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SALTY LOCALS

SOMETIMES, when the bait trawlers have found the squid, and the late-afternoon breeze whitecaps the deepwater swells that lift the boat, then slide out from underneath the bow, dropping the hull with a watery smack …

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HOW I KILLED A BEAR

American author Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), a contemporary of Mark Twain (1835-1910), was not a hunter. He was not an outdoor writer. But he was, by George! a writer, and he knew how to tell a story well. And he did indeed kill a bear – with a Sharps – in 1878. Here’s an excerpt from his account – a classic but not run-of-the-mill bear yarn:

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LAST MINUTE MULEY

“WAIT. DON’T SHOOT!”

The whisper came through the focus like a dull tap on a vault door. He clenched his teeth and eased off on the trigger.

“What the …”

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Cape buffalo have stirred the blood of African hunters for millenia, and with good reason. Your guess: Is he bluffing?

KILLER BUFFALO

At only three feet from the wall of tangled undergrowth at the edge of the donga, Nzomo was much too close. He wasn’t careless — he just had blind faith in …

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A NEW WAY TO HUNT LION

Again, CLOSER, came the awesome full-throated roar of a hunting lion. Rrrrrooooom, oooom, oooom, uh, uh, uh! More than anything else, this savage sound epitomizes wild Africa. “It always …”

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