The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Mozambique Hunting Camp Target of Armed Robbery Attempt Marromeu Safaris' camp in Coutada 10 of Mozambique was attacked by armed robbers the evening of Sunday, August 21. The PHs briefly exchanged gunfire with the thieves, who ran off when confronted. At least one of the perpetrators was armed. Five clients were in the camp at the time and one was injured in the calf by a ricocheted bullet. He was evacuated by helicopter the next morning. The would-be robbers escaped but are being pursued by government forces.A statement issued by Marromeu Safaris to The Hunting Report said, "Due to the swift action and professional way the PHs and camp staff handled this situation, the incident lasted only minutes. The Minister of Terra, Ambiente e Desenvolviemento Rural (Land, Environment and Rural Development) gave his full support with the authorities. They are taking this incident very seriously, and we expect positive results very soon."The wounded client was treated at a hospital for a flesh wound and was well enough to fly back home via commercial airliner. No one else was injured. The other clients were also evacuated as a safety precaution."This is the first incident of this kind in our camp since this coutada began operating in the late 90s," said Linda Ferreira of Marromeu Safaris. According to Ferreira, they have consulted a professional security advisor and plan to intensify security measures in the area.It seems this was an isolated incident with simple robbery as the motive. We hope to have more details and an update for you in the October issue of The Hunting Report as our September issue has already gone to print. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunting Security Updates: More Riots in Zimbabwe, Also in Ethiopia If you follow news from Africa, you may have seen reports on recent riots in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Travel to both countries is still safe, but hunters should be aware of how these developments may affect their trips.We reported previously how the currency shortage in Zimbabwe has prompted protests in the streets of Harare and other cities. Those protests previously were limited to working class neighborhoods, but continued dissatisfaction with the economy has led to protests against the government in the downtown district near government buildings and banks. Protesters are openly demanding President Mugabe leave office.Hunters going to Zimbabwe should avoid large gatherings or demonstrations as well as any police operations. Contact your operator to reaffirm travel plans and avoid using hotels in the downtown district or near government buildings, especially in the Causeway area. Also, follow our previous recommendations to take sufficient cash for all your needs but to declare it upon entry in Zimbabwe and get a receipt showing your declaration. Without a receipt you risk seizure upon departing the country due to restrictions on cash withdrawals by Zimbabwe banks. Remain in close contact with your tour provider.In Ethiopia, protests over the representation of certain ethnic groups in the government and government control of traditional lands have led to violent clashes that left more than 100 protesters dead. The protests took place in the Amhara and Oromia regions of the country. The largest and most violent gatherings took place in Amhara's capital, Bahir Dar, and the country's capital of Addis Ababa, located in Oromia. While protests are expected to continue it is unlikely that the situation will deteriorate to a dangerous level.Travel to Ethiopia is still possible, but travelers must take precautions in the affected areas. Large protests may block roads and shut down public transportation. Avoid crowds and any demonstrations. If a demonstration occurs near a traveler's hotel, particularly in Addis Ababa, shelter in place and close all windows, blinds and doors. Do not photograph or join any demonstrations. Check with your tour provider to ensure a transportation plan is in place.These security updates were provided by Ripcord Travel Protection as a service to traveling hunters. Ripcord security and health travel updates are a free benefit to all Hunting Report subscribers. You can read the full security updates for each country by clicking the links below. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, The Hunting ReportEthiopia Security Update August 10, 2016Zimbabwe Security Update August 10, 2016Zimbabwe Security Update July 29, 2016 News Bulletins Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Update on Tanzania Firearm Regulations Tanzania recently introduced a new requirement to import firearms for safaris. Hunters must now provide photographs of the firearm and of the serial number for any guns brought into the country. We learned of this new regulation from Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium and confirmed it with Mike Angelides, Secretary of Tanzania Professional Hunters Association and General Secretary of Tanzania Hunting Operators Association.Says Angelides, "Although there is no written law regarding the need for photographs of guns and serial numbers, authorities in Tanzania have communicated this regulation to TZPHA and TAHOA."On a separate note, a subscriber recently wrote us after learning at the last minute that he would not be able to borrow rifles on a safari jointly operated by two companies, the reason being that only the operator conducting the hunt in a given area may provide