Bad will hunt­ing

Scottish Field - - LETTERS -

Guy Grieve’s ar­ti­cle on Frederick Selous [Biggame hunt­ing on Mull, May 2019] lacks the bal­anced view I would have ex­pected from Scot­tish Field.

Selous was a man of his time and at the pe­riod of his visit to Mull, ot­ter hunt­ing was le­gal. To­day's view is quite dif­fer­ent and it is quite wrong for Mr Grieve to give vent to his own prej­u­dices while smear­ing the name of some­one of whom he ap­pears to know lit­tle.

Selous hunted across East Africa at a time when game was plen­ti­ful and it is in­ter­est­ing to note that as late as 1946-7, some thirty years after Selous' death, Uganda re­quired an an­nual cull of 1,000 ele­phants and the then Tan­ganyika 3,000 simply to keep the elephant pop­u­la­tion in check.

To call Selous an ‘ar­se­hole’ is a cheap shot at a man who vol­un­teered his ser­vices, aged 62, as a bush tracker in 1914 when WW1 broke out and lost his life to a ma­chine gun nest at the bat­tle of Be­hobeho. His death was mourned by both sides and among African hunters. He has a me­mo­rial in Tan­za­nia and a huge game re­serve named after him.

An ‘ar­se­hole’ he was not.

Ken Smith, Auchter­arder

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