HuntEx2015 is an international consumer show that takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng from 25 to 27 April 2015. The show is aimed at hunters, sportshooters, game farm owners, game breeders, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The show focuses mainly on firearms for hunting and sportshooting purposes and gives local and international firearm dealers the opportunity to exhibit their products. HuntEx is by far the largest small calibre firearm show on the African continent and attracts visitors from all over South Africa to view and buy their newest products. 346 exhibitors will display and sell their products and services in more than fifty different categories at HuntEx2015. The organisers are confident that the visitors numbers will exceed the previous year’s record of 40 221 visitors.
SCOPE AND GROWTH
HuntEx was held for the first time in 2011 and celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. A bigger variety of exhibitors join HuntEx each year to be part of the most popular expo of its kind in country. Foreign dealers in firearms, hunting and outdoor products discovered a new market for their products in South Africa and return year after year. HuntEx offers a new market for exhibitors from Europe and America and gives them access to the continent. One such example is the Italian firearms manufacturers from the Gardone Val Trompia in northern Italy whose collections of high quality firearms attracted huge attention among firearm enthusiasts and collectors in 2014.
Adriaan Woudstra, organiser of the show, and his team closely monitor emerging trends in the hunting, wildlife and leisure industry to ensure that HuntEx remains relevant and provides new opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. The South African hunting and game industry, which contributes about R9 billion to the economy per annum, are loyal supporters of HuntEx. The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA), which has a 50% share in HuntEx, will also exhibit. SAHGCA is the biggest hunting association with more than 38 000 members in 74 branches across the country.
In 2014, 40 226 enthusiasts visited HuntEx. It is expected that added attractions to this year’s expo will set a new record for visitor numbers. When HuntEx was introduced in 2011, 19016 visitors attended. The show’s popularity increased year after year and by 2014, visitor numbers have more than doubled.
In 2012, HuntEx expanded its reach by introducing the annual Game Fair at the Nelson Wine Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. This year will mark further growth in HuntEx when the Hunter’s Fair in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape makes its debut to serve the needs of a thriving hunting sector in this region.
The expansion of the HuntEx target market provides a sought-after opportunity for dealers to test the popularity or suitability of new products. A few highlights that visitors can look forward to, include:
Helle launches unique Africa knife
Helle, well-known Norwegian knife manufacturer, will launch the Africa knife at its stand in Hall 2 at HuntEx. The knife was designed with the help of South Africans and manufactured in Norway according to the extremely high standards that Helle is known for all over the world. Helle Knives was founded in a small village, Holmedal, in Norway in 1932, where knives are still made by hand today. Helle focuses on quality, tradition and craftsmanship and its products are inspired by nature and lifestyle.
Corrie Moolman, local distributor of Helle, exported teak to Norway which will be used for the African knife handles. Johan Badenhorst of Voetspore and his team helped with the design and testing of the Helle Africa knife. Members of the Voetspore team who have been travelling all over Africa since 2008, will be at the Helle stand in Hall 2 on show days from 11:00 to 15:00 to share their travel experiences with visitors. A limited number of the Helle Africa knife will be available during HuntEx.
Meat processing demonstrations
In Hall 3, the SA Butchery School will demonstrate the correct way to cut up a game carcass for optimum use. They will also give tips on preparation of meat cuts and how to make the best biltong and droëwors. These demonstrations will do away with the myths and ignorance about game meat. Various exhibitors at HuntEx have sponsored equipment and ingredients for the demonstrations.
The slaughtering demonstrations will last 60 minutes and the preparation and cooking demonstrations will last 90 minutes each. Visitors are invited to attend the sessions at the very reasonable cost of R20 per person.
Cooling trailer for hunters
A brand new, custom-made cooling trailer transport game carcasses from the hunting farm to the butcher or home will be launched at HuntEx. During the expo, it will keep the game carcasses cool that are used in the demonstrations. This trailer has been specially designed to ensure that game or other carcasses are transported safely in hygienic and temperature controlled conditions. The dimensions are: 2m high, 1,5m wide, 3,6m long and can carry 1400kg. The isolation in the walls of the trailer is 100mm thick. The trailer is built on a standard double axle chassis and is equipped with an automatic brake system, temperature controlled nose-cone and a lift mechanism to assist with the loading of large game carcasses such as eland, blue wildebeest and kudu.
The latest technology has been used to coat the inside surfaces of the trailer to prevent rust and damage caused by moisture and fluids from the carcasses. Nothing sticks to the surface and the trailer can be cleaned easily with water.
Two friends from Pretoria, an engineer and an air-conditioning expert, designed all aspects of the cooler trailer including the power source for the cooling unit, isolation, and the rails for the carcasses. Rudolph Schonborn, who developed the idea for the trailer, confirmed that various modifications can be made to the design to meet specific requirements and budgets of hunters and game farmers. One practical example of the flexibility of the design is that the manufacturer can match the wheel size of the trailer with the vehicle that will be used to pull it. Visitors can view the trailer at the demonstration stage in Hall 3. Look out for the Ford double cab bakkie sponsored by Action Ford Krugersdorp.
