Good evening Ladies and Gentleman,
It is an honour and privilege for me to stand up here this evening, and promote, on behalf of Craig Maartens and family, an award that reflects the wishes, and vision of an honorable sportsman, and iconic mentor of our hunting legacy, the late Basie Maartens.
To receive this award, to me, was an upgraded responsibility to maintain and promote a holistic involvement in a true and genuine passion for our industry, and to maintain an integrity that is reflected in ones own personal and public life.
Phil Hayden’s hunt diary
A few years ago I scheduled my first African hunt with Craig Maartens of Maartens Safaris. I had researched over 15 outfitters and the decision was not easy. They all sounded good and made promises that I wanted to hear. Craig Maartens only promised that he would take me to good hunting areas and that I would have the opportunity to get the trophies I desired. I liked his approach and through e-mails I learned to trust him and believed he could deliver. I contracted with Craig in May 2010 and my daughter and I flew to Johannesburg to meet him. We then ventured on to Vaalwater in the Limpopo Province in the northern part of South Africa. It was picturesque and what I imaged Africa to be. We saw several animals that I thought would be good, but he had me hold out until he located species that were older and more spectacular trophies. He, along with his superior trackers, tracked them until I was in a position to shoot. It was then up to me to bring in the trophy. I can say I also did my job and was able to get a Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Common Reedbuck, and a Bushbuck. These were the trophies I wanted and he did deliver.