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  1. Despite those "goodbye old friend" adverts, savannah elephants are not going extinct any time soon. Kenya, at the last count in 2018, had 34,000 and rising so dumping 13 more from Kent is of no consequence in conservation terms. It ranks with the same outfit's moving two cheetahs from Canada to live in an enclosure in Kenya. The biggest problem is competition for space and thus habitat between the big and dangerous game and the burgeoning human populations. The Ol Pejeta Diaries series on Sky Nature gives some idea of this : it is a socio-economic problem which affects all of the range states to some degree. No doubt eventually the big stuff will finally be behind expensive fences or dead but not for a long time yet. Poaching is an ongoing problem but the word, as in UK, has many aspects ranging from "one for the pot" antelope snaring to rhinoceros horn exports. It's hard to see what the SAS (that universal solution) might achieve in these sovereign states over vast areas. You have to get the locals onside as it's their country and they don't want too many white saviours giving advice. There are many highly educated black people running parks and conservancies. Africa is a huge place and away from tourist honeypots can be pretty empty. MMBA (miles and miles of b...... a.......) does not make great TV. A simple example of the scale is the Kruger NP which looks rather small on a map but is in fact about the size of Wales.
  2. Just check out the twitter feeds (just use google - you don't have to join) from serious conservationists such as Prof Adam Hart or Amy Dickman at the moment.
  3. Thanks for posting. No doubt there will be further comments from folk who can not be bothered to read it.
  4. Just to wrap this thread up. Hyflier helped me to order the necessary parts, and I drove over to his for the fitting etc. The old girl now has a bit of power back and is grouping as well as one might expect with old eyes and iron sights. Thanks and well done Hyflier !
  5. Absolutely Alan. Some of these things such as buffer zones have been mooted for years. They just get put back on the shelf then brought out again and again. Just look at the notorious Green Paper on firearms. In 1973 (?) we thought we had a win but it turned out to be a long term Home Office strategy/wish list under every shade of government.
  6. Thanks hyflier. A bit hectic here tonight, but I will pm you tomorrow.
  7. Well thanks folks. So the best pellets are unavailable from a firm which isn't doing business. Plus nobody can sort out the rifle. I think I'll just chuck the old thing in a skip and go back to simple things like reloading an obscure 7 mm centrefire with non-lead !
  8. So what are these "decent pellets" to use in .22 please.
  9. This may not apply to you, but I would recommend any beginner to do a couple of pro guided trips beforehand as everything will make a lot more sense. If you are not already a rifle shooter, then a bit of practice helps - even shooting an air rifle off two bamboos in the back garden. There will be some very knowledgeable folk around, so get the most out of them for your time and money and enjoy the experience.
  10. There is very little choice in compact 6x or 7x. 7 x 50 are huge things for a specific job. A traditional little pair of (say) Nikon 7 x 35 can be as cheap as chips and lovely to use. Wartime 6 x 30 by various makers were great many years ago but optics have improved so much in recent years.
  11. To return to the original question. Many people can not hold 10x steady enough without some sort of rest. This is why most birders go for 8x bins as they are usually using them "free-hand". It doesn't sound much but is a significant difference. The other point is that the weight and size of bins increases enormously as you "move up". 8 x 30, whatever the quality, are go-anyware glasses that you can tuck inside your jacket. 10 x 50, whatever make, are big heavy lumps hanging around your neck and bouncing about by comparison. My 30 year old 8 x 30s go everywhere with me. I have 8 x 42 Geovids but these are strictly for shooting use.
  12. A small but significant win for wildfowling in difficult times for our way of life.
  13. Scully, I don't care if it will work or not - I am past caring about BASC or for that matter sarcasm on this forum. I am simply indicating that there are mechanisms in place, in reply to the question from Lloyd90. BASC policy has been influenced in the past both by Colin Greenwood's repeated visits to AGM and by the collective action of wildfowlers in getting members onto Council. No doubt it would be more difficult today.
  14. BASC is not a charity, and its governance is quite different from NT. As a member, there are two obvious ways to influence policy. the first is to bring a resolution to the AGM. The second is to stand for election to Council.
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