MAGAZINE

25 JAAR DIENS AAN DIE WILDBEDRYF

25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GAME INDUSTRY

In 25 jaar het baie in die wildbedryf verander – of het dit werklik? Vyf en twintig jaar gelede was die konsep van volhoubare benutting van natuurlike hulpbronne relatief nuut. Dis egter ’n konsep wat WILD & JAG die afgelope twee en ’n half dekades benadruk het, met die waarde van jag as een van die pilare van die wildbedryf, tesame met teling, ekotoerisme, wildsvleis en verwante produkte.

Twenty five years ago, the concept of social media did not exist either, but GAME & HUNT has successfully integrated digital, social and printed media in order to reach a bigger market. This has increased our magazine distribution to more than 26 000 copies, 100 000 social media reaches with 50 000 video views monthly, and more than one million views on YouTube to date.

In what can be described as a challenging year in terms of political and financial uncertainty, the year is ending off on a positive note for sustainable wildlife conservation, as President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana announced the growth of registered game ranches from 30 in 2000 to 130 at present, and that his government is to reconsider the ban on hunting elephants. Together with China, which announced the lifting of the rhino horn and tiger bone ban, this is good news for the Southern African wildlife industry.

In hierdie uitgawe kyk ons na verskeie sake, waaronder mense, gewere, jagtogte, dieresiektes en ’n opsomming van 2018 se wildveilings. Die uitdrukking, “So taai soos ’n ratel”, kon nie meer gepas wees nie. Ons voorblad en hoofartikel (bl 20) fokus op hierdie taai kalant wat vir niks stuit nie.

Hunting editor Stefan Fouché and well-known big-game hunter and contributor to this magazine, Ron Thomson, take a stance on captive-bred lion hunting in two separate articles (p 46 and 62), based on their personal experience as well as proper investigation.

“In Conversation With” (p 78) features an interview with Angus Sholto-Douglas – a man of principle, known for his sincerity. I visited him in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, one of the highest-rated ecotourism destinations in South Africa, where everybody understands the value of guests and ecotourism.

The new year offers a lot to look forward to, especially the upcoming international hunting shows. The 2019 issue will be jam-packed with interesting articles about these shows and new products, as well as hunts in South Africa and even as far afield as Alaska!

Hou gerus handelaars se Kersfeespromosies op gewere en jagtoerusting dop om die jaar op ’n bekostigbare noot af te sluit. Indien jagters nou spring en daardie geliefde roer tydens die feestyd koop, is die kanse goed om ’n lisensie te bekom voor die jagseisoen afskop. Aan die einde van die jaar is daar altyd nabetragting oor wat positief of negatief was, en die lesse wat daaruit geleer is. ’n Mens besef nietemin dat jy altyd vorentoe moet kyk, vol hoop en verwagting, en in die komende jaar moet probeer verbeter of aanpas.

Geseënde Kersfees aan elkeen in die wild- en jagbedryf!

Wildbedryfgroete / Game industry greetings

Hennie van der Walt

Ou Staatmaker

Soos malvapoeding, bly goeie resepte altyd behoue. Iewers in my laat tienderjare, of dalk my vroeë twintigs, het ek laas met ’n .30-06 Springfield geskiet – 30 jaar sou eers verloop voor ek begeester sou word. Vir seker was daar nie ’n gebrek aan geleentheid nie, inteendeel, ken jy ’n jaggesin sonder dié ou staatmaker?

In Conversation With Angus Sholto – Douglas

First impressions always count. With the arrival of GAME & HUNT  at the Uplands Homestead Villa in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Great Fish River Valley of the Eastern Cape, the sincerity of the staff who awaited us with a welcome drink and warm hand towels immediately reminded me of our reason for being there – an appointment with Angus Sholto- Douglas, or, as many people know him, Gus.

GPO – German, Precision, Optics

The concept of a new global brand of consumer optics was developed by Richard Schmidt, CEO of GPO GMbH. Richard was the CEO of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics located in Wetzlar, Germany from 2010 to 2014. His consumer product background (managing over 1 billion in sales for Siemens) and his transformative success for the Zeiss organisation led him away from Zeiss to begin his own global business.

Cape Wildlife Group – off to a flying start

The Western Cape has always been known as one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Africa. Local and international guests flock to the province for its picturesque scenery, white sandy beaches, historical attractions and wine, to name but a few. And now, because of the collaborated effort of a special group of people, it will also be known as a wildlife and hunting destination.

‘n Goue draad deur Rietfontein

As ’n mens die stof ruik, die staalhekke stadig hoor oopkraak en die plaashonde se gebyt om jou enkels voel, weet jy jy’s in die jagveld. Op Rietfontein is dit net so. Party dinge loop soos ’n goue draad deur die dekades. Hierdie plaas is vir my kosbaar omdat dit die plek is waar my oupa my pa leer jag het. Oupa Lucas is die jaar voor my geboorte oorlede, en tog ervaar ek nou met my pa dieselfde.

DISEASES OF SOUTH AFRICAN WILD RUMINANTS

This article is one in a series of six that will address important conditions that may adversely affect production or cause mortalities in wild South African ruminants.  These conditions have mainly been observed under farming conditions and will cover the commonly seen diseases shared by a number of species or affecting specific species alone.

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