A White-lipped Peccary Hunt with Balam Mexico


Published: July - 2012

Subscriber Rex Baker is pleased with his hunt for white-lipped peccary in Mexico, outfitted by Balam Mexico (US phone: 714-442-9222). But, he warns, "This report may be somewhat anecdotal, as I was told that this is the last year permits for this species will be issued by Mexico." Baker's hunt was arranged by Bob Kern at The Hunting Consortium (540-955-0090). We have two other reports (see article ID 2501) on Alfredo Lamadrid and Balam Mexico for brocket deer, forest cougar, crested guan, curassow and ocellated turkey.

"As background," Baker tells us, "this was my third hunt to Campeche for the two brocket deer species and the white-lipped peccary. All three hunts have been for all three species. So far, in three weeks of hard hunting with good outfits, I have seen one (grey) brown brocket and two herds of peccaries and have taken the one brocket, and one peccary. In my opinion, the red brocket deer shares the honors with the glacier bear as being the rarest trophy in North America.

"Kern and Balam (which means "jaguar" in Mayan), did a good job of organizing this hunt. With stops to meet other vehicles and pick up helpers, it is a six-hour drive from Campeche to camp. The camp food is adequate, and they supply plenty of bottled water. There were two turkey hunters with me in camp and no one got sick. Guns are Beretta 390s, with three-inch chambers. I used three-inch buckshot loads, no problem.

"My guide, Rosendo, was excellent. After we checked a water hole, he would clear the leaves from the paths for about 70 yards. The only other PH I have seen do this was Nicky Blunt on a leopard hunt. I would take Rosendo anywhere, and he would be outstanding. The peccaries come to water at midday. When we located a water hole that the peccaries were using (usually two-plus hours from camp) we would set up over it at about 9:30 am. We would climb a tree, set a hammock and wait. At 3:00 pm, we would leave. I........(continued)

 
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