Those problems included delayed hunts for the first group of hunters arriving in early October, followed by a sudden change in licensing procedures and cuts in the number of licenses to be issued this season. Some hunts have already been postponed, others cancelled. The Hunting Report distributed an Email Extra bulletin on October 12 alerting subscribers about the problem and advising them to confirm with their agents or operators that they could indeed get licenses before they got on a plane for Iran.
All of this started when the long-time deputy director of the Department of Environment (DOE) retired just as the first foreign hunters of the new season were arriving in Iran in early October. Hunting outfitters going to the DOE to collect hunting permits for their clients were surprised when the new deputy director announced he needed time to study and decide what to do about issuing hunting licenses for this season. Outfitters banded together to lobby the new deputy director over several days and were finally able to get licenses issued, at least for hunters who were already in Tehran and sightseeing until they received their hunting licenses.
Unfortunately, the deputy director ultimately decided to completely change the system of issuing permits. Instead of issuing permits at the national level, each of 30 individual provincial directors have now been charged with issuing hunting permits for their provinces. According to sources in Iran, these directors are completely unprepared. They have never issued hunting licenses before and don't even have the correct paperwork to issue........(continued)