In the meantime, we have received a remarkable first-person report of a self-arranged hunt in this country from Hunting Report subscriber Cameron Grieg, who is known to readers of this newsletter for his self-arranged hunts in Cameroon. Here are some highlights of his report:
"Hunting Report subscribers know I have made several trips to central Africa on my own, using native pygmy trackers to reach the interior of Cameroon. Well, I recently used the same method to hunt in Brazzaville-Congo during the rainy season with a missionary friend of mine who lives in the country. Even though he had very limited big game hunting experience (one whitetail), I knew I could adjust to local conditions with my 10-plus years of Cameroon expertise. As it turned out, the trip was a success in some ways and a disappointment in others.
My first task was to obtain licenses and species permits. The license part of the paperwork was easy to overcome, though I was not able to get a license for bongo or elephant. (Editor Note: Bongo is legal game in Brazzaville-Congo and has been offered by Stockenstroom on organized safaris.) The gun import was not so easy to overcome, and I was forced to borrow a .375, as well as a shotgun, in the country. At any rate, my companion and I traveled for two days by motorized canoe to a village he knew. He had made a short hunt there previously and so negotiations with the village were held to a minimum, thus saving a lot of time. Unfortunately, what he did not do was........(continued)