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October - 07 - 2013

Hunters venturing to Mexico are taking BIG deer, like this one shot by John Teeter.

Who's going South of the Border? Savvy Hunting Report subscribers are, that's who! And look at the great trophies they're bringing back home! Phil Majerus (9031) hunted in Sonora, Mexico, with the Camou Brothers and took a desert mule deer scoring 202 inches. What's more, he reports finding "lots of deer" on this hunt outside of Hermosillo. In that same region, John Teeter (9025) killed a 210 3/8 Boone & Crockett desert mulie with Dale Ranches. "Saw four bucks over 190," he says. This was a return hunt for Teeter, who was at Dale Ranches the previous year (8569) and took a 185-class mule deer then, in addition to a desert bighorn ram.
And father-son-team Mike and Travis Simpson (9071) both took big desert mule deer with Wade Lemon Hunting. Mike shot a 195-class and Travis took a 202-class buck. Ron Mostyn (9033) hunted both mule deer and Coues deer with Ubaldo Lopez. Harold Meyers (9032) says he saw 50-plus deer a day, with five to six shooters scoring 100 SCI or bigger. He hunted with Saddle Mountain Outfitters. And Bill Smith (9133) hunted Coues deer in Chihuahua with Ojo Caliente Outfitters. The three hunters in his party took deer scoring 95, 104 and 109 Boone & Crockett gross. "Quality outfit."

Travis Simpson and his 202-class desert mule deer.

Mozambique offers a full range of species from dangerous game to plains game, such as this Lichtenstein hartebeest taken by Kirby Shineman.
Ardente: Portuguese for Hot! And Portuguese-speaking Mozambique is the hot African destination now. With growing opportunities and everything from dangerous game to suni, Moz is a great destination for the hunter in search of an all-round safari in real African bush. Here is a sampling of reports from recent safaris there: Brian Peterson (9100) took a 41-inch Cape buffalo, a 37-inch eland and numerous other species with Kambako Safaris in the Niassa Reserve. "This area and operator have a well-deserved reputation and excellent game populations." He reports seeing lots of sable, elephant, hartebeest, waterbuck, lion, leopard and crocodile. Being from Alaska, Peterson noted the 100-degree heat. In Mahimba Game Reserve, JP Kleinhans Safaris got thumbs-up reports from Mike Daley (8837), Dennis Erickson (8834) and Rex Johnson (8882). Johnson saw 600 buffalo in four days, taking a 40-incher, while Erickson shot a 43-inch dagga boy. Daley says he was on buffalo every day. He also shot a 14-foot crocodile within an hour and a half of being on the river. "Don't know of a better place for buffalo and crocodile," he says. Johnson says the Roosevelt sable were unexpectedly "common."
Kirby Shineman (9009) hunted with Mokore Safaris in Coutada 9, where he reports seeing more game than the last three safaris combined. He took sable, Lichtenstein hartebeest, nyala, Livingstone eland and more, including a 15 1/2-inch warthog. "Outstanding!" Joe Lippincott (9263) says he hunted with Mokore just for Gold Medal warthog, which he took, but he reports seeing lots of other game, including lion, elephant, reedbuck, "many" 55-inch kudu, impala and other species. And Louis Foght (9213), and his 10-year-old daughter, hunted with Mokore for the fifth time. "Above and beyond catering to your every need," he says. Over in Sofala, Wes Reagan (8827) took a 14-foot-7-inch crocodile, a suni he says will rank in the top 30 SCI, and an old sable bull, as well as other game. He hunted with Grant Taylor of Mashambanzaou Safaris. "A great adventure." And Gary Johns (8856) killed a 16-foot crocodile with ESP Hunting Safaris in the southwestern province of Gaza.
(Editor Note: Many of these hunters took hippo on their safaris, but as The Hunting Report reported earlier this year, Mozambique lost its ability to export hippo when officials failed to provide required information to CITES. Get all the details in Article No. 3116 in our database.)

New Zealand is home to monster stags like this one taken by Hunting Report subscriber Jim Young.

