One of the developments we noted at the recent Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas is an increasing effort by professional hunter associations across Africa to control the flow of information about hunting opportunities. Botswana is the leader in this regard, refusing even to release ivory results by hunting area and company. Namibia is also getting tough on operators who divulge any negative information about another operator or hunting area. The good side of this development is, it reduces backbiting among PH's. The bad side is, it is simply getting harder for clients to get the information they need to book hunts. In the long run, we think controlling the flow of information hurts a country more than it helps, and we urge PH's and others to resist this trend toward secrecy.
Barring a turnaround on this issue, the best defense individual hunters have against secrecy is our file of subscriber-written Hunt Reports. At the last count we had more than 6,000 pages of reports on file about Africa alone. This coming year we would like to see the number double. Help us achieve that goal by filing a report on your safaris to Africa.