The .243 rifle calibre

243 rifle calibreHolland & Holland’s Steve Rawsthorne puts one of the UK’s most popular stalking calibres under the microscope and argues that there are far better options available.

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Close calls – part 2

ccfrontMany regard the black mamba as Africa’s most deadly predator. And understandably so – without anti-venom treatment within a few hours, the mortality rate in humans is 100 per cent. So when professional hunter Paul Stones was bitten whilst on safari, he knew what he was up against.

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Brothers in arms

stalking_dogs_mainThe ancient brotherhood between dog and human runs deeper than that between any other species, says Peter Ryan as he reflects on our special partnership with stalking dogs.

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Close calls – part 1

hurt8The life of an African professional hunter is a perilous one, says Marcus Janssen, who spoke to a number of PHs who have had lucky escapes whilst on safari. In part-one of this new six-part series, legendary safari outfitter Robin Hurt recounts the day when he was very nearly killed by a wounded leopard.

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A deer stalking dynasty

macrae_mainDavid S. D. Jones tells the remarkable story of the Macraes, the sporting family who have served as stalkers on the same estate for four generations, spanning 140 years.

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More than just a trophy

buffalo_11Simon K. Barr travelled to South Africa’s Limpopo Province where he got to see first-hand, the crucially important role that trophy hunting plays in Africa’s ongoing wildlife conservation saga.

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The perfect bullet

theperfectbullet_frontAccuracy is only part of the equation when it comes to choosing the right stalking ammunition, says Holland & Holland's Steve Rawsthorne.

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No man's land

sangoranch_frontFollowing a Royal Agricultural University placement in Zimbabwe, student Tristan B. Breijer considers the important role that trophy hunting plays in Mugabe's Africa.

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A trophy of a different kind

adkt_frontNew Zealand has a well established reputation for unrivalled trophy red deer stalking in wild and spectacular surroundings. But is it still all that it’s cracked up to be? Peter Ryan dispels some myths.

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Wild boar fever

wild_boar_highseat_frontAs the UK shooting season drew to a close, Marcus Janssen headed into the Polish midwinter to hunt wild boar under the light of the moon.

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Rifle Configuration

rifle_config_stalk_frontSteve Rawsthorne of Holland & Holland Shooting School looks at the various components that make up a practical stalking rifle and offers his advice on what you should be looking for.

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Modern sporting optics

stalking_optics_frontSteve Rawsthorne highlights some of the recent advances made in sporting optics technology, and explains why it’s a good idea to spend as much as you can afford on a rifle scope for stalking.

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Polar safari

polar_safari_frontSimon Barr heads to Greenland, the least densely populated country on earth, for a once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip with the Inuit.

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Stalking lessons

hunters-frontEnjoying a role reversal, professional stalker Richard Scrope is guided in pursuit of a Hampshire roebuck, and learns a lesson or two in the process.

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Red deer in new zealand

nz_red_frontFor millions of years, New Zealand existed without large animals. Now, after the extraordinary success of British introductions, coupled with sheer breathtaking scenery, the North and South Islands offer unparalleled red deer stalking, says Peter Ryan.

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Hide & sika

sikaSteve Rawsthorne heads to Dorset hoping to complete the challenge of shooting his sixth of the British deer species.

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Unacceptably ethical

buffaloTrophy hunting is often completely misunderstood. It isn’t hunting, but ignorance, that is the greater threat to Africa’s wildlife, argues Marcus Janssen.

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Precious bucks

For the professional stalker, trophy roebucks are a highly valued resource and need to be well looked after and managed, says Peter Jones.

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Stalking marches on

On the hillDeer stalking may be more popular than ever, but in a rapidly changing world it is not without its challenges, as Michael Wigan reports.

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