Archive for Cameron Hopkins

Winchester Model 70 Safari Express

The Model 70 has undergone a number of transformations, and the current Model 70 made by FN in South Carolina is the best Model 70 ever produced.

March 17, 2011

When African Animals Attack

No other hunting destination on earth sees as many fatalities and injuries as Africa. Read the details of some of the Dark Continent's most vicious encounters.

November 29, 2010

Flying With a Gun: 8 Tips for Airborne Hunters

Airborne hunters can fly with firearms without much hassle if they know what to expect and how to deal with the most commonly encountered hiccups.

November 22, 2010

Leica 2.5X-10X-42mm

Leica is back with riflescopes made in its German factory but with features designed specifically to address the needs of American hunters.

November 05, 2010

5 Reasons Why Hunting Africa is Better Than Alaska

If you compare them head-to-head, Africa offers more of everything a hunter wants. Let’s pit the Great White North against the Dark Continent point-by-point.

July 22, 2010

8 mm Rem Mag

Remington no longer chambers the Big Eight in a production rifle, but the cartridge remains a favorite for some who hunt Africa.

June 09, 2010

South African Safari, Day 5

With a Cape kudu in the salt, I hope we can pull a Cape bushbuck out of Cullen’s hat to complete this six-day safari that was cut short for its scheduled 10 days by the Icelandic ash cloud that delayed my departure from America.

May 27, 2010

South African Safari, Day 4

Kudu hunting in the Eastern Cape is a glassing game. You find a comfortable rock, perch yourself and start probing the shadows for a tell tale hint of a dappled gray, striped hide. Sometimes the giveaway is a an ear flick, others it’s the sun glinting off a horn tip. The sprawling hills are covered with acacia and Karoo shrubs with few open spots, so the glassing game is long and tedious.

May 26, 2010

South African Safari, Day 3

Up at 4:30 to head to the Winterberg Mountains where we hope to find grey (or vaal) rhebok, I tumble groggily from bed and eat a quick breakfast of toast and a brown paste called Boveril, which Cullen tells me is what kept him alive at boarding school. It tastes mildly spicy with a beefy, yeasty sort of flavor that you have to try to appreciate.

May 24, 2010

How to Be a Hunting Client

What exactly are the standards for excruciatingly correct behavior on a guided hunt?

May 20, 2010

South African Safari, Day 2

The blood orange glow of the sunrise paints the fat cotton-ball clouds with a crimson blush as professional hunter Cullen Kelly and I settle onto the cold rocks of a promontory overlooking a valley that says “kudu” loud and clear. The bush is classic kudu country. Cullen calls it Karoo scrub brush. It’s thick and dense and impenetrable, just the sort of bush that kudu adore.We see a group of cows and calves move slowly through the bush, their reddish-gray coats glimmering as the rising sun shines on them.

May 20, 2010

South African Safari, Day 1

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go, but I’m not leaving on a jet plane. The Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name is spewing more hot air than Al Gore at a global warming conference. My flight to South Africa, routed through London, is cancelled.

May 19, 2010

Hunting is Saving Africa’s Wildlife

The bottom line is that African wildlife must pay its way in the modern world, and hunters provide that vital revenue.

May 11, 2010

100-Pounder Taken

Manuel Pariente recently shot a 100 pounder in Botswana with Johan Calitz Safaris, guided by professional hunter Willy McDonald.

April 30, 2010

Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200

My day pack in Africa always contains a rangefinder, and having played with most of the major brands, I’ve finally found one I like.

April 20, 2010