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Is the hunting success in the genes?

Pulling your weightPeople are chasing as long as there are people. But when we bend our fingers, we have recently been explored. Science Expert Dr. Nina Krüger explains what determines the selectivity and thus the probability of our hunting success.
is it the preparation?

Since I actively hunt, my father knows already in March whether and where interesting bucks stand in the area. Meticulously, he prepares the first of May, cuts seats, builds new ones, and converts ladders. But it is only when I have killed one of his chosen bucks that he makes himself one of the remaining ones. He always gives me precedence.

Dirk, on the other hand, is a huntsman who does not want to make any mistakes before others. If he is invited by friends, he rarely shoots something out of fear that he may have spoken wrong. On a chase in Hungary, however, in which some friends, but also a whole series of completely unknown, participated, he suddenly broke up several times and shot four sows in a bustle.

Two completely different hunting events that justify the question: When do we hunt like? Do the situation and the society in which we are moving make us dare, generous, or hesitant in hunting?

Human motivation for hunting

Why we hunt, we have often been asked. How we hunt, however, has hitherto been a rare subject of general and scientific interest outside the huntsman. Investigations were limited to the visible effects on age class, phenotype and gender distribution of the hunted game.

However, since a reduction in the quantity of shellfish is desired throughout Europe, a Norwegian research group has raised the question of what influences us on the hunt to shoot a certain piece, and what factors play a role in this decision making – with the aim of better understanding As we hunt, and to incorporate the human factor into future management measures.

hunting success

Embossed by a value system

Particularly in Germany, but also in other countries, the hunters have created their own value system which, in addition to the legal provisions, is a rule for hunting. This is partly the result of feudal times, partly modern ethics, which are intended to ensure the sustainable management of wildlife and to take account of animal welfare considerations.

The central question of the Norwegian study was, therefore, how strictly these rules are maintained by voluntary self-control and what role it plays, where, when, what, and with whom we hunt.

Pressure factor ?

The research group, which consisted of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, from Heidelberg and colleagues from the University of Oslo, has looked at the collected data of the Norwegian deer stretches from 1999 to 2010 in order to answer this question.

In Norway, it is a requirement that hunters should fill in a data form in which they provide information on the number of hours they have spent on the hunt. Besides, what came in sight and what actually could be killed. A total of 20,203 observations and 214,628 sightings were evaluated.

Although only one game was considered, it can be assumed that the results can also be transferred to other game species. Since the researchers also included weather data and the moon phase in their analysis, they finally looked at 181,989 situations in which the hunters had to answer the question: Shoot or run?



Malaria-free safari alternative to the Kruger National Park

safari The trip to Africa confronted us with the topics of malaria and malaria-free safari.
Many people, perhaps you too, are extremely afraid to infect themselves with malaria on their journey through South Africa or other countries.

If you are affected by this fear and have not visited the African continent for this reason, we would like to give you a great and malaria-free safari alternative to the Kruger National Park.
But let’s start at the beginning!

Not all African countries are 100% malaria

Our Namibian route led us to the majority through malaria-free areas and also South Africa is a country in which you are not permanently in a Malariagebiet!

However, when we visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa, we stayed for 7 days in a Malariage area.
Here, the risk of infection is given and e.g. By large human masses, is higher and more likely to be higher in percentage terms than in other parts of South Africa.

In order to prevent malaria we did not use any stand-by medicine and no tablets like malarone or similar means, but had only this  mosquito spray or mosquito spray , which by the high DEET content worked very well (also perfect for the Asia vacation or The lake in Germany, where mosquitoes are so abundant). The spray is currently sold out, but * HERE * you find a good alternative, which we have always used during our Thailand holidays!
When we did not use the spray, we were stabbed a few times, but fortunately we were not infected by a mosquito with malaria. If you are a backpackers then you should know to mosquito protection tips.

Malaria – a deadly risk?

Before we come to the topic of malaria-free safari and a very good and beautiful alternative to the Kruger National Park, let’s take a brief look at malaria!

The media in Western countries are often afraid of malaria.
In the news you always hear how many people, e.g. In Africa, die of malaria!
This is also true, but fear is largely unfounded!

Do not get us wrong, malaria can be fatal, but the prospects for healing are very good.
If you are physically in good shape, notice the contagion quickly and then you go to a hospital immediately, as a rule, nothing worse happens to you!


In Africa, many people die from malaria because they can not afford the doctor and the drugs, the disease is not properly interpreted, or because the way to a hospital, with the right drugs, is just too far!

So if you are fit (from where we go when you go to a foreign and distant continent like Africa), you look at the “malaria signs” and if you go directly to a hospital in case of suspicion, malaria is probably not Deadly go out!

Nevertheless, precaution is recommended by a * spray *, tablets or at least in the evening longer and bright clothes or beige * safari clothing *, advisable!
Discuss the topic best with your doctor / tropical medicine and make yourself also smart (internet, experience reports and co.).

Malaria-free safari in the Welgevonden Game Reserve – the Kruger National Park alternative

If your fear of malaria is still too great or if you are not in the best physical condition, but if you like to go to South Africa and do a safari, we have a really great Kruger National Park alternative for you, where a malaria-free safari is no problem!

What is meant is the Welgevonden Game Reserve!

The Welgevonden Game Reserve is just 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on traffic) of Johannesburg, more specifically in the “Waterberg District” of the Limpopo province and is therefore perfect for your Africa holiday and a malaria-free safari.

The Game Reserve is not only a highlight because it is NOT a malaria area and really is considered as a completely malaria-free zone, but also because of the many beautiful animals that you can see there over 38,000 hectares of land.

Large Kudu bull

Travel and accommodation in the Welgevonden Game Reserve

Traveling from Johannesburg by car and navi should not be a problem for you.
When you arrive at the Welgevonden Game Reserve entrance you pass a gate, park your car and then a ranger of your accommodation should wait for you, because you can not go around with your own car.

Next, your baggage is packed into the ranger’s van or trailer, followed by a brief “check-in”, where you will get some snacks and drinks, and you will start your journey towards accommodation.

There are many  different accommodations  at the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
Here we can recommend the Ekuthuleni Lodge and the Tshwene Lodge from our own and very positive experience – both Lodges have something for themselves, but later on.