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Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted September 2002)
 
Most hunting land in Zimbabwe is unaffected by the “listing” of private farms in the fast-track resettlement program. Approximately half the hunting areas in Zimbabwe are communal lands. Most of the rest of the country is made up of hunting concession areas, Forest Commission areas open to hunting and National Parks. Private hunting land is less than six percent of the country. In the important Hwange region, the “listed” private land makes up less than a fraction of one percent of the land. Zimbabwe should continue to be the second largest hunting destination in Africa, but it needs your help.

The transfer in ownership of those private properties that are “listed” will not even end hunting on most of that land. The conservancies are also expected to continue to operate as safari destinations. After all, that is the best and most lucrative use of those properties regardless of the ownership. All sorts of negotiations are taking place to operate safari hunting property lucratively in the future under the new ownerships. Some current owners are negotiating to continue on as managers and operators of the private hunting areas. Some are leasing back the property from the new owners/settlers in long-term agreements. Many continue to hunt unaffected.

Regardless, most hunting land with most of the game is unaffected. Unlike South Africa, most hunting does not occur on private land in Zimbabwe. The CAMPFIRE, Forest and Concession operators need us and need us now. They need us more than ever before. You can’t blame the Professional Hunters Association, hunting operators, professional hunters, conservancy operators, concession holders or the CAMPFIRE Association for politics beyond their control. Don’t blame them. Don’t punish them. Don’t boycott them. Also, don’t let media hyperbole mislead or confuse you about the status of hunting in Zimbabwe. There is great hunting here, and in most instances it is getting better. All but a small fraction is to continue.

The industry needs you and needs you now. If you are upset about the listing and resettlement process, don’t react inappropriately. Don’t hurt the industry and people in Zimbabwe that we all care about. The only thing that can destroy the safari hunting industry in Zimbabwe is confusion, misinformation and overreaction. Zimbabwe has been a friend of hunters and hunting. Its role in worldwide bio-political circles has been crucial to all hunters who travel, no matter the continent. It is not a place that can be dismissed without a terrible toll on hunting. Believe me, we need them as much as they need us.

The recent firearms export gun ban is a perfect example. The near-tragedy was avoided almost wholly because of the diligence and perseverance of Don Causey. He is almost totally responsible for the State Department reinstating the three firearms and 1,000 rounds exemption. He cannot be given enough credit, yet he has been unfairly criticized by those too ignorant to know the seriousness of the matter.

The Department of State fully intended to make it a major felony for American citizens to take safari firearms and ammunition to Zimbabwe. They intended to close the safari industry in Zimbabwe. This was a result of confusion and misinformation. The people it would have hurt were those that we care the very most about, our dear friends who are hanging on with that safari revenue. The very people we know and want to help were the direct and immediate target. It targeted everything that we know and care about in Zimbabwe, including what it means to us. Political leaders and their politics come and go. The only thing that can destroy the safari industry in Zimbabwe is action like that taken by our Department of State. It would have been a spike in the heart of all of our friends and the wildlife and conservation system too. It would have even been the finish for that small but dependent fraction of the industry on listed private lands. They operate them for hunting. They have been hanging on with that revenue. The tragedy was barely avoided! Thank you, Don Causey, for what you have done to restore the firearm exemption! There will never be another Zimbabwe. We must save what we can.

What It’s Really Like Now

I am on a marvelous safari in Zimbabwe as I write this. It is equal to any of the previous 24 safaris I have taken in Africa. I deliberately chose the dates and places to know the truth. I hunted through the August deadline date for the final move-off of listed private lands. I hunted both on a private conservancy of 750,000 acres held by 16 private landowners (10 hunting operators), as well as on the largest, highest income producing Communal Land, CAMPFIRE Program area. I hunted near Hwange National Park in the far western corner of Zimbabwe. The sub-region extends from Victoria Falls southeastward towards Bulawayo.

Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe. It is one and one-half times larger than Yellowstone National Park in the USA. The surrounding Communal Lands, Forest Commission Lands, hunting Concessions and Gwayi Valley Conservancy (750,000 acres) are much like those hunting areas surrounding our own Yellowstone National Park. The sub-region contains approximately half of the elephants in Zimbabwe - i.e., 40,000 of 81,000. It has the densest elephant population in Zimbabwe and consistently produces the biggest tusks in the country, as might be expected with such an enormous park at its core. This makes it one of the largest and most dense elephant populations in the world. That itself justifies an analysis.

