A wealthy Polish hunter, Potocki spared no expense on producing his book and hunting in Somaliland. It garnered such attention that the noted Rowland Ward produced a very limited edition English language edition. To this day, it is considered one of the rarities of big game hunting collections.
When hunting with a partner, Continue reading Sport In Somaliland – An Armchair Safari with Count Joseph Potocki
Every explorer looks upon the map of that part of the world which particularly calls him, and endeavors to find a spot that still affords opportunity for the special powers he may possess….” It was Lake Chad that originally interested Alexander, but his fellow officer, Captain Gosling, an avid hunter, joined his expedition and the men expanded their horizon and traveled from the Niger to the Nile, of course hunting along the way. Their first chance to hunt big game was lion. Continue reading From the Niger to the Nile – An Armchair Safari with Boyd Alexander
Almost 100 years ago, Er Shelley was invited to join a group headed to Africa with Paul Rainey to trying training and hunting with dogs in Africa. The noted Newland & Tarlton organized the safari; George Outram was one of the professional hunters. The trip was a resounding success although there were many trials and tribulations at the start…the least of which was that, once on the trail, the dogs reached the lion or leopard first, the natives second and, well, the phrase, “Hurry, white man, here is the lion!” was often shouted excitedly as the white men came in third. The story that follows is about hunting man-eaters in Africa around the time of Col. Patterson’s Tsavo adventures. Continue reading Hunting Big Game With Dogs In Africa – An Armchair Safari with Er M. Shelley
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