"As a first time big game hunter I was referred by several people who had used Rob Kern to arrange their hunts and contacted Rob to set up a black bear hunt. After speaking to Rob about what I was looking for, he provided me with several options and spent time with me explaining the differences so that I could make the best choice possible. The Hunting Consortium took care of everything that was needed for my hunt, from my travel arrangements, to my rifle permit, and made everything seamlessly easy for me. I ended up taking a 7’4” black bear with a 19” skull after only 4 hours on the first hunting day! As a result of the services that Rob and the Hunting Consortium provided for me, I have decided to have Rob arrange my first hunt in Africa as well as all of my future hunts." -George Valis
"When I have a question about a car, recipe, or the latest news, I use "Google." When I have a hunting; where, how, or what question, I call the Hunting Consortium. No Guff! I've booked over 30 international hunts through the Hunting Consortium and fully intend to use their professional services far into the future!" -Jim Shockey
“These guys (Hunting Consortium) are the best in the business, bar none! I have hunted the world for more than 60 years, and the hunts I’ve done with the Hunting Consortium were always perfectly organized. No matter whether in Europe, Africa, or Asia - even in Russia, Tajikistan, and Iran, everything is ready to go and there are no surprises. I really appreciate their travel services - they do my visas, air tickets and everything else I need for an easy trip. One stop shopping!” -Dial Dunkin
“The Hunting Consortium is the “go-to-team” for any hunt in the world - period! Their staff are the most experienced professionals in the hunting industry. They have made my many hunting trips easier and smoother, not to mention successful. I trust their candid, straight forward advice and appreciate their personalized service. Sue and I think of them as family!” -Ray Paolucci
“Bob and Rob Kern and the staff at the Hunting Consortium are experienced professionals. Every trip is meticulously planned with true military precision. I have very much enjoyed my trips with Hunting Consortium and would not trust anyone else to outfit my international hunts!” -Craig Boddington
“I can rely on the Hunting Consortium for up-to-the minute current information on the most remote places on the planet and expert advice on my hunting requirements. Friendly and courteous, the service I get from them is truly first class.” -Rex Baker
“I’ve experienced some of the best hunts of my life with the Hunting Consortium. The trips have been as awesome as the staff who have taken great care of me throughout the years and many, many hunts! The arrangements and coordinations have always been perfect and they’ve always worked hard to ensure that I was satisfied and taken care of.” -Don Jacklin
“During the past 5 years the Hunting Consortium has been the most invaluable resource a hunter could ask for.I have averaged over 150 hunting days in that time and many, if not most of those days were booked through The Hunting Consortium. Their knowledge and experience is unmatched in the hunting industry. I have always been pleased with the quality of the outfitters and the professional hunter’s and guides that Hunting Consortium have booked for me. I’ve hunted in Africa over a dozen times on hunts booked by the Hunting Consortium and every time I felt like I was hunting the premier area with one of the best outfitters and knowledgeable, helpful professional hunters. In Africa I have taken 158 different animals I couldn’t have accomplished that without the Hunting Consortium. I was on a hunting trip for over 6 weeks in the South Pacific which included a family vacation with my adult children and hunted with 5 different outfitters in 6 different areas in both New Zealand and Australia - a LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE that the Hunting Consortium handled without a hitch. I finished that trip by hunting all of the species available to hunt in these locations besides one. EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS on a single trip. The achievement I am most proud of though is my 21 day hunt in Spain where I took every animal that is currently available to hunt. Considering that the 7 Capra species were all free-range, this was very challenging but the Hunting Consortium put me in the best areas with best outfitters.” -Rick Warren
“I and my family owe many thanks to Bob, Margarete, Rob and the expert staff at the Hunting Consortium for so many memorable hunts in so many countries. It is hard to believe, but every hunt and trip has been characterized by the same qualities - superior service, with a can-do attitude, excellent operators, all arrangements on time and fulfilling everything promised. This is a great organization! I am looking forward to my next hunt with the Hunting Consortium.” -Francisco Vizcaino Gutierrez
“Wherever in the world my hunting dreams take me, I know that Corey and Bob will have everything well-organized. Their amazing knowledge and continuous research has put me in a position to take some truly extraordinary trophies, with the very best guides in the hunting world today. Nobody knows more about the game and the world of hunting than these guys and the travel team at the Hunting Consortium is unlike any I have ever used. They know from personal experience how to get someone into and out of the most remote places in the world and they keep up with the ever-changing regulations concerning hunting, firearms and travel options. This is the most “can-do” team I have ever worked with in hunting! They have risked their reputation and their very lives to blaze your trail. If you’re not booking with The Hunting Consortium, it’s most likely your loss and someone else’s gain. You sure can’t do any better - their word is good!” -Lary Knowlton
“I don't have words to describe the gratitude and appreciation for all the staff at the Hunting Consortium and all that was done for us setting up our ultimate trip of a lifetime in South Africa. Everything went exactly as you had planned it, no surprises - no problems. The trackers and hunters absolutely amazed us. I can't think of one thing or issue to complain about. It was as good as it gets and I highly recommend the Hunting Consortium to anyone. Again, thanks for all you did for us.” -Mike Barrett
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Why to Choose a Hunting Consultant
Knowledge – Working long hours, full-time, in the hunting and fishing industry, experienced consultants uncover and accumulate information no amateur sportsman would be exposed to. Real consultants are not just booking agents. Knowing which areas to hunt or fish, which operator to use for a particular quest and when to go for the highest chance of success, is the essence of our craft. (Beware of part-timers, they are really just amateurs in disguise.)
