What a difference three months makes! Already, three hunting entrepreneurs have emerged as strong candidates for Honor Roll listing. They are Wayne Long of MUM Alaska for his ongoing work with native Alaskans to create sporthunting opportunities on their lands, culminating already in hunts for free-ranging reindeer in the Aleutian Islands and black bear hunts near Anchorage (209-293-7550); Harv Hollek for his efforts to open hunting in Vietnam (206-285-6868); and Jean-Pierre Bernon for his effort to open hunting in France to international clients (011-33-1-42-88-31-32).
Now, a fourth entrepreneur has emerged. He's Jay Carlson of Mindoro Safaris, who has pioneered some fascinating hunts for Asian water buffalo and Philippine sambar deer. Carlson, in fact, may be the first to make it onto our Honor Roll because he has already conducted some of the five successful hunts needed to move from candidacy to formal inclusion on our Honor Roll.
We learned about Carlson from a Hunt Report filed this past month by subscriber C. Truman Clem. A buffalo aficionado, Clem says he has taken a total of 20 different subspecies of buffalo worldwide, and he wanted to be among the first to take one in the Philippines. "It was a great hunt... no particular problems. We got what we went for," Clem says matter-of-factly in his report.
He says the buffalo he took should measure 89 2/8. The animal is Bubalus bubalis, or Asiatic water buffalo. It is importable into the US because it is considered a feral, free-ranging animal rather than a genuinely wild one. At present, Safari Club has a........(continued)