What better company is there than that of fellow hunters? Over the last year, I have focused on making sure our editorial staff members get away from their desks more often and into the bush and other places where they can commune with other hunters and subscribers. Some of you got to meet Assistant Editor Justin Jones this past Jan. at the DSC convention in Dallas, where he helped man The Hunting Report
booth and reported news from the convention floor. In April, we sent him to Cameroon to check out several operations firsthand and to report on on-the-ground security issues in that part of the world. He returned exuberant, with an enhanced appreciation for our special community. It was so heartwarming that I had to share his thoughts about it with you. Be proud of who we are. - Barbara Crown
The more I travel to hunting destinations, the more hunting shows I attend, the prouder I am to be part of this worldwide hunting community. In just the past few months alone I've met many, many amazing people with vast knowledge to share. And I've learned a lesson my father tried to teach me when I was younger: if you want to get the facts about wildlife and the interconnected web of life, ask a hunter.
Ranging the forests and savannas of Cameroon with PHs Christophe Lemée and Florent Mathieu and former CIC Director Kai Wollscheid; exploring Texas brush country with The Hunting Report's
Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk; and slogging through the bogs of Anticosti Island with guide Michel "Mike" Doiron has taught me more about those diverse ecosystems and the animals that live there than I could learn watching every documentary film about wildlife ever made. It's sad that so many "friends of animals" discount the knowledge hunters have simply because we hunt....