Here at The Hunting Report
, we believe our subscribers are our greatest asset. While we are a news service, our "gold standard," for accurate, unbiased information is our subscribers, paying customers who file honest, first-hand reports on their hunting experiences. Those reports are often insightful critiques full of tidbits of information that may seem mundane or arcane to the untrained eye, but they are actually tips and leads on developments and news.
Each month we receive dozens of reports, far too many to publish in this print version of the newsletter. However, every one of those reports gets fact-checked, uploaded into our Email Extra database, and listed in the "More Reports" column you'll find on page 14 of this issue. At this writing, our database offers hunt reports on hunts from all over the world, including walrus in the Arctic, mouse deer in Vietnam, Marco Polo sheep in Tajikistan, and whitetail deer in Kansas.
But, even with all these reports, we know we aren't getting the complete picture. Just a few weeks ago I was talking with a subscriber who told me about a hunt he had just taken. He said, "I didn't think to file a report on that one. It was a good, enjoyable hunt, but nothing really special. I didn't have to travel far. The guides worked hard, the camp was adequate, nothing fancy. Everything went smoothly, but the hunt didn't produce trophy-quality animals and not everyone tagged out. I didn't think you'd be interested."
I was, frankly, a little stunned. EVERY hunt report is important. Our goal is to present the best information we possibly can on the whole world of big-game hunting. Every hunt our subscribers take, whether it's a whitetail hunt in the next state over, a plains game ranch hunt in South Africa, or a one-day affair that kept your sanity intact while on a family vacation, is another important piece of the world hunting picture. As long as other hunters could take that same hunt if they chose to, the hunt you just took is important to us and to your fellow subscribers.
It all boils down to this: Every hunt report we receive makes this publication and our database more valuable to subscribers' hunt planning. If other hunters didn't file reports, you wouldn't have their first-hand experiences available to help you plan your next hunt. They depend on you, too.
The safari season in Africa is in full swing; fall hunting seasons will be kicking in shortly. We hope you enjoy your next time afield, and, whether it's a "special" hunt or not, please file a report.
Editor and Publisher, The Hunting Report