From a sunny South Africa, we bid our new and our present clients and friends a hearty welcome to our 1st Bush Breaking Newsletter of 2012! It was indeed a whirl wind promotional tour that started on the 3rd of January at the Dallas Safari Club Show and ended in a grand finale, with 10 Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris representatives manning 5 booths, at the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. We spread our wings far and wide on this tour by also attending shows and meetings in Columbus Ohio, Atlanta, San Diego, Charlotte North Carolina, Midland Texas, Farmington New Mexico, Calgary Canada and Aguascalientes Mexico. We touched down back on African soil the 9th of February, more than satisfied with the business that we booked and what a spectacular trip was had by all, absolutely amazing!!! It really was a fun time introducing our team members, some who were on their first USA trip, to all our clients and friends at the shows. At this point in our newsletter, we want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our repeat clients for re-booking safaris and we welcome our new clientele for 2012 with great anticipation. We look forward to showing you ALL an excellent and safe safari with our top notch WJVS Outfit …… See you soon on African soil.
Anneke, Andries, Yvan & Johnny attended the ATA (Archery Trade & Association Show) held in Columbus Ohio – The lucky winner of the Scentblocker Bone Collector African draw is Russell Schwahn (a Fire Chief from Martin, TN) who chose to bring his 15 year old son, Dylon, on safari with him this year ….. How awesome is that!! The Schwahn’s will be accompanied by world-renowned bow hunters Michael Waddell, Wayne & Nick Mundt, Scott Shultz of Robinson Outdoor Products and a host of other bow hunting celebs will descend into Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris hunting areas this July. Watch out for that Bush Breaking Newsletter, which poses to be a real Block Buster!!
MAN of the year 2012 is ….Ken Barr (brown jacket) winner of the prestigious Conklin award is flanked by Strauss, Yvan, Johnny, Nayo Balderrama –(Top Guide & Outfitter in Mexico) Wiaan and Braam. We are indeed very proud and honoured to have shared many a camp fire with Ken – who is one of the greatest hunters and gentleman, that we have had the privilege of hunting with from around the world!!
All work and NO play makes Jack a dull boy …… it goes something like that?? Soooo, a whole bunch of us die hard fishermen and fisherwomen, just had to take some time off from ALL the strenuous marketing work. We were invited to go ice fishing in Canada at The Lake of the Woods by our friends and clients Dan and Nancy Burkes. We had such an amazing time ….. Unbelievable!! It is a trip that you really need to experience at least once in your life, especially us folk that come from sunny South Africa!!! Holy smoke, if you think sitting in a deep freezer is cold? That ain’t cold …… Ice fishing is cold!!
There is nothing better than an ice-cold beer on a hot sunny day??!! But! When the lines are tight, you don’t even feel the cold and man alive, the fresh fish was sooooo good!! Bon appetite and cheers to our hosts Dan Burkes (far left)Rian, Gary, Jill and all the gang that made this such a memorable trip for us all.Special thanks and mention must go to Master Guide Matt Rydberg, for going that extra mile and making our trip so successful ……. You Guys and Gals are just GREAT!!!
Also taking a bit of time off after a busy convention in Madrid Spain- Boss man, Wiaan Van Der Linde joined our Spanish agent Tomas De Castro on a Spanish Ibex hunt. The men had a lot of fun and great success was had out in the field as well as on the business front. Contact Tomas at email: firstname.lastname@example.org for outstanding hunting in Spain.
Without a question or any doubt in our minds, these first 3 months of 2012 have been our busiest ever in the history of WJVS …… Really folks, with an incredible 5 week promo tour in January, PLUS, our safaris starting and getting into full swing since the beginning of February and STILL as we speak into March …. It is absolutely amazing!! We are so very grateful to all our clients, new and repeat, for putting your confidence in our top-notch operation and booking your safaris with us for this year and also many bookings for 2013 secured ….. It is gonna be a knockout year!!
The best news to date, is that our Gamagara Camp is only a couple of weeks out from being totally complete and ready to receive our 1st hunters in 2012. Please be advised now, that there is going to be some heart stopping trophies coming off Gamagara this year …. Watch this space in the next couple Bush Breaking Newsletters and brace yourselves for what you are about to witness! Seeing is believing and what we saw out of the chopper flying over Gamagara …….. ????? Just be ready for it!! If you want to join in on the action, then now is the time you need to hammer out an email to us and get those dates booked as soon as possible.
Thanks a ton for taking the time to go through our Bush Breaking Newsletter. You can also view all our past and most recent newsletters on the WJVS website: www.wintershoekjvs.com we look forward to hearing back from you and all that remains for us to say is, oil those rifles, practice your shooting, take care and be careful out there …… God bless you!
The Wintershoek Johnny Vivier Safaris team ……… signing off!