Screwed by my PH/outfitter
Hello all. I would like some advice, particularly from some resident South African professional hunters. In July 2009 I went on a 6 week hunt with an outfitter in South Africa. As you can imagine it was a fair outlay for me and a great safari for the operator. I had hunted with the company previously in 2006 and in the meantime there was a change of management and ownership and I was not notified.
The two new owners, who actually split the business again before I arrived were brothers. Dirk I knew from 2006 left to reside in the US and run his outfitting business from there while John took over operations in South Africa. Dirk had let his membership of PHASA lapse and John was never a member.
Turns out Dirk had run up a few debts and as a result some of the property owners would not release my trophies; they were held for over 12 months. And there were other issues. The long and short of it is that I have a few trophies that I really want to bring home that are not coming, plus some other lesser trophies that I am willing to give up on. The main issues are as follows:
1. Nyala insect damage, hair slip, not useable;
2. Sable (from Zim) insect damage, hair slip, not useable;
3. Warthog (from Zim) "lost"
4. Spotted Hyena outfitter did not get a permit before I shot the animal
5. Baboon (from Zim) "lost"
6. Black-Backed Jackal assume "lost"
It was only after 18 months that they admitted there was a problem. I have had promises since March of this year with zero results. I have spoken to PHASA and they cannot help as the boys are not members. They were happy to "...refer my enquiry on to the nature conservation authority in the province where the hunt took place to investigate also forward the details to the National Department..."
What can nature conservation do? Who is the National Department?
I figure the only thing that's going to make me feel better is to hop on a few forums and name and shame the guys. Hope you guys can offer some advice on this one.