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Bongo Hunting Can Be A Wild Adventure

When my wife, Lanceine, went scurrying by with her .416 and a one-word message: “run,” I was slightly stunned, but when the guide was next with the same message, I followed post haste in the jungles of Cameroon.   It seemed they had closed to a very short range of a bongo and decided it wasn’t the one they were looking for. Continue reading Bongo Hunting Can Be A Wild Adventure

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Rigby Completes First .577 Rising Bite For More Than A Century

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has completed its first rising bite in .577 Nitro Express for more than 100 years. The double rifle was made for a valued client, who wished it to be a tribute to Satao, the famous Tsavo tusker. It includes an exquisite floorplate engraving of Satao himself by Rigby’s Finnish in-house engraver, Saija Koskialho.

According to Rigby’s historic ledgers, the last rising bite in this calibre to be produced at its workshop was in 1907. In addition to the image of Satao, the 2019 rifle also features a number of unique details on the trigger guard requested by the client, including a miniscule mouse and the rifle’s name.

The rifle’s new owner, who divides his time and hunting between his farm in Zambia and his native northern Europe, said: “I gave Rigby the time they needed and I’m delighted. I wanted the rifle built mainly as a tribute to Satao because I believe in conservation and I believe that hunting managed correctly is the best way to help wildlife and to deal with the increasing human-animal conflict.”

“We’re extremely proud to bring this project to realisation,” commented Rigby MD Marc Newton. “As always, we had a wonderfully supportive client and the results speak for themselves: it’s a beautiful gun that not only looks great but also handles superbly. At thirteen-and-a-half pounds, it’s light enough to carry it all day on safari but heavy enough that the recoil is very manageable.”

Professional Hunter Spotlight – Carla Lucas of New Zealand Trophy Hunting

Carla’s camaraderie with her coworkers sparked her desire to be a Professional Hunter. Her position as outfitter manager coupled with her love of the outdoors made it a natural transition. During her 12 years with New Zealand Trophy Hunting, she learned to hunt and developed a strong passion for the mountains and the animals. Continue reading Professional Hunter Spotlight – Carla Lucas of New Zealand Trophy Hunting

SCI Record Book To Debut Virtual Measuring Course

Capitalizing on the virtual measuring capabilities established last year to measure ibex trophies taken in Pakistan, the SCI Record Book team is expanding that technology to include a live virtual measuring course, debuting in December, 2019. Continue reading SCI Record Book To Debut Virtual Measuring Course