Hunters and Johannesburg International Airport

August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, Firearms, Gunroom, hunter, Hunting Help, Hunting trophies, Legal protection, South Africa by Hunting Legends

Johannesburg International Airport and foreign hunters: Some good news:
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Ever since the implementation of the new Firearms Act on 1 July 2004, professional hunters and outfitters have been complaining bitterly about the services rendered by the police at Johannesburg International Airport. Delays varying between one to five hours reputedly occur on a regular basis. Many foreign hunters from America and Europe have indicated that they will not visit South Africa again because of these delays with firearm documentation at Johannesburg International Airport.

The South African Police Service has therefore launched a new incentive at Johannesburg International to ensure from their side that South Africa retains its position as a prime hunting destination. Working very closely with Commissioner Mawela, Superintendent Malepa, as the commander of the firearm office of this Airport, has managed to secure a new area in the main building and specifically in the terminal 1 designated area.

A spacious firearm office in the terminal 1 area has just been completed. Within this area or office special safe-keeping facilities have also been established. The basic procedure for the arrival of hunting weapons from any country will be as follows: Firearms will be removed from the aircraft by security and brought to the firearm office via a special reception section in the firearm office. There the firearms will be kept under lock and key.

The hunter on the other hand will first go through emigration, then collect his/her luggage, proceed through customs and then move on to terminal 1 and the firearm office. There the hunter will be issued with his/her firearms after a check to ensure that the serial numbers and make correlate with the personal data of the hunter. The final step is the issuing of the SAP 525 or temporary import permit.

Documents required from the hunter are: copies of his/her passport, the air ticket issued by the airline as well as any document which verifies the firearms as being the property of the hunter from his/her country of origin. The letter of invitation from the outfitter to the client prior to the hunt is also essential.

As a token of their support for the new incentive from the South African Police Service, African Outfitter has donated couches, a coffee machine as well as a DVD player and TV for this area. The sole purpose of this donation is to make the foreign hunter feel at home right at the airport.

Outfitters and professional hunters are invited to supply African Outfitter with photos and videos of hunts to enable them to compile a promotional DVD on South Africa as a hunting destination. This DVD will be played 24/7 in this new comfortable reception area.

After meetings with Commissioner Mawela, Superintendent Malepa, Inspector Mothapo, Mr Shadrack Moletsane and Captain Roeloffse, African Outfitter staff left the Johannesburg International Airport convinced that these people are totally dedicated to rendering a highly efficient service to overseas clients in future.

In fact, Superintendent Malepa vowed that no foreign hunters would ever be delayed again, which in the past has resulted in hunters missing a connecting flight.

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God bless you and your family, and we hope to host you in Africa soon!

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LEOPARD HUNTING IN AFRICA – Panthera Pardus

August 27, 2013 in Hunting Ethics, Hunting trophies, Records, South Africa by Hunting Legends

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If you’re looking for that once in a life time Leopard hunt, then let Hunting Legends provide you with just that experience.

Hunting Legends has developed a reputation for putting our clients on the money with excellent quality Leopards taken every year. However, as you may know there are very limited tags (permits) issued for Leopards and it is important that you book well in advance.

For more information or a FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE, contact Hunting Legends today:

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KINGS of African tribes wear cloaks of leopard skin as these beautiful animals are a symbol of power. It is known for its ferocity and, after the Cape Buffalo, is the second most dangerous animal in Africa.

Resources however indicate that Hippo are the biggest killers, this is however not due to their ferocity, however due to the fact that humans often end up coming between Hippos and their water pools – a recipe for disaster. Leopards however, are dangerous predators, and have the widest distribution of all wild cats and is found throughout the continent of Africa, Asia, and in the Far East.

Its name is derived from the Greek word leopardo after leo for lion and pardus for panther. TAXONOMY The leopard was first described as Felis pardus by Linneaeus in 1758. In 1930, TI Pocock renamed it Panthera pardus, distinguishing it from the non-roaring cats. It belongs to the family Felidae, order Carnivora, class Mammalia. Initially, some 27 sub species were named, of which 13 occurred in Africa. More recently, this number was reduced to eight but serious controversy led to the suggestion in 1995, of classing all African Leopards into a single subspecies Panthera pardus pardus.

DISTRIBUTION Except for the Namibian and Saharan deserts, leopards are found across the entire African continent. They have a high level of adaptability and live in a variety of habitats ranging from sea level to over 5000m. It is one of few of the larger mammal species remaining in the neighbourhood of human developments, such as the environs of Cape Town and Nairobi.

DESCRIPTION The leopard has a typical cat-like profile with a powerful, muscular body, relatively short legs and a very long tail. The pelageis covered with a series of black rosette spots. The background colour, which is a light tan to golden yellow, varies depending on the habitat, which has led to considerable taxonomic confusion and debate. Individuals can be identified by the pattern of the rosettes, especially those around the neck. Adult males have a mean live body mass of 135 pounds and females around 70 pounds.

