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Turkey Travels

March, spring is in the air and a hunter’s fancy turns to…turkeys! Spring gobblers are probably North America’s second-most popular hunting pursuit, following fall deer seasons. Continue reading Turkey Travels

SWEET SAHARA SAFARI – IN TEXAS

There’s a fine art to being a good observer. As a hunter, I want to participate, but keen observers need to recognize when they need to keep their mouths shut and stay out of the way. This was one of those times! A big herd, perhaps 50 animals, was feeding slowly along a linear clearing. We’d made four approaches, two from each side. Despite tricky wind, we’d avoided spooking them, but they’d gone on high alert and the big bull we’d spotted among them hadn’t offered a shot. Continue reading SWEET SAHARA SAFARI – IN TEXAS

ART OF THE DRIVEN HUNT

It was a dark, misty day in southern Sweden. My first stand faced—and was backed—by thick forest, with clear lanes to right and left for maybe 60 yards. Initially, the drive was coming off the hill behind me, but then would pass and return. In other words, I could expect game from any direction. The drive was young when I heard dogs behind me; I swiveled to get ready and there was a pig, dashing across the lane to my right. I thought it was a sow—we weren’t supposed to shoot females—but the truth is that decision was instinctive and instantaneous; I never got the rifle up, and even if I’d tried it would have been too late! Continue reading ART OF THE DRIVEN HUNT

.30-06 IN AFRICA

Still one of the most versatile choices…

I crawled onto a low termite mound, rested the rifle over my daypack and snuggled in behind it. A gorgeous waterbuck bull stood with his harem at about 225 yards. Perfect, except he was facing straight away, so I waited for him to turn. Eventually he swung to the right, broadside. The crosshairs were steady and about half the slack was out of the trigger when the whole group took off, running straight away across the open floodplain. Continue reading .30-06 IN AFRICA