Results on First Hunts with Liberia Rainforest Safari


Published: April - 2013

I have heard that the first few safaris with Morris Dougba of Liberia Rainforest Safari (mdougba@waatco.com; www.waatco.com) did not go very smoothly. Despite that, at least one hunter I spoke with was optimistic that Dougba was quickly improvising and improving with each exploratory hunt he conducted. By the time you read this, another highly experienced international hunter will be back from Liberia, and I hope to have more information on Dougba's progress for a future issue. For now, you should know that the super cheap price he charged the first hunters has climbed up to a more reasonable $11,500 for 10 days of hunting. I say reasonable because it simply costs a lot to operate in Liberia, and, as I hinted in my first report, undercapitalization would sink an operation very quickly. Raising the price sufficiently to cover all the real costs and prevent another black eye for sporthunting in Liberia is a good development.

I spoke with Hunting Report subscriber Rex Baker, who was among three clients in the second hunting group with Dougba. He says their hunts were better than the first exploratory for two hunters, who concentrated around the base camp. But Baker was quick to remind me that this was an experimental hunt and there were a lot of bugs to work out. Numerous spike camps have been established, working to get further into the hill country where the zebra duiker are. No one in Baker's group or the previous group took a zebra duiker, but Baker says a local brought one into camp, so they know this species is present.

Hunters in the second group managed to take five Maxwell duikers, two bay duikers and two palm civets. Baker experienced misfires on two black duikers he had within 40 feet. He says no one should have a problem taking a Maxwell, bay duiker or palm civet, and that Dougba understands how important it is that he produce zebra duikers. He maintains that Dougba is learning fast and is committed to making the operation work. He is having more trails cut, getting better funded and is........(continued)

 
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