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  • Hunting the Cape Buffalo in Tanzania

    Located off of the eastern part of the African continent, nestled between Kenya and Mozambique is the fertile hunting grounds of Tanzania. And while there is a lot of big game to find throughout the country, none are as exciting as the Cape Buffalo.

    Local Laws and What to Bring

    The government allows each hunter to bring a maximum of three firearms and 200 rounds per firearm. They also do not permit semi-auto and automatic rifles and shotguns. Finally, they do not allow handguns of any type. All of these guns must be registered with the government before being taken out in the field.

    So when you begin packing up what guns to take for hunting a cape buffalo. The government considers this dangerous game, so they recommend a minimum of a .375 caliber. Going a little bigger would probably be a wise decision, as buffalo hide is very thick. Maybe a .416 Remington or a .458 Winchester or Lott would work better.

    You will also need to apply for a permit, which has to list what you are hunting for specifically. Tanzania has quotas on most big game, so it would be a good idea to go through one of the many hunting companies in the country.

    Tanzania uses the Tanzania Shilling and while your hotel might take your credit card, it would be wise to get plenty of cash when dealing with the locals.

    The Hunt

    An African Cape Buffalo can weigh nearly a ton, so be ready to hunt at a solid distance. Scopes are recommended, because they can become extremely aggressive if you get to close and don’t down it on the first couple of shots. It can easily knock over a jeep and will gore and crush you if you are not careful.

    This is a herd animal, so when hunting be prepared to find a large group. Choose your target carefully and keep enough distance not to spook the entire herd. Be ready to take shots in high cover, because this animal has great senses.

    This is one of the most thrilling hunts on the entire continent, no matter if you are extremely experienced or a relative novice.

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  • Tips and Tricks for Hunting the Impala in Zimbabwe

    One of the most common hunts you will ever take in Africa is against the impala. This antelope is very easy to spot, with its massive, upright antlers and beautiful reddish coat. Hunting them is similar to deer hunting, except that they are much more herd-oriented and have much better senses. They are the perfect animal to get your feet wet on your first hunt: not too hard, but not too easy.

    Impala, like deer, are pretty tough, so going small with a .22 caliber will have you trudging through the bush for 12 hours in the hot, Sub-Saharan sun. Take something a little bit heavier, like a .30 caliber or even a .375. Bring your best scope and try to get the kill on the first shot, as once impala scatter, they are much harder to track.

    Just like deer, the best time to hunt is during the rut. For impala, this happens in the fall. Get out there early in the morning, when the temperature is cooler and the herd is just waking up.

    If you decide to make this trip, remember to hire a great guide. Doing so will help you keep your hunt legal and help you get all the paperwork and permits sorted out. Local guides also know the geography much better and can help you stake out much better hunting locations.

    Even if this isn’t your first time hunting in Africa, hunting impala is a great experience that can be both extremely exciting and very rewarding.

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  • The 3 Expert Tips to Make Your Hunting Videos Stand Out

    Capturing your hunt on video has become easier than ever before. What used to require 40-pound cameras recording on cumbersome videotapes can now be accomplished using a lightweight and easily portable digital camera. Moreover, compared to the thousands of dollars in equipment that hunting videography used to require, the necessary equipment to get started filming digitally is relatively affordable. But just because filming is easier doesn’t mean that it isn’t challenging to shoot a truly outstanding hunting video. With that in mind, follow these three tips to transform your hunting video into a digital hunting trophy.

    Invest in the proper accessories

    Hunting photography and videography requires more than just a good camera. Without a quality tripod or a camera support arm attached to a tree, your hunting footage will almost certainly come out wobbly and unclear. A device known as a zoom control can be used to adjust the zoom on your camera without touching the camera itself, dramatically reducing shakiness. And of course, a good film editing program is an absolute necessity in order to put together a quality hunting video.

    Practice, practice, practice

    The time to get used to your camera equipment is before you are out on a big hunting safari. Brian Bychowski of Pine Ridge Archery recommends practicing by filming your kids or pets in your backyard; this will allow you to get adept at using the features of your camera while minimizing movement and noise that could disrupt your hunt. Bychowski also advises get used to your camera’s zoom function in advance as “many hunters make a mistake when they have the camera zoomed in too tightly.”

    Experiment with perspectives and angles

    As Michael Waddell on Petersen’s Hunting notes, one way to take your hunting video to the next level is to mix up the angles and perspectives you use. By using a gun- or hat-mounted camera such as a GoPro or Action Cam, you can add in shots from your perspective as the hunter that make your video more dynamic.

     

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  • 5 Big Game Animals to Hunt in the Winter Worldwide

    5 Big Game Animals to Hunt in the Winter Worldwide

    Hunting in winter can make for an exciting and fun experience. Besides the specific hunting adventure, the weather and the terrain that one has to overcome add to the challenge of the expedition. Trophy hunting is an old practice that has been passed through generations. Today, hunting some big game animals for sport and trophies can make for an unforgettable adventure and a memorable experience. 

