The Hunting Report Roundup brings you from-the-field hunter reports on exciting hunting opportunities around the world. This week we bring you two of the most classic hunts in the game, whitetail in North America and Cape buffalo in Africa. Our database is growing all the time, and we want to share all of our subscribers' latest adventures with you. From the Arctic tundra to the Land Down Under, we put thousands of outfitter reports at your fingertips! Click the hyperlinked reports below to read more! All reports are chosen strictly for the value of their comments in helping you choose a hunt that's right for you.
WHITETAIL DEER ROUNDUP
Eric Stevens' Montana whitetail.
The special basics. Sure, it's exciting to travel across the world to a luxurious hunting lodge or to pursue an exotic species. But there’s just something special about dragging yourself out of a cold tent at 5 am with a cup of instant coffee to hunt deer with your buddies. Whitetail hunting is about getting back to the basics, even if you hunt with an outfitter to go after a big trophy. With that in mind, here's the latest and greatest from our subscribers' whitetail hunts. Fall is coming!
Don Christner (9516) says he had some great opportunities for big bucks with guide Albert Andry of Horseshoe Hill Outfitters. “I passed on a 145-inch buck, and a buck in the mid-160-range that I saw a few times but just never gave me a shot with my bow, either too dark or 35 yards through brush. Great experience, and the area is not overhunted.”
Talking about getting back to the basics, Watson Okubo (9395) found a good old-fashioned hunt in Alberta and took a big-bodied 135-class buck with his bow. “Family operation with nice people, home-cooked meals and a warm bed. Unlimited potential for quality game, and I took a nice Shiras moose, too.”
And don't forget Texas! “I'd wanted to try deer hunting in Texas for nearly 30 years,” writes Canadian Don Sangster (9450), who hunted with Wildlife Systems. “I saw more bucks in my first day than I have probably seen in the rest of my hunting days put together. I will only hunt low-fence ranches, and Wildlife Systems runs a first-class operation. I had a blast.”
John Kriewaldt (9471) says he hunts deer with Wildlife Systems every year. “The whitetail deer herd is very good. Yes, this is South Texas. No, you don't sit in a blind over a pile of corn. Already anxious to go back next year.” Besides taking a “nice” eight-point whitetail, Kriewaldt also killed a 150-pound feral hog and a 40-inch oryx (gemsbok).
And Craig Bade (9549) recommends a hunt with Steve Jones of Back Country Hunts, also in South Texas. Bade took a Carmen Mountain whitetail that should rank in the upper-middle of the record book. He says the free-range ranch also offers mature aoudad, mule deer and lots of 6x6 elk, plus javelina. “Jones is a true professional hunter. I have no reservations recommending him.”
Douglas Howerton's 44-inch Cape buffalo.
The ultimate stalk. There's lots of opportunities for big Cape buffalo across southern Africa. For the initiated, it's a thrill that can't be beat, and an experience you'll want to revisit. Here are some recommendations from Hunting Report subscribers recently returning from the Dark Continent.
In South Africa, Andrew Grier Brunson (9743) enjoyed introducing his son to buff hunting with Limcrona Safaris. “PH Jan Loots was a fine tactician and tracker, and we got some great shots. Great campfire camaraderie with experienced pros and their clients.” Loring Jones (9714) took his buff with PH Izak Kirsten of Wow Africa. “First buffalo on my eighth trip to Africa. I have hunted three times with Kirsten, and he always produces fine trophies.” Douglas Howerton (9667) only had four days hunting time, but he took a “monster” 44-inch buffalo the first day out with Johan Hermann Safaris. “If you want a 40-inch-plus-buffalo, this is the place.”
“Excellent outfitter who does exactly what he says and hunts a very good area,” says Tom Wellman (9484) of Mokore Safaris in Zimbabwe. “PH Neil Duckworth was the best PH I've hunted with, and we had exciting spot-and-stalk opportunities.”
And how about this? Beau Estes (9644) took a possible Namibia record buffalo, measuring 51¼ inches, with Omujeve Safaris PH Corne Kruger. This was only his second trip to Africa. “Remember to take a notebook so you can remember the small things later. Best crew I've been around.”
Of course, sometimes Cape buffalo hunting takes a back seat to a hunt for leopard, lion or elephant. That was the case for J. David Gibbs (9458) on his Tanzania full-bag safari. “Superb leopard hunt, with many days spent locating a mature male. We also hunted buffalo, in the traditional way. This is a great value for a full-bag safari.”
MORE REPORTS ROUNDUP
Mac Plymale took his red stag on a traditional drive in Spain.
A little of everything. Hunting Report subscribers are the most adventurous and well-travelled group of folks in the hunting world, making our database a huge resource for all hunters. We are always getting new reports, so our database is always growing! Here's a roundup of some recent reports that you might have missed...
Spring bear hunters in Alaska faced some unusually warm weather in 2014, but Ronnie Rector (9722) prevailed while brown bear hunting with guide Mike Cowan of Mountain Monarchs. “Got a nice brownie under pretty tough conditions. Dave Leonard and his crew run a great hunt, and guide Mike Cowan did a great job getting me on a bear. Hunting area is huge and clearly prime habitat for big coastal brown bear.”
Pat McMahon (9709) got in amongst the big Florida gators with Alligator Management's Jon Ackerly. “Slammed a harpoon into a gator three feet away. They are not sociable animals.” McMahon went on this hunt after reading about it in The Hunting Report. “Free-range hunt with exceptional people. We all had a ball.”
In Spain, Mac Plymale (9727) reports returning for a second hunt with Espacaza, with his father along. “Great experiencing the culture and excitement of a Spanish montería (a driven hunt). Enjoyed watching my father miss, cuss and connect with red stag and wild boar. Great tradition.” Plymale also managed two red stags with a bow. Don't miss this detailed report!
And here's a great bongo hunt from Bob Merkley (9735), who hunted Central African Republic with Safari Bongo PH Jacques Lemaux. “Lots of bongo sign, and I was onto two bongo before I took my trophy. Difficult hunting conditions with heavy rain and heavy growth, but I absolutely recommend this hunt. The simplicity and beauty of the country is fantastic, and I have a feeling I will be going back, as this was one of the best safaris I have taken in Africa.”
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