I told you that the 2007 trophy fees would be about 15 percent higher than the original fees published at the beginning of the 2007 season. Well, in most cases that is about the way things turned out, with increases hovering between 15 to 16 percent. Buffalo, for example, went from $750 to $870 for the first trophy, an increase of $120, or exactly 16 percent. Some species, however, went much higher. Elephant went up 20 percent (from $5,000 to $6,000); leopard up 28 percent (from $2,500 to $3,200); lion up 52 percent (from $2,500 to $3,800); and roan up 61 percent (from $1,090 to $1,750). Importantly, as large as these increases seem, they are significantly smaller than those the Tanzanian government originally proposed. For example, the government originally wanted to charge $1,500 for buffalo; $15,000 for elephant; $12,000 for lion and leopard; and $2,000 for roan.
Hunters who went on safari to Tanzania last year should be hearing from their operators soon about their final bills and trophy shipments. If you haven't heard anything, make contact yourself. There is no reason for operators not to begin shipping trophies.
As for who is going to have to pay the increased fees, don't be surprised if your operator tries to stick you, the client, no matter that you have a signed contract in hand for a safari at a given price. Earlier, we were told that some companies would be absorbing the increased........(continued)