Possible Opening of Hunting In South Sudan


Published: July - 2007

Remember all that talk back in 2005 about the possible opening of hunting in South Sudan the new political entity that is evolving in the southern part of Sudan? Charles Bazzy, Doug Scan- drol of Swanepoel and Scandrol, Angelo Dacey and even Tom Mattanovich in Ethiopia were all talking about mounting explora- tories. Then word came down that American citizens were not allowed to hunt in Sudan. On top of that, violence broke out in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, which juts right out into the most likely hunting area in Sudan. The double whammy of bad news pretty much collapsed the bubble of speculation that was building around South Sudan.

What a difference a couple of years makes! Seems the US Treasury Department has told us here at The Hunting Report that there is no legal reason for Americans to avoid Sudan. In that connection, at least two US citizens have hunted the north of Sudan recently, and one of them, Benjamin Schaub, is in the process of importing trophies from there. I'll keep you posted on what happens when the trophies arrive. I've been told there is no legal reason they can't come in.

Now, as this issue goes to press, the wildlife and hunting community worldwide is buzzing about the results of some recent wildlife surveys in Southern Sudan just conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society. You probably saw the survey results, or at least saw some of the photos taken during the survey.

Here are a few of the estimated populations seen: Nile lechwe (4,000); Mongalla gazelle (250,000); tiang (160,000); reedbuck (13,000). Even Beisa oryx were spotted, along with an estimated 8,000 elephants. The number of white-eared kob was put at between 800,000 and 1.2 million.

As this issue went to press, I had e-mails out to everyone who was previously interested in hunting South Sudan, and I hope to be able to file an update by next month. For the record, there are problems looming on the horizon. For one........(continued)

 
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