Most hunters try to bag too many species in the shortest possible time, thus putting unrealistic demands and pressure on both themselves and their Professional Hunter to deliver the goods. This in turn can result in sub-standard trophies been taken and generally have a negative impact on the areas that we hunt and affect the success of the safari.
Mark DeWet Safaris is committed to providing the dedicated sport hunter with the overall experience of "Fair Chase" hunting.
The philosophy of "Fair Chase" is the pursuit of game in an ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful manner and, in such a way that the hunter has an opportunity to take mature trophies in a method that does not have an unfair, or improper advantage over the animal.
We therefore offer no assurances or guarantees to the success of the hunt as measured by the number, size or availability of species taken or required.
Success varies greatly from safari to safari, species to species and season to season, and can be influenced by many factors - such as the fitness and ability of the hunter. Unpredictable conditions, such as climate changes, forces of nature, fire, drought, availability of food and water, human influence and good old fashioned luck, also dictate the outcome of the safari.
We encourage our clients to adhere to the ethics of "Fair Chase" hunting, and to measure the success and enjoyment of the safari not merely by the quantity or trophy size of the animals taken, but also by the quality and the thrill of the chase, as well as the unique experiences encountered by the people, wildlife, sights, smells and sounds of the African bush!
While we do our best to offer you a unique hunting experience, as well as the pursuit of your desired trophies, it is important to be aware that the success of your safari will also depend on your physical condition and shooting ability.
Trophy quality obviously varies from area to area, and we will do our best to meet your expectations during your safari, however we request that you consider you Professional Hunters's recommendations and advice during the safari.
We do not promote or encourage "rack em and stack em" type shooting, but prefer to offer our clients the opportunity of taking quality trophies and an overall exceptional hunting experience.
The majority of our hunts are conducted by walking, stalking and tracking - however hunting methods do vary from area to area depending on the hunters physical ability, terrain, conditions and the laws governing the hunt in specific areas. We do not encourage shooting from a vehicle, but we are not adverse to this method, if certain conditions and circumstances dictate.
Mark DeWet Safaris accepts the responsibility of being custodians of Africa's wildlife heritage, and therefore our safaris are conducted in areas and concessions that offer fair chase hunting, and adhere to sound management practices that benefit the wildlife, local communities, natural resources and the people in the surrounding areas.
To accomplish all of the above, we encourage our clients to partake and share in this vision and take responsibility for promoting and upholding these traditions.
Species vary from area to area, due to a variety of climates, vegetation, terrain and habitat, so it's important that your hunt is planned to suit your trophy and hunting requirements. Time should be allowed for traveling if your plan to hunt more than one area.
REMEMBER - GOOD TROPHIES ARE EARNED, AND MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES OF THE HUNT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WITH YOU, LONG AFTER THE SHOT HAS BEEN TAKEN.
We look forward to sharing your African adventure with you.
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