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Male, 69, from Wiltshire - UK
After retiring as a PH at the end of 2013 I've been focusing on writing and my books can be seen on my website at www.kevindthomas.com Aug 15, 2018
- Kevin Thomas was last seen:
- Jun 30, 2020 at 7:09 AM
- Nov 3, 1950 (Age: 69)
- Home Page:
- Wiltshire - UK
- Retired PH now a writer
- State/Province of residence:
- Wiltshire, UK
- Country of residence:
- United Kingdom
- How did you find AfricaHunting.com?:
- Web ad
- I am a:
- Hunting outfitter
- PH / guide
- Other (hunting industry)
- Member of:
- Previously ZPHGA, PHASA, SCI, ECGMA - all now lapsed since I'm no longer active in the industry but still support it fully.
- Have you hunted in Africa?:
- Number of times I have hunted in Africa:
- Retired safari operator and PH
- My favorite African country:
- South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique.
- Species I have hunted in Africa:
- I have guided on virtually everything southern Africa has to offer.
- My best African Trophy:
- Buffalo cow - 54 1/4" - I shot her in the Zambezi Valley in 1971 while I was still a game ranger in the Rhodesia of old. There was no big deal to the hunt, she was stuck in a mud hole on the edge of the floodplain. No doubt herd weight behind her had forced her out into the mud where she'd floundered. I had the head mounted and it hung in my trophy room, irrespective of where we lived, until October 2015 when we emigrated to the UK.
- My favorite African trophies:
- My preferred weapon(s):
- .458 Lott, .375 H&H, 7x57mm Mauser, Pump Action 12ga 3" Magnum
- What weapon(s) do you hunt with?:
- My preferred optic(s):
- Gear I cannot live without:
- My best hunting tip:
- Stay alert & listen to your PH.
I'm just your average Rhodesian born guy. We were privileged to have been born in the immediate aftermath of WW2 - I guess of that generation who in the US were called 'baby boomers'! Growing up during the 1950s/1960s in what was still colonial British Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) was something special. With a father who was in the conservation field we lived in the then remote Sabi (now Save) Valley. It was wild and my introduction to hunting started at a young age. By age 8 I was a pretty dab hand with an old hand me down .22 Remington, keeping monkeys at bay from my mum's vegetable patch. I also shot a lot of doves, guinea fowl and francolin - all of which we used as table fare.
- My other interests:
- Fishing (freshwater & sea), wildlife art, photography, writing books and feature stories.
By age 11 I also had an old side by side 12ga and I'd graduated to using a .22 Hornet. It was about then when I shot my first antelope, a duiker, soon followed by impala. Having spent most of my boyhood in such a remote area, hunting, fishing and riding miles on horseback, it wasn't hard for me to decide on a career as a game ranger. In 1968, at age 17 I joined the then Rhodesian Department of National Parks & Wildlife Management, under their cadet game ranger scheme. It was an excellent in-house 2 year training scheme, big on practical, including a lot of game work by way of PAC. At that time too, it was probably the best career choice anywhere in southern & central Africa to gain dangerous game hunting exposure.
SignatureKevin Thomas - Game Ranger, Special Force Soldier, Personal Security Officer, Professional Hunter and Writer
There's Something about Buffalo: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/theres-something-about-buffalo.44888/
The Hunting Game: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/the-hunting-game.44891/
Tracking the Memory: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/tracking-the-memory.44892/
Shadows in an African Twilight: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/shadows-in-an-african-twilight.44893/