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    addressed this issue he said I would like the opportunity to hunt one respectable Elephant bull The word respectable caused me to be quiet as that word could mean anything as we all have different perceptions in life Johnny then said something I really had not thought about he told me that he had wondered if he could ever face an Elephant bull head on at close range be confident enough to make a perfect one shot kill Again I said nothing because there were just too many logistical questions in my mind essentially this is how the hunt started To cover a good portion of the hunting area we were driving an average of 200 km a day during which we looked at an average of six adult Elephant bulls a day I soon realised that driving long distances on these very uneven sandy roads was hurting Johnny s back yet he never uttered a single word of complaint I discussed the situation with Ian we resolved to look at Elephant when they were far from the road tracks leaving Johnny to rest Of particular interest to me was a new found discrepancy in my mind every Elephant I looked at I seemed to underestimate the weight of its ivory according to Ian I think that in short in South Africa Elephant bulls have longer thinner ivory while in Botswana the Matetsi area of Zimbabwe Elephant tusks are shorter but thicker than in South Africa perhaps additionally complicated by the huge body size of Elephant bulls in these areas During this time together we took Johnny up to a number of bulls following their tracks without him ever complaining a word about walking or his back condition nor did he ever challenge our trophy evaluation of the given Elephant In all honesty I think that the many miles of driving hurt Johnny more than the distances he walked with us but that does not matter anymore On the 6th day of our hunt coincidentally Patrick s 36th birthday the day before Mike would fly home we happened upon two fresh Elephant bull tracks across the road we were on 1hr 15min drive from camp in the late afternoon Ian I went to have a look some 400yds later we found the bulls One was a nothing trophy animal while the other attracted our serious attention coincidentally the 36th bull we had looked at Ian ever cautious trying to do his very best for us remained conservative which I will always credit him for Somehow at this time I that a decision had to be made based on other pertinent circumstances I told Johnny that we had found a bull that we felt was a solid 52 lbs per side I had to take full responsibility here with very symmetrical ivory It did not take Johnny long to load his 375 H H Win Mag being in agreement with our observations so the hunt was on In the late afternoon

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    varied wild animals we see today have taken thousands of years to establish themselves on the vegetated physical environment Note Referring to billions millions thousands of years in one paragraph Should it not millions straight through THE SITUATION THAT MAN HAS CAUSED The hard cold fact is that today we have imposed finite physical boundaries confining animal movements to relatively small parts of an intricately interwoven environment on which they depend exclusively for their survival This being the case it now becomes easy to understand that we have forced animal numbers into a situation of strong competition for the food resources within their confines Unattended these animals will continue to breed with nowhere to go and sooner than later they with the unpredictability of weather patterns considered will exhaust their food and energy supplies necessary for their survival and they will starve to death It is my assertion that since we as humans have created this situation so too are we accountable for its ultimate outcome This is the real moral dilemma we have to face whether we like it or not To think that we should allow animal numbers to escalate unabated falls nothing short of mindless stupidity and is the ultimate crime against wildlife If you go back to my explanation of time scales the antithesis becomes true where increasing animal numbers will result in the destruction negative feedback of their food supply thereby destabilising their environment and opening the way for erosive processes to wash away the soil formations which could take an untold amount of time to re manifest themselves This inevitably is completely and utterly unacceptable no matter how anyone looks at it WHAT ARE OUR MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVES If we accept our nature conservation objectives in the light of the logical sequence of natural processes and their inevitable outcome then we should now all agree that focussing attention on the preservation of individual animals or species in isolation although noble is completely illogical and self defeating The fact of this real situation which we have created for our wild animals today is that we are morally and ethically obliged to intervene in their management and the management of their physical environments if we are to attain our nature conservation objectives of species diversity We cannot accept an uncontrolled increase in animal numbers beyond the carrying capacity of the area to which they have been confined and therefore numbers in excess of this will have to be removed from the area in one way or another CONCLUSIONS AND SUGGESTIONS Fortunately today we do have options for the removal of excess animals from a given area The first option is to relocate these animals to suitable new areas or to existing areas which are currently under stocked Animal relocation is not always possible owing to practical considerations species terrain expenses and relocation stress and this is where I suggest that we involve those people who are averse to hunting Perhaps we should suggest to them that they

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    for no special need So many a mile walked side by side No matter what danger you did not hide Through many dark days I thought you knew Yet your eyes always said I do this for you Of strength of bond so absolutely true I have no question you knew this too Then one day so bright clear I realized that another fight was near Your eyes on mine

