Don’t mess with the Boss

Kevin Costner’s epic movie Dances with wolves showed heart-breaking scenes of hundreds of dead bison on the prairie, slaughtered for their skins and tongues by the American frontiersmen. Later scenes showed the Sioux hunting them and how a young man nearly fell victim to a wounded bison. Lieutenant Dunbar dropped the beast a few feet […]

Hunting guides – the real hunter?

The memories of my hunting trips over the years reminded me of the role that hunting guides or trackers play. We have all visited hunting destinations where the hunting guide could be anyone, even a regular farm labourer that knows the farm well. His main task is to ensure that the hunter does not get […]

Story time

“No Dad, that’s not how you told the story before!” my two daughters, Karlie and Anita would protest. My wife, Henna, would look on with amusement, enjoying our family’s story time rituals. Do families still make time to tell stories? I was very privileged to have had a father who often entertained us with stories. […]


“Nee Pa, dit is nie hoe jy die vorige keer die storie vertel het nie!” Ek het dié vermaning oor die jare meer as een keer van my twee dogters, Karlie en Anita, gehoor en elke keer kon ek aan die vonkel in my vrou, Henna, se oë sien hoe sy die ritueel van storievertel […]

Responsible hunting and “head shots” ?

Hunting is an incredible privilege and it remain a special responsibility to stop the heart of a living being forever. This privilege should never be taken for granted by hunters and the following excerpt from the Code of Conduct of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association emphasises this in a very special way: “Hunt […]

Verantwoordelike jag en “kopskote”

Inleiding: Jag is ʼn ongelooflike voorreg en dit bly ʼn spesiale verantwoordelikheid om ʼn lewende wese se hartklop vir altyd te stop!  ʼn Jagter moet nooit hierdie voorreg as vanselfsprekend aanvaar nie. Die volgende aanhaling uit die Erekode van die SA Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging beklemtoon dit op ʼn besondere wyse: “om met deernis te jag en […]

375 Holland & Holland Magnum – steeds ‘n staatmaker!

Die .375 Holland & Holland Magnum (ook bekend as die .375 H&H Mag) kaliber is in 1912 deur die Engelse geweermakers Holland & Holland in Engeland bekendgestel. ʼn Paar ontwikkelinge in aksie, patroon en geweer ontwerp het die ontwerp van hierdie patroon voorafgegaan en beïnvloed en die uiteindelike gewildheid daarvan onder jagters bepaal. Aksie: Die […]

375 Holland & Holland Magnum – still a stalwart!

The London based British rifle manufacturer Holland & Holland launched its .375 Holland & Holland Magnum (also known as the .375 H&H Magnum) calibre in 1912. A number of developments in action, cartridge and rifle design preceded and influenced the design of this cartridge and determined its eventual popularity with hunters. Action: The Gewehr 98 […]

Pros and cons of trophy hunting and eco tourisim – by Ed Stoddard

The anti-trophy hunting campaign is in high gear, employing questionable ‘surveys’ while playing on the emotions of affluent suburbanites whose views of Africa are often shaped by Disney and Tarzan. Both hunting and game viewing have ecological pros and cons — and both have colonial and racist roots — points often lost in the fog […]