Safaris In Guinea


Published: September - 2001

We are in receipt of a packet of material about a safari arranged by Cristian Weth for Hunting Report subscriber N. Garrett Powell to the West African country of Guinea. The safari is to be handled by none other than Tom Banks, who is widely known by readers of this newsletter for his abortive dealings in Liberia. Banks is alleged to owe Hunting Report subscribers many thousands of dollars for duiker hunts in Liberia that were never conducted. Some subscribers still have trophies in country that cannot be exported because of payment problems.

When we heard about the Guinea safari, we sent Weth the file of material we have on Banks' operation in Liberia. We also made sure that Powell knew about the problems that occurred in Liberia. Weth faxed us back immediately, indicating he is aware of the Liberia debacle, and has discussed it with Banks, who convinced him the problems were the result of inexperience, compounded by thievery on the part of associates.

Here at The Hunting Report, we think Banks' behavior after the debacle in Liberia (his move to Mexico; his unresponsiveness to callers; etc) raises serious questions, and we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't say so. However, we are open to new possibilities and wish everyone involved in this new venture well. Powell, who told us near press time that he "knows what he is getting into," promised to file a report as soon as he gets back from his safari.

In the meantime, the literature he sent us indicates there are both savannah and forest hunting areas in Guinea. The former are in the northeastern part of the country, along the border with Mali, and offer hunting for bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Defassa waterbuck, northwestern buffalo, western hartebeest, red-flanked duiker, Grimm duiker and other species. The forest areas are farther south, near the border with Cote d'Ivoire, and offer bongo, giant forest hog, Red River hog, sitatunga, forest buffalo and an array of duikers. The hunting season runs from December 15 to May 1. Costs (just as they........(continued)

 
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