A Report On The First Exploratory Hunts In El Salvador


Published: June - 2008

We mentioned in the April issue that Jay Carlson of Mindoro Safaris was taking a break from hunting in the Philippines to focus on some interesting hunts in the Central American country of El Salvador. Well, Carlson has now completed his first exploratory hunt, and he sent us a note describing how things went. His client, who asked to remain anonymous simply because he prefers to keep his hunting experiences private, took two red brocket deer in four days of hunting.

The hunt was based from the town of Tejutla and took place in the Sierra Madre Mountains. It involved a 12-mile, hunt-along-the-way mule ride into the hunting area. Carlson says the client saw a lot of brocket deer, plus several young wild pigs that he passed on. Beside the two brocket deer, Carlson says his client took a coatimundi and two fruit bats with wing spans of four feet.

Accommodations for this hunt were in a mountain farmhouse that Carlson describes as rustic but comfortable and clean. There is no air conditioning or TV. Rooms are private. Meals are local fare, including chicken, pork and rice and beans.

Carlson admits there are a few wrinkles still to be ironed out on this hunt. One is gun importation, which he says, simply, is a huge problem. For now, he has acquired some guns for the camp, including 12 gauge shotguns and rifles in .22, .222 and .30-30 calibers. Also, importation of trophies into the US is still unclear. Carlson is still weeding through all the paperwork involved, he tells us. Would-be clients who want to import any trophies from a hunt with Carlson need to note this ambiguity about importation. It should also be noted that his client in El Salvador had some things stolen while staying at the hotel in Tejutla. Carlson says this should be an isolated incident, as security is generally not a problem in that town. He urges clients not to travel with valuables, though. The stolen items consisted of a camera, shoes, jewelry and make-up brought by the client's wife.........(continued)

 
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