The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Lock, Stock and Barrel Hunt Openings...Announcements...Properties for Sale...Rare Books...and More......<a href="">Click Here</a> The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Transitions and New Services for Hunting Report Subscribers (No, we’re NOT becoming a booking agency!) <center>By Barbara Crown, Publisher</center><br>2014 is almost over and it’s time to announce some big developments coming for 2015! We’ve been working hard at<em>The Hunting Report</em>this year to plan and transition into some exciting changes for you.<br><br>First we’re creating an entirely new, faster, more functional, better looking website. You’ll soon be able to easily find every report, article, bulletin, photo and posting on an operator, destination or species in one place with one simple search. Managing your subscription online will be easy, too.<br><br>We’re also developing a series of “Blockbuster Reports” and booklets on all the hunts you’re interested in, and a number of supplemental email newsletters that will deliver useful news throughout the month.<br><br>Better yet is the new personalized research service we’re developing as a subscription upgrade. Now you can harness the research expertise of<em>The Hunting Report’s</em>editorial staff to help you find your next hunt. Here’s how it will work... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Welcome to New Corporate Sponsor: Ripcord Fail-Safe Travel Protection Continuing<em>Hunting Report</em>subscribers know that we are very cautious about the services we recommend to our readers. So, it was only after months of due diligence that we decided to introduce you to<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ripcord</a>, a travel protection service offering the most complete array of emergency travel services we have ever seen rolled into one membership. For years<em>The Hunting Report</em>has pressed the necessity of medical and security evacuation services, but we've also urged readers to purchase other supplemental travel protection products. Ripcord offers extraction services and trip interruption insurance, and can also include involuntary detention services, international travel medical and dental insurance, trip and travel assistance with such things as baggage loss, prescription refills, emergency cash, security and medical travel advice and more. And all at very reasonable rates.<br><br>Ripcord is the adventure travel arm of Redpoint Resolutions, a travel risk and crisis response company specializing in comprehensive global travel solutions. They serve government agencies, corporations and organizations that require employees to travel or live abroad. The company is owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians who practice wilderness medicine and understand the challenges of medical and security emergencies in remote environments. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <div align="center"><strong>More Hunt Reports…</strong></div><br><em>(Editor 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 copies of them can be obtained through our Trip-Planning Service. See page 2 for details on how to place an order. E-Mail Extra subscribers can view the full text of these reports free in the password-protected section of our web site at You too can have complete access to our entire database of reports and past articles for only $3 a month by upgrading your subscription to E-mail Extra. Visit our web site or call us at 305-253-5301.)...</em> The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Assessments on Terrorist Threats in Cameroon; Concerns about Ebola Cross-Continent <center>By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief</center><br><br> By now you have probably heard that the US State Department has issued a Travel Warning against<b>Cameroon</b>, drawing particular attention to the Far North region of the country. The warning cites terrorist activity by the group Boko Haram, and a pattern of kidnappings. The US Embassy restricts travel by US officials to both the North and Far North of Cameroon. Travel Warnings are also in place for the countries bordering that region of Cameroon, namely CAR, Niger and Chad. You can read the entire warning for yourself at the US State Department website at<a href="" target="new"></a>.<br><br> Northern Cameroon is where giant eland are hunted, so we immediately began contacting operators there to find out what’s happening in their areas and what they plan to do this season. None of them are canceling hunts. All of them were surprised at the blanket Travel Warning.<br><br> All the operators I spoke with agree that it’s dangerous in the Far North Region (that crooked wedge of Cameroon jutting up between Nigeria to the west and Chad to the east). But none of the safari operators work in that area. They all operate in North Cameroon, which is the region just to the south, and they all contend that there is no need for a Travel Warning there. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Overlooked Hunting Opportunities on the Navajo Nation <center>By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</center><br><em>Editor’s Note: The Navajo Reservation includes nearly 27,000 square miles, mostly in Arizona, and some of this area is prime hunting country. Here's what you need to know about big game hunting on these lands, according to Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk. Enjoy!