firearms. In this case, the operator at one concession had no guns to lend, and the booking operator could not provide rifles because of regulations forbidding hunters from borrowing rifles from a third party.Our subscriber's operator gave him the impression that this was a new regulation. Angelides says that this is not the case, and that third parties have not been able to provide rifles for years. If you plan to hunt with your operators' rifles in Tanzania, make sure ahead of time that rifles are available in accordance with Tanzania's regulations. -- Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Entering Zimbabwe Must Declare Cash or Risk Seizure Hunters bound for Zimbabwe should be certain to declare the amount of cash they are entering the country with and get a blue-colored receipt issued by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority or they risk having any cash seized upon leaving the country. You will recall our July 28 bulletin notifying you about the recent effects of the ongoing currency shortage in Zimbabwe and advising you to bring enough cash to cover expenses while there. Now The Hunting Report has learned that Zimbabwe Customs officials are not allowing travelers to exit the country with more than $1,000 in hard currency unless they can prove that they entered the country with it. We received emails from two subscribers regarding this. One lost $70 when he could not produce the blue receipt, despite having declared the amount he brought with him on the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s Form 47 when he first arrived. The other subscriber says he was fortunate enough to have been advised by a Zimbabwe Customs agent upon entering the country that he should declare his cash and get a receipt from the Revenue Authority. Upon leaving Zimbabwe, Customs told him he could only take out $2,000. He showed them his blue receipt and was allowed to pass through without further issues. At a second check point he was told he could only take $1,000 out of the country. Again he showed them his blue receipt and was allowed to go on his way. No matter what amount of cash you take to Zimbabwe this season, make sure you declare it upon entry and get that blue-colored receipt from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to prevent any problems upon returning home. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT In Memoriam: Cam Grieg We are saddened to report that longtime subscriber and <em>chasse libre</em> organizer W. Cameron "Cam" Greig has died. He passed away in South Africa on June 24, 2016 from complications caused by cancer treatments. Greig had battled cancer for several years and was in remission, but his wife Judy told <em>The Hunting Report</em> that the chemotherapy and other harsh treatments had caused other health issues for him. Greig was in Congo with a client when he fell ill and was extracted two days later.<br><br>Greig was known by numerous Hunting Report subscribers and was mentioned in our pages many times. He had a penchant for the forests of western and central Africa and a passion for old-fashioned DIY porter safaris in that part of the world. The son of missionaries to Cameroon, Greig had an unassuming appearance, but those who knew him understood he was made of tough stuff, enjoying the physical and mental challenges of hunting on foot in the forests of Cameroon and Congo, and negotiating with the authorities and locals in those countries.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <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 Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ripcord Security Update on Mozambique <div align="center">By The Ripcord Security Team</div><br><br>In 1977, two years after Mozambique gained independence, the country spiraled into a civil war between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) Marxist government and dissidents of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO). The conflict lasted until 1992 and continues to resonate to the present day.<br><br>A stalemate eventually forced a cease fire and peace agreement considered a success until 2013, when large economic disparities caused RENAMO to again revolt against the FRELIMO government. The skirmishes between the two groups peaked in 2013 and caused a mass migration of refugees into Malawi.<br><br>Since 2013 RENAMO rebels have been increasingly using roadblocks to search vehicles for FRELIMO sympathizers. On May 17th of 2016 a Filipino teacher was killed in Mocuba, a town in the Zambezia province, when her bus failed to stop at a road block. Further, RENAMO has ramped up attacks on police and government outposts in the provinces of Inhambane, Niassa and Nampula. The beginning of 2016 has seen an increase in RENAMO attacks.<br><br><strong>Land Mines</strong><br><br>During the civil war an estimated 200,000 landmines were placed. An estimated 171,000 remained after the war. After two decades of multi-national clearing efforts, Mozambique declared itself "mine free" in September of 2015. Large swaths of "no-go zones" have been opened to settlement. However, it is possible that undetected landmines could be in place, particularly on the border of Zimbabwe. Extreme caution should be taken when venturing into remote areas.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ripcord Security Update on Central African Republic <div align="center">By The Ripcord Security Team</div><br><br>In November 2012 a group of Seleka rebels overran the CAR capital of Bangui and ousted President Bozize in a violent coup. Since then CAR has suffered through a multifaceted civil war with no end in sight.