Long before the hunting season starts, safe hunters set a goal of achieving thorough knowledge of their weapon. This means much more than gaining an understanding of game laws, regulations, and which forms to fill out. It means knowing every aspect of the weapon. Anything less is irresponsible, and irresponsible hunting can prove disastrous. Switching from hunting with a rifle to hunting with a handgun presents many challenges.
For example, even choosing the correct handgun will depend on the species of game being hunted. No single weapon will provide the perfect solution for all animals. Big game hunting can be achieved with single-shot handguns, five- or six-shot revolvers, or semi-automatic handguns. Hunters need to do their homework not only on the type of game, but also on the type of shooter they are as well as how the expected weather conditions will affect the gun’s performance.
Selecting the proper caliber will also prevent unnecessarily wounding an animal, which could lead to a deadly attack. Prior to engaging in big game hunting, hunters must make sure their marksmanship is up to standard. Experienced hunters recommend practicing firing the weapon in numerous positions, regardless of how unlikely they may seem at the time. Hunters should learn to fire with both hands. In addition, be prepared for shorter shooting distances when dealing with a handgun as opposed to a rifle.
Other obvious safety issues include never pointing a gun at anything other than the target. Be aware of certain dangerous “time zones,” involving the handling of handguns. These include showing the weapon, removing the gun from its holster, and loading or unloading the gun. Extreme caution must be demonstrated at these times.
About the Author:
Anthony Sages’ hunting experience includes big game hunting in both Alaska and Africa.
While video games are ubiquitous in Western culture today, few are aware that the popular form of entertainment traces its history all the way back to 1947. The earliest form of a video game was patented as an entertainment device using cathode ray tube beams to simulate missile fire at aircraft printed on a screen overlay. According to the patent application, players could turn knobs on the device to aim the beam and press a button to fire it. The screen was mounted in a cabinet, making the bulky game large and not viable for personal use.
During the 1950s and 1960s, mainframe computer programmers developed video games as side projects. None of the games saw commercial introduction. In 1961, developers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a game called Spacewar! on the DEC PDP-1 computer. The game enjoyed widespread popularity and was the precursor to many computer games coming after it, including arcade games such as Galaxy Game and Space Wars.
In the 1970s, developers were able to create arcade video games that offered players something different than pinball. The Galaxy Game was installed in Stanford University’s student union, and it served as the first coin-operated video game. Another offshoot of Spaceware!, Computer Space, became the first mass-produced coin-operated video game. The company that created it, Nutting Associates, produced 1,500 units for commercial sale.
When Atari, Inc., released Pong in 1972, they first manufactured it for use in computer arcades. With the success of the arcade units, Atari created the home console version in 1974 and began selling it to great success in 1975. Many manufacturers followed suit, flooding the market with games similar in style and play to Pong.
By the late 1970s, a new generation of console games were on the market, using interchangeable cartridges containing arcade-style games like Space Invaders. This led to the expansion of both gaming arcades and home use. The early 1980s brought an array of new styles of video games, due in large part to the growing use of personal computers in homes. During the 1980s, players could participate in action adventure games like The Legend of Zelda, maze games like Pac-Man, simulator games such as Battlezone, and many others.
From these earliest forms of electronic entertainment, video games have evolved into graphically rich, complex experiences that can be played on consoles, cell phones, handheld devices, computers, the Internet, and in arcades. In 2010, the video game industry earned $10.5 billion in revenue.
About the author: Anthony Sages is an executive with AXA Financial, Inc., in New York City. While he participates in many active pursuits such as extreme skiing and marathon running, he also enjoys the simple pleasures of a great video game.
Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa
Jeffrey’s Bay may possibly stand out as the most popular surfer destination in the world. Immortalized in the film Endless Summer, Jeffrey’s Bay boasts long, perfectly shaped waves, providing many with the surf session of a lifetime. Most popular in the winter months, between June and August, Jeffrey’s Bay has experienced rapid expansion from the influx of tourists and visiting surfers as well as a number of surf competitions, such as the well-publicized Billabong Pro, one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the industry.
For avid surfers, Indonesia represents the ultimate surfer’s paradise. Imagined by many as a quiet island with an abundance of un-crowded wave spots, Bali fulfills the desire for tropical escapism, cultural submergence, and a sun-filled vacation time. While many are surprised at the sheer volume in which surfers flock to this destination, others do find places of serene solitude with private beach time and solo wave sessions; it’s simply a matter of planning accordingly.
Gold Coast, Australia
Located in Queensland, Australia, situated on the Northeastern portion of the continent, the Gold Coast has long been recognized as one of the most sought after surf destinations in the world. Blessed with generous amounts of sun, sand, and scenic coastline, the Gold Coast is actually a city, with nearly 600,000 residents, making it the 6th largest city within Australia. With beaches like Surfer’s Paradise and The Spit, it’s not hard to see why the region attracts so many surfers from around the world.
About the Author:
Anthony Sages serves as the Chief Sales Officer and Divisional President for AXA Advisors, LLC. In his free time, Anthony Sages enjoys surfing, skiing, and running, which help him to remain balanced and full of energy. Anthony Sages lives in New York City and also takes advantage of travel opportunities whenever possible. He hopes to visit his dream surfing destinations in the near future.
With a defined passion for classic rock, I enjoy several progressive rock ‘n’ roll acts. Among these bands are The Rolling Stones, an epic English rock band that once started as a blues band and found its calling in rock ‘n’ roll. Musicians Keith Richards, who played guitar and sang as well, and Mick Jagger, the lead vocalist, formed The Rolling Stones in 1961, first recording only cover songs. Other original members of The Rolling Stones are Brian Jones, who played guitar and harmonics, Geoff Bradford, who played guitar, pianist Stu Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor, and drummer Mick Avery.
