Feedback On Those New Multi-Species Hunts In Uruguay


Published: September - 2002

Continuing subscribers will remember our report on some new, multi-species hunts in Uruguay (see March 2000 issue, pages 3-6) organized by Dale Hedgpeth of Hedgpeth's Adventures in Hunting. The hunts are for Asiatic water buffalo, fallow deer, axis deer and wild boar. Hedgpeth billed these hunts as offering one a chance at a "Uruguayan Grand Slam." Well, we have received our first subscriber report about these hunts, and it appears there are some wrinkles in them that Hedgpeth himself admits he may not be able to iron out completely.

The report is from James M. Meehan, who hunted in Uruguay this past April. He writes, "I arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay, where I met up with my hunting partner, Duane Stroupe, and agent Dale Hedgpeth. Since this was the first buffalo hunt conducted in Uruguay, Hedgpeth came along to monitor our success. We flew north to Salto, where we met our professional hunter, Louis Bertone, who operates Argentine Safari in the La Pampa region of Argentina. We then continued to the town of Bella Union, near the ranch that we were to hunt.

"The ranch is a 23,000-acre cattle spread that is partially leased to a rice grower. The wild Asiatic water buffalo population here is an estimated 450 animals, and the harvest limit has been set at 20 animals. Water buffalo were originally introduced here several decades ago and had never been hunted or slaughtered for meat. These are big, tough animals, weighing about 1,500 to 1,800 pounds. On our first day of hunting we saw a number of bulls that would have made attractive trophies, but we wanted to take something that would make the record book, and Stroupe wanted a bull that would make the top 10.

"Hedgpeth and I went off hunting with "Fernando," a local Bella Union resident, while Stroupe hunted with Bertone. Hedgpeth and I quickly spotted a bull with a tremendous right horn. However, after glassing the animal for an hour, it finally moved its head to display a stunted left horn.

"On day........(continued)

 
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