The good news buried in all this bad news is, Mugabe's actions have become so irrational and destructive no one gives him much more time in power. We think booked clients should hang in there and, with the approval of their safari operators, plan to go hunting this year. It's easier to give the nod to hunts on public land than on private land, but both kinds of hunts in some areas are sure to go well. We plan to start posting new material on our web-based "Zimbabwe Crisis Section" shortly. Check therefore the latest developments.
In the meantime, there is a bit of unqualified good news this month from Zimbabwe. Seems the government has authorized experimental hunts for dangerous game this year with both handgun and bow. We have that directly from ZATSO's (Zimbabwe Association of Tour and Safari Operators) George Pangetti. "Yes, we are applying for trial permits for dangerous game hunts with bow and handgun," Pangetti wrote near press time. "Negotiations are ongoing and provisional bookings are being made. I will come back to you on this soon."
If you are interested in one of these hunts, the way to proceed is to contact a safari operator who is in a position to conduct the kind of hunt you want. The operator will apply for the necessary permit. Just be forewarned, your chances of getting a permit will improve if you can demonstrate your ability to kill an animal cleanly with the weapon of your choice.