New 32mm Conquest HD Binocular From Zeiss

ZEISS-Conquest-32mm-Binocular---StandingZeiss recently added to its popular Conquest HD binocular line with the addition of 8×32 and 10×32 models. Light weight and durability in a compact package are the kind of features hunters look for in binoculars and this line reportedly has both.  The new models feature the same German-made quality and advanced HD lens system found in the 42 mm Conquest HD models, giving the 32 mm Conquest HD binoculars exceptional performance for the money.  Incorporating high-performance HD optical technology, colors are neutral and clear while the ZEISS T* multi-coatings and dielectric prism coatings ensure light transmission of 90%.  Zeiss’ LotuTec protective coating also helps guarantee a clear, vivid image in any weather. With LotuTec if a lens gets wet or dirty, the water rolls right off and dirt wipes away with ease.

“The Conquest HD 32 mm binoculars are ideal for bowhunting and any other type of hunting where reduced size and weight are more important than the improved low-light performance you could get with larger objective lenses,” said Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.  “These are also fabulous all-purpose binoculars for travel, sporting events and general nature observation given their size and weight.  We’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers such exceptional quality at this price point.”

These compact, entry-level premium binoculars feature a sleek, ergonomic design and a rugged, lightweight magnesium body that is water- and fog-proof.  The easy handling, extra large field of view and extremely close focus of 4.9 feet make using these binoculars an enjoyable and impressive experience. The Conquest HD binoculars also have adjustable twist eyecups ensuring easy viewing with or without glasses.

Each Conquest HD binocular comes with eyepiece and objective lens covers, a neoprene carrying strap, rugged Cordura case, and is protected by Carl Zeiss’ limited lifetime transferable warranty and the ZEISS No-Fault Policy. The new Conquest HD 32 mm binoculars will be available this fall.


Model: 8×32 10×32
Magnification: 8 10
Objective Diameter: 32mm 32mm
Exit Pupil: 4.0mm 3.2mm
Twilight Factor: 16.0 17.9
Field of View: 420 ft. @ 100 yds. 354 ft. @ 100 yds.
Subjective Viewing Angle: 64° 68°
Close focus: 4.9 ft./td> 4.9 ft.
Diopter Adjustment Range: +/- 4 dpt +/- 4 dpt
Eye-relief: 16 mm 16 mm
Objective Lens Type: HD Type HD Type
Prism: Schmidt Pechan Schmidt Pechan
Coating: LotuTec/T* LotuTec/T*
Nitrogen Filled: Yes Yes
Waterproof: 400 mbar 400 mbar
Functional Temperature Range: -4°F/+145°F -4°F/+145°F
Height: 4.9 inches 4.9 inches
Width at eye width of 65 mm: 4.5 in./115 mm 4.5 in./115 mm
Weight: 22.2 oz 22.2 oz
MSRP: $944.43 $999.99

Instant Gratification And Dangerous Game Don’t Mix

Cape-buffalo-1-090512The past few months have seen a rash of deaths and serious injuries among African professional hunters.  At least two have been killed by Cape buffalo, one young PH had his arm shot off by a client, and another client shot himself in the foot with an elephant gun.

This is not an anomaly.  The incidence of serious injuries resulting from clients’ lack of skill, especially with big rifles, appears to be rising.  This is ironic, when you consider that you now find an instruction academy around every corner, offering courses lasting from a day to a week, teaching the use of “safari” rifles.

Don Heath, a Zimbabwe professional hunter and now a consultant to Norma ammunition, has suggested a number of reasons.  One is that, with safari prices at a relatively all-time low, more inexperienced hunters are buying big rifles and heading for Africa.

Instructors at shooting academies tell me that too many students arrive with rifles they have never shot before, and some with rifles they have not even taken out of the box.  In one case, this occurred exactly one week before the student was catching a plane for Africa.  The client, a very busy man, decided it was more cost-effective to schedule everything as one trip, in order to minimize time away from the office.

There is absolutely no way on earth that you can learn to shoot a big rifle, and become familiar with every aspect of its use, in three or four days.  Sessions at a shooting academy should be viewed either as merely a beginning, to be followed by a long period of practice at home, using what you’ve learned, or as a refresher.

The idea that, with a few days’ instruction and practice, you can go from being a complete novice with a rifle to being expert enough to hunt dangerous game for real is absurd.  You wouldn’t go to a Walter-Mitty racecar academy for three days and then expect to enter the Indianapolis 500, but that is what hunters now seem to be doing.

African-Elephant-090512Dr. Heath does not agree with me, but I have a suspicion some of the blame lies with professional hunters themselves, especially those just starting out.

Graduates from the old school were accustomed to clients coming out who were long on money and short on experience, and they learned to watch their clients almost as closely as a wounded lion, realizing that in some cases a client with a rifle was the more dangerous of the two.  Hunters like Tony Henley and Lionel Palmer would not tolerate poor gun handling, and said so.  The clients may not have liked it, but they either changed their ways or went home.

