In Zimbabwe, it is worth noting that the US State Department has issued a new Travel Warning. It should be uploaded to our web site by the time you read this. Simply go to our Home Page (www.hunting report.com) and scroll down to "Other Hunting News." The language in the warning is very low-key. There is nothing in it to make you re-think your plans to hunt Zimbabwe this year.
There is, however, a jarring note in the Zimbabwe Consular Information Sheet, which we've also uploaded to our web site. Seems the language about visiting hunters having to acquire what's called a DSP73 Form for their guns from the State Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls has been re-inserted. This language was there for a while last year until we called the American Embassy in Harare and inquired about it. No one there even knew what the form was. At our urging, the language was taken out of the Information Sheet.
So, why is it back there again? We have called our State Department contacts again, and we have again urged that the confusing language be removed - permanently this time if there is no reason for it being there. No one had gotten back to us at press time with a final word on the matter. Suffice it to say, we don't think there is any requirement in place that visiting American hunters acquire a form called DSP73. If we learn otherwise, we will issue an immediate e-mail bulletin. Subscribers who have not upgraded to E-Mail Extra should check our web site for updates.