We are back from South Africa, settling back into work. My first Safari, nearly three years in the making, was a success, an experience to be cherished for the rest of my life. Ordinarily, I’d have scrambled to get the 28 gigs of pictures and videos processed and uploaded, blog entries composed, etc.
Unfortunately, one irresponsible dentist from Minnesota has invited hatred and death threats down on all African hunters, regardless of the legality or ethics of their hunt. “Reporters” from the Daily Mail and Gawker are scouring Instagram, Facebook, and blogs like this for the next person who can be held up like Emmanuel Goldstein for another “Two Minutes Hate.”
That said, I’m proud to call myself a hunter. I understand that we live in an industrial civilization and hunting will never be for everyone, I’m not on a messianic mission to convert the masses. I do, however, think that there are others, like me, who had it in the blood, but were never exposed as kids. They are the target audience for this blog. That said, please stay tuned, I’ll publish my travelogue to South Africa as a series of vignettes to make it more palatable for folks who can’t spend hours reading one post.