Elsewhere, PH Alain Lefol has wound up his problem-plagued safari season in Chad, resolving to go forward with his efforts to develop safari hunting in this central African nation. Reached in Paris early last month on his return from Chad, Lefol conceded that he almost gave up on the country after his next-to-last safari clients had their hunts shortened by administrative problems. Subscriber L. Irving Barnhart was among those clients and he has filed a wonderfully descriptive Hunt Report on what went right and wrong with his safari. Lefol said he was encouraged to go forward because the government finally issued him new documents that appear to give him air-tight permission to conduct safaris. Using those documents, he was able to conduct what he called a "bang-up" safari for Hunting Report subscriber Douglas Norman. That one safari yielded, among other animals, the new No. 1 Western greater kudu and the new No. 2 Dorcas gazelle and Senegal hartebeest, Lefol says.
The season leaves Lefol with a large backlog of disappointed clients whose safaris have to be made up in Chad or elsewhere, plus many unexpected costs. The total out-of-pocket, Lefol says, is nearly a half million dollars. Also on the negative side of the ledger are unexpected problems finding a suitable place to hunt aoudad sheep. At this writing, it is not clear that a hunt for this animal will be on the safari card next year. The same is true of Lord Derby eland, which Lefol had hoped to hunt in the south of the country, along the border of Central African Republic. Problems notwithstanding, to our knowledge, none of the disappointed clients this year hold any grudge toward Lefol, or contemplate any action against him. As Barnhart put it in his report, "...Lefol tried as hard as humanly possible to assure us a quality hunt. The circumstances that arose were simply beyond his control."