Originally Posted by GQgeek
100k? Is that for a permit or something? I've never had any interest in shooting anything (with a gun).
Yes that would be the kinda price for a Lion, lesser animals command lesser fees though.
Originally Posted by gdl203
IIRC from what our guides were telling us, the reserves raise a lot of the money needed to run and maintain the parks with those very high hunting prices.
Sorry GDL it does not work like that unfortunately, ....
The game park's do not ever allow commercial hunting, it is illegal. The only purpose of these game reserves is to preserve the wildlife. Culling is possible at times, but only done by game rangers, and as part of their jobs, not for profit. However there is a lot of illegal theft, bribery, corruption, and poaching going on where the animals are stolen and killed for meat or aphrodisiacs, like rhino horn. Crocodile skin for belts and shoes and handbags.
The only places that are legally allowed to supply private game hunting, are the private game farms. Here they put the animal concerned in a fenced off area so it cannot run too far, sedate it to an extent. This provides and almost perfect setting for the typical overweight american big game hunter to sit in relative comfort in a jeep/landrover and kill a sedated animal at fairly close range, because they normally cannot aim very well, and also, they cannot hold a rifle up to aim and shoot for very long because their un-exercised ams begin shaking under the weight of the rifle and it just would not do to have the hunter break a sweat on his brow, have pulled arm muscles, or (god forbid) have to run after the animal after paying $100,000 for the privilege. It has to by nature be quick clean professional and efficient.
Oh, and yes, 100k is for the permit or something. More something than permit i think, something for bribery and corruption. But yes, they call it a permit, it just sounds better. Permit, I think I like that word. It is corruption money and buys another couple of mercedes benz. I mean you have never found anything that is not corrupt in africa have you?
Fascinating stuff, Africa....