Experience – A good consultant’s experience allows him to edit the multitude of offerings in the marketplace, selecting precisely the right option to suit the individual taste and desires of each client. Bob Kern and his experienced staff have hunted in more than 50 countries throughout the world, over the span of more than 50 years. Bob has personally collected over 160 species of big game (over 500 trophies). They spend much of every year visiting hunting and fishing destinations, exploring remote territories, speaking with operators, old and new, and evaluating ever-changing conditions. They are the more experienced outdoor adventure team in the world today.
Insider Information – Consultants receive confidential information involving the financial stability of operators, pending new game regulations, and a host of other technical issues continuously. This, information is used to temper recommendations and guide clients’ decisions.
Advocacy – Every operator wants to fill his camps and sell his harvest quota. The consultant’s objective, on the other hand, is to please and serve his clients. If a dispute should arise between an operator and a client, an experienced consultant can often use his leverage to obtain an equitable solution. A customer can only represent his individual position to any operator, but the consultant represents the voices of many clients and can elevate any issue to market-wide exposure, when necessary.
Service – The staff at The Hunting Consortium routinely procures visas, firearm permits, and other travel documents, as well as issuing air tickets, making hotel reservations, and performing a host of other services to make travel easier and more interesting for clients. They also construct complex sightseeing programs to compliment any hunt.
The disappointment over a bad experience lingers long after the joy over the low cost has faded.
Leadership & Consulting
Bob Kern (U.S.A.)
Robert “Bob” P. Kern
President and founder of The Hunting Consortium, Ltd. , Bob Kern has been involved in hunting for 50 years and in the hunting travel business for 33 years. Bob has hunted extensively on 6 continents taking more than 170 species of big game. He travels continuously throughout the year visiting operators we represent and supervising our field staff. Bob is recognized as one of the most experienced and respected names in the hunt consulting industry. Bob Kern served in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division and also flew missions for 5th Group Special Forces in Laos. Bob Kern has explored the remotest regions of Russia and the various republics of the former Soviet Union and developed dozens of new hunting tourism programs in that part of the world. Bob reopened Romania to hunting tourism in 1990 and Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in 1992. Bob Kern was the leading explorer for new hunting areas in western and northern China in the late 1990’s and is currently involved in opening new hunting areas around the world, including in Uganda and in the Congo. Bob Kern is a life member of Safari Club International (SCI) has served as an International Director and as the Sub-chair for Asia on the Conservation Committee of SCI. Bob also served as the Sub-chair for Asia on the Trophy Records Committee. Bob Kern is a life member of the International Professional Hunters Association, International Sheep Hunters Association, Wild Sheep Foundation, Grand Slam Club – Ovis, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, the National Rifle Association, as well as a member of the Alaska Professional Hunters Association, and the American Association of International Professional Hunting & Fishing Consultants (AAIPHFC).
Languages: English, German
Rob Kern (U.S.A.)
Robert “Rob” K. Kern
Vice President of The Hunting Consortium Ltd., Rob is instrumental in performing and managing the complex functions and tasks of the company; from coordinating itineraries to escorting hunters in the most remote regions of the world. Rob attended Massanutten Military Academy for five years and graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs. He has travelled the world since childhood, growing up in and around the hunting industry. Rob has hunted and fished on 6 continents and is one of the leading young professionals in the hunting industry today. He creates, coordinates itineraries with outfitters and clients alike, around the world to ensure that expectations are met and that clients’ goals are accomplished. Rob is also on the Executive Committee of the International Professional Hunter’s Association (IPHA), the oldest hunter’s association of its kind in the world. Additional tasks and responsibilities include, social media management, trade show management, and advertising management. When not at the headquarters in Virginia, Rob travels around the world with clients, visiting operators that the Hunting Consortium represents, and exploring new areas being considered for new programs.
