This past season our clients were 100 percent on all species they sought - Asian buffalo (two species), bearded warty pig and feral boar. Because we were hunting during the very end of the rainy season this year, our road travel was reduced due to heavy flooding, but that did not hurt the hunting at all. Actually, the animals were lower in the mountains because of mud slides, and clients hunted daily in the rain.
I got some hunting in myself this season after the last of my clients left. I usually do not do much hunting, as I think it competes with the clients. I personally think it is bad form for a Professional Hunter to have numerous listings in the record book as his own personal trophies. Those were animals a future paying client could shoot.
That said, I noticed there are very few listings in the SCI Record book for any Asian animals taken with archery equipment. The jungle hunting is very conducive for bowhunters, as we get close in the thick jungle. In the interest of exploring that option for clients, I decided to hunt with a bow. I purchased a 60-pound takedown recurve with 125 grain Muzzy broadheads and shipped it to the Philippines. While firearms cannot be imported, archery equipment is allowed, and clients can bring their own bows.
Because my clients only shoot bulls, I shot a very large cow buffalo with 36-inch horns but only seven-inch bases. It still scores a nice 86 SCI points, which would........(continued)