In case you were wondering, the odd name comes from Somalia, a simple version of this tiny antelope’s alarm call that, according to our SCI record book, sounds like “zhik-zhik.” Dik-dik is pretty close! The smaller races of dik-dik are almost the smallest animals with hooves and horns; only the tiny royal antelope of the West African forests is consistently smaller. But even the largest, Namibia’s Damara dik-dik, Continue reading In Search Of Dik-Diks
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!
Our record-keeping system recognizes the wild Suidae of the world, and one of our World Hunting Awards is the “Wild Pigs and Peccaries of the World.” This includes fully 15 currently huntable varieties, while our record-keeping system, aiming for Continue reading The World’s Biggest (And Baddest) Pigs
I’ve often said that the best way to ruin a perfectly good hunt is to take along a television camera. Mind you, what we do in the genre generally called “outdoor television” is pretty simple, often just one camera replicating the work of three or more. (Simple for the hunter; more like the work of a one-armed paperhanger for the camera operator.) Still, if you truly cherish the outdoor experience, then filming while you hunt is at best a distraction…and at worst a huge pain in the tail. Continue reading Hunters, Hosts, And Camera Operators