Hunting Consortium is a hunting and angling consulting firm, based in Berryville, Virginia. Hunting Consortium strives to provide its customers with access to the best hunting areas available for the species they seek, while delivering the finest service available in the geographic regions where hunting takes place. The founder and president, Robert Kern, was the first hunting and fishing professional to enter Romania after the revolution to restart outdoor tourism in that country. He 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. He opened Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to hunting tourism in the early 1990s. He has also traveled widely in Tajikistan, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and elsewhere in Asia. He has owned safari companies in Tanzania and South Africa and traveled and explored widely in Africa. Robert has also traveled and worked throughout the Americas, from the Canadian Arctic to the Amazon jungle. His firm now does business in 52 countries, arranging more than 200 outdoor adventures every year. He is regarded as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable hunting and sport fishing consultants in the world today.
Bob is a life member of Safari Club International (SCI) and has been an International Director and served as the Sub-chair for Asia on the Conservation Committee of SCI. Currently, he is the Sub-chair for Asia on the Trophy Records Committee. He is a professional member of Shikar Safari Club International, and a life member of the International Professional Hunters Association, as well as a member of the Alaska Professional Hunters Association, International Sheep Hunters Association, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Grand Slam Club – Ovis, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club and the National Rifle Association.
Bob Kern has been a major supporter of wildlife conservation projects around the world for more than 20 years. The Hunting Consortium Ltd. gives more than $ 30,000 annually to various foundations, which fund conservation initiatives, research and field projects – more than any other similar enterprise in the world. In 2005 the firm donated $ 31,500; in 2006, $ 36,000 and in 2007, more than $ 40,000. This funding takes the form of cash donations and by hunting and fishing trips, donated by the firm to the annual fund raising auctions of a number of prominent organizations, including:
Conservation Force Dallas Ecological Foundation Houston Ecological Foundation Conklin Foundation Safari Club International Foundation Shikar Safari Club International Foundation Foundation for North American Wild Sheep Ovis
Kern also donates many hours of his time to wildlife conservation projects. He has participated in wild sheep management conferences and workshops in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and in the Kygyz Republic, a wildlife census in Tajikistan and markhor and wild sheep management meetings in Pakistan. He has been invited and is scheduled to attend the wild sheep management conference in Mongolia in April 2007 and a markhor conservation meeting in Pakistan in 2007.
Robert currently resides with his wife Margarete in Berryville, Virginia, where he supports local civic organizations, such as the Winchester Historical Society and the Clarke County Animal Shelter. His firm is a member of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce. He and his family worship at Christ Episcopal Church, Millwood, Virginia.
Service to God and country is a very important component of Bob’s life. His grandfather served as an officer in WWI, dying later in life from the effects of mustard gas. His father served as an Army aviator in WWII. As outlined above, Bob served in Vietnam, in elite front line units. His youngest son Robert is currently enrolled in ROTC at George Mason University. “Duty, Honor, Country” is not an empty motto for Robert. He takes his oath to defend the constitution of the United States very seriously.
Robert Kern has never knowingly broken any law of any country – ever, nor has he knowingly aided or abetted anyone else in breaking any law. He has no criminal record.
Bob has twice (2004 and 2005) reported incidents of international poaching to the USFWS, which he has become aware of during his travels, and he has reported several observed violations of local game laws to local wildlife authorities in Virginia. Bob has offered funding to the USFWS to attend seminars in Asia, when no other funding was available. He has a history of working with and assisting wildlife authorities in the conservation and management of wildlife.
Robert Kern is the founder and president of the Hunting Consortium, Ltd., a hunting and angling consulting firm, based in Berryville, Virginia. Bob was the first hunting and fishing professional to enter Romania after the revolution to restart outdoor tourism in that country. He 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.