Peru About To Open To International Sport Hunters


Published: July - 2008

Hunting superstar Jim Shockey sent us an e-mail describing an emerging opportunity for international hunters in Peru, a country that has historically been all but closed to hunting, even by Peruvians. According to Shockey's note, the man who is spearheading the effort to open the country to hunting and link that activity to ongoing conservation efforts is Thomas Salidas, South American Representation for SCI. Seems Salidas has made enough progress that he was able to arrange for Shockey to hunt and film there last month. We'll have a complete report next month. In the meantime, here is what Shockey had to say about his experience:

I just returned yesterday from three weeks of legal and licensed hunting in Peru for animals that can be exported legally. I received Licencia de Caza Deportiva number 095, meaning that I was only the 95th hunter, including residents of Peru, to be licensed out of Lima. They told me that I was the first licensed hunter to take an animal in the Peruvian jungle in 40 years and one of only two licensed foreigners to hunt the highlands in 20 years. We hunted Andean feral bulls and whitetail deer in the highlands. I took one capybara (see photo in Trophy Gallery section of our web site) and one Andean bull, but did not take a whitetail.

The highland hunts take place at altitudes over 15,000 feet, and I'd classify the bull hunt as for those in good physical shape only. The whitetail hunt was in what I would describe as extreme terrain. It, too, was an extremely physical hunt. During that hunt, my cameraman, Todd Bissenden, took a plunge down a 60-foot cliff and is lucky to have survived. I stopped counting stitches in his head at 40. He's out of danger now and is very lucky to be alive, but is still under observation for the next two weeks, meaning he'll miss our next hunt in Zambia and Botswana.

Thomas Salidas, the gentleman who is spearheading the official opening of Peru to hunting, was with........(continued)

 
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