DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
HUNTING & OUTDOOR SHOWS FOR 2018
Please drop by our booth at these hunting and outdoor shows beginning in 2018. We are always excited to visit with existing clients and meet new safari enthusiasts. We are also happy to discuss your pending safari plans or answer any of your questions relative to the safari experience without obligation of any kind.
2018 International Sportsmen’s Expos
- Denver, Colorado International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE): January 11-14, 2018.
- Salt Lake City, Utah International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE): March 15-18, 2018.
- Scottsdale, Arizona Expo & Boat Show: March 22-25, 2018.
2018 Texas Hunters Extravaganza
- Houston, Texas: Hunters Extravaganza 2018: August 3-5, 2018.
- Ft Worth, Texas: Hunters Extravaganza 2018: August 10-12, 2018.
- San Antonio, Texas: Hunters Extravaganza 2018: August 17-19, 2018.
TTHA Corpus Christi: (Note: Bushmans Quiver normally participates in all the TTHA shows together in August. However, this show was canceled in August 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey and has been moved to March 23-25, 2018. Unfortunately, we are unable to attend due to a conflict. But, we look forward to being back in Corpus Christi at the TTHA in 2019.)
2018 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo
- Salt Lake City, Utah: 2018 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo, February 8-11, 2018
AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE HARVEY
Every August for the past few years Bushman’s Quiver has attended all of the Texas Trophy Hunters Association Extravaganza venues in the four cities of Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. This year, after attending the first three shows, we headed to Corpus Christi for the last show scheduled for August 25-27. We arrived in Corpus Christi on Wednesday 23 intending to set up our booth on the 24th. However, with Hurricane Harvey forecasted to hit the Texas Gulf Coast on the 25th, TTHA wisely decided to cancel the venue and we packed our bags on the 24th and headed back to Colorado. Indeed, on the 25th Harvey made landfall and the rest is history.
Harvey hovered over the state of Texas for seven full days moving off to Louisiana on August 31 classified as a “tropical depression”. In Highlands TX a rain gauge recorded 51.88 inches of rainfall during this period breaking the previous US record. The areas of the state flooded by Harvey are still recovering from this massive storm.
We met with a good number of enthusiastic Texas hunters at each of the three venues we were able to attend and sadly discovered later that many of them were adversely affected by the terrible rains that fell during the storm. We have since been thinking how we might be able to encourage these hunters to not give up on their 2018 safari plans, so we have decided to make the following offer to all Texas hunters.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL TEXAS RESIDENTS
Any resident of Texas wishing to book a safari with Bushmans Quiver during the 2018 or 2019 safari season may do so and Bushmans Quiver will cover the cost of airfare for any hunter (not observers) that books a full price safari. The deadline for acceptance of this offering is January 31, 2018. Certain restrictions and limitations apply. For instance, this offer may not be combined with any other prize winning, discounted packages appearing on our website, etc. Please contact us before January 31, 2018 if you wish to take advantage of this offering and to begin the planning process. There is no obligation and no hidden fees.
END OF THE 2017 SAFARI SEASON
We concluded the 2017 safari season in November of this year making it one of our longest running seasons in quite awhile.
Overall, the quality of the trophy animals we harvested during 2017 was superb as exemplified by this 62 6/8 inch kudu taken by Lantz Horn of Texas. PH Sampie van der Venter tells how it happened:
“Lantz had been under the weather for a couple of days and wasn’t feeling 100%. Accordingly, we planned to take it easy on this day, but I wanted to take him to a concession that we hadn’t hunted very frequently or particularly hard in the last few years. Under these circumstances you never know what you are going to find. Not too long after we began hunting I heard a crashing ahead and saw this monster bull running away in a mad rush. There was not time to accurately assess his trophy potential other than the word ‘monster’ registered instantly. Without any hesitation I blurted ‘Shoot him now!’, and Lantz brought him down with one shot.”
