South African Hunting Statistics for 2015 – Some Observations

I received the South African 2015 hunting statistics this week and was delighted to see that, after five years of steady decline – we reached our peak number of overseas

“Expelled” from WWF South Africa – continued

I received a copy of the WWF South Africa Constitution three days ago. I was in for an unpleasant surprise. Clause 8.2 states as follows: ‘The Board may at any

The Fair Chase Guild – what is it?

I attended an historic meeting on Tuesday 18 October 2016. Or at least in time to come, I hope people will look back and say it was an historic meeting.

Caveat Congo – the Anatomy of a Hunting Disaster

The sweat shiny, black face and dull black uniform of the huge Congolese policeman blocked out most of the weak overhead light from the yellowy street bulb barely illuminating the

“Expelled” from WWF South Africa

In the last month I have become the poster child for Survival International in what appears to be a nasty internecine fight between them and WWF. I had never heard

What do Bongo and Art have in Common?

When I was researching the chapter on bongo conservation in Kenya for the fifth and final book in the spiral horn series, Hunting the Spiral Horns – Bongo & Nyala

Some Roan I Remember

I like hunting roan, especially in West Africa. I think they are harder to hunt than Lord Derby’s eland, for example, because the big, lone roan bulls seem never to

Zebra – Pyjama Clad Horses?

It is sad but true. We have had a few hunters – or should I say "so-called" hunters – who visited us on our game ranch who had no love

The Five Huntable Hartebeest on Licence in Africa Today

It was my second visit to the 10,000 hectare game and cattle farm near Ellisras in the old Transvaal. The four of us hunters stood with our backs to the

Lies, Bloody Lies and Surveys – Game Numbers

English Translation: “Unbelievable! One dog gives birth to 11 subspecies in one day.” In recent days, two surveys have been brought to my attention which make sweeping and major statements

Lies, Bloody Lies and Surveys – Colour Variants 3

To be honest, there is so much twaddle written on this subject by so many people that should and often do know better that I normally ignore most of it

Leopard Lunacy

As told to Peter Flack by Ryan Cliffe I was 27. Been a PH for exactly three years and an appy for five years before that. Why five years? Firstly,

How to Hunt Hard when it’s Hard to Hunt

I am 67 and there are days when I seem to hear the ticking of Father Time’s clock especially loudly. All those things they told me would not be possible

Colour Variants and Canned Killing – The Namibian Policy

Last night my attention was drawn to a speech by Namibia’s Minister of the Environment and Tourism at the NAPHA AGM last week and I thought it so important that

Speech: Colour Variants and Canned Killing

Three weeks ago I received an invitation from the Department of Environmental Affairs to present a paper to the SECOND NATIONAL DIALOGUE WORKSHOP ON THE INTENSIVE AND SELECTIVE BREEDING OF

Public Relations and Hunting

I have never received a greater response than I did to my blog, “Amateur Hunting Bodies Have Failed Their Members” both in number and the emphatic views expressed, only a