Update On Namibia


Published: April - 2006

Over in Namibia, there has been still another delay in the allocation of state hunting concessions. Yes, this is another delay since the one I wrote about in the February issue that foresaw areas being allocated this spring. Well, now, the target date has been moved back to at least July. The problem this time, I'm told, was an unanticipated requirement that the new hunting policy be vetted by Cabinet. I have been assured Cabinet has now signed off on the policy. In fact, a draft policy is said to be already in circulation.

It is worth reiterating that private land hunting and communal area hunting has not been affected by the two-year logjam in the allocation of state hunting concessions. And the delay on concessions, as troubling and tiresome as it has become, is not a sign of serious trouble, in my view. Namibia is a careful, deliberate sort of country. They are working hard to get the hunting policy right. When they do, it will likely stay in place and protect hunting for a decade or more. The wait will be worth it.

The other new development in Namibia revolves around that shooting incident a while back that left a 24-year-old professional hunter by the name of Jorge Seefeldt dead. The man who accidentally pulled the trigger, you'll recall, was a German by the name of Kuno Von Plocki, who I mistakenly identified as a "hunting professional." Seems some PHs in Namibia have taken that to mean I was implying Von Plocki was a registered Professional Hunter, which he is not. I apologize for the mistaken impression. Von Plocki has interests in a hunting business, but he is not a registered PH.

At any rate, Von Plocki's trial is scheduled for April 14, at which time the original charge of murder is expected to be reduced to something like negligent homicide. The accident, it should be noted, is viewed with such seriousness in Namibia that a review has been ordered of the firearms safety rules for hunters in Namibia. Clearly, Namibia is indeed........(continued)

 
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