More than 200 of South Africa’s finest professional hunters gathered at the 2014 PHASA AGM held at the Mpekweni Beach Resort, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape. Topics discussed include future efforts in wildlife conservation, hunters’ impact on tourism in South Africa, and the benefits of what PHASA does to better service international members. Continue reading Update From PHASA 2014
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. Continue reading Measuring Seminar At PHASA AGM
Join us at the 2014 SCI Convention for an overview of the history and heritage of the Professional Hunter and what the future holds. Adri Kitshof, CEO of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa will bring new insights and perspectives on the role of the Professional Hunter.
This seminar will be a brief glimpse in to the past, present and expected future of the South African professional hunting industry and the role played by the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa.
Since PHASA was formed in 1978 by a group of pioneering men; all true visionaries, firm in their belief that hunting and the trophy hunting industry in particular, have a significant role to play in conservation in South Africa. Today, PHASA is the largest association of its kind in the world.
Why is PHASA so successful and why should hunters anticipating to hunt in South Africa, do so with a PHASA member?
This morning, Professor P vd Merwe presented PHASA with the results of in-depth research into the economic value of trophy hunting in South Africa. Using sound statistics, this never before done survey provided valuable insight into the hunting industry in this important country. Some of the more interesting information included the fact that more than half of all hunters traveling to hunt in South Africa are SCI Members. That is good news, but we should strive for 100 percent. We are First For Hunters—all hunters—and South Africa is an important hunting destination. According to the survey, South African Professional Hunters are “highly regarded” by hunters, and I believe that a large part of the credit for that goes to PHASA and the professional standards of its members.
Safety is an understandable concern for international hunters, and survey respondents reported a high perception of safety when hunting in South Africa. Hunters also gave high marks to the variety of game and convenience South Africa offers, and a full 87 percent say South Africa is a good value for the money. The survey will be repeated in 2015.
As I noted in yesterday’s dispatch, rhino poaching has escalated to alarming proportions. Today, 23 range states have lost all of their rhino, and 90% of remaining rhino live in South Africa. Clearly, the future of rhino will have a disproportionate impact on South Africa, which is just one of the many reasons PHASA is taking the issue so seriously. Pellam Jones from the Private Rhino Owner’s Association (PROA) gave a “Rhino in Crisis—The Road to CITES” presentation that made it alarmingly clear that rhino will not survive “more of the same.” By PROA’s estimation, if we stay the current course and do nothing, the rhino will be extinct by 2026–That’s in our lifetime, folks, and if that happens, it will be an inexcusable shame that you, and I, and all responsible and ethical hunters must bear because we can stop this.
On a more happy note, Toys For Africa thanked PHASA for its partnership and especially appreciated that PHASA is not only a partner, but an active one that is always involved in helping children. PHASA’s efforts beyond its own borders was recognized by Serbia’s Ambassador
to South Africa, Mr. Goran Vujicic, who presented PHASA with Serbia’s Gold Medal Award for its contribution to hunting and conservation.
Tomorrow wraps up the open portions of the PHASA Convention and AGM. In a few days, the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) begins its annual meetings. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend, but SCI CEO Phil DeLone, Guides & Outfitter Liaison John Boretsky and Assistant Publisher Scott Mayer will be there to represent SCI and to continue our up-to-the-minute reports from the various professional hunter meetings in southern Africa.—Craig Kauffman