This is Peter Flack’s fourth in the five book series covering all the spiral horns – Eland, Giant Eland, Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Nyala, Mountain Nyala, Bongo, Bushbuck and Sitatunga. The 30 species and subspecies described in the series cover all the spiral horned antelopes recognized by both Rowland Ward and SCI.
The Sitatunga book is also the second biggest of the four volumes published so far with nearly 370 pages and 454 color photos and 36 black and white ones. Nineteen contributors have written brand new and extremely captivating Sitatunga stories and readers may find that it will probably the best of the series thus far. It certainly succeeds in its goal of being THE definitive book on hunting Sitatunga.
The contributors read like the Who’s Who of African hunting: the United States’ foremost expert on African hunting Craig Boddington; North America’s top African PH and outfitter Jeff Rann; 2014 Weatherby award winner Alain Smith; Rudy Lubin, considered one of, if not the, most experienced and well-known French professional hunter in Africa; Don Cowie author of An African Game Ranger on Safari; Robin Hurt, the iconic East African professional hunter and author of Hunting the Big Five and last not least the hugely experienced PH and accomplished writer Brian Herne, author of Uganda Safaris, Tanzania Safaris, Desert Safaris and White Hunter.
The photographs are truly outstanding and include excellent examples of the work of a number of top class professional wildlife photographers, such as Phillipe Aillery, Jofie Lamprecht, Håkan Pohlstrand, Robert Ross, Brendon Ryan and Michael Viljoen, as well as hundreds of other photographs supplied by the contributing authors and excellent amateur photographers.
The chapters of the contemporary authors have been complemented by experts of yesteryear like Maydon (author of Big Game Shooting) who inspired James Mellon, author of the world famous masterpiece African Hunter (excerpts from which are included), William Cotton Oswell (immortalized by his sons in a two volume biography), Selous, Shorthose and Count Szechenyi to mention but a few.
There are chapters on rifles and ammunition, clothing and equipment, field preparation of trophies and hints on how to hunt Sitatunga. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that the book contains everything you ever want to know about this sly, shy, secretive ghost of the African forests and hunting it in its natural haunts. If you have questions about the Sitatunga book or any of the other spiral horn series please do not hesitate to contact the editor, Peter Flack at firstname.lastname@example.org or give Peter a call at +27 (0) 21 790 6374.
Sitatunga – The Sly, Shy, Secretive One is available from Peter Flack Productions
Phone: Cathryn in South Africa at +27 (0)31 701 2777 or Rowan in USA at +001 717 592 8999
Book Review by Gerhard R Damm