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    top of the previous pattern drew a best fit circle around that which measured 18 inches in diameter determined its centre In this way we firstly determined that both barrels were indeed shooting to exactly the same point of impact secondly we were able to see how the patterns were distributed around the aiming point My gunsmith friend then slightly bent the gun s stock for me to achieve my desired 60 of the pattern landing above my aiming point with the remainder below My reasoning for this which is not a new concept was that with slightly more of the pattern above my aiming point I could shoot at most not all more about that later targets without ever losing sight of them as I determined the correct lead In other words you seldom need to blot out by the barrels the target as you determine the required lead I m told that today most of the better sporting guns are set up this way which is good news should you buy one just check it on paper for yourself Lastly let me say this if you consider that at 35 yards you have a maximum spread of 18 inches at 35 yards as is the case with my gun this tells you that you need to aim a shotgun carefully you must establish your lead pretty carefully because you do not have a great deal of room for error This also explains why your gun fit is critical for good shooting AMMUNITION In South Arica we are still allowed to shoot lead shot my shotgun has a 2 ¾ inch chamber Quite a long time ago I had the opportunity to shoot steel shot at ducks in the USA Albeit that I was given 3 inch magnum cartridges loaded with a suitable shot size they seemed to lack killing energy compared to lead shot at least that s how I remember it then I can only hope that in more recent years something has improved because I saw too many birds fly away wounded which really is not nice On the subject of ammunition as I said at the beginning my thoughts are primarily with shooting upland game birds I had my gun choked patterned for a 32 gram load of number 5 English equivalent shot as that is what works best for the vast majority of my upland shooting Sometimes I use English No 4 s on the bigger birds like Guineafowl No 6 s on the smaller birds like Francolin As regards Rock pigeons I have shot them with 28g No 7 s but if they are flying high I m inclined to think that a 32g load of 6 or 6 5 s is better because you need a bit more pellet energy Lastly then what about Geese These are big birds especially Spurwing geese for which I invariably use a 34g load of No 3 s I know that some of my friends prefer to use heavier loads than I do they have some valid opinions on this I m not particularly recoil sensitive but I really do not like shooting very heavy loads I think that perhaps the reason for this is that I feel sorry for my shotgun than I do for myself Lastly then for all my clay shooting I stick to 28g No 7 s which work just fine for me because as I have said I m not into competitions although I do shoot the occasional one PRACTICAL SHOOTING 1 Practice at home Assuming that you have all the above sorted out correctly the next most important thing you need to do is practice a lot To put this into perspective I have spoken to some of the top competitive sporting clays skeet shooters in South Africa as a ballpark estimate they will tell you that to become a serious contender you are looking at firing 20 000 shots before this becomes reality Everything is relative therefore some people may need more practice others less so consider what value this figure has for you For bird shooting this type of practice is seldom available in the field so you need to consider alternative methods The first thing I would consider is buying a good shooting vest which has ammunition pockets a bird carrying pocket a smooth leather shoulder pad with nothing that your shotgun s butt can get snagged on When you have time put your vest on take your UNLOADED shotgun to your living room for example Practice mounting your gun to your shoulder then following a perceptible line such as the line between the roof a wall Do this from left to right right to left up down vice versa etc until you start to develop a uniform unconscious gun mount smooth swing irrespective of which line you are following As I have said if your gun fits you correctly you must now condition yourself to focus on the target alone not on the front sight as this should now be unnecessary If you do this once a day for a hundred repetitions a day this you may have to build up to gradually you will soon start to feel much more fluid comfortable with your shotgun At the same time practice keeping your front hand in the same position on the stock each time you mount the gun also keep your trigger finger in the same position on the trigger Unlike rifle shooting you seldom have time to gradually squeeze a shotgun trigger because you want the gun to fire the instant your mind tells you that you have calculated the correct lead To facilitate this have your trigger touching the end of the first digit of your trigger finger because then your trigger is closer to bone the gun will go off more quickly than if the trigger were touching the fleshy part of your trigger finger All of this builds habits muscle memory which