Best biltong maker can win a Titan rifle
People who believe their biltong recipe is the best ever will have the chance to prove it at HuntEx by entering their recipe in the Deli Spices Bobaas Biltong Competition. The winner will be announced on Monday, 27 April 2015 and receive a Titan rifle.
The Boma is a new addition to HuntEx where visitors can enjoy meals, socialise and relax. The Boma is a fenced-off area situated opposite Hall 3. Hannes Brummer, popular actor and comedian, will make all public announcements from the Boma and will interview celebrities who visit HuntEx.
Visitors can buy and enjoy alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, food and braaivleis in theBoma while listening to music or watching large screen TV. None of the other restaurants at HuntEx will sell alcoholic drinks for the duration of the show. The one and only entrance to the Boma is situated opposite Sharp Corner (knife exhibition) in Hall 3. Entrance to the Boma is R20 per person.
A safe undercover play area for children will be available in The Estate Restaurant between Hall 4 and 5, adjacent to theBoma.
Music Concert: Riders from the Storm
Visitors to HuntEx can enjoy the popular Riders from the Storm concert in the Gallagher Auditorium on Saturday, 25 April at 19:00 for 19:30. Well-known musician Mel Botes introduced the Riders from the Storm collaboration a few years ago, incorporating the country’s top rock guitarists, singers and composers to perform popular hit songs by among others, The Doors, Santana and Toto. Riders from the Storm reminds one of the Travelling Wilburys, the British-American super group of the eighties.
Artists in this concert include Mel Botes, Robin Auld (All of Woman and Baby you’ve been good to me), Nathan Smith, Mauritz Lotz, Piet Botha (Jack Hammer) and Albert Frost. Riders from the Storm is known countrywide for their extensive repertoire that is popular among young and old. They usually end the concert with the ever popular Deep Purple’s `Smoke on the Water’.
Music lovers can purchase tickets to Riders from the Storm online at www.huntex.net Ticket prices vary from R100, R180 and R200. A limited number of tickets are available at R250, which include entrance to HuntEx.
Hunting outfitters and game farm owners will exhibit in Hall 4. Hunters, who have not yet booked their hunts for the 2015 hunting season, will be able to shop around in one location at HuntEx to find a suitable destination for this year’s hunting season, or book in advance for 2016. Many hunting farms are exempted and offer hunting opportunities outside the traditional hunting season.
As usual, the popular HuntEx Lottery will cause great excitement. Exhibitors such as Formalito en Safari and Outdoor contributed generously to the variety of prizes that can be won. Formalito sponsors a Sauer rifle valued at R40 000; a CZ rifle to the value of R18 000; and a Remington rifle valued at R12 000.
Every show day one lucky visitor can win a Savage rifle. Two rifles will be up for grabs on the last show day, 27 April. It is free to enter the lottery because the HuntEx entrance tickets also serve as the lottery ticket. Visitors must deposit their tickets in the special containers at information counters.
Approximately 346 exhibitors from southern Africa, Europe, North America, Middle East and Southeast Asia will showcase their newest products and services in fifty different show categories. Visit www.huntex.net to view more information about exhibitors, location of their stands and floor plans of every Hall.
The various categories include:
firearms including shotguns, handguns, tactical weapons and sportshooting firearms
ammunition and equipment for shots who load their own ammunition
optical equipment such as scopes and binoculars
bows and bow shooting accessories
training (professional hunters, shooting skills)
angling equipment and accessories
air transport, aeroplanes, helicopters/drones
vehicles and trailers
clothing including shoes, camouflage gear, protective clothing and equipment such as ear and eye protection
communication devices, internet, GPS and acoustic tracking equipment
books, magazines, DVDs
food, wine, catering and meat processing equipment
products and services for the wildlife sector such as veterinary services, pharmaceutical products, feed, fencing, game capture equipment and transport
security and anti poaching services
SHOW DATES AND TIMES
Saturday 25 April: 08:00 to 18:00
Sunday 26 April: 09:00 to 18:00
Monday 27 April: 09:00 to 17:00
ENTRANCE FEE AND TICKET SALES
Members of the following hunting associations pay half price on presentation of their membership cards: SAHGCA, CHASA, PHASA and NSA.
Under 21 and students: R50
Children under 10: Free
Tickets are available at the entrance, but visitors can avoid queuing by buying tickets (Drimac Bulletpass) online at huntex.net/tickets, and on the HuntEx Facebook page. Just follow the easy instructions to purchase your tickets. Security on the website is very tight and credit card details are not stored on the website. Buyers will receive confirmation of ticket purchases by e-mail. Each ticket has a unique bar code. Visitors can print out their tickets at home. It will be scanned at the Huntex entrance. Alternatively, present your ticket on your smart phone when you enter HuntEx.
ADDRESS AND PARKING
HuntEx2015 is held at Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Gauteng. Parking is available at Gallagher and costs R20 per vehicle. Visitors can also use the Gautrain to Midrand. The HuntEx shuttle services will transport visitors between the station and n Gallagher Convention Centre.