By Tim Jones, Managing EditorWe often participate in hunt drawings with extremely long odds, knowing that no matter how long the odds are someone is going to draw. Subscriber Kevin Ciavarra was one of those people. He drew a scimitar-horned oryx hunt in Texas in a public draw opportunity we originally reported on in August of 2011 (Article 2880 in our database). When Ciavarra filed his report (9175) we asked correspondent Michael Bodenchuk to follow up and look into this year's Texas drawing opportunities. There's still time to get in on the action, but hurry! The deadlines are upon us.
Scimitar-horned oryx have gotten a lot of press of late, due to court suits that forced the listing of US captive populations as endangered species (along with addax and dama gazelle). Attorney and Conservation Force founder John J. Jackson, III, has detailed this misuse of the Endangered Species Act by anti-hunting groups and the consequences to date. (See the July 2013 issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin
, or go to huntingreport.com/conservation_force.cfm?id=284
for the details.)
So, when subscriber Kevin Ciavarra reported on a public draw hunt for scimitar-horned oryx on the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Texas it caught our attention. Ciavarra hunted in April, 2013 through an "Exotic Only" hunt permit drawn in the fall of 2012.....