The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Act Quickly For A Shot At These Raffle Hunts The Big Time Texas Hunt raffle offers one last chance at a desert bighorn sheep tag this year. The deadline is October 15 and the winners will be notified shortly thereafter. The state-sponsored raffle provides a number of packages, such as the "Texas Grand Slam," which includes a guided desert bighorn, pronghorn, mule deer and whitetail hunt, plus taxidermy for the animals taken. This is one of only three public desert sheep tags available in Texas. Another attractive raffle package is the "Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt" on the Yoakum Dunes WMA. This newly acquired WMA in the Texas Panhandle holds great deer and the 2015 winner took a 232-inch mule deer. Other hunt packages include a "Feral Hog Adventure" (private land hunt in South Texas), "Whitetail Bonanza" (six winners hunt private land or one of the state WMA's for trophy bucks), the "Premium Buck Hunt" (another private land whitetail hunt), an alligator hunt package (including a bonus teal hunt) and two different bird packages. Chances in the raffle are purchased for each hunt option and run $10 each through the mail, $9 plus a small transaction fee if purchased online. Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT How to Get the Most from Your Medical/Evacuation Service in an Emergency <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We also have an interesting side note to H. Revelle's <strong>Botswana</strong> report. In camp in Botswana, Revelle's hunting partner fell in the shower and dislocated his shoulder. Revelle and the PH tried to put it back in place but failed. The next day, the shoulder was so swollen and painful, they took him to a local doctor. The doctor said he needed to go to a hospital to be sedated so the muscles would relax and they could push the bone back into place. The physician did not recommend the local hospital. Instead, he recommended one in Gaborone (a 10-hour drive) and said they had a medical transport plane.<br><br>At that point, they called the hunting partner's medical insurance provider and gave them all the information, including contact info for the hospital. Thirty minutes later, Revelle called them back to get a status report. He was told, "We think we can get an evacuation plane in 12 hours." Driving would have taken only 10 hours. Instead, the outfitter's wife offered to drive Revelle's partner to a hospital in Namibia, only three hours away. The insurance provider said they would reimburse them for the "private car service."<br><br>In Namibia, they got the shoulder back in place, and the next day they drove back to the ranch in Botswana. The following day, Revelle's partner was hunting again.<br><br>Revelle, who is a <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ripcord</a> member, told us this story and asked us how Ripcord would have handled the incident. We took the question directly to Ripcord's Vice President of Operations, Ted Muhlner. His answer was instructive enough that we felt it was worth sharing both as a primer on how to best use ANY medical service provider in a travel emergency, and, secondly, how Ripcord's level of services differs from other providers.<br><br><strong>Immediate Care:</strong> "We urge our clients to call Ripcord, if possible, before attempting to provide medical care. Without proper supervision, oversight and instruction, you run significant risk of making an injury worse. Not too long ago, a Ripcord partner called from a very remote location in Mongolia with a similar situation after a client fell from his horse.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Poaching in North America: Sportsmen Can Make a Difference <div align="center">By Josh Hurst, Operation Game Thief Program Manager - Arizona</div><br> <div align="center"><img src=""><br> </div><br><em>Editor's Note: </em>The Hunting Report<em> is a supporter of anti-poaching efforts and of programs that protect wildlife and habitat around the world. For years, we've reported about such efforts in mostly Africa and Central Asia. But the truth is, we have poaching problems right here at home. We've reported before about deer poaching rings in Kansas, illegal sheep hunts in Canada and a guide who deceived clients into hunting bobcats just over the state line without proper tags and licenses. These wildlife crimes are no better than the elephant poaching or snaring we've seen in Africa.<br><br> This past July, Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown attended the International Wildlife Crimestoppers conference in Fredericksburg, Texas, where she learned more about a great organization in North America that is fighting daily to protect our wildlife and habitat from poachers who put our beloved wildlife populations at risk and who deprive ethical sportsmen and women of legal, sustainable hunting opportunities. We've agreed to give International Wildlife Crimestoppers the opportunity to tell you about the work they do. We'll be sharing news from them in future issues. Check this month's publisher's note and Crown's blog on our website,, for more information and photographs from the conference.<br><br> "The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." Theodore Roosevelt</em><br><br> Poaching is a worldwide problem, affecting North American wildlife as much as wildlife overseas. Fighting it requires the support of ethical sportsmen everywhere, along with other outdoor lovers and authorities committed to the value of wildlife. International Wildlife Crimestoppers (IWC) is comprised of game wardens and conservation officers across North America, who speak for wildlife and its habitat and have the moral authority to affect change in the poaching culture right here in our own backyards.