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Are there any great professional hunters?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by andrewdl007, Sep 5, 2013.

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  1. andrewdl007

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    I love reading the stories by and about great professional hunters like Rourk, Capstick, Corbett, and Selous. Does anyone out there know or know of any Professional hunters alive who could fill these men's legendary shoes?
     
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    davy crocket, daniel boon, meriwether lewis, william clark, simon butler/kenton.

    to name a few.
     
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    Fred Bear comes to mind, and im pretty sure Larry Potterfield is quite a prolific hunter
     
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    A "professional hunter" takes clients hunting for payment. Most of those listed would not qualify. In fact, Capstick may be the only one in the list who was a professional hunter for awhile.

    I have a video starring Capstick. The man was full of 'affectations'. I don't think I could take a week or more of him .. monocle and all.
     
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    Likewise, Jim Corbett was a gentleman hunter who was famous for stalking out man eating felines. The whole meaning of "professional hunter" has shifted, as it was rightly mentioned. Environment protection changed everything. After Hemingway, no hunter is truly a household name anymore.
     
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    If you go to the SCI conventions in Reno and Dallas, I am sure you will get a chance to meet the ones of today (and book a hunt with them)
     
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    Rourk (Ruark), Capstick, Corbett, and Selous. Of the mentioned and previously noted only Capstick was an actual professional hunter though somewhat limited in that capacity. Watching Capstick's videos really turned me off to that guy. The scene where he freaks out over a hippo 200 yards away while the true professionals simply shrugged it off was more than a little eye opening to me. the old boy had a serious case of the "nerves".

    There are many great PH's alive today. Most however are not great writers as the men mentioned above were. So unless you do some hunting in Africa or Alaska you'll probably never hear of them.

    To name a few of the big time guys operating or at least still living.

    Calitz in Botswana
    Selby (retired) but he was Ruark's PH in the day.
    Carter a premiere elephant man from Zimbabwe.
    Charlton another elephant man from Zimbabwe.
    Sanchez Arino (retired) one of the foremost elephant men of his day.
    D'Zingai a native African and one of the first to own operate and PH for his very own outfit in Zimbabwe.
    Thompson no longer a PH but was an elephant cropping officer with over 5,000 elephant to his credit, about 5 times as many as Bell killed and he did a large number of them with a .308 service rifle, also from Zimbabwe.


    There are many more who are currently operating and have fine reputations. These are just a few.
     
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    He lives on only in matter of speaking. He was a fictional character from King Solomon's Mines and other novels by R Haggard. I was blown away when I was 10.
     
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    Not a professional guide or hunter, but probably took more ivory than most was Sam Pancotto.
     
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    I loved "MeatEater", the book by Steven Rinella, and now watch his show by the same name every week, and regularly check in on his facebook page.

    He does a lot of Western hunts (and New Zealand, Mexico) but the production of his show is far and above the 500 white tail hunting shows out there.

    I'm not sure if he fits into the category you're looking for, but if you want to read some great stories (he also has a book about the history of the American buffalo and a hunt lottery he won for one), I highly suggest Mr. Rinella.

    Here is a Q&A he did once:

    http://themeateater.com/2013/a-qa-on-reddit-with-steven-rinella/
     
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    It seems to me a "professional hunter" is someone who gets paid to go hunting. Since the men and women we call "guides" here get paid to take people hunting, I would think they qualify.

    But I guess you mean in Africa. I don't know their names but I get emails about once a week from outfits in Africa offering me safari packages for most everything over there, or at least what's legal to hunt anymore. I gather the days of the two-three month safari like Ruark and Hemingway wrote of are long gone though, even assuming someone could afford it.
     
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    Some well heeled folks still do 3 month safaris. But it's done in a different way now. You simply purchase multiple 21 day hunts or hunt several countries. But the truth of the matter is that most folks no matter how well off just don't have 90 days to blow on a hunting trip.
     
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