Jim Shockey with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown at the DSC convention this past January.
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-ChiefThis past Feb. at the Dallas Safari Club convention I spoke with outfitter and hunting personality Jim Shockey, who is celebrating 25 years as a hunting outfitter (www.jimshockey.com). A lifelong hunter, he started in the business with an article for BowBender magazine in Canada in 1984, for which he was paid a whopping $42 Canadian. He was an antiques and art dealer then, had just married his wife Louise ("Weezie"), and dreamed of a hunting lifestyle. Going from antique dealer, to outdoor writer, to guide, to outfitter, to hunting television personality and world hunter is a dream come true, allowing Shockey to see the hunting industry from many angles. I asked him what he thinks hunters need to know about the hunting industry and about themselves to be successful and satisfied every time they venture to the bush.Barbara Crown:
Did you ever think you would be so famous and successful in hunting circles?Jim Shockey:
I always imagined being successful at whatever I put my mind to, but I never imagined the celebrity I would get doing this. It is an honor and a responsibility that I gladly accept and greatly appreciate. But doing my best as an outfitter and guide, that part I knew I would do well.BC:
After 25 years of running hunting operations, dealing with hunting clients, and hunting all around the world with other outfitters, what do you think it takes to be a good outfitter?JS:
I can sum it up very simply: take care of the things you can take care of and let fate determine the rest....