<br><br>The civil war has given rise to militias, with the majority of the fighting taking place between the Muslim Seleka rebels and the Christian Anti-Balaka militia. The Seleka rebels persecuted the Christian population through property theft and indiscriminate killing. This led the Christian population to flee the capital. By December, 2012 the Anti-Balaka had gained enough strength to rebel against Seleka rule. The Anti-Balaka then retaliated against the Muslim population, and began a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" causing the Muslim population to disperse. The Seleka and Anti-Balaka have been in fierce fighting since. Sectarian violence continues to the present.<br><br><strong>Militias and Other Armed Groups</strong><br><br>The civil war and religious conflict has far-reaching effects in the west and north of CAR. In the east, militias such as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), with no political stake in the country, terrorize locals. The LRA began in Sudan and moved into CAR through Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The LRA has no political motivation and is known for violent attacks, looting, kidnapping and forced recruitment of child soldiers.<br><br>Numerous armed groups also enter from outside the country, poaching elephants for ivory, killing an estimated 60% of CAR's elephants.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Lord's Resistance Army Attacks Hunting Report Subscriber during a Safari in Central African Republic <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> On June 19 a group of Lord's Resistance Army rebels ambushed a <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber and his hunting party in Central African Republic. The subscriber, who has asked that we refer to him only as "Scott," and his PH Jacques Lemaux took heavy fire from attackers armed with AK-47s. Miraculously, no one was injured or killed. In a <a href="" target="_blank">bulletin</a> sent out the following day we warned subscribers of increased trouble in CAR. Once Scott was safely out of the country we published a <a href="" target="_blank">follow-up bulletin</a> and posted Scott's full account of the attack, <a href="" target="_blank">"A Father's Day Brush with Death,"</a> to our website under Website Uploads.<br><br> Scott traveled to CAR for a bongo hunt with Safari Bongo, longtime PH Jacques Lemaux's operation, in the Rafai concession. Scott had no issues in Bangui or on his charter flight to Rafai, and reported that Lemaux was in contact with UN Peacekeepers and authorities in Obo in eastern CAR before the hunt.<br><br> On June 14 Scott and Lemaux had success on a 32-inch bongo, and spent a few more days looking for a monster bongo, which had been spotted on trailcams, until dry conditions made tracking difficult.<br><br> "On June 19 we still had no overnight rain," writes Scott, "so Lemaux took me to a different area for yellow-backed duiker, about 22 miles north of camp. We had taken the main road NNE for many kilometers and then turned off onto a grown-over bush road that Jacques had not used in a couple years. The lead tracker, Joseph, and I walked out ahead of the car to quietly hunt and the other seven trackers cleared the road as Jacques followed in the car. Joseph and I had gotten probably a few kilometers ahead of the rest of the group/car. I stopped about 2/3 of the way across a big open savanna to wait for the rest of the group and car to catch up. I had a 'nature call' and needed some paper. Thank God Joseph and I stopped when we did, or we would have blundered straight into the LRA camp/position.<br><br> "The car caught up to us and I got some toilet paper and walked to some trees with the rifle to do my 'nature call.' Jacques and the trackers went ahead. I was walking to catch up when suddenly I heard many shots up ahead. The shots came from the bush at the end of the savanna about 150 meters away.<br><br> "I dove behind a small rock out in the open savanna and saw the trackers scattering and yelling as they ran back to my left towards the nearest cover/bush. Jacques was out of the car and ran back to it, managing to start it and turn it around while taking heavy fire from the gunmen, now out in the savanna.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT EU to Allow Lion Imports from Niassa Reserve in Mozambique <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>And now for some good news: The European Union's Scientific Review Group has <strong>approved importation of lions from Mozambique's</strong> Niassa National Reserve. The decision was made at the 76th meeting of the SRG on trade in wild fauna and flora on June 27. The bad news is the SRG maintained a negative finding for lion elsewhere in Mozambique as well as for elephant from there and Tanzania.<br><br>We've previously reported on the incredible lion and leopard conservation programs in the Niassa (see Article 2346), and it is because of the lion hunting rules (lion aging and other guidelines) used in the Niassa Reserve and the results of those rules that the SRG decided to allow lion imports from that area of Mozambique. For two consecutive years, all lions taken in the reserve have been aged older than six years.