It is one of three comparable sub-regions in Africa. The Chobe National Park in Botswana has 25,000 elephant with a density of 2.42 per kilometer. That is part of Northern Botswana’s elephant population of 89,227. Second, the Selous Game Reserve has 49,500 elephants with a density of .73 per kilometer. All are huntable (no associated park). Hwange National Park has an elephant population of 31,613 with a density of 2.08. The sub-region population is 40,000. Those three areas are the largest elephant concentrations in the world, excluding West and Central Africa. Gabon has an enormous concentration in the Northern region and Cameroon has suggested it may have 65,000 in its Southeastern region, though that figure is disputed.

I chose to hunt the South Tsholotsho Communal Land bordering the Southwestern border of Hwange National Park. It is the largest and highest income producing area in the CAMPFIRE Program. It also has the largest elephant quota of any CAMPFIRE area (10 in North and 10 in South). The average weight of the elephants taken there is 61 pounds. I literally shot the first bull I saw in the first hour of my hunt for a Safari Hunter’s Journal television film. I had no trouble taking one 62 x 60, as well as seeing thousands of others. The hunt is the most economically priced of the three Botswana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe super elephant concentration sub-regions. The point is this: The hunting operator, Thys De Vries of Lions Den Safaris (Booked through Jerome Knapp: 613-256-4469 – from the US) has bought the entire elephant quota out for the next five years in Tsholotsho South. He is opening new roads into unhunted land in the CAMPFIRE Area. The “listing” and still threatened resettlement of his own private land elsewhere has not changed his plans with CAMPFIRE. The potential loss of his own private hunting area may have encouraged him to invest more heavily and expand his operation in unaffected Communal Lands.

My second hunt was in the Gwayi Valley Conservancy. There I hunted with both Lion’s Den Safaris and with Nemba Safaris. It too is in the Hwange sub-region. The conservancy is made up of 32 private properties owned by 16 owners totaling approximately 750,000 acres bordering the East side of Hwange National Park. It continues to operate. The Hwange region has the largest population of Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe, as well as elephant. I saw herds of up to 500 buffalo on the Conservancy and took a nice 43-inch bull. Up to 3,500 elephant use the area, which is more than twice the population of the famous Amboselli Park of Kenya. We also took a 43-inch sable, and then went on to see others measuring up to 48 inches. Never have I seen so many sable antelope. We took eland, kudu, bushbuck and all the usual plains game. My wife Chrissie’s bushbuck measured 16 inches, which is not uncommon here, where the world record Chobe bushbuck was taken.

The point is this. The Gwayi Valley Conservancy is practically operating as usual. The Ministry of Tourism this week is hosting a workshop to ensure that the Gwayi Valley Conservancy and every other private land safari hunting operation in Zimbabwe continues to operate as such regardless of any transfer of ownership. Most will continue to operate. Those Zimbabweans who have left will defend their personal decisions. They had more than adequate justification. Those that remain in Zimbabwe will be able to carry on the industry and all that springs from it. Zimbabwe promises to continue to be as great an example to the world that hunting is a force for conservation as it has been in the past. Go hunting there for yourself, for our Zimbabwean friends and for the wildlife there too.


“Hunting Ban in Botswana”
(Reproduced With Permission)

(John J. Jackson, III Note: We have known of a letter from the African Lion Working Group that provided a good deal of insight into the closure of safari hunting of lion in Botswana, but had not been able to share it. An article about it has since been published in the African Lion Working Group’s Newsletter (African Lion News, Vol. 3, p. 5). The ALGW has given us permission to reproduce the newsletter article here in full.)

The Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks recently took a very bold step towards the conservation of lions, with very good intentions indeed, which can be seen as a meaningful victory from a [somewhat blunt] conservation point of view. But, on the other hand, it will bring about major unforeseen problems with dire consequences to both man and lion.

On 2 February 2001, the Minister proclaimed a total ban on the hunting and/or disturbance of lions in Botswana, for a period of 12 months. Immediately, one might think that this is a major victory for the lions, but in fact, if all the consequences are taken into account, one cannot help but wonder if this was a worthwhile effort, and if this proclamation may not perhaps have more negative effects on the medium and long term.

The ALWG viewed this bold step very seriously and took it to its members for comments. Responses varied from full support to highly upset. One faction supported the idea fully, while others members warned that, if seen from a broader perspective, the ban might have serious negative effects on both lions and communities in some areas. In some areas, it was felt, the ban was justified, but in other areas, especially where clashes between livestock owners and lions occur, more careful consideration was needed.

