By Finn & Berit Aagaard
Finn Aagaard was once a distinct guy. He used to be a hugely revered Kenya specialist hunter (1967–1977) and, later, a gun specialist and author. After the looking ban in Kenya, he and his spouse of thirty-two years, Berit, moved to the united states the place Finn grew to become a searching consultant in Texas. quickly thereafter he grew to become a author for the NRA, and his critiques on weapons, calibers, and African searching won him all over the world reputation. the 1st a part of Aagaard's African Adventures includes the total, unique manuscript of Aagaard's Africa, which used to be released in an abridged shape in 1991. Berit, who knew him higher than an individual, has accelerated on Finn's looking tales whereas supplying new, and never-before-published fabric present in Finn's meticulously stored journals courting again to 1956. including those and the adventures and stories recorded on CDs presently ahead of his loss of life, she paints a different photograph of the fellow. We stick to Finn throughout the bloody Mau Mau rebellion; we examine what it took to develop into a PH;...
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Finn acquired an excellent library during his professional career, and we exchanged volumes on various occasions. He retained what he read, and developed a greater degree of critical analysis than is often evident in professional hunters. A great deal has been written about big-game hunting, both in Africa and elsewhere, and a good bit of it is utter balderdash. Finn understood the difference between the authoritative and the foolish, and this gave rise to several bull sessions, the memory of which I treasure.
However, even with the width and depth of Finn’s knowledge and accomplishments, he was at heart a modest man. As a writer he precisely measured and crafted every word and phrase with a hunter’s attention to detail so that his point precisely be conveyed. Coupled with his unwavering honesty, it made his writing timeless. It was due to Finn’s forthright honesty that he and I first became acquainted. Finn became a staff writer for the National Rifle Association shortly after immigrating to the United States.
I learned to tread lightly on the burning-hot sand in the creek bottom and avoid the sticker patches in the woods. We built dams on the little streams and trapped minnows and floated homemade toy sailboats there. We went hiking and camping and rock climbing there. Far taught me to hunt there. So that ranch is still very much a part of who I am. Somehow I knew this arrangement wouldn’t hold forever and this might be my last chance to see the ranch. Other things, too, were changing. Far’s cancer had taken a turn for the worse.