Another major development is the almost certain opening of bowhunting in Tanzania. I say "almost certain" because we received official word on the opening from TAHOA (Tanzania Hunting Operators Association) as this issue was being edited, and we had already written a report to that effect, only to receive at press time the following note from TAHOA Chairman Gerard Pasanisi: "As a matter of fact, even if the details concerning the procedures for bowhunting are exact, the law is not yet officially passed. It should be done very soon, but we cannot consider it as official yet."
I will post official word on the opening as soon as I get it on The Hunting Report website, (www. huntingreport.com) under "Other Hunting News." In the meantime, interested hunters need to know that trophy fees in Tanzania on key species will be increased this year by 25 percent. They will go up by 20 percent on non-key species. And get this, the trophy fee on bowhunted animals will be twice that of the normal trophy fee! As this issue went to press, I was trying to get an explanation for the doubling of trophy fees on bowhunted animals. Clearly, it indicates that at least some members of the hunting community in Tanzania don't like bowhunting and don't want to see it become prevalent.
As for the new non-bowhunting trophy fees, here are some of the more important ones: elephant ($5,000); buffalo ($750); eland ($1,050); gerenuk ($1,625); leopard ($2,500); lion ($2,500); and sable ($1,500). I have posted the other trophy fees on our website, again under "Other Hunting News."