Well, our contacts in the Treasury Department now tell us that Americans can indeed travel to Sudan and spend money there. Moreover, according to a department lawyer whose job it is to know such things, the cost of a hunt in this country would be considered travel-related expenses, which are entirely legal.
Just don't get too excited at that news, as there is still the problem of importing trophies afterward. That same lawyer said returning hunters would have to be granted a special import license. He was not willing to say that such a license would be granted, if requested, but he did say the chances of that occurring were relatively good.
As this issue goes to press, Conservation Force's John J. Jackson, III, has agreed to help a Sudan-bound Hunting Report subscriber craft a letter to the Treasury Department asking for a trophy import license. The subscriber does not have his eye on southern Sudan, by the way, but on northern Sudan where he hopes to go afield with long-time outfitter Angelo Dacey. We'll let you know how this effort to open Sudan to American hunters is progressing.
Elsewhere, as this issue goes to press, Barbara Wolbrink of International Journeys (800-203-0951) tells us she has just had a Zimbabwe-bound air-ticket client denied permission to transit the Netherlands with a firearm. We told you months ago that the Netherlands had decided to join England in preventing the flow of small arms to Zimbabwe. However,........(continued)