by John Zent - Friday, September 29, 2017
For the past 20 years—since the end of Mozambique’s Civil War—the hunting industry has quietly been building back the southeast African nation’s wildlife resources, which had been nearly wiped-out during the long hostilities. With the blessing of government and local community leaders, but with no real assistance from them, outfitting companies have built infrastructure, organized aggressive anti-poaching patrols and set up an economic engine that benefits local folks with meat, jobs and schools. No matter how animal-rightists argue, here’s proof that hunting is providing genuine help and hope in this desperately poor region.
As a result, Mozambique has emerged as a premier safari-hunting destination for Americans and other visitors. In camps scattered about the country (comparable to the land-mass of the eastern U.S. from upstate New York to south Florida, and west as far as Indiana), hunters are finding great hunts that are also great values. It’s a tremendous conservation success story, a model that truly works when allowed to do so.
First up for the hunters—Cape buffalo. Hostile looks when disturbed are really just a hint of their volatile nature—what many call Africa’s most dangerous animal. Worth noting—our hunters are going after these bad actors with single-shot muzzleloaders.
Before you get to the adrenalized part, you have to find and track the buffalo. Dusty roadways come under much scrutiny. Outfitter Wayne Wagner and his trackers expertly read the signs, and what’s really amazing is how sharp they are at judging how many hours it’s been since the tracks were made.
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