Category Archives: Guns & Hunting

Enjoy exciting hunting stories told by SCI members and read about the latest guns and gear they’re using in the bush.

Anti-Hunting Propaganda Ignores Reality


In a recent anti-hunting editorial piece focused on trophy imports from Africa of various species, The Guardian alluded to what are known as captive bred lions by others in the world.

“Campaigners have said the African lion parts imported from South Africa last year probably came from lion farms, where animals are bred specifically for trophy hunters and to meet rising demand for traditional medicine ingredients in Asian markets,” The Guardian reported.

Seems as though the antis are a bit slow on the draw in light of action Safari Club International took in 2018.

At that time, SCI adopted a policy on captive bred lions:

Considering that the practice of the captive breeding of lions for the purpose of hunting has doubtful value to the conservation of lions in the wild, and considering that such hunting is not consistent with SCI’s criteria for estate hunting, the SCI Board has adopted the following policy:

  • SCI opposes the hunting of African lions bred in captivity.
  • This policy takes effect on February 4, 2018 and applies to hunts taking place after adoption of this policy and to any Record Book entry related to such hunts.
  • SCI will not accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, nor will SCI allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention.

“SCI protects the freedom to hunt and promotes wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI takes positive action. Antis just oppose,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “If The Guardian  and the anti-hunters it quotes truly cared about African wildlife, they would join SCI and hunters from around the world in helping to assure that there is wildlife in wild places for future generations.”

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Shear Magic


When dealing with small game, fish and fowl game shears the way to go!

With the fall hunting season winding down, the only bird hunting left is that provided on hunt club properties where planted pheasant are in abundance. There may be those who look down on such activities, but any day in the field is better than staying home and I find that my Brittany spaniel is just as enthusiastic on planted birds as she is on wild birds.    Continue reading Shear Magic

ZEISS Expands Conquest V4 Riflescope Line With V4 3-12×44 and 4-16×50


With the introduction of two additional Conquest V4 models, ZEISS provides new options for those who are in the market for a scope dedicated to their precision shooting rifle or seeking an upgrade to their hunting rig. The new models include a 4-16×50 with ZMOAi-1 MOA-based reticle and a 3-12×44 with two reticle options: the ZBR-1 MOA-based reticle with windage correction holds and the ever-popular Z-Plex reticle.  Continue reading ZEISS Expands Conquest V4 Riflescope Line With V4 3-12×44 and 4-16×50

PH Spotlight – John Sharp


John lives up to the all the legends of the African big game hunter. In 1978, soon after John got his Lerner Professional Hunter’s License, independence came to Zimbabwe. He decided to return to Cape Town and while awaiting the actions of the new government, he bought the Hard Rock Café which he operated for three years.  In 1982, John sold the Café and returned to Zimbabwe. He passed the test, received his PH license and began his hunting career. Continue reading PH Spotlight – John Sharp