Every summer, outfitter associations from across North America get together to discuss common issues and to share ideas. This year’s meeting took place July 7 to 10 in Kananaskis, Alberta, where representatives from eight provinces and four states discussed everything from seal and sage grouse to Supreme Court decisions. The annual North American Guides and Outfitters Associations Workshop is sponsored and facilitated by Safari Club International. 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
Safari Club International Lubbock Chapter, has donated $5,000 to Rungwa Game Preserve Tanzania, for use in combating poachers. According to chapter President Tim Gafford, “Many of our members have hunted with Rungwa Safaris, so when they approached us for help with we jumped at the opportunity.” The donation went to pay for 5 new motorcycles for the Rungwa Game Preserve Anti-Poaching patrols to make it easier to patrol the preserve during the rainy season, when traveling in trucks and other vehicles becomes extremely difficult. The patrols cover 3200 square kilometers (1,988 square miles) and must carry all their food and equipment for extended patrols in the bush. “We really enjoy working directly with the folks on the ground that will be relying on the equipment we helped provide.” Gafford said. Lubbock Chapter of SCI is involved with a wide range of projects, from honor flights for WWII vetrans to the Texas Bighorn Society Project, and of course new international projects such as the motorcycle donation and the Zimbabwe Campfire Projects for education and anti-poaching efforts on the ground.”