Back in southern Africa, there is some new talk of opening hunting in Malawi. Long-time subscribers know this sliver of a country wedged in between Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia opened to hunting briefly back in 1987. Three clients in all, Hunting Report subscribers Bill Poole, Ernesto Zaragoza and Thorton Snider, signed up for safaris, only to run into massive problems. Only Zaragoza, who took a 56 x 54-pound elephant, had any significant success in the field before the government withdrew its lukewarm support for safari hunting. Our file on the abortive opening of Malawi numbers 27 pages and is must reading by anyone interested in the new talk about hunting in this country. It will cost us $13.50 to copy and mail the report in the US. Add $1.50 in Canada/Mexico. $2.50 overseas. The new talk about hunting in Malawi is being generated by US booking agent, Michael Grosse of International Adventures Unlimited. Grosse specializes in what he calls good-value hunts, mostly in the US and Canada, but also in South Africa, where he is now putting together a corporation to buy his own hunting property. Interested hunters should ask him for a prospectus.
As for Malawi, Grosse says he has been working with an individual in South Africa who has ties to the Royal Family in Malawi and who "...may be able to open up hunting there for us on an exclusive basis." Such talk is a slender reed to build hopes on, of course. But there's more. At press time, John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force sent us copies of letters from high-ranking officials in Malawi, one of them at the Secretarial level, expressing interest in safari hunting and asking for assistance. Admittedly, the letters are several years old, but Jackson says there is no reason to believe the sentiments expressed in the letters have changed. He feels there is a distinct possibility that hunting can be opened in this country, and he put out a call for individuals willing to support a new Malawi Initiative. Jackson can be reached c/o Conservation Force. Animals available in this country run the gamut........(continued)