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This year in Tanzania, three professional hunters were charged by three different elephants. Only one survived to tell the tale.

By Cameron Hopkins

The dust of controversy has forever swirled around which of the Big Five is the most dangerous. The most universally accepted answer is, "It depends." The vagaries of circumstances include whether the animal is wounded or unwounded, provoked or unprovoked, surprised or alert, mating or alone, with calves or cubs, and a host of other variables. The terrain is always a consideration too.

Regardless of your personal "worst," the 2009 hunting season in Tanzania leaves no room for argument- the elephant wins hands-down. Or should I say, man-down.

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SST provides much-needed funds to school shooting teams.

Shooting teams at high schools, colleges, and universities provide great opportunities for students to develop confidence, shooting skills, and learn discipline and leadership. Unfortunately, more and more schools are running into funding problems and often, shooting teams are among the first things to be cut. Enter the Scholastic Shooting Trust. Its mission is to raise money for shooting education, invest it, and distribute the earnings in the form of grants. Whether the program is an NCAA competitor or the FFA shooting team at your local high school, it is eligible for support through the SST.

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New hope for a magnificent African antelope.

When a giant sable, an African antelope native to Angola and once feared to be extinct, was photographed with a trail camera in a forest reserve in this civil-war-ravaged country in 2004, it excited the interest of the hunting and conservation community. Dr. Pedro vaz Pinto of the Centre of Studies and Scientific Research at the Catholic University of Angola, who was instrumental in rediscovering the giant sable, spearheaded an ambitious and successful relocation effort this summer in hopes of protecting the few remaining giant sable and encouraging them to breed.

This giant sable is part of an effort to restore the population of these rare animals in Angola.

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Sports Afield's partnership with Dallas Safari Club benefits conservation and hunting worldwide.

Wildlife conservation, education, and ethical hunting all benefit from a strong partnership between Sports Afield, the premier big game hunting adventure magazine, and Dallas Safari Club, a premier international hunting organization.

As of January 2009, DSC’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas, was renamed Dallas Safari Club with Sports Afield Presents the Convention & Hunting Expo. Already one of the world’s greatest international hunting conventions with more than 1,000 exhibits, the Dallas show is growing exponentially as a result of the combined marketing efforts of both groups.

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Challenges for the International Community

Presentation to the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities, Nuremberg, Germany, 8 March 2007
© Diana Rupp, Editor in chief, Sports Afield

Did you know that without hunters, African animals like the black wildebeest and the white rhino probably would not exist today? Hunting plays an important role in conserving large areas of wildlife habitat in Africa and providing income to people in impoverished areas of the continent. And those of us who don’t even live in Africa will have a major effect in deciding what happens to its wildlife.

Africa has changed more over the past hundred years than any continent in the world, and we can expect it to continue to change dramatically in the course of the next hundred. While we look with concern to the future of this troubled continent and its rich wildlife resource, we can also take heart that Africa today remains the undisputed mecca for the big-game hunter. The question is, will that still be true twenty-five years from now?

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