Summers says he took two deer on his hunt, one of each species. (See photos in our online Trophy Gallery.) He doesn't give measurements on his trophies but tells us that both will score in the Top 10 of the Archery Category of the SCI Record Book. The Javan variety was free-range, while the Moluccan was on an estate. In a follow-up phone call, Summers described the area as ideal bowhunting country. "There were some trees and some treestands, which, in one case, almost worked would have worked if the stag had been a little bit larger. But most of the hunting was by spot-and-stalk, creeping and crawling in high grass to get within shooting range."
Summers tells us the weather for his June hunt was sunny, cool and pleasant. The lodge he stayed in was brand new, comfortable, but not fancy, with a bar and an outdoor barbecue area. He describes the food as excellent.
"I was really most impressed by the number and quality of the animals available, and the fact that this is strictly a bowhunting operation, not an outfitter who offers bowhunting as a sideline. Coyne is a great bowhunting guide in a bow-only area with high game density and excellent trophy quality." He gives the total cost of this hunt as $7,800 with four days of hunting at $700 per day, plus $5,000 in trophy fees for the two animals. In the interest of full disclosure, we must tell you that Summers, who runs the booking agency Bowhunting Safari Consultants (800-833-9777; www.bowhuntingsafari.com), is now booking this hunt. In fact, we weren't able to find any contact information for Coyne otherwise. If you follow up on this opportunity, please file a report.