As for the guides, he says all of those he went out with were not only good callers, but they seemed to be well oriented in the forest. Asked if he thought arriving hunters should bring a hand-held GPS to prevent getting lost, Witlow said he didn't feel that was necessary. "I had all the confidence in the world in those guys. They knew what they were doing," he said. Whitlow reserved his highest praise for the overall value of the experience for the amount he paid. He said his all-in cost, including airfare and trophy fees was just under $7,000. "That's a terrific bargain in hunting today. I'm going back," he said.
Subscribers interested in this hunt can get more details from Thomas Banks at West African Safaris. Banks, incidentally, tells us a party of hunters is now in the field, accompanied by a world-class Professional Hunter who has been asked to evaluate the entire Liberia setup with an eye toward making lasting improvements. Does this mean the problems in Liberia are over? We'll be surprised if they are, but we do think things are moving in the right direction now.