Posted by: Rob | June 27, 2009

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game is the title of Richard Connell‘s most well known short story.  I read the story in a hard cover collection I had as a child called “Tales of Adventure” or something like that.  It’s about an American big game hunter who finds his role reversed when he becomes the hunted after dragging himself out of the sea onto the beach of a secretive island in the Caribbean.

I was reminded of the story when I read this piece today, which I found via Stacy Herbert at

Apparently, wealthy people, with an inclination to do so, can buy themselves passage on a Russian luxury yacht to sail the pirate-infested waters around Somalia and, if they’re lucky, partake in a little pirate hunting.

Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.

When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers, reports Austrian business paper Wirtschaftsblatt.

Additionally, for a few extra quid you can rent yourself an AK-47 and buy hundreds of rounds to go with it.

“They are worse than the pirates,” said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. “At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder,” he continued.

Now, I think the Somali pirates have been a little over the top with their escapades of late, but these paid hunting expeditions really take the cake. Not to mention being at the edge of a very slippery slope.

What’s next? Hunting crack-heads and gang-bangers in the derelict neighbourhoods of Los Angeles and New York City?



  1. Shhh, don’t bring up the hunting of undesirables. Especially in California when they need new sources of revenue.

  2. Some people will do anything for a quick buck. It smacks a bit to much of kangaroo courts for my liking.

  3. Yes, don’t give anyone ideas. The crackheads and gang-bangers do a swell job of thinning the herd as it is.

  4. They’re in the same league as wealthy hunters who pay to bag a “big one” in a fence in enclosure where the prey have no means of escape. It’s true! If my memory serves me correctly, I think Dick Cheney went on one of these expeditions.

  5. Yikes! Sounds like modern-day Vancouver…

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