We have just finished our last two safaris for the year. We ended with 26 excellent trophies for the week. I have added a few photos. What a great season it has been. We started 1 March and kept at it until 15 November, hunting just short of 300 trophies. We had a record number of husbands and wives visiting this year. Ladies it was a pleasure having you in camp and to those of you who hunted–Well done. It has always amazed me how well the ladies shoot, very often showing up the men.
To the families who joined us, thank you for letting us share in this awesome experience. My fondest memories each year are the times I get to spend in the bush with my son and daughter. Unfortunately not enough. Then to all the men, whether you travelled alone or with a group, it was great spending time talking about the hunt, politics, finance and just about everything of mutual interest.
Cecil The Lion saga certainly damaged our reputation as hunters and conservationists. Many out there cannot and will not understand the importance of hunting in conservation. Herewith a few facts to prove the point:
1. Kenya banned hunting in 1979. By 2012 the Kenyan game numbers had dropped by 75%.
2. Trophy hunting started in South Africa late seventies. In 1979 our game population was estimated to be 800 000. South Africa has become the biggest safari destination in Africa over the last twenty years. In 2012 our game
numbers were estimated to be 18 Million. Need I say more.
I will be travelling in the USA from 20 January until 6 February 2016. I have already scheduled to link up with some of you. If I have not scheduled to see you and you are interested in planning another trip, please drop me a mail.
To end off I would like to WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS