(Nov. 24, 2020 – DALLAS) — Please join DSC in congratulating Charlton McCallum Safaris as the DSC 2021 Outfitter of the Year. DSC is proud to announce the winner in advance of the DSC Convention, Reflections. The convention will run from Feb. 11-14 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Dallas hotel in Downtown Dallas.
This year, DSC will present the award to Buzz Charlton and Myles McCallum, owners of Charlton McCallum Safaris, at the Thursday night banquet, Feb. 11, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
DSC Executive Director Corey Mason said, “We had a very strong list of nominations, but Charlton McCallum Safaris’ reputation, conservation and anti-poaching work stood out to the selection committee. Specifically, what they have accomplished with their anti-poaching unit has been extraordinary. From removing elephant poachers to snare lines, they have made great strides in protecting the Zambezi Valley.”
Charlton and McCallum formed the company in 2004, have grown it organically over the past 18 years and now operate approximately 500,000 acres in the Zambezi Valley region of Zimbabwe.
Charlton, McCallum and all the Professional Hunters hunt hard and fair, giving the game, the areas and the hunting heritage the full respect that they deserve.
“Our guiding principle is to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage through sensible, effective and sustainable utilization of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations,” McCallum said.
Charlton has 28 years of experience in the hunting industry. He started his apprenticeship in 1992 under PH Dengesai Makoni of Zambezi Hunters in Dande and received his full Zimbabwe Professional Hunters License in 1995. He has produced four best-selling DVD’s “Hunting the African Elephant,” “Giants in the Jesse,” “The Essence of Elephant hunting” and “Zambezi Extremes.” He has also written and released a book “Tall Tales” relating his personal hunting experiences over a 25-year period.
McCallum has 25 years’ experience in the hunting industry. He started his apprenticeship in 1995 under Magara Dirapenga of Roger Whittall Safaris and received his full Zimbabwean hunters license in 1999. McCallum has also been licensed in the Republics of Tanzania and Mozambique. He has been invited to international events as keynote speaker (guests included US Senators, various government delegations and NGO’s) to talk about the role of hunting in conservation-related issues and has been an executive member of Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) for six years.
“One of our proudest achievements is the Dande Anti-Poaching Unit, which has been instrumental in rehabilitating our Concessions,” McCallum said. “Over the last seven years, they have removed 9,000 snares, convicted 140 meat poachers and put 20 elephant poachers behind bars. Probably the most striking number is how DAPU helped reduce poached elephants from 40 in 2010 to 1 in 2020.”
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