Anthony Crick

 

Anthony was born in Bulawayo and spent his formative years hunting and fishing on the cattle ranches of Matabeleland. After finishing his schooling at age 18, he moved to England but found that the English winter and its lifestyle were not what he wanted out of life and came home to pursue a career as a professional hunter. 

Anthony started as a learner hunter in 1991 in the lowveld of Zimbabwe. In 1992, he worked as a learner hunter and Problem Animal Control Officer in Tsholotsho South and a year later assumed responsibility for Tsholotsho North as well. While in Tsholotsho, he was able to accompany all of the hunts that took place, but his main role was to assist the Veterinary Department with the control of buffalo migrating out of Hwange Park, the control of crop-raiding elephants and livestock killing predators in his district. 

Following his service in Tsholotsho, Anthony went on to develop his skills with clients through a move to Spurwing Island in Matusadona National Park in 1994. Here he learned from some of the best guides and research scientists in Zimbabwe as he developed a deep appreciation for all of the flora and fauna involved in the research projects in the Matusadona National Park. It was on Spurwing Island that Anthony took his personal best elephant (a 73 pounder) and his best buffalo (a 46" bull). His days on Spurwing were spent taking clients fishing, and this is where he met his future wife Debbie whilst working on the island. He left Spurwing Island in 1995 to work in the Gwayi Valley Conservancy as a hunter and to prepare for his final exams and proficiency test for his Professional Hunters license. 

Anthony was awarded his full professional hunters license in 1997 and remained in the Gwayi for the rest of that season after which he moved to the Matetsi River Ranch near Victoria Falls to guide hunting and photographic safaris. In 2000, Anthony began working as a free-lance professional hunter. He has since guided clients into every corner of Zimbabwe from the big conservancies in the Lowveld to the concessions of Matetsi, Chewore, Omay, Chirisa, as well as in South Africa and Tanzania. 

In 2003, Anthony formed Bulawayo Trading Company Safari Outfitters(BTC) with an American partner in order to be able to exercise more control over safaris booked for his clients. BTC has been able to book safaris for its clients using the best professional hunters, the best concessions and the best possible equipment for its clients. In 2004, Anthony joined HHK Safaris as a Professional Hunter and BTC joined at the same time as a first-rate booking agency. 

Anthony lives in Bulawayo with his wife Debbie and his two small daughters. His spare time is spent pursuing competitiive shooting sports with pistol and rifle, birdshooting, fishing and golf. His encyclopedic knowledge of the animals, birds, grasses and trees makes him a real pleasure to be with on an extended safari. Anthony is a Life Member of SCI and a member of ZPHGA.