At press time, in a phone call, Banks pooh-poohed all such concerns, saying he had just returned from a check-up trip to Liberia. "The camp is fine and all booked safaris will go forward this winter," he said. He said a client who came along with him on the check-out trip in early October took a water chevrotain and a black-back duiker in a matter of days. The only remaining concern is the lack of an airplane to ferry passengers from Monrovia to the hunting camp. At this writing, there is still no aircraft in the country, which means arriving clients will have to go by road. That can be tricky, too, if bridges get washed out - which is just what happened last year, causing the disruption or postponement of several safaris. Banks said he was "absolutely sure" a plane would be operational by the time hunting season rolled around, and not just because of his need for one. "The US Embassy needs a plane and so do all kind of non-governmental agencies. There will be a plane in place by the time clients arrive," he promised.
Here at The Hunting Report, we do not pretend to know how and when Banks' legal situation will be resolved, and we aren't about to put our credibility on........(continued)