Latest On South Africa


Published: May - 2003

Down in South Africa, we are indebted to subscriber James M. Martin for bringing to our attention the fact that exotics hunting in that part of the world has taken on greater importance of late. He writes:

"I recently returned from a hunt in South Africa with an old friend, Kevin Thomas, who operates out of Port Alfred. The hunt developed from a discussion we had at SCI. Since I had shot just about everything available in South Africa (including some exotics such as Barbary sheep, tahr and fallow deer), I asked him to see what else was available.

"He came back to me with a proposal to hunt hog deer, Pere David's deer and scimitar-horned oryx. I proceeded to do just that, and took both of the deer species. I passed on the oryx because I was looking for something super. In any event, I was pleased with the overall experience.

"The main reason I am writing is simply to note that nothing much is ever said in The Hunting Report about exotics in South Africa. And that is too bad because there is some excellent exotics hunting in that part of the world...."

Finally, in that same part of Africa, we are indebted to European Correspondent Christophe Schüle for a brief note on hunting the "Small Five." Schüle writes:

"A dedicated trophy hunter knows that hunting the Pygmy Antelopes is an outstanding experience. I recently collected five of them on a single 10-day hunt with a South African company called Hunters Safaris. My main targets were blue and red duiker and Cape grysbok. But when I planned the hunt, the idea came up that it would be nice to collect a "Small Five" on the same trip, so I also took a grey duiker and a steenbuck.

"In all, Hunters Safaris offers eight small antelope: grey, blue and red duiker, suni, Cape grysbok, steenbok, oribi and klipspringer. It is, of course, possible to take all eight on........(continued)

 
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