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(posted March - 2014)
 
  Your time is valuable. Time spent on one thing means time you don't have for something else that's important to you. So, tools and services that save you time finding what you want are worth their weight in gold.

Let's say you are looking for your next hunt. In today's world you have almost an infinite amount of information available to you. You call friends and acquaintances about their recent hunts. You talk to booking agents and outfitters. You watch videos and read all the hunting magazines. And, of course, you troll the web. That alone can take you uncounted hours, some of it fun, much of it frustrating.

Then you get to figure out how much of what you've collected is pure, unadulterated garbage? How much time do you have to separate fact from rumor from outright fiction, to figure out who is grinding what axe, who is raving about a hunt they got for free in return for promoting it, who delivers what they promise, if weather, disease, or government regulations changed the situation since your booking. . .

Instead, you can jump that curve by reading The Hunting Report first and checking our database of more than 10,000 hunt reports and articles. Think of us as a library of analyzed hunting opportunities and chronicled developments affecting you as a traveling hunter. We'll save you time because we have a staff of professionals using their connections and collective decades of experience and wisdom to do background research, fact checking and "BS" detecting for you. And we do it full-time with only your interests in mind. We don't get kick-backs from booked hunts, and we don't sell editorials to big advertisers. We also know what sources we can rely on and which ones are suspect. We know how to collect, sift and analyze the information you need to be informed about what's really going on in hunting and find hunts that are right for you.

Consider the recent conventions. Hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of auctions, events and presentations on the hour every hour. What was The Hunting Report doing? Systematically gathering information, chasing leads and testing sources face-to-face. I was seeking out your interests on the show floors, and so was North American Editor Mike Bodenchuk. I returned with notebooks of notes that I'll be revisiting and expanding on for months - distilling news, weighing feedback, and noting developments to follow throughout the year.

In this issue I tell you about some of the issues I followed up on in Tanzania and Zambia. In Tanzania I confirmed developments surrounding lion and elephant hunting, plus changes in concession owners I told you would happen two years ago. From Zambia, I listened to vitriol, rumor and some honest perspectives that, when distilled and sifted, provide a better understanding of the situation and what it means to hunters looking for a safari there. For future issues, there's my interview with the Minister of Tourism from Mozambique, clarifications on Guinea, questions in Liberia and some great finds in South Africa, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Meanwhile, Mike Bodenchuk has developments in Mexico, news on African swine fever in Europe and more.

So, the next time you are trolling the web and read a blog about how only so-and-so can deliver the best hunt ever, or such-and-such is a total idiot who couldn't track a herd of Cape buffalo across wet sand, stop and ask yourself if this is worth your time. Of course we want you to check other sources, but if you start with The Hunting Report, you know you are starting with solid, reliable information.

Barbara Crown
Editor and Publisher, The Hunting Report


  


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