There are three fundamentals about this story that are important:
(1) it pays to be “ready” as Lantz was,
(2) he didn’t question the judgment of his PH; he shot when he was instructed to do so, and
(3) the “Big Boys” are still out there! Let us put YOU on the next one.
US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE UPDATES LION STATUS
Ever since the legal and legitimate harvest of Cecil the Lion in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been under tremendous political pressure from various “animal-rights” organizations to “do something” about the taking of lions, and specifically the importation of legitimately harvested lion taxonomic specimens into the United States. The now former head of USFWS, Dan Ashe (An Obama appointee, and no real friend of hunters many believe) issued a decision on October 20, 2016 regulating the importation of sport-hunted lion trophies into the US under the Endangered Species Act. In effect, the decision was that the US “…..would not allow the import of lion trophies taken from captive bred lion populations in South Africa. However, wild and wild-managed lions from South Africa (were) to be eligible for import permits.” In a further statement that leaves us scratching our collective heads, Director Ashe went on to say that, “Sport hunting of wild and wild-managed lions does contribute to the long-term conservation of the species in South Africa,” and continued to explain that, “Lions are not in trouble because of responsible sport hunting.”
Director Ashe’s statements are all the more puzzling when one considers that South Africa has had a captive bred lion program in existence for at least 40 years. The captive breeding of lions has led to genetically superior lion populations and populations that preserve much of the genetic diversity that is disappearing in the wild. These superior specimens of lion exhibit all the characteristics that hunters most desire and which are not commonly characteristic of wild populations. For instance, a captive bred lion whose lineage is rooted in selective breeding will typically exhibit a full mane, which is most desired by hunters. The tough conditions in the wild bush and random breeding habits of wild populations will typically produce male lions with less desirable manes.
Thus, most hunters, if given the choice, will choose a lion with a full mane. That dynamic means that captive bred lions are more likely to be hunted than a wild lion. Common sense alone would indicate that for every captive bred lion that is shot there is one less wild lion that is harvested. Thus, it is very difficult to understand the scientific benefits of shooting wild and wild-managed lions where the taking of a captive bred lion would serve the same purpose. We are left to conclude then, that this decision is more about being against the captive breeding of game animals than for science based game management. The scary part about this thinking is that if an agency as powerful as the USFWS can be against the captive breeding and subsequent taking of lions, then it can potentially be against the captive breeding of any game animal, thus playing right into the mindset of the animal-rightists.
A year later, on October 2, 2017 USFWS has affirmed its decision and will allow the import of wild and wild-managed lions (but not captive bred lions) from South Africa for 2017, 2018, and 2019. There is a new director at the helm of USFWS. (Dan Ashe is now blogging on the Huff Post —– a liberal American news and opinion website.) Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke (a Trump appointee), on June 5, 2017 named Greg Sheehan as temporary Director, USFWS. Director Sheehan is a lifelong hunter, angler, and recreational wildlife photographer, so it is a bit puzzling that this recent decision is an affirmation of a policy announced by his predecessor.
If you have always wanted to hunt lion opportunities still exist and we will share them with you. Because of these ill-fated decisions many captive breeders of lions in South Africa have pared their stocking levels down to a very small number waiting to see what the future may bring. Consequently, lions from captive bred populations can often now be hunted at prices substantially less than in previous years. We can arrange lion hunts of this nature with the understanding that the client may not be able to export their trophy to their place of residence.
Alternatively, wild lions and wild-managed lions can be hunted in four private reserves in South Africa: Mapungubwe Game Reserve in Limpopo Province, the Khamab Kalahari Reserve in Northwest Province, the Associated Private Nature Preserve in Mpumalanga Province, and the Oryx Private Game Reserve in Northern Cape Province.
If you are contemplating lion hunting possibilities, please contact us about opportunities and lead times.
IMPROVEMENTS TO BUSHMANS QUIVER WEBSITE
Bushmans Quiver is guided by its 8 Core Values as posted on our website. One of these Core Values is “continuous improvement.” With this in mind we have revisited the Dangerous Game segment of our website and have made significant improvements we hope viewers will find helpful and informative.
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