At press time, Hougaard said he had already sold one of the two 21-day hunts to a European client for $990 per day, plus a trophy fee of $11,000. Importantly, at this point, US clients are not able to import ivory from Mozambique and much work needs to be done before the ban is lifted. In that connection, Hougaard said he was in touch with Conservation Force's John J. Jackson, III, who has agreed to handle a test import permit for a US hunter. If you would like to take part in this process, Jackson can be reached at the number listed below. Just be aware there is no guarantee that ivory from Mozambique will ever be cleared for import into the US. Also, by the time you read this, Hougaard may have already sold his second elephant hunt, though he had not done so as this issue went to press.
As for expected trophy quality, Hougaard says his area has many 50- to 60-pound elephants, and he was sure even bigger jumbo are around. Several years back he says he saw one jumbo that would decisively crack the century mark. He promised to let us know how the first client fares.