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    cast technology guarantee For what It s worth at this time of writing I currently use Sage XI 2 G Loomis Crosscurrent GLX rods As I have said use what works for you for whatever reason as not all rod s actions work for all people If you are outfitting yourself for that expensive once in a lifetime trip do not skimp buy cheap equipment as it is likely to fail That is just crazy 4 Reels As with rods there are many good reels out there Saltwater reels need to have a strong smooth drag system they have to be corrosion resistant Moreover your reel needs to recover line quickly so a large arbour is the way to go these days If you look at reels that are used in the most arduous conditions these days they are usually the simple design ones with a cork drag a one way ratchet pawl clutch system A machined anodised aluminum frame spool is a must not a cast one There are many brands to choose from but I really like the Tibor Abel reels for their simple uncomplicated efficiency I particularly like the Tibor Gulfstream Riptide models If your budget doesn t stretch to these though there are a number of medium priced alternatives on the market A couple of tips here if possible stay away from clutch systems that utilize one way bearings The salt water environment is harsh these can fail particularly when faced with a fast running fish such as a bonefish elements such as salt sand It s much safer simpler to go for the one way ratchet pawl design mentioned above Cheaper options here are TFO reels Shilton reels the Xplorer XPSS series Ross also have a number of reels which although they use synthetic drag systems are tried trusted in salt water conditions Also avoid reels with too much intricate machining on the spool frame The more nooks crannies you have the more the risk of corrosion setting in Just because the reel is anodized does not guarantee that it will not corrode Only you can ensure that by making sure that the reel is thoroughly washed in warm fresh water after each outing re lubricated it to the manufacturer s specs This is an easy task with modern reels but one that is so often ignored 5 Backing Ok so now that you have your rod reel you now have to put some backing onto your reel before your fly line I know that the modern trend is to get as much backing onto your reel as you can before attaching your fly line To this end new stronger thinner backing lines have been developed called Micron Gelspun Fireline etc That they are thinner stronger than the older Dacron backing is something to think about yet this poses a problem for me How do you retrieve so much thin line onto a reel tightly enough so that it does not cut into its self causing line jerks a break off As I have no concern for the IGFA rules I simply want to catch a fish on my fly rod then return it as quickly as possible back into the ocean without jeopardizing its well being In my view I prefer to use 50 pound Dacron backing on my 12 wt rig because it is thick enough to be less inclined to cut into its self under pressure as is the case with thinner lines If you cannot stop a fish with 220yds of backing you are probably not going to stop it at all or you will kill it through fatigue 6 Fly lines The fly line you choose does make a big difference to your fishing It has to cast smoothly for a good distance lines that develop too much memory are a complete nightmare As before the old adage You get what you pay for really applies here Essentially there are three types of lines floating lines slow sink intermediate lines fast sink lines Floating lines are the answer to fishing in very shallow water when you want to pull a popper fly on the surface of the water Generally these lines have a larger diameter can be a little difficult to cast a long way if the wind is against you Fast sink lines are intended to get your fly deep below the surface through strong currents quickly They have their place in your armoury but they are difficult to cast Personally I have little interest in dredging the bottom of the ocean so I do not use fast sink lines At the end of the day I prefer casting an intermediate slow sink line Retrieved fast it works well enough for surface poppers left a while it gets down deep enough Should you want to know I currently use Rio s Powerflex floating line Rio s Tarpon Aqualux intermediate line Airflo s intermediate GT ridge line 7 Line to line connections At each end of the fly line I create a loop to loop connection by attaching a loop to the fly line using a four inch piece of 50lb Gudebrod butt leader line Essentially once you have created a loop using the Gudebrod line you feed the fly line into the sleeve of the loop until it reaches the looped end www danblanton com I then secure the distal end of the loop using 8 10 lb monofilament line a nail knot www animatedknots com Finally I neaten up this end by cutting away any loose strands before applying a little of Loons UV knot sense To attach the fly line to the backing I create a loop in the backing of about 10 inches just big enough for your reel to fit through using a Bimini twist knot www videojug com By doing this it becomes easy to quickly change your fly line should you want to do so 8 Leaders Firstly let me tell you that

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    Jul 5th 2011 06 07 PM By info carlstormanns co za Somehow I find that I am becoming decreasingly optimistic about the realities of effective wildlife conservation in Southern Africa today I say this because I am inclined to think that the only time people really pay attention to serious wildlife concerns is when we reach a crisis management situation Just take for example some of the more recently publicized

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    if we want to maintain species diversity Through the proliferation of human societies we have created boundaries through which wild animals will no longer move irrespective of whether they are fenced in or not at the present time in all likelihood this situation will only become worse as societies expand Given this situation some people still today refuse to recognise the need for management intervention as regards wildlife animal populations Common assertions include drop the fences set the animals free well where are they to go Secondly some think that if you leave animals alone they will establish their own ecological balance What nonsense there is no such thing as ecological balance as all natural systems are in a continual state of change or perturbation In times past animals moved out of areas once they had over stressed their resources giving these time to recover before they returned Well sadly this is no longer possible because of the boundaries that our human presence has created Thirdly people need to understand that given this situation of animal confinement some species will eventually out compete others for the available resources because they have no other option available to them for their survival here is the scary thing this can happen very quickly If we think that we would like to maintain a piece of paradise i e maintain species diversity what options do we have other than to control animal species numbers in this highly modified environment which we humans have created The Kruger Park is a classic example of this scenario where animal rights groups have pressurised government decisions against an ecological understanding of carrying capacity to the point that Elephant culling has been stopped Now how uninformed is that Just think about the situation this way let s say the Kruger can sustain i e its carrying capacity 6000 Elephants we allow the population to reach 12000 can you imagine what pressure that exerts on the environment on all other animals on the Elephants themselves To my mind this is completely unethical as it defies all the principles of sound nature conservation policies which have been tried tested over many years Now let s say we could translocate the 6000 excess Elephants successfully we would then need to find another area suitable to sustain these animal numbers about the same size as the Kruger Park The most vocal opponents against the culling of Elephants are the Greens believe me I do understand their sentiment but let me ask this What viable alternative do they have to offer to solve this problem The Kruger Park can never sustain an ever increasing number of Elephants without this seriously affecting the integrity of many plant animal species more importantly the physical factors of the environment that sustain them Once an overpopulation of animals such as Elephants lifespan of 60 years decimate vital vegetation formations such as riparian plant communities which have taken thousands of years to develop which stabilise these riverine environments the

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