WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT :: Editor's Letter
Vol 24/07 July 2018

Bly kalm dié winter en eet biltong!
Keep calm this winter and eat some biltong!

“The wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit” – Edward Abbey

Wintertime is hunting time … no doubt about that! This time of year is a
ssociated with cold but beautiful sunrises in the bush, early-morning coffee around a smouldering fire, the excitement of the hunt, and some welcome venison and biltong in the freezer at home. Spending some quality hunting time in the bush, either alone or with a good hunting buddy, tracking and stalking your quarry, bringing it down, and sitting around a crackling campfire at night under the star-speckled African skies – this is the stuff that memories are made of; memories that will one day feed the soul when you are no longer able to hunt. Let this issue be your guide and companion to help make those special memories this hunting season.

Hunting editor, Stefan Fouché, decided to challenge the planet’s fastest antelope, the tsessebe – on foot and with open sights. Turn to p 16 to find out how he outwitted this wary plains-game animal with his double rifle at Nahla Safaris outside Schweizer-Reneke in Northwest Province. Stefan also put a deadly combination of a gun and riflescope to the test. On p 22 he waxes lyrical about the performance of the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum in the Weatherby Mark V Accumark, fitted with a top-of-the-range Leupold riflescope, the VX6-HD 3-18x50 – both made in America and built for Africa.

In “Captive-bred lions: ethics, fair chase – according to whom?” on p 40, I ask some questions about hunting, particularly captive-bred lion hunting and the controversy surrounding it. The question that we hunters should ask ourselves is this: “According to whom are you going to decide where your money will go to for the freedom to hunt and for the protection of natural habitat?”

Die beste onder die bestes het sake tydens die onlangse SA Jaggeweerskietvereniging se kampioenskappe in Mpumalanga uitgespook. Divan Swanepoel doen verslag hieroor op bl 42. Elke de Witt het aan die SA Sport- en Jagfederasie se geweerjagkampioenskappe by Otterskloof deelgeneem en vertel wie almal met die louere weggestap het (bl 52).

In “Lewendewild-handelstendense” op bl 72 gesels dr Flippie Cloete oor die afname in die aantreklikheid van kleurvariante die afgelope twee jaar weens die skerp daling in hul pryse. Die kontroversie rondom kleurvariante duur voort en daar is uiteenlopende sienings oor die bydrae van hierdie diere tot bewaring en biodiversitieit, en gevolglik hul finansiële bestaansreg.

Do not miss Craig Shepstone’s insightful article, “What’s up in the kitchen?” on p 86. He discusses wild animal nutrition and takes a look at what makes a particular animal choose what it is going to eat every day.

Geniet dié uitgawe - dis propvol nuttige inligting en ekspert-advies oor alles en nog wat. En as jy nog nie in die jagveld uitgekom het nie, maak ’n plan! Dis deel van die winter, dis deel van ons bestaan, ons Afrika-bosboorlingskap, dit voed die siel en gee nuwe perspektief, en wat meer is - dit maak deel uit van ons pragtige land se natuurbewaring!

Game industry greetings

Hennie van der Walt


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