Franks booked the 21-day hunt (at $990 per day, plus a trophy fee of $11,000) this past month, scheduling it for September 5 to 25, 2001. In the confirming letter from Hougaard, which we were copied on, Hougaard tells Franks he should expect to take a bull with ivory between 50 and 60 pounds but to be prepared for something "quite a bit larger."
Conservation Force's John J. Jackson, III, has agreed to handle the test import permit as a service to the US hunting community. "I am not making any promises," Jackson said at press time, noting that all previous attempts to import ivory into the US from Mozambique have failed. The difference now is, Mozambique has officially opened a season, Jackson said. "We're going to give it our best shot," he said, indicating a victory in Mozambique is important because of the long-term potential for elephant hunting there....
Still in Mozambique, we apparently need to clarify a comment we made last month (see page 6) about those hunts on offer along the eastern border of Kruger National Park by Cassie de Bruin of Gaza Safaris. These hunts, which have been sharply discounted this year, are known primarily for producing magnificent lions, which wander into the hunting area from the adjacent park.
In our report last month, we referred to the hunts as "fence hunts," meaning they are conducted along the park fence. Apparently, some readers took this to........(continued)