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July / August 2014
FREQUENCY: Bi-monthly

Neels Geldenhuys
From the Editor BLASER NOW FORMALLY REPRESENTED IN SOUTH AFRICA It was with great excitement that we learned from Marc Hillermann, new CEO of Blaser South Africa, that Blaser will have formal representation in South Africa, offering a much mor... Read more
African Outfitter
Professional Hunting in Perspective


Elephant hunting – will it soon be a thing of the past?
The ban on hunting in Botswana and on the importation of Zimbabwean and Tanzanian ivory by the US Fish and Wildlife Service are foremost in African hunters’ minds and of great concern, writes Ivan Carter...

The evolution of “Magnum” cartridges
The word “Magnum” has long had mythical connotations when it comes to guns and ammunition. Chris Bekker takes a close look at the development of and history behind these rifle cartridges...

John Rigby & Co: A phoenix from the ashes
The name of British gunmakers John Rigby & Co will forever be associated with fine, reliable rifles and big-game hunting in exotic destinations. However, the road has not always been smooth, writes Johan van Wyk...

Canned killings and other unnatural behaviour in the game ranching industry
“Those offering canned and put-and-take killings, those offering domesticated wildlife and manipulated, intensively bred, unnatural colour variations and freaks for sale are putting hunting at risk and, by definition, conservation.” - Peter Flack...

Thoughts on sympathetic restoration
The restoration of valuable firearms is a contentious issue amongst many collectors. The question of whether to submit a fine old firearm to the sometimes not-so-tender embraces of a gunsmith should not be taken lightly...

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Four front feet
As seasoned PH John Coleman discovered, the game business in South Africa seems to produce a few chancers, apart from mostly competent and ethical operators.

Hard-luck hunt
Geoff Wainwright reminisces about his days of hunting elephant with Zola, his tracker and mentor, in the Solwezi open hunting area of Zambia, 1970.

Hunting the trophy grysbok
This article is the last in the grysbok series, intended for hunters wishing to take a trophy-class grysbok ram, and focuses on trophy-judging aspects.

Rifa Conservation Education Camp
Rifa Conservation Education Camp is a Zimbabwean registered welfare education organisation that provides a unique wildlife conservation and environmental education programme to Zimbabwe’s schoolchildren.

Mahohoboh on the hunt . . . guerrillas and lions
Ron Thomson remembers the time when he and his family had to contend with man-eating lions and guerrillas while based at Chizarira Game Reserve, Zimbabwe.

Nature’s newspaper: Tracker’s confidence
Tracking is a great way to build confidence. By repeatedly looking at tracks, we subconsciously build the confidence in ourselves to make successful decisions.

The hunter and society’s “conservation” ethos: African elephant trophies banned from importation to
We bring you a very personal retort by Ron Thomson.

Hunting the elusive Cape bushbuck
Pierre Marais experienced several bushbuck hunts on a farm in the Eastern Cape and realised what a privilege it was to have hunted this antelope.

Newspaper - Tracking the giants If you want to track elephant, be prepared to walk, and to walk far! Colin Patrick explains why.

Big-game hunters of yesteryear

another day in Africa . . . During Cleve Cheney’s time as a trails ranger in the Kruger National Park, he had contact with potentially dangerous animals on a daily basis.

South Africa's Most Proven and Experienced Outfitters

News about the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa

Interesting news, events and articles by the Big Bore Association of Southern Africa

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