The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Africa Refuses 4457 Forms with “Expired” Dates for Firearm Importation http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=813 US hunters going to South Africa with firearms must ensure their Customs Form 4457 does not show an "expiration" date that has passed. The date is found in the top right-hand corner of the form. The South African Police Services' (SAPS) central firearms desk has advised the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA) that they will no longer accept any US Department of Homeland Security Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457) if the date in the top-right hand corner has expired, even if a US border official has stamped it with a later date. A 4457 Form is the document accepted by customs authorities around the world in lieu of a firearms ownership license for US hunters temporarily importing a firearm for a hunting trip. The Hunting Report first warned you about this issue with the "expiration" date on the US Customs Form 4457 last October (see Article 3892), when a subscriber reported a SAPS official did not want to accept his form for this very reason. US Customs has not addressed this problem, despite several reports from hunters hassled over the "expiration" date. According to US Customs officials, the expiration date in the top right-hand corner is strictly for internal use and not meant as an expiration on the use of the form. Despite this, customs authorities and other agents abroad who check required firearm import documents have interpreted the date as an expiration on the use of the document. Before you leave the US for South Africa, make sure you have a NEW CBP Form 4457, which is available from Homeland Security's official website. That means you will have to get your new form signed and stamped by a US Customs officer before departing the US. PHASA also warns no one should try bribing South African police to allow the importation of their firearms or to speed up the process. "Paying bribes is not acceptable under any circumstances," reads a notice from PHASA to The Hunting Report. "Hunters are encouraged to expose anyone who tries to extort money or who offers money to an official in order to circumvent due legal procedures. Also, please treat South African police officers courteously." There have been several instances of safari operators or their clients creating difficulties with rude behaviour, which is why safari operators can no longer accompany clients into SAPS offices. PHASA strongly advises hunting clients to pre-apply for temporary South African import/export firearm permits and/or a transit permit by using a reputable, registered meet-and-greet agency. Although there is a small fee, PHASA contends that the peace of mind and time saved from standing in line at the firearm permit office at OR Tambo airport is well worth it. For assistance from PHASA click here. News Bulletins Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=813 Conservation Force to Appeal Elephant Import Permit Denials For All Hunters http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=812 We have just learned from Conservation Force that the USFWS has denied several applications for import permits for elephant trophies hunted in Zimbabwe in 2015 following the suspension of elephant imports from that country. These applications were submitted under the new permitting regulations introduced in July 2016, which requires USFWS import permits for all elephant trophies under the Endangered Species Act (see Article 3815). Continuing readers will recall that the FWS first suspended elephant imports from Zimbabwe in 2014 after issuing a finding that it could not determine that sport hunting of elephant there enhanced the survival of wild elephants. The permits in question were denied pursuant to a March 26, 2015 finding made by the FWS on Zimbabwe elephant, which upheld the earlier suspension. The FWS has not readressed this finding since March 2015, even though Conservation Force, ZimParks, CAMPFIRE Association, ZPHGA, and others have provided them with substantial new information to make a positive finding. The new permit requirement provided an avenue for administrative relief from continuing suspension of Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports, because it gave those who took elephant during the suspension an opportunity to provide additional enhancement information and to have the USFWS reconsider its findings on Zimbabwe's elephant program in light of new information. It is unclear, however, whether the FWS took new information into account in its decisions on these permits. Following the denial of the permit applications, Conservation Force now plans to file Requests for Reconsideration within 45 days of the denial. Conservation Force is already involved with several hunters, but they are requesting contact from any other hunters who have had permits denied by March 31, 2017. Email Conservation Force at cf@conservationforce.org or call 504-837-1233. News Bulletins Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=812 Subscribers Ask... http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2093 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>Subscriber F. Trueblood is going to Zimbabwe for Cape buffalo and is considering having the taxidermy done there and shipped to him in the US. The advantage, he says, is time (nine months instead of two years) and a lower cost for the taxidermy.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2093 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2101 Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US. Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2101 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2102 <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2102 More New Options in Benin and Cameroon http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2083 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Last month we told readers about PH Christophe Morio's operations in Congo with Jean-Luc Damy, owner of <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/current_issue.cfm?id=2005" target="_blank">Congo Forest Safaris</a>. Morio also mentioned that he will be hunting in Benin again, and we pressed him for more details on his plans there.