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

NRA Contributing Editor Achieves Hunting Milestone

Cameron Hopkins has successfully completed his quest for all nine of the principal species of Africa’s spiral-horn antelopes.

October 21, 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

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

How To Run The Airport Gauntlet

The airline ticket agent is the ultimate gate keeper because he or she alone can determine how your gun case is checked.

March 09, 2010

A Three-Rifle African Battery

I put much more thought, planning and care into the selection of my safari rifles than I do choosing the safari itself.

March 09, 2010

The Big Five

Renowned as the most dangerous game in Africa, the Big Five are a major milestone in any safari hunter’s career.

March 09, 2010

Confessions Of An Obsessive Backpacker

Not that anyone who hunts passionately in Africa is “normal,” but even by the standards of obsessive safari addicts, I stand out as, well, a bit strange.

March 09, 2010

A Near-Death Mistake

Tropical malaria, or plasmodium falciparum, is the only lethal variety of the four types of malaria.

March 09, 2010

No Apologies Necessary

I was on safari in Tanzania, booked for 21 days in the Kigosi flood plains for what was promised to be an epic adventure.

March 09, 2010