Melorani Hunting Season News 2016

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Bea feeding Nyala from the veranda

Melorani News 2016 What a season we have had hunting Melorani, shared with some fantastic clients. Many were repeat clients who have become part of the Melorani family. Conditions for bow hunting were tough. We thought the drought would make it easy this year but how wrong we were. The wind seemed to play havoc day after day, swirling back and forth warning the animals that the blinds were occupied. Trail cams proved that when the blinds were unoccupied the animals streamed in to the waters and licks, but stopped abruptly when I client moved in. Despite the slower than … Read More

wildlife conservation threat

Stewart DorringtonAnimal Rights, blog, hunting

wildlife conservation threat

It seems too, that the media is largely informed by the populist and dishonest animal rights groups whose agenda is not conservation (check their record in Africa), but rather a business of collecting money from the gullible for their own salaries and propaganda campaigns. Neither the media nor the animal rights groups take any responsibility for the negative consequences their actions cause. Very often their actions are also destroying are many scientifically formulated and funded conservation projects that benefit both wildlife and the poor rural populations that live with the wildlife. Most journalists don’t care. They sell sensationalism and disregard … Read More

Canned Lion Hunting and the release of blood lions

Stewart Dorringtonblog, hunting

Blood Lions documentary - an expose of canned lion hunting
The Release of "Blood Lions" and our views on Canned Lion Hunting.The documentary "Blood Lions" is about to be released in the USA. No doubt it will cause a huge wave of anti-hunting sentiment once again. We too condemn the practice and have actively called upon authorities to update legislation to prevent this slaughter of captive bred lions. What the public must hear too, is that the worst of the worst cases are depicted and captured in the documentary. The footage also goes back many years, mixing old and new as if it is all current. I see that at ... Read More

trade in endangered species question

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endangered species trade - a tug of war
To trade or not to trade in endangered species. There are those who believe a total ban on trade will kill demand? I don't think so, but I'm open to persuasion. Elephant poaching is soaring and I don't believe the one off sale 7 years ago is the cause as is claimed by the anti-trade group. Nor do I believe the burning of ivory has any impact on poaching... it just appeases the ignorant privileged Westerners - the funders of much of Kenya's wildlife preservation efforts. What I feel we have to look at, is whether it is better to ... Read More

Hunting in South Africa: Why We Hunt

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hunting in south africa - silhouette of bow hunter at sunset
Hunting in South Africa - Why we HuntIn the light of recent events surrounding the unfortunate killing of Cecil the Lion, and all the comments on Facebook and this blog, I offer the following article which has been up for as long as this website has been around - in the hope that some people who have no understanding of the reasons we hunt, or the reasons we allow hunting to take place on Melorani can at least get a glimpse into the sustainability of hunting in South Africa. It's why we hunt. Please read the entire article before ranting ... Read More

Hunting Lions Controversy versus Hunting for the Truth

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Lion Hunting Controversy - a young lion yawns
Hunting Lions Controversy vs. Hunting for the Truth There is nothing right about what happened to the protected lion that was shot in Zimbabwe. The outfitter and the client should be charged accordingly and answer to their acts. But I have to ask some questions:   What do these outraged westerners in the USA and Europe know about wildlife management in Africa? Why is the whole western world up in arms because a Westerner illegally killed a lion when 100s of lions are illegally killed by Africans with snares, poisons, spears and the like? Are Africans innocent because they are ... Read More

my view on the best hunting arrow weight

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best hunting arrow weight for hunting plains game
My view on the best hunting arrow weightI have been guiding bow hunters for the past 22 years and usually do an average of 20 hunters per season. The average hunters over the past 22 years has shot 7 animals per safari... that means 140 animals per season x 22 years... my math isn't so good - but that's a lot of animals. I have seen various broadheads perform (and not perform) on animals as varied in size from steenbuck to buffalo and giraffe and thus feel entitled to some opinion on the matter of broadheads and hunting arrow weights. ... Read More

best broadhead for african plains game

Stewart Dorringtonhunting

best broadhead for african plains game
What is the best broadhead for african plains game?Mechanical broadheads have been around for quite a while now, and even though they have improved considerably, I still don't like them on mid and larger sized African game. Some clients swear by them and do have success, but we see more lost animals shot with mechanicals than we do with fixed blade broadheads. Mechanicals are great for small game, up to impala size. If hit in the right spot, they make a big channel through the animal and invariably leave a good blood trail to follow... and we don't usually have ... Read More

Lion Hunting is giving us a bad name

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Hunting Lions – why “canned lion” hunting is giving hunting a bad name. Almost all lion hunts done in South Africa are released lions. There are very few wild lions to hunt as SA does not have many big reserves that allow lion hunting. So before booking a lion hunt, just check that it is what they say it is! Unfortunately, the┬álion industry has been fraught with sensation and bad practices. These are constantly being exposed by the media and all hunters are therefore tarnished. There have been drugged lions shot, lions from petting parks, old circus lions, lions shot … Read More