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  1. Mike70560

    Left Hand CZ 550

    No interest in selling it, still like it.
  2. Mike70560

    Antivenom?

    There are a couple of types of “freeze dried” anti-venom available commercially. Have not seen any for African species, but there is some available for Asian species. No idea on cost or side effects but for remote rural areas it may save a few lives. I have seen a few snakes in Zim, Tanzania...
  3. Mike70560

    New member looking for a contact

    Hey Butch. Welcome to AH. That is a beautiful rifle. Stu had a pretty rough time for a while, but I have not heard anything about him recently. I did email a link to this thread to a friend who knows Stu and also post on here. Hopefully he responds when he wakes up in the morning.
  4. Mike70560

    ZIMBABWE: Has Anyone Hunted With Somerby Safaris?

    This is the question you should ask anybody offering hunts in Zimbabwe: 1: The specific name of the hunting area. All areas whether they are government safari areas, communal areas, or private areas have names like Matetsi One, Omay North, or Cawston. If the answer is something like “we are...
  5. Mike70560

    Tell me about Mr. Paul D. Babaz

    Actually he was involved in the SCI Suggestions thread and the SCI Adopts Policy on Captive Bred Lions thread, both rather controversial topics. But it has been almost 11 months since he posted.
  6. Mike70560

    Tell me about Mr. Paul D. Babaz

    Paul and I first corresponded when he was on the SCI board. The leadership at SCI was considering implementation of what myself and others considered a terrible idea. Of all the officers/directors I emailed Paul was the only one who responded. The idea was ultimately canned with what I hope was...
  7. Mike70560

    Is there a perfect plains game calibre?

    "Is there a perfect plains game calibre?" Taking the bullet out of the equation and just assume premium bullets are always used, I like the 375 H&H for plains game. It shoots flat enough to shoot further than I care to shoot, it hits with good authority, and if you run across a monster buffalo...
  8. Mike70560

    Problem Animal Control (PAC) Hunt

    Royal, Where is a PAC hunt legal for a foreign tourist hunter? South Africa? Zimbabwe? Namibia? Mozambique? Zambia? Tanzania? I think it gets complicated when people try to start justifying a PAC. BTW, I wish it was legal, with the right timing it could be very exciting.
  9. Mike70560

    Problem Animal Control (PAC) Hunt

    In regards to Zimbabwe I understand it is illegal for a tourist hunter to shoot a PAC elephant. It is the responsibility of a PH or apprentice PH to kill these animals.
  10. Mike70560

    Martin Pieters Safaris secures exclusive rights to MATETSI UNIT 5 in Zimbabwe

    Congratulations Martin. It is great to see you with Matetsi Five now.
  11. Mike70560

    458 Lott vs McMillian stock

    I have a .458 Lott MRC barreled action in a McMillan stock. It has in excess of two hundred 500 grain @ 2200 FPS rounds through it with no problems. The stock is the Supergrade pattern.
  12. Mike70560

    How Do Y'all Pay for these Safaris?

    A lot of people have asked me ho I could afford to go to Africa, some of them were sitting in there brand new F250 King Ranch Edition 4WD Diesel pickup pulling their $60,000 bass boat. They did not grasp the concept I built my own boat, bought a good used motor, and drive my trucks until they...
  13. Mike70560

    SCI Questions and Suggestions - Make Them Here!

    And I would like to see our government follow CITES export quotas.
  14. Mike70560

    ZIMBABWE: Has Anyone Hunted With HHK Safaris?

    As far as Zim in general it is a great place to hunt. They are some excellent operators and areas. I have hunted there 5 times with 2 operators in 4 different areas and have enjoyed each hunt. What area(s) is HHK offering? PH?
  15. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    I was thinking the same thing since you cannot explain why SCI caused us to lose elephant nor can you explain why they caused hunting in Bots to end. While I think Palmer got more harassment than he deserved, next time don’t hunt on a 4500 acre farm (Antoinette) that was taken in the land...
  16. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    There was no legislation required to ban elephant. It was done by the Obama administration to appease the anti-hunting groups. SCI along with the NRA filed a lawsuit challenging this action. The only reason we even have a chance now on elephant is due to the recent court ruling on the lawsuit in...
  17. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    Why do you feel SCI caused us to lose elephant and lion hunting?
  18. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    This does hurt the view of hunters by non-hunting people. When they read that two bears were poached it makes us look like a bunch of yahoos, just like the anti-hunters say we are. There is a big difference between non-hunters and anti-hunters. Stupid crap like this makes more anti-hunters...
  19. Mike70560

    The first alligator hunting season since 1973 opens in September

    It is always interesting to read the comment section to these articles. There are some crazy misinformed people out there.
  20. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    There are no feeders in the area, this is marsh. Over the years I have trapped commercially, still hunt alligators commercially, fished commercially, have hunted large game in seven different countries, hunted bear in Alaska, and hunt the area where these bears were killed so I am not opposed...
  21. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    Good questions, W&F has not released all of their information to the public. The bears were found a mile or two apart. The area is accessible only by boat, it appears both were shot where they were found.
  22. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    These bears were shot in the coastal marsh at least 10 miles from any homes. There are some camps in the area, the closest one was 1/4 mile away. No way it was shot in defense of life or property. I spend a lot of time in that area, I was even interviewed by LDW&F game warden because I was at my...
  23. Mike70560

    SCI offers reward for information

    This happened in my backyard on a friend's hunting lease. http://www.katc.com/story/37615760/5500-reward-offered-for-information-on-dead-black-bears Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents say they are seeking leads for two illegally killed black bears in St. Mary...
  24. Mike70560

    SCI Questions and Suggestions - Make Them Here!

