What caught our attention in these two new reports from Joseph Sultan (Report 8747 in our database), who hunted in July, and James Schwitalla (Report 8777), who hunted in August, was that neither hunted with Fisher as their guide. Instead, both were guided by Kevin Nakamaru on the Big Island for feral goats on successful, one-day hunts.
This is something new for Hawaii Safaris, and we called Fisher to see what's happening with his company. Turns out that, as correspondent Gary Lewis reported in May, 2010 (Article ID 2450), Fisher is continually expanding his operation. In Hawaii alone, Hawaii Safaris takes over 200 clients a year, many on multi-day hunts. As a result, Fisher is now working with several other guides, including Nakamaru and Neil Cabral on Hawaii (Nakamaru also guides fishing clients), Steve Gelakoski on Lanai and Desmund Manaba on Molokai. As we reported in July, 2011, Fisher also personally guides hunters for blacktail, Roosevelt elk, and Columbia whitetail in Oregon (see Report 7488 from Mike Rex) and is now taking bowhunters in Colorado.
From the two glowingly positive reports, it seems that Fisher's strategy is working, and at least one of his new guides is maintaining his standards. "Pat Fisher maintained great lines of communication in planning and organizing the hunt, says Schwitalla, "and Kevin Nakamaru was relentless in putting me on game in the face of tough conditions. Wild dogs had spooked the herd of feral goats we were hunting, and the very warm weather was working against us. But Nakamaru always had a plan B, C and D ready, and as conditions changed he adapted at each step to........(continued)