SCI is on-the-spot in Africa, helping guides and outfitters there to prepare for the thousands of SCI members who will be hunting there during the coming months and years.
Part of the ongoing and increasing number of ways SCI is partnering with the safari industry in Africa is to conduct measuring seminars so the animals taken by members and others can be scored properly.
The SCI Record Book is an important benefit of membership. It lets you document your hunting heritage, contribute to anti-poaching efforts and record the finest examples of hundreds of species of game animals from around the world.
In anticipation of the many Record Book animals that will come out of Africa in 2015, Michael Roquini, SCI Director of Record Books and World Hunting Awards; along with Chris Emery, Record Book Manager, are in South Africa conducting measuring seminars as part of PHASA’s AGM. This is the first time measuring seminars have been offered in conjunction with the AGM.
There were a total of 17 Official Measurers and three Master Measurers certified at PHASA. “It was great to see so many Professional Hunters turn out for our first PHASA seminar,” Roquini said. “Our new measurers are now that much more equipped to serve SCI Members in the field.”
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the SCI Record Book and World Hunting Awards Department go to anti-poaching and conservation projects.
Dr. Moscow Marumo delivered the Official Opening on behalf of the Minister Edna Molewa and spoke about the challenges of wildlife exportation in South Africa. Legislation and recent developments in some African countries have had a huge impact on the quotas and total number of animals hunted.
Didi Mueller, CEO of NAPHA, spoke on the impact hunters have on tourism in Namibia; including the most popular port of entry and the seasonality of travel for tourists.