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Have RENAMO Rebel Attacks Affected Hunting in Mozambique? <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Reports of RENAMO rebel activities in Mozambique have caused a few subscribers to ask if they should cancel safaris to that destination this season. We asked the security operations team at sister company Ripcord Travel Protection for a security assessment and then reached out to hunting operators there to get their inside perspective. Despite a backdrop of tension, it's business as usual (with some extra caution) for safari operators.<br><br>Neil Duckworth of Mokore Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 011-26-34-883-462) in the Manica Province says, "There has certainly been an increase in targeted attacks between RENAMO and FRELIMO (Mozambique's majority governmental party) over the past few months. These attacks are primarily along the EN7 and major highways. To date the attacks have been targeted strictly at FRELIMO and companies affiliated with the government. RENAMO to date has been careful not to attack innocent people, though there has been an isolated case where someone has been caught in the crossfire on the highways.<br><br>"In our area things are very quiet and our hunting and management activities are continuing without any issues other than the delay of convoys on supply runs... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Tanzania Implements 18% VAT on Hunting Safaris <div align="center">Hunting Report Staff</div><br><br>In early July, the Government of Tanzania decided to apply the national Value Added Tax (VAT) of 18% to all services rendered to foreign tourists, including hunters. Operators received only a week's notice before enactment. Until now, foreign tourists had been exempt from this tax. We warned Email Extra subscribers of this development in a bulletin on July 22.<br><br>The photographic tourism industry is in an uproar against the tax, which will mean an 18% increase in costs from one day to the next. Tanzania is already a very expensive country for foreign visitors, and the quality of services offered to tourists often does not reflect the high prices. Tourist operators in Tanzania are concerned that the VAT will render them unable to compete with other East African countries. Neighboring Kenya implemented a VAT tax on tourists in 2013, but later canceled the tax because of the losses suffered.<br><br>According to the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, 8,000 tourist bookings have already been canceled. While this figure may be exaggerated, a number of European tourist agencies have directly threatened to send clients elsewhere unless the government removes the VAT. Despite the negative reaction, the Tanzanian government has remained adamant, saying that they carefully researched the tax and that the tourism market is growing enough to absorb the losses.<br><br>After some initial uncertainty, it is clear now that the new tax applies also to hunting tourism and to foreign hunters visiting Tanzania, which is already known as a costly hunting destination.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Corruption Allegations Surrounding Disputed Hunting Block in Tanzania <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Tanzanian wildlife officials are attempting to evict operator Wengert Windrose Safaris (WWS) from its prime hunting block in the Lake Natron area, claiming that the lease now belongs to Green Mile Safaris. Green Mile is the same company made infamous by a 2014 video showing hunting abuses in Tanzania. This debacle has caused renewed allegations of corruption against Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) by WWS, which has fought to keep its hunting block since the dispute began in 2013.<br><br>WWS is owned by the American charitable organization the Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF), along with Tanzania Game Trackers Safaris. On May 9, 2016, FCF received a letter from the MNRT demanding that they vacate their camps in the Lake Natron GCA in favor of Green Mile.<br><br>Green Mile Safaris had its license to operate revoked in 2014 over illegal hunting practices. These came to light in a YouTube video from Green Mile, apparently meant as an advertisement for the company, which is connected to Abu Dhabi's ruling family. This video and others obtained by media outlet Quartz Africa show Green Mile guides and clients engaging in unethical (and often illegal) hunting activities, including running down animals with vehicles, toying with wounded game, hunting with silenced automatic weapons, and killing juvenile animals. Despite this, Tanzania recently reinstated the company's license to operate.<br><br>The current situation has been coming to a head since the disputed round of allocations in late 2011 and 2012, when Tanzania divided a larger hunting block (or Game Controlled Area) that was called Lake Natron GCA North into two blocks, "GCA North" and "GCA North-South" with North going to Green Mile and North-South to WWS in the allocations, which were published in Tanzania newspaper The Citizen. Against protocol, Tanzania did not issue official maps for the hunting blocks, and WWS continued to operate in the more desirable southern block, where they had operated camps for over 20 years and were heavily invested.<br><br>During the 2013 show season, WWS found that Green Mile was advertising future hunts in this block, which they called Lake Natron GCA East. Green Mile claimed this block had been allocated to them, and began to belatedly dispute Wengert Windrose's lease.