2020 has been a trying time for everyone, including those who work and participate in the hunting, fishing, wingshooting and photo safari industries – specifically those abroad.
But not everything has been negative. The pandemic had a positive: people went into the outdoors. Whether you were walking your dog down the street (so. many. walks.), getting out in the woods, or even playing golf, this time of slowing down helped us appreciate what we have not had time to in the past.
This positive meant that we at Antlers & Anglers Worldwide have stayed busy.
For about the first two weeks of Covid the phones were silent. Then they started ringing. And kept ringing, and ringing, and ringing. New and old clients were calling for domestic trips because their international hunting, fishing, and wingshooting trips were postponed. Thanks to our connections and reputation in these industries, we were able to connect these clients to lodges who did not have openings, book them into private ranches, and pull off last minute trips which could not have been planned otherwise, all while prioritizing our client’s safety.
Our clients needed their outdoor fix, and we were there to help.
Did we see a growth in bookings? What are our clients interested in? We have not just seen consistency in our number of domestic bookings, but growth. Many of our lodges in the USA have been fully booked for the entirety of 2020. We saw an increase in requests for Elk, Moose, Bear, and Whitetail hunts across the country. Quail hunts are off the charts at our lodges in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. Fishing out west was a home-run in late summer and early fall. Our corporate business has continued steadily on with limited postponements or cancellations. We have seen 2021 fill up quickly as postponed trips have been rescheduled and new trips are booked. So heads up, if you want to go on a trip in 2021, it is time to book it!
We are thankful for our clients and for their trust in us during these uncertain times. Over the past several months, we at AAW have pulled off some incredible and safe last-minute trips for our clients. We hope to do the same for you.