</em><br><br>The first thing to consider if you are looking at a hunt on any Navajo Reservation lands is that all wildlife management in these semi-autonomous regions is conducted through the Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife Division (<a href="" target="new"></a>), not the state fish wildlife agencies. Seasons and rules are different. Big game available for non-tribal members includes bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bear and mountain lion. Small game hunting is also available. Here’s a look at what’s on offer and what you need to know to begin planning a hunt. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Last-Minute Hunt Options Near Major Hunting Shows <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Hunting show season is coming up soon, and it's still possible to book a hunt "in the neighborhood" for most of the conventions you might attend. We covered this topic extensively in our<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">December 2013</a>issue (page 10) and those are still good options.<br><br><strong>Reno Options</strong><br><br>The Sheep Show,<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Wild Sheep Foundation</a>, Jan. 8-10, 2015<br><br>Slam Quest Convention,<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Grand Slam/Ovis</a>, Jan. 28-31, 2015<br><br>By this time of year almost all of the big game seasons are over, with the exception of mountain lion hunts, which are just getting underway. Another option would be a feral hog hunt in nearby California, which we highlighted last December. Note that these hunt options also apply to the Mule Deer Foundation/SFW Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City Feb. 19-22.In the cover story of our July, 2014 issue, we focused on Nevada's generous lion season and low cost tags. One outfitter covering a lot of country and offering a lot of options is Wade Lemon (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 435-795-2299). Lemon hunts in a number of states including Nevada, Utah and Arizona and has a posse of houndsmen he works with. At press time, Lemon told us he still has a few lion slots open for $6,000 though he didn't specify when those hunts could take place. He also told us he still has openings for desert sheep in Sonora at around $50,000. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Wyoming Wolf Back Under Endangered Species Act Protection, Hunting Cancelled for 2014 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>In an<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Email Extra Bulletin</a>we sent out on Sept. 24, we told subscribers that, only the day before, the US District Court for Washington DC had struck down the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule that removed wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in Wyoming. That rule had allowed for state management and created an opportunity for sport harvest in the "trophy game" management area in the northwest part of the state.<br><br>Wolves in Wyoming are now back under the protection of the ESA. The 2012 ruling was challenged by Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the US, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Fund for Animals. Interveners included the State of Wyoming, the NRA, SCI and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Musk Ox Hunting Still Prime Despite Reports of Disease, Die-Offs <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Subscriber Steven King forwarded an "Advisory for 2014 Hunters" sent by Fred and Dawn Hamilton of High Arctic Lodge (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 250-497-2000) regarding the status of muskox on<strong>Victoria Island</strong>, in the northwest of Canada. The Hamiltons were advising their 2014 hunters - some at the last minute before their August hunt - that muskox in their area on Victoria Island had suffered a serious decline due to the pathogen<em>Erysipelas</em>and that hunting in 2014 was going to be difficult. The advisory said, in part, "We will strive to get each and every hunter a muskox this season, but we can no longer promise a 'pick and choose' situation or a record size. We will be flying hunters further from the lodge than normal at our own expense to attempt to find enough muskox to fill all tags." High Arctic Lodge also reports suspending all muskox hunting starting with 2015 and "for the foreseeable future."<br><br>King had paid all of the hunt costs in advance for his hunt, which was scheduled to start August 22, and was concerned enough to inquire about canceling the hunt. In a follow-up phone interview, King told us that the Hamiltons were not obligated to refund his money, since the decision to cancel was his, but that, once King decided to pull the plug on the hunt, the Hamiltons promptly sent the entire refund. We spoke with Fred Hamilton while he was still in the Arctic. He told us they had just finished up their season with 36 hunters all taking muskox. "We might continue to take five or six muskox hunters a year, but probably not the 35 or 40 we've been taking. A lot will depend on what this winter brings and what authorities allow in the future."