The Botswana Wildlife Management Association has been in talks with authorities this whole time, trying to determine the government's goals and proposing ways the industry could work with them. As of yet, however, nothing definitive has emerged, and the hunting industry is moving forward this season pretty much business as usual until the government announces what changes it will seek to implement. The bottom line is that we should expect to see some kind of changes in the future. Those will likely include the closure of some areas, but I'm told those will most probably be replaced with new areas that are within the elephant range but have not been hunted commercially before. Will those areas offer good elephant hunting? I'm told the areas being considered have plenty of jumbo and would definitely offer some good opportunities. "Elephant hunting will continue in this country," is the way Debbie Peake of Mochaba Developments put it to me at press time. "There are apt to be changes, but this will not be another Kenya," she said.
Unfortunately, the uncertainty created by the government has caused some........(continued)