MAGAZINE

FOKUS OP NAMIBIË

FOCUS ON NAMIBIA

“You can leave Namibia, but it will never leave you …”

Let this special issue be your dusty road trip through Namibia – let us entertain you with the exquisite beauty, red sand dunes, diverse wildlife population, remarkable people with unparalleled hospitality, and of course, hunting stories. The hunting stories in this edition showcase some phenomenal experiences in Namibia. Wherever you hunt in this vast country, you will find what you are looking for – it is a place where Hartmann’s zebra create stripy sunsets and gemsbuck dash through the shimmering haze, a place where you can marvel at the stark, breathtaking beauty of nature.

But Namibia is also about formidable game ranchers and their striving for good genetics and breeding stock. Equally important is the cooperation of important role players in the country to promote harmony and strength in the industry. Namibia is facing many challenges on a daily basis and 2017 was especially challenging. Turn to p 86 for Mike Bredenkamp’s detailed update in his Wildlife Ranching Namibia (WRN) report.

Jagredakteur Stefan Fouché gesels op bl 18 lekker oor die 150 springbokke en 30 “gêngsbokke” wat op Koës in die Kalahari op Johan Combrink, oftewel “Bonzai”, se plaas gejag is (bl 18). Lawrence Jennings deel ook sy eerste destydse gemsbokjag, enkeldiep in die sand, naby Otjiwarongo (bl 26). Bullet Talk en Jagfotogalery (ble 22, 74) word gewy aan gemsbok-, kameelperd-, waterbok-, springbok- en rooibokjagte wat in Namibië plaasgevind het. En as dít jou belangstelling nog nie genoeg prikkel nie, verdiep jou op bl 58 in die roerende verhaal van Hornkranz-slagveld in die Khomas Hochland soos net “Patroondoppies” dit kan vertel. Baie jagters wat Namibië besoek, hou daarvan om hul biltong daar te maak voor hulle terugkeer huis toe. Jokl le Roux leer ons hoe om dié gewilde lekkerny te maak (bl 52) en vertel ook hoe jy ’n volstruis moet agternasit (bl 32), sou jy een wou jag … Op bl 88 vertel Herman Jonker die verhaal van die wyle legendariese pionier, Jan Oelofse – ’n doelgerigte jong man wat die vreemde ingevaar en allerhande uitdagings oorkom het. Danksy sy onverdunde passie vir wild leef sy nalatenskap vandag voort op sy plaas, Okonjati.

Prof Koos Bothma nooi ons uit vir sy bespreking oor die Hartmann se bergkwagga – kenmerkend tuis in Suidelike Afrika en Namibië se dor-areas. Lees op bl 8 hoe dié dier, wat veral vir sy pragtige vel gejag word, ’n groot roofdier met ’n vernietigende skop van die agterpote kan dood.

German Optics will always be on the forefront in the optical world of hunting. The new Leica ER 6.5-26x56 LRS scope is here to stay  ̶  it is precise and reliable, extreme in every way (p 30).

In “Managing change” (p 76) Dr Flippie Cloete talks about the development of the wildlife industry, which reflects notable changes over the past three or more decades, and how we have to embrace change, be innovative and creative, and grow in a cost-effective manner. Richard Downing discusses South Africa’s economic prospects for 2018 and provides important pointers for a better economic milieu (p 80).

Turn to p 14 for our last-chance offer to win a fantastic prize if you subscribe to GAME & HUNT during March. This amazing breakaway to Mattanu Private Game Reserve in the Northern Cape could be yours, so hurry up

Wildbedryfgroete / Game industry greetings

 Hennie van der Walt

Hartmann se bergkwagga

Hartmann se bergkwagga is skaars en kom in klein, geïsoleerde bevolkings in Suidelike Afrika se dorgebiede voor. Prof J du P Bothma verskaf meer inligting oor hierdie  taamlik onbekende dier

Namibia – a jewel in Africa

Namibia is blessed with prolific wildlife and is any hunter’s dream destination. LD Jennings was fortunate to hunt among the camel-thorn trees and red dunes and shares this special experience

The new Leica ER 6.5-26x56 LRS

With its high magnification range, the new ER 6.5-26 x 56 LRS riflescope is perfect for ambitious shots over long distances, offering high light transmission, high contrast and minimal colour-fringing

Onder die elande

Schalk van der Merwe het saam met sy pa en swaer op die groot elande se spoor gaan loop in Namibië en hy moes hard werk om sy elandbul in die sout te kry 

SCI Hunters’ Convention 2018

Professional hunters, outfitters and manufacturers of hunting equipment from all over the globe gathered in Las Vegas, USA to exhibit at the 46th SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention. Hennie van der Walt attended and shares his impressions

Koës Kalahari-jag

Stefan Fouché van W&J-tydskrif het saam met drie jagvriende springbokke en gemsbokke gaan help uitdun by Koës in die hartjie van die Kalahari in Namibië – ’n onvergeetlike ervaring

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