As we sit back and reflect on the year that has been, we feel confident in saying that 2011 has been one of our best seasons from the past 28 years in the safari industry.
A statement like the above is a bold one, considering the rich history of hunters, friends, professional hunters (PH), and safari staff from the past. But when one considers the quality of the safaris conducted, combined with the highest level in trophy standards and areas, it goes without saying that the proof lies in the pudding – ultimately this year’s results.
Our hunts started earlier than usual, running from mid February to the end of October. We welcomed back many old faces and walked away with a host of new friends. The United States once again lead the way with the most hunters, followed in close pursuit by Spain and Scandinavia.
While the previous six years has been ravaged by drought, this season started with floods. The East Cape had more rain during 2011 than in the past five years. That not only allowed our hunters to hunt in some of the very best conditions of recent times, it also saw a remarkable rebirth of our areas and landscape. Game thrived and many species have calved two months earlier than usual. One can only imagine what good tidings this holds for future hunting.
This season once again produced a number of world-class trophies. While the PH’s have selected a few favorites we apologize in advance if we missed one or two monsters. Join us and come along to meet the lucky hunters who found themselves in the right place at the right time.
Every year there are a number of trophies that come within reach of that “trophy of the season” tag. At times it has not been the biggest, nor has it been the most elusive. It may have been the enjoyment of the hunt or what “that” particular hunt and trophy meant to a particular individual. This season was never going to be an average one, considering our “ridiculous” start in March.
This year not only saw our PH’s do an outstanding job in the field by achieving another season of first class results, our marketing and communications team were hard at it too. After the amazing success of John X Safaris’ first Coffee Table Book during 2010, we backed it up with yet another publication for 2011.
For those who are yet to find that perfect Christmas gift for the hunter in your life, look no further. The Safari World of John X Safaris 2011 is currently on sale at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2687344
Our John X Blog and Face Book Fan page have grown from strength to strength with over 2000 subscribers per month. A new John X Safaris brochure is the latest edition to our collection. Feel free to drop us a line or give us a call if you may require any brochures or further information for friends and interested future hunters. We’d gladly assist where ever possible.
John X Safaris Humanitarian Initiative came on with leaps and bounds during 2011. This year saw us adopting the Amasango Career School, a school catering for Aids Orphans living on the streets of Grahamstown. We would like to thank and commend the following people who’ve been a part of our Humanitarian Program during 2011 – Brett Nelson, Jim Haselberger, Dave Tyner, Tim Tyner, Mike Turnipseed, Brandon Graber, Roger & Peggy Christianson, and Robert & Shandra Olsen Christianson. Without your generosity and support we would not have been able to achieve the programs goals during 2011. Thank you.
On a sad note we regret to report the passing of Boy, our head tracker and friend, on 29/11/2011. Those who were fortunate to have shared as many hunts as we have shared with him will agree that Boy was one of the best. The complete optimist – always eager to hunt, with a smile not far below the surface. Boy will be sorely missed by his family, Carl, and his team of Jack Russel Terriers.
Looking towards the future and 2012, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during our upcoming travels. Below is a quick reminder of our 2012 Show and Travel Schedule. If you or any of your friends are interested in meeting with us, please drop us a line, we’d be glad to fit you or them into our schedule.
USA / MEXICO – January/February 2012
Dallas Safari Club Show: 5-8 January 2012
Mexico City get-together: 9-11 January 2012
Omaha/Nebraska get-together: 16-19 January 2012 – COCKTAIL EVENING 18 January
Salt Lake City/ Eagle Mountain get-together: 24-26 January 2012
North Dakota Get-Together: VALLEY CITY COCKTAIL EVENING – 27 January & GLENFIELD COCKTAIL EVENING – 28 January
Safari Club International – Las Vegas: 1-4 February 2012
SPAIN – March 2012
Venatoria Hunting Convention – Madrid: 1-3 March 2012
To each and everyone who joined us on safari this season, it has been a privilege having you hunt with us. To those who will be returning, or are embarking on their first hunt to John X Safaris during 2012, we look forward to the adventure and sharing our John X Safaris experience.
Yours in hunting – John X Safaris
Please note – John X Safaris will be shutting down from 14 December 2011 until 2 January 2012. We will be checking mail on a weekly basis during this festive season.
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