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Hunting 101

The New Hunter Program at FTW Ranch turns novices into well-rounded, ethical, and skilled hunters. If you want to become a hunter and you don’t have a hunting mentor, where do you start? Sure, a hunter education course is usually mandatory, but where does a novice go for information beyond the basics—how to aim and […]

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Masailand Safari

Braving COVID and travel hassles to experience an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania. East Africa feels like southern Africa without the guard rail. Anyone who’s ever spent any time there can attest that its danger matches its startling beauty, making the region a premier destination for the traveling hunter. Tanzania is massive, and still very wild;

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Back to Africa!

International hunting travel is different, but still possible, in the era of COVID. Photo above: Boddington tracking buffalo between palm islands in Botswana’s Okavango Swamp in 1985. Botswana is open, and elephant hunting will resume this year. Unfortunately, there is no longer any hunting in the Okavango. My rationale (“excuse,” if you prefer) for my

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No Passport Required

International travel may be out of the question this year, but you can still put together an interesting late-season hunting adventure. Covid-era travel restrictions continue to be devastating to the hunting industry worldwide. Outfitters, guides, PHs, travel agents, taxidermists, shippers, camp staff, and wildlife are all suffering. With international travel mostly prohibited, we are left

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Living the Dream

A quest for a very old dagga boy in the Zambezi Valley. “A buffalo hunt has been a lifelong dream of mine,” said seventy-eight-year-old Frank after introducing himself to me at a recent Dallas Safari Club Convention. “I’m told you’re Mr. Buffalo, so can you please help me make it happen?” What a nice request this

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Something of Value

Having your firearms appraised helps safeguard your family from getting ripped off after you’re gone. When I reached Duke McCaa of Gulf Breeze Firearms by phone, he was in the middle of appraising a hunter’s gun collection. This isn’t particularly surprising, considering how many appraisals McCaa does a year and how in-demand his services are.

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