By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Choosing a safari is more complicated than simply finding an outfitter who can get you a trophy. When you book a hunt, you are also choosing where your hunting dollars go. Booking with ethical and accountable safari operators means that your money also supports sustainable use and hunting-based conservation in Africa. This involves many considerations, including some that may not occur to all hunters.
We touched on a few such considerations in recent articles on cross-border hunting, the practice of PHs or safari operators guiding hunters in countries in which they are not licensed or registered (see Article 3928
). The Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA), an Africa-wide operators' association, has made addressing cross-border hunting a priority. OPHAA points out that many operators take hunters to countries in which they are not registered to operate by subcontracting a local operation or block holder. In most cases this is fully legal, strictly speaking, but hunters should pay attention to some of the finer points of these arrangements....