Please review the record of our new Scholarship Program the “Simba Scholarship Fund”. This fund was conceived by Bullet Safaris and currently delivers 100% of its donations to worthy candidates for college level courses to the top Game Rangers in Tanzania.
November 18, 2015
I have recently returned from another great season in Africa. We worked very hard and hunted well. We had great success on lion and leopard as usual in Tanzania; we shot several great buffalo, sable and roan. Our plains game hunts in RSA continued to produce great trophies and a true African experience. Thanks to my guides and staff for another great season.
The ban on importation of Ivory from Zimbabwe and Tanzania is killing more elephant than it saves – it is also cutting down on the effective amount of money that gets to the people on the ground protecting these animals. I hope the USF&WS can see this and lift the ban. Legal hunting of Mature Male Elephant is scientifically proven to have no net effect on populations of elephant and only aids the species preservation by providing money and boots on the ground to protect these animals from poachers.
Please see this video (UPLOAD VIDEO) . This short clip explains some of the work we do and what the reality of elephant conservation in Africa is. Poaching this year was very prevalent due to the dry conditions and our hunters coming to Africa to support conservation there has never been this important – thank you.
August – 2015
Lion Hunting in Africa – by Nathan Askew as written from his safari camp in Tanzania on a lion hunt in 2015 in the wake of the ‘Cecil’ incident.
Big game hunting in much of Africa is the lifeline keeping the ecosystems intact and poaching under control. We take only mature male animals, and it is scientifically proven that our minimal off take of animals has no negative effect on the population. In fact, the opposite is true. Without legal, regulated hunting, certain animals in Africa will be extinct or no longer be able to survive in the wild. Without the money generated from hunting lion and other species, their habitats would be destroyed in a very short amount of time.
Many of the hunting areas are not suitable for photographic safari operations for various reasons including that they are too remote. Without the funds generated from hunting, we would not be able to control these areas and conserve the animal habitats. Without our efforts and the assistance of certain African governments, all species will suffer and decline. The African governments do not have enough money and resources to protect all these wild areas on their own. Conservation requires private companies working with government. The positive economic impact brought about by hunting incentivizes governments, landowners, and companies to protect the animals and their habitats.
If hunting is outlawed, private companies like mine would cease operations. Immediately, poachers would come in and kill all the elephant. Then the timber cutters and meat poachers would come in and take all the desirable species. Then domestic cattle herds from nearby villages would penetrate these areas. Cattlemen will then poison all the predators. In short, outlawing big game hunting would have a nuclear type of effect on these areas. The lion habitats will be gone forever along with all animals big and small.
Please think about this before you make your personal judgment on hunting, and especially lion hunting, in Africa. Hunting is the most effective means of conservation for these areas and a valid tool that works in rural Africa. Legal hunting promotes conservation and helps protect the animals. Anti-hunting advocates are effectively advocating for the destruction of habitat and eventual elimination of the animals they purport to want to save.
I recently finished a lion hunt, and we shot a lion. One lion was taken in over 1,500 square miles of wilderness that we control with the government. This animal being hunted legally, the dollars spent by the hunter, and our efforts on the ground in conjunction with the government saved countless animals. It is the only way to effectively manage these remaining areas in Africa—a fact that becomes more important for the conservation effort as the human population in Africa skyrockets in the near future. Hunting provides a way for these areas to pay for themselves and be a long term asset to the developing countries in Africa. It also brings in significant revenue and creates jobs in places where revenue and jobs are scarce.
Do not let your emotions surrounding one incident, or ignorance of the real situation in much of Africa, put a stop to the effective management of a renewable resource.
You don’t have to take it from me. If you do more than listen to brief, reactionary, one-sided “news” stories on tv, you will see that the media is very rarely presenting the facts. Here’s a start: