Sports Afield

May 8th

2019

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Settling the Score

The 30th Edition of Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game will debut a new way of scoring African buffalo. Go on a Cape buffalo safari almost anywhere in Africa, and you will hear professional hunters talk about a “38-inch bull” or say, “I saw one today I am sure would go over 40.” Since African sport hunting began, […]

Feb 15th

2019

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Nine-Three

The 9.3, not the .375, should really be considered the minimum caliber for dangerous game. It’s a longstanding article of faith that the .375 is the legal minimum for Africa’s thick-skinned dangerous game. This has been the “letter of the law” in some African jurisdictions, but in many cases, it is simply not true. Some […]

Feb 13th

2019

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Great Winter Reads

A selection of books for reading by the fireside on a winter evening. When the snow flies, the time is right to curl up by the fire with a good hunting book. Whether you prefer the classics or are looking for something brand-new, here are a few can’t-miss favorites. One of the most interesting hunters […]

Feb 13th

2019

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Hunt It to Save It

Photo by Vic Schendel Many think species protection requires the ending of hunting and protection by the government. Neither are true. It was the last clear, bright day of September, and I went out onto the plains to hunt sage grouse. A brace of the oversized birds makes a limit, but there’s still the kicking up […]

Feb 11th

2019

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Africa is for the Birds

Hunters focused on big game often overlook the great bird shooting opportunities on the continent. We were just outside of Etosha National Park, in rolling country with the sun just starting to drop over low hills to the west. Namibia’s normally perfect July sky was, well, overcast, carrying a hint of rain so unseasonal as […]

Jan 29th

2019

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Traveling with Firearms

Advice for trouble-free travel with firearms, and what to do when things go wrong. Traveling with firearms complicates everything. Honestly, it’s becoming a pain in the posterior…I breathe a sigh of relief when I travel withouta gun case! However, with some exceptions, we still can travel with firearms. It’s pointless to try to list the exceptions, […]

Jan 29th

2019

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Climbing for Chamois

The challenging and rewarding pursuit of Europe’s wary mountain goat. Hunting chamois (pronounced shammy or shamwah) is a traditional European pastime. These 55- to 130-pound mountain dwellers have been familiar prey and welcome dinner guests for thousands of years. From peasants and herders to kings and queens, hunters have launched expeditions to slay the hearty, […]

Nov 12th

2018

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Michel Mantheakis Safaris is DSC Outfitter of the Year

Tanzania outfitter receives prestigious honor. Congratulations to Michel Mantheakis Safaris, a longtime Sports Afield advertiser and Rowland Ward Fair Chase Outfitter, on being named DSC’s 2019 Outfitter of the Year. “Michel Mantheakis Safaris has earned the honor of being selected as DSC’s Outfitter of the Year,” DSC Executive Director Corey Mason, said. “Their reputation as a […]

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