Languages: English, German
Margarete Kern (U.S.A.)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the firm, Margarete Kern has been involved in the hunting industry for over 40 years and in the hunting travel business for 35 years. She has managed a retail outdoor sporting goods store and accompanied Bob Kern to many remote areas of the world, evaluating operators and helping set up programs for the Hunting Consortium. Margarete supervises all travel arrangements and the construction of complex travel itineraries. As Chief Financial Officer for the corporation, she is responsible overseeing all financial operations and acts as comptroller and paymaster. Marg’s additional tasks include preparing the operating budget for the firm. She is an avid angler, having traveled extensively in pursuit of big game fish in many of the premier fishing destinations around the world. Margarete Kern develops and plans most photo safari and sightseeing itineraries in Europe and elsewhere.
Languages: English, German
Amelia Proffitt (U.S.A.)
Administrative manager, travel specialist, and customer service coordinator, Amy Proffitt has worked for the Hunting Consortium for 20 years and is an expert at managing complex travel itineraries. Amy is the senior manager in our office in Virginia, handling visa and firearm permit, and species import permit applications, and a myriad of other administrative tasks associated with hunting travel. Amy also assists our clients with travel insurance issues, trophy importation questions, firearm and hunting regulation questions, and coordinates the activities of other service providers and government agencies for the smooth execution of the often complex itineraries of our clients. She also supervises and trains our office staff in Virginia. Amy is acknowledged as one of the most experienced hunting and fishing travel professionals in the industry today.
Christina Schwarz (Germany)
Office Manager for the European office, located in Schwabach (Nürnberg), Germany, Christina Schwarz handles some correspondence for European customers, as well as coordinating customer service issues in Europe. Nina attends to visa applications and firearm permits, licenses, hotel reservations and plans sightseeing excursions, as well as itinerary adjustments, whenever necessary, for our customers traveling in Europe. She also assists with logistical matters connected with the firm’s exhibition at trade shows in Europe. She has traveled widely in Europe, North America and Africa and is a highly competent travel specialist.
Languages: English, German, Spanish, French
Field Staff & Program Managers
Eldar Shafiev (Russia, Central Asia)
Administrator and logistics specialist for The Hunting Consortiums programs in Central Asia and Team Chief in Tajikistan, Eldar Shafiev obtained his law degree from Moscow Humanitarian-Economic Institute. Before coming to work for the Hunting Consortium, Eldar was the Deputy Director, for National Projects and Administrator for Contractual and Environmental Law for the EU Project: Environmental Strategies for Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Eldar also served as the Head of the Tourism, Recreation, and International Affairs Division of the Department of State, Republic of Tajikistan. Eldar is a highly qualified attorney and administrator who handles the myriad of tasks necessary to create smooth running travel services under very difficult conditions. He provides interface with government agencies in the several republics of Central Asia, procuring the necessary hunting permits for our clients and insuring access to the finest hunting areas in Central Asia. He also accompanies clients and supervises the preparations and execution of our hunting programs in Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries. Eldar Shafiev is responsible for visas, area permits, firearm permits, local transportation, interface with local guides and field equipment distribution. He is a master fixer no matter what the challenge.
Languages: English, Russian, Tajik, Turkish
Oleg Stupar (Russia, Central Asia)
Administrator and logistical specialist, as well as Team Chief in Moscow, for The Hunting Consortiums Russian operations, Oleg Stupar has a Masters degree in philosophy from Moscow State University. He has been involved in hunting tourism since Russia was opened to foreign sportsmen in the 1980s. Oleg accompanied Bob Kern on many of the early regional explorations in Russia and Central Asia, in the early 1990s, after the fall of communism. He has exceptional knowledge of the hunting areas throughout the territories of the former Soviet Union. Oleg handles the myriad of administrative tasks necessary to deliver smooth running travel services, often under very difficult local conditions. He interfaces with local guides and coordinates services from our many service providers across Russia, and also provides interface with Russian government agencies. Oleg also accompanies clients, acting as interpreter-escort and supervises the preparations and execution of our hunting programs in Russia. He is responsible for all customer service in Russia, including subcontractor negotiations, area access, local transportation, and field equipment distribution. Oleg Stupar is a master at solving the many problems which can arise in remote locations and his jovial, easy-going personality has won him many friends among our clients and local hunting guides.