The chairman of ALWG, Sarel van der Merwe, took all these comments and recommendations into account when he wrote a formal letter of response to the Director of Wildlife and National Parks, stating the following: “We suggest that the viability for sustainable use and the threats to each sub-population of lions in Botswana should be evaluated individually. In some areas we agree that a ban may be justified, yet in others, particularly those devoted primarily to cattle, it is difficult to see what it will achieve other than to arouse an antagonism towards lions and by association all wildlife and also your Department. We would urge that the solution to lion/livestock conflict lies not simply in a hunting ban on lions but in the implication of a number of management strategies aimed at lessening the conflict while maintaining sustainable lion populations.

“We feel that the implementation of a ban, special problem animal control measures and sustainable use of the various lion sub-populations should reflect the status, threats and available data. The ALWG supports the principle of sustainable utilization, based on the results of sound and unbiased research results. While tourism may be able to take the place of hunting in some areas, particularly in the Delta, there are vast areas, for example in the Southern Kalahari, which hold little attraction for photographic tourism, where trophy hunting may be the best form of wildlife utilization….”

This letter caused a major upset amongst some of the members, especially those who supported the ban unconditionally. In fact, two of the ALWG members felt so strong about the contents of this letter that they resigned from the Group with immediate effect. Their resignations were accepted.

The problem was complicated by the abuse of problem animal control (PAC), because lions were actually hunted under the pretext of being “problem animals.” This was a free license to kill. As Dereck Joubert (Wild Life film producer and member of ALWG) puts it: “Two weeks ago, when I was in the Vice President’s office, we were discussing the possibility of a ban on all cats being shot as problem animals. This was sanctioned a few days later. A huge number of lions are killed under this law or under the pretext of being problem animal or stock raiders. It was a good start.”

However, some of the other members were less positive. They reason that where good relations were developed - in some cases over many years - between researchers and/or officials and local communities where clashes between lions and livestock owners exist, such relations are now shattered and may well be replaced by mistrust, which will inevitably result in lions now being poisoned, snared and shot relentlessly without such occasions being reported to DWNP. Reports of this nature were already received from Graham Hemson, researcher in the Makgadikgadi Pan National Park area. It is also felt that such good relations will probably - in some cases at least - never be restored again. Furthermore it is felt that hunters, of which many over the years have developed good and trustworthy relations with governmental structures, now may also react negatively and may decide to take their business elsewhere - which can be devastating to the hunting industry.

Members also warned that it cannot be reasoned that tourism will simply replace hunters as a source of income. It simply does not happen that way. Christiaan and Hanlie Winterbach reasoned as follows: “Our experience with photographic safaris and trophy hunting in northern Botswana is that in general the prime areas are occupied by photographic safaris and the rest by hunting operations. When the concession areas (6 areas) between Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Nxai Pan NP came up for tender, interest from photographic companies was almost non-existent.

“A combination of photographic and hunting safaris ensures the economic viability of the Wildlife Management Areas in Botswana in a way that neither can achieve on their own. The two community areas bordering the Transfrontier Park have lost their only key trophy hunting species with the ban on lion hunting and thereby also the economic viability of the quota.”

So, in summary: The general feeling is that the moratorium or total ban on lion killing/hunting for one year does not necessarily guarantee positive results for the lion populations of Botswana. But, we all learned a few valuable lessons from this whole issue:

  1. The ALWG’s letter to DWNP was the appropriate action for the Botswana situation.
  2. Differing opinions within ALWG stimulate discussion and should result in a better understanding of the complexity of the situation.
  3. Such differences of opinion also clearly distinguish between members who regard the group with the necessary respect and place a high value on being a member, and those who became members simply to enhance their own selfish goals.
  4. Researchers have an ethical responsibility to present data accurately and not to mislead their audience for personal and selfish reasons.
  5. We should make certain that we distinguish between facts, an educated guess, a hypothesis, an assumption and conjecture - and to keep unnecessary emotion away from the harsh reality of today’s demands for sound, science-based lion population management.

The ALWG wishes to emphasize the fact that we support the Botswana Government’s approach towards the conservation of lions, simultaneously acknowledging the fact that the need exists for debate.


For more information on Conservation Force and/or the services available through Jackson’s alliance with The Hunting Report, write:

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E-mail: cf@conservationforce.org
Web: www.ConservationForce.org



Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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