Howard Schwerdtfeger, who truly loves wildlife, introduced exotic species that he personally likes. Most are from Africa, but there are several from other regions as well. For starters, he has a herd of banteng, Turkmen markhor, addax and Siberian ibex in addition to gemsbok, kudu, mouflon, blesbok, black wildebeest, waterbuck, aoudad, roan, Arabian oryx, Nile lechwe, Grant's gazelle, thar, springbok, zebra, nyala, Transcaspian urial, eland, sable and Cape buffalo. He's even got sitatunga (in an area he keeps watered) and mountain bongo. There is a total of 31 different species. Some are kept in smaller areas due to conflicts with other animals or because they easily fall prey to the coyotes and mountain lions. Not all of the species are open for hunting, only those that are in excess numbers. The Schwerdtfeger family, owners of the property, opened the ranch for limited hunting a few years ago with the help of Professional Hunter Jim Roche.
For sure, the Crown X is not everyone's cup of tea, and The Hunting Report does not usually cover operations like this. But the place will suit many hunters, and it does provide some real hunting opportunities in rough country. The Bodenchuks hunted gemsbok for several days, making various stalks........(continued)