Larry Weishuhn Hunts Africa and Asia, September 17, 2012
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Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail to millions of American hunters, also frequently hunts outside of North America. Before most of us have started our deer seasons, he has already made hunting trips to Namibia in Africa and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. He now represents Sturm Ruger & Company, and he shot the new Ruger American Rifle that was introduced earlier this year at the Las Vegas Shot Show.
This new rifle has a polymer stock, integral bedding block, rotary magazine and 70 degree bolt throw making it a light weight, moderately priced all-American made bolt- action rifle suitable for North American game. The gun is chambered for the .30’06-.308 family of cartridges and was also offered in .270 and .243 Winchester. Weishuhn took the .30’06 version to both continents. The .30 ’06 is slammed by some African Professional Hunters as “the .30 O Shit.” This caliber is suitable for Plains Game provided that good bullets are selected and the “sport” can make careful shot placement on his animals. Weishuhn used the same Horniday 165- gr. solid copper bullet that he had successfully employed on moose and elk.
Hunting with Professional Hunter Corne Kruger of Omujeve Safaris (www.omujevesafaris.com) , Whishuhn took a kudu, eland, zebra, hartebeest, blue wildebeest and warthog on this trip. He returned home briefly and then departed on an equally long trip to Kyrgyzstan.
This hunt turned out to be a very expensive camping trip during which none of the desired ibex and Siberian roe deer were taken by the three hunters. Such events make being in the outdoor media profession somewhat less than satisfactory, but are an everyday part of an outdoor writer’s life. Many days and many hunts are unsuccessful; despite your best efforts. When you have the additional burden of having to fulfill a TV contract for X-number of shows, that adds pressure to produce something worthwhile from such an expensive trip.
The Republic of Kyrgyzstan is located near the Chinese border. After flying to Istanbul, they made connections to Dishauk, the national capitol. This location is likely best known because a U.S. Air Force base is located nearby. They then drove and were horesbacked to their base camp at 10,000 to 11,000 feet.
In Africa he flew to Johannesburg and then to Windhoek in Namibia. After a several hour drive, they arrived in their hunting area and hunted a 1.5 million acre concession which contained elephants, black rhino, lions and leopards as well as plains-game species.
Weishuhn and I share a love of handgun hunting. He most often uses large-caliber revolvers, while I hunt mostly with muzzleloading pistols, rifles and smoothbores. We have a good time considering these subjects as we talk about my new book, “X-Treme Muzzleloading: Fur, Fowl and Dangerous Game with Muzzleloading Rifles, Smoothbores and Pistols. This book is now available at www.amazon.com, from my website www.hoveysmith.com, other on-line book companies and also may be ordered from your local bookstore through a variety of distributors including Author House.
Weishuhn’s recent activities include two books Trailing the Hunter’s Moon and, co-
authored with J. Wayne Fears, Whitetail East and West. He will be releasing a bronze sculpture “Mr. Whitetail” of a 1/3-life size buck deer done in conjunction with Mark James. Information on the sculpture may be found at www.markjames.com. If you want to check in on Weishuhn more frequently he post a weekly blog at www.natureblinds/larry and also may be found on Facebook.
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Casa Hispanica Calente Maximissemo regrets to announce that after some unexpected injuries, deaths and environmental issues regarding their restaurant chain and hospitals canceling their partnership arrangements, they have been forced to discontinue operations. Look for the restaurants and attached saunas to reopen under the name of “Fire and Ice” where they will feature the foods of the Arctic regions of the world. These will including their world-famous 10,000 year old mastodon steaks (limited seasonal availability), fresh walrus and seal, alder smoked salmon, pickled puffin eggs, cooking over hot lava rocks and drinks chilled with glacier ice.