Vietnam Opens For Hunting


Published: February - 2002

One of the most interesting new hunts we know about right now is the one we just heard about from Harv Hollek of the Hollek Company, Ltd. in Seattle. Seems Hollek has pried open the country of Vietnam, where he plans to offer hunts this coming spring for water buffalo, forest hog and two as yet unnamed species of deer.

The hunts, for groups of up to six persons, will take place northeast of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in an area known as Lam Ha. It takes about 11 hours by car to reach the hunting area and requires a stopover in the city of Dalat. The itinerary calls for spending a total of 13 days in Vietnam. Cost, including international airfare from the west coast, all in-country transportation, guides, hotels in Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City and (interestingly!) security guards in the field, is $5,990. All groups will be personally hosted by Hollek.

At this writing, Hollek admits he has not been in the hunting area, but he plans to go there in April, well before the first clients arrive in late June or July. He says he has been assured that both the water buffalo and forest hogs, (plus the deer, of course) are completely wild animals. All hunting will be spot and stalk in densely forested areas.

As regards guns, visiting hunters will need to use borrowed rifles. But not to worry, Hollek says, noting the outfitter has promised to have quality arms available - notably, .300 mags and .375 H & H's. Ammo will cost $1 per round. Here at The Hunting Report, we hope to go along on the April check-out trip and see if this hunt is as interesting as it sounds. Stay tuned....

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