Economy destroying the hunting industry in South Africa.
I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this post but I just cannot go to bed tonight without voicing my concerns.
I hunt for a living I have worked my arse off to get to where I am today so that I can earn a living from it and take care of my family.
The text below is copied from an earlier post from the forum and this is in no way an attack to the poster just the post that flipped my lid !
I own a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape which is six thousand hectares.I am looking for keen hunters to do some culling.
I can offer you the following
Due to the fact that the farm is not a business in the strictest sense [i am not trying to make a profit]I am able to offer a 5star experience at a reasonably low cost.
Included in any deal is
transfers from East London
all food and drinks .
The use of my professional hunter and his gun if required .
I am happy to do this at a cost of $300 per day.
the large animals would be $130 each and the smaller ones $75.
With today’s current exchange rate
Larger animals at $130 = R936
Smaller ones $75 = R540
I’m sorry but those prices are a joke not even our local hunters can hunt that cheap. As the poster states he is not in it for the money.
But what is considered large gemsbuck, kudu, wildebeest ?
And the smaller ones springbuck, blesbuck impala ?
The $300 day rate sounds reasonable but that has to cover the accommodation meals transport PH and staff. So there is basically no money in it as well.
We spend a fortune on marketing going overseas each year we are lucky and probably hunt for 8-9 Months of the year but we still need to pay staff vehicle running cost over the months we don’t hunt. We have to try and keep ahead of the pack and improve our service all the time to keep on top we have to work with farmers who thinks just because we charge Dollars we make millions we have no weekends, days off or overtime when we hunt with a client he gets our attention and commitment 100% of his hunt duration he might go home tired but when we drop him off we have a very good chance of picking up the next client.
I was away from home 220 days last year and now with the current economy and people trying to stay afloat there is deals coming trough that are just unbelievable and any experienced safari hunter knows how the hell can they make any money on it. It’s a cut throat business yes and deceit and back stabbing is very common in our industry because of the fight over the almighty hunter and his dollars but if this keeps on we will loose the “Professional” in the term Professional hunter and it will become hunting guide as only the few who own game farms will be able to provide hunting to foreigners. Guides not hunting full time but part time and not dependent on that income solely.
This is not an attack to owners as well but as a person who doesn’t own his own game farm have to deal with farmers to come with a compromise to try and give the best quality hunt at an affordable price to my client.
Hunting is my life's passion I will die inside if I have to loose it.
Thanks for reading my Rant.