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8 Reasons Hunting Africa Ain’t What it Used to Be

by Craig Boddington   |  September 10th, 2012 18

The late Peter Capstick described an African safari as “one of the greatest adventures our modern world can still offer.” I can’t say it better. An African hunt is indeed one of the last great adventures—and a first safari is a life-changing event that, honestly, can never be repeated—although many of us have spent our lives trying to recapture that level of magic.

Africa captivated me at an early age. I devoured the great old books, and spent all too many hours dreaming of Africa. I was still a kid, just 24, when I saved enough pennies to go on my first safari. My intention was to get Africa out of my system once and for all, but that didn’t work very well. After 35 years and more than 100 African hunts I still dream of Africa, and wait anxiously to return. That first safari was in Kenya, at that time the most traditional African country, but closed to hunting just a few weeks later. Based solely on that fact, I can probably lay false claim to having seen the last of the great old days of safari. The truth, however, is in the past 35 years I have seen many changes in African hunting, and not all for the bad. Here are eight reasons why African hunting today isn’t what it used to be.

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