Get a professional importer involved, DON’T let the bastards win. Good luck If you do decide to reapply.I just wanted to follow up...I abandoned this import permit. It isn't worth it. I play by the rules and the greenie infiltrated USFWS just moves the goal posts. It literally isn't worth my time. Unfortunately, many more will have the same attitude as me when it comes to considering investing their money into Africa for the hunting/preservation of highly contested species. Sad but true.
I met Jason at the USFW booth at SCI convenience this year. We had a good conversation about importing elephants and sustainable conservation. He was very interested in the pictures I showed him of the meat being distributed to the people. I am not sure he understood the scope of that process. To be honest i didn’t either until I saw it myself. I believe he is trying to do his job properly and gather all the information that his employer requires. USFW is a bureaucracy. It is slow and ponderous. That requires people who can work the system. There are trophy importers that are having great success in getting permits for elephants and lions.This is infuriating! As a biologist this yuck monkey probably spent too much time figuring out what pronouns to use in school instead of learning about animal ecology
This is why I am paying Wyatt at SSI to handle for me. The other is conservation group. They are just twice as expensive. I have heard good things about bothI feel that this is something that needs to be made aware of for anyone traveling to Namibia, or any other country for that matter, to hunt for a legally sport hunted elephant. This is a major problem, and from my experience and correspondence with the agency, they are trying their hardest to find loopholes to NOT issue permits for legally sport hunted elephants. I applied in 2018 for a permit previous to my hunt and was dismayed that four months later I still had no reply. I continued on with my hunt as planned in September of 2018 and had not heard any information with exception of having to migrate my application to a new electronic system with the USFWS until August 31, 2022. Here is the following transcripts of the exchange between myself and the reviewing biologist. Keep in mind that the requests he asked for were unreasonable as the permit I had filled out and applied for importation did not require any of the additional data he was requesting, but I still did my best to accommodate his requests honestly and to the best of my ability. Some of the information he asks for initially was already sent into them upon harvest of my elephant in 2018, but they did not acknowledge receipt of the information. Keep in mind that the 2018 permit did not ask questions regarding molar tooth wear or have an outfitter operating addendum.
Here is the email string, I will post more of it as replies to this thread as it is somewhat lengthy but is telling to the situation for current and prospective hunters when applying for a permit with the USFWS. USFWS in Blue, My reply in Red.
Hello Mr. W,
I have reviewed your application (950XXX), requesting to import an African elephant sport hunted trophy from Namibia. The Dallas Safari Club and others filed a lawsuit in December 2019 regarding the Service's processing of pending elephant trophy import applications. On August 31, 2021, the Service and Dallas Safari Club, et. al., reached a settlement agreement, whereby, deadlines were established for processing some applications that have been pending for several years and were the subject of this lawsuit. Please provide responses to the below requests in order to complete the processing of your application.
- Please provide the following;
- Country and location (e.g., area, region, GIS coordinates, ranch, conservancy, management area, or hunting block, AND nearest city) where trophy was removed from the wild:
- Date wildlife was hunted:
- Approximate age of animal:
- Name of hunting outfitter, safari company, and/or professional hunter you hunted with:
- The current location of the trophy (address and country) [the U.S. CITES import permit will identify this country as the country of export/re-export and must match with the CITES export/re-export document]:
In accordance with 50 CFR 13.ll(e), if the requested information is not received by this office by 05-September-22, your application will be abandoned and administratively closed. Once a file is closed, you will need to submit a new application, and all required fees, for the Service to consider your proposed activity.
- Please provide a copy of any applicable foreign government permits, licenses, or tags, that were required to remove this animal from the wild.
- Please provide the total fee for your hunt as well as the amount/percentage of this fee which was used for each of the following: To assist anti-poaching efforts, community investment, or other conservation efforts.
- Please provide a copy of a Operator Enhancement Questionnaire (Annex I in attached application) completed by the professional hunter or operator.
Division of Management Authority
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
Falls Church, Virginia, 22041-3803, USA
I have received your email correspondence and I have been working on gathering all of the information but it has been difficult timing to get the proper information from the outfitters and other entities who are currently in the field or not readily available. Is it possible to get a slight extension without abandoning my permit so I can thoroughly complete and remit all the information you have requested? If that is not possible, you have the deadline set for September 5th 2022 (which is labor day) and I assume all government offices are closed…would the due date then be the 6th? Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.