THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

The first-ever China Hunting Show, slated for June 20-23 in Shanghai China, has already sold the majority of its booth allocation according to show founder and producer Jerry Li. “The response has been tremendous” said Li. “Outfitters from throughout the world are recognizing the importance of the opening of the China market and how an influx of Chinese hunters can have a positive effect on the sport.”

Considering recent trends in hunter numbers and participation, Mr. Li is on to something.

SPORTING NOTES

Brazil is open for you! The Brazilian Government announced on Monday, 18th, that Brazil would allow visa-free entry for citizens of The United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, effective in 90 days (June 17th). Until then, the current e-visa will be required.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, praised the introduction of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act of 2019 in the U.S House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill was authored by Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah).

FROM THE INDUSTRY

Comre Safaris offers a unique and unforgettable hunting adventure.Based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Comre Safaris’ three privately owned lodges are set within acres of pristine bush, teeming with an abundance of wildlife. Admire the beauty of the striking surroundings and the game that roam free.

Bassmaster Senior writer Pete Robbins normally makes two trips a year to El Salto, and hadn’t been to Anglers Inn International’s Lake Picachos lodge in over three years, but after hearing recent fishing reports he had to come back. He wasn’t disappointed that he did.

Feral pigs are a problem in the US, but on the positive side, they do offer year-round hunting opportunities. But for those serious about hunting some of the largest endemic wild boar in the world, one must go to Europe & Asia. Shikar Safaris hunts boars of enormous proportions, and in a circumstance most spouses would enjoy: a Mediterranean cruise.

Discount African Hunts offers this significantly-discounted 10-day plains game hunt in Namibia with a first rate outfitter. This renowned Namibian hunting outfitter is located in the mountains two hours north of Windhoek in central Namibia. He has 109,000 acres of low fence free-range game filled habitat. With Namibia having some of the largest Gemsbok and Kalahari Springbok on the continent, and being the only place where you can take a mountain zebra, this is a great hunt to acquire some of Africa's most sought-after trophies.

If you have always dreamed of experiencing a driven pheasant hunt, BestWingshooting.com offers driven shooting packages fit for kings and noblemen in south Slovakia. The Hotel Chateau Bela is in the lush farming region of southern Slovakia, just minutes from the Danube and the Hungary border.

Outdoor Solutions’ Colorado Elk Hunt gets the highest positive feedback from clients. This family operates their archery, muzzleloader, rifle, deer, elk and bear hunts on private lands and under special-use permits issued by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management encompassing more than 50,000 acres. While the chance to shoot a 350-inch bull is remote, hunters will see lots and lots of elk with very high shot opportunity.

On March 12, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to celebrate its 30th Anniversary working with Congress to advance sportsmen’s conservation policy.Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) leadership welcomed more than 30 returning CSC Members to the reception, and encouraged new Members of the 116th Congress to join the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress, which provides a voice for more than 53 million Americans who hunt and fish.

Florida Sen. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has introduced Senate Resolution 988, which calls upon the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to place black bears on the state’s endangered species list. SR 988 is currently in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee where it awaits a hearing.

The time has come to take the fight to the antis.

It happens with more frequency now. A hunter, most often a woman, is “shamed,” harassed, and sometimes threatened on social media in what in any other circumstance would be considered a terrorist act. An ensuing tsunami of haters pile on for a while until their bile-laden attention is diverted to another righteous “cause.” Because of a legal hunt in Africa, a member of one of America’s foremost families of conservation, Brittany Hosmer Longoria, was put through the grinder of the progressive hate machine, and as usual, the basis of the attacks defy logic on several levels.

Hunters try, and some of us have been trying for decades, to use logic to convince the antis that what we do is of benefit to both Man and beast. The benefits of sustainable use conservation in a 7.5B person world is settled science, which is logical to those who are open to new ideas, but therein lies the rub. The majority of anti-hunters have no interest in science, logic, or even the well-being of animal species. Most anti-hunters want to stop hunting because they do not like hunting, and animals be damned.

April 10-13
Pope and Young Club 31st Biennial Convention

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska 
https://pope-young.org/convention/default.asp

April 26-28
NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits

Indianapolis, IN
https://www.nraam.org/

May 28 - June 2
Duck’s Unlimited (DU) National Convention

June 21-23
Oregon Waterfowl Festival/NW Elk Camp

Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall, OR, http://oregonwaterfowlfestival.com/

 
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