We have however seen much larger animals than this hunted over the past few years, only recently one of our clients shot a leopard male in excess of 200 pounds. Here is an example of a big cat shot with us recently during the 2008 Namibia Hunting season:

 

Phillip(8)The mean shoulder height of males is 27.6 inches and of females 23.6 inches. A male can reach a total body length, from the nostril to the tip of the tail, of 115 inches and bigger. They have five toes on the front paw, of which only four are printed in the spoor, and four toes on the hind paw. Both prints lack claw marks as the powerful claws retract fully into the nail beds. Claws are 1.2 inches long. Trophies are measured by combining the maximum width of the skull and the maximum length.

HABITAT REQUIREMENT Habitats are almost unlimited, ranging from wet tropical forest to bushveld, thickets, savanna, grassland, highveld, marshland, fynbos, Karoo shrub land and semi-arid deserts. Leopards are found in areas as diverse as plains and beaches, and on mountains as high as the snowline. The only habitat totally avoided is the Namibian and Sahara deserts. The suitability of of a habitat is determined by the availability and abundance of prey and the accessibility of terrain for stalking. Tall grass, bushes and rocks provide camouflage for successful kills. Leopards tend to favour rocky areas and hills, kloofs and riverine areas. They occur at an annual rainfall of between 4 inches and 80 inches, are dependent of surface water and can survive in semi-arid environments, such as the Kalahari.

BEHAVIOUR Leopards are primarily nocturnal and kill mostly at night; they hunt alone. When stalking, a leopard crawls up to the prey to a distance of between 13 and 23 feet. It then leaps forward onto the animal with lightening speed, aiming for the neck but usually landing on the shoulders. The momentum of the leap mostly knocks the prey off its feet and the cat rolls over it and attempts to rip out its throat. Smaller antelope are often killed by biting through the back of the skull. Leopards do not chase prey and only 20% of stalking attempts are successful.

Once killed, the carcass is protected from scavengers by dragging it into thicket, or by hoisting it into a tree; a carcass up to twice the leopards mass can be lifted with ease. It will return repeatedly, for up to six days, to feed on the hidden carcass. Hunting success relies mainly on an extremely well-developed sense of sight and hearing while scent is of little importance. During hot daylight hours leopards rest in dense cover, between rocks, in caves, old burrows or high up on the branch of a tree. In early mornings they tend to lie and view their surroundings from sunny spots on rocks or river banks.

They are excellent swimmers and do not hesitate to enter water. One leopard was seen crossing 900 yards of open water between islands on Lake Kariba. In bushveld terrain, leopards rarely move more than 4 miles per night. Stander measured an average daily travelling distance of 7 miles in the dry savannah of Namibia. Up to 18 miles have been recorded in the Kalahari. Movement is not continuous but consists of a series of short distances of up to 250 yards. Leopards are vicious when aggravated, short tempered and constantly ready for a fight. Attempts to follow a leopard on foot are very dangerous and the uttermost caution is essential. Once the cat realises a human is in pursuit, it often circles back on its tracks, selects an ambush site and waits for the intruder, who is met by a sudden, fierce attack. When stumbling across a leopard unexpectedly, eye to eye contact and sudden movement should be avoided as these trigger an immediate attack.

FEEDING AND NUTRITION Leopards are opportunistic and will eat any available food source. The natural diet depends largely on the composition of the natural prey in the area. In some areas hyrax and rodents, such as mice and porcupines, are readily hunted. The size of prey varies from a mouse to an adult gemsbuck. Studies indicated that Impala represented 78% of leopards diets in the Kruger National Park. Leopards do not fear humans and have been reported to become man eaters, a phenomenon especially common in India.

We will continue our report on leopards in a next post, so keep watching our blog. In the mean time, how about coming on a great leopard hunt with us in Namibia – the world of leopards!

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Hunting directory South Africa – South Africa Hunting Safari

August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, hunter, Hunting Ethics, Hunting trophies, Nambia, South Africa by Hunting Legends

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South Africa, the Hunting Destination in Africa.

South Africa has developed into the most popular hunting destination in Africa. The critical success factors being:

  • The highly successful management by the conservation authorities in South Africa of National and Provincial Parks. With approximately 7 million hectares set aside and managed by the authorities, an enormous resource base of wild animals has been produced for distribution throughout the country.
  • The above, together with the philosophy of sustainable use of our natural resources, has seen the development of some 9000 privately owned game farms covering 17 million hectares of land.
  • The greatest variety of animals available for hunting in any one country in Africa.
  • The high degree of professionalism set by the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) and sound regulations controlling the professional hunting industry.

