By Barbara Crown, Editor
At the top of this page, right under the spiffy (we think) logo are the words "The Independent News Source For Hunters Who Travel." That, in a nutshell, is who we are.
I came to The Hunting Report
from the news industry; our managing editor, Tim Jones, has a newspaper background stretching back almost 40 years. Frankly, we do get excited about bringing you fresh, immediate, actionable new information that helps you to decide where to hunt next. In this issue alone we have news of new
"old fashioned" hunts in South Africa and Russia, and fresh information to help you decide if Japan is the right destination for you to hunt sika deer. We have news on a change in the BC sales tax structure which will affect traveling hunters, a "no news is good news" report on Quebec, and several reports on outfitters we've never covered before in the US and Canada. We bring you news whenever and wherever we can.
Recently, a subscriber told us he feels that, by focusing so much on the new and (sometimes) exotic, we shortchange what he, personally, finds most interesting. In his case, it's quality, affordable opportunities for more "standard" game such as North American deer and African plains game. He's not trying to complete a collection, set world records, or hunt on the edges of combat zones; he just wants good, quality hunting and a lot of bang for his time and money spent.
We suspect a number of you feel the same, and we hear you. Sometimes in chasing "news" and breaking down exactly what it means to the traveling hunter, we may have neglected balancing it with "plain old quality hunting." We'll keep a better eye on this moving forward. In this issue, we've included a few "value" hunts, including one in Austria that a subscriber felt delivered a lot of satisfaction for the money spent, reasonably-priced exotic game hunts in New Mexico and Texas, two highly successful blacktail deer hunts in Oregon and news (there's that word again) on who's picked up quotas in Namibia's community conservancies, including information on a heavily-discounted Cape buffalo/plains game hunt in one of them.
We are going to continue to bring you as much news of the hunting world in each issue as we can, but we'll also chase after more of the tried and true opportunities many of you crave. We hope you'll continue sending us feedback and tell us which stories put you on what you consider to be hunts-of-a-lifetime. After all, that's exactly what we want to help you to find.