Success Untold is a documentary that seeks to show the success of hunting in South Africa. It’s a documentary of the thing that is unspoken, the thing that goes unseen, but is a constant in the background. It’s an outline of why there is wildlife in South Africa, what does hunting mean to the people that hunting employs. Wildlife conservation, employment, biodiversity enhancement are all successes that are untold as a result of hunting. So we decided to tell a small bit of the story. With grateful thanks to the generosity of Splitting Image Taxidermy who funded this entire project as well as the incredible talent of Slots Media, and the help of Greater Kuduland Safaris and Maarten Safaris we were able to put together a compelling story of hunting in South Africa.
This is Success Untold.
Out of Africa
When you drive down the highways of West Texas it will feel like Africa. The road width, the shoulder depth, the vegetation, it even sometimes smells like Africa. The highways are bordered by hundreds of miles of high fence (just like Africa) and yes that may be keeping wildlife from getting on the highways and getting run over but mainly they are there to keep the wildlife, that is privately owned, on their properties.
However, there is an incredible stigma with the idea of a high fence from both the anti-hunting establishment as well as deeply rooted within the hunting community. Concepts of fair chase, ethics, and ease of the kill will all be thrown around in a conversation about “High Fence Hunting”.
Out of Africa sets in motion to challenge those concepts. This is what the vast majority of high fencing looks like, and feels like, and the people behind the scenes operating them. This isn’t your small enclosure-raised animal that is significantly confined, but rather something that will make you question your definition of free range.
Watch it with an open mind, let yourself challenge the status quo, and let yourself challenge your ideas of what high fence hunting is. Have a discussion in the comments section, it’s what’s needed most – which is for people to amicably discuss differing viewpoints – that’s a good thing!
Massive thanks to the West Texas Chapter of SCI for the support to generate this documentary. You can see what West Texas SCI does here: https://sciwesttexas.godaddysites.com/
In The Name of Tahr
Tahr management is about to be rewritten in New Zealand on June 30th. If an injunction does not come into effect, then culling of all Tahr in the National Parks of New Zealand will begin. A major blow to the New Zealand economy as well as global wildlife biodiversity as we know it.
Likely the most vilified practice in the hunting industry is the chasing of predators with hounds. It’s the thing that gets the anti-hunter brigade up in arms against what we do and how we do it. It’s likely the combination of predator hunting that has a nuance unto itself given an ancient, deep-seated, tribal connection between alpha predators and humans, and the domestication of the dog to the comfort of our houses and our souls. Those two issues are like oil and water and there is disdain and ethical questions thrown around combining the two. As a result, it’s imperative as hunters to communicate who a Lion Houndsman really is, to communicate the role of the hound in this endeavor, to communicate the heart of the Houndsman for their dogs.
With gracious support from the 100 Hunter Legacy Fund of Safari Club International Foundation, as well as the Weatherby Foundation and several anonymous private donors all of the funding necessary to produce a documentary of this magnitude have been secured. This project is FULLY FUNDED.