WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT :: Editor's Letter
Vol 24/12 December 2018
   WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT

25 JAAR DIENS AAN DIE WILDBEDRYF
25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GAME INDUSTRY

In 25 jaar het baie in die wildbedryf verander – of het dit werklik? Vyf en twintig jaar gelede was die konsep van volhoubare benutting van natuurlike hulpbronne relatief
nuut. Dis egter ’n konsep wat WILD & JAG die afgelope twee en ’n half dekades benadruk het, met die waarde van jag as een van die pilare van die wildbedryf, tesame met teling, ekotoerisme en wildsvleis en verwante produkte.

Twenty five years ago, the concept of social media did not exist either, but GAME & HUNT has successfully integrated digital, social and printed media in order to reach a bigger market. This has increased our magazine distribution to more than 26 000 copies, 100 000 social media reaches with 50 000 video views monthly, and more than 1 million views on YouTube to date.

In what can be described as a challenging year in terms of political and financial uncertainty, the year ends off on a positive note for sustainable wildlife conservation, as President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana announced the growth of registered game ranches from 30 in 2000 to 130 at present, and that his government is to reconsider the ban on hunting elephants. Together with China, which announced the lifting of the rhino horn and tiger bone ban, this is good news for the Southern African wildlife industry. For firearm owners, including our hunters, the Gun Owners South Africa media statement that expired firearm licences can now be renewed, certainly is a very positive end to the year.

In hierdie uitgawe kyk ons na verskeie sake, waaronder mense, gewere, jagtogte, dieresiektes en ’n opsomming van 2018 se wildveilings. Die uitdrukking, “So taai soos ’n ratel”, kon nie meer gepas wees nie. Ons voorblad en hoofartikel (bl 20) fokus op hierdie taai kalant wat vir niks stuit nie.

Hunting editor Stefan Fouché and well-known big-game hunter and contributor to this magazine, Ron Thomson, take a stance on captive-bred lion hunting in two separate articles (p 46 and 62), based on their personal experience and investigation.

“In Conversation With” (p 78) features an interview with Angus Sholto-Douglas – a man of principle, known for his sincerity. I visited him in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, one of the highest-rated ecotourism destinations in South Africa, where everybody understands the value of guests and ecotourism.

The new year has a lot to look forward to, especially the international hunting shows. The January 2019 issue will be jam-packed with interesting articles about these shows and new products, as well as hunts in South Africa and even as far afield as Alaska!

Aan die einde van die jaar is daar altyd nabetragting oor wat positief of negatief was, en die lesse wat daaruit geleer is. ’n Mens besef nietemin dat jy altyd vorentoe moet kyk vol hoop en verwagting en in die komende jaar moet probeer verbeter of aanpas.

Geseënde Kersfees aan elkeen in die wild- en jagbedryf!

Wildbedryfgroete
Game industry greetings
Hennie van der Walt



 

 
  Magazines|New Magazines|Recently Listed|Members Zone|Competitions|Promotions|Get Listed|A-Z Rate Cards|Publishers|About Us|FAQ / Help|Contact Us|Site Map
Privacy| Disclaimer| Publisher's Login| Press Rooms
Copyright Magazines.co.za by Showcase Media TM