Cure your red stag fever and take a family vacation too! If you have the fever to hunt BIG red stag, here are a few prescriptions for what ails you. For a giant estate stag, Jim Young (9160) says the 4,000-acre property at Glencree Lodge is it. Guide Pete Harding of South Pacific Safaris put him on a 531 SCI red stag there! Plus, he took fallow deer and Arapawa sheep. "Great hosts, and the hunting is out of this world. The only problem was deciding which stag to stalk." Near Wanaka, Gerald and Sue Telford of Telford Fishing and Hunting Services run free-range hunts in high, open country. William Wilson (9186) bagged a red stag with them, and Himalayan tahr, too. "Great folks who know how to 'get it done' for their clients--whether hunting or just touring around. A definite 'bucket list' experience." Brian Mclachlan (9178) took the four major NZ game animals (red deer, fallow deer, chamois and tahr) with Telford guide Duncan Stewart. "The game is plentiful, and I believe that Gerald and Duncan can accommodate almost any type of hunter. The better shape you are in, the more game you will likely get a look at. This is a great destination to take your significant other, and I would recommend some extra time in the area before or after the hunt." David Harrell (9185) recommended his hunt with the Telfords, saying, "I don't think the game quality could have been any better behind a wire." He also enjoyed great trout fishing. "Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all that New Zealand and the outfitter have to offer."
Russell Marshall and his 16-year-old son (9195) booked their trip with Shane Johnston's Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand, an operator that offers a range of hunts in different locales, including New Caledonia and Australia. They hunted the Southern Alps. "I took a nice, representative red stag on my second stalk for them. Patience paid off." Marshall and son also accessed the high country via helicopter to hunt tahr, a real New Zealand experience. "Fun hunt, and the helicopter ride to the top of the alps is not one you will soon forget!" Dan Kluth (8831) also hunted with Shane Johnston and guide Jim Gibson, getting to his tahr on foot and taking a heli for chamois. Added bonus: 370 SCI red stag. And in the Mt. Hutt area, Jim Muschalik (9151) and his 11-year-old son hunted with Gibson and took a 364 7/8 SCI red stag, plus fallow deer, Arapawa ram and a 331 6/8 elk. "Fantastic hunt to take the family along." And Jackie Dukes (9146) killed a 350 red stag with Gibson too. "Took my wife. We played tourist for a week and Johnston's recommendations of where to stay, where to go and what to see were spot on."
Craig Willis (9209) hunted with guide Zion Pilgrim of Wilderness Quest New Zealand, taking a 419 SCI red stag, as well as big tahr, chamois, Arapawa sheep and feral goat. "Great family hunt. Wilderness Quest is a faith-based organization/community, and they were very attentive to every request." The refrain we hear from New Zealand reports: Go for the scenery and relaxation as well as the hunting, and bring the family. There's plenty to keep them busy. Keep those reports coming!
Elk Expectations Looking for a reliable elk hunting opportunity? Here are some recommendations from hunters who tell you what you can expect. Bill Hoesly (8897) says he rifle hunted elk in Colorado during the rut on a private land hunt with Mike Bondurant of La Garita Outfitters. "I saw 14 bulls and 12 cows in the first 1½ hours of the hunt." Hoesly learned of the hunt in a Hunting Report article by correspondent Lance Stapleton (Article 2507). "This hunt was everything The Hunting Report said." Also in Colorado, G.K. Harkness (8878) says his Flat Tops Wilderness hunt with Winterhawk Outfitters was "exemplary." Because of unexpected personal business he took the first bull that met his minimum standards and cut his hunt short, but he says, "Everything about this hunt exceeded my expectations." The hunt is a traditional horseback hunt in the wilderness offering a "reasonable" opportunity for average-to-above-average elk. In New Mexico, Dan Sanders (8867) reports Ross Johnson Outfitters put him on numbers of 370- to 390-class bulls during the rut in the September bowhunting season. "They do what they say they will do," says Sanders of this operation. And in Unit 9, Joseph Kerr (8868) says he shot a 6x5 bull the first morning of his hunt after glassing more than 30 bulls with JFW Ranch Consulting. He says you'll see quality elk here during the muzzleloader season. Further west in California, Daniel Soliday (8886) hunted in San Joaquin for tule elk with Multiple Use Managers. "Great place to hunt tule elk. Abundant game." And on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Tommy Ford (8900) says he had chances at three Boone & Crockett Roosevelt elk bulls in three days! "One of the best hunts of my life," he says. He hunted with Dave Fyfe of North Island Guide Outfitters.

Richard Haykel and his South African lion.

Stalking Leo Few safaris can match tracking a lion on foot for thrilling stalks and sheer adrenaline; just ask Richard Washburn (8873) who had to follow-up a wounded lion on a safari to the Sans Souci Game Preserve in South Africa. He hunted with Intrepid Safaris and PHs Phillip du Plessis, Harry Fourie and Johan Steenkamp. "He disappeared into the bush, and we were obliged to follow; the tension was palpable." Washburn had been on several previous lion safaris with no results. Washburn also was impressed by Intrepid Safaris' own ranch, and the level of service there. "Absolutely one of the best safaris I have made. Phillip's ranch is stunning and certainly deserves a five star rating, and he had access to many other ranches." Subscriber Walter Bailey (8849) also travelled across SA in search of his trophy, a lioness taken after a six-hour stalk. "Very exciting." He hunted with PH Tony Du Bruyn of Numzaan Safaris. "My PH drove me all over the northern portion of SA in order to fill my wish list for springbok, Vaal rhebok, reedbuck and Limpopo bushbuck. Numzaan has dozens of hunting locations all over SA, Namibia and other South African countries." William Corrigan (8912) had a big safari for 19 species, including white rhinoceros, on a ranch owned by Mike Murray of African Field Sports. He says the ranch and contiguous hunting area are "HUGE," big enough to accommodate dozens of rhino and a "tremendous" amount of game. For his lion, they moved to a property in northern South Africa. Jim Gross (9121) had a six-hour lion stalk of his own with Watts Trophy Hunting. "If your lion is a traveling man like mine, it is a wonderful experience." He says the lion had plenty of room to move around on a 55,000-acre property populated with plains game. And there's an exciting spot-and-stalk hunt in the Kalahari Desert region where Scott Perkins (9014) and a partner each took lions. Perkins hunted with Juan Steenkamp and Gordon Stark of Nhoro Safaris. "My hunting partner Frank took a very nice seven- to eight-year-old, maned lion on the first day. Then after three and a half days of hunting we found fresh tracks, and I took an absolutely huge fully-maned lion, the largest taken on the concession in nearly 30 years. This was not a canned hunt. Absolute confidence in my PHs, and the wildest hunting adventure of my life." And finally, Richard Haykel (9216) took a gorgeous lion in the Northwest Province with Choice Africa. He also shot a 40-inch sable and other game. "Great hunt," he says - twice - in his report.

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