Vol 25/01 January 2019
WILD & JAG/GAME & HUNT
WELKOM / WELCOME 2019!
As we start off 2019 with the best of intentions to accomplish our New Year’s resolutions, we do not like being reminded that 80 per cent of these resolutions will fail. Instead of setting yourself up for failure with unattainable goals, rather review these goals. Remember that moderation is the key to success, and never discredit others to boost yourself. As one of our New Year’s resolutions, the GAME & HUNT team will continue to promote the synergy between game production, hunting and conservation through informative, quality articles, just like we have been doing each month since December 1993.
January 2019 will be a busy time as our team will be travelling abroad, visiting all the relevant hunting conventions and shows in the USA – the Safari Club International (SCI) Convention, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Convention, Shot Show (SS) and the Houston Safari Club (HSC) Convention. We will report on these shows in the early editions of this year.
We are kicking off the year with hunting articles from all corners of the globe – from Pongola in South Africa to Mozambique, and then as far as Alaska! Hunting editor Stefan Fouché visited Pongola in the beautiful Zululand area, where he tracked down his nyala at Madaka Game Ranch (p 10). Regular contributor Laurence Jennings and a few friends spent five amazing days hunting several unique animals in some of the most beautiful parts of Mozambique (p 24). Tracking a caribou in the Yukon, Alaska must be the ultimate hunt. This is exactly what Izak Kirsten did, but it also came with some challenges. Turn to our Big-Game Corner section (p 42) to also indulge in the lovely scenery of this part of America.
In “With the eyes of an eagle” (p 16), Blaser once again offers its superb riflescopes that are not only completely tailored to hunting requirements, but, together with the rifles, also offer the perfect synergy of function and design.
The 2018 PHASA Convention and AGM took place at Bela-Bela in Limpopo Province recently. The theme was “New Beginnings” and topics on problem solving, moving forward and focusing on the external rather than the internal were discussed. Read more on p 52.
Moenie ons splinternuwe reeks, “Bakgat”, misloop nie (bl 19). Christophe Roelofse fokus op die nuutste en handigste produkte in die mark en gee dit maandeliks ’n Bakgat-stempel.
Op bl 72 gesels ek met die enigmatiese en veelsydige voorslagboer, Tina de Jager, wat vir niks in die manswêreld stuit nie. Ons gesels oor haar beginjare in die wildbedryf, haar verskillende boerderye, hoe sy haar diere selekteer en teel en haar siening oor die lewe. Voorwaar ’n vrou met murg in haar pype!
Geniet die nuwe jaar – dis ’n voorreg om asem te haal, te lewe en te boer, om nie eens van jag te praat nie!
Game industry greetings
Hennie van der Walt