Although there are a few left still, our trade show season has reached its end. Four shows and 6,500 miles in eighteen days was plenty. Much in these events has remained the same, but a new, ominous element is beginning to make appearances at the large hunting-based shows, as we are seeing protesters at almost every event.
Our first encounter with protesters at outdoor trade shows occurred a few years ago at the Dallas Safari Club convention. The picketers were out to show the world their disdain for the auction of a black rhino bull hunt in Namibia and the world seemed to be paying attention. Fox, CBS, Al Jazzera English were all there to cover the event; CNN as well, which used some of our black rhino stock footage from a previous Namibian safari. With the world watching the goings on in Dallas, the protesters were out in force to save this one, poor endangered rhino and show the world what horrible people hunters are. Except the plan backfired.