SCI Names Peter Thormählen International Professional Hunter of the Year

SCI Names Peter Thormählen International Professional Hunter of the Year
SCI Names Peter Thormählen International Professional Hunter of the Year

U.S.A. – (AmmoLand.com) In 2000, Peter Thormählen started hunting professionally in South Africa guiding primarily plains game and some dangerous game after serving an apprenticeship with John Calitz. With seventeen seasons behind him, Thormählen has built one of the most successful operations on the African continent, operating in South Africa, Namibia and, formerly, Bostwana.

Despite his commercial success, he considers the greatest honor of his professional career as being the first professional hunter to guide the first black rhino hunts in many years. Thormählen was operating on a huge reserve in Mpumalanga that had one of the biggest privately-owned herds of southern black rhino when the owner informed him that he had gotten a tag for a black rhino trophy hunt in 2005. Thormählen sold the tag almost immediately, and guided the hunter on the first legal black rhino trophy hunt since the 1970s.

Just thirty-two days later, he guided the first-ever darted black rhino hunt, and later guided the first darted black rhino hunts with a crossbow, dart handgun, and a black powder dart gun. To date, Thormählen & Cochran have guided fourteen black rhino hunts.

Thormählen runs his company with his wife, Anso, who heads the South African operations. They have supported hunting and conservation by supporting SCI, DSC, HSC and forty-four SCI chapters with countless donated safaris. They also support the Bushmen of Namibia with game meat, clothing, financial contributions and a program to stop the illegal taking of Bushman land.

Thormählen believes professional hunters are obliged to leave something behind for the next generation and to contribute to conservation. He believes that any operator who strives only to make money and fails to provide for the future has failed as a professional hunter. As he says, “We need to ensure that the next generation of hunters will also have the privilege of walking up on an elephant, buffalo, rhino or kudu with a rifle over their shoulder.”

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to hunting in Africa now and in the future, SCI has honored Thormählen with its International Professional Hunter of the Year award.

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  • 16 thoughts on “SCI Names Peter Thormählen International Professional Hunter of the Year

    1. Sport? Hippo are usually found wallowing in the shallows quite still and unobtrusive until threatened. I never see Africans killing for sport. These white cretins should vent their inferiority complex in their own countries or head off to war-torn countries where firing weapons is the norm.

    2. The term “Poacher” is a white man term. Designed to infer blame whilst still tolerating the ability of fat old white men to kill defenseless wildlife. Until that changes, we have no hope of stopping the killing. Purge All Hunters from CONservation Organizations

    3. The fraud is at the level of US Congress, Safari Club International, NRA and Dallas Safari Club. The lie about killing being CONservation is exploited to allow “non-profit” status for kill clubs. The bribery (lobbying) is fraud and should disqualify hunt clubs from being designated 501 c non profit organizations. Notify the Department of Justice and IRS about the fraud. Purge All Hunters from CONservation. It is our taxes that support this crime.

    4. @John, If this is true then Safari Club should retract their endorsement and you are to be commended for digging this out. That truly would be a shame and it does put a black mark on legitimate hunts and conservation efforts. Do you have any links? Normally I’d try and search them out but I figured you might have them handy.

    5. Dear Safari Club International: I guess this has nothing to do with Peter Tormählen donating a rhino hunt to you to auction off, hmm?

      Had you done a proper background check, you would have discovered that he’s been black-listed in South Africa for doing pseudo-hunts on rhinos.

      Had you attempted to perform the barest minimum of back-ground checks, you’d have known he resigned from the Namibia Professional Hunters Association just before they could kick him out for hunting leopards with dogs.

      He is currently again under investigation in both countries and is notorious for screwing clients over. A real role model, right.

      If ever you had wanted to shoot yourself in the foot, this was successful. You got ’em both.

      This is where great con comes into hunting-as-conservation, you know?

      All you did here was give everyone the same bad name.

    6. Dear Safari Club International: I guess this has nothing to do with Peter Tormählen donating a rhino hunt to you to auction off, hmm?

      Had you done a proper background check, you would have discovered that he’s been black-listed in South Africa for doing pseudo-hunts on rhinos.

      Had you attempted to perform the barest minimum of back-ground checks, you’d have known he resigned from the Namibia Professional Hunters Association just before they could kick him out for hunting leopards with dogs.

      He is currently again under investigation in both countries and is notorious for screwing clients over. A real role model, right.

      If ever you had wanted to shoot yourself in the foot, this was successful. You got ’em both.

      This is where great con comes into hunting-as-conservation, you know?

      All you did here was give everyone the same bad name.

      https://mg.co.za/article/2012-06-28-questions-over-namibian-rhino-hunt
      https://africageographic.com/blog/south-africas-trophy-hunt-industry-linked-to-rhino-horn-trafficking-again/
      https://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=129586&page=archive-read

    7. Wow! He must be really proud to have chased a hippo down and killed it. Not hard to do, considering they stand in water VERY still. I just never understood how man can take a life and call it a sport. Why would ANYONE want to kill for fun? You kill to maintain life, not for ego or self centered pleasure.

      1. Oh stuff it. Why don’t you do a little research before you open your mouth and prove what everyone already suspects, that you’re completely ignorant on the topic? First they do these hunts to thin herds that are at or near over population. Next, you think they “stand in water, very still”? Let me educate you: “Hippopotamus: The most dangerous large land animal in Africa is the hippopotamus. Despite their primarily vegetarian diet, the world’s third-largest land mammal is extremely aggressive and territorial.”

        Now, would you care to shrink back to your cave of ignorance or stand up and admit that you really didn’t know anything?

      2. @tropical troll, The hippopotamus is the most dangerous animal in Africa. They raise havoc against the villagers. How would you like it if a huge animal rooted up your garden, destroyed your house scratching his butt on it, and killed members of your family out of aggression?
        Hunters negate these dangers, and provide meat for villagers that they would not otherwise get; pay fees that the government would not otherwise get, and provide a cash infusion to the local and national economies that they would not otherwise receive.

        1. Yes we do know what we do and I, for one enjoy eating meat, loved hunting when I was younger and always took pride in conservation efforts, so you, @Wendy King, can also stuff it along with the rest of your buddies. If it weren’t for hunters and sportsmen just about every animal on earth would be extinct, no thanks to you and your friends.

        2. @Windy King, Why do you hate the indigenous people of Africa so much? Typical “loathes people loves animals that they don’t know anything about” elitist, hate monger.

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