<br><br> IWC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to reducing the illegal take of the world's fish and wildlife resources through the exchange of information with anti-poaching organizations at international, national, regional and local levels. IWC membership includes state and provincial wildlife agencies and organizations responsible for the education and enforcement of laws and rules regulating the take of wildlife.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines The listing below includes current year information for big game hunts in each state. The listing will be maintained and updated as a planning tool even though deadlines may have passed. As The Hunting Report is “…for hunters who travel”, all information below is based on non-resident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed. The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 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 Email 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 Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Riots in Ethiopia Should Not Affect Hunting Travel <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Hunters planning to travel to Ethiopia should be aware of continued protests and unrest there. Protests in early August led to the death of nearly 100 Ethiopian citizens, which has damaged the reputation of the current ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). It is unlikely that Ethiopia's political stability will deteriorate to a dangerous level in the short term, but long-term effects are unknown.<br><br>The protests have taken place in the Amhara and Oromia regions of the country. Demonstrators in Oromia protested against political and economic policies that have excluded the ethnic majority, the Oromo, from the political process. In Amhara, the ethnic Amharic gathered in protest of the government's control of land historically belonging to Amhara. In both cases, the initially non-violent protests were deemed illegal by the government. Police and military forces reacted swiftly, and the protests quickly turned violent as demonstrators attacked police attempting to make arrests.<br><br>The protests were widespread but the largest gatherings took place in Amhara's capital, Bahir Dar and the country's capital, Addis Ababa, in Oromia.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT This Cape Buffalo Cow Hunt in South Africa Offers Hair-raising Excitement <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber H. Meyers recently filed a report on a South Africa safari with an unusual add-on - cow buffalo hunting. In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10582</a> Meyers says that he hunted the Timbavati and Klaserie reserves with PH Graham Sales of Graham Sales Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>;; 011-27-82-449-2357) in May.<br><br>Meyers writes, "My recent hunt with Graham Sales Safaris was a little different from the usual, in a very fun way. Timbavati and Klaserie adjoin the western edge of Kruger National Park with no fence, and are famous areas for big buffalo. I took a great 15-plus-year-old bull, but more intriguing was hunting for old, barren cows. Previously, I wasn't aware that this kind of hunting was available.<br><br>"We went after old cows that were 12 or more years old and that had no calves. This meant sneaking into herds of 300 to 400 head and literally being surrounded by buffalo while trying to find a single cow. I highly recommend this kind of hunting. It is quite affordable (a fraction of the fee for a bull) and offers all the excitement of buffalo hunting. I actually found this style of hunting to be more exciting.<br><br>"The ongoing drought didn't affect our hunt, although conditions could deteriorate if there is no rain in the wet season. On a separate note, rhino poachers are very active in the area. While I was there three poachers were caught and their rifles seized along with a horn of a young cow rhino. Whenever you shoot, the number of shots is radioed to everyone in a 10-mile radius so the patrols know what's going on. The anti-poaching efforts are impressive, but they are still losing some rhinos."<br><br>We heard more from Meyers via email.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Positive Follow-up Report on Hunting in Chad <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Back in February 2015, we first reported that hunting in Chad was reopening after a closure of over 10 years (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3480</a>). Since then, we have followed news and reports from the Melfi concession, the only area to see safari hunting so far. We now have a follow-up from subscriber E. Negrete, who emailed us a report on his February hunt with Club Faune.<br><br>"I have been wanting to hunt western kudu (western greater kudu) for a long time. This was the only spiral horn I hadn't taken yet, because tags have not been available. My opportunity finally came when Club Faune started hunting Chad again, and I booked the hunt.<br><br>"I arrived in N'Djamena on February 3 and drove to camp with one of the French concession owners, who is very personable and has a lot of experience in Chad. I found camp very comfortable. There is AC, and even Wi-Fi (if you so desire). On the first afternoon I checked the borrowed rifle, which was perfect, and settled in.<br><br>"My PH on this hunt was Jean Berguerie. He has been here for a couple of years and knows the area well. Hunting involved driving around, and it took a lot of driving to find game.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Faro Safari Club Is New to US Hunters But Long Established in Cameroon <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Polish subscriber A. Bilip has filed a report on Cameroon outfitter and PH Frank Vannier's Faro Safari Club. Because Vannier focuses mostly on the European market his name may be unfamiliar to North American readers. Bilip hunted Vannier's concession in the Faro River area of northern Cameroon for 14 days in January, taking giant eland, kob, hippo, hyena, and red-flanked duiker. Bilip booked his hunt with Arjun Reddy of Hunters Networks (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 845-259-3628), who is Vannier's exclusive agent in the US.