More Problems Reported with Belize Hunting Operation


Published: February - 2012

We first told you that hunting tourism in Belize was coming back on line in the October 2010 issue of The Hunting Report. (See Article ID 2524.) Occasional correspondent Tom McIntyre reported that Dave Hill of Maya Kingdom would be hosting international hunters the next spring. Supposedly, Hill had been operating jungle camps for a number of years, offering "jungle survival" tours, and was going to incorporate hunting into his existing program with the help of agent C.J. "Chip" Anderson. Species on offer included tropical whitetail, red brocket deer, white-lipped and collared peccary, oscellated turkey and feral water buffalo. Anderson later dropped out of this hunt program for personal reasons unrelated to Belize, and Hill turned to booking agent Jim Gross of Wild World Adventures to represent him in the US.

Here at The Hunting Report, we were excited about the possibility of another hunting opportunity coming back on line for international hunters, and we ran the report expecting a follow-up report from McIntyre, as he had planned to check it out personally. That never happened. McIntyre says the plans with Hill just seemed to "fizzle out." Instead, our first hunter report on Hill's operation was from subscribers Dick and Sandy Fruchey, who left Belize very dissatisfied. We aired their report and Hill's rebuttal in the May 2011 issue. (See Hunt Report ID 8161.) The Frucheys found problems with every aspect of their hunt and Hill's operation  from the accommodations and meals to the hunting licenses, vehicles, firearms and ammo provided, game availability, trophy prep and guiding. The Frucheys strongly questioned Hill's experience and ability to provide organized hunts to tourist hunters. Hill insisted he had the qualifications and ability and just needed to work out some bugs.

At the time we ran Frucheys' complaint, Hill was expecting more clients, and we waited to see who would send us reports on their experiences. Within weeks, John Chitwood and Don Hurst contacted us about their hunts. Neither offered a stellar report. Chitwood says he hunted hard over 4½ days on foot and did not get a chance to shoot........(continued)

 
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