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Phototourism has its place, but in terms of benefit to wildlife, there's no substitute for going afield with a rifle.


by Diana Rupp

The rifle is the primary tool of the hunter. A few hunters consider their rifles just that—tools—and nothing more. Most of us, though, also enjoy rifles for their own sake: the fine lines, craftsmanship, that peculiar combination of wood (or synthetics) and metal that turns a simple, powerful tool into a valued possession, a cherished heirloom, an old friend.

People who don’t hunt sometimes ask me why I can’t “just take a camera” into the field, instead of a rifle. I try to explain that carrying the rifle changes my experience in nature from one of an observer to one of a participant, intimately involved in the cycle of life in the natural world. As much as I enjoy observing nature, participating in it is, to me, far more rewarding.

 
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An excerpt from the new book Ask the Namibian Guides.


In the new book Ask the Namibian Guides, author Diana Rupp interviews thirteen highly regarded professional hunters from all over Namibia in an effort to bring the most up-to-date information to the aspiring safari hunter. The professionals answer questions about why this country is such a popular safari destination, what hunters can expect when they go there, what to bring, how to prepare, what game to pursue, and what a typical Namibia hunt is like. In this excerpt, the PHs share their insights on how to practice and prepare for a successful safari.

How do you recommend hunters prepare for a safari? Any tips for shooting practice, etc.?

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Elephant overpopulation has caused an environmental crisis, and safari hunting is taking the blame.

by Dr. Kevin Robertson

 

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Threats from antihunters have now cost Namibia’s rhino conservation program hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

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by Ben Carter
Executive Director, Dallas Safari Club

“It’s God’s job to judge poachers. It’s our job to arrange the meeting.”

That’s what a South African game ranger told me in June as we followed rhino tracks—and boot tracks—through a remote area of Kruger National Park. I glanced up expecting to see a smile, but there was none. His eyes told me he wasn’t kidding. That face, those words, and the violence they suggested, are still chilling.

The ranger returned my stare and described the escalating trend of shoot-to-kill enforcement against poachers.

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How mule deer benefit from sage grouse conservation.

by Diana Rupp

Mule deer in many parts of Wyoming migrate from  summer range in the high country to lower-elevation winter range on sagebrush flats, where they are often displaced by development.

 

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The Ultimate Source for Property Listings for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor magazine, has announced the acquisition of the assets of Cabela's Trophy Properties, LLC, the real estate listing arm of Cabela's. The new company, known as Sports Afield Trophy Properties (SATP), is a broad-based network of property listings, and is the ultimate source for the outdoor enthusiast’s recreational property needs.

For ten years, Cabela’s Trophy Properties (CTP) has been the leading source for recreational property listings, with a network of experienced brokers who are recreational real estate specialists and who live, breathe, and understand the outdoors. By retaining this experienced broker network and high-quality Web site, Sports Afield Trophy Properties expects a seamless transition to providing the same excellence in property services customers have been used to under the CTP brand.

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Hunters, anglers, and other conservationists continue to fight a proposed mine in Alaska's game-rich Bristol Bay region.

 

by J. Wyatt Abernethy, Dallas Safari Club Life Member

Flying over southwest Alaska, I’m surprised at the sparseness of the landscape. It’s not the jagged mountains and snowcapped peaks I’ve been imagining since Scott Hed of Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska invited me to come along on a fact-finding  trip to King Salmon, Alaska. The tundra, pocketed with lakes and cut by rivers, looks more like Minnesota than the alpine environment I imagined.

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A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance

by Tovar Cerulli

Tovar Cerulli seems an unlikely hunter. Although he spent his childhood summers in New England fishing for trout and hunting for bullfrogs, he left such pursuits behind in his teens and, in an attempt to avoid killing and harming animals, became a vegan by the age of twenty. Some ten years later, in the face of declining health and increasing doubts about his meatless lifestyle, Cerulli came to the conclusion that a far more honest way to confront the truth about his impact on the natural world was to face it directly and take personal responsibility for the animals he realized he was killing anyway. He became a hunter.

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It's time to welcome a new generation of health-conscious meat-eaters into the world of hunting.

by Diana Rupp


Rupp with some steaks and roasts she procured in Pennsylvania last fall (still in their original packaging).

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