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The next morning we are all up early for breakfast. We watch the animals roam the valley below us as we eat. We are coming back here to stay again tonight so we do not have to load up all our gear. About 9 AM we all load into two trucks for the two hour drive to one of the main entrances of Kruger Park.
After a brief stop at the main gate to get checked in, we enter the massive park, which is about about three million acres. We drive only a short and begin to see animals, lots of animals-elephants, zebra, impala, hippos, crocodiles, a huge 62 inch Kudu, giraffes and more. There are huge ant hills everywhere!
Proceeding to the Elephant museum, we see whole elephant skeleton, elephant skulls and huge tusks, There are plaques with the history of some of the park’s more famous bull elephants.
There is also a display that shows some of the methods that poachers have used over the years to poach elephants for their tusks. Some of these are pretty dirty tricks.
We hit the little store to stock up on drinks and snacks for the rest of the tour. Leon and I are playing a game of “guess how many inches those horns are.” He is beating me badly.
At midday we get to another stop area and have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the river, which is filled with hippos and crocodiles. You can even feed the hippos. I don’t think they recommend trying that with the crocs, however.
After lunch we load back into the trucks and start the long drive back to return to the lodge. We make our way back to the lodge on the mountain and arrive just before dark. Dinner and a short time at the fire and off to our rooms we all go. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.
Arriving back at Infinity Camp, my other clients have arrived and already gotten a duiker and an impala. I am excited to meet up with them and spend some time in the hides (blinds) filming their hunts.
Gawie and Brad are going to a different property to hunt Eland or Nyala and invite me to go along and run the camera, so off we go. We check in with the man in charge of the property we’re hunting and load onto his truck. We see lots of animals but none we are after. We almost got Brad a shot at a big warthog but it was too quick. Off into the tall grass it disappeared.
We followed after it for a bit but it was gone. Back to the truck and to a different part of the property, Gawie spots a nice Nyala in the distance. Off the truck we pile and into the bush we head, Gawie in the lead, then Brad, and me following along behind, camera ready.
We stalk around to get the wind right and close the distance. He is moving ahead, quartering away from us. Then, in the grass Gawie spots another one, one that is unaware of our presence. We get into position as the Nyala stands up to see what the other one was heading away from. BOOM! The Nyala runs 30 yards and goes down. Nice shot Brad!
We make quick work of getting the photos taken and load the Nyala in the truck to get him to the cooler as soon as possible.
Next on our list is an Eland but there are none to be found. We decide to call it a day and head back to camp.
On the way, Gawie gets the call that Daudi, one of my bowhunting clients, has shot an Impala with his longbow. He is hunting the Bushbuck hide on the other side of the mountain. We swing into camp to get Mauser, the tracking dog, and over the mountain we head. When we arrive, Johan and Daudi get out of the hide. We find part of his arrow and start to follow the trail, Mauser in the lead. We only go about 30 yards and there he is, a nice Impala ram. Daudi had made a near perfect shot! Some quick photos before we lose all daylight and back across the mountain to camp we head.
Soon, the drums beat, signaling that dinner is ready! Tonight is zebra steaks! Thanks Brad!
Tomorrow I will be filming Dean’s hunt from the Graveyard hide. I can’t wait!
In May of this year, a farmer in southeast Iowa was pinned by a piece of machinery and killed; later that month, an eastern Iowa man was killed when his tractor was struck by a semi. In June, a teenage farm girl died in an ATV incident. These are just a few of the tragedies that will become Iowa’s farm fatality statistics.
This year, the theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Farm Safety…A Legacy to be Proud of.” We talk a lot about farm transitions in Iowa, as we work hard to develop a new generation of farmers to continue our traditions. Unfortunately, we do not incorporate the health and safety of those new farmers often enough into the legacy of farming.
Statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) show that the fatality rate for farmers and farm workers is about 20 deaths per 100,000 workers. Compare this to the overall rate of occupational fatalities in the US (3.4 per 100,000 workers) and it becomes clear that we have a problem with our agricultural legacy.