    Cape Buffalo

    There are diverse terrains where you can hunt these animals. From grass and palm savanna to swamp and forest, you are bound to enjoy the exciting hunting experience. You and your team will spot the animals in a herd, making it possible to choose the trophy you prefer. Your success rate in getting good trophy does not rely on whether you will get the cape buffalo, but how well you select your preferred trophy.

    Ibex 

    Hunting Ibex in Spain becomes an unforgettable experience owing to the natural landscape and scenic mountains that form the natural environment in which the animal is found. The natural habitat is rugged, making for an excitingly challenging hunting task. Moreover, there is ready accommodation for hunters as well as rich and diverse dining opportunities.

    Marco Polo sheep

    Hunting this animal is known to be a physically demanding activity. As such, to ensure a successful hunt, one should be experienced and must also carry the necessary hunting equipment. The hunt is mostly done in mountainous areas, where the air is dry and the temperatures extremely low. Due to these conditions, it is always advisable to be in great physical condition before embarking on the expedition.

    Sambar 

    This is one of the big game animals in Australia. Hunting the sambar makes for the ultimate challenge. For all the help that your guide will provide, the hunt in the mountain country will be both exhilarating and challenging.

    Markhor 

    Pakistan is blessed with lofty mountains, numerous plateaus and rich plains, all of which make hunting in the country a memorable experience. The Markhor is valued among hunters for its coarse coat in the winter as well as the long and spectacular horns. 

    In case you wish to learn more about big game hunting worldwide, you can click here or visit this website. The two links have a wealth of information on most of the things you need to know regarding trophy hunting.

     

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  • Top 5 Bucket List: Best Big Game Hunting in the World

    Modern hunting combines field fortitude, top-notch gear and a little bit of luxury. These improved features ensure that any hunter can explore all their dream hunts. Some of the best big game hunting destinations in the world feature a mixture of great game and beautiful country. These areas have challenging terrains to add to the excitement of the hunting experience.

    Talkeetna, Alaska
    If you plan to go hunting in Talkeetna, you should bring a big rifle with you. There is plenty of big game to hunt in this place including black and brown bear, Dall sheep, wolf, and moose. The moose population increases after some mild winters while bear and wolf hunts are allowed throughout the year.

    Cordoba, Argentina
    If you want to shoot plenty of birds, you should go to Argentina. A trip to Cordoba will see you access plush lodges during your entire stay in the hunting area. Although hunters can shoot birds all year round, the best time to hunt is in March, April, and October, owing to the weather. Apart from birds, some of the bigger game you can hunt include Puma, blackbuck antelope, and water buffalo.

     

    Windhoek, Namibia
    Windhoek is one of the best safari destinations in the world. This, together with the hospitality, has made the area the holy grail of hunting big game. There are numerous comfortable lodges and tent camps across Namibia, a factor that ensures that your accommodation needs are covered. While here, you can hunt blue wildebeest, the warthog, red hartebeest and springbok throughout the day.

     

    South Island, New Zealand
    New Zealand has earned international fame for its mountain animals and beautiful landscapes. If you are keen on hunting the water buffalo, elk, tahr, chamois among other game, you should take a trip to New Zealand.

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  • Four Things to Do Before Choosing an outfitter for your African Hunting Safari

    Going on a safari can be a one in a life time opportunity filled with excitement and adventure. However, as with any big trip, there are certain things you need to do before you hop on the Land Rover. Here are four things to do before you choose an outfitter for you African Hunting Safari.

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    1. Go to a Safari Club Convention– Many people underestimate the amount of planning required before they take a safari. The fastest and most efficient way to get information on outfitters and hunting opportunities in the shortest amount of time and least amount of money is attending a convention. Talk to as many booking agents as possible to get a feel for what to expect before, during, and after your safari.

    2. Choose Where You will Hunt- Africa is a beautiful continent with literally hundreds of places you can take a safari. First of all understand that you will not have to pack too many clothes. Chances are that every day you come back from a safari your clothes will be cleaned, ironed and pressed. Depending on where you stay and safari, the climate will most likely be fairly hot and the weather consistent. Bring hunting clothes, gloves, a utility vest, sun glasses, boots, and maybe some sun screen.

    3. Pack Your Bags- You will be able to put all of your gear into one duffel bag. Bring a camera and a few changes of clothes. If you will be bow hunting bring your bow, if not then make sure you take the steps necessary to rent or bring a gun with you. African cuisine is actually very compatible with American food. There will not be much of a need to pack much food except for snacks for the trip over.

    4. Get Your Shots- If you are hunting in certain parts of Africa you will need to get vaccinations. For instance if you hunt in Zimbabwe you will need yellow fever and malaria shots, whereas South Africa does not require any kind of vaccination.

    Be sure to follow these simple steps before you sign up with an outfitter and your African safari will be a trip of a life time. Think ahead, think smart, and have the time of your life hunting the largest game in the world!

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  • Tips on How to Choose the Best Taxidermist

    When it comes to preserving your favorite big game trophies, you want it done right. Big game trophies are meant to be proudly displayed for generations to come. However, in order for that to happen, they have to be preserved properly. And that is exactly why we have gathered some tips for you on how to choose the best taxidermist.

