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    photographs

    Hi fellow stalkers,

    I allways like to look at the photographs posted on SD. However, I have just come to the site and I notice the photograph of Josh and his giraffe. Am I missing something here, so can someone tell me what there is in shooting such an animal........? And then I see a Hippo............. Is this Stalking Directory or Sporting Rifle?


    Ready to be blasted at.

    Donsider

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    I think it's horses for courses, it wouldn't be for me, I can't see the point but if it's legal I'll not criticise others for doing it.

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    I wouldn't be proud of shooting a giraffe... I doubt very much whether i could pull the trigger, in fact I know I couldn't
    "It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"

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    I agree with Paul on this, not my cup of tea, but if someone is doing it lawfully who are we to cast aspersions. There are enough people out there who would make the same comments about shooting a deer, rabbit or fox.
    .308, because if I want to watch something run away, I'll take my dog for a walk.

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    Rabbits, Giraffes, all the same when they're vermin.

    Elephants are not the endangered species in South Africa that they are in other parts. Only $1200 to shoot. All you can keep is the tail hair as all else has to go into the Community Fund.

    Barn door may spring to mind but it ain't. You are "given" an animal and have to take it within a moving herd, on foot. Tis the law, no vehicles etc.

    Many days following the herd.

    Stan

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    If it gets eaten/used then there is absolutely no difference in shooting a giraffe to a deer. In fact it is probably easier to stalk a deer as giraffe have excellent eyesight and a massive height advantage to see predators coming from a long way off. Don't knock it until you try it.

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    Having hunted Africa a number of times and shot many of the species, (but not a Giraffe I might add) I am often asked the same question, even by other stalkers.

    Hunting Africa is a whole different experience to stalking deer over here. Many areas are specifically managed for safari hunting and just as we manage our deer over here, so many African countries manage their wildlife the same way.

    The wildlife of Africa is a sustainable resource that if managed correctly will endure for many years to come. Safari hunting generates more income than tourism, and often in areas which still belong to local ethnic groups it generates employment, and profit sharing which enevitably helps the local community by supplying schools, wells and medicine. The areas are managed on a strictly sustainable basis, and it also stops or reduces many cases of indiscriminate poaching, as the local people can see that the wildlife is of worth to them.

    It is a fairly complex subject, and not all Africa countries are succesful with this type of conservation/hunting. But in my opinion if the wildlife of Africa does not pay its way and is not sustainably managed our great grandchildren will only see these animals on video tape and in books in the future.

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    The problem with Giraffe is that they are selective browsers. They will eat a tree to death and move on to the next of that species. Eventually their food source is insufficient. Got to balance the numbers. The place I went to in April can support a herd of 17 - 20. Saw a two day old baby, cute. Meant that Marius now had 20 animals. Come next hunting season he will have four animals up for the chop.

    Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by donsider View Post
    Hi fellow stalkers,

    I allways like to look at the photographs posted on SD. However, I have just come to the site and I notice the photograph of Josh and his giraffe. Am I missing something here, so can someone tell me what there is in shooting such an animal........? And then I see a Hippo............. Is this Stalking Directory or Sporting Rifle?


    Ready to be blasted at.

    Donsider
    And then we wonder why so much of our sport is taken away. Please let the people who want to do it get on with it, just becouse you don't like it does'nt make it wrong.

    alb
    rem

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    I do not understand somebody coming on a stalking/hunting forum and critising stalking/hunting.

    The giraffe i'm guessing would have been stalked as would the hippo so were is the issue, you have asked the reasoning behind it would it not be better to explain your reasoning for not shooting them.

    Moose

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