But mark these words - the reopening of Liberia is not going to be trouble-free. Already, at press time, there were reports that the first hunters into Liberia had to use ancient shotguns confiscated from local poachers. Moreover, one of the hunters in that first party apparently spent one night and two whole days wandering lost in the forest. At the end of the hunt, there were problems with CITES export papers. Banks says he has all these problems solved, and we believe that he indeed is on his way to doing that.
The Hunting Report has always been supportive of those hunting entrepreneurs who dare to tread where others falter, and we don't want to say anything to discourage those hardy clients who like to be the first into a new country. What we do feel we should do is discourage "picnic hunters" from booking this country early on. Liberia is going to be tough - tougher than Chad was last year. You've been warned. So.... no whining, please.