My last Newsletter and Blog Post

I celebrated my 69th birthday recently and have been touched by how many people remembered and called and emailed to wish me. Wonderful to be remembered, especially at an age

WWF – Its True Colours

Since my expulsion as a 30 year member and 20 year trustee of WWF Southern Africa for the crime of being a hunter, the controversy surrounding this matter will not

Why Men Trophy Hunt by Messrs Darimont, Codding and Hawke

Did you know that the reason you hunted was solely to boast about it – ‘signalling’ is the word used in the above article – the size of the animals

First Buffalo

Do you remember your first kiss? I mean a real kiss. Not one of those cheek grazing, lip brushing, air kisses into nothingness and nowhere. Do you remember your first

Opposition to the Fair Chase Guild

Fair Chase Guild Membership Documentation I was a teenager when I first came across the phenomenon. My favourite cousin’s husband was doing his internship at Grootte Schuur hospital. I admired

Conversations with my Son

Last month a friend sent me an email he had received from a United Kingdom visitor in response to the DVD he had sent her entitled, The South African Conservation

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?

Fair Chase Guild Membership Documentation 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

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