New Hunting Opportunity Opens In Papua New Guinea


Published: February - 2010

Adventurous hunters will be interested in a new hunting opporunity in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea lies just off the northeastern tip of Australia's Cape York Peninsula in the Southwest Pacific. Occupying half of the island of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is about the size of California, encompassing 462,860 square kilometers of mostly mountainous terrain with coastal lowlands and rolling foothills, plus a network of smaller islands off the east coast of the mainland. The interior is so rugged that it isolated some of the indigenous people there sufficiently to create several thousand separate communities divided by different languages, customs and traditions. Until only the early part of the last century, some of these groups were unaware of the existence of neighboring groups only a few kilometers away. Today, huge sections of Papua New Guinea remain completely wild and remote. It is in these areas that you can find some monster free-ranging Asiatic water buffalo as well as rusa deer, sambar deer and wild boar. Australian expatriate Bruce Alexander is the operator that is now offering excursions here for international hunters.

Alexander is the owner and operator of Hamamas Hotel in the Rabaul area of PNG, where he offers guided hiking treks into the surrounding tropical forests. He also operates PNG Safaris and recently started promoting his hunting trips there. Alexander has lived in PNG for more than 20 years and is a Reserve Police officer. He speaks the local languages fluently and understands the local cultures. Over the years, he has forged a working relationship with various local clans. Alexander is the only European to have hunted some areas of PNG in the last 15 years.

Alexander offers hunts in two areas in PNG. For rusa deer hunting he takes clients to Suki in the Western Province. For buffalo, he goes to Wewak in the northeast. Last July, booking agent Neil Summers of Bowhunting Safari Consultants completed an exploratory hunt with Alexander in both areas and managed to take several rusa deer with a bow. (See photo in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site.)........(continued)

 
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