The Rolling Stones gained popularity in the U.S. during the “British Invasion” period of music influence in the 1960s. After the band defined its style, The Rolling Stones wrote some of the most widely recognized rock songs. The legendary group was named as the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009, and The Rolling Stones previously received a number 10 ranking in Billboard magazine’s “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.”
In 1989, The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act that signifies the band’s influence on contemporary music and popularity among the citizens of the U.S. Some of the most popular songs released by the band include “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Brown Sugar.”
Located southeast of the Greek mainland, the island of Santorini remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Santorini came into existence after a catastrophic volcanic eruption thousands of years ago caused the volcanic cone to collapse, forming a caldera. The island features a hot, dry climate unique among other Greek islands and boasts some of the most fantastic beaches in Europe. Since different beaches expose different geologic layers with various colors of solidified lava, they each have a distinctive color, such as red, black, and white. The island’s distinctive architecture resembles that of other islands in the Cyclades, with the people of Santorini utilizing whitewashed and limewashed local stone in their buildings, except for the hyposkapha. These interesting rooms extend into the natural pumice of the island directly from the house, creating an incredibly insulated room that remains cool in the summer and retains heat in the winter.
Although tourism has increased to become the island’s primary source of income over the past couple of decades, Santorini continues to offer the world a number of unusual products, including several interesting varieties of produce. With volcanic ash soil, Santorini produces an incredible variety of tomatoes, white eggplants with unusually soft and sweet flesh, and large cucumbers that develop melon-like flavors as they ripen. The island also produces a bean dish known as fava that many recognize as the best in the world. A small, but booming, wine industry also exists on the islands and relies on an indigenous grape species. The primary wine export, Vinsanto, has achieved worldwide fame as a strong, dark dessert wine. Santorini wineries also produce dry, citrusy white wines.
Those who visit Santorini should be sure to explore the volcanic caldera, hike up to the historic capital called the Ancient Thira, scuba dive around underwater ruins, visit the wineries, and take a horseback ride along the beach. Other attractions include a gorgeous monastery and the Faros lighthouse. The tourist season in Santorini begins around March 1, which is one of the best times of the year to visit.
I have gone on big game hunts across the globe, and the experience varies considerably depending on the terrain, the types of animals being hunted, and the equipment used for the excursion. You can chase big game with anything from a crossbow to elephant guns loaded with nitro express cartridges. But regardless of how you hunt, you should first research the different regions of the world particularly known for their big game.
In South America, hunting enthusiasts enjoy Argentina for big game hunting opportunities. Some of the species are native to the region while others are imported. Argentina features a wide range of landscapes, so you will find different animals in the plains area near Buenos Aires than you will in the mountains of Patagonia or the tropical brushes of the north. Each of the provinces in the Argentine republic sets its own rules for hunting, so you can virtually pursue the sport year-round, depending on which province you visit. Just make sure to check the local licensing rules first. Some of the species you can find in Argentina include water buffalo, Russian boar, several types of stags and deer, ibex, and pumas.
The island nation of New Zealand also boasts a reputation for fantastic big game hunting. Most of the game in this location was brought over by settlers from other parts of the world; native species predominantly consist of birds such as the kiwi. Due to a lack of natural predators, many of the imported species have reproduced extensively, and game overpopulation poses a problem for local farming and wildlife conservation. As such, you can find plenty of opportunities to chase your big game of choice in New Zealand.
Of course, no discussion of big game hunting hotspots would be complete without mentioning Africa. Across the continent, innumerable opportunities for hunting exist. Enthusiasts talk about the “Big Five” hunting species: elephant, lion, leopard, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros. These are not only large game animals but also very dangerous prey to hunt, increasing the thrill of the chase. For the first-time African game hunter, numerous companies offer safari packages, including Big Five hunting trips. The diversity of hunting in Africa is so great that professional guidance makes a big difference. Consider a reputable group, such as Safari Club International, if you are not sure where to start.
In my current position As Chief Sales Officer and Divisional President of AXA Advisors, LLC, I head a staff of 7,000 financial professionals, 70 branch managers, and 2 divisional presidents. Prior to my career in the financial services industry I attended The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) on a football scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Two years later, I completed a Master of Business Administration at the same institution.
Founded in 1886 as the private Chattanooga University, UTC has been a part of the University of Tennessee System since its 1969 merger with Chattanooga City College. Today UTC, alongside UT Knoxville and UT Martin, is one of three core institutions comprising the state university system. UTC’s total student enrollment is nearly 11,000 and it fields several teams in the highly competitive Southern NCAA Division I Conference. UTC offers nearly 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations, with highly regarded programs including business, chemistry, accounting, engineering, and English.
UTC also offers pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. The UTC College of Business undergraduate business program is highly respected and prominent on the BusinessWeek list of top 100 business schools. One of the distinguishing features of the program is the closeness faculty maintain with students, providing one-on-one counseling that guides them into productive career pathways. The rigorous instruction and practical advice I received from UTC faculty certainly helped me chart a successful career path after college.
An aspect of the UTC business program I admire is its closeness to the Chattanooga business community, enhanced through association with PLUGDIN. Operated by the River City Company in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, PLUGDIN affords some 20 UTC business students unique opportunities of participating in business networking events, forging ties with some of the area’s most prominent companies. To learn more about UTC and the College of Business, visit www.utc.edu