    The Louisiana Chapter is just on the other side of that little bridge to your south. Next meeting I believe is in Harvey. Surely a North Shore guy can get a day pass to go to the West Bank.:D...
  25. Mike70560

    SCI Questions and Suggestions - Make Them Here!

    Paul, Rick SCI is a business and should be run as such. While what the business is maybe up for debate (conservation business, PAC business, convention business, award business...) the manner in which the business is structured and operates should be efficient. If you owned a business would it...
  26. Mike70560

    SCI Questions and Suggestions - Make Them Here!

    @Rock375, There is an SCI chapter in Lafayette now if you are interested.
  27. Mike70560

    SCI Questions and Suggestions - Make Them Here!

    First of all membership is key. The power and clout of members and money cannot be underscored. SCI has 60,000 members?? NRA boasts 5 million members. We need to increase membership 10 fold, at least. I understand there is a proposal in front of the membership committee to start a junior program...
  28. Mike70560

    Mozambique Buffalo Hunt

    Very well written and what a great memory. Congratulations!!!!
  29. Herd of Cape Buffalo Tanzania

    Herd of Cape Buffalo Tanzania

  30. Crocodile between Hippo's Tanzania

    Crocodile between Hippo's Tanzania

  31. Mike70560

    Your Favorite Africa Hunting Photo

    Both of these are from Tanzania.
  32. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Hank, That is one of the best statements in this entire thread. I have said the same thing in regards to hunting elsewhere. Ask questions, do your research, use the guys who are doing the right thing. It is my utmost hope those guys succeed and thrive in their business.
  33. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Serious question, on the average, lets say over the last five years, how many days elapse between the release of a captive bred lion and it being shot by. Not extremes like the night before or some reserves where they actually live and breed, but your average run of the mill CBL hunt. Notice I...
  34. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    I am glad to see PHASA present their position. I need to read the entire piece and not just glance through it. However you may want to check some of your "facts" against your own references. Phasa report states: Do we wish to solely promote this type of hunting in South Africa, considering...
  35. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Out of curiosity from where does the 2% number come? I am assuming it is just a guess. As a guess I would say there are 100 properties selling CBL. Only 8 are approved for the 30 day period. I would venture to say the majority, if not the vast majority of CBLs are shot well within several days...
  36. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    No where did I say PHASA condones that practice. I said ex-members of PHASA were concerned about the ethics of hunting. It is just a simple question, no different than the record book question previous to mine. Good point about PHASA, so there are only 8 accredited properties in SA out of how...
  37. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Better question, If you knew the lion you hunted slept in a pen the night before you arrived would you still hunt it? It is not about the record book, it is about what SCI views as ethical, as does South African Hunter’s and Game Conservation Association, African Professional Hunters...
  38. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Buckdog, A couple of years ago SCI was promoting an idea that I completely disagreed with. Myself along with quite a few members started sending emails to the SCI leadership. They listened to us and this is how I met Paul Babaz. BTW that issue went my way. Instead of resigning you may...
  39. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    SafariA, if you are referring to the pen raised lions Paul stated the decision was NOT made based on public opinion.
  40. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Paul, I hope all is well and it is good to see you posting here. I agree it is difficult to accurately age a lion in the field to within year. However the guideline for a shootable male lion involved more than age. I felt it to be a good guideline and believe it would have been beneficial for...
  41. Mike70560

    Iron Sights- Is the rear blade really needed?

    For me it is. Even if it is a subconscious action you still need to aim. A brain/cns shot is difficult and is a small target. That is not to say a rifle, be it a double or bolt gun should not come up and fit you like a shotgun. If you are having to move your head around for proper sight...
  42. Mike70560

    SCI President Babaz Nominated For NRA Board

    Please note he is only nominated. I believe the packets to vote are in the current issue of the American Rifleman (and I assume the American Hunter). Paul is from my area and although he no longer lives here I have met him several times. He seems to be a good guy that will represent us well.
  43. Mike70560

    Greenpeace activist gets arm bitten off after hugging a white shark

    We need a tad bit more chlorine in the old gene pool.
  44. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    DSC’s statement was they did not support the canned lion shoots, but stopped short of saying they would not allow the sale. If you would shoot a penned raised lion and enter it in the SCI trophy book under false statements SCI could terminate your membership but not much else. Neither club...
  45. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    I have always viewed hunting,especially in Africa, as an honorable sport enjoyed by men of integrity. While unlikely I hope we would abide by the rules of our hunting organizations if we intend to participate. I believe awards and record books have diminished the integrity of what we enjoy...
  46. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Not knowing the details of your hunt, but as a comment to pen raised lions in general this is what SCI is using to distinguish the difference. “The animal must have freely resided on the hunted property and the area to be hunted for six months, or longer. The animal must be part of a breeding...
  47. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    Remember this is not law. If you want to sell a pen raised lion to be shot a day after its release go right ahead, same if you want to hunt it. Nobody is trying to stop you. So the “anti-hunters win” argument is not valid, you can still go. Just don’t expect these organizations to support it.
  48. Mike70560

    SCI Adopts Policy On Captive Bred Lions

    This is SCI’s definition of estate hunting: The Record Book Committee of Safari Club International defines an “Estate” category in the Record Book of Big Game Animals as follows:An “Estate” will be any property or area that uses an artificial or unnatural restrictive barrier, in most cases a...
  49. Mike70560

    ZIMBABWE: Bliksem!

    Amazing adventure, congratulations to all. I hunted next door to Savuli on Mokore a couple of years ago. Plenty of elephants with bad attitudes. Good to hear of Terry hunting Savuli again!!
  50. Mike70560

    ZIMBABWE: Bliksem!

    Was Terry Anders the PH? He hunted Savuli several years ago.
 
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