"I read with interest the new hunting opportunities in Papua New Guinea. In July of 2008 I had the opportunity to travel into the Simbai area of PNG, which is in the north central part of the country. I was traveling with a friend to assist building housing for missionaries in a very remote part of the jungle.
"When traveling through the capitol and other cities in PNG it is important to be aware of your surroundings. The cities are extremely over-populated, and the native people are wandering around scavenging for food and whatever they can get their hands on. Stealing is very common. In those areas, you should travel in a group and always be cautious.
"Once you head out into the remote villages, however, the natives are extremely friendly and will do anything for you. The native people in these small villages spend their time gardening and picking native plants for food. They are some of the friendliest people I have ever met.
"When the natives who were helping us build the housing found out my friend and I were avid hunters, they couldn't wait to take us out. They hunted at night in the thick rain forests. There was no big game like deer or buffalo in the area. We hunted a small, possum-like animal called a cus cus. The afternoon prior to the hunt, they brought out their bows and arrows for us to practice. The bows were made of Eucalyptus or rubber-tree wood and had a bamboo string approximately 3/8 inch wide. The arrows were of different configurations but had no nock or fletching and varied in length from four to five feet and were accurate to 10 yards at most.