Research conducted in New York found that, within five years of a farm fatality, nearly three quarters of the families who operated the farms where the incidents occurred no longer operated them, and nearly half no longer lived on the farms at all. These numbers are startling, and should remind us all that a fatality in a farming family can eliminate the legacy of that farm all together.
Tractors, particularly tractor rollovers, remain the leading cause of injury and fatalities on farms, in Iowa and nationwide. Nearly half of all tractors currently in operation do not have a rollover protective structure (ROPS), a requirement for any tractor manufactured after 1985. The use of a ROPS, with a fastened seatbelt, virtually eliminates the risk of a fatality if the tractor rolls over. Retrofitting a tractor requires some investment of time and money, but if it prevents a fatality, there is little question that it’s worthwhile.
Tractors aren’t the only farm hazard, as recent fatalities in grain bins and manure pits in Iowa show. As our grain storage capabilities increase, and livestock production becomes more and more efficient, the hazards to workers can also increase.
While fatalities clearly affect a farm’s legacy, so do the less catastrophic injuries and diseases that tend to come with farm work. If there is one primary operator, the profit loss associated with time lost to recover from an injury can be a major setback. And don’t forget the loss of quality, and sometimes length, of life associated with hearing loss, chronic lung disease, or skin cancer—all prevalent conditions in agricultural workers.
The good news is that farm injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are almost always preventable. Engineered solutions on tractors, including ROPS as well as shielding and guarding of moving parts, reduce loss of life and limbs. Having a safety plan, as any business should, can do a lot identify and reduce hazards, encourage safe work practices, and reduce injuries.
Iowa’s farmers are the foundation of our most important economic industry, but the high rates of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that come with farming put the legacy of agriculture at risk. For more information, go to www.i-cash.org.
Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is a collaborative effort between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. I-CASH works to improve the health and safety of the agricultural population by developing statewide interventions and educational initiatives.
“This is a great way for ‘Iowa lovers’ to share what they like about rural and urban Iowa,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director. “First place will receive $50, second place $25. Both will receive a one-year subscription to Pioneer Communication’s The Iowan Magazine.”
The deadline is December 23, 2016 and entries must be submitted as high resolution JPEG electronically to email@example.com. $5 entry fee, contest rules and payment can be made at www.keepiowabeautiful.com/media/photography-content
Keep Iowa Beautiful empowers Iowans to bring cultural and economic vitality into communities through improvement and enhancement programs. By working directly with Iowa communities, corporations and private citizens, KIB is building new citizen pride in caring for Iowa. KIB wants to learn what resonates with Iowans based on the photographs they share through this photography contest. Photos and winner’s names will be posted on the KIB website and featured in the KIB Newsletter.
The Council then met in regular session as Mayor Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM.
Hawkins Memorial Library Director Jolene Kronschnabel presented the Hawkins Library FY16 Report. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, patrons saved $246,924 by using the library to borrow materials instead of purchasing them outright. 25,892 items were circulated during the year and local daycare providers borrowed 1,316 books. A total of 14,321 local patrons utilized the library and 9,778 patrons from the surrounding area utilized the library’s programs and services.
In preparation of the sale of property to East Central Iowa Cooperative, the Council forwarded a request to the Planning and Zoning Commission to vacate the portion of Elm Street between Lot 0, Block 16 and Lot 9, Block 17 of Railroad Addition and rezone it to M-1 “Heavy Industrial/Manufacturing.
The Council forwarded a similar request to Planning and Zoning to vacate a portion of McCoy Avenue after receiving an offer to purchase that portion by Lloyd and Sue Bathen.
Certain utility vehicles (UTVs) could soon be allowed to legally operate on City streets, as the Council adopted the first of reading to amend Chapter 76 of the Code of Ordinances, Golf Carts. A total of three readings must be adopted before any changes go into effect.
In other business, the City’s Fiscal Year 2016 Street Financial Report was approved. The report provides a summary of the City’s use of Road Use Tax dollars and other street monies.
The Council also confirmed the appointment of Mary Jo Albright to the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Commission.