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10525</a> Bilip writes, "I found a high concentration of all available species in the concession, including numerous west savannah buffalo and western roan, which were not on my wish list. Lion and elephant were also present. This was a physically demanding hunt, with up to six hours of walking daily. I recommend concentrating on hunting eland first, as the other species will come much easier. Frank Vannier is an excellent outfitter and PH, and I strongly recommend hunting with him. It's an unforgettable experience at a relatively reasonable price."<br><br>We heard more about Bilip's hunt in a follow-up email conversation. He writes, "This was a huge concession, around 136,000 acres. PH Frank Vannier took over the concession from his father, the previous operator. Vannier speaks enough English to easily communicate, and there is another French PH there who speaks fluent English.<br><br>"We used vehicles daily to get around. For eland and buffalo we drove the roads looking for fresh tracks crossing. Once found, we would track on foot to catch up with the animals. Vannier and the trackers performed very well, and they can read the savannah like a book. We saw eland every day, usually after two to six hours of tracking. Seeing eland was one thing, but getting the one you want is a challenge. I took mine on the ninth day of hunting. I saw many buffalo, but I wasn't hunting them, having taken a west savannah buffalo previously in Burkina Faso (on another hunt booked with Arjun Reddy). I counted over 20 different species of animals while hunting.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Advised of Zimbabwe Currency Shortages and Riots <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Travel to Zimbabwe remains safe, but hunters heading there need to be aware of an ongoing currency shortage in the country. We notified subscribers of the situation in a July bulletin, with two updates in August, including security briefings (see our <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Hunting Updates page</a>).<br><br>Zimbabwe operates largely as a cash economy using US dollars. A trade deficit has led to a shortage of currency, and the government limited access to cash through banks in June, placing a major burden on its citizens. Protests broke out in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare on July 4th, the first in a series that continued into August. Protesters openly demanded that President Mugabe leave office over his handling of the economy, and the situation remains tense. The protests began in working-class neighborhoods but spread to the downtown district where government buildings and banks are located. Zimbabwe has announced plans to introduce "bond" notes in late August backed by the African Export Import Bank. These would serve as a substitute for US dollars, a move that has caused widespread concern.<br><br>Hunters going to Zimbabwe should avoid large gatherings or demonstrations as well as any police operations. Contact your operator to confirm travel plans, and avoid using hotels in the downtown district or near government buildings, especially in the Causeway area. Remain in close contact with your operator during independent travel.<br><br>Because of the cash shortage, we have advised hunters to bring all the cash that they will need for their entire stay in the country, and to declare all cash upon entry (see <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">our bulletin here</a>). The Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) tells us that they communicated with the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism, and offers the following statement for travelers:<br><br>"Cash currency is generally still in short supply and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe encourages the use of credit/debit cards where point of sale terminals are available. ATMs generally are not currently dispensing currency and where they do, the dispensed currency will not necessarily be US$ and may be in smaller denominations. Daily limits apply. With a supporting letter from tour operators, visitors can access cash directly from authorized banks, but are subject to daily limits and availability. It is important however to retain proof of supply of cash by banks should any unutilized cash be exported out of Zimbabwe. This will need to be declared at exit."<br><br><em>The Hunting Report</em> has received contradictory information about the exact regulations for tourists importing and exporting currency into Zimbabwe. That said, hunters can avoid any issues by declaring all cash upon entry using the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority's Form 47, a blue form available at customs (see <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">our bulletin here</a>). Nonresidents are limited to taking out no more than they brought in, and must retain the form as proof.<br><br>Louis Muller at Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association (ZPHGA) told us, "Due to the current cash shortages, customs are checking for cash on departure in some instances. If cash is found in excess of what the traveler declared, they can legally impound the excess. Be sure to declare cash upon entry if your intention is to depart Zimbabwe with cash."<br><br>We recently received two emails from subscribers that should serve as a reminder to stay on the safe side and declare all cash.<br><br>Subscriber Steve Rowlands tells us that he was lightly fleeced while leaving the country after a June hunt when he couldn't produce a declaration form upon exit.