<br><br>"The hunting industry in Benin is doing quite well," Morio tells us. "The five big game hunting areas are situated in the north of the country, some 700 km from Cotonou International Airport. I will be hunting the Konkombri area bordering the Pendjari River for about 50 km on the east side of Pendjari National Park. The Atacora Mountain chain forms the other boundary with the next hunting area. The varied terrain here is composed of forest galleries, western savannah, hills and flood plains. We have permanent water in the area and many well-managed salt licks (we add five tons of salt every year).<br><br>"Huntable game includes West African savannah buffalo, western roan, western hartebeest, Sing-Sing waterbuck, western cob, nagor reedbuck, harnessed bushbuck, western bush duiker, red-flanked duiker, warthog, lion and hippopotamus. Elephant, leopard, cheetah and korrigum can be seen, but they are protected. The hunting season runs from Dec. 15 until May 15, with West African savannah buffalo and western roan being the primary species.<br><br>"We organize a combo buffalo/roan hunt for seven or 10 days. We can also offer 14-day hunts and a 21-day hunt for a full bag safari, including lion and hippopotamus. The success rate for buffalo is about 99%, and about 80% for roan on a shorter hunt.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2083 Last-Minute Lion in Mozambique's Sabie Game Park http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2080 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/JJustusLion.jpg"><br> J. Justus hunted lion in Mozambique anticipating that USFWS will soon issue import permits for that country.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> Back in January, subscriber J. Justus stopped by our booth at the Dallas Safari Club convention to tell us about a successful hunt for lion, leopard, buffalo and more in Mozambique with McDonald Safaris (<a href="http://www.mcdonaldsafaris.com/" target="_blank">www.mcdonaldsafaris.com</a>; 011-27-82-900-2460). Justus hunted the Sabie Game Park with PHs Alex McDonald and Simon Evans during the first half of November.<br><br> "My primary goal on this hunt was lion, having been unsuccessful on two previous lion hunts in Tanzania. I have hunted quite a bit with PH Simon Evans, who has worked with McDonald Safaris before, and he suggested this operation for my next lion hunt. I was not able to get a lion import permit from the USFWS in hand before the hunt (more on that later). We were also after leopard, Cape buffalo and the big kudu and waterbuck in the area.<br><br> "The McDonalds' main Mozambique hunt area, Sabie Game Park, borders Kruger National Park in the Maputo Province. It is not a typical five-year concession; McDonald Safaris holds hunting rights for 99 years. This allows them to take a long-term view on the management of the wildlife. Manager and PH Alex McDonald has taken over most of the operations from his father, Sandy McDonald, and he has big vision for the area.<br><br> "The hunt itself was an experience of a lifetime with success on all desired species despite some challenging conditions. We started out in the northern area of Sabie in one of the park's two camps. The first seven or eight days were very hot and dry, and we weren't seeing tracks. Cats would feed a little at the baits and be gone. I had the good fortune of taking a big kudu and a waterbuck that green-scored #3 SCI. There was some concern about getting stuck in a big rainstorm, and we moved to the other camp beforehand. After the rain, it greened up and more zebra and impala came into the areas with the cats close behind.<br><br> "I killed a 44-inch buffalo and saw one two days later that was easily 48 inches. A big leopard started coming to one of the baits we set out, and I took him the next night. I hunted with Evans, sometimes accompanied by McDonald, who was present during the cat hunting to age any lions.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2080 Hunter Raves about a Cameroon Family Safari with Faro West Lobeke http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2081 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/CCundieffEland.jpg"><br>C. Cundieff and his son with a thick-horned giant eland from Cameroon.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Subscriber C. Cundieff sent us a write-up of a family safari to Cameroon with Faro West Lobeke Safaris, booked through Charlie Goldenberg's Premier Safaris (<a href="mailto:premiersafaris@att.net">premiersafaris@att.net</a>; 407-889-9778).<br><br>Cundieff writes, "I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Paris with my wife, daughter and son doing some sightseeing, shopping and dining before traveling on to Cameroon to hunt in Faro West Lobeke Safaris' northern savannah area on the Faro River, operated by Pierre Guerrini.<br><br>"We hunted 13 days. My son and I both took West African savannah buffalo and giant eland, including a spectacular old bull with 52-inch horns, and a second mature bull. Other game taken included oribi, bohor reedbuck, kob and red river hog. There was game everywhere, and we saw many trophy-quality animals. The camp runs antipoaching operations year-round, and it shows.<br><br>"Our PH was Charles Dugas, who is friendly and made my family feel comfortable at every turn. He has worked with this operation for many years and is simply a great hunter. He has the best eye I've seen for judging trophies. He also has a great driver and tracking team. I don't believe they ever lose a track once they find it, which was incredible to see. Both Dugas and the other PH, Frank Maurin, speak excellent English. They have an extremely reliable fleet of new vehicles.