It is unclear, with Tom Banks out of touch, just what will happen to the many funds on deposit with him. There are also some trophies in Monrovia that have not been shipped due to nonpayment of various fees. We will pass on what we learn about this matter as information becomes available.
We think the chances are good that Neslor and Simmons will be able to get hunts restarted, perhaps on a limited basis this year. As we have reported before, Neslor has excellent contacts in Liberia, and even some experience in the hunting business dating back to the days when Harry Gilmore used to conduct duiker hunts in this country. Neslor used to fly clients into Gilmore's camps. The major problem he and Simmons face is the amount of money West African Safaris owes the Liberian government, the camp staff and various individuals in the country. At least some of these debts are clearly going to have to be repaid before the government allows anyone to resume hunting. More details as we receive them. - Don Causey.