<br><br>"After a great hunt with Wayne Van Den Bergh of Nyamazana Safaris, I departed from the airport in Bulawayo on June 8. Customs asked me how much cash I had, and for some unknown reason I told them $1,200, the actual amount I had. They then asked for the blue form declaring the money I had brought into Zimbabwe, and I told them that I had only been given a white form on which I had advised that I was bringing in money. They told me I could not take out more than $1,000. After a heated discussion they went to look for a copy of the form I had filled in, but claimed that they could not find it.<br><br>"Luckily they had left me alone for that 30 minutes, and I secreted some of my cash into my pockets. I didn't fancy the rubber glove treatment, so I left $1,070 in my document bag so that they would find something. They took the $70 and issued me a receipt. On principle, I wrote the Zimbabwean authorities and enlisted the help of Van Den Bergh to get my $70 back. To date I have had no reply from the authorities."<br><br>In a recent email a second subscriber, John Neiswender, says he nearly didn't fill out the declaration form upon entering the country, but that doing so saved him from a potential major problem.<br><br>"When I entered Zimbabwe, I declared the cash I took in," writes Neiswender. "This was done at the suggestion of the last person I had to pass to exit the airport. I went back to get the declaration and got it stamped. They gave me a blue piece of paper that listed the amount of cash I was bringing in. I had enough to pay my trophy fees.<br><br>"Unfortunately, I didn't get the trophy I hoped to, so I ended up taking most of the cash home. Upon exit, I got to the Zimbabwe Customs desk at Bulawayo; they asked me how much cash I was taking out. I told them the amount and they said I could only take out $2,000. They never said what would happen to the rest. I explained that I declared the cash upon entry, showed them the paper, and they stamped my passport. There was another checkpoint after my luggage was scanned and they asked me the same question, but said I could only take out $1,000. I again showed them the blue form and they let me through.<br><br>"I almost missed getting the form to declare my cash upon entry. Had I failed to get that, I don't know if they would have allowed me to take out my money in excess of their limit."<br><br>Rowlands and Neiswender both noted the effects of the currency shortage during their stay, and said that safari staff are anxious to be paid in hard US currency.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Bokamoso Safaris Offers Quality Plains Game Hunting in Botswana <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Although Botswana implemented a moratorium on all hunting on public lands in 2014, hunting is not closed there. Private ranches offer some good options for plains game. As a case in point, subscriber H. Revelle recently sent us a glowing report on a July hunt in central Botswana with Bokamoso Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 011-267-7212-1917). He took eland, wildebeest, springbok and Kalahari oryx with PH Jain Visier.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10596</a> Revelle writes, "We saw an unbelievable amount of game, and were able to be very selective about trophies. I was amazed at what the PH had me pass up. A first-class safari. We saw cheetah and leopard, as well as lion kills and fresh elephant sign."<br><br>In a follow-up phone conversation, he told us, "Bokamoso is apparently the largest game ranch in Botswana at 60,000 hectares, located next to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. A group from Spain purchased the property and removed all fences except the perimeter fence. Although Bokamoso is behind a wire, elephants break through the fences, and lion, leopard and cheetah also manage to get in, attracted by the ample water. Plains game is healthy and in good numbers all over the huge property.<br><br>"Game available includes eland, kudu, gemsbok, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, zebra, red hartebeest, springbok, warthog, impala, duiker, steenbok, ostrich, jackal and caracal. A hunting partner and I both hunted with rifles, and my son bowhunted from blinds and by stalking on foot. His eland hunt was completely on foot, tracking a big bull. Bokamoso does a good job of accommodating bowhunters.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT All Signs Indicate a Banner Year for Texas Wild Quail <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Wild bobwhite quail have been a staple of American bird shooting for well over a century, but in the past two decades quail populations have taken it on the chin. Quail shooting has become a sport of planted birds and, as good as that can be, it doesn't resemble wild quail shooting. Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk reports that wild quail in <strong>Texas</strong> are poised for their best year in a long time and 2016 may be <strong>the</strong> year for a wild bobwhite shoot in the Lone Star State.</em><br><br>The almost-inexplicable decline in wild bobwhite quail has spawned more concern, and more research, than perhaps any other topic in wildlife management. Bobwhite quail once occupied grassland habitat and farm fields from eastern New Mexico and southern Nebraska to the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Florida. In many parts of the US, "bird hunting" was synonymous with quail hunting, and in many states pointers were kept on almost every farm for an afternoon shoot once chores were done.<br><br>For the past two decades, however, bobwhite populations have been in serious decline and biologists have studied every aspect of their life to find the cause. It's likely there are multiple causes: avian diseases, parasites (eyeworms in particular infect quail in parts of Texas), predators, and large-scale habitat changes. Drought compounded these factors and made keeping a dog for quail hunting a rarity. In Texas, the drought which bottomed-out in 2011 caused such a widespread destruction to both habitat and birds that the few hunters who still keep dogs refused to shoot any quail.