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We’re proud to announce the kick-off of the fifth Sporting Rifle auction to raise funds for Save the Rhino and its partner conservancies in Africa.
Our most recent auction, which ended in February this year, raised £13,171 to go towards efforts to combat poaching – the highest total yet since we started fundraising in 2010. But we’re looking to eclipse that total this year and raise £25,000 for Big Game Parks in Swaziland and Borana Conservancy in Kenya.
Sporting Rifle’s editor-in-chief Peter Carr said: “History has proved, time and again, that hunters make the best conservationists. It’s time to demonstrate that once more with another round of fundraising, and to make a real difference to the lives of APUs in the bush.
“Anti-poaching units across Africa are facing an ever increasing threat from the organized teams that orchestrate poaching at the highest level. Rhino poaching has reached record levels, with 393 rhino poached in South Africa in the first four months of this year alone.
“It may be that rhino deaths have already overtaken rhino births in Africa – which means the countdown to extinction has effectively begun. Against this precarious backdrop, it’s more vital than ever that we keep the fight going.”
Play your part in preserving the African rhino by bidding on one of our 20 fantastic lots now.
LOT 1 A week’s rhino safari at Big Game Parks, Swaziland. Includes five days’ accommodation and guided viewing with black and white rhino, elephant, lion and various antelope including the rare roan. A tour of the poaching exhibition at Reilly’s rock and an explanation of the anti-poaching efforts in Swaziland since the infamous rhino wars of the 1990s and transfer from Matsapha International Airport Swaziland (airfare not included).
LOT 2 Four-day safari with Mankazana Safaris (five nights, four days hunting) for one hunter (full board/lodging/day fees/staff/vehicle). Trophy fees for one warthog, one impala. Hunt may be taken in 2016 or 2017, although dates are dependent on other bookings/game quotas.
Current value is approximately £1,200. For more details visit www.mankazanasafaris.com.
LOT 3 A medal Chinese water deer buck in Bedfordshire with top stalker Paul Childerley. Must be taken this season – final bid date: 1 January.
LOT 4 A weekend’s sika hind/stag stalking for TWO rifles in Ireland hosted by John Fenton. Sporting Rifle’s Jason Doyle will guide, and accommodation is included. To be taken November-December (stags and hinds), January-February (hinds/calves only).
LOT 5 Trophy roebuck with John Robson in Yorkshire – to be taken next spring or autumn.
LOT 6 Cull stalk in Hampshire with Dominic Griffith. Afternoon range work, evening stalk and following morning stalk included. For roe does, fallow does, muntjac. To be taken in February.
LOT 7 Trophy roebuck stalk in Yorkshire with editor Pete Carr – to be taken next spring or autumn.
LOT 8 A weekend foxing with Mark Ripley on the South Downs. Get long- and short-range foxing tips from Mark. Accommodation not included. Equipment can be supplied. Two early morning outings. Can be taken June, July, August 2016.
LOT 9 Weekend’s wild boar shooting in Germany, in October-November 2016 with Pete Carr.
LOT 10 A weekend fallow deer culling in Essex with Sporting Rifle contributor Geoff Garrod to be taken in February 2016.
LOT 11 One trophy muntjac buck in Essex with Sporting Rifle contributor Geoff Garrod.
LOT 12 A weekend’s foxing with Mark Nicholson. FAC holders only with fox variation, expectation 20-plus foxes.
LOT 13 Four days’ guided wild brown trout fishing for two people in the Lake District mountain tarns. Includes five nights’ farmhouse accommodation with Sporting Rifle editor Pete Carr.
LOT 14 Be a Sporting Rifle cover star. Your face on the front cover of your favourite magazine.
LOT 15 One day with Tim Sumner of Shires Deer and Vermin Management Services for CWD or muntjac. Morning and afternoon, doe or buck (non medals).
LOT 16 Deerhunter has donated its latest state-of-the-art Mouflon clothing set, including jacket, trousers and cap. For more information on Deerhunter gear, visit www.deerhunter.eu.
LOT 17 Tommie Hynes offers a two-day fallow buck hunt for two people in the 2016 season in Galway, Ireland – up to two bucks per person cull and bucks with chance
of a trophy (no extra fee) and three
LOT 18 Evening and morning’s stalk on mixed woodland in Warwickshire for roe doe or muntjac. Novice or experienced rifles welcome, walk-and-stalk or high seat. Expect 2-3 cull animals. Donated by Jim Dickson.
LOT 19 Two outings for foxes with Robert Bucknell. Date to be arranged over the 2016 harvest, August/September. Lamping form vehicle or on foot. An ideal chance to pick up tips from an experienced foxer using various techniques. FAC holders only with fox variation.
LOT 20 Swarovski Optik has donated a pair of SLC 8×42 binoculars. The multi-purpose binos are perfect for stalkers – learn more at www.swarovskioptik.com.
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