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ripcord Security Update on Turkey <div align="center">By The Ripcord Security Team</div><br><br>The suspected ISIS attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (IST) on the evening of June 28 was one of the deadliest in a series of attacks in Turkey since June 2015. The death toll from this incident is 44, including 13 foreign nationals. More than 230 were injured. On July 15 at least 290 died and more than 1,400 were injured when members of the military rolled tanks onto the streets of Ankara and Istanbul in an attempted <em>coup d'etat</em> which ultimately failed.<br><br>The US Department of State (DOS) and the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued updated travel warnings as a result of both the ISIS bombings and the attempted coup. The DOS warned of an increased threat of terrorism and on July 15 suggested "US citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time" as "foreign and US tourists have been explicitly targeted by terrorist organizations."<br><br>The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office reports that "the situation in Turkey appears to be calming. The security environment, however, remains potentially volatile." Security measures in place at IST likely reduced the potential casualties significantly during the bombing in June. Turkey maintains a relatively high security posture as a baseline and checkpoints at IST were put in place after the Ankara attacks in October of 2015.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Post Cecil, Hunters Find New Allies in the Effort to Conserve Wildlife <div align="center">By Tim Jones</div><br><br> Make no mistake, carefully managed hunting is still the best way to pay for effective wildlife and land conservation programs in most parts of the world. However, during last summer's "Cecil Debacle" it seemed that hunter-conservationists were taking fire from every quadrant, and that all common sense had been sucked out of the debate over how to save iconic wildlife species and the lands where they live.<br><br> Now that most of the furor has died down and further investigation has exonerated the hunter, it seems that clearer thinking may once again be entering the picture. Witness a recent document issued by the <a href="" target="_blank">World Wildlife Fund</a> (WWF) titled <strong>WWF and Trophy Hunting</strong>. It says in part: "WWF is dedicated to protecting the Earth's wildlife and the ecosystems that support us all. Myriad threats have led wildlife populations to decline by an average of 52% globally since 1970. Success in conservation requires the use of a range of approaches to address the world's environmental challenges.<br><br> "In certain limited and rigorously controlled cases, including for threatened species, scientific evidence has shown that trophy hunting can be an effective conservation tool as part of a broad mix of strategies.<br><br> "At the same time, WWF opposes any hunting that threatens species or habitat sustainability.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Will You Be Able To Hunt Trophy Bison in the Grand Canyon? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Hunters will be happy to note that the National Park Service (NPS) has decided that bison are native wildlife in the Grand Canyon National Park and should be managed as such. While such a declaration doesn't seem too important on the surface, the fact that the NPS had to commission an interagency group to study the issue should speak loudly about the silliness in government.<br><br>Those familiar with the area will know that the bison herd, which started out in House Rock Valley, east of the park, has expanded into Grand Canyon NP where it is illegal to hunt them. In fact, the only thing harder than drawing one of the coveted House Rock bison tags is getting the chance to use that tag on a bull. Most of the herd remains inside park boundaries during the season and House Rock bison hunters are advised to be prepared to hunt well off the roads and to use the entire season to locate a bull outside of the park.<br><br>In the past, some in the NPS system considered bison nonnative in this park, noting the well-documented efforts of "Buffalo Jones" in establishing a herd on the Kaibab Plateau. Had the NPS determined that bison were exotic, internal policies would have required their removal, in essence wiping out the House Rock herd.<br><br>However, the interagency group studied archeological records, native history kept in traditional stories, and genetics, finally determining that bison were part of the native fauna of the Grand Canyon ecosystem.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT How Will Western Wildfires Affect This Fall's Hunts? <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>While many western states received good snowfall last winter, the southwest started the year dry and it became hot very early. Already this year, several wildfires large enough to affect hunting this fall have burned in <strong>New Mexico</strong> and <strong>Arizona</strong>.<br><br>In New Mexico, the North Fire in the San Mateo Mountains (GMU 17) started May 21 and burned over 42,000 acres. The San Mateos are a popular elk and deer unit and hunters may find their favorite canyon blackened. In the long run, the fire will help both elk and deer, and I don't expect this fire to reduce permit numbers for either species. For 2016 and 2017, hunters should expect some changes in locations.