Update On South Africa


Published: October - 2003

Down in South Africa, we are watching warily a move by the government there to require US hunters to provide something other than the US Customs Form 4457 as proof of ownership of the firearms they bring with them. There is vague talk of requiring US hunters to provide a purchase receipt, or a letter from the gun shop they bought their firearms from. We've heard the word "registration" used, as in "going to the local courthouse and getting your firearms registered."

Our worry is, government officials in RSA (maybe even the outfitters there) appear to be oblivious to American gun owners' opposition to gun registration. Americans haven't let their own government impose this requirement on them, so they sure aren't going to let a foreign government do it. Many (maybe even most) US hunters will boycott South Africa if the governent tries to make them register their firearms with a governmental body.

At this point, we have no idea how serious this talk of gun registration is. Maybe it will go away when officials there read this. If not, outfitters there need to be on red alert: Trying to impose gun registration on US hunters will destroy the South African hunting industry. Got that?

On a brighter note, we have heard some reports recently of particularly good animals being taken in South Africa. How about a southern greater kudu measuring 64½ x 63½; and 12½ x 12¾. Subscriber Mark Mills took the huge antelope this past July with Adansonia Safaris. You can take a look at the huge kudu by going to our web site, www.huntingreport.com. Click on "Trophy Gallery." In a similar vein, subscriber William L. Shores can't say enough good things about the waterbuck he saw on a place called Mathaga Ranch about 45 minutes from the Hoedspruit Airport. He hunted there with Paul Phelan Safaris, booking agent Adventure Unlimited. Shores says he went to Mathaga Ranch primarily to let his sons hunt. However, he says the size of the waterbuck he saw simply bowled him over.........(continued)

 
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