mark-hunter , alright . Here is how it is :Dear @Captain Nwz,
Maybe you are not aware of the potential, but hunting in tropical far east was very unknown subject or majority of forum members here, myself included.
Then Khawsik and major Khan joined in, followed by you. And you opened one completely new perspective on this forum.
All your posts are well accepted, and very welcomed.
And Bangladesh is suddenly becoming famous.
I am sure that there is potential in Bangladesh to start some commercial hunting, for visiting hunters.
I can suggest to start one thread, on this topic.
- Importation laws for hunting firearms.
- visa requirements for visiting hunters
- How to find a PH, or local shikaris.
- Hunting seasons, game species available, etc.
- Hunting on private properties, or on govt properties.
- Export of trophies, etc
- General instructions how to arrange for hunt.
- all relevant info
From my perspective I can see a great potential in Bangladesh as hunting destination, obviously being the last bearer of old Indian hunting tradition, based on all writings by you and Kawshik and major Khan.
But of all this we all know not too much.
Looking forward to your forthcoming input!
Foreigners are allowed to bring two firearms ( as long as it is not a fully automatic weapon ) into the country of any calibre except a .303 British calibre ( this law has remained unchanged since the time when India , Pakistan and Bangladesh were a British colony ) . They can bring 250 cartridges with them ( with the first hundred cartridges being duty free ) .
They will not cause any problems with Visa , unless if you are from a Middle Eastern country ( during the previous government's reign , a rancid number of Middle Eastern immigrants were allowed into our country and religious extremism based crimes and killings became very common . Our current government has fortunately deported most of them now and imprisoned or executed the criminals. Needless to say , we Bangladeshis do not like Middle Eastern immigrants in our country ).
In Bangladesh , you can only hunt in forested area with written police permission from the D.C of the nearest police station from the area where you intend to hunt .
Game Species include :
Geese ( mostly , Greylag geese )
Bears are here , but the police does not give permission to hunt them in forested area. They are only hunted on private land , if a bear manages to get into private property ( like the Sylhet Tea Estate , where Kawshik lives ) .
Leopards and Royal Bengal Tigers are present . However , they are a protected species save for the odd man eater.
The police gives permission each year for two fully mature deer of each species and a specified amount of water fowl ( that is based on the discretion of the DC . However , it is never less than a dozen per person . ) There are no bag limits on upland birds or hares .
In private land , everything is at the land owner's discretion . For instance , Kawshik lives in the Sylhet Tea Estate . Chital Deer , Wild Boars , Hog Deer and the odd bear frequently come into his land which he can shoot at his own discretion.
The best season for shikar is from mid November to mid January .
Trophies can definitely be exported . Kawshik's niece's fiance and his family frequently take back Sambhar , Chital, Barking and Hog Deer skins and antlers back to the States .
Finding a professional shikari... This is where things get tricky . You see... Hunting was never commercialized in Bangladesh , the way it is in Africa or the States ( We are unfortunately , still a third world country ) . The local people who go hunting , usually form a friend circle and then make a plan go hunting after applying for police permission . Most foreigners do not hunt in Bangladesh unless if they personally know a local hunter . For example , Kawshik's niece's fiance and his family go hunting with Kawshik , Poton and if my schedule permits it , me . That said, should any of you gentlemen ever wish to hunt in Bangladesh , me , Kawshik , Poton or anyone in our friend circle would be more than happy to guide you all for free ( l consider you all Kawshik's friends , anyway ). You have my standing invitation. Just let me know three months in advance.
Regarding the scope of foreigners hunting down a man eating leopard , it is a very hit and miss situation . Let me explain why . Firstly , the government is very reluctant to let a foreign visitor go after a man eating leopard or Royal Bengal Tiger , because if the foreigner gets killed or injured , then the Bangladesh government has a great deal to answer for . This can be circumvented if the foreign hunter is being accompanied by a local shikari . However , the chance of the foreign visitor actually securing the leopard successfully , is about 50-50 . This is because Bangladesh , is surrounded by India on three sides and most of our forested area is near our borders . If the man eater goes into Indian territory , then we no longer have any jurisdiction to kill it . Thus , imagine if an eager and well meaning American or European hunter gets news of a man eating leopard in Bangladesh and he comes to Bangladesh with a one month Visa after importing his two firearms into the country . However , upon reaching Bangladesh , he realizes that the man eater is now in Indian territory . The poor gentleman has spent all his money and time for nothing .
Recently , there is a man eating leopard which has been menacing the village areas around the Sundarbans . I waited ten days to kill it in December of 2019 . However , it has gone into Indian territory now.