Uganda Remains Closed For Full-Scale Safari Hunting


Published: January - 2002

The Stop-Press-type news up in Uganda is, `Hold up on those bookings; the country is not going to open to full safari hunting this year after all.' We have that directly from Moses Mapesa, Deputy Director of Field Operations for the Uganda Wildlife Authority. In a phone interview, Mapesa said the only lands that would be open to hunting this coming year in Uganda are some private ranches on the border of Lake Mburo National Park. He described the hunting program there as a "pilot project" designed to test the feasibility of opening hunting elsewhere in the country in late 2003 or early 2004.

But what about the hunts that were said to have already been conducted in the vicinity of Murchison Falls National Park and the many hunts that have already been offered there for next year? we asked. Mapesa denied that there had been any hunts in this part of the country, and he said none would be any time soon. Reports to the contrary are simply false, he said.

Here at The Hunting Report, we cannot account for the many reports that have circulated about hunts (or possibly a hunt) taking place in the Murchinson Falls National Park area. Neither can Christian Wyeth of Jagdkontor in Germany, who first told us about those hunts. Wyeth, in fact, is the person who alerted us to the possibility that some misinformation was put out about Uganda - misinformation that seems to have snared him as well as other hunting professionals. "Please tell your subscribers I have not asked anyone to send me a deposit on a hunt in Uganda. I haven't asked for deposits because I wasn't sure what was going on," he told The Hunting Report.

As this is written, we have not been able to reach Franz Wengert, the other hunting professional who has mentioned hunts in Uganda. We will pass on what he says as soon as we reach him.

In the meantime, we have learned that the Lake Mburo hunts are being offered by a........(continued)

 
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