The majority of modern hunters live in metropolitan areas, are successful professionals and experienced business people who are equally at home in the corporate jungle than in the veld with a hunting rifle stalking an elusive kudu. They have an above average general knowledge about global issues, the economy and environmental concerns, love nature nad are passionate about conservation.
"Â¢ Approximately 220 000South Africans love to hunt.
"Â¢ An estimated 50 000 overseas hunters visit southern Africa every year.
"Â¢ The majority of hunters are males, but more women are showing an interest in hunting with rifles and hunting bows.
"Â¢ 38% of all South African hunters live in Gauteng.
"Â¢ 70% of hunters, who are members of the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association, live in Gauteng.
"Â¢ 60% of hunters prefer to hunt in the Bushveld.
"Â¢ 43% of South African hunters earn their bread and biltong in the corporate sector and 13% have their own businesses.
"Â¢ 77% of hunters earn more than R400K annually
"Â¢ 73% of hunters have a tertiary academic qualification
"Â¢ The majority of hunters spend approximately R22 000 per hunting excursion which includes the price of the game, accommodation and other related expenses.
"Â¢ The hunting industry in South Africa contributes R8 billion to the economy.
"Â¢ The majority of hunters (89%) know and respect the hunting regulations.
"Â¢ Most hunters are nature lovers who regard the conservation of our biodiversity as a priority. They are eager to broaden their knowledge of animals and plants and want to improve their hunting skills.
The above are just some of the characteristics of the modern hunter as revealed by a recent study* to determine the profile of the South African hunter.
It was also this valuable information that informed the South African Hunters and Wildlife Conservation Association (SAHWCA) in changing the format of its regular annual hunting festival to a modern, commercial exhibition that will meet the needs and expectations of South African hunters.
The solution is HuntEx2011, which will be held from 15 - 17 April 2011 at Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) in Midrand, Gauteng. GCC, which is located in the heart of Gauteng with its excellent facilities that can accommodate 230 indoor exhibitions and a wide variety of outdoor activities, was the obvious choice for this new annual hunting exhibition.
Approximately 15000 visitors are expected at HuntEx2011. It offers an opportunity that no supplier of hunting products and services can afford to miss. Visit www.huntex.net for more information or contact Adriaan Woudstra at firstname.lastname@example.org , tel 012 803 5986 or fax 086 513 1103.
*2008: The National Profile and Economic Impact of Biltong Hunters in South Africa by the Institute of Tourism and Leisure Studies at the North West University (Potchefstroom Campus).
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