Here at The Hunting Report, where we field hundreds of complaints a year about hunts, we have long seen the need for a more sophisticated legal framework for the purchase and sale of hunting services. Huge sums of money - sometimes as much as the down payment for a modest home - change hands at international hunting conventions, or through the mail, with little or no legal paperwork. Normally savvy business people, who would not think of conducting business this way, seem to lose their heads when it comes to hunting agreements. One of the big problems is the tendency for agents and outfitters to oversell clients on hunts, which of course leads to unrealistic expectations and/or retributive demands afterward. On their end, clients often let their passion for the hunt so blind them to the nature of the commitment they are making they do not even read the contracts they are signing. Some modern contracts we have seen recently completely absolve the hunting professional of any responsibility, even to provide basic services, much less a crack at a trophy.
We know there are hunters and hunting professionals alike who abhor attorneys, but at The Hunting Report we have come to believe that the hunting community would profit greatly by paying more attention to the legal niceties. If the establishment of CollectionHunter.com, Inc. points in that direction, that could be good news. Anyone who has dealings with them, good or bad, should drop us a note.