Doug Giles

Mark has a maxim that he lives by when hunting dangerous game and it is this: Let’s let the animal decide how he’s going to die. Translation? Mark chooses to close the distance between the hunter and the hunted to mere feet and give the animal the insane opportunity to turn him and his clients into worm dirt. Hey, it ain’t for everybody, but it sure makes for page-turning hunting literature and repeat video viewing. Matter of fact, I broke the rewind button on my DVD player because of Mark’s movies. I’m guessing I’ve watched his flicks more than Earl Warren viewed the Zapruder film.

As you can imagine, these lethal critters don’t dig Sullivan’s intrusion into their space and often come in head strong and take him and his clients on. Sullivan has purposely sought out this exchange for the last 18 years and has been “blessed” with this crucible too many times to count. He’s still alive, and I could be wrong, but I’m betting he knows what he is talking about when he writes and speaks about fear and overcoming it.

Matter of fact, if I ran a speaker’s bureau I would sign Sullivan up . . . like right now. Talk about a guy who has looked death in the face more times than Joan Rivers’ husband had to. He has faced fear in its most raw, kill-or-be-killed form and has outlived eight cats with nine lives and thus, I believe, he could greatly help some junior sales punk who’s afraid of being rejected by persnickety clients.

It goes without saying—but I’m going to say it anyway—that Mark’s method of hunting is not for the faint of heart, weak-minded, those late on their life insurance payment or for those just starting Flomax. Hunting Sullivan style requires four things: focus, calculated risk, a big gun and brass wedding tackle. You have to want to hunt in a raw, primal sense to seek out Sullivan—and by the way, who hunts dangerous game and wants to be too safe?

In Fear No Death, Mark is not shy about why he hunts the way he hunts and why you should do it like he does. He often ridicules other professional hunters who do not cowboy up, give the animal its due and their client the greatest bang for their buck by leaving them with undeletable memory burn which comes from close proximity with possible death by the horn, tusk, tooth or foot.

Look, whether you like Mark or not, you must bow and kiss his ring when he speaks about dealing with fear, calibers and weapons for hunting dangerous game and where to place your shot when a ticked off hippo is coming at you full speed and is two feet from your crotch. This is not theory or campfire bluster from Sullivan. If he’s wrong, he doesn’t get fired or get to go back to the lab, no . . . he gets to meet Jesus.

To purchase Mark Sullivan’s destined to be classic book on hunting Africa’s most deadly game, log on to . When you purchase Sullivan’s book, he will throw in one of his amazing $50 hunting DVDs for free. I recommend Greatest Hippo Charges: Vol. 1. While on Mark’s site be sure to check out his little video sampler. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Oh, yes. You’ll see.

So, Christmas shopper . . . forego the socks, neckties and talking bass you were going to get your hunting loved one and get that hunter of yours Boddington’s new DVD and Sullivan’s new book, and your hunter will be happier than a pig in fresh mud. And be sure to tell them Doug Giles and sent you . . .

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.