The great migration… To the Conventions…
January is the start of what many refer to as Convention Season. The time to wave the African hunting flag. Long flights, many shows, house parties, fund-raiser events and, of course, the major expos – the two big ones being DSC and SCI. It’s a proud time, an annual rendezvous with many familiar faces and, hopefully, meeting many more new ones. But for how long is this model “sustainable” – a word the industry seems quick to use in justifying its existence. The costs are prohibitive and favor the large vendors, or those selling highly priced items. I am not sure that if you were a standalone outfitter, like those of 40 years back, the original backbone of the shows, that you would make it now. Here’s an analogy: It was reported this past year that the wildebeest tended to remain in Tanzania – lack of good grazing so migrating elsewhere was not worth the move. Kenya saw fewer animal numbers. Could be a pure coincidence? Things are definitely changing.
African Hunting Gazette
On a brighter note: In this AHG Monthly is the link to our African Hunting Gazette’s “Convention Issue.” We hope you enjoy it as you click on the link and the digital version reveals our African hunting world. Open it. Pass it on. Share with friends. Please play a role in helping this continent’s wildlife thrive. The printed edition will be on the way to you if you subscribe. You can also find it in the gun permit office in Joburg, and at Afton if you visit us, or in your outfitter’s camp.
January means you can see who’s IN this reputable group. Demand for the exclusive (and limited) African Dawn membership is increasing, as the program gathers weight and momentum. Weight, in that we have a robust line-up of major African hunting outfitters from who to choose your next safari; momentum, because we are doing more for, and more with this group of operators. They compete for your hunting time and dollars, and we promote them equally. And with plans to work even further as a team to boost the holy grail of hunting Africa, we hope you enjoy browsing through the 2022 catalogue.
Africa: Ready for your 2022 safari, and from all of us – have a wonderful year ahead.
Richard [email protected]
PS: if you love what we stand for, what we produce and think you could play a role – we invite you to sign up, spread the word, and help build African hunting.