Hi everyone, introductions time!
This is my second post so please forgive me, I replied to a thread earlier that related to some problem animals that we have to deal with although it is my pleasure to give you all a bit of background on me here too.
Firstly, I'm an Englishman, originally from East Anglia but now residing in the Cotswolds and I've had an interest in guns and shooting since anyone can remember! It was a very black day when HM Govt deided to ban handguns as that was my first love, but I've had rifles and shotguns just as long and the handgun ban is what really galvanised me into persuing more hunting and stalking opportunities. BTW - this is me with an 'Outcast' from Namibia - Hyaena hunting is amazing sport!
Certainly, I have a commercial interest and have my own Hunting Agency (www.TheHuntingAgency.com) representing Outfitters in and around the Etosha Conservancy of Northern Namibia, of which I am also a member. The Etosha National park is a dedicated game reserve some 110km x 60km wide and it's filled with everything from lion to elephant and so on - my farms cover the exterior perimeter of the Etosha National Park, so if you've ever been there or read any documentation on it, that's where I represent! I also have some outfitters in S Africa and have just taken on a 5 star wing-shooting resort in Argentina filled with doves and ducks - about 21 million of them, so if you fancy a bit of that - let me know!
More on me then - I've been around a bit as you'll probably have guessed, but at home I enjoy a bit of rough shooting over the fields as well as lamping for rabbit - I use an air rifle and a .22 rimfire for this, plus I do like a bit of deer stalking too and my FAC is endorsed for Estate Management, ground game and vermin control. Here's me with a huge trophy rabbit - lol
Guns - yup, i've got plenty of those too with my personal collection running from .22 to .375 H&H Magnum although my preferred rifle in Africa is actually my old 9.3x62 - wonderful all-round gun!
Accreditations - I've been a BASC member for years and am a member of Safari Club International also together with being a member of the Etosha Conservancy plus I've acted as a mentor to new shooters on behalf of Thames Valley Police, not that I'm bragging, it just gives you a flavour.
Apart from hunting I love to fish! I also have a hound (a fat lazy staffie-cross) and I'm a keen football supporter too - Arsenal - must be a gun thing!
OK, well that's me really, nice to meet you all and thanks for having me here!