AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER
2018 MARKETING SEASON NOW UNDERWAY
Our 2017 safari season is still going strong, however on August 1 of each year we begin planning for the next safari season, and we kick off that effort with four marketing venues in Texas each year. For those clients that live in Texas we trust you are familiar with the Texas Trophy Hunters Association (TTHA): http://www.ttha.com/hunters-extravaganza/.
TTHA holds venues in Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Corpus Christie and they occur on back-to-back weekends beginning the first weekend in August. Here are the locations and dates:
Houston, Texas: NRG Center, August 4-6
Fort Worth, Texas: Fort Worth Convention Center, August 11-13
San Antonio, Texas: Freeman Coliseum Expo Center, August 18-20
Corpus Christi, Texas: American Bank Center, August 25-27
We first started attending these venues a few years ago, and Texas has been very kind to us. We now have a strong clientele in Texas and look forward to seeing old friends at each of these venues as well as meeting new friends. This year we would like to provide an incentive for clients to refer potential new clients to us.
INCENTIVE #1: For any existing client that provides a referral who then books a safari we will provide the existing client 2 full days of free hunting on their next safari with us. By way of example, if 4 referrals book a safari the existing client receives 8 full days of hunting without having to pay a daily rate.
INCENTIVE #2: For any existing client that procures a group of 4 or more paying clients to book a group safari on the same dates, the existing client will receive free round trip airfare (from Atlanta or Washington DC) as well as 8 full days of hunting without having to pay a daily rate.
BUSHMANS QUIVER HARVESTS ITS FIRST GOLDEN WILDEBEEST
In May of this year proud hunters Dr Mark Wilson and Dr Erik Lacy harvested two handsome golden wildebeest bulls under the expert eye of PH’s Stephan van der Merwe and FC Prinsloo. These were the first ever golden wildebeest harvested by Bushmans Quiver.
The golden wildebeest is a color variant of the typical blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and is not a separate sub-species as many would like to believe. There are indeed five sub-species of blue wildebeest, including the Cookson’s wildebeest, Nyasaland wildebeest, Western white-bearded wildebeest, Eastern white-bearded wildebeest, including the common blue wildebeest itself. While there are some morphological differences between the sub-species, the main differentiation is due to the isolated geographical regions in which each occurs.
Golden wildebeest were first observed in the 1920’s by farmers and ranchers in the Limpopo River Basin adjacent to the Tuli Block of Botswana. The recessive gene that causes this color distinction was common in this herd, and observers first thought they were sighting yellow cattle of their domestic herds that had escaped from their own cattle herds. However, repeated sightings occurring at shorter distances confirmed these to be wildebeests.
Seventy years later the first golden wildebeest was captured for incorporation into a scientifically based breeding program. Since then it has taken 25 additional years to produce herds large enough to support a conservation-based hunting program. However, individual specimen prices have been so high that only a small number of animals were hunted each year. Over the past three years numbers have increased and prices subsided to the level that we are now able to introduce these animals to the sport-minded hunter. Trophy fees on golden wildebeest for the 2018 safari season will be $4850—per our Standard Price List. However, as always, we do our utmost to give the client the best possible prices based upon total number of trophies harvested, total number of days on safari, and total number of hunters in the safari group, so please contact us with your particular trophy preferences. We are also beginning to hunt black impala for $4250.
DELAYED BOOKING PROGRAM PROVES TO BE CONTINUING SUCCESS
The 2017 marketing year was a bit unusual for us. We began our marketing effort for the 2017 safari season on August 1, 2016. This is what we typically do: start our marketing effort in August the year in advance of the upcoming safari season. Initial bookings were steady, but what we noticed is that most of the booking inquiries were for the 2018 safari season instead of 2017. We have been quite busy in 2017, but 2018 is going to be even busier. If you wish to be on safari with us in 2018 we encourage you to make plans early.
Alternatively, if your plans are oriented towards 2019 you can save some money by obtaining a price quote and then reviewing and approving your 2019 safari documents before July 1, 2018. If you do this, we will provide you a quote based on 2018 prices and you will preserve those prices into 2019, thereby avoiding price increases that usually impact us about August 1 of each year. We have an official name for this program; we call it the Delayed Booking Program. The program has several advantages benefiting the client (including the price savings just mentioned) which are explained on our website (www.bushmansquiver.com). While on the website, be sure to check out our safari planning tool titled the “BQ Handbook”. You will find this very helpful in establishing a safari budget and in preparing yourself for your safari adventure. Look for the “Resources” tab. Mouse click on that and the BQ Handbook is the first item on the drop down menu. If you need further information, please contact one of our pro-staff team members.