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    Licensed Taxidermist

    First and foremost, make sure the taxidermist that you choose is state licensed. Relying on an unlicensed taxidermy service provider can mean dealing with unforeseen issues that leave you with little to no recourse in recovering from the damages. Also, licensing rules may vary from state to state. For instance, in states like Pennsylvania, a taxidermist is required to be licensed by the state’s department of agriculture before practicing. For certain animals such as fowl, a federal license is required.

    Reputation

    A businesses reputation is just as important as a person’s individual reputation. A bad word about a business tends to spread faster than good words, so play close attention if you have heard any negative reactions to the services of a particular taxidermist. Follow up by checking with the Better Business Bureau in order to find out if the negative information is accurate. Also, checking with places of authority such as the Better Business Bureau will reassure you that the taxidermist values its own reputation and respects its customers.

    Be Quizzical

    Ask all kinds of questions because asking questions does several things. It can alleviate any fears and concerns you may have about how the job will be done. It can also possibly bring a reasonable explanation about a complaint you heard about elsewhere. There are many things that can be gained from asking the questions in your mind. Do not be afraid to be quizzical.

    Compare Prices

    As with any business service, you want to compare prices. Just remember that the cheapest price is not always the best service, nor does it mean that it is the worst service. However, in some instances, one really does get what one pays for. So, if you’ve done your proper research and compared all the prices, you should be ready to pick a taxidermist that can make you a proud hunting trophy owner.

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    HuntingTrophy.Com is a division of Coppersmith Global Logistics. Jeff Coppersmith is President of Coppersmith Inc. and President of the NCBFAA. Jeff has been active in NCBFAA as an area director, Freight Forwarding Chair, Annual Conference Chairman, Treasurer and Vice President. Jeff also served on the Board of the Los Angeles Brokers Association, Chairman of the Los Angeles World Trade Week, and also served as Chairman of the Pacific Coast Council.Coppersmith Inc. is celebrating 60 years in business.

    Started by his grandmother Adrienne, Jeff and his brother Bud are the third generation in the family business. Coppersmith has acquired several companies in the last few years and now offers complete Global Logistics. Coppersmith has 11 offices throughout the United States and prides itself on the ability to give personal service with big time technology. Jeff who received his brokers License in 1985 and has been President of Coppersmith since 2002, is married to Roberta and they have two grown sons.

    HuntingTrophy.Com is a division of Coppersmith Global Logistics. Jeff Coppersmith is President of Coppersmith Inc. and President of the NCBFAA. Jeff has been active in NCBFAA as an area director, Freight Forwarding Chair, Annual Conference Chairman, Treasurer and Vice President. Jeff also served on the Board of the Los Angeles Brokers Association, Chairman of the Los Angeles World Trade Week, and also served as Chairman of the Pacific Coast Council.Coppersmith Inc. is celebrating 60 years in business. Started by his grandmother Adrienne, Jeff and his brother Bud are the third generation in the family business. Coppersmith has acquired several companies in the last few years and now offers complete Global Logistics. Coppersmith has 11 offices throughout the United States and prides itself on the ability to give personal service with big time technology. Jeff who received his brokers License in 1985 and has been President of Coppersmith since 2002, is married to Roberta and they have two grown sons.

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  • Hunting the Ibex in Spain

    This wild goat, also known as the steinbock or bouquetin, is a keen mountain animal. Any hunter who is up for a unique challenge should consider Ibex hunting in Spain. Best of all, the trophy makes an impressive sight mounted above the fireplace back home.

    Where to Locate the Ibex

    Game hunters usually run into the Ibex along the rough terrain of the highest Spanish mountains. This environment can be a bit brutal, so be prepared for some degree of physical exertion reaching a site to await the arrival of the goats. Since the Ibex has near vertical climbing ability, expect to locate them along rather angular slopes and cliffs.

    Approaching the Ibex

    They are extremely quiet and difficult to approach. These wary animals catch even the slightest movement and mere hint of a foreign scent. It is necessary, at the very least, to wear camouflage that exactly matches the Alpine setting. Scent protector is another consideration.

    Ibex Movement Patterns

    In general, Ibex tend to segregate themselves into small groups of around six. This means that hunters will find herds consisting of either all adult males, all females, young individuals, or mixed-sexed goats of various ages. The latter herds usually have no more than two male bucks, who might be aggressive while protecting the females.

    Though extremely quiet, Ibex do chirp, especially when scared. Use this knowledge to track them down. Hunters have to stalk, spot and shoot Ibex, as there are no known attractants.

    Two Useful Hints

    • Try to shoot Ibex when they are on a steep incline. Ibex goats will roll down on their horns and body until they reach the bottom.
    • When scared, these intelligent animals will often run toward a cliff and then pace in circles, fearful that attempting to climb will result in a hunter shooting them. Take advantage by waiting for them to pace nervously at the cliff walls.

    Get Involved in Spanish Ibex Wild Goat Hunting

    Out of the various international travel destinations, the high Spanish mountains remain some of the most exciting for hunters. The first step before embarking on a journey is to get in touch with experienced taxidermists who can answer any lingering questions about Ibex hunting in Spain.

     

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