We can probably agree that the “stalking rifle” has its origins in the British gun trade, and that in its classic form it’s a beautiful and beautifully light little rifle with origins almost certainly pre-dating smokeless powder (if not self-contained cartridges). But the exact definition, if there is one, is a bit more elusive. Continue reading The Stalking Rifle
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Bufalo del Cabo (Sp), Kaffernbüffel, Schwarzbüffel (G), Buffle du Cap, Buffle noir (F). The common name “Cape buffalo” is misleading, because this subspecies is native to many parts of Africa besides the Cape of Good Hope region (where it is extinct); however, that is what most people call it.
DESCRIPTION Shoulder height 60-65 inches (150-165 cm). Weight 1,400-1,800 lbs (650-800 kg).
The Cape buffalo is the largest and darkest (black, or nearly so) of the African buffaloes. Its heavy horns curve outward and downward from massive bosses to well below skull level, then circle upward, inward and slightly backward.
DISTRIBUTION Savanna areas in Kenya, southern Somalia, Uganda except in the northwest, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania; all of Angola except for the far northwest; Katanga Province in southeastern Congo (K); Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, and northeastern Transvaal in South Africa. Has been reintroduced on private ranches in other parts of South Africa.
David Southgate’s original pastels, oils and hand-carved ceramics have been prized by hunters and other wildlife lovers in Australia and overseas for more than twenty-five years. For the past eighteen years, this South African-born artist and SCI Member has also donated them to our Australian SCI Down Under Chapter, as effective fundraisers. Since first meeting him at one of our annual Expos in the 1990s, I’ve followed his career, admired his art and, on occasions, watched him creating it. Continue reading The Art of David Southgate
The SCI All Canada meeting was held July 17 & 18 during a mild summer weekend in Windsor, Canada’s southernmost city. John-Mark Jurak, the Club’s Region 35 Chapter Continue reading In The White North, Canada’s Chapters Are Doing Great