Where is all of this going to leave us?
Where is all of this going to leave us?:confused:
Good day Gentleman in an effort not to offend or bad mount anyone I am posting this as a brand new topic!;)
The world economy is crippled and yes everyone is taking a beating both clients and Outfitters. We are all part of the same industry whether you are are selling or buying hunts things have been slow over the last 2 years.
Now to get to the core of this topic I have seen specials come and go over the last two years some were very good and it was either companies that are making a name for themselves or operations that hunt on large open concessions and need to fill their quota for the year or they will have to pay in. I would like to make it clear that I have no problem with competitive pricing it is healthy to have competition and makes one work harder to provide a good service.
There is a new trend sticking out its ugly head this is the PAC topic now I am not sure but according to what I am aware of PAC stands for Problem Animal Control this is when a particular animal becomes a problem and it needs to be taken out as quickly and humanly as possible? All of a sudden these hunts are advertised with a two moths time frame in mind? Surely this is not PAC but a cheap way to market hunts to clients who will need prior notice to make the hunt possible?
Gentleman in my opinion if you would like to conserve wildlife and protect the future well being of wildlife populations put a price on the animals head so how healthy is it to sell these PAC hunts on a large scale?
Less than 100 years ago there was ample land available in Africa game could roam freely without being labelled as PAC animals, if you had a farm in old Africa and elephants would raid your corn field it would not be a problem animal it would be part of living in Africa.
Things sure have changed, a lot of land has been developed in to commercial farms, cities and wildlife estates where you can buy a stand and have a house on one of these estates.
Letís say for a moment that all game loses their value, farm owners sell their land or sub divide it (this is already happening), concession owners lose their areaís because they simply canít make a living and pay government fees. The government loses interest.
As soon this starts happening the door will be left open to development and these places will be lost forever, some people who canít find jobs outside of the hunting industry will look to pouching and thus supplying the illegal trades:mad:. Others will seek opportunities ells were and start developing their game farms in to these so called wildlife estates, people who keep and bread with endangered game species (White Rhino) will be forced to get rid of them since the risks are just too high. Vast open hunting areaís will become open to commercial farms, mining or will simply be pouched out because there is no interest in game and the very people who would work in our camps would have to resort to killing the game for food because of poverty.
Gentleman these threats are very real in fact a lot of them are already happening?
Unfortunately whether we would like to know it or not money is what it protecting the game populations in Africa money that we invest and our dear clients spend on hunts with us.
Come on everyone lets protect something we all love!
I would like to know how others feel about this?
louis van Bergen