Progressing Smoothly In Zimbabwe


Published: August - 2006

Down in Zimbabwe, the season so far has been progressing smoothly. And the good news is, we now believe the US State and Treasury departments are unlikely to interfere with most US hunters' plans this year by abruptly making it a violation of law to go afield with this or that operator. The only hunters who need to be concerned, I now believe, are those booked into hunts on certain private lands. Those booked to hunt concession properties and/or communal lands can pretty much relax, according to the latest reports I have received.

As for private land hunts, there is good news to pass along on that score, too. Seems the only properties at high risk of being red-lined by the US Treasury Department are those that were seized from their owners without compensation. And, it turns out, there is a fairly easy way to make sure the property you plan to hunt is ok. Simply ask your would-be agent or outfitter to give you the name of the property as it appears on the title deed, along with the size of it, and (if possible) the deed transfer number. There is no above-board reason for any agent or outfitter to balk at providing this information.

Once you have the above information it maintains a database of all seized properties. Worsick should be able to get back to you fairly promptly with a yes or no to any query.

The point worth noting here is, JAG monitors hunting activities on seized properties, and we have been told they attempt to turn over to the US and British embassies in Harare the names and addresses of all US and British hunters who hunt on seized properties. This means there is clearly a risk involved in hunting on a seized property. Our advice is to avoid doing so by following the simple procedure above.

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