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Tough Hunt For South African Buff

We hunted hard for five days before we got a shot. That isn’t unusual with buffalo. It can take longer and occasionally you don’t win, except that we were into buffalo every day, sometimes all day. Finding and Continue reading Tough Hunt For South African Buff

Serval Success in South Africa

boddingtonservalinsouthafricaIt isn’t difficult making excuses to go back to Africa. Smart guys will just go, because no matter exactly where you go or what you hunt, as Peter Capstick told us, “An African safari is the greatest adventure remaining on Earth.” Yes, but all too many of we crazy hunters, including me, set these absurd goals for ourselves. We want it all. I wanted a serval–that beautifully-spotted, short-tailed, lynx-sized cat that is so widespread…and yet so elusive. Continue reading Serval Success in South Africa

PHASA Concludes AGM With Gala

Craig Kauffman (r.) presents a $5000 check to PHASA's Dries v Coller (l.) to help fund the Professional Hunter organization's Conservation & Empowerment Fund.
Craig Kauffman (r.) presents a $5000 check to PHASA’s Dries v Coller (l.) for the PHASA Conservation & Empowerment Fund.

PHASA’s Convention and AGM concluded today with the business part of the Annual General Meeting. During the President’s Report, Hans “Scruffy” Vermaak noted that PHASA has applied for Professional Body Status, meaning it will be the only professional hunting association officially recognized by the South African government. Vermaak also highlighted several of PHASA’s accomplishment over the past year including providing 12,000 children with schooling equipment and a toy through their partnership with Toys for Africa,

raising R100,000 in pledges at the Heritage Gala dinner, and hiring a capable PR firm to help deliver the pro-hunting message. On the animal rights front, Vermaak urged members “to always maintain the moral high ground” and to never stoop to making “derogatory statements of a personal nature.”

PHASA members were also encouraged to always be diligent and involved in educating the general public about the important benefits sustainable hunting provides wildlife and communities in South Africa. Educating people as individuals on the unparallelled wildlife success story in South Africa will make a difference.

--(l. to r.) SCI President Craig Kauffman, PHASA President Hermann Meyeridricks, PHASA Past-President Hans "Scruffy" Vermaak, SCI CEO Phil DeLone.
(l. to r.) SCI President Craig Kauffman, PHASA President Hermann Meyeridricks, PHASA Past-President Hans “Scruffy” Vermaak, SCI CEO Phil DeLone.

SCI President, Craig Kauffman, brought to PHASA his central theme of leadership and urged every member of PHASA individually and as a collective body to “stand firm” and “remain resolved” as they fight the forces that threaten their way of life and the wildlife of South Africa. In support of SCI’s continuing commitment to PHASA and the ongoing fight against the antis, Kauffman presented PHASA with a check for $5,000 from the SCI Foundation for the organization’s Conservation & Empowerment Fund.

At the evening’s gala event, PHASA President-Elect Hermann Meyeridricks was officially installed as President and  PHASA awarded Safari Club International with a Certificate of Support in recognition of SCI’s “substantial contribution towards [PHASA’s] mission of responsible

SCI President Craig Kauffman accepted PHASA's Certificate of Support on behalf of Safari Club International.
SCI President Craig Kauffman accepts PHASA’s Certificate of Support on behalf of Safari Club International.

hunting for sustainable life and livelihoods.

In the morning, CEO DeLone, John Boretsky and I depart for Harare, Zimbabwe, for the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) annual meetings.

We look forward to bringing you important updates as they become available.–Scott Mayer

PHASA–Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

SCI CEO Phil DeLone addressed a room packed with dedicated members of PHASA where he gave updates on the overwhelming response we are getting to the 2014 Convention, exciting new SCI Member benefits and the status on the African Lion Defense Fund and how that dedicated money is being used.
SCI CEO Phil DeLone addressed a room packed with dedicated members of PHASA.

“Yesterday, today and tomorrow” is the theme here at this years’ PHASA Convention and Annual General Meeting that officially kicked off this morning, and there was lots of good news and exciting new opportunities discussed in addition to the ongoing challenges we face as hunters–all hunters. Guest speaker Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, explained how “PHASA has a special place” with her umbrella organization that represents the business interests of operators in the local and travel industry. She coined the phrase “hunting tourism” while here, and shared some impressive statistics that deserve notice.

Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa reported that hunting directly accounts for 1,399,500 jobs in South Africa. That's 10.3% of South Africa's total employment.
Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa reported that hunting directly accounts for 1,399,500 jobs in South Africa.

In South Africa, hunting accounts for 9.8% of the country’s GDP and 10.3% of total employment. Think about that employment number for a second–10.3%. To put that into perspective, fill any typical movie theater and the person on each end of EVERY ROW is employed in South Africa’s hunting industry.

That significance was further recognized by Dr.Moscow Marumo, Chief Director Biodiversity/Economy and Sustainable Use for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs who explained that South Africa’s government had “woken up” to a “renewable-use economy” and that “hunting is at the center of  that.” It is through the tireless effort and great work of organizations such

Jean du Plessis has been hired by PHASA for its PR campaign. His presentation was exceptional and we anxiously look forward to watching the campaign unfold.
Jean du Plessis has been hired by PHASA for its PR campaign.

as PHASA that the government here sees the importance of hunting and the value of sustainable use.

As many of you know, SCI recently gave PHASA grant money for a public relation campaign to ensure hunting is and remains seen in a positive light. Today we heard from Jean du Plessis of du Plessis Associates, which is the public relations firm PHASA has hired to lead this PR effort. Mr. du Plessis gave a concise presentation that positively nailed all of the issues squarely on the mark and then went on to describe a comprehensive three-year plan compete with obtainable goals and objectives. PHASA appears to have made an excellent PR firm selection and we are excited and anxious to see how it unfolds.

Jeremy Anderson reported on WESSA and its program to combat the serious matter of rhino poaching in South Africa
Jeremy Anderson reported on WESSA and its program to combat the serious matter of rhino poaching in South Africa

Unfortunately, not all the news on this first day was good. Last year there were more than 800 rhinos poached in South Africa alone, and those are just the rhino we know of–there are certainly many poached rhinos that are never found. Jeremy Anderson from WESSA (Wildlife Environment Society of South Africa) reported on its program to combat rhino poaching in South Africa. WESSA has provided information that has lead to the arrest of more than 20 people involved in poaching, and Anderson shared the results of their 2013 SWOT analysis. One of the threats that must be addressed is that the price of rhino horn continues to rise. We must increase

SCI President Craig Kauffman (r.) and CEO Phil DeLone (l.) are currently at the 2013 PHASA Convention and AGM Program and are reporting as the convention unfolds.
SCI President Craig Kauffman (r.) and CEO Phil DeLone (l.) are currently at the 2013 PHASA Convention and AGM Program and are reporting as the convention unfolds.

the sustainable value of rhino in communities so that the long-term value of rhino is seen as more than the short-term value of its horn in grams. If we don’t, the possibility of CITES re-listing the white rhino exists. One of the more alarming threats Anderson shared is donor fatigue. Don’t be that person who tires of fighting for the rhino and gives up. It is too magnificent an animal to let the poachers win, and that is why PHASA has given R200,000 over the past two years to help support WESSA. Tomorrow we are scheduled to hear more about the rhino crisis and see the results from a hunter survey that asked about the benefits and advantages of hunting in South Africa. Stay tuned, I will continue to try and bring you as much information as I can from PHASA as it happens.–Craig Kauffman