In an e-mailed note to The Hunting Report he writes, "The Safari Club International Record Book & World Hunting Awards Committee was approached about this method of take several months ago with the question of whether a rhino darted in this fashion would still be eligible for the SCI Record Book of Animals in the Darted' category. The item was placed on the agenda for a November meeting of the committee. By a unanimous vote of the committee, the answer is that a rhino darted in this fashion will NOT be accepted into the Record Book. The obvious reason being that the hunter was not the one who actually tranquilized the animal."
Still on the subject of these hunts, you may have noticed the advertisement Tam Safaris ran last month in conjunction with our coverage about his proposed method of darted rhino hunts. Subscriber Richard Lendrum, who also publishes African Hunting Gazette, questioned the wording in the ad, saying that Tam was positioning himself as the only outfitter in South Africa to be able to legally dart rhinos. He put the question to Roopa Singh, acting chief director of communications at the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. In a written response from Singh that Lendrum forwarded to me, we are reminded that the new........(continued)