Here at The Hunting Report, it is times like this that make us glad we have a web site, where we can download bulletins on a daily basis, and an E-Mail Extra service that allows us to communicate with close to a thousand of you on an almost immediate basis. If you don't know about these services, go to: www.hunting report.com. Click on "World Hunting Update" and "E-Mail Extra."
It's important to mention these services because the situation in Zimbabwe is just too fluid right now to say with authority what is going to happen between now (March 27) and the next Hunting Report deadline. Yes, US and other international hunters are in Zimbabwe at this writing, enjoying hunts. And, yes, outfitters signed up scores of hunters for this coming season at the recent Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas. Almost certainly, there is going to be a significant safari season this year in Zimbabwe. Upwards of several hundred hunters will likely enjoy some of the most extraordinary hunting bargains available in recent history.
Please do note the waffle words in that previous paragraph, however - words such as "almost certainly" and "likely." We feel compelled to insert them because no one we have spoken to is willing to even guess how bad the post-election retribution is going to get in Zimbabwe. Ditto the food and fuel problem. Ditto the rural turmoil and the US and UK reaction to it. In that latter regard, one of the developments to keep your eye on in coming weeks is a possible move to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe. If the so-called smart sanctions in place now are followed up with broader sanctions making it illegal to spend money in Zimbabwe, the whole issue of on-the-ground security there is moot.........(continued)