This section is for books written by hunters or clients associated with Bubye Valley Conservancy.
Title: “Cut to the Chase”
Author: Pete Fick
Description: Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s major big game hunting destinations and Pete Fick is one of Zimbabwe’s best known, most respected professional hunters. You can hardly think of a major area in that country where Pick Fick has not hunted professionally or worked on problem animal control and culling. The phrase “cut to the chase” originated with the silent film industry as a direction to film editors when wanting to move quickly from obligatory sequences to more exciting chase scenes or final acts. Along the way it came to mean: focus on what is important, get to the point and, later on, to pursue with intent to capture or kill. In the big game hunting industry it is a familiar phrase.
As you will learn, Pete Fick is a Professional Hunter who believes in the philosophy of cut to the chase. As a young man he was influenced by the riveting stories of his Uncle Willem, some of which are included here. After school he joined the Parks Department where he became proficient at culling elephant. The stories he relates about this part of his big game hunting career are fascinating. It is interesting to note how culling and hunting have their own different rules of engagement. During his time with the Game Dept. He shot over “1,000 elephants” plus many buffalo, lions and leopards. He had more than his share of charging elephants, as well as mishaps when the professionals culling charging elephants sometimes got their signals crossed. Exciting stuff, indeed. However, after a while he became disillusioned with politics and government red tape. His Parks days came to an end when he decided to become a professional hunter.