By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
During the SCI convention, Hunting Report
Publisher Barbara Crown attended a meeting of the Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA). Essentially, OPHAA is an association of African hunting associations. Among the group's goals is to ensure hunting industry standards are applied across Africa, eventually creating a certification program, listing all safari operators and PHs who are registered to legally hunt in each country and who are members in good standing of the local professional hunting association. The countries currently represented include Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
OPHAA's mission is to promote legal and ethical fair chase hunting in Africa through a united effort among all of the African hunting associations. One of the main objectives is to address what is referred to as "cross-border" hunting, in which a PH or safari operator who may or may not legally hunt in one country takes clients across the border to hunt a country where he is not a legally registered operator or licensed PH....