Today, a young hunter may be intimidated by a wealthy client who is twice his age, and be reluctant to say anything, fearing it will cost him his tip.  Many successful men are used to people taking orders from them, not the reverse, and it doesn’t sit well.  Or, the PH may be the kind of cowboy who comes close to getting either himself or a client killed before he learns some discretion.  Either way, it sets up a dangerous situation.

In the end, though, it always comes back to one thing:  The client’s incompetence with his rifle.

The only way to get to know a rifle well is to handle it a lot and shoot it regularly.  Heavy-recoiling rifles can only be taken in small doses–six to 12 full-power shots at a session, usually–and so to get in any meaningful amount of practice requires many such sessions, spread over as many months as you can manage.  As well, you should burn up a rail-car load of low-power practice ammunition.

In an age when we expect instant results from everything, hunting dangerous game with a heavy rifle is one area where it just doesn’t happen.  The recent news from Zimbabwe and Tanzania is proof.—Terry Wieland


SCI Founding Member Bruno Scherrer Dies At Age 80

Bruno Scherrer of Brentwood, California, passed away on June 28, 2012. He was 80 years old.

Bruno was a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter and of SCI.  He was a longtime friend of C.J. McElroy and a successful businessman for many years.

Bruno came to the United States when he was 22 years old in search of the American dream.  His background in Switzerland was in the meat industry and that is what he pursued in Los Angeles for many years.

Bruno ScherrerHe soon tired of that business and got into the carwash business where he built one of the largest washes in the country, doing more than 1,600 cars a day.  Business prospered and he built additional washes with gas stations.  One location became the largest independent Chevron volume dealer in the country.  The business grew and it enabled Bruno to continue his passion of hunting around the world.

He belonged to and supported numerous hunting and conservation organizations around the world.  He was generous in his financial and personal contributions to those organizations. He truly loved the sport of hunting and conservation efforts that SCI supported.

Bruno hunted on all six continents, collecting more than 370 animals and placing many in the record books.  The harder the hunt, the more Bruno enjoyed it. He always put 110 percent effort into his hunts and truly enjoyed the experience.

Bruno donated his entire collection of animals to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum so that future generations of hunters and others could enjoy his collection.

Bruno was a devoted family man, leaving his loving wife Grace, his son John, daughter Elizabeth her husband David and four grandsons.  He also leaves his brother Paul, sister-in-law Linda and nieces and a nephew.  He was a great friend and will be greatly missed.  He had a tremendous sense of humor and always had a joke to tell.

North American Guides, Outfitters Associations Hold Workshop

By Gary Tennison, SCI Vice President and Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman

Representatives of 14 guides and outfitters associations from across North America gathered in Quebec City recently for Safari Club International’s annual association workshop, hosted in part by the Quebec Outfitters Federation, the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, and the Quebec Ministry of Tourism.

Since 2001, SCI has sponsored opportunities for guides and outfitters associations to come together and examine issues critical to the professional hunting industry in North America.

This year, nine Canadian and five US associations, after offering local updates from their own states and provinces, delved into predator/prey management issues. SCI Foundation Conservation Manager Matt Eckert facilitated this.

Robert Fithian, Executive Director of the Alaskan Professional Hunters Association, highlighted Alaska’s on-the-ground experience with predator management.

SCI Canada’s Bob Valcov, left, and SCI Vice President Gary Tennison join Nathalie Camden, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife in Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife during a recent guides and outfitters meeting in Canada.

Scott Ellis of the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia opened what promises to be an on going and important examination of “The Traveling Hunter, An Endangered Species?” Bob Valcov, SCI Director for Canada, provided an update on SCI’s expansion and activities across Canada.

A lot was accomplished. However, it was not all work, all the time. Dominic Dugres from the Quebec Outfitters Federation and President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitters Associations (CFOA) arranged several opportunities for participants to enjoy his native city.

Dominic arranged for the group to tour Quebec, from the old fort to the historic Plains of Abraham, the Victorian Era Boardwalk and lower Old Town, the original Quebec City.

Honored guests included Nathalie Camden, Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife in Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife; and Georges Vacher, Associate Deputy Minister for Marketing in the Province’s Ministry of Tourism.

Other guests included Marc Plourde, President and Director General of the Quebec Outfitters Association; and Andre Martin, President and Director General of the Quebec Wildlife Foundation.

SCI was represented by Guides and Outfitters Committee Chairman and Vice President Gary Tennison, and by SCI Director for Canada Bob Valcov.

The evening and the Workshop, was topped off by a sound and light show projected on the Image Mill, viewed from the top of the Hilton Hotel.

During the day, the Image Mill is actually the grain silos of Quebec Harbor, but at night the silos transform into the world’s largest architectural projection screen, making an awe-inspiring presentation and giving an incredible end to another successful workshop.


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