Dear African hunters, enthusiasts and outfitters
Most deaths occur on the way down…
That is if you’re on Everest.
It’s to do with not enough understanding what the second half requires. When extreme fatigue sets in, not enough understanding of how this, along with problems faced turn to tragedy – and too much focus on summitting.
With hunting, the focus is too much on getting the trophy – but then after that?
At Afton this week, Greg from California had his first hunt – which was in Zim, and which is, still after two more safaris, his most memorable. But the buffalo and plains game dream safari – ended with trophies gone!
What can go wrong? Well depending on the species… here are some of the problems.
Poor field preparation, hair slip, trophies get lost, outfitter not licensed, no authority to hunt where he did, or he did something dodgy with the permits office and they help the approval process, taxidermist goes bust and or loses them, or sells the trophies, can’t export the animals because it could have been an illegal hunt, the species could be non-exportable. I kid you not!
These are ALL situations I have personally dealt with in just the last 12 months. Covid has thankfully given people more time to ask more questions.
And while it is extremely disheartening, at least we know about it and I am trying to do something about it. Aside from the utter disappointment for the hunters, it gives Africa and her hunting a bad reputation. We’ve worked hard, and most of the outfitters have worked, and are working hard to grow hunting in Africa and we just do not need this.
So please do your preparation.
There are a lot of great outfitters out there and this has to be your go to point to start with. We are here as a NEUTRAL, independent operation and can help.
So if you have any concern or need some help – please shout. If we can’t help, I am confident we can point you in the right direction.
This month is that special month – when the days start getting longer in southern Africa. Our featured animal is the bushbuck, which has to be the most gorgeous and widely distributed small antelope and should be on every hunter’s wish list.