Hunting as a form of tourism contributes enormously to the economy of South Africa. Some 70,000 jobs have been created on game farms and directly from professional hunting. In the 2005 hunting season, 8000 clients, inclusive of non-hunters in each hunting group, hunted in South Africa, having a total of 58,341 hunting days. A total of 39,561 animals were hunted. This amounts to a total revenue from daily rates, animals hunted and taxidermy work of US$ 100 million (R650 million). (Convertion @ 6.53)

African Hunting Safaris – Trophy Records African Safari Hunting

August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, hunter, Hunting Ethics, Hunting trophies, South Africa by Hunting Legends

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Huge Record Breaking Trophies can still be hunted in Africa.

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Finding good quality trophy’s in Africa is becoming more and more difficult. This is largely due to the huge amounts of outfitters and operators who have entered this market. Quite a few of these are luring naive and non-informed hunters from the east (China), whom are lured into paying ridiculous prices for example – rhino’s. In principle we most probably can’t object to the practice, since top quality trophies are not produced or bred overnight.

The fact of the matter is that many of these operators also subsequently cast a black shadow of doubt over our industry. They do this by offering these hunters access to a range of other species such as lions for example. Many of these lions are however bred in captivity, and kept in captivity till the day before the hunt. They are then released and hunted by a very satisfied hunter who is 99% of the time unaware of the preceding activities prior to the hunt.

THIS IS CANNED HUNTING AT IT’S BEST! PLEASE READ OUR POST ON ETHICAL HUNTING!

A sore subject in hunting circles, and detested by most if not all! In essence we do not have a objection to breeders who breed such animals to be released free to roam and on large properties, providing that such breeders adhere to the ‘strict guidelines’ of Nature Conservation’s policies and procedures. It is however a fact that there are many loopholes in the current guidelines and even more difficult to police by the authorities. The simple, and possibly easiest way of distinguishing the ethical breeders from the rest, is by looking at the size of their properties or private nature reserves. The moment you find top quality trophies on very small and restricted properties, chances are good that this will most likely be a ‘canned hunt’ of sorts.

Hunting Legends in Africa and Real Africa Safaris prides itself on the fact that it has taken us many years to secure our current hunting facilities and areas. Our areas and concessions are huge with the smallest being in excess of 30000 acres, and our big concessions in excess of 1000000 acres. Our big 5 hunts are generally conducted in either Botswana, Caprivi Delta, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or the Kalahari. We do however have excellent buffalo hunts in South Africa, and leopard hunts in Namibia (which is well known for large amounts of leopard)

MASSIVE RHINO’S

We still have a few huge trophies available. 2 x Rhino’s: One Rhino cow at 30′ (that’s 30 inches) and a HUGE BULL of 27.5′ (27,5 inches). That’s record book stuff! Check out the SCI scores on Rhino’s and you will see that a 27,5′ (27,5 inch) Rhino BULL, will get you right there in the BOOK!

These are guaranteed sizes, as the Rhino’s have been darted and measured!

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Contact us immediately should you want to secure this magnificent trophy for yourself!

MONSTER LIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE TROPHY SEEKERS

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THESE LIONS ARE MAGNIFICENT AND WILL RANK AS A HIGH-LIGHT IN ANY TROPHY HUNTERS RECORDS.

MAGNIFICENT CAPE BUFFALO

How about a magnificent “Cape Buffalo” trophy? The following “Buffalo is an old “bull” measuring 46′ (that’s 46 inches!)

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You won’t get much better than this, and this is a huge beast with beautiful symmetric curls!

LARGE TUSKER ELEPHANTS

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Perhaps a ‘Big Elephant’ is what you are looking for. We have a number of great elephants, ranging from 60 to 80 pounds.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR – IF IT IS IN AFRICA, WE WILL FIND IT!

Contact HUNTING LEGENDS today for a tailor made package. Prices available on request.

 

Hunting Reports on Ethics and the Hunter

August 27, 2013 in hunter, Hunting Ethics, South Africa by Hunting Legends

 WARNING

This is a website for ‘Professional Hunters’, and not ‘Opportunitist Killers’

If you are an ethical Hunter, you have come to the right place!

We are first conservationists, and then hunters!

We are professional hunters, and not opportunist killers. If you are looking for a fair-chase hunt you have come to the right place. (If you are only in it for the kill and a quick trophy on your wall, we are not the people you are looking for)

If you can spare a moment or two and are interested in ethical hunting, what this means, why we are so against ‘canned hunting’ and fly by night operators, please take the time and read the following comprehensive hunting report.

CLICK HERE: Ethical Hunting Report

We thank God everyday of our lives for the splendour and the beauty of our precious dark continent, called Africa! We are proud to be hunters, were taught to protect, to cherish, to love and to savour the beauty of God’s creation. We sow more than we harvest, invest more than we take, and develop more than there ever used to be. We use hunting as our ‘paypal’, for conserving, protecting and developing our natural resources.

“Real Hunters know this, if we don’t plow back, develop, protect and invest in, we will not have a better tomorrow”.

It will be lost to our grandchildren, the generations to follow, and all this, because of man’s greed…

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We are committed to cleaning up our industry, unveiling the scoundrels, and ridding this industry of the thieves who dare call themselves – ‘professional hunters’!

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