South African hunters and sport shooters are reminded to diarise 27 – 29 April 2018 when the eighth HuntEx exhibition will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng. HuntEx remains a phenomenal success story that annually attracts between 35 000 to 40 000 visitors to view close to 400 exhibitions of the latest products and services on offer by the hunting, shooting and outdoor sector. Industry confidence in HuntEx remains high. The interest in exhibition space for the 2018 expo exceeded all previous shows, with 93% of exhibition space being sold by December 2017.
As past visitors will know, HuntEx offers something for everyone. It is a popular event for family outings or a group of friends interested in viewing the latest firearms, gear, gadgets and camping accessories available for outdoor enthusiasts.
HuntEx 2018 will focus on the youth and projects that promote youth activities. A fundraising programme that benefits the youth will be launched at HuntEx. It is called Doppies vir die Jeug, which is aimed at giving underprivileged children the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, basic bush survival skills, firearm safety, shooting skills, responsibly hunting, and processing of game meat. Children that accompany a hunt, will be able to take the meat and other memorabilia (skins, horns) home to their families. Visitors to HuntEx can support this initiative and stand a chance to win prizes worth R400 000. A .416 Rigby rifle is one of the sought-after prizes that can be won.
Help Hunt (Help Jag) is another charity project that is part of a school feeding scheme run by Soldariteit Helpende Hand. It gives hunters the opportunity to hunt an extra animal and donate it to this feeding scheme for underprivileged children. Solidariteit takes responsibility for the processing of the meat. Hunters can visit Solidariteit’s stand at HuntEx to register and participate in this project.
According to Adriaan Woudstra, owner and organiser of HuntEx, the trends in firearm sales are shifting towards tactical sport shooting. International firearm producers are capitalising on this development and regard HuntEx as the best opportunity to introduce their latest designs in tactical firearms and accessories to the South African firearm enthusiasts. Therefore, visitors can look forward to seeing more foreign firearm producers exhibiting under their own brands at HuntEx2018.
Overcrowding at HuntEx has been a challenge at previous shows and caused frustration among exhibitors and visitors. In 2017, the daily visitor traffic was better distributed, which allowed for more quality time spent at exhibitions and better sales in general. For HuntEx2018, the organisers will manage the daily visitor numbers to acceptable levels to prevent congestion around exhibitions.
The HuntEx App that was introduced in 2017, is the ultimate visitor companion for the 2018 show. For 2018, new features allow more flexibility and search options for ardent visitors. The App can be downloaded from the Play Store.
Attendance at the VIP show day on Thursday 26 April is on invitation only. A limited number of VIP tickets are available through dealers that will be exhibiting at the expo. VIP tickets will not be available at the entrance during the show.
Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (27 – 29 April) are available online at www.huntex2018.net at a discounted price for all categories. Visit www.huntex2018.net for more info.
Members of accredited hunting and sport shooting associations qualify for a significant discount on ticket prices. Pensioners and students also qualify for discount, while children under ten can attend for free.
HuntEx visitor hours
VIP show day on Thursday 26 April 10:00 - 17:00 (on invitation only)
Friday 27 April: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 28 April: 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 29 April: 09:00 - 15:00
Visit www.huntex2018.net for more information on exhibitors, online ticket purchases and general information.
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