Sports Afield

Jul 14th

2021

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Best Bets for Bushbuck

Where to hunt “Africa’s whitetail.” Photo credit: An old harnessed bushbuck with one horn tip broken, taking a drink along a river in Benin. (Photo by Christophe Morio) On a hunt in Uganda this past March, we spent our last few days hunting sitatunga in riverine papyrus beds, and we were successful on the last […]

Jun 25th

2021

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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; […]

Mar 8th

2021

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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 […]

Jan 12th

2021

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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 […]

Jan 1st

2021

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United Against Canned Lion Shooting

Rowland Ward joins other conservation groups in taking a stand against the shooting of captive-bred lions. Rowland Ward Ltd. has united with several highly regarded international conservation groups to take a firm stand against the practice of captive-bred lion shooting.The shooting of lions bred in captivity not only has no conservation benefit, but also it […]

Dec 30th

2020

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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 […]

Dec 10th

2020

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The Intriguing Hartebeest

It may not be the most beautiful of Africa’s plains game, but the hartebeest is fascinating and challenging to hunt. Featured Image: A Cape hartebeest. Photo by Dirk de Bod Among the millions of words I’ve written about African hunting, this is the first piece I’ve devoted specifically to the hartebeest. This is odd, because […]

Oct 25th

2020

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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. […]

Oct 21st

2020

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High Country Mule Deer

The biggest bucks live in the highest, loneliest places. Photo above by Vic Schendel After spending about half my autumn hunting time pursuing mule deer from Sonora to Alberta over the past several decades, I started to envision mule deer range as a loose ocean of deer, filling the western portion of the Mississippi River’s […]

Oct 15th

2020

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Animal Nature

The fascinating, complex, and intelligent behavior of animals never ceases to amaze us. Photo above by Gary Kramer/garykramer.net The hunting world is full of contradictions, some more visible than others. One of these is how often hunters, in private, share their wonder at the capacities, intelligence, and emotional expressions of wild animals, and how infrequently they […]

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