Moving on to Australia, word was that some illegal banteng hunts were sold on the SCI Convention floor. An officer with the Australian Parks and Wildlife Department was reportedly walking the floor noting who was marketing these hunts. As we have told you in the past, there are only two operators licensed to hunt the free-range banteng on Australia's Cobourg Peninsula, namely Peter Davidson's Arnhem- land Hunting Safaris and Brenton Hurt's Territory Buffalo Safaris. Kevin Gleason of Mary River Australian Safaris also offers hunts for banteng behind a fence. Both Davidson and Hurt work with other outfitters and numerous booking agents, which to the unlearned hunter appears like a whole host of operators running banteng hunts. Actually, only the two operators are legally able to provide free-range hunts. The buzz on the floor was that illegal operators were selling banteng hunts as part of a combo hunting/fishing package based on an island off the Cobourg Peninsula. Hunters were told export papers would be no problem. Do not be deceived. Australian officials are aware of this problem and will be on the look out. Don't get sucked into a wildlife sting operation.