A Mozambique Jumbo Taken


Published: November - 2000

In Mozambique, Piet Houga-ard of Mozambique Safaris has been conducting the first legal elephant hunts to be allowed in this country for many years. Last month, we reported that his first of two clients took a disappointingly small jumbo. Well, the second client (a Frenchman) did somewhat better. Reached at press time, Hougaard said the hunter (who asked that his name not be divulged) passed up many opportunities to take a jumbo in the 60-pound range before finally taking a particularly attractive one-tusker on the last day of the safari.

"The hunter initially did not want to take a jumbo under 90 pounds," Hougaard says, indicating he left very excited about the area and determined to come back. In fact, Hougaard says the Frenchman has already booked and paid for both elephants he is assured of being able to hunt next year. "We saw at least 100 bull elephants in the 12 days we hunted together," Houga-ard says. "He believes, as I do, that my area offers a crack at something really special."

Importantly, Hougaard says he has been told by government officials that the quota on elephant in Mozambique is going to be increased next year from two to 10 and that his company may receive all the permits. If so, he says he will expand his jumbo hunting into an adjacent area. The two areas (his old one, plus the new one) have a population of at least 3,000 to 4,000 elephants, he says.

As this issue went to press, Hougaard was not accepting deposits on the eight new hunts he may be allowed to conduct, but he was creating a waiting list. His elephant hunts sell for $990/day, plus $11,000 for the trophy fee, all-inclusive. US subscribers interested in these hunts should be aware that the import of sport-taken ivory into the US from Mozambique is not currently legal, and won't be unless the effort now underway by John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force succeeds. Reached at press time, Jackson was optimistic that his efforts would pay off, but we........(continued)

 
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