<br><br>In Arizona, the Cedar Fire burned more than 45,000 acres, almost all of it on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. The fire is in the West End hunt area and it will not impact elk permit numbers, although elk will probably be absent in the burn for the next couple of years. An odd side note is that for this year, some elk may have escaped the fire into AZ GMU 3C, offering those lucky enough to have a permit a chance at a White Mountain bull.<br><br>At this writing, the Brown Fire is also burning in Arizona, southwest of Tucson in the Baboquivari Mountains. The fire has burned more than 15,000 acres.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Will These Wildlife Diseases Affect Your Next European Hunt? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>So far, it's been a quiet summer for wildlife disease eruptions around the world, but two new developments in Europe bear watching. In April, the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) announced a new case of African Swine Fever (ASF), which is fatal to swine, in wild boar in Ukraine. While Ukraine has had ASF before, those cases have largely been near the borders with Russia or Belarus (with one case in Crimea, which is now considered part of Russia). The new case is well within the country and appears to be just northwest of Kiev (near the Chernobyl site). <br><br>ASF's occurrence that far into the country indicates it is already well established. In April 2016 we told subscribers about a new sika deer hunting opportunity in Ukraine, and the outfitter noted that wild boar were present in this area. Indeed, wild boar are the principal game in northern Ukraine and the disease may impact hunting there for years to come.<br><br>Also in April, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute confirmed the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Europe. The animal was in a population of free-roaming reindeer (<em>Rangifer tarandus</em>, the same species as North American caribou) in the Nordfjella population in southern Norway. A sick female reindeer was noted during a capture event and was necropsied by the Institute in Oslo. This is not only the first case in Europe, but the first case in reindeer/caribou worldwide.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Opportunities Offered in the 2016 Texas Draw Hunts <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>In mid-July Texas Parks and Wildlife Department unveiled their 2016-17 public hunt drawings, including opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges. As in years past, there are multiple categories available, including the only public draw for a bighorn sheep hunt (guided by TPWD staff), scimitar-horned oryx and gemsbok hunts as well as alligator, several categories of whitetail deer hunts and hunts for exotic species on TPWD land.<br><br>New this year are several hunt opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR), including deer and nilgai hunts on refuges in deep south Texas. This is the first time TPWD has partnered with the NWRs to offer these hunts through the draw.<br><br>Regular and NWR hunts have application fees of $3, and if you are successful in the draw, fees of $80 or $130 (depending on the duration of the hunt) apply per hunter. The special, guided hunts have $10 application fees but no additional fee is required of the successful applicant. A license is not required to apply, but would be required before the hunt begins.<br><br>Youth hunters can apply for most of the regular categories, but some areas have special dates for youth hunters only.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Markhor Permits Available in Tajikistan for 2016/2017 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>On July 1, we informed our Email Extra subscribers of an immediately actionable opportunity to obtain a coveted markhor permit in Tajikistan.<br><br>At that time, correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus told us, "Our sources in Tajikistan informed us that, during the upcoming hunting season, a quota of seven markhor is expected to be confirmed by the government.<br><br>"A scientific survey in early spring recorded 1,450 animals in the three game management areas run by 'M-Sayod,' 'Saidi Tagnob' and 'Morkhur.' Other areas were not surveyed. The Academy of Sciences recommended to the Committee for Environmental Protection to allocate the quota to the three mentioned enterprises, based on the total numbers and the recorded presence of trophy-age males (eight-plus years). No quota will be allocated for areas that were not surveyed. That recommended quota of seven markhor is expected to be confirmed by the government. Hunters who are interested in this very special opportunity should act soon.<br><br>"Trophies from the above mentioned cooperatives the last several years have qualified for import in accordance with CITES, US Fish and Wildlife Service and EU criteria.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Kamchatka Brown Bear Hunt, Plus a New Chukotka Brown Bear Option <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Thinking about a bear hunt in Russia next spring? Check below for two very interesting options, one a rave report from a long-time subscriber, the other a teaser from a proven agent. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Subscriber Michael Ambrose sends us an upbeat report of a brown bear hunt taken in early May of this year with Ostbye's Hunting Tours in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. This is our second report on bear hunts with Ostbye's, a Norwegian agency and outfitter that specializes in Kamchatka and a few other destinations in Asia (see Report <a href="" target="_blank">8698</a> and Article <a href="" target="_blank">2930</a>).