First, though, the new hunt in Burkina Faso is a community-based conservation program that has the backing and support of none other than the World Bank. At this point, we have only the tail end of this story from Hunting Report Honor Roll Subscriber Cameron Greig, who urged us to get a report out as soon as possible because there is a last-minute hunting opportunity at stake. He writes:
"I have just received word that two hunters scheduled to go on the first of a set of new hunts in Burkina Faso have backed out. The hunts, sponsored by the World Bank, are community-based - that is, they are actually conducted by the communities surrounding the hunting zone. In effect, they are chasse libre hunts, as no professional guides or hunters are used. The very reasonable cost of these hunts reflects this. A Technicon Pretoria representative who speaks French and English is on-site to help get this program off the ground. She will arrange to meet the hunters and get their permits, vehicle, and make other arrangements. She is not a guide. The hunts are all conducted by local hunters.
"This is a nice opportunity for an adventurous hunter who would like to hunt without a professional guide at a very reasonable rate. A survey of the hunting zone has been done, which can be sent to any prospective hunters. There are roan, waterbuck, hartebeest, buffalo, wart-hog and other species available. Animal densities are not high, but on-the-ground reports indicate animals will be seen every day.
"The best hunting time in Burkina Faso........(continued)