He goes on to write: "This was an exploratory hunt organized to see the quantity and quality of the huntable - and exportable - big game species. The government is eager to establish a sporthunting industry. All the paperwork and the CITES documents took only four hours, and this was the first time they had done it.
"The outfitter for this hunt is Alan Baier in Colorado. He has been working on opening this country since 1995, and he has excellent contacts in the government. Most of the hunting is at night from a vehicle or a small boat. This is legal in Guyana. The wildlife department is in the process of formulating national hunting regulations, and Alan and I are giving what assistance we can to ensure that sporthunting opens in an orderly manner. The country is safe. The people are very friendly, reliable and speak English...."
(Editor Note: At press time, we got in touch with Baier and asked him for a list of all of the huntable and importable animals. He gave them as follows: agouti, paca, caybara (a rodent, like the agouti and paca, but much larger), white-lipped peccary, collared peccary, spectacled caiman, tropical whitetail, brown-gray brocket deer, red brocket deer, puma, giant anteater and water buffalo. The latter animal is the only non-indigenous one, Baier says, noting they were released in Guyana many years ago and have become "truly wild." He said the kick-off price for these hunts is a flat $5,000 with no extra license or trophy fee. He said he was fairly confident........(continued)