The alarm bark of a lone kudu cow drifted through the crisp, cold early morning darkness from somewhere high up the mountain valley. Her persistent barking made it clear something was moving through the bush causing her great distress. Peter leaned over while we sat quietly in the blind and whispered, Continue reading A Difficult Leopard
Editor’s Note: On Fridays we dig through the Safari Club archives and dust off a story from the past. Today we follow a hunter and his crew as the search the thick and tangled underbrush for leopard. This story first appeared in the Jan./Feb. 1998 issue of Safari Magazine.
The light tap on my shoulder startled me at first. As I looked to my right, the animation in the tracker’s face told me that something was about to happen. I looked in the direction of his pointing finger and quickly realized the source of his excitement. Eighty yards ahead, directly under the tree where we had hung an eland quarter, stood a magnificent male leopard. With just seconds to shoot, I raised the .338 Winchester Magnum to my shoulder and fired an off-hand shot. Continue reading Hunting the Hunter
An indisputable truth of hunting Africa is that every safari is unique. Ask any veteran with a goodly number of trips under their belt and they will chime a quick affirmation. If things get long-winded, they’ll probably add that the first morning of a safari is the only part that comes close to being predictable. Opening morning, especially that of someone’s freshman effort, was scripted long ago and now bound by circumstance as much as it is by tradition. Continue reading Super Safari!
Editor’s note: On Friday we reach deep into the Safari Club archives and dust off a story from one of our past issues. This week we follow the story of a brave tracker, a wounded PH and are reminded why leopards can be the most dangerous of dangerous game. This story originally appeared in the March/April 1998 issue of Safari Magazine.
Aside from his rifle, patience and nerves worthy of an NFL place kicker, the African professional hunter’s most valuable asset is a skilled tracker. For Rory Muil, a free-lance professional hunter from Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, tracker Tinosend James is valuable Continue reading Flashback Friday – Jaws of Death