Richard Mann chose the free-access web format for his book, The Scout Rifle Study which will contain thousand of images and hundreds of videos.
After a review done by Field & Stream editor, David E Petzal, he comments as follows:
“I own two Scout rifles, have been a lifelong Jeff Cooper reader, and thought I had a pretty thorough knowledge of the subject. I don’t. Richard Mann does. Compared to him, I’ve barely scratched the surface.” David E Petzal; Rifle Editor Field & Stream.
Richard is thorough and like Petzal commented there is material in the book he never dreamed existed. In his words: “I have no idea how and where Mann got it.”
We are no doubt going to eat, sleep and spend many hours in conversation about the Scout Rifle and the many other things. Knowing Richard as a thorough researchers who does not leave any stone unturned to get to the bottom of it all, we are in for the adventure of a lifetime.
Thank you Richard for the vision. We look forward to make it a marvelous and unforgettable adventure for every hunter with his Scout Rifle.
To read more about ‘The Scout Rifle Safari’: Click here
Richard is joined by his son, Sabastian Mann and arrives on the location Wednesday, June 7.
To celebrate the release of Richard Mann’s book “The Scout Rifle Study”, the Scout Rifle Safari in South Africa will be taking place during the month of June on Fort Richmond. 11 Hunters will be using various Scout Rifles to hunt game on the African plains. The Kudu antelope is among the game that will be hunted.
Being part of the Spiral-horned antelope, the Kudu is not only the grandest but also one of the most sought after plains game trophies in Africa. It is at the top of the list for most hunters doing an African safari.
The Kudu is stately in appearance with its long spiral horns and proud bearing and therefore it is no surprise that it is such a favorite with hunters. Kudu come with their own unique camouflage, perfectly suited to the African bush. Their ghost-like reputation can partly be credited to their ability to blend so well with their pale-grey to brownish-grey coat as well as for being extremely elusive with exceptional senses. Combined this makes for a challenging hunt.
“The “gray ghost,” ubiquitous cliche that it is, is still about the best description anyone has come up with to describe the greater kudu. A kudu doesn’t emerge from the bush, it materializes; they do not walk into deep cover, they vanish like smoke in a stiff breeze. …there is no more impressive single trophy to be had than the horns of a mature greater kudu.” Terry Wieland, Spiral Horn Dreams
Kudu are browsers who feeds in the early morning and late afternoon. Kudu drink regularly and therefore will never be far from water.
Kudu lives in small herds – family groups consisting of 6 to 12 animals, mostly cows and calves but large numbers can sometimes be seen at water holes. The bulls only join the herd during their mating season. The bulls form bachelor herds or become solitary.
Kudu are difficult to spot for various reasons. They are very alert and nervous animals who spend nearly all their time in thick bush. They usually stand very still (freeze) for long periods when suspicious. When it gets disturbed in the bush habitat, the animal will move away quietly or dash off after giving a loud, sharp alarm bark. They move surprisingly quietly through dense bush. This majestic animal is so graceful in flight and extremely athletic, jumping very high considering the size of its body.
You might get a close up shot at a Kudu but chances are the light will be poor or the bull will be in dense cover. For these reasons a rifle scope with magnification of 4x or more will allow you to better resolve this beast that sometimes seems almost invisible.
As with the hunting of all species, shot placement is paramount. The high heart/lung shot is the most effective for hunting Kudu. Concentrate to bring your sights directly up the foreleg, about one third into the body and squeeze.
This is a very exciting and rewarding hunt.
It is difficult to assess a Kudu trophy because the depth of the curl of the individual bulls’ horns can vary a lot. A good representative of the specie is a 45 – 50 inch set of horns with nice ivory tips.
The following is an article Richard Mann wrote on this hunt in Cabela’s Outfitter Journal. The Fence – Hunting free-range Kudu in South Africa by Richard Mann.
To read more about Bat’s hunt at Fort Richmond: click here
“There is something about this lovely beast that makes him a hunter’s grail. Perhaps it is the tremendous sweep of those double-curling horns, as brown and clean as rubbed mahogany, heavy-ridged from the base around the curls, and ending in polished ivory points. Perhaps it is the chevron on the nose, or his clean, gray, white-barred hide, the skin thin as parchment. Perhaps it is the delicacy of his long-legged deer’s body, slimness of his deer’s legs, the heavy-maned swell of his neck, the enormity of his ears that pick up whispers at radar range. …The kudu is just under your hand, and yet he always manages to escape you. Robert Ruark, Horn of the Hunter
Quotes celebrating hunters as the true conservationists which they are.
Before there was a sign waving environmental front calling for environmental protection in the 1970s, there were hunters, fisherman, trappers and campers that led the way to protect our wild America.
Our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt was a great outdoorsman of the time, and he delighted in hunting many game species across the United States and overseas. He was a highly intelligent man, who was disgusted with the blatant destruction of our natural resources.
I’ve never found time spend in nature to be a waste of time.
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emersohn
Nature is my medicine. Sara Moss Wolfe I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs Mother Nature has the power to please, to comfort, to calm and to nurture one’s soul. Anthony Douglas Williams
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. The earth has music for those who listen. Nature is the art of God. Dante Alighieri
The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you… you can feel it. Ted Trueblood
Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein.
In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle
George Gopoian and his girlfriend Emily Boychuk hunted at Fort Richmond during the past hunting season. They were joined by George’s parents. During a very busy 10 days of hunting time was put aside for a photo shoot on the African plains.
To celebrate Valentine’s day, we thought it appropriate to share the beautiful pictures of this stunning couple.
Have a Happy Valentine’s day.
The cornerstone of a great relationship is wanting the best for and bringing out the best in each other. Richard Branson Let’s celebrate life in each other on this Valentine’s day. Have a great day.
Photo Credit: Developing Beauty Photography – Marion du Plessis
Read more about George’s hunt with his father here: Father-and-son-set-foot-in-africa.
We are looking forward to two new books for hunters by Richard Mann to be released soon.
UNDER ORION – a Book for Hunters.
See more on Richard’s Blog, Empty-cases: http://empty-cases.com/blog/under-orion-hunting-stories-from-appalachia-to-africa/
THE SCOUT RIFLE STUDY and the realization of the general purpose rifle.
See more on Richard’s Blog, Empty-cases: http://empty-cases.com/blog/the-scout-rifle-study/
Books by Richard Mann available in South Africa.
Available at Amazon.com, WallMart and even on the shelf at Safari & Outdoor in Johannesburg, South Africa!
Geoffrey Wayland…found this on the shelf in Cape Town South Africa.