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Issues with Frankfurt Firearms Transit Permit Reemerge <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In a <a href="" target="_blank">July 19 bulletin</a> we warned hunters that once again they will be unable to check rifles to Frankfurt Airport without a transit permit. This means that anyone who must claim and recheck a rifle in Frankfurt for a connection flight on a separate ticket will need to acquire a permit from Frankfurt's Commercial Office (Ordnungsamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main). You won't even be able to board your flight without displaying your permit if the end destination on an itinerary is Frankfurt, due to guidelines published on TIMATIC (Travel Information Manual Automatic), the system used by IATA airlines to enforce transport regulations. Word of this development came from Steve Turner at Travel with Guns (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 210-858-9833).<br><br>The complication appears to be the result of a good, old-fashioned inter-agency cluster. As readers know, a transit permit is no longer required to transit firearms through the Frankfurt Airport as of 2015 (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3467</a>). Turner recently confirmed this with Sabrina Stock at Frankfurt's Commercial Office.<br><br>In an email conversation, Stock told Turner, "No license to take weapons or ammunition into or through Germany shall be required for weapons and ammunition taken on board ships or aircraft, kept in locked storage while within the territory of Germany, reported without delay to the competent supervisory authorities (customs) (including the manufacturer's mark or trademark, caliber and serial number) and removed within one month from the territory of Germany.<br><br>"Passengers who must claim firearms cases due to airline refusal to through check to another carrier on the same day don't need a permit, and you don't need a permit for your clients who don't leave the airport...." The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Tanzania Firearm Import Regulation Requires Photos <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Tanzania recently introduced a new regulation requiring hunters to provide photographs of any firearms being taken into the country, as well as photos of the serial number area of the gun. We learned of this new regulation from Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 540-955-0090). Mike Angelides, secretary of Tanzania Professional Hunters Association (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and Tanzania Hunting Operators Association (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), confirmed that the new regulation is in place.<br><br> Says Angelides, "Although there is no written law regarding the need for photographs of the guns and the serial number, authorities in Tanzania have communicated this regulation to TZPHA and TAHOA." Angelides says that reputable outfitters will communicate with clients regarding compliance with all current regulations.<br><br> On a separate note, a subscriber recently wrote to 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.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Crown X Ranch No Longer Offering Hunts <div align="center">Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>We recently learned that the Crown X Ranch (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">2438</a> in our database) in the Chinati Mountains of far West Texas has transitioned into a breeding-only facility. Owned by a foreign industrialist, the ranch has been hunted by Jim Roche of Magnum Guide Service (; 325-853-1555) for several years, offering a host of exotic species, including markhor, Arabian oryx, bongo, sitatunga, Cape buffalo and more.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Warning About Hunting Vehicle Thefts <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large<br><br> <img src=""></div><br> One of our subscribers recently alerted us to an alarming increase in vehicle thefts in Albuquerque, NM, which has the potential to affect hunters this fall. Apparently, vehicle thefts are on the rise and Albuquerque has become #2 on the list of most vehicle thefts per capita in the nation (behind Modesto, CA). In 2015, there were 6,657 vehicles reported stolen in Albuquerque alone.<br><br> What makes this more alarming is that six of the top 10 vehicles targeted by thieves are popular hunting vehicles including full-sized trucks, compact trucks and Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee.<br><br> Albuquerque, in particular, is a popular hub for hunters heading to and from hunts in New Mexico and Arizona, and in September and October hotels along I-25 and I-40 are filled with hunters' vehicles. Hotel parking lots are a favored target for thieves, as vehicles often contain guns and equipment hunters don't want to unload and haul to their rooms. While Albuquerque is in the spotlight now, vehicle theft is a risk anywhere, but especially in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Law enforcement officials note that states with easy access to Mexico experience higher vehicle theft rates as vehicles can be taken across the border and sold or disassembled for parts.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT US Customs Form 4457 Expiration Date Causes Travel Delays <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor<br><br> <img src=""><br> </div><br>This past month Delta Airlines delayed boarding for hunters traveling with guns because of the expiration date found in the top right corner of the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Form 4457, the standard form used to declare personal effects (including guns) on international flights.