LEOPARD CANCELLATION HUNT SOUTH AFRICA

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  1. enysse

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    I would have to agree with Jaco. The USFWS is a huge problem. The outfitter is offering a chance at leopard hunting...fair enough.
     
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    Those are the IF's everyone (US) is worried about. Perhaps the reason for the cancellation in the first place!?

    This way is a very fair way of offering the hunting fees. The outfitter certainly has some motivation to get the job done for sure.


    The hunters from the US are in that shadow and by extension every outfitter. Leopard, Crocs and Elephants seem to be the chosen targets, no matter the country of origin.
    It is the very real possibility of having an expensive trophy confiscated or having to pay for reshipping it back to be housed in South Africa in storage for an indeterminate period all due to an agency interpretation.
     
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    Very important info here, I posted in reply to TAP the same way I poted in reply to your quote from Safari lawyer brickburn, and the point was simple it is not only SA, that has this issue it stared with trophy shipments seizures (sp.) from Zim.

    Still believe if trophies were to leave country of origin and enter country of destination in this case the US in the same year as the hunt was conducted in that all should be fine....( my interpretation)

    You are also making some valid points although I must admit that reputable outfitters can not be held accountable here. USFWS should sort out there issues, other point I was trying to make is that average turn around in SA on dip and pack is around 5 months, so early season hunters for Leopard should be fine.

    Thanks for the post, and as always my best!
     
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    Jaco, I agree.
    The outfitters can't be held accountable, but they are ALL caught in the trap with the hunters and end up being victims of circumstance.
    After the hunt is completed the hunter will reap the full result of this enforcement interpretation though.

    Because the vast majority of hunters to Southern Africa are from the US I hope this department gets its act together for the industry's sake.
     
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    Definitely something to think about before you spend your hard earned money. If you can't import a animal back to your home country all you will have is memories and some photos. Dealing with a government agency, that doesn't give two cents how much money you spent on the hunt is a lesson in frustration. I have been there and won't get in a situation again that I have to "rely" on the government to make me happy.

    Dealing with government and politics is a huge waste of time. Unless your view is favored by a majority, you are going to be in for a long day!
     
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    Still don't thnk it is any reason to cancel a safari for Ele or Leopard!, as there has not been stated that all trophies are being seized or held up, Outfitters can do their part to ensure that all is in order, turn around time on gettingn trophies back from SA is good and receiving it in the same year will solve the problem.

    I agree completely Brickburn and Enysse having trophies seized is not something that any hunter wants to go through especially not after spending xx amount of $! also keep in mind that with USFWS 's action by association outfitters are getting bad raps, so much more reason for us to be vigilant as far as paper work is concerned, I for one have driven to Pieterburg to Nature conservations office in the past to demand correct paperwork.

    Issue can be avoided by being involved on a continual basis and because we (outfitters) have the know how we should.

    My best always
     
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    Jaco, it is an issue that everyone needs to be aware of to assess the risk and ask the right questions before they make their choice.
    I have seen an increase in Leopard cancellation hunts of late. Typically a hunt that is fully subscribed years in advance, so obviously some hunters are nervous.

    The sooner the whole trophy management chain gets in sync, from start to finish you may be able to avoid the USFWS and get back to normal business.

    In the mean time I hope a more educated hunter will mean much less likelihood that this hunt with this outfitter or any other will go wrong AFTER the trophy is taken and thus reduce complaints and misunderstandings.
     
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    Duely noted.
     

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