WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT :: Editor's Letter
Vol 25/04 April 2019
   WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT

BIG-GAME EDITION
GROOTWILDUITGAWE

Our hunting, guns and ammunition editor, Stefan Fouché, has put together our special big-game edition for April. Regular contributor Ronald Nel takes us on an “African Odyssey” (p 10), hunting elephant wit
h his Verney-Carron Azur Safari double rifle. He reflects on new friendships, great experiences in the bush, and hard lessons learned. In the first of two articles, Stefan Fouché tells readers about one of the biggest adrenalin rushes he had ever experienced when hunting a black bear in North America. Turn to p 22 to see what preparations (including doughnuts as bait!) and methods are required when hunting bears.

“Mohohboh on the hunt ... My first buffalo charge” by Ron Thomson (p 46) takes us back to 1960, when Ron was still a young game ranger. That day, just outside Hwange National Park in the then Rhodesia, he experienced a buffalo hunt that ranks among the top ten most dangerous and exciting hunts of his entire big-game hunting career.

Keeping with the topic of game rangers, “Life @ Rangers” is a new series by Christopher Palos, who enrolled for a degree in game ranch management at the Nelson Mandela University’s “Rangers Campus” in the Eastern Cape earlier this year. On p 75 he writes that although it is still early days, he is proud of his decision and is looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead, and to tell his story.

BASA (Big Bore Association of South Africa) reports on their AGM and Dangerous Game Shoot (p 54), saying it is not only about shooting big-bore rifles, but also about stimulating interest in the research, collection, application and dissemination of historical, technical and practical big-bore rifle and ammunition information.

Die 2019-wildveilingseisoen het reeds in Februarie afgeskop en gemengde uitslae gelewer. In sy maandelikse bydrae lug dr Flippie Cloete op bl 68 sy mening oor die moontlikheid dat die sogenaamde normalisering van pryse in die voorsienbare toekoms gaan voortduur en dat prysdruk sigbaar gaan bly. Volgens hom is die rede hiervoor veelvuldig, met onder andere ’n stygende aanbod teenoor ’n stadiger groeiende vraag, veral in terme van hoëwaarde-wild. Vir die wildbedryf in geheel is dit van die uiterste belang, met die onderskeie bene, nl teel, jag, wildsvleis en ekotoerisme, wat nie in isolasie kan funksioneer nie en gevolglik interafhanklik van mekaar is.

In “In Gesprek Met” op bl 72 gesels ek vandeesmaand met “die grootste introvert in die Noord-Kaap”, Jacques Kriek. Hy vertel van die voorreg en blootstelling om al van ’n jong ouderdom af saam met sy pa, die bekende wildveearts dr Johan Kriek, wildgevalle te kon hanteer, en selfs om ’n paar maande uit die skool gehaal te word om in Malawi wild te gaan vang. Terwyl hy studeer het om as fisioterapeut te kwalifiseer, het hy besef sy passie lê by mense en diere, en het na ’n graad in Toerismebestuur en -bemarking oorgeskakel. En so, met harde werk, diversifisering en spanwerk, is Mattanu Privaat Wildreservaat en die Kriek Wildlife Group vandag albei suksesverhale.

Geniet die lekker lees!

Wildbedryfgroete / Game industry greetings
Hennie van der Walt



 

 
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