MORNING SHADOWS, EVENING SUN
Stories of Namibia's Professional Hunters
by Brad Fitzpatrick
2013 Long Beach, 272pp, color photos, 6x9, hardcover.
Volume 78 in the Safari Press's Classics in African Hunting Series.
1st edn. limited to 500 signed, numbered, & slipcased copies.
Much can be said about hunting in East Africa for big game, but the truth is by a long stretch more hunters come to Namibia. The draw is the great variety of game, including buffalo, leopard, lion, huge elephant, and rhino as well as all sorts of antelope. In fact, Namibia is now only one of two countries left where the entire Big Five can be shot-and that includes the black rhino!
Brad Fitzpatrick, together with the Namibian Professional Hunter's Association, has interviewed the finest of the finest Namibian PHs and got each to give us their most interesting, exciting, or dangerous hunt. There are thirty-two chapters in all on a great variety of game. There's a story of an exciting hunt after a red hartebeest that takes no less than ten miles of tracking over rough ground; there's another story of a Polish client who suddenly gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shoot a problem lion with a huge mane near Etosha Park; and then there's a leopard hunter in the Caprivi Strip who has some excitement as the boat they are in is attacked by a hippo. But there's more: An elephant hunter near the Kavango River has to immerse himself up to his armpits in water with his rifle above his head as he follows a group of bulls from one brush-choked island to the next-and this incurs a deadly serious charge. Then there's the tale of a PH who takes his client on a grueling days-long game of cat and mouse with two huge cattle-killing male lions that craftily move between Botswana, Namibia, the protection of a park, and a small village; each time the hunter and the PH come oh-so-close, the twins slink off in the no-go-zone . . . until the hour of reckoning arrives.
The contributors to this book are a who's who in professional hunting in Namibia: Allan Cilliers, Jofie Lamprecht, Cornie Coetzee, Jaco van der Merwe, Jacques Strauss, Hannes du Plessis, John Wamback, Dirk de Bod, and many more. From a dangerous boomslang to a crazed hartebeest, all the game of Namibia is covered! As Craig Boddington, who wrote the foreword, said, "Namibia truly has it all." It's about time some good literature on Namibia was made available.
Below is a complete listing of the table of content.
Allan Cilliers, "The Cats of Sangwali" and "Lucky 72"
Jofie Lamprecht, "A Stirring in the Water," "The Buff of the Berg," "The Nomads of the Kalahari," "The Veteran," and "The Floodwater Tusker"
Marina Lamprecht, "The Beast"
Reinhard Mosich, "The Black and Blue Spoor"
Gerard Erasmus, "The Race Among the Rocks"
Karl Stumpfe, "The Balyerwa Bull"
Bijorn Le Roux, " Slang!" and "The Devil in Black and White"
Hannes du Plessis, "The Ten Mile Bull" and "The Cattle Killer"
Cornie Coetzee, "The Requiem for a Lion Charge" and "The Double Take"
Elaine Coetzee, "Lightning"
Jaco van der Merwe, "The African Reputation"
Mare van der Merwe "The Tomb"
Tim Liedtke, "The Homecoming Cat"
Jacques Strauss, "The Last Shot"
Vaughan Fulton, "The Outliers"
Jacques Strauss, "The Daydream Kudu"
Karl Stumpfe, "Cornered"
Gunter Schwalm, "The Triple Threat"
John Wamback, "The Climb" and "Indisposed"
Dirk de Bod, "The Roaring"
Reinhard Mosich "A Curious Nature"
Roger Coomber, "The Dry Spell"
Elaine and Cornie Coetzee and Marina Lamprecht, "The Correspondence"