<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10535</a> Ambrose writes, "I hunted Kamchatka for 10 days in May with Ostbye's Hunting Tours. Owner Ansten Ostbye accompanied our group, and the local operators he partners with are among the best on Kamchatka. I sighted 30 to 50 bears a day, and was able to take a great trophy without compromising on rubbed hides.<br><br>"Camp was excellent, with warm buildings (no tents) and a hot natural spring. All equipment was in perfect order. This is a snowmobile hunt, so dress warm and bring goggles. I spoke to a lot of other hunters traveling on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and found that we had seen more bears and had better arrangements than they had, with more value for our money."<br><br>In a follow-up email, Ambrose writes, "I chose to hunt with Ostbye's on the advice of my Tanzanian PH Harpreet Brar, and I also checked in the <em>Hunting Report</em> database. I had good expectations going in, and was not disappointed. Brar and a few others were in our hunting group, and there were four clients from Norway as well.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Wild Boar Hunt of a Lifetime in Turkey <div align="center">Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: European correspondent Dr. Rolf D. Baldus tells us he's found a bargain-priced hunt in Turkey for exceptional wild boar, and possibly other species. His report came in just before the recent terrorist attack on the airport in Istanbul and the attempted military coup. Here's his report, followed by a Ripcord Security Update on the current situation in Turkey.</em><br><br>Turkey has a very large population of Eurasian wild boar (<em>Sus scrofa</em>). Much of the country is Muslim and does not eat the meat of pigs. The wild pigs here are hunted by a small number of foreign hunters and are sometimes shot by locals to limit the damages to agriculture.<br><br>I was stunned by the large number of big boars that we saw on our recent hunt. In four nights of hunting, I shot 10 boars; my hunting companion got eight boars in five nights. The three largest trophies measured 12.8 inches, 11 inches and 9.7 inches. The rest were between 7 and 9.5 inches.<br><br>This hunt was arranged by Taurus Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-90-242-346-6854. If you wish to book through an agent, contact Sudbrack & Biere Cologne (<a href=""></a>).<br><br>We flew to the international airport in Antalya, on the coast about 700 km (435 miles) south of Istanbul, where we were picked up. Our hunt took place about two hours by car north of Antalya. We stayed in a clean and spacious middle-class hotel in a little town. Meals were taken in a local restaurant.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Arm Yourself with Information <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>The world seems more dangerous these days. Airport attacks in Brussels and Istanbul; attacks on innocent civilians in Paris, Nice and Nairobi; bombs all over the place, hunters minding their own business shot at in CAR by a group that seems to have no other purpose than to kill, maim and terrorize; murders and kidnappings along the US/Mexico border . . .the list goes on and on.<br><br>It seems like no place is completely safe. But was it ever? Really? The difference today is we have access to more information.<br><br>Whenever there's a major terror attack anywhere, it shows up instantly on the web and, eventually, on the news. But by then it's too late. What you really need is a crystal ball to provide information before the attack happens, before you place yourself in harm's way.<br><br>Unfortunately, no one can predict such things with certainty, but you can get "intelligence" reports that help you better assess your risk and prepare for the possibility for trouble. Take a look at the three security updates provided in the issue. We also augment these reports with reports from hunting operators in the field and returning hunters, to give you specific perspective. This is our best attempt to provide you with that crystal ball, to arm you with information before you get on a plane and travel somewhere that just might be dangerous.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Looking to Canada and Alaska for More Moose Hunt Options <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Demand for good moose hunts increases annually, and it's none too soon to begin planning for 2017. In the May 2016 issue we addressed moose hunting opportunities across the lower 48. This month we look at the opportunities in Canada and Alaska. In most places it is too late to find a hunt for 2016, unless there's a cancellation, but we have provided some possibilities in Eastern Canada where hunts may still be available.</em><br><br><strong>Alaska</strong> may be Valhalla for moose hunting, but a trophy may be hard to come by in all but the most remote areas. Resident hunting pressure for "meat moose" means fewer bulls reach trophy class and predation has impacted a number of units. Nonresident permits are not available in many units, and where they are, the legal bag limit is a moose with 50-inch spread or one with four or more brow points on one side. In many areas, that's pretty hard to find. Alaska has taken a bold stand on predation management in some units, intentionally targeting bears and wolves to increase moose recruitment.