Westraadt says his hunt included an ibex. His guide, however, refused to hunt for ibex, telling him there were none in the area. In one of several emails in response to Westraadt's report, Dan Frederick of Ameri-Cana Expeditions says the ibex was only a species of opportunity and was not guaranteed. He says numerous clients manage to take one, but not all of them. Westraadt argues that is a moot point if the guide simply refused to hunt or if he was sent to an area where there were no ibex.
Westraadt was also expecting accommodations in a building, with running water for showers and toilets. Instead, he says he and two other hunters had to share a yurt with 9 staff members. There were no bathing facilities, not even a wash basin, nor a privy. Westraadt says everyone defecated outside the tent in the snow.
He also says they took more than three days to skin his trophy, and that there was no salt in the skinning shed. Although he had been told he could take his trophy back home to South Africa with him, it was not ready. Shipping was then delayed numerous months despite promises that it was on route. The trophy finally arrived in June. But Westraadt says the skin he received is not from the sheep he shot. His was a snow white ram skinned for a full-body mount. The one he received is a grayish cape cut for a shoulder mount.
Frederick admits there was a problem with some trophy shipments this season and says that Yuri was going to follow-up with his staff. Also, Frederick says that while Mattison does not promise any........(continued)