Category : Real Hunting Tales

Safari Post 6: Little Women, Big Impala

July 26th, 2014

Mika already could read the track of the leopard from the back of the safari vehicle and knew enough to tell a kudu track from a waterbuck’s. Now it was the last day of our safari and the little girl who had been so shy the first couple of days was teaching us Afrikaans while […]

Safari Post 5: Dances with Snakes

July 25th, 2014
Puff Adder Snake

Some people are afraid to go on safari because of the snakes and the bugs. I used to laugh at that. I like to plan my trips for July. On my first two safaris I saw no snakes and very few bugs. On the third trip, I chopped the head off a black mamba. On […]

Safari Post 3: A Poor Man’s Leopard Hunt

July 24th, 2014
Bushpig Tracking

If you want to hunt the Big 5 but can’t afford the cost of a leopard or a lion hunt, hunt bushpig. This is exactly the position I found myself in on this safari. The bushpig is a worthy adversary and a challenge, it is a seldom-seen animal that makes its living at night. It […]

Encounters with Critters Enrich our Outdoor Experiences

July 24th, 2013
Critters Seen on Hunting Trips

Once I carried a bow to the top of my favorite ridge, finding fresh deer beds in a marshy area, grass still springing up in them when I arrived. The only thing still grazing in that little meadow was the large hump-backed rodent we call a porcupine. The sun was slipping beneath the hills to […]

A Tale of Two Bullets

May 2nd, 2013
Muzzleloaders and Poaching

“What kind of bullet are you shooting out of your muzzleloader?” That was Tim McLagan, my taxidermist, on the other end of the line. I had dropped my buck off at his shop earlier in the day. And now he was asking about a bullet he’d found beneath the hide. A bullet I hadn’t put […]

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