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What a great addition to Outdoor Channel's website. This is more a statement than a question, but one I wanted to make to you as it is relevant in my mind. As a long time fan of Tracks Across Africa I have enjoyed, especially since you took over as host, the time spent explaining the conservation of habitat and wildlife that happens because of sport hunting. This is especially true when it comes to elephant hunting. I doubt if finances will ever allow me to hunt elephant, but you have been a fine ambassador for elephant hunting, as well as elephant conservation through information. I have learned a great deal about this creature from you on TAA, as well as your elephant hunting DVD, as you separate fact from fiction on this species. So many of my friends say “Is it still legal to hunt elephant today?” I'm sure you have heard that too. There are a lot of uninformed folks out there as I am sure you are aware. People like yourself, who know the game from years of ‘boots on the ground' continue to be the only voice of reason when the topic of elephant hunting comes up.
Keep the great shows coming, and please accept my congratulations for a job well done on your show! Keep safe Ivan.
-Donald R., Big Lake, MN
Thank you very much for the kind words. Outdoor Channel is indeed a great platform to inform the public of the realities of safari, especially the positive impact sport hunting has on sustainable wildlife utilization and conservation. Elephant hunting, as well as the elephants themselves, are misunderstood topics to the general public, a fact I am all to aware of. Information, especially info generated from scientific studies as opposed to pure emotion, is the key. Where he has value through hunting, the elephant is doing fine in Africa. In fact, his numbers are exploding in some countries. Loss of habitat and uncontrolled ivory POACHING - NOT SPORT HUNTING are the elephant’s worst enemies today. Hunting is the only hope this species has, although that statement is seemingly lost of the non- hunting public. We will keep spreading the word, and we will continue to assure that we as hunters open our wallets, not just our mouths, to ensure this wonderful animal continues to roam Africa’s wild spaces.
Thanks for the open mind Donald.