There's some encouraging news on maral stag hunting in Mongolia, which was closed by wildlife officials last year. Seems the government is preparing to conduct a population census and hunting for this species may reopen in 2007. We have that from Khurlee Ankhbayar "Ankhaa" of Mongolia Safari Expert. He says that poaching of stags has been greatly curtailed and a transplant program that reintroduced stags to some areas has been very successful. Additionally, a number of community development efforts have resulted in better control of grazing by domestic animals that compete with and can infect maral stag and other species with disease. It is too early to talk about hunt cost and schedules, but rest assured that we are following this development closely. Stay tuned for an update as developments warrant.