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2081 Zambia Implements Lion Aging Requirements with Strong Penalties http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2078 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>I spent some time at the SCI convention discussing lion hunting in Zambia with Gavin Robinson, the new chairman of the Professional Hunters Association of Zambia (PHAZ). Robinson told me that Zambia made some major changes to lion regulations in 2016, with new aging rules going into effect to help the country meet the US Fish & Wildlife Service's (FWS) requirements to issue import permits. Also, the nationwide quota has gone from 46 lions to about 26, according to PHAZ. Zambia also has a quota of 60 leopards among 22 areas.<br><br>Operators must submit all lion trophies to Zambia's Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW) for measurement within two months of the hunt along with the completed trophy size record form documenting specific measurements, the GPS of the kill and PH, operator and client information. They must also provide six photos of the trophy showing a side view of the entire body; head, neck and shoulder shots, including mane development; the face and frontal view of the teeth and nose. The DPNW then ages the lion before it may be shipped to clients, much like it is done in Tanzania. Lion hunts are a minimum of 14 days. PHs must also submit lion sighting forms.<br><br>Under the new guidelines female lions and leopards, and male lions under the age of four may not be hunted and are not exportable if taken. PHs and concession holders/operators face penalties for illegal offtake, including stiff fines and license suspensions or cancellations, plus withdrawals of unmet lion quotas for the rest of the season and suspension of quotas for the following year.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2078 Hunting Associations Unite to Improve Standards, Curb Cross-Border Hunting http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2079 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/OPHAA.png"></div><br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>During the SCI convention, <em>Hunting Report</em> Publisher Barbara Crown attended a meeting of the Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA). Essentially, OPHAA is an association of African hunting associations. Among the group's goals is to ensure hunting industry standards are applied across Africa, eventually creating a certification program, listing all safari operators and PHs who are registered to legally hunt in each country and who are members in good standing of the local professional hunting association. The countries currently represented include Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.<br><br>OPHAA's mission is to promote legal and ethical fair chase hunting in Africa through a united effort among all of the African hunting associations. One of the main objectives is to address what is referred to as "cross-border" hunting, in which a PH or safari operator who may or may not legally hunt in one country takes clients across the border to hunt a country where he is not a legally registered operator or licensed PH.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2079 Club Faune Partners on New Forest Safari Area in Southern Cameroon http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2082 <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br>While we are on the subject of Cameroon, during the DSC Convention, we also met with Jean Pierre Bernon of Club Faune (<a href="http://www.fauna-safari-club.com/" target="_blank">www.fauna-safari-club.com</a>; +011-33-14-288-3132), who tells us that his partners are operating in a new forest area in the south.<br><br>"Our new area on the border with CAR, Zone 36 in Goboumou, can be reached easily by a seven-hour drive from Yaoundé. This helps hunters keep costs down, as no charter plane is needed. The area is strong for bongo and sitatunga, but particularly exceptional for hunting dwarf forest buffalo. Hunting is done from blinds or with native Baka trackers and dogs. We are offering 10-day hunts for buffalo during the 2017 season."<br><br>Bernon says that his hunters continue to have 100% success for giant eland and korrigum on the Niwa area, Club Faune's main savannah area in Cameroon, near Bouba Njida National Park, about six hours from Garoua.<br><br>"I can easily say that this area has the best korrigum population of any hunting zone. There is also a high density of giant eland. This large area is bushy savannah with three rivers flowing through it...." The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2082 More Developments on Hunting in Zambia's Sandwe GMA http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2084 <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>In our February issue we briefly told readers about Valerio Ventriglia's new operation in Zambia on the Sandwe GMA, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/current_issue.cfm?id=2062" target="_blank">Kantanta Hunting Safaris</a> (<a href="mailto:valerioventriglia@yahoo.com">valerioventriglia@yahoo.com</a>; 011-255-684435261). Ventriglia caught up with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas and shared more information about his area.<br><br>The Sandwe GMA borders South Lungwa National Park, with Lower Lupande GMA, Sable Ranch and Chisomo GMA as its neighbors. The owners of Sable Ranch, Sable Transport, previously held Sandwe until 2012 but decided not to renew their lease following Zambia's closure of cat hunting (which has since reopened). The area went overlooked in the major round of allocations, and Ventriglia signed a 10-year tender with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in late 2016. Kantanta Hunting Safaris is a partnership between Ventriglia and his brother, Daniele. Before acquiring this lease they operated for several years in Tanzania's Kilombero and Selous Game Reserve. Ventrigliaalso worked previously as a PH with Fico Vidale of Vidale Safaris.