<br><br> For reasons unknown, the form does indeed have an expiration date. Until mid-August, the latest available version of the form had 02/29/2016 marked as its expiration date, meaning that all travelers declaring goods (guns or otherwise) were using an expired form.<br><br> Steve Turner at Travel with Guns (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 210-858-9833) alerted us to the problem when a Delta agent in Pensacola, Florida initially denied a Travel with Guns client boarding over the expired form. Turner had to call the CBP office in Pensacola, and an agent there communicated with Delta and told them to allow passengers to check the guns and board the plane.<br><br> After Turner contacted <em>The Hunting Report</em>, Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown spoke to a contact at CBP who brought the matter to the attention of higher-ups. A few days later, an updated form was posted to the website and available for download.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Mountain Rescue Called During This Chamois Hunt in Croatia In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10611</a>, subscriber M. Petratos tells us he is displeased with a combination Alpine and Balkan chamois hunt in Slovenia and Croatia arranged for him by Tomo Svetic of Artemis Hunting Ltd. The major thrust of Petratos' complaint is that Svetic was supposed to accompany him on his hunt and didn't. Further, he alleges that Svetic's assistant, Dean, who did accompany him on the hunt, lacked Svetic's experience and allowed him to be placed in a difficult and potentially extremely dangerous position on the side of a mountain in Croatia, from which he had to be extracted by the local mountain rescue team.<br><br>As Petratos tells it, "I am 79 years old, and the hunt in Slovenia involved a difficult climb to an elevation of about 1,500 meters on a footpath. We were lucky, and the local guides spotted an animal at about 150 meters, which resulted in a one-shot kill.<br><br>"The story in Croatia was much different. The animals were very spooky, spotting us a kilometer away and taking off. The local guides were not aware of locations of animals but rather were just taking long, difficult walks and climbs to sight-see! There were days we did not see one animal.<br><br>"But what is much more serious is the danger to life and limb that I was subjected to by one of the localguides named Vlad. I told him I could not climb, yet he insisted we take a walk of over three kilometers. At some point we arrived at an area of huge boulders and rocks that were very slippery and sharp. I fell a few times and cut my hands and legs. He expected me to go down a goat path full of dangerous obstacles that was 600 meters above the road where Dean was waiting. If Dean were more experienced, he would never have allowed this dangerous excursion.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT No Game and Missing Refund for Zimbabwe Hunts Continuing subscribers will remember the two previous controversies we've run on Gordon Duncan and the Doma Project in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> (see Reports <a href="" target="_blank">10136</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">10218</a>). Both complained of missing trophies and substandard service.<br><br>We now have another report (<a href="" target="_blank">10612</a>) on Duncan and the Doma Project from French booking agent Francois Dannaud of Dannuad Safaris (<a href=""></a>) outlining yet more problems with Duncan:<br><br>"I am writing this report as Mr. Gordon Duncan is still owing us $7,668 USD since Aug. 2011. On top of the full safari cost, we wired $5,618 as advance payment for trophy fees. Gordon Duncan, who was contracted as the PH for this hunt, was never seen before, during or after the safari. He also avoided all phone calls. Instead he committed two different (good) PHs who have not yet been paid.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Watch Out For Alaska Subsistence Regulations! <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>We booked our Sitka blacktail hunt early in the season (Aug. 6-12) to target bucks in the high country. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) regulations have the season set for Aug. 1-Dec. 31.<br><br>Only after everything was booked did we discover that another entity, the Alaskan Subsistence Board, closed almost all accessible public land to non-subsistence hunters from Aug. 1-15! This board is made up of government land managing agencies and can supersede ADFG decisions under the guise of subsistence use. Their rules cover all types of wildlife, including wolverine, wolves and small game!<br><br>The people at ADFG helped us decipher the regulations. While US Forest Service lands were closed to us (for hunting only - we still fished the river), we were able to hunt state land. We also contacted Sealaska, a native corporation with extensive private lands on POW and they allowed us to hunt their lands.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Poaching in the Crosshairs <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br><em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers are huge supporters of wildlife conservation programs and anti-poaching efforts in Africa and Asia. They donate hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to conservation organizations. Plus, they contribute directly to the anti-poaching programs of their safari operators every season. <em>The Hunting Report</em> regularly covers issues that affect those efforts and shares subscriber reports about catching poachers in the field, removing snares and burning poachers' camps. So, when longtime subscriber Marty Markl asked me if I would be willing to support International Wildlife Crimestoppers (IWC) my answer was an immediate yes.