By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
If you hunted in Mexico
recently or plan to do so, be aware that agents with US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) are taking a hard look at paperwork and tags for sheep and deer entering the US. We heard about this from subscriber P. Dachton, who filed an interesting report (10904
) on a successful Feb. 2017 desert sheep hunt with Ivan Flores in Sonora.
Dachton took a 165-inch desert ram and noted, "Everything about the hunt was first class; I had no problems at all." What caught our eye, however, was a comment about the US Fish and Wildlife Service inspection when his broker tried to clear his sheep into the US.
Dachton writes: "I had a lengthy conversation with Inspector Moore of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Arizona. He informed me that they will be double-checking sheep and mule deer coming into the US this coming year. One thing they will be looking for on sheep is if the sheep was killed in a free-range [area] and it has a high-fence tag on it. Also, he told me that they will be checking mule deer to make sure the mule deer was killed in the location that the tag specifies."
We put Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk on this. Here's what he reports: As we have covered extensively, there has been abuse in the past regarding sheep hunts, with hunters not getting their trophies back....