<br><br>"In Sandwe we had to get a Community Resource Board established, but DNPW did not have the funds," says Ventriglia. "We paid for nominees from various communities to travel and meet so they could elect eight members to a new board."<br><br>Ventriglia and his brother Daniele employed resources from their family cement business to repair roads and bridges and to erect structures for operations, including adequate housing for rangers.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2084 United Arab Emirates Now Open to International Hunters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2075 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/ArabianOryx.jpg"><br>Arabian oryx is the prime species on offer in United Arab Emirates.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>International hunters are now able to hunt in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a January 31 email bulletin, we shared the news that Mayo Oldiri Safaris (<a href="http://www.mayoldiri.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.mayoldiri.com</a>; +011-34-91-564-9431) is now marketing hunts in UAE for Arabian oryx, sand (rhim) gazelle and mountain gazelle. This is the only hunting opportunity available on the Arabian Peninsula. Mayo Oldiri's name is familiar to readers from its safari operations in Cameroon under PH Antonio Reguera. We heard from General Manager Raquel Reguera about the UAE hunts.<br><br>"We have entered into a partnership to promote hunts for the first-ever legal hunting operation in the United Arab Emirates. Clients will have exclusive access to a large area in the Remah Desert with undulating dunes and desert flora inhabited by native game species," Reguera told us in January. This is the only opportunity to hunt Arabian oryx and sand gazelle in the native range of these species. It is possible to hunt mountain gazelle in Turkey (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3502" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3502</a>).<br><br>At the SCI convention in Las Vegas in early February, Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown spoke with Raquel Reguera for additional details about this operation, which is part of an upscale resort near Al Ain. Hunting is behind a fence in a 2,000-hectare area (about 4,900 acres) of characteristic rolling dunes.<br><br>Says Reguera, "This is a former military training area that became a wildlife preserve with the military fence still intact. Once you have crossed the first set of dunes the fence is no longer visible. The preserve has been a conservation success, which persuaded the UAE government to allow a hunting quota. There is also an adjacent 6,000-hectare area (about 15,850 acres) used for falconry. The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2075 Winter Mortality Could Impact 2017 Western Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2086 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>Winter isn't over yet by a long shot, but several states in the US West are reporting significant winter mortality that's sure to affect permit numbers and hunter success in 2017.<br><br>In <strong>Idaho</strong>, the state reported that 50 pronghorn were killed in a single incident in Payette after winter snow drove them into town, where they ate toxic leaves from Japanese yew. The state is feeding wildlife both to reduce conflicts with private landowners and to preclude even greater losses at a cost of more than $650,000 this winter. The previous record high for emergency feeding in the state was $387,000.<br><br><strong>Wyoming</strong> is also expecting significant deer and pronghorn mortality due to winter snow and cold temperatures, especially in northern and western parts of the state. In addition to deteriorating body condition due to lack of feed, road kills are up significantly as deer use roadsides to escape the snow.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2086 Act Now on These Tribal Drawing Opportunities http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2087 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>The Mescalero Apache Tribe in New Mexico offers unguided opportunities for spring turkey, fall black bear and three separate cow elk hunts to nonmembers through a draw. <strong>The deadline for applications is March 13.</strong> Turkey licenses are $250, the bear hunt is $550 and elk tags run $625. If you have ever considered a trophy bull hunt, participating in one of the cow hunts is a great way to scout the rez while hunting at the same time. Applications can be downloaded at <a href="http://innofthemountaingods.com/outdoor/big-game-hunts" target="_blank">http://innofthemountaingods.com/outdoor/big-game-hunts</a>.<br><br>The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota offers elk and bison tags to nonmembers. Tag prices for bison vary depending on the type of tag (trophy bull, management bull, yearling or cow) but the cost includes one day of guiding.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2087 Hunting Skills Camp Gives New Women Hunters Complete Outdoor Repertoire http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2090 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>Women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting industry today, with most introduced to the sport by a family member or significant other. But although women enjoy hunting and excel at it, many never get fully educated on things like mounting a scope or field dressing their kill. Now, women who would like to learn the particulars and become as competent with them as their male counterparts can get a full education at She Hunts Skills Camp (<a href="http://www.shehuntsskillscamp.com/" target="_blank">www.SheHuntsSkillsCamp.com</a>). Brittany Boddington, daughter of well-known hunter Craig Boddington, and Shannon Lansdowne, former guide for Bella Coola Outfitting Company in BC and winner of the 2015 Extreme Huntress contest, have teamed up to provide a hunting skills course just for women. Boddington filled us in at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas last month.