<br><br>Our database includes 77 reports and 12 articles on AK moose hunting. Interestingly, 14 of the reports are negative and indicate the difficulty in getting true trophy moose these days. You may need to consider a trophy moose as rare as a trophy sheep and treat the hunt accordingly.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Black Bear on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation <div align="center">Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>Good spring black bear hunts are getting harder to find in the US. Some states have canceled spring seasons; others have set the dates far too early for best hunting conditions in an effort to protect female bears, which typically emerge from their dens later than males. Some of the best remaining options are on Indian reservations, which offer longer seasons and the option of hunting with dogs or bait. Checking baits and running only the biggest tracks with dogs is one of the most effective ways to target trophy-sized male bears. Bears at higher elevation come out of hibernation later, so the extended season on the reservation gives hunters a better chance at a big bear.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10581</a>, subscriber R. Pretzer says that he is well pleased with his June 2016 black bear hunt with Mike Mell and Ram Riders Guide & Outfitters (<a href=""></a>; 575-574-8006) on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Pretzer hunted with both dogs and baits for seven days. He chose to run dogs in the morning and hunt the bait in the evenings. While they treed bears daily, Pretzer didn't see the bear he wanted. Ultimately, he shot his bear over a bait on the last evening of the hunt. Pretzer reports seeing bears every day (over 30 for the whole trip) along with some "incredibly heavy" elk in velvet.<br><br>In a follow-up interview, Pretzer said most of the bears he saw (60-70%) were color-phase bears, including blonde, cinnamon and chocolate. He carried a lever action .30/30 while hunting with dogs but used a borrowed 7MM STW to get his color-phase bear at 100 yards. The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Potential Top 10 Himalayan Ibex Taken in Pakistan <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br> Dutch subscriber J. Prinsen took a potential SCI Top 10 Himalayan ibex on an early February hunt in Sost, Pakistan. Prinsen hunted with Pakistan Guides, booking with German agency Westfalia Jagdreisen (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-49-2161-92780).<br><br> In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10591</a> Prinsen writes, "I booked this hunt about a year ago. Westfalia Jagdreisen did a great job arranging everything with Pakistan Guides, which is a small operation based in Rawalpindi and owned by outfitter Kaiser Khan.<br><br> "At the airport in Islamabad I met with a representative from Pakistan Guides, who got me through customs easily. Although the weather was good, as often happens we could not fly to Gilgit-Baltistan and had to drive on the Karakorum Highway. It's a tough 14-hour ride, but I was glad to have done it, as you get to see more of the country. We encountered an old landslide north of Gilgit and had to take an adventurous boat ride around it. A tunnel will be completed soon.<br><br> "Our base camp was a somewhat dilapidated hotel near Sost, which was rented out entirely for our hunt.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Two Subscribers Report on Czech Republic Hunting Arranged by Czech Agency <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>We have two separate reports on hunts with a Czech Republic agency we haven't heard from before, St. Hubertus Hunting Tours (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 011-420-776-708-813), filed by longtime subscribers C. Murphy and M. Petratos.<br><br>The first report comes from Murphy, who hunted three different estates in the Czech Republic on a 10-day trip in late October, taking fallow deer, mouflon and two subspecies of sika deer. His wife also accompanied him on the trip.<br><br>"One of the best 'gentleman' hunts I have ever been on," Murphy writes in Report <a href="" target="_blank">10573</a>. "I hunted on three estates or oboras: Vlkovà, Sedlice and Lany. For a redneck hunter like myself these historic hunting areas are amazing to see. I took an outstanding fallow deer, plus Dybowski and Japanese sika deer and mouflon. I would definitely recommend hunting Czech Republic with this agency for a great trip."<br><br>We heard more about Murphy's hunt in an email conversation. He writes, "There were no recent hunt reports for Czech hunts, so my wife and I checked out two or three agents and outfitters and narrowed it down to St. Hubertus after some discussion. St. Hubertus' owner Elio Giobergia and his wife Katrina Vesela made all arrangements. Both speak perfect English. I had no trouble communicating with guides at the different hunt areas.<br><br>"I hunted at Vlkovà first for mouflon and Dybowski sika with guide Martin Tau, who was top notch. These estates are fenced but very large, with plentiful and wild game. We stayed at Chateau Sitrin near Konopiste, the castle where Archduke Franz Ferdinand lived before his assassination. The restaurant served some of the best game I have eaten, and the local brewery is a must-visit.... The Aug 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT