As chief cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, John McCutcheon provides not only insight but a sense of humor to the description of his African hunt – by the way, sometimes hunting with Carl Akeley and meeting Theodore Roosevelt. His only big game hunting book, In Africa Adventures in Big Game Hunting Country, is one to be cherished. It is dedicated to “those adventurous souls who resent the restraint of the beaten path” and prefer to go “where the roar of the lion and crack of the rifle are part of everyday life and where in a few months you can store up enough memories to last a lifetime.” This he did on his very first lion hunt. Continue reading A Rhino Interrupts a Lion Hunt – An Armchair Safari with John McCutcheon
Stephanus has eyes that never fail. At the far end of a long open valley, he spotted the herd of eland lying in the shade of the trees on the edge of the hills. The valley is wide and gentle but the slopes that surround it are steep and rocky and covered in thorns with a few marula and fever berry trees. Continue reading From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes
Our various deer are North America’s most widespread and numerous big-game animals, so it follows that deer hunting is the most popular pursuit among American hunters. In fact, we have at least 10 million deer hunters on this continent — the largest hunting culture on the face of this earth. We SCI members who frequently travel to hunt are a bit different from many. In fact, the majority of American hunters pursue game close to home. That means the white-tailed deer, some 35 million strong, are the most popular game on this continent (and in the world). But exactly which Continue reading More Deer In Mexico!
Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wildlife biologists on the feral hog strike team have tallied up numbers for 2016. The year yielded a total of 5,358 feral hogs removed by MDC, partner agencies and private landowners, which is a significant increase over efforts the previous year. In 2015, 3,649 feral hogs were removed from the landscape. Continue reading MDC Continues Feral Hog Removal Efforts