When a person is planning a hunting/fishing trip to any foreign nation they really need to do their homework. And they can't just rely on word of mouth from others.
It seams that whenever you hear one of these types of experiences it is from a trip that was won at a auction or given away in a drawing. The people that enter the drawing or bid on the auction usually have no idea of what to expect. Hunting Africa can be the same way. I know of one group that thought that all you had to do was to fly over with your rifles, hunt some animals and then fly home with the meat and trophies. They actually asked me how much meat that they were allowed to bring home.
I’ve yet to hear a Scam whatsoever. I’ve read things that could point to the following conclusions or a combination of them but no evidence of a scam. A scam is an intentional fraud perpetrated to take someone’s money under false pretenses. This isn’t a scam, its a clusterf&$!.
A.) The operator was wholly unprepared or failed to coordinate the permitting logistics of the customer.
B.) A bunch of Americans, probably from a State that allows open carry, silencers, machine guns, and has very relaxed gun laws showed up in a Foreign country oblivious to the fact that most of the world takes this stuff deadly serious. I spend 8 hours preparing my papers and doing the essentials to go on a safari, it sounds like the clients put in zero such efforts to go to Mexico with guns.
It sort of read to me like the million twenty-something year olds that decide to fly to an Arab country for a “party” and bring some weed. Because the whole world likes weed and tolerates it, right? Then they end up in prison for 6 months and they are blaming the UAE or some such nation for their lack of awareness that there are laws in other countries that are vigilantly enforced.
If I’m wrong, I apologize, but I just haven’t seen the evidence of a scam. If someone accused me of a “Scam” under similar circumstances without evidence I’d be beyond furious. More information or a retraction is warranted in this situation since the purpose of signing up for an account was to warn people about a nefarious operator perpetrating a scam...where’s the scam? How do they get rich by cheating you out of zero money while your friends sit in jail for a crime they committed by not having licenses for their weapons?
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian