Stink Raised Over Mozambique Hunting Operators Association Membership


Published: February - 2011

Last month I distributed a list of hunting operators from Mozambique who are members of the Association of Mozambique Operators (AMOS). I've previously reported on how this association is working to make itself a self-regulating body with the strength to toss out bad apples by policing operators, being involved in the setting of quotas and providing reliable information on operators in general, including who has which concessions in Mozambique. All of the members of the association must be legal, chartered and registered operators. So far, there are 20 members. For the sake of space, I have posted the list on the homepage of our website under the Reference Desk section at the bottom of the page. Subscribers without online access may call our office to receive a copy.

I provided this list to E-mail Extra subscribers right after the DSC show for their use in researching operators at upcoming shows. (See this bulletin on our homepage under Email Extra Bulletins in the left-hand column.) I reminded readers that Mozambique has been plagued by unscrupulous hunting operators selling and conducting hunts illegally. Some have even marketed hunts and taken clients to concessions that belong to other operators. In Mozambique, only legally-registered operators can obtain hunting licenses, gun import permits and trophy export permits for their clients, so it is important that hunters do their homework before booking a hunt there. I recommend reading my article from May 2010 about this for more specific tips. (See Article ID 2443 in our database.)

After I circulated the AMOS list, I received several anxious e-mails from booking agents and operators who were not listed in my bulletin, which they apparently interpreted as a list of legal safari operators in Mozambique. They feared that hunters would use only the list of AMOS members in their research. Just to be clear, the list of AMOS members is only one more tool to use when checking out a Mozambique operator, though it is an absolute guarantee of the legal status of member operators. But there are many legal operators who are NOT members of AMOS, and I........(continued)

 
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