Two Hunters Review Yucatan Hunts With Balam Mexico


Published: August - 2010

Two subscribers have checked in with reports on unusual hunts on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico with Alfredo Lamadrid of Balam Mexico. Lt. Col Pat McMahon reports on a hunt for Yucatan brown Brocket deer, red Brocket deer and two "big game" bird species, great curassow, and ocellated turkey. McMahon tells us the curassow were abundant, the ocellated turkeys less common. "With any luck you'll get your ocellated, but you'll hunt for it," says McMahon. Brocket deer were scarce; he only saw one brown Brocket deer, which he harvested, and no red Brocket at all. No one else in his hunting party took either species of Brocket deer.

"We had no real problems on the hunt itself, other than abnormally heavy rain in the days just before our hunt. The late rains created mud, which meant a lot of extra work for our drivers, getting stuck and winching us out."

This wasn't the first report we've received on hunting with Lamadrid. Long-time subscriber "Colorado" Buck, himself a former outfitter, told us that Lamadrid runs a recommendable operation in the remote jungles, offering interesting hunts for forest cougar, tropical whitetail deer, collared peccary, and both red and brown Brocket deer. Although Buck was hunting primarily exotic birds - ocellated turkey, crested guan, great curassow - he had hoped to take one of the big game animals as a target of opportunity. He reports taking the birds he was after, but says he saw only one peccary and no Brocket deer or cougar. Buck says he was warned before his hunt that the best time to hunt the birds is not the best time for big game.

Lamadrid has been operating in the Yucatan jungle for 10 years and hunts several different areas: Silvituk (120,000 acres), Luna (30,000 acres), Haros (25,000 acres) and Chan Yazche (40,000 acres). He has three camps that he moves to new areas every three to four years. The camps are made from natural materials hacked out of the jungle by ax and machete with thatched roofs and netting walls to keep at........(continued)

 
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