Fair warning, we do not have any way to confirm what Weth has told us about Uganda. Moreover, he says himself the hunts on offer this year are the first in 27 years and should be considered "test safaris." As for Weth himself, he tells us he is 30 years old, and has been booking hunts since 1997. He says he sends around 35 to 45 hunters a year to countries as diverse as South Africa, Namibia, Burkina Faso, CAR, Kazakhstan, Romania and The Czech Republic. He comes from a family of politicians, he says, who are all passionate hunters and who have excellent contacts in many governments around the world.
As regards Uganda, he says his main contact there is a French professional hunter who advertised Ugandan hunts at the French equivalent of the Safari Club International Convention this year. Weth says his long-time partner in West African hunts, Dr. Stanley Beranek, also confirmed to him that hunting is opening. He says Beranek himself is trying to get a hunting concession in the country. Between the two, Weth said he was confident of having a place to take a handful of people to hunt in Uganda this year. The animals on license, Weth says, include Ugandan kob (trophy fee: $1,450), buffalo ($1,950), sitatunga ($1,950), Defassa waterbuck ($1,250), Lelwels hartebeest ($1,250) and warthog ($550). He says, in the future, it may be possible to hunt lion, leopard, elephant and crocodile - all animals which US citizens will probably have a hard time ever being able to import from this country. The daily rate here for 11 days of hunting comes to $10,990.
At the risk of generating undue excitement, we should note that Weth has been told........(continued)