Is it "Right" for US Hunters to Hunt or Report About Hunting in Iran?


Published: February - 2011

Last month we featured a report on hunting in Iran from international hunter and Hunting Report subscriber J.Y. Jones. While hunters from Europe, Canada and other destinations have been going to Iran for years, US hunters have for the most part stayed away, due to the US economic sanctions that made travel there difficult and the importation of trophies impossible. A number of excited readers contacted us, wanting more information after seeing our story. Imagine our surprise when one subscriber (whose name we choose to withhold) wrote, "I think it is absolutely terrible that US hunters are traveling to Iran and spending their hunting tourism dollars in a country that is a very dangerous enemy not only of the US, but most of the free world. I really don't think The Hunting Report should have dignified this by reporting on it."

Because other readers may feel the same way, we think it important to address the issue directly. Let us start by saying that we all have the right to our opinions about certain destinations and politics. However, The Hunting Report has been covering hunting in Iran for the past 10 years. We have also covered hunting in Pakistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe during the land seizures and elections, Nepal despite State Department Travel Warnings due to rebel activity, Mozambique fresh after the civil war, and Russia before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Despite civil disturbances and differences of political and religious ideologies by heads of state and government bodies, hunters (from the US and other countries) with an individual drive for adventure and a high tolerance for risk have ventured into destinations under these circumstances, and we have reported on it. In order to serve all our readers' needs, The Hunting Report has always tried to steer clear of politics, both domestic and foreign. We focus on giving hunters the information they need to decide for themselves to hunt specific places or not. That is not a judgment of our readers, just a statement of fact. As we continually say, not every hunt is right for every hunter.

Regarding Iran specifically,........(continued)

 
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