In Report 9618, subscriber Robert Muckleroy reported on a very successful hunt in Sonora with outfitter Bernardo "Nayo" Balderrama of Amigos Outfitters. Nayo Balderrama, Jr. was his personal guide. Muckleroy rated everything about the hunt as "good" or "excellent" and the highlight of the hunt was hunting in the Sierra de San Francisco, in the same country that Jack O'Connor hunted. In a follow-up phone interview, Muckleroy reported hunting free-range sheep on a private ranch that was part of an UMA, and he praised the outfit and reported that everything went well on the hunt. He flew directly from DFW to Hermosillo, where Nayo Jr. met him at the airport. He spent that night at their home in Hermosillo and traveled the five hours to camp the next day, actually starting his hunt immediately when they arrived. He shot his sheep on the seventh day and reports seeing eight to 10 different rams before taking a 164-inch trophy.
Given the controversies we've seen recently (see page 13 of our April issue and page 14 of this one), we asked Muckleroy about getting his trophy home. He reported bringing his sheep back with him, stating that Balderrama took the time and effort to make sure that the trophy was ready to pass inspection on his return. He did note that the USDA inspection at DFW was quick, but they cautioned that inspectors may not always be on duty and advised him to call before importing a trophy in the future just to be sure that someone is available.
We have three hunt reports on this outfitter in our hunt report database (8019, 4515 and 1743), all positive. Two are on desert sheep hunts, one is on a combo desert mule deer, Coues deer and javelina hunt.
Our other report (9626) is from subscriber Hobson Reynolds, who completed a successful hunt........(continued)