On the other hand, we are being bombarded with negative publicity about Zimbabwe, particularly about so-called illegal hunts in the southern part of the country. We have already warned you about these hunts and described how they are taking place on some seized private properties. Seems the occupiers of the properties are alleged to be laying illegal claim to the animals on the properties and cutting deals with South African PHs, who bring clients in for cut-rate shoot-em-ups.
The trouble with all of this is, we can't get to the bottom of any claims of flatly illegal hunts. Some of those being accused of illegal behavior are getting testy about the bad publicity, too, issuing veiled threats of libel and slander actions. Here at The Hunting Report, we are not siding with those who say no illegal hunts are being conducted. Quite the contrary. It's clear to us that some illegal hunts are indeed taking place and would-be clients have a responsibility to check out the hunts they are offered. The way to do that is to contact Sally Bown at ZATSO. Tell her where you have been offered a hunt, what company has offered it and, specifically, which Zimbabwe Professional Hunter will be taking you out in the field. If all hunters headed to Zimbabwe do that, the problem of so-called illegal hunts will evaporate.