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Enough telling….

Consider two statements you could hear from your potential outfitter:

  • Our area has the conditions to produce large kudu; and
  • Our clients shot three kudu, over 55 inches last year.

The first encourages thoughts on how to find them and the enjoyment of the hunt: the second focuses more on collection than enjoyment and could lead to speculation on whether there are any left when three were taken so recently.

There is so much ‘telling’ in this world. Some of us have had enough. Our governments have told us too much in the last two years and by all accounts, this may not change.

Some hunters freely admit to shooting animals from vehicles, or at least have owned up to it. Some contributors send in articles describing this as part of the hunt. Not because they were physically disadvantaged, not at all. Simply because they wanted to. Some shot their animals from helicopters. Some followed up wounded animals in a helicopter. Telling the story, the thrill in both was palpable when they described it.

One of our African Dawn outfitters specializes in hounds on leopards and just today sent me a felled leopard pic, over bait. To bay or bait I asked? He said baying, every time. Who am I judge. I recall massive debate with Namibia’s hunting hierarchy at their AGM.

Speaking of AGMs – Year end is a time when the African hunting Associations gather for their AGMs. A changing of the guard for some. A time to re-open old points of contention and raise new ones. Should hounds even be used to hunt an animal? Or, perhaps they can if the animal is wounded. Or, not at all. What about shooting at night? Is it 5 minutes or 30 minutes after sunset that we allow? Who sets such rules? Why? And that’s even before considering if it’s a cloudy day. Splitting hairs is what comes to mind.

So, while impossible to cover much, I hope to this helps stir up your own thoughts and emotions on the subject and all I ask is reflect on what is important to YOU. Then, do what promotes African Hunting, in a positive light.

Here’s to a peaceful year end.

Richard  [email protected]

PS if you love what we stand for, what we produce and think you could play a role – we invite you to sign up, spread the word. and help build African hunting.

African Dawn 2021 membership

You might have read about this already. You might not have.

If you are looking for someone to hunt with on your next African safari, we invite you to browse through this group of outfitters.

They need little introduction – and the continent is covered – all for your peace of mind. 

It is the last promotion of the 2021 African Dawn Membership - and just round the corner, be sure to be on the lookout - we will unveil the African Dawn Membership for 2022.

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