Chris is a deer manager on the 10,500-acre Euston Estate in Suffolk, he’s an enthusiastic advocate of the countryside and country life. Balancing the estate’s red, roe, Chinese water deer and muntjac population, with the estate’s agricultural requirements is a full-time job, notwithstanding his involvement in regional deer management groups, working as a CIC trophy judge and ambassador for Leica Sport Optics and John Rigby & Co.
Chris is passionate about Rigby, saying, “it’s such an iconic brand with links to all the great hunters of a bygone era and for this reason I wouldn’t have dreamed of getting anything other than a .275 Rigby”. Chris hunts with a Rigby Highland Stalker in .275, which he’s taken to the Scottish Highlands, Sweden and locally in Suffolk.
Based in Zimbabwe, Professional Hunter John Sharp applied for an apprenticeship for his professional hunter’s licence in 1978 in what was then Rhodesia, before undergoing his final exams and proficiency test in 1983 kick starting his career. John has hunted in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In his 34 years of hunting in Africa, John says the Bubye Valley Conservancy (BVC) in the south of Zimbabwe, where he’s based now, is truly the finest area he has encountered.
In the field John’s constant companion is his trusty Rigby .470 double rifle, which he acquired some 20 years ago, which has proved irreplaceable and an essential tool of his trade.
Jay H. Leyendecker
Based in south Texas, Jay is a Professional Hunter, wildlife consultant and heavily involved in ranch real estate, he has long had a deep passion for the land and all things wild. Jay started hunting and shooting at a very young age, at six he hunted his first whitetail deer under the guidance of his grandfather. Growing up he always knew this was the career path he was to pursue, so he volunteered at ranches near his home in Texas to learn the craft of the land and wildlife management, alongside private land biologists.
Fascinated by Africa with its diverse wildlife, Jay’s adventurous spirit first led him to the African continent in the year of 1999. Since that first season he has been traveling to various African countries every year since. He always had a passion for elephants which steered him towards Botswana, where he became one of the very few Americans to become a fully licensed dangerous game Professional Hunter in the history of the country. He has also held a Professional Hunter’s license in Mozambique. Jay conducts safaris annually with his clientele, both in Africa and Texas. He will shortly be receiving a Rigby Highland Stalker in .275 for use on his hunts in Texas and internationally.