I had the opportunity to hunt with Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris for a leopard and various plains game species. I used a new (for me!) bullet that, because of its excellent performance, I decided to review after-the-fact. Hornady‘s ELD-X worked perfectly on Springbok, Wildebeest and Zebra. It also dropped a big Tom leopard! You can check out my review here.
Man, I use to really hate writing book reviews in school. That’s why I am so surprised by the enjoyment I get from writing them now. But, then again, the books I read in school often held little interest for someone in love with the writings of Ruark, O’Connor et al…
My newest review discusses the autobiography of the great elephant hunter, ‘Karamojo’ Bell. Bell’s claim-to-fame was the use of what would be considered ultra-light calibers for taking the toughest of Africa’s game animals. I hope you enjoy my foray into Bell’s life as a hunter. Check it out here.
This ‘hunting’ story or more accurately, ‘preparation for hunting’ story, was very enjoyable to write. It allowed me to dream of using my late-Dad’s custom built rifle to take a Cape Buffalo. It is yet to be seen whether that dream will become a reality, but I’m going to give it a go this November. Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did putting it together. You can check it out here.
My latest book review, this one on Taylor’s African Rifles and Cartridges, just appeared. This is a text I return to over-and-over-again when researching rifles and cartridges for hunting in Africa, and elsewhere. I hope you too love this classic Africana!
The next article from Frances’ and my time at the Dallas Safari Club Convention appeared. This article involved my interviewing one of my heroes, and mentors, in outdoor writing, Craig Boddington. Please check out (here) what Craig has to say about his latest treatise, BuffaloII!
This may be the understatement of the century from W.D.M. ‘Karamojo’ Bell.
“The reason of the high mortality among those who hunt lions casually is, I think, the simple one of not holding straight enough…This frequently results in flesh wounds or stomach wounds which very often cause the lion to make a determined charge; and there are a great many things easier to hit than a charging lion.” The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter