H. Kreighoff of Ulm, Germany has been producing fine European hunting guns since their early beginnings in 1886. In the late fifties and early sixties, they began to explore adding competitions guns to their line, and today their Model 32 and K-80 and K-20 have made Kreighoff a household name among competition shooters and gun connoisseurs in the U.S., however in Europe they are still known for fine hunting guns created with true old world craftsmanship.
It can be as simple as a kid picking up a shotgun, whistling for his dog, and walking out the back door, or as formal as a duke setting out with a score of retainers to shoot a thousand birds. It is all wingshooting, and it is all wonderful. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Every Friday we dig into the extensive Safari Magazine archives and dust off a gem from past issues. This week we return to 1994 and head to Alaska to hunt Dall sheep in terrain as demanding as a triathlon course. This story originally appeared in the September/October 1995 issue of Safari Magazine.
It was August 13, day three of the Alaska 1994 Dall sheep season, when we spotted four white forms about a mile away. They were grazing casually in the verdant upslope tundra at about the 4,000-foot level of the 8,000-foot-high Alaska Range peaks. In the first two hours of our second day of hunting we had seen only ewes and a solitary half-curl ram. Continue reading
Francois Rudman, born in Uitenhage, South Africa in 1974, is the son of Arthur and Trinette Rudman and the fourth generation on the family ranch, Blaauwkrantz. After graduating from Muir College, Francois became a qualified professional hunter in 1995 and has guided since 1996.
Blaauwkrantz Safaris was established in 1978 when Francois’ father, Arthur, guided their first international client. “The hunting industry in South Africa has evolved over the years to what it is today,” explains Rudman. “Hunting back in the 1950’s to ’70’s was all about the meat and size of the animal. Today, among international trophy hunters, the size of the horn is the main criteria.” Continue reading