Bad will hunting
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