Meet Our Team
Stephan van der Merwe, Founder / Principal / Chief Professional Hunter, Stephan’s wife Nakkie and their girls Marne and Anja
The owner and founder of Bushmans Quiver Quality African Safaris, Stephan van der Merwe, grew up in the northern Bushveld of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. He has been involved in hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation for more than 25 years and became a professional hunter in 1995. HONESTY and SERVICE are the two key words for Bushmans Quiver’s success. Bushmans Quiver is truly a family business, Stephan’s wife Nakkie and their girls Marne and Anja provide exceptional hospitality and will make you feel right at home.
Scott Whatley, USA Senior Pro-Staff Team Member: 720.201.8585
Scott was raised in Dallas, Texas. Texas has a great hunting heritage and Scott is a product of that heritage thanks to the influence of his father, Bear Whatley. Bear got Scott started off on the right foot at age 6, and Scott’s enthusiasm, for the hunting, fishing, and outdoor lifestyle comes through strong. His love and respect for nature is part of who he is as a person, thanks to his father’s influence. As a consequence, Scott takes particular satisfaction in sharing his passion for the great outdoors and the safari experience with others.
Scott is the founder and host of Sportsman of Colorado radio program broadcasting each Saturday from 1-2 pm on KLZ 560 AM in Colorado and large portions of Wyoming. Bushmans Quiver is proud to be a partner of Sportsman of Colorado and to have Scott as a member of our pro-staff team. Scott has hunted a wide variety of animals on safari with Bushmans Quiver Quality African Safaris and willingly shares his personal experiences with others. Scott eagerly assists clients with preparing for their upcoming safari and you can rely on Scott to see that your safari preparations are thorough and complete.
Wade Kisch, USA Pro-Staff Team Member
Wade grew up in Montana with a fishing pole in his hands and started following his dad around hunting as soon as he was old enough to walk. He currently lives in Colorado and is a Life Member of the RMEF and NRA and has been an active member of the Greeley Colorado RMEF Banquet for over 10 years. Wade is also a longtime supporter of conservation organizations such as the Mule Deer and Muley Fanatic Foundations, Ducks Unlimited, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Pheasants for Ever, Boone and Crockett Club, Safari Club International, National Wild Turkey Federation and Sportsman for Wildlife. He is an avid bow and rifle hunter hunting a variety of the Western United States and enjoys competing in marksmanship competitions such as Long Range Precision Rifle, 1000 Yard Benchrest and the Snipers Hide Cup. Wade first hunted Africa in 2012.
Vince Freytag, USA Pro-Staff Team Member
Vince was raised on a small farm in Oregon and was introduced to the outdoors at a young age. He has been passionate about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation his entire life. Vince has been a successful hunter of several western states, Alaska and South Africa and he is an avid archery and rifle hunter. He has hunted several African game species including dangerous game and enjoys sharing his passion and experience with others. Vince brings over 40 years of hunting experience and is honored to be a member of the Bushman’s Quiver family.
Sampie van Deventer, Professional Hunter
Like many of our Professional Hunters, Sampie van Deventer grew up in the bushveld of the Limpopo Province. He was influenced at the age of 5 years by the hunting exploits of his grandfather who took many species of African game while Sampie was learning his bushcraft. The more time Sampie spent in the bush, the more his love of nature grew, further strengthening his desire to hunt professionally.
What Sampie appreciates the most about hunting professionally is the ever-changing face of the hunting environment, the challenges that are presented to the Professional Hunter and the opportunities that those challenges provide to develop new skills and tactics in overcoming those challenges. This philosophy comes through strongly in Sampie’s daily hunting and guiding efforts.
From Sampie’s perspective the most important aspect of the PH-Client dynamic is thorough communication. This belief and his personal dedication to the hunting challenge will produce rewarding results for the clients assigned to him.
Pungi, Tracker & Skinner
Pungi has been working for Bushmans Quiver since 2008 and takes extra care in making sure that the skinning and trophy preparations are done perfectly.
Sello, Tracker & Skinner
Sello has been working for Bushmans Quiver since 2008 and takes extra care in making sure that the skinning and trophy preparations are done perfectly.
Lino, Tracker, Skinner & Driver
Coffee, Expert Tracking Dog
Coffee is our Hungarian Vizsla. When necessary, we use her for tracking purposes to ensure that no animal is lost. This gives the client peace of mind that the odds of recovering their animal is greatly increased. Coffee has a strong nose and real “bush sense.” She has tremendous energy and is just reaching her prime.