Hollek says he is in negotiations with Cambodian officials and has a local partner lined up to build camps, hire camp staff and guides and get everything ready for exploratory hunts in early 2005. If everything goes as planned, Hollek says he will be hunting a "huge" area along the Laotian border in the northeast. Species are the same as in Vietnam, meaning water buffalo, muntjac and mouse deer. Hollek says there is no problem with importability of trophies to the States.
Hollek warns that he has not been to the hunting area himself yet, and that hunters interesting in being pioneers here should be prepared for a very rough experience. Unlike in Vietnam, the entire Cambodian program is being put together from scratch. There are no existing camps or support structures for this hunt. Of course, that also means the game has gone unhunted.
Hollek says he already has much of his exploratory group put together. If you are interested in the remaining spot, better call him now. Hollek expects to take groups of four hunters at a time. Prices and exact dates are still up in the air. He says he expects to meet with officials and iron out a final deal within the next few months.
As for his operation in Vietnam, he says two hunters went this past season and each took good water buffalo. They struck out on muntjac and sambar, however. Hollek says they could hear the deer species all night long, but were unable to get their sights on them. He is currently booking two groups of three hunters for next season, and says he has four spots currently open.........(continued)