<br><br>"There are new females deciding to hunt for the first time, and a lot of them don't have a dad like mine to show them the ropes. This camp is for them! My partner Shannon Lansdowne and I have put together the She Hunts Skills Camp for women to gain the confidence to become strong and independent hunters. The goal of this camp is to share our passion and knowledge for hunting with other women. We will be giving courses on everything from rifle handling and scope mounting to shooting and field dressing. We will even have a wilderness medicine clinic and a wild game cooking tutorial.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2090 Subscriber-Recommended Trophy Shipping Service http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2091 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>A request in our February issue for information about companies that can safely move trophies across the US produced this response from Betty Gaston of Taxidermy Unlimited (<a href="http://www.taxidermyunlimited.com/" target="_blank">www.taxidermyunlimited.com</a>; 952-890-8688):<br><br>"We have a taxidermy studio in Burnsville, Minnesota, and ship all over the country. We use Trophy Transport (<a href="http://www.trophytransport.com/" target="_blank">www.trophytransport.com</a>; <a href="mailto:info@trophytransport.com">info@trophytransport.com</a>; 877-644-9757), based in North Carolina, to deliver mounts to our clients. We have used them a lot and have had great success with them.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2091 Warning to Hunters Flying to Mexico on American Airlines/American Eagle http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2088 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>If you are traveling to Mexico on American Airlines (AA) flights operated by American Eagle, be aware that you will be restricted to only one checked bag unless you fly first class/business class. <em>The Hunting Report</em> has learned that dozens of hunters flying to Sonora, Mexico, for a deer hunt were ambushed with this restriction upon check-in. Some hunters managed to upgrade their flights on the spot to get the additional baggage allowance, while others had to reschedule flights or book two seats. Some had to leave bags and gear behind.<br><br>According to the <a href="http://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/baggage-limitations.jsp" target="_blank">American Airlines website</a>, the company enforces seasonal limitations on checked baggage to some destinations from November 19, 2016, to January 8, 2017. However, those restrictions are now year-round for American Eagle flights going to Mexico. The only exception currently is for first-class and business class tickets. No oversized or overweight bags, either, no matter what class you fly. Also important to note is that you will not be able to travel with boxes, which are defined as "any container that isn't normally used for transporting items for air travel; this includes plastic tubs, containers and coolers."<br><br>If you are scheduled to hunt in Mexico and are traveling on an American Eagle flight, contact your travel agent and hunting operator immediately. You will likely need to upgrade your flight and may need to change your travel dates. Be careful about changing arrival cities in order to take advantage of AA flights without these baggage restrictions. Remember, if you are traveling with a firearm, your operator must meet you at your arrival city to handle the clearing of your firearm. Otherwise you will run into big problems with Mexican authorities.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2088 Trouble for Hunters Traveling through Minneapolis-St. Paul http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2089 <div align="center">By Steve Scott, Correspondent</div><br><em>Editor's note: Occasional correspondent Steve Scott, host of cable television show "Safari Hunter's Journal" (<a href="http://www.stevescott.tv/" target="_blank">www.stevescott.tv</a>), filed a warning for hunters connecting through the Minneapolis airport with firearms. Forewarned is forearmed.</em><br><br>International travel with a firearm these days can be challenging. After returning from a recent hunting trip in Europe, I discovered that unusual procedures at the Delta terminal in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) are making it all the more so.<br><br>After arriving MSP on a Delta flight from Paris, I collected my checked luggage in international arrivals, including my firearms case, cleared customs and proceeded to the bag drop conveyor to transfer my luggage to its final destination. To my surprise, above the bag conveyor belt was a big sign: No Firearms. I asked a Delta attendant (Delta controls 80% of the traffic at MSP) what I was to do with the firearm. The woman whose job it was to direct passengers to the bag drop seemed perplexed. Clearly, this was not an issue she had dealt with before, so she began making calls. Keep in mind that I am not home yet. The clock is running on the departure time for my connecting flight.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2089 Leica Sport Optics Comes through for Two Subscribers http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2099 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br> Back in November, we aired an unusual complaint from subscriber W. Heubaum about the lack of customer service and quality control he was experiencing with his Leica binoculars. That complaint produced an email from subscriber J. Franklin, who recounted a story of frustration that lasted nearly a year, about trying to get a pair of Leica Geovids repaired.<br><br> After we received the second report, we reached out to Leica USA for comment. Brian Bell, the sport optics manager, acknowledged that his company had been seriously remiss in dealing with complaints like Heubaum's and Franklin's. He told us that the problems outlined by both Heubaum and Franklin had been satisfactorily resolved.