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Peter Flack
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Hunter, Writer and Conservationist
Hunter, Writer and Conservationist

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CAVEAT CONGO – THE ANATOMY OF A HUNTING DISASTER

http://www.peterflack.co.za/congo-anatomy-hunting-disaster/

The sweat shiny, black face and dull black uniform of the huge Congolese policeman blocked out most of the weak overhead light from the yellowy street bulb barely illuminating the traffic circle guarding entry to the outlying suburb of Brazzaville. His right forefinger prodded my chest while his left forefinger and thumb rubbed against one another millimetres from my nose as his paint-stripping breath nearly made me gag. “Give money!” he demanded in French over and over again in an increasingly loud, strident and hectoring tone. I turned to Christophe Beau, my French speaking but South African resident guide in the back of the taxi and saw his side of the car was surrounded by similarly black clad policemen fingering an assortment of automatic weapons. “Leave the old man alone,” he said loudly. “He is a sick, old man and needs his medicine.” You guessed it, I was the sick, old man he referred to and I was – sick and tired to my back teeth of being harassed and blackmailed by the very police, army and gendarme personnel who should have been protecting me and upholding the law.

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WHAT DO BONGO AND ART HAVE IN COMMON?

http://www.peterflack.co.za/hunt-conservation-bongo-art/

When I was researching the chapter on bongo conservation in Kenya for the fifth and final book in the spiral horn series, Hunting the Spiral Horns – Bongo & Nyala – The Elite African Trophies, I was shocked to learn that there were less than 140 Eastern or Kenya or mountain bongo left in the country according to the Bongo Surveillance Project headed up by the ex-Kenyan professional hunter, Mike Prettejohn. I knew, of course, that since this country banned hunting in 1977, they had lost over 70% of their wildlife but had not the faintest idea that one of Africa’s iconic antelope species was on the verge of extinction and that even the few left were showing advanced signs of inbreeding. This struck me as being particularly odd as a friend of mine, Jeff Rann, owner of the famous 777 Game Ranch in Texas, hosts over 80 bongo on the property, more than half those in the wild and he hunts his regularly.

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SOUTH AFRICAN HUNTING STATISTICS FOR 2015 – SOME OBSERVATIONS

http://www.peterflack.co.za/south-african-hunting-statistics-2015/

I received the South African 2015 hunting statistics this week and was delighted to see that, after five years of steady decline – we reached our peak number of overseas hunters in 2007 (16 394) – there was a very slight increase from 7 405 in 2014 to 7 633 or 228 (3%) of overseas hunters in 2015. I know this does not sound like much but, assuming these statistics are accurate and I will come back to this point, when you multiply the increase by their average expenditure on just daily rates and trophy fees of R216,334.00 per hunter, it comes to a not inconsiderable R49,3 million, which goes to show just how important every single overseas hunters is to the country. When you then add the knock-on expenditure on things like internal flights, car hire, hotel accommodation, sight-seeing both before and after the hunt, taxidermy, gratuities and so forth, the value to the country starts to mount up, particularly as most of this is spent in rural areas which need it most.
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“EXPELLED” FROM WWF SOUTH AFRICA – CONTINUED

http://www.peterflack.co.za/expelled-wwf-sa-continued/

I received a copy of the WWF South Africa Constitution three days ago. I was in for an unpleasant surprise. Clause 8.2 states as follows:

‘The Board may at any time in their discretion require a member in writing to resign from the Voluntary Association and the member to whom such a request has been addressed shall cease to be a member within 1 (one) calendar month of the date of such request.’

In other words, WWF South Africa can kick you out whenever they like, for whatever reason and regardless of my opposition to this move, my over 30 years as a member and a combined period of over 20 years in two stints as a trustee – I was asked to take up this position a second time by the chairman of the board after resigning. ...
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THE FAIR CHASE GUILD – WHAT IS IT?

http://www.peterflack.co.za/fair-chase-guild-hunting/

I attended an historic meeting on Tuesday 18 October 2016. Or at least in time to come, I hope people will look back and say it was an historic meeting. Fittingly, it was held under canvass at the HQ of SA Hunters and chaired by its President, Gerhard Verdoorn. Present were ten other people, including the CEO and Conservation Manager of SA Hunters, most of whom had walked the long road over the past year leading to the establishment of The Fair Chase Guild, which was formally announced at the SA Hunters Congress on Friday 4 November 2016.

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“EXPELLED” FROM WWF SOUTH AFRICA

http://www.peterflack.co.za/expelled-wwf-south-africa/

In the last month I have become the poster child for Survival International in what appears to be a nasty internecine fight between them and WWF. I had never heard of Survival International before and never encountered them in all my years of travelling, working and hunting around Africa but there you are. They purport to act on behalf of indigenous people around the world and have used a photo of my Cameroon rain forest elephant hunt, without my permission, as a stick with which to beat WWF – of which I am a member and trustee – in their attempts, as I see it, to divert the flow of funds from urban wallets into their bank account as opposed to that of WWF.
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The fifth and final book in the spiral horn series, Hunting the Spiral Horns – Bongo & Nyala – The Elite African Trophies, is available for purchase. Please note, the Limited Editions will only be in stock from September/October 2016. If you place an order now you will be charged directly.

AFRICA
Standard Edition: R950
Limited Edition: R1950
www.peterflackproductions.co.za
Quantities 10+ contact Peter Flack
e. peter@peterflackproductions.com
t. 021 790 6374 / 082 800 4291

REST OF THE WORLD
Standard Edition: US$95
Limited Edition: US$195
www.peterflackproductions.com
Quantities 10+ contact Rowan Dickerson
e. rowan@peterflackproductions.com
t. +1 717 592 8999
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HOW TO HUNT HARD WHEN IT'S HARD TO HUNT by Peter Flack

Full Article: http://www.peterflack.co.za/articles/articleHowtoHuntHard.html

I am 67 and there are days when I seem to hear the ticking of Father Time's clock especially loudly. All those things they told me would not be possible after 40 have been a reality for many years and the cliche, "old age is not for sissies" no longer wrings a wry smile from me. I have discovered they are all true and I am not sure yet whether I fall into the sissy or non-sissy category.

In my forties I thought that, if I remained fit and strong enough to hunt until the age of 55, as I always have, on foot, carrying my own rifle and able to keep up with the professional hunter and his tracking team, day after day, every day, on a long hunt, I would be well satisfied and prepared to curtail my current hunts in favour of less strenuous ones. But I'm not.
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LEOPARD LUNACY as told to Peter Flack by Ryan Cliffe

Full Article: http://www.peterflack.co.za/articles/articleLeopardLunacy.html

I was 27. Been a PH for exactly three years and an appy for five years before that. Why five years? Firstly, on $30.00 per month I could barely afford the costs of the exam and, secondly, I was determined to pass at my first attempt. I'd seen too many eager beaver appies try their luck after their third year and fail. Maybe I was over cautious. Who knows?

My client, Mike, had come on safari to Chapungu Safaris's Charara North concession in Zimbabwe's Zambezi Valley Escarpment towards the end of the season, in December, 2006, with his three sons, in their 30s', Todd, Tyler and Tobin. He was quite a strange man with long, shoulder length, wispy, grey hair which he tied in a ponytail. I have a friend who says that beneath every ponytail, there is an arsehole, but that was not really true in Mike's case, and he subsequently came on two further end of season hunts with me.
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