" THEY ARE ONLY 4 PERMITS FOR DUCK AND DOVE HUNTING OUTFITTERS IN NICARAGUA"
" HOW GUNS ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO HUNTING OUTFITTERS IN NICARAGUA"
" THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS IN WHICH YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR AND BE AWARE OF "
As I stated in the beginning of the article, we are seeing first time events, and also an increase in repetitive events, since this influx of outfitters, guides has been happening. For example :
OUTFITTERS TAKING HUNTERS ON GOVERNMENT LAND OR FIELDS THEY DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION
Just recently a booking agent, had sold a group of hunters a hunting package. In turn, he sent them to one of the outfitters here in Managua. Sad part to this story is the outfitter was in fact licensed. The outfitter took the hunters onto some government land, which is protected from all hunting. Needless to say, the authorities stopped them, and the outfitter boat, decoys were confiscated. He was fined, and another sad part, was all the hunters firearms were confiscated, all jailed and charged, and was big deal to get out of all of it.
Another time, again, booking agent had sold a group of hunter a package, and again, in turn sent them to one of the proclaimed outfitters here. The proclaimed outfitter took them into fields that they had no permission or lease to be on. One of these fields happen to be one of our own. While we were not aware of this because we were hunting another property, the field guard noticed them and ask them for their field passes. Of course they did not have, and were ask to leave the fields. While this incident did not involve any police, it could have, and it could have been a big deal for the foreign guests.
To be clear, even us, Nicaragua Hunting Adventures being in business over 50 years, and one of the pioneers of Duck and Dove Hunting in Nicaragua. We also have to go through road checks, field checks, and clear out all our paperwork with the police or military. This is one of the things you could experience while hunting here in Nicaragua.
Some recent events with so called proclaimed outfitters, have surfaced recently where the group of hunters and proclaimed outfitters were stopped in road checks, or in field checks, where guns were confiscated and foreigners arrested for reasons such as :
- The guns provided by the outfitter to the hunters were not properly documented or permitted.
- The guns that the hunters brought permits are ok, but the outfitter does not have the proper paperwork showing he has the authority to be in possession of those guns.
- Ammo is not permitted properly, or amounts are not within acceptable limits.
- Hunters allowed to take firearms back to their hotels, (in most cases on hunters leaving early in morning going back home, and the outfitters do not want to deal with taking the guns to the airport for the hunters ) where police are called and the hunters guns are confiscated and hunters arrested.
- Outfitters allowing hunter to carry guns on special holidays, or government events were their is a gun ban, and no guns are supposed to be in use. Again, guns confiscated, and hunters jailed.
" THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT REALIZE BUT ARE FACTS OF LIFE "
While NATO announces Nicaragua being the 2nd safest country in Central America, and other organizations saying it is the safest country. The fact is, its still a developing country with all the struggles a developing country will face.
Also, while most of the scenario's mentioned above can happen anywhere, and rarely happen here in Nicaragua. They are still some things you might not realize, but are the facts of life here in Nicaragua.
- Nicaragua is a poor nation, with a lot of poverty, and developing government and police. Corruption is still very rampant, and the chance to make some extra money is very tempting to individuals from all walks of life.
- Thinking the outfitter has everything in order, and its all his responsibility is the normal thinking. It does not always work in developing countries. You are the foreigner, which means dollar signs. Which means, you are going to be at fault, even if common sense says you should not be. They will follow the money. Most outfitters will get slap on the hand, while the hunter is the one who will burden the cost of getting out of the mess. Then, trying to prosecute the outfitter, well, the travel and lawyer fees would be more than you could ever get. Again, you are outsider trying to fight within another county. Very difficult.
- Do you have a license, can I see a copy?
- Please give me the local police department name and number that will issue my permits ?
- Are you the person named on the gun permit? Are you the one with the gun licenses?
- Can I have references who hunted with you recently.
- Have you had any big name celebrity outdoors men hunt with you?
Best thing is just choose the correct outfitter, with the correct credentials, and all of these problems will disappear. You will need not to worry with any of them. BUT, for those of you who do not take the time to listen, or are to stubborn, or think things will be ok. Dont complain later, when you loose that firearm that you might never see again, or will cost you 3 times its worth to get back. Or when you are setting in that Nicaragua jail, and believe me, you don't want to be in a Nicaragua jail. You can think where you went wrong, and how much of your savings are you going have to spend to get back home. All when you could have just taken the time to ask a few simple questions, and little extra effort to find the right company to deal with.