Hunting Report subscriber Cam Grieg has asked us to pass along some information about a hunting area that has become available in Cameroon. Grieg is a proponent and practitioner, of chasse libre, or do-it-yourself hunting. He has hunted Cameroon and other West African countries on his own over the years, and has helped other hunters do so for a fee. Now, he says he sees an opportunity to create a conservation-friendly area where a sort of chasse libre hunting concession could be created.
Obviously, a project like the one outlined below is appropriate only for risk-averse Old Africa Hands who want to give something back to the continent at the same time they are attempting to secure for themselves continuing access to an African hunting area. Here is how Grieg outlined the project in an e-mail last month:
"I would greatly appreciate your running an article on an area that has opened up in Cameroon. The area is just south of where I hunted on my own in the 80s and 90s with great success. My old hunting area has now been officially designated a national park, and the blocks surrounding it have been turned into hunting blocks where no chasse libre hunters are allowed. The block I am interested in was sold to a Cameroonian national who did some surveys and had great plans, but the lack of roads put off potential customers, and he never was able to run any hunters into the block.
"Because I have had a steady stream of chasse libre hunters going to Cameroon in recent years, I have been offered the opportunity to use this area. I am going to use an upcoming trip to explore the block as completely as I can. I have my tracker going ahead to look things over and construct a number of blinds in the area.........(continued)