<br><br>IWC is an association of game wardens from all over the United States and Canada. Their mission is to stop poaching and other illegal activities that destroy habitat and hurt conservation management of all wildlife. Markl, who is also a former director and former president of Dallas Safari Club (DSC), introduced me to Lewis Rather, Executive Director of IWC, at the DSC convention this past January.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Genetic Study Re-Ignites Debate on Fannin Sheep <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Heads up if you have a North American sheep Grand Slam® in the record books or are planning to pursue one! According to Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk, a new genetic study is likely to re-ignite the dormant debate over the record-book classification of Dall, Stone and, especially, Fannin sheep. If these genetic findings are taken literally, existing Grand Slams may be in jeopardy, and new Grand Slams may be much more difficult (and expensive) to complete. We last covered this story in depth back in 2006. For the full background, see Articles <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1639</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1663</a> in our database.</em><br><br>Sheep hunters may be interested in recently published research on the genetics of Dall and Stone sheep. In a paper published in <em>Molecular Ecology</em>, researchers from the University of Alberta, the Ministry of Forests, BC's Lands and Natural Resources and the Yukon Department of the Environment examined DNA from 52 thinhorn sheep and five bighorn sheep to examine the relationships among the thinhorns.<br><br>As most hunters know, Dall and Stone sheep were once considered separate species, but scientists now recognize them as a single species, with color variations between subspecies. In terms of scientific nomenclature, Dall sheep are <em>Ovis dalli dalli</em> while Stone sheep are <em>Ovis dalli stonei</em>. The pure white Dall sheep live on the northern end of the species' range and the dark Stone sheep in the south. The so-called "Fannin sheep" (also once considered its own species) were seen as the lightest color-phase of Stone sheep.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Two Reports on Hardscrabble but Successful Tur Hunts in Azerbaijan Republic <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscribers M. Pawlowski and C. Bade have sent in new reports on Dagestan eastern tur hunts in the Sheki region of Azerbaijan. Both ran into some unforeseen issues, but enjoyed excellent hunts nonetheless. The first report comes from Pawlowski, who hunted in May with Safari Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 307-587-5596).<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10576</a>, Pawlowski writes, "I had a great experience from start to finish on this hunt, and enjoyed taking a nice representative tur in a very interesting place. This is possibly the best Dagestan tur area in the world, and Sasha Kiselov from Safari Outfitters' Moscow office has exclusive access there.<br><br>"The area holds a lot of tur, with trophy males not uncommon. We rode horses up to the hunt area, and hiked from there. It's a physically demanding hunt. Unfortunately, my Meindl boots were coming apart after only three mountain hunts, otherwise I would have hunted longer for an even better ram. Bring two pairs of boots!"<br><br>We heard more from Pawlowski by phone and email. He tells us, "I first decided I wanted to do an Azerbaijan tur hunt over 30 years ago when Roman Hupalowski, who started Safari Outfitters, shared his catalog of hunts at a Chicago SCI chapter meeting. I've booked only one other hunt with Safari Outfitters since Clark Jeffs took over. That hunt went very well. Jeffs is a very straightforward and honest guy.<br><br>"I took my tur on the third day of a five-day hunt. We had a long stalk, as usual, perhaps two miles. The Caucasus Mountains are dramatically steep. The whole time on this stalk I was walking the edge of a precipice, and I could touch the mountain with my left elbow. We were in a cloud, and when it moved, I shot my ram out of a band of around 30."<br><br>"I had three guides the whole time. They were all skilled and hard working. This is a horseback hunt, about three-hour ride from a local village to base camp. Horses are also used to get you up to spike camp. Otherwise, you're always on foot.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT South Dakota Turkey Paradise with Big Game Potential <div align="center">D. Sieloff, Hunting Report Subscriber</div><br><br> Report <a href="" target="_blank">10593</a> from subscriber and frequent correspondent D. Sieloff on her May Merriam turkey hunt in South Dakota with Routier Outfitting (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 605-210-1440) caught our attention for a number of reasons. First, Sieloff used a muzzleloader to take a four-year-old, 9-inch longbeard with a single shot at 20 yards, putting her one step closer to her muzzleloader turkey Grand Slam.<br><br> "This was a classic turkey hunt. Locate a hot gobbler, then fast clamber downhill into a large tree-lined pasture. We set up and pinpointed the Merriam tom gobbling 200 yards away. Then he went into full fan, twirling and teetering across the prairie grass. The strut is something turkey hunters hope to experience. This one zeroed in on our call and decoy. After that, he was locked in and committed - strutting all the way."<br><br> As interesting as the turkey hunt was the fact that Sieloff tells us, "We saw mature tom Merriam turkey each time out in the field, but we practically had to kick the deer and pronghorn out of the way to get to the turkeys." The ranch also offers deer, antelope and bison hunts, as well as high-volume prairie dog shooting.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Touring and Roe Deer Hunting in Serbia a Winning Combo <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10544</a> subscriber T. McVey recommends a custom hunting and touring trip to Serbia with Srdja Dimitrijevic's Hunt in Europe (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 011-34-67-121-3205). McVey says that he and guide Aleksandar Belancic hunted roe deer in Vojvodina in northern Serbia in May.