There is a bit of good news over in central Africa. Seems Eric Stockenstroom of Congo Safaris is finally going to be able to resume bongo hunting in Congo (Brazzaville, Congo; not Kinshasa, Congo - the former Zaire). We have that directly from the participants in a recent high-level meeting in Brazzaville, where a decision was finally made to officially open bongo to hunting. A quota of eight animals was set for this coming year. The bad news is, that quota is too small to allow the French hunting company, Associated Professionals of Haut Chinko, to begin full-scale operations there as planned and previously reported in these pages. There is a great deal of optimism about Congo, however, and a consensus seems to be emerging that hunting will be expanded there in coming years.
In the meantime, one of the more fascinating documents to come out of the recent turmoil over bongo is a letter from Hunting Report subscriber Cam Grieg, making the case for chasse libre (free, or on-your-own, hunting) in Congo and elsewhere. A chasse libre fanatic who has hunted Liberia and Cameroon extensively on his own, Grieg argues that chasse libre creates more local jobs than organized safari hunting does while leaving just as much (if not more) money in the country per animal taken. The letter is far too long for publication here, so we are posting it on our web site at: www.huntingreport.com. We welcome feedback on the letter, and we have made provision for that feedback to be left on our web site.