By Barbara Crown, Editor
If you saw our July 1 Email Extra bulletin
, you already know about those new resolutions that went into effect July 1st. A number of the resolutions are positive changes that give hunters more opportunities or that expand existing ones, albeit at a price. According to a memo from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, the resolutions were discussed over a series of industry stakeholder meetings occurring as far back as September 2012. Indeed I was aware of some of those discussions and had been waiting to hear the final outcomes.
You'll recall I told you that elephant trophy fees would be rising. Original discussions were to increase the trophy fees many thousands of dollars, reportedly to raise the value of elephant and help fund more anti-poaching and conservation efforts. Anticipating a negative reaction from the safari market, the professional hunting and operator associations there lobbied for more measured increases that clients would find more acceptable. The resolutions implemented July 1st include the new trophy fees, which run about an additional $1,000 to $2,000. In 2012, prices for rifle hunters were $7,500 for tusks of 15 to 27 kg, $12,000 for 27-32 kg, and $20,000 for ivory over 32 kg.....