Hunter's Path

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The hunting journal for the adventurous globetrotter

EDITORIAL

Photo: Remo Engelbrecht

Inspiration

Stepping into the plane for a flight south to escape the brutal

winter for a few days I found my seat. It was a middle seat,

and I was a little perplexed when the guy sitting along

the aisle didn’t get up to let me in. I climbed across and sat

down, already a little irritated that I couldn’t sit next to my

significant other, even though we booked out tickets a month

earlier. She was seated in the row behind me. The guy next

to me noticed me talking to her and immediately apologized,

“I would change seats with you, but I can’t get up. I’m in a

chair.” It was only then that I noticed that his legs weren’t

quite proportional with the rest of his body.

The conversation started out to be typical airplane small

talk. Where are you going? Where are you from? Eventually

we got around to: What do you do? “I’m the editor of a hunting

magazine…,” I began. Suddenly the guy’s eyes lit up.

Still I didn’t know his name. “I have to tell you something,”

he interjected, obviously excited. “I killed my first deer this

year, it was life changing; one of the best things I’ve ever

done…” Soon he was sharing the story of his first hunt, and

showing me photos of his yearling doe, along with pictures

of the blind he was in, and the rifle he used, a lever-action

30.06. The shot was 124 yards, and he hit it perfect. The

doe dropped immediately. The words “I just love to eat venison”

were repeated several times.

As the conversation intensified I found out that Joe had been

born with a rare muscle disorder that caused his muscles to

slowly degenerate. He had been in a wheelchair most of his

life. He didn’t let his disability slow him down though. In

fact it seemed to motivate him. Joe had traveled the world as

a member of the U.S. national wheelchair basketball team,

and just finished up a long challenging career. Hunting

was something that always interested him, but he wasn’t

born into a hunting family and didn’t have any contact

with hunters. It wasn’t until he retired and found a hunting

friend that an opportunity arose, at the age of 57. He

was now planning to hunt geese, and scheming up ways to

get out and hunt deer again, and several other species. “I’m

hooked on hunting,” Joe told me, and continued, “I have

never felt anything that intense in my entire life.” I was

fascinated, and offered some knowledge of a wildlife refuge

hunt especially for hunters in wheelchairs. Joe’s enthusiasm

for hunting was contagious. As we talked of our hunting

plans Joe offered another reason for his intense motivation,

“I know I’m not going to have as much time on this earth as

most people, that is just the nature of my disease. I have to

get that bucket list done, and it includes a lot of hunting.”

We exchanged contact information before I stepped off the

plane. I offered to accompany him should he decide to try the

refuge deer hunt I suggested. Joe left me both humbled and

inspired by his indelible spirit, and new found deep love of

hunting. He is following his own Hunter’s Path, a path that

should give with a little perspective on your own. This man

I met unexpectedly on a plane exemplifies the Spirit of the

Hunt.

Yours truly,

Chris Eberhart

Editor

CONNECTING HUNTERS

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CONTENT

FEATURES

M a n i e w s k i

Taxidermy

WILD AFRICA – BUSHMANLAND, NYAE-NYAE 10

SAN – THE FORGOTTEN TRIBE 32

36 NAMIBIA

Every man is a hunter!

This statement is true at a deep

level around the entire world.

Nowhere is our innate hunting

condition more obvious than

with the San people of Namibia.

Follow three San hunters on an

unforgettable traditional hunt.

Photo: Dr. K. Scherer

EVERY MAN IS A HUNTER IN NAMIBIA 36

ROE LIKE IT HOT IN GERMANY 46

TRAPPING A BEAR IN MAINE 50

HUNTING HARTMANN‘S ZEBRA IN NAMIBIA 56

MUZZLELOADER – AN AMERICAN HERITAGE 68

SURVIVE PART II – HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SAFARI 74

PNG PART II – BUFFALO HUNTING 78

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ICELAND

Think that muzzleloading rifles

are a hunting weapon of days

long past? Think again. Hunting

with muzzleloaders is alive

and well in North America.

Hunting with these anachronistic

rifles is quite popular, and

modern technology has indeed

made its mark as well.

Photo: Jason Herbert

In the vast expanses of Iceland

tundra goose hunting is done

differently than anywhere else

on the planet. Just getting to

the hunting ponds is an adventure

of its own that requires

special skills and equipment.

This is a goose hunt that you

won’t soon forget.

Photo: Arnout Vandevyvere

THE ULTIMATE ALASKAN EXPERIENCE 92

CLIMBING FOR ELK IN MONTANA 100

JAGUARS OF THE PANTANAL 104

YES WE HUNT IN ICELAND – PART II GOOSE 112

COLUMNS

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Hunting news from around the world 4

Cartoon – Haralds Klavinius 8

CIC Commentary 42

Portrait of an artist – Sam Soet 88

Marketplace 124

Preview & Masthead 129

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