In light of a lot of criticism that we have received about our role as a Hunting Outfitter in Africa, we have been challenged by conservationists why our website only talks about hunting and nothing about conservation?
This is a very valuable argument presented and Hunting Legends has thus decided to create and dedicate a whole section on our website to CONSERVATION, in an attempt to share our opinions and facts with the world.
There is no doubt in our mind that no matter what we do, we will never satisfy opinion driven people who simply make their opinions based on emotions – that is a given and history has perhaps proven this many times over.
However, there are indeed many people in this world who are fair and willing to listen to both sides of the equation and this is addressed at these people and also acts to enlighten and educate our own clients who love hunting and the great outdoors.
We cannot please everybody and we also know that we wont be able to convince everybody, however, we do know this – hunting does play a vital role in conservation and we are extremely proud of our own achievements and those of the hunting industry at large.
We do need to be honest as well though and also listen to the animal activist side – the world still has many unscrupulous hunters WHO DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY HUNT, WHERE THEY HUNT AND WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE!
This is unfortunately true and creates an even bigger problem to the hunting industry, as these people (killers) taint the reputation of the industry at large and allow animal activists to get away with their arguments, as many of the stories activists have and share world wide are based on exactly these incidents – where unscrupulous hunters and outfitters are guilty of illegal hunting practices, unethical hunting practices and often corrupt hunting practices.
The problem however is that the hunting industry alone cannot rid the entire industry of these people and this is exactly the reason why conservation authorities at large (including the regulated hunting community) should strive to unite our efforts in ridding society of these scoundrels.
If conservation is to benefit from this, then it should be the common objective of all parties involved to unite and fight for the protection of all our natural resources and rid the industry of fly by nights and people who have no values and are destroying these resources for personal gain only.
If indeed animal rights activists persist to taint all hunters under the same banner, this will never happen and the ultimate loser remains nature and wildlife itself – only because humans cannot stand together for a worthy cause, regardless on which side of the fence you’re on.
NOBODY EXPECTS YOU TO LIKE HUNTING
The big problem is that people think that we expect them to suddenly like hunting and agree with the harvesting of animals by bow or rifle. This is the exact reason why we will never come to any agreement – hunters on the one side and animal rights people on the other.
We do not expect you to suddenly like hunting or even support it! What we do however plead, is that you should provide us with a fair opportunity to show you (supported by facts), what we do for conservation at large!
You don’t need to like something in order to understand the importance thereof. You simply need to recognize that there is or is not any merit in the specific cause and that’s that. None of us like pollution and I am sure you will agree with that statement. However we have to live with it and certainly join forces to fight the very cause of it. For our own good, we have no choice!
The same applies to conservation. We need to fight anybody who is destroying our wildlife & nature at large. However, we also need to credit those who are indeed succeeding in preserving exactly the same assets – wildlife & nature. Regardless if we all agree on the manner in it which it is achieved. Hunting has always been a part of Africa and will always be, regardless if you like it or not.
The industry has too many successful evidence to prove that it is doing more good than bad, hence you or I will never get to close this down and we certainly will be fools to even try!
CONSERVATION COMES FIRST
There is not one game rancher in South Africa that we know of, that does not properly care for and manage their wildlife and natural resources. This is perhaps a very bold statement and I indeed could be wrong, however, I am willing to take this risk and say that if proven wrong it will be less than 1% of the industry at large – or I am the fool!
Game ranchers such as ourselves know our farms back to front and in and out, we care for these ranches with our very lives as we depend on them. We nurture and care for our wildlife and also the very habitat they live on, including all the resources needed such as water and grazing.
We manage our animal population scientifically as we know that if you harvest more than you breed, you are bound to have a shortage soon. This is common practice on all game ranches in South Africa. Only old males and surplus animals are harvested and thus wildlife flourishes in abundance, come and see for yourself.
Take a look at the following very interesting graph (done by Jane Carruthers). In this graph you will see the difference in game population on private land dating back from the sixties to current. Note the difference:
If you’re interested in reading all of the research done by Jane Carruthers, please visit our page on - Do we conserve?