<br><br>"A week touring northern Serbia proved to be a wonderful European vacation for my wife and me. I also had a most enjoyable hunt, seeing numerous roe deer as well as a jackal."<br><br>McVey told us more about his hunt in a follow-up phone conversation.<br><br>"This is my second hunt with Hunt in Europe, the first being a great Macedonia hunt. Both were purchased at the Central Ohio SCI Chapter's auction, with touring included. Srdja Dimitrijevic and Sonja do a great job.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT DIY or Guided for Alaska Sitka Blacktails? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Fresh off an early-season hunt for Sitka blacktail deer, Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk shares some lessons learned and makes recommendations for hunters wishing to add this little-known deer to their collections.</em><br><br>Sitka blacktail deer are the small deer native to coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Their natural range was limited to more temperate climate, which kept them isolated on the islands in southeast Alaska and a thin band along the coast. Even within this range, many of the populations are the result of transplanted deer, such as the area around Prince William Sound and Yakutat, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. They have also been transplanted to Kodiak, Raspberry and Afognak Islands as well as to New Zealand.<br><br>Sitka blacktail may well be the smallest species of North American deer both in body and antler size, rivaling Coues deer in both categories. The minimum score for B&C Sitka blacktails is 108, while the minimum for Coues deer is 110. The world records are 133 and 144-1/8 respectively. Blacktails live in notoriously steep country with thick vegetation.<br><br>I recently completed a hunt with two companions on Prince of Wales (POW) Island in SE Alaska. While we all had an opportunity to shoot a legal buck, we took only one 3x2 buck, shot by one of my companions. Perhaps my judgement is clouded by the recent experience, but I'm willing to rate the Sitka blacktail as the most difficult deer to hunt in North America.<br><br>To briefly recap my hunt, we flew to Ketchikan and overnighted there. Given that it's still cruise ship season, even the budget hotel chains get $200 and up per night. With the crowds, we were happy to take a float plane to POW early the next morning. There is an interisland ferry that runs between Ketchikan and Hollis on POW each day, but it leaves Hollis at 8am arriving in Ketchikan at 11am, then leaves Ketchikan for the return trip at 3pm not getting back to the island until 6pm. Taking the Taquan Air float plane at 7:30am gave us an extra day on the island to hunt. Since it's a scheduled flight, you can hunt the same day.<br><br>Once on the island, we rented a Toyota Tundra from Hollis Adventure Rentals (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and the owner met us at the dock to help us get oriented. Not every village on POW has gas for sale and some planning is necessary. We had reserved a cabin from the US Forest Service (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) that was behind a locked gate. One of our bags was delayed in transit, but Alaska Airlines found it and had it delivered almost immediately. Once we made it to our cabin, we were free to start hunting and fishing for abundant pink salmon.... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Could California Produce the Next Mother Lode of Trophy Black Bears? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Since California (a.k.a. the "Golden Bear State," though the last grizzly disappeared sometime around 1924) banned bear hunting with dogs in 2013, the state has pretty much dropped off the radar for bear hunters. Black bears are common however, and Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk tells us that numbers and trophy potential are increasing, which is good news for hunters up for the challenge. Read on.</em><br><br>Black bears abound in California and the state produces a number of record book trophy bears. Currently between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears occupy northern California, the Sierra Nevadas and parts of the central coast and Traverse Mountains of central California.<br><br>The 2013 California ban on hound hunting caused a chain of events. First, the total number of bears harvested dropped from 1,962 in 2012, to 1,078 in 2013 and 1,439 in 2014. This has resulted in an apparent increase in the total bear population. Second, the average age of bears harvested has increased from seven to nine years, indicating a mature population. Given that bears are now primarily harvested by deer hunters, a nine-year-old average would be considered high and means that the trophy potential is increasing. Third, the number of bears causing conflict doubled between 2013 and 2014, as did the number of bears removed for depredation. While the number of bears removed is high (143) it is less than 10% of the total take. However, it does reflect the reality that hunters managing the bear population has been replaced by governmental agency action to remove more bears. Finally, the number of hunters using outfitters to harvest a bear has dropped to an incredibly low 0.6% (only nine bears of the 1,439 were harvested by guided clients!).<br><br>This latter statistic is especially interesting in light of guide licensing in California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) requires guides to be licensed and 119 include black bear as a species they offer. With so many black bear guides, how is it that so few bears are taken?... The Sep 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT