Experts can help plan your African safari

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Every serious hunter dreams about hunting in Africa. Most of us consider it a pipe dream, one that is most likely too expensive and too far away to be do-able.

But in reality, an African safari costs no more than a western elk hunt and once you are seated in an airplane, it’s only a few hours longer than many other destinations.

Published below is about the best way to learn about safari trips that I can recommend. And in addition to attending the safari low down, one can spend a couple of additional winter days and exciting evenings in Vegas.

Keep in mind that you’ll want to join Safari Club International and no, it’s not a club just for high rollers.

And too, the seminar speakers are top shelf and speak from first hand experience.

Planning

Planning a safari is unlike the planning for almost any other type of hunting adventure. The preparation and anticipation of the actual trip can be as exciting as the safari itself.

In a world where nature reigns, one must be prepared. The first stop on your adventure should begin at the seminar Your First African Safari held during SCI’s 45th Annual Hunters’ Convention in Las Vegas, Feb. 1-4.

The seminar will be Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Lagoon K/L at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Level 2.

Your First African Safari is SCI’s longest-running seminar. It will be moderated by world renowned hunter, Craig Boddington, and hosted by other leading experts in their fields.

The panel discussion is intended for hunters in any stage of planning their first African safari.

Experts

Panelists include: Beverly Wunderlich, owner of J/B Adventures and Safaris. Wunderlich is a veteran hunting consultant and will speak to pros and cons of booking through an agent rather than direct. She will also discuss the details: paperwork, making flight arrangements and shipping trophies;

Ludo Wurfbain, owner of Safari Press and Publisher of Sports Afield Magazine Ludo will suggest what to read and what videos to watch before, during and after your safari;

Johan Calitz, legendary African outfitter and PH Johan will discuss what outfitters and PHs expect from clients, and what you should expect from them;

Jack Atcheson, Jr., experienced outfitter and former taxidermist Jack tells how to get the best mounts of your African trophies;

Craig Boddington, world renowned hunter, writer, book author and TV host Craig will cover guns and loads, shooting tips, and equipment for safari.

Details

To learn more about the 45th Annual Hunters’ Convention events and register for the convention visit www.showsci.org.

Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 international hunters to visit Las Vegas, Feb. 1-4.

The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2017 Hunters’ Convention will be the largest in the organization’s history, with nearly a million square feet of exhibits and 2,500 vendors. Register and book rooms at www.showsci.org.

Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.

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