LIDIKWE BASE CAMP – WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
Traditionally, we have been based out of the Limpopo Province, which has been the mecca for plains game hunting in South Africa for quite a number of years. Our Karoi Base Camp just outside of the town of Modimolle is familiar to most of our clients. However, we have expanded to the Western Cape Province east of the town of Oudtshoorn and our Lidikwe Base Camp there is situated on one single block of 30,000 acres of some of the most stunning terrain in the Western Cape. This property is located in a completely different biosphere from the Limpopo Province and offers additional species not found in the high bushveld of the Limpopo. These species include the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, Vaal (grey) rhebok, Cape bushbok, black wildebeest and cape kudu. This property has not been hunted on a regular basis for a decade and contains very fine specimens of all the species found there. In addition, large herds of eland and cape buffalo abound. The cape buffalo hunting is reminiscent of the typical style of hunting that made East Africa famous many decades ago.
To access our Lidikwe Base Camp involves a 90-minute flight out of OR Tambo International Airport to the airport in George, RSA. However, if you have already hunted out of our Karoi Base Camp in the Limpopo we would like to show our appreciation by offering existing clients the opportunity to hunt the Western Cape at no additional travel expense from the Limpopo. If you book a safari for the 2018 or 2019 safari season we will cover this additional round trip travel expense in order to show our appreciation for your loyalty and as a means of promoting our new hunting concession. Please contact one of our pro-staff team members about this exciting new opportunity.
BRINGING CHILDREN ON SAFARI
Over the years our client base has ranged in age from six years old to “high in the eighties”. However, we especially enjoy and value the look in the eyes of young people when they harvest their first African animal. Our accommodations are perfect for the Africa-bound family. We can accommodate parents and children together in one single chalet, or we can provide separate accommodations to facilitate both privacy and parental supervision via any number of chalets that are proximate to one another.
Safety is always a parental concern on safari (as it should be). We begin each safari with a formal, consistent safety presentation that covers firearms safety, vehicular safety, personal conduct, animal safety, safety inside and outside the hunting concessions, etc. Each of our base camps (Lidikwe and Karoi) are located within reasonable access to medical facilities (see our website for specifics), should they be needed. All of our PHs are first aid certified by the South African Red Cross and we are proud of our flawless safety record to date.
During the 2018 safari season we are offering special parent/child hunting packages, which we believe to be excellent values and which are competitive with any hunting experience anywhere else in the world. Willi Schmidt of Pure Hunting (the hunting show appearing on the Outdoor Channel), brought his son and daughter, Triston and Samantha on safari with Bushmans Quiver in 2015. They bow hunted with us for 10 days, and then we guided them along with Willi’s wife, Sherry, on a 3-day sight-seeing excursion to Kruger National Park. Here’s what Willi had to say about their experience: “Samantha and Triston got more hunting experience in 10 days than several years in the U.S. The expressions on the faces of my kids was priceless as they experienced the thrill of bow hunting Africa.” You can watch a video of their experience on the Pure Hunting website (www.purehunting.com). Each of them took several nice trophies. Here is the mouse click sequence to watch the video: media, video episodes, pure Africa.
“Samantha with her fine waterbok”
“Triston with his warthog”
In 2016 Dr Mark Wilson of Corpus Christi, TX brought his young daughter, Emma, and son, Jack on safari. Here’s what he had to say about his daughter’s experience in particular:
“My 10-year old daughter initially had no interest in hunting at all, and was a bit timid about firing a rifle other than the previous plinking she had done with a .22. However, after days in the bush seeing all the wonderful animals and being personally involved with her brother in his spotting and stalking an impala her level of interest began to rise. Stephan encouraged and coached her to give it a try, spending time with her handling and sighting a .270 at the rifle range. With his calm and steady guidance she was soon shooting comfortably and accurately. A bit later she was able to harvest an ostrich with one well-placed shot at 120 yards. This was a very proud moment in her life as well as the rest of the family. Besides many fine moments and other impressive trophies, that one ostrich will never be forgotten! Without her knowing, we had the skin made into a beautiful backpack, which she will receive as a birthday present in just a few days from now.”
“The Dr Mark Wilson Family with Emma’s ostrich, Emma’s facial expression says it all”
“A proud Jack poses with his impala”
Finally, we define “children” as any individual not yet 18 years of age at the time of the beginning date of their safari. Note that the Republic of South Africa requires that parents traveling with children have in their possession a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate. Airline regulations may also differ from one airline to the next, and requirements do change over time. Please contact one of our pro-staff team members if you have any questions about traveling with children.