Subscribers Report Good Hunting, No Problems In Zimbabwe


Published: December - 2008

And from Zimbabwe, subscriber Rob Cullen echoed some of the points made by Correspondent Steve Scott in his report last month on the conditions in this African country. Cullen writes, "Zimbabwe does have better pricing than a lot of the other countries because of the bad press. Despite the political situation, I had no problems in the country at all. The people were great. At roadblocks, they just waved us through. When I talked with locals, they said to please pass the word on to all tourists. They could really use the money. The only outside monies they have a chance at is what we bring."

Another 11 subscribers report no problems with security on their recent hunts. Mark Jones says he took his wife and three young daughters, ages 7, 9 and 11, and that in addition to hunting they enjoyed tourist activities at Victoria Falls and a couple days of fishing at Lake Kariba. "Never once felt threatened or uncomfortable," he writes.

As for the poaching situation, the reports I've seen on concessions throughout Zimbabwe run the full gamut. Some hunters report plenty of game, others say poaching in the areas they hunted is affecting game populations. Subscriber John J. Loero says the Save Conservancy is one area that is seeing an increase in poaching due to squatters taking up residence within the conservancy. Despite that, he says the game was still very good there. What is devastated, he says, is Victoria Falls, except for elephant and a few buffalo. Anyone thinking about booking a safari to Zimbabwe next season needs to review the 40-some reports sent in by Hunting Report subscribers this year to learn which areas are seeing the most poaching. You can access all of them for free on our web site under our Special Forum: The Zimbabwe Crisis. Just scroll down to "Special Forum" on the right-hand side of our homepage at www.huntingreport.com.

And lastly, a few subscribers report taking some exceptional trophies recently. First, Marty Markl took a 188-pound leopard (see photo in Trophy Gallery section........(continued)

 
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