Has famed African hunter, Robin Hurt, gone into the international hunt-booking business? We posed that question to Hurt recently when we received a one-page flyer from him touting various hunts and other activities in Africa, central Asia and Europe. Here is his e-mailed reply: "As you know, I have been fully occupied as a professional hunter since 1963, and am fortunate to have a very good and loyal clientele. With Tanzania not allowing us to hunt January, February, March (in addition to the closed season of April, May, June), we found ourselves with an expensive operation to run for 12 months and a cash flow only for six months. We had to find something else to do. Therefore, we have decided to promote trips to various hunting destinations we have had personal experience with under the banner of The Safari World of Robin Hurt. We have chosen top operators in each country to work with. In some cases, our clients will want one of our hunters to go along with them, and this we can organize.
I have personally been to Tajikistan twice now for Marco Polo, and I know all of the problems facing a hunter going there. I recently took a massive 57-inch Marco Polo, and saw at least 60 mature rams. I believe that I can cut out a lot of the problems for prospective hunters. I have also had experience in Kazakhstan and Kirghizia. In these countries I am dealing with the Khoklov brothers and Yuri Matison. A lot of people are not aware of the fact, for instance, that March is an excellent time to hunt Tajikistan for Marco Polo sheep, and to go to Kirghizia or Kazakhstan for Asiatic ibex. As for Central African Republic, having hunted there myself for four years I believe I have a pretty good background in who to hunt with, where to go and where not to go in that country. Here in Kenya, where I live, there is birdshooting and photographic tourism, both of which I am in a position to organize. Big game shooting is still closed, but there is constant........(continued)