<br><br> Terry Moore, manager of marketing and special projects/sport optics for Leica USA told us, "I personally followed up with Mr. Heubaum about the 'problems with chromatic aberration.' I learned that he has been a longtime user of 8-power binoculars. In exploring his viewing experiences and how/when the aberrations became apparent, it was quickly determined that the observed affect is one that can be induced in all binoculars to some degree and that is also exacerbated by magnification.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2099 More Negative Feedback on Midnight Sun Outfitting in Yukon http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2100 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>Subscriber Rick Bonander sent additional feedback about Alan Young's Midnight Sun Outfitting, which was the subject of a negative report from Jim Welles published <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/current_issue.cfm?id=2049" target="_blank">in our January issue</a>. Bonander writes:<br><br>"After reading your January 2017 issue, I went to work finding an old file on a hunt I had with Alan Young. I have enclosed some documents I kept from a major complaint I had with Alan Young when he owned Ottertail River Outfitters in British Columbia (1995). I considered suing him, but I'm not sure what I would have won.<br><br>"Alan shot a 41-inch Stone sheep ram on the opening day of the season and then sent me to an area where there were no legal rams. I talked to hunters for five years prior to my hunt and found that he usually booked around 10 or 11 Stone sheep hunts but had a quota of only three rams. I suspect he worked very hard at not getting a hunter his sheep so that he could keep taking more hunters and their hunt fees. Back then the hunt cost me $11,000.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2100 Ibex Hunting Opens on Mainland http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2077 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/JWolfendenKriKriIbex.jpg"><br> J. Wolfenden took his Kri-Kri Ibex in a new area on the Greek mainland.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> <em>Capra</em> collectors take note! Greece has opened ibex hunting on its mainland. This is a free-range hunting opportunity for Kri-Kri ibex. We learned of the new hunt from subscriber J. Wolfenden (Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10751" target="_blank">10751</a>), who took an ibex there in October 2016.<br><br> Wolfenden purchased this hunt at the Grand Slam Club Ovis auction in Las Vegas in 2016, with the booking represented by Joe Jakab's Point Blank Hunts (<a href="http://www.pointblankhunts.com/" target="_blank">www.pointblankhunts.com</a>; 724-557-4274). We got more details from Wolfenden via email.<br><br> "I got to the hunt area with a good drive from Athens with guide Paul Skalidus. It is about 100,000 acres of former church and monastery land with no fence. The area has not been hunted by outsiders since the 1970s, and trophy potential is good. Hunts are for two days, and my hunt took place on the last two days of the season.<br><br> "The first morning, I shot a midsize ibex and then went pig hunting with the locals in the afternoon. I shot the only pig taken that weekend. The next day, Skalidus offered me the last unfilled ibex tag out of five for the season, and I shot a top 10 ibex. I saw about 10 ibex during the two days of hunting and shot the two I could get closest to.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2077 We Talk Hunting, Not Politics http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2076 At <em>The Hunting Report</em>, we report on hunting news and developments, no matter where in the world they may be. Sometimes, we report on opportunities that are right for subscribers from one part of the world, but not another. Since we have subscribers from every corner of the globe, we recognize that their views about some destinations may be very different from those of subscribers on the other side of this blue marble we call Earth. Sometimes those philosophical differences have nothing to do with hunting but are about politics, religion, history and current world events.<br><br>Knowing that, we stay away from politics. Don't get me wrong, our editorial staff and contributors all have their own strongly-held views on these things. But we keep those views out of our reporting. We <strong>only</strong> report on hunting and things that affect your ability to hunt - airline issues; gun transport issues; trophy importation and permitting; decisions by USFWS, the EU, CITES and IUCN; security threats; closures and openings.<br><br>That brings us to our cover story this month about hunting in the United Arab Emirates. I will address the white elephant in the room without mincing words. In the past, some of our readers have taken us to task for reporting on hunting opportunities in the Middle East, specifically Pakistan and Iran, due to politics and terrorism.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2076 Feedback Needed on AZ Elk Outfitters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2092 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>New subscriber D. Oschner would like some subscriber feedback on Arizona elk hunts.<br><br>"I have yet to kill a B&C quality bull, so that is a goal. Overall, however, 350 is a must. I have been on many self-guided elk hunts, many unsuccessful. I have successfully hunted Stone and Dall sheep by horse with camps set up along the way. November 2016 I took a book mountain goat in northern British Columbia, the toughest thing I have ever done. So, I have been on very physical hunts; I will not complain about hiking or sleeping in a tent. I would prefer archery; however, in order to get a B&C quality animal, I would also hunt with a rifle.<br><br>"I am holding enough points now to draw in 18B and not far off for most units.