Most Popular

We want to hear from you! When you write us a letter, please include your name, hometown, and state. Permission to publish your letter in Sports Afield, on its Web site, and on its partner Web sites is assumed unless your letter is clearly marked "not for publication." Letters that appear in the magazine will be edited for clarity and brevity. If you prefer not to use this form, please e-mail us directly at letters@sportsafield.com.

READ MORE

Built to meet the specifications of handgun hunters worldwide, the Model 629 Stealth Hunters is the latest addition to the Smith & Wesson Performance Center’s growing line of hunting revolvers.

Chambered for six-rounds of .44 Magnum®/.44 S&W Special, the revolver features a velocity increasing 7 ½-inch MagnaPorted™ barrel. The barrel is designed with a full-length under lug for increased stability and recoil reduction. Fitted with a drift adjustable dovetail red ramp front sight and an adjustable black blade rear sight, this hunting handgun also has integral Weaver style slots for mounting optics.

The Story of the Oldest Hunting Magazine in America

Since 2002, Sports Afield—America's oldest outdoor magazine—has been owned by Field Sports Publishing in Huntington Beach, California. The magazine's owners have run a successful outdoor book-publishing business, Safari Press, for more than twenty years.

The new owners recast Sports Afield as a magazine for serious hunters who like to read about and experience real adventure. The "new" Sports Afield serves people who have a passion for hunting big game around the world. The magazine focuses particularly on the most popular destinations for big-game hunters: western North America and Africa. Feature articles cover hunting for species such as trophy deer, bear, bighorn sheep, elk, caribou, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.

READ MORE

Sports Afield is now available in a digital edition for your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

 

Sports Afield is now available as a digital edition powered through the online magazine distributor Zinio. You can subscribe to the digital edition for just  $15 per year and read it on any device.

You'll need to create a Zinio account and download the FREE Zinio app, which is available for all Mac, PC, and mobile devices. Just click the link below and follow the easy instructions to subscribe, and you'll be reading your new issue on-screen almost immediately!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to  SPORTS AFIELD as a digital edition!

READ MORE

Question:

I will be elephant hunting in Botswana next year. Is a .375 H&H with a 350-grain solid enough gun?


Answer:

Yes, it is. Karomojo Bell proved to the world that even the .256 MS (6.5x54 mm), the 7mm Mauser (7x57 mm) and the .303 British, with 160-, 175-, and 215-grain steel-jacketed solids, respectively, were adequate, provided shot placement was perfect and the bullet reached the brain.

I presume you'll be backed by a competent, suitably armed professional who will help out should things not work out as planned so I have no hesitation in recommending this fine, Africa proven caliber/cartridge combination. The .375 H&H was the choice of professional elephant hunters like Harry Manners and it is the minimum recommendation for PH backup work. With regard to huge bodied, thick-skinned creatures like elephants, a larger caliber and heavier bullet will always be better, but only if shot placement is equally as good. If it isn't, the .375 H&H, which is certainly more shooter-friendly, is definitely “enough gun.”

READ MORE
TAGS:

A study launching this year will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional, cultural, and economic values of this harvest, as well as the ecological costs of replacing this food through standard agriculture and domestic livestock production.

Dallas Safari Club is the founding sponsor of the project, pledging $200,000 over the next two years. DSC officials hope other sponsors will come aboard to help advance the study.

"This research isn't just fascinating. It's critical to help modern society understand the full scale of hunting on this continent, and of the natural, organic, sustainable food that today's hunters provide for their families," said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. "Additionally, this research will help all of us understand the hidden costs when hunting traditions are eroded—or attacked."

READ MORE

Hunting huge Asian wild boars in Turkey

By Craig Boddington

Donna and Craig Boddington and outfitter Kaan Karakaya with Donna's outstanding Asian wild boar, taken in northern Turkey.
It was so dark we had to use flashlights, but the beam was dim in the misty rain, barely touching the grizzled form at the end of the shallow pool of light. I was in the rear because it wasn’t my pig. Donna was up front, rifle ready; our friend and outfitter Kaan Karakaya was at her shoulder, playing the light over the pig. It looked pretty dead to me, and in fact it was, but in the poor light it didn’t look very big. So I wasn’t surprised when Kaan, in his perfect clipped English said, “Sorry, it’s a small one.”

Donna and Craig Boddington and outfitter Kaan Karakaya with Donna's outstanding Asian wild boar, taken in northern Turkey.

READ MORE

Question:


I am planning on having a custom .416 Rigby built. What should the weight of this rifle be in order for the recoil to be relatively comfortable?

 


Answer:


The .416 Rigby is a fine cartridge with a wonderful African reputation, but for the inexperienced, it can be one of the more difficult big-bore cartridges to master due to the recoil it generates.

To best tame this, I believe such rifles should weigh at least 10.5 pounds when scoped and fully loaded with either three or four cartridges. I strongly urge you not to go below this weight. In fact, 11 pounds would be even better, if you can handle this amount of weight.

Well-made custom rifles should be well balanced when it comes to both handling and carrying. The latter is very important, simply because such rifles, out here in Africa anyway, are carried a lot more that they are shot.  

READ MORE

Any mature kudu bull is a trophy to be proud of.

By Craig Boddington

The greater kudu is perhaps the most recognizable of Africa’s antelopes, certainly one of the most impressive, and for most first-time African hunters, near the top of the wish list. Today the “plains game safari” is the most common African hunt, and the majority of plains game safaris are conducted in Namibia and South Africa. Despite his reputation as the “gray ghost” the greater kudu is the most plentiful and most widespread large antelope in southern Africa, so most hunters will get a chance at a greater kudu during the course of their safari.

However, their chances of actually getting that long-dreamed of kudu are much better if their expectations are realistic. In this terribly trophy-conscious world of ours, too many hunters are running around with measuring tapes in their pockets and their heads filled full of particular dimensions. This seems to apply more to some animals than others, and it certainly applies to the greater kudu.

READ MORE

The Story of Sports Afield

The oldest outdoor publication in North America, Sports Afield was founded in 1887 by Claude King. The first issue, in January of 1888, was eight pages long and printed on newspaper stock, out of Denver, Colorado.

The “Journal for Gentlemen” promised, in King’s words, “To be devoted to hunting, fishing, rifle and trap shooting, the breeding of thorough-bred dogs, cycling and kindred sports…” The subscription price was $1.50 per year, with single copies selling for 15 cents.

Sports Afield - CoversA few years later, King expounded on his philosophy: “Sports Afield—has an ambition above that of simply entertaining and amusing the public; it wants to help propagate the true spirit of gentle sportsmanship, to encourage indulgence in outdoor recreations and to assist in the dissemination of knowledge regarding natural history, photography, firearms, and kindred subjects.”

READ MORE