MAGAZINE

WINTERTIME – HUNTING TIME!

WINTERTYD – JAGTYD!

Winter is upon us but for us hunters, this is the best time of the year! In this issue we treat our readers to a collection of interesting, hands-on articles with the focus on hunting a variety of species in different environments. Hunting always places heavy demands not only on the hunter, but also on the gear. We therefore take a look at the equipment, skills and strategies that will contribute towards making your hunt a successful and memorable experience.

Jagredakteur Stefan Fouché het saam met beroepsjagter Hancke Hudson ’n ongelooflike koedoejag beleef (die laaste ent inderdaad op hul sitvlakke!) tydens hoogsomer in die Loskopvallei. Lees die artikel op bl 26 en kyk gerus ook na die video op bl 31 om te sien hoe Stefan dié bul treetjie vir treetjie met sy .500 NE uitoorlê het – en dít sonder ’n teleskoop en onder 100 m!

Contributor Laurence Jenning shares his story of a challenging Kalahari hunting expedition during which he and his six hunting companions bagged eight gemsbok and twenty-two springbok among the red sand dunes (p 34). Black wildebeest can be a worthy quarry – difficult to stalk and dangerous when wounded. Jokl le Roux talks about the nuts and bolts of these ‘clowns of the veld’ (p 40). Interested in hunting kudu? Then don’t miss Jokl’s article on p 46, in which he shares his strategies for hunting the ‘grey ghost’ during his latest hunt on their family farm in the Prince Albert region of the Eastern Cape.

Without Blaser’s technological advancements in the accuracy of firearms and world-class optics, responsible hunting would hardly be possible. Turn to p 22 for the latest developments on their scopes – the Infinity 1-7x28 iC, Infinity 2.8-20x50 iC, and the 4-20x58 IC.

Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) once again presented one of the annual highlights on the wildlife ranching calendar the – the 2018 WRSA Conference. Deputy editor Itha Kieser reports on this conference that carried the theme ‘Expand Your Game’ and focused on hunting, breeding, tourism and related products. Read about the interesting topics that resulted in in-depth discussions, which we will feature in future issues of this magazine. The handing over of the prestigious Southern African Wildlife Rancher of the Year Award also took place during a gala dinner event (read the article on p 100).

In the first of a series of articles entitled ‘Heart of the Huntress, Series 4’ (p 64), professional hunter Margaret Botha shares the adventures of the contestants Donna Partridge, Christie Pisani and Chantelle Bartsch, while hunting their trophies with Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris in Limpopo Province.

Ons bederf graag ons lesers en vir die manne en vroue wat graag goed toegerus wil wees in die jagveld, bied ons net die regte ding om te wen – ’n Rhino Bushy Ranger-jagsleepwa van Trailer Mega Custom Steelworks (TMCS). Al wat jy moet doen, is om tydens vanjaar se HuntEx vir 12 maande op WILD & JAG in te teken. Jy hoef nie self by die skou te wees nie, kry net jou naam in die hoed! Blaai na bl 20 vir meer besonderhede. Indien jy gedurende Mei en Junie 2018 op die tydskrif inteken, staan jy boonop ’n kans om ’n biltongjagnaweek ter waarde van R20 000 vir vier jagters by Marula Game Lodge naby Groblersdal te wen (bl 14). So ’n geleentheid is nie te versmaai nie – skryf dus dadelik in!  

Wildbedryfgroete / Game industry greetings

Hennie van der Walt

Die groter koedoe

Prof J du P Bothma verskaf gedetailleerde inligting oor hierdie gewilde jagspesie, waaronder verspreiding, habitat, dieet, vang en vervoer, aanhouding, vleis en lewende handel en trofeejag

Jag in die Loskopvallei

Stefan Fouché, redakteur: Jag, Wapens & Ammunisie van WILD & JAG-tydskrif, het gaan koedoes jag met sy dubbel in .500 NE in die Loskopvallei van die Oos-Kaap saam met Safari Outfitters

In gesprek met Irivin Tam

Hennie van der Walt het Tam Safaris op die plaas Spekboomberg buite Cradock in die Oos-Kaap besoek, waar hy gesels met die bekende sakeman, wildboer en jagondernemer, Irvin Tam, asook sy seuns

Game auction price trends

While some game ranchers remain positive, others find it more difficult to come to terms with the continued decline in prices of especially higher-value and colour variants, writes Dr Flippie Cloete

Blaser Optics

Blaser has developed riflescopes that are not only completely tailored to the requirements of hunting, but that, together with the rifle, offer the perfect synergy of function and design

WRSA / Cottondale Conference 2018

This highlight on the annual wildlife-ranching calendar took place at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort in Limpopo Province on 23–24 March this year. The theme was “Expand Your Game”. Itha Kieser reports

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