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2092 Too Much Snow for This BC Moose Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2094 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>In January, we told you that we would be drawing one report at random from all the subscriber reports submitted each month. Each of those 12 winners gets three free months tacked onto their subscriptions. At the end of the year, we'll draw from all the reports submitted in 2017 and give that winner a one-year Ripcord Medical Evacuation membership.<br><br>Our winner for January is G. Green, who submitted a report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10772" target="_blank">10772</a>) on a recommended Shiras moose hunt in BC with Silent Mountain Outfitters (<a href="http://silentmountain.ca/" target="_blank">http://silentmountain.ca</a>; 250-464-9565). This is our first report on this outfitter; Green discovered them in a magazine ad, did his own due diligence, and booked the hunt after failing to secure a Utah Shiras auction tag. "Initially, I was told I'd have to book for 2017, but he called me back a few days later and said a hunter had cancelled and the whole thing came together quickly."<br><br>Green told us, "Even though I didn't take a moose, this was a great hunt. We had 18 inches of snow (in late October!), which made things more difficult, but the outfitter delivered everything he promised. Normally, we would have accessed some backcountry terrain on foot, but because of the deep snow we hunted by driving the extensive network of logging roads in the area. We saw a number of mule deer, several cow moose and two sets of bull moose tracks, but we weren't able to catch up with them due to the snow. My guide, Hidde Vander Kamp, was excellent.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2094 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Over-sold Quota Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2085 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><em>Too often we hear from hunters who believe that they were sold hunts that the outfitter couldn't deliver because they oversold their quotas. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to look at how hunters can protect themselves from oversold quotas.</em><br><br>Harvest quotas are a common wildlife management tool across North America that are used to prevent overharvest, to manage for a specific age or size class, to distribute hunting pressure between residents and nonresidents and to ensure the outfitters a stable and predictable allowance so that they can book future clients.<br><br>Quotas are managed in various ways. In some areas, the harvest is limited to a specific size class of animal (a de facto quota), so restricting the number of hunters is unnecessary. For many years in western Canada a "full curl restriction" was effective in preventing the overharvest of Stone sheep, and outfitters were not placed on quotas. However, resident hunters complained that too much of the harvest was going to guided clients (virtually all nonresidents), so a quota system was put in place to allocate at least 60% of the allowable harvest to residents and only up to 40% for outfitted clients. Within that restriction, individual outfitters are given a quota that is valid for their specific area for a specific time frame (usually five years).<br><br>Quotas can also be managed by license or tag numbers. Landowner vouchers, which can be transferred to hunters and used to obtain licenses without going through the draw, are an example. The quota may be based on a population count (i.e., one alligator tag per 10 alligators observed in a survey), on acreage of habitat (one bull elk tag and two cow tags per 1,000 acres of habitat) or on a formula based on public-to-private land ratios. In some cases, such as Utah's cooperative wildlife management units and Colorado's Ranching for Wildlife program, public hunters may be allowed access in exchange for the private tags. Usually the license allows only one animal per hunter, but quota alligator tags are often allocated based on an allowable harvest, so one hunter can harvest more than one animal as long as tags are still available.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2085 Burnt Pine Plantation Recommended Despite Drought http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2098 <div align="center">By Charles B. (Kenny) Jordan, Correspondent</div><br><em>Editor's note: Occasional correspondent Kenny Jordan filed this firsthand report about an October archery deer hunt at Burnt Pine Plantation (<a href="http://www.burntpine.com/" target="_blank">www.burntpine.com</a>; 706-557-0407) in Georgia. Hampered by drought conditions, Jordan did not connect with a deer. Nonetheless, he provides this detailed assessment of an operation that might be right for you and your family under more typical conditions.</em><br><br>Burnt Pine Plantation (BPP) is known for quality bird and white-tailed deer hunting. I went for deer with my bow in late October, but unfortunately the deer did not cooperate. Drought and deer hunting just don't mix well.<br><br>Grasses at BBP were brown from lack of water, food plots planted in early October were withered, and watering holes were bone dry. Deer move less during the day under conditions like these, probably to save energy and to prevent dehydration. Despite-or perhaps because of-the drought, acorn production at BBP was at an all-time high. Deer came out to feed on these acorns, but only after legal shooting hours.<br><br>Contrast this with the 2015 season in which 80 gun hunters shot 47 does and 25 eight-point or better bucks. The primary reason for this high success rate is good deer management, including careful herd monitoring, numerous food plots offering high energy grasses and legumes and supplementary feeding when conditions warrant. All bucks taken must have eight points or more (a $100-per-missing-point fee is applied to smaller bucks), and does are harvested to prevent overpopulation.