By Barbara Crown, Editor
In the past, The Hunting Report has warned hunters about various permit scams and bait-and-switch type tactics used by dishonest, incompetent or desperate safari operators who just want to close a deal and get your deposit. This past month I was contacted about just such a scenario involving a switched leopard hunt in South Africa
. Amy Martin-Shaffer at The ProHunt Concierge
(firstname.lastname@example.org) brought this latest version of the scam to my attention.
Seems a concerned hunter had called Martin-Shaffer to inquire if she had heard about any issues with leopard permits in South Africa. He had purchased a leopard-specific hunt over a year ago and was scheduled to go hunting in May/June of this year. Only weeks before his departure, the safari operator called to let him know the leopard hunt would not take place because the government supposedly had taken back the leopard permits to give them to local native groups......