Languages: Russian, English
Adrian Bulbescu (Romania, Hungary)
Regional Service Representative in Romania and Hungary, Adrian Bulbescu has been in the hunting tourism industry since 1990, when the Hunting Consortium re-opened Romania to sport hunting, after the fall of the dictator Ceausescu. He is a highly skilled travel specialist who came to us from the Romanian Forestry Department just days after the Romanian revolution. He assisted setting up the first hunting programs in Romania in the post-communist period and now coordinates all of the Hunting Consortium’s activities in Romania and Hungary. He interfaces with the several forestry district offices in the areas we hunt and selects and trains local guides. Adrian was also the comptroller for our company in Tanzania in the 1990s. Adrian Bulbescu is an experienced guide and regularly accompanies clients in the field in Romania and Hungary. Today Adrian is recognized as Romania’s leading hunting travel specialist.
Languages: English, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Sergey Tishkevich (Russia, Central Asia)
Senior professional hunter and coordinator for mountain hunts in Russia and Central Asia, Sergey has been involved in professional hunting since 1978 and in hunting tourism since 1991. Sergey has a degree from the prestigious All-Russia Institute for Scientific Research in Kirov, majoring in wildlife management, professional hunting and fur farming. He has explored the most remote areas throughout Russia and the various republics of the former Soviet Union and is perhaps the most experienced professional hunter in Russia today. He is well-known for the articles he writes for various Russian hunting publications. Sergey manages our spring brown bear hunting program in Kamchatka and our mountain hunt programs throughout Russia and Central Asia. Sergey is best known for helping develop the Marco Polo sheep hunting program in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in the early 1990s. He regularly accompanies clients in the field throughout Russia and Central Asia and is continuously exploring new areas and developing new programs for the Hunting Consortium.
Languages: Russian, English
Reşit Kaan Ӧzmen (Turkey, Central Asia)
Senior professional hunter for the Hunting Consortium in the Middle East, including Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran, Reşit also accompanies clients of theHunting Consortium in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and in Russia. Reşit has been involved in professional hunting for over 30 years. He has guided hunters in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and in Russia, in all more than 300 hunts. He has explored the most remote areas throughout Russia and the various republics of the former Soviet Union and is perhaps the most experienced professional hunter in the Middle East today. Reşit is well-known among local guides in many countries as an accomplished expert in mountain game and a hunter with superior skills. He manages our tur hunting program in Azerbaijan and assists in several other programs in Central Asia. He regularly guides clients in the field throughout the Middle East and Central Asia and is continuously exploring new areas and developing new programs for the Hunting Consortium.
Languages: Turkish, Russian, English
Chief of Operations in the Middle East, including Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia for the Hunting Consortium, Orhan has a degree in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He has been involved in hunting tourism since 1985 and owned his own outfitting company in Turkey for many years. Orhan has exceptional knowledge of the hunting areas throughout the Middle East and develops programs for all species found there. He handles the many of administrative tasks necessary to deliver smooth running travel services, often under very difficult local conditions. Orhan contracts with local guides and coordinates services from our many service providers, while interfacing with government agencies. Orhan also accompanies clients, acting as interpreter-escort and supervises the preparations and execution of our hunting programs in Turkey. He is responsible for all customer service in Turkey. Orhan is a master at solving the many problems which can arise in remote locations and his jovial, easy-going personality has won him many friends among our clients and local hunting guides.
Languages: Turkish, English, German
Chief, Client Services Istanbul, for the Hunting Consortium, Sonny has been involved in the tourism industry for over 20 years. He has exceptional knowledge of Istanbul and the surrounding area and provides clients of the Hunting Consortium with safe, timely transfers, hotel and restaurant reservations, sightseeing programs, assistance with firearms and trophies, and a host of other services in Istanbul. Istanbul has become the primary transportation hub for travels into Central Asia, Pakistan and Mongolia, as well as the Middle East. Sonny maintains a cadre of expert drivers and tour guides, who he evaluates and trains to handle any request by our discerning clients. He is highly regarded by the airport staff and authorities and especially by the airport police in Istanbul and is widely considered the “go-to-guy” for any issue which may arise. Sonny is a master “fixer” at solving travel problems and keeping itineraries running smoothly. His winning personality has won him many friends at home and abroad.
Languages: Turkish, English