickly  realized that the situation in Dande East was particularly bad and unless there was immediate action the area’s wildlife would be lost for good. One problem was that the community game scouts went unpaid for most of the year and had minimal resources at their disposal to strike back against organized gangs of armed poachers.

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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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A new study of game management areas in Zambia highlights the importance of the meat provided to local communities by hunting outfitters.

by Diana Rupp

When hunters travel to Africa for a safari hunt, their friends back home often wonder what happens to the meat of the animals they kill. If you’ve been on an African safari, you know that some of the meat is eaten in camp. But most of it, especially in the poorest and most rural areas of the continent, is given to the local communities, where it is a crucial addition to the otherwise protein-deficient diet of much of the populace.

Until now, there have been few, if any, scientific studies attempting to quantify the amount of game meat that goes to local communities and the impact it has. That has changed with a just-published study of three game management areas (GMAs) in several regions of Zambia that assessed the quantity and impact of sport-hunted meat provided to the local communities between 2004 and 2011.

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

 

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How the most famous man-eaters in the history of Africa ended up in the city of Chicago.

by Diana Rupp

The man-eaters of Tsavo, as they can be seen today on display in the Field Museum in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Field Museum.

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