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2098 A Markhor and Urial Hunt on Tajikistan Conservancies http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2095 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/BCampbellTajikistan.png"><br> Subscriber W. Campbell at Saidi Tagnob Conservancy in Tajikistan during December.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> Subscriber W. Campbell submitted a report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10769" target="_blank">10769</a>) on a December hunt for Bukharan markhor on Tajikistan's Saidi Tagnob Conservancy booked with Neal and Brownlee (<a href="http://www.nealandbrownlee.com/" target="_blank">www.nealandbrownlee.com</a>; 918-299-3580). Campbell also took Bukharan (Afghan) urial on another conservancy. We have covered the development of markhor hunting in conservancies in Tajikistan since the first hunt on the Zighar Conservancy in 2014 (see Articles <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3567" target="_blank">3567</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3699" target="_blank">3699</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3738" target="_blank">3738</a> and <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3852" target="_blank">3852</a>). The conservancies have made excellent progress in protecting markhor, urial and snow leopard populations, and are now managed through a cooperative group called the Hunting and Conservation Alliance of Tajikistan. Conservation Force has also done invaluable work supporting the conservancies in Tajikistan and Pakistan, including successful efforts to allow the import of trophies (see <a href="http://www.conservationforce.org/markhor" target="_blank">www.conservationforce.org/markhor</a>).<br><br> Campbell calls this hunt "the adventure of a lifetime," saying that he spotted numerous markhor and urial in spectacular terrain. While we weren't able to get in touch with Campbell, who is traveling for an extended period, we did get an account that he wrote of his trip.<br><br> Campbell found the flight from Istanbul to Dushanbe mysteriously delayed for five days, but the operators in Tajikistan made alternate arrangements. From Dushanbe, Campbell was driven five hours to Kisht on the border with Afghanistan, where he met with the rangers and guides who patrol Saidi Tagnob.<br><br> "I had the only permit for this area for 2016, the third granted to Saidi Tagnob," writes Campbell. "This conservancy was one of the first, established by two families in 2008. It covers nearly 50,000 acres. The population of markhor has increased from 40 animals to around 400. I saw around 150 markhor."<br><br> For accommodations, Campbell slept on a cot in a sod-roofed dugout in a hillside, accessed by a four-hour hike from the Panj River. He calls the terrain a mix of mud, snow and eroding rock. The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2095 A Memorable Cow Bison Hunt in Wyoming http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2096 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/MRichardsBison.JPG"><br>Mark Richards was able to hunt and retrieve this free range bison with help from Tag N’ Drag service.</div><br><div align="center">By Mark Richards, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br>While reading "Important Permit Deadlines" in the February 2016 issue of <em>The Hunting Report</em>, I saw the opportunity to apply for a wild bison hunt in Wyoming. I checked www.wgfd.wyo.gov and decided to apply for a cow tag. The odds were about one in nine for nonresidents, and I had nearly forgotten about it when the permit arrived in mid-May.<br><br>"This hunt takes place on the National Elk Refuge and some adjoining national forest lands. My inclination was to try a do-it-yourself adventure. It didn't take long to scrap that idea. Though DIY is possible, there are quite a few details that would make it difficult for a traveling hunter: complicated hunting boundaries, cow/bull identification, access and game recovery, weapons-restricted areas, unannounced closures, and so on.<br><br>"A quick online search found Ralph Greene's Tag 'N Drag (<a href="http://www.tagndrag.com/" target="_blank">www.tagndrag.com</a>; 307-413-7226), which specializes in cow elk and bison hunting and game retrieval on the National Elk Refuge and surrounding areas. I booked for late December. They charge $1,600 for a three-day, 2x1 cow bison hunt. Exactly what this greenhorn needed! I stayed in Jackson at the Elk Country Inn, which is hunter friendly ($62 per night!) and within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants. Ralph even let me use his extra vehicle to get around town. Most hunters are from Wyoming or neighboring states and drive to Jackson.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2096 A Recommended Family Hunt in Central Texas http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2097 <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br> Subscriber J. Searles filed a positive report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10748" target="_blank">10748</a>) about his November 2016 hunt in Texas with Tommy Ryno of Ryno Hunting (<a href="http://www.ryno-hunting.com/" target="_blank">www.ryno-hunting.com</a>; 830-739-3465). Searles, his son and grandsons traveled to Bandera for a combination whitetail and turkey hunt.<br><br> The group hunted on one high-fenced ranch of around 3,000 acres. Searles describes the topography as "rolling hills and open glades surrounded by dense brush and trees." The ranch carries some exotic species, which is common for hunting ranches in Texas Hill Country. Searles' grandsons, ages 13 and 16, have had some prior hunting experience hunting small game and a previous deer hunt, but this was their first nonresident hunt.<br><br> The group hunted out of box blinds, and both boys made one-shot kills at less than 150 yards, with their grandfather there to experience it with them. Searles' son hunted alone and shot a "very nice" nine point, as did both boys. The three deer averaged 125 SCI.... The Mar 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2097