By Barbara Crown, Editor
In a May 31 Email Extra Bulletin
I gave you a sneak peak at a report on hunting crop-raiding elephants at night in Zimbabwe. The report is from subscriber Harold Lee who hunted with PH David Amyot of ZimAfica Safaris
. Continuing subscribers will remember I have warned about supposed PAC hunts in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in the past (see articles 2412
), so I took a closer look at this one. According to Jeff Martinell of Luxury Hunts
(570-977-1457), who represents ZimAfrica in the US but did not book Lee's hunt, these are legal hunts conducted under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority with the appropriate PAC hunting permits.
The hunts take place near Hwange National Park from February to April, when the corn crops ripen, attracting the elephants that eat and stomp the villagers' fields. Elephants killed on these hunts are strictly non-exportable, and the villagers keep the meat for their own consumption.....