The 48-Hour Safari: Horns o’ Plenty Long

July 28, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial Director

The 48-Hour Safari: Wild Beest Encounter

July 27, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial Director

The 48-Hour Safari: The Pro’s Pro

July 26, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial Director

The 48-Hour Safari: Bucking Tradition

July 25, 2010

By John Zent, Editorial DirectorAnyone who’s ever been involved in African hunting will agree on one absolute truth: It’s an experience that shouldn’t be rushed. President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous East Africa expedition of 1909-10 extended nearly 11 months, a tad lengthy even in that era of steamship travel, but not unheard of. Robert Ruark’s 1951 Horn of the Hunter safari went about 60 days, which was typical in those post-War years. Just a few decades back, 30-day jaunts were the norm, and today’s African hunts mostly run from one to three full weeks. The duration has shortened considerably, but even so, it was downright nuts when my partner, Drew Goodlin, and I arrived at highly regarded Eden Preserve in Namibia with just two days to hunt our way through a game list of more than a half dozen animals each. Mind you, we were bound to do this ethically, taking only good, mature trophy animals.

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 5

July 12, 2010

This morning prior to breakfast I joined Shannon as she skinned the bear, as I was curious about the bullets’ terminal performance, and wanted to see it firsthand. I must commend her work, as not only was she quick (obviously from extensive experience), but only dabs of sweet-smelling hand lotion beneath her nostrils made the task possible. Remember the rotting moose meat? Well, the bear reeked of it. It was bad!

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 4

July 06, 2010

Although today began no differently than did yesterday, it certainly ended in a most unanticipated way.

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 3

July 01, 2010

An avid deer and turkey hunter, I typically find myself donning camouflage when dawn is a distant dream. Not so here, where an extremely “early” wakeup for bear hunting would be 10 a.m.. In fact, that to is way too early, as we didn’t hunt until 2 p.m. But, being on Eastern Standard Time, 8 a.m. here is 11 a.m. at home, which would, indeed, be sleeping in. Besides, I was too excited to sleep any later. Why start so late? According to Leonard and Chad Schearer, a former full-time outfitter in Montana, bears aren’t as active in the morning as they are in the evening. You’re simply better off being well-rested and focused for the evening hunt than trying the marathon method of hunting from sunrise to sunset. Leonard, however, will allow you to make the decision.

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 2

June 29, 2010

Remember the “half the adventure is getting there” saying? Today the saga continued…

British Columbia Black Bear Hunt, Day 1

June 28, 2010

Today, I set off on of what will serve as both my first springtime black bear hunt, as well as my first trip to British Columbia, Canada. Because of the destination, getting to camp, which is near Tatla Lake, involves multiple travel days; hence the reason today’s journey ends in Vancouver. The initial leg is from Washington Dulles International Airport (Northern Virginia) to Dallas/Ft. Worth (Texas), where I transferred to my connecting flight bound for Vancouver International Airport. After landing in Vancouver, I cleared Canadian Customs and attained my luggage and firearm, a CVA Scout in .35 Whelen, and proceeded to register the firearm (i.e. have the appropriate forms filled in, signed and stamped, after paying the required fee, of course), then headed to the hotel, where I’m going to be overnight.

South African Safari, Day 5

May 27, 2010

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.