WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT :: Editor's Letter
Vol 25/02 February 2019
   WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT

SCI SHOW / SCI-SKOU

Die jaarlikse, internasionale jagbemarkingseisoen het vroeg in Januarie reeds afgeskop met Safari Club International (SCI) se 47ste konvensie en skou in Reno, Nevada, VSA. Vir ’n verandering sit ek nie in die bos of op kantoor
om hierdie maand se “Kommentaar” te skryf nie, maar is ek bevoorreg om die sneeubedekte Sierra Nevada-berge vanuit my hotelkamer op die 35ste vloer te sien. Ek het van die geleentheid by die SCI-skou gebruik gemaak om eerstehands van verskeie jagondernemers, wat ook wildtelers is, te verneem dat beide hierdie bedrywe nie ’n nuwigheid is of vinnig gaan verdwyn nie. Lees gerus op bl 30–33 wat bekendes by die skou gesê het.

Over to some interesting content on local soil. We take a look at the CZ 550 – one of the most trusted options on the Dark Continent, especially when it comes to big calibres for dangerous-game hunting. See the latest addition to the successful series, the CZ 550 Safari Classics II, on p 26.

Hunting editor, Stefan Fouché, had a special eland bull in sight as the last specimen to complete his spiral-horn quest. Read on p 10 how he hunted this old warrior bull with open sights and at a close distance. In the process he also learnt many lessons about himself and his surrounds – an experience that added a special dimension to the hunt.

In my monthly contribution, “In conversation with” (p 68), I visited Mike Englezakis, a Greek pioneer in the South African wildlife industry, on his farm Nietverdiend, 50 km north of Zeerust. It was an interesting conversation indeed, with a trip down memory lane of this enigmatic man’s long and wide road to his many successes in the game industry, encouraging farmers to stay on the straight and narrow.

Ron Thomson takes an in-depth look at wildlife cultures, specifically its subcultures and influences, as well as the integration thereof, in his article “Understanding wildlife cultures” (p 77). If you have time for only one good read this month, make sure to see what this well-respected conservationist has to say.

As stated last month, tracking a caribou and a moose in the Yukon, Alaska must be the ultimate hunt. This is exactly what Izak Kirsten did, but it also came with many challenges. Turn to p 46 for the second part of his unique hunting experience in this cold, wet area, involving many hours on horseback and on foot in this unforgiving terrain.

In sy maandelikse spesie-artikel (bl 16) vertel prof Koos Bothma meer oor die vlugvoetige rooiribbok wat baie wydverspreid, meesal in bergagtige gebiede, voorkom. Dié bokkie met sy uitstekende sig is ’n uitdaging om te jag en is terloops van die lekkerste wildsvleis om voor te sit!

Volgende maand fokus ons op ons buurland, Namibië, met allerhande interessante jag- en vertelstories soos net die Namibiërs kan. Maak seker dat julle nie dié uitgawe misloop nie.

Wildbedryfgroete vanuit ’n yskoue Reno!
Game industry greetings from an ice-cold Reno!

Hennie van der Walt




 

 
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