<br><br>As for<em>Erysipelas</em>, the bacterium is common in pigs, but its spread to the Arctic islands is something of a mystery. A thorough health assessment of muskox on Victoria Island was conducted in 2009-2010 and the pathogen was not detected. It first showed up in muskox in July 2012 on Banks Island in the Northwest Territories (west of Victoria Island) and additional mortality appeared in 2013. Apparently, muskox can be very sensitive to the bacterium, as some of the first animals found had full stomachs, indicating a quick onset of the disease. Environment Canada has not canceled any seasons, but preliminary indications, based on dead muskox found, are that the island-wide population of some 45,000 animals may have declined 10% or more. However, comprehensive surveys have not been conducted, and nothing has yet confirmed the Hamiltons' estimate that the herd they hunt has been reduced by 90%.<br><br>Victoria Island is a huge island that straddles the NWT-Nunavut border. Muskox on the island tend to migrate to the southeast in the winter and spend time near the town of Cambridge Bay. This local population numbered only about 3,300 in 1983, but increased dramatically to over 18,000 by 1999.<em>Erysipelas</em>is likely to reduce the herd, but not to anywhere near the original 1983 survey numbers.<br><br>As of now, muskox still exist in huntable numbers on Banks Island, Victoria Island and the Arctic mainland. With over 113,000 muskox in Canada, it's clear this might be "the good old days" for muskox hunting. Certainly disease and harsh weather will always cause populations to fluctuate, and when they do we expect wildlife agencies to adjust quotas accordingly and outfitters to adjust to those new realities. We salute the Hamiltons for assessing the impacts to their hunters and acting responsibly in the best interests of their clients.<br><br>We'll continue to watch this situation and report on future survey results as they become available. In the interim, if you want to collect a muskox, you may want to schedule a hunt while they're at near record levels. If you head north for muskox this season, please report what you find. -<em>Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> <div align="center"></div> The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT 2015 Hunting Conventions <strong>December, 2014</strong><br><br>Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation<br>Hunter Christmas<br>Las Vegas, Nevada<br>Dec. 4, 2014<br><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a><br><br>Pferd & Jagd<br>Hanover, Germany<br>Dec. 4-7, 2014<br><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a><br><br><strong>January, 2015</strong><br><br>Jan. 8-10, 2015<br>Wild Sheep Foundation<br>Sheep Show<br>Reno, Nevada<br><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Alberta Bighorn Sheep Outfitting Changes Rampant <center>By Ken Nowicki, Correspondent</center><br><br><em>Editor’s Note: With bighorn sheep hunting seasons winding down across western Canada, it’s time to begin planning if you are looking for any of these high-demand hunts for 2015 or beyond. No sheep hunt is guaranteed, and, traditionally, success this season will be one of your best predictors for success in the coming years. But what happens when concessions change hands? Correspondent Ken Nowicki is an Alberta resident, avid sheep hunter, and has just finished his second term as a Director of the Wild Sheep Foundation ( We asked him for an update to help you plan for 2015 and beyond. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Rumors of changes to Alberta’s bighorn sheep hunting regulations have been circulating for the past couple of years. At this point they are still just rumors, but rumor alone may have spurred a number of long-time outfitters into selling allocations. Perhaps it was an indication that residents would be put on a limited-entry draw system, but that should not affect outfitting. Whatever the reason, there have been a lot of changes in Alberta. Here are some of the changes I consider to be most significant. Please note it would be wrong to suggest that any of the outfitters selling their sheep concessions is out of the business completely. Some will continue with other species. And to be fair, this list of outfits that have changed hands is not complete. Below are just the highlights of an ongoing process. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Follow-up on Delayed Trophies from Cameroon Hunt <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: On Page 15 of our<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">September issue</a>we aired a complaint from Mexican subscriber Ramon Llano on Ngong Safaris and Børge Ladefoged. The complaint centered on logistical foulups that resulted in missed flights, and, subsequently, missing trophies. At that writing we had not heard from Børge Ladefoged, but we recently received this explanation from him:</em><br><br>First of all I would like to say that I am very sorry that the transport logistics in connection with Mr. Llano's safari has not been up to standard. However, part of this is a case of force majeure as it was due to circumstances beyond our control.... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Todd Rice of Sonoran Outfitters Under Investigation by SCI Ethics Committee <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>If you've been following our coverage on Todd Rice and Sonoran Outfitters in<strong>Mexico</strong>, you may be wondering who, if anyone, has been booking the hunts Rice is continually promoting. We've recently seen his emails for sheep, bison and deer hunts. This despite the fact that he still hasn't, to our knowledge, delivered any of the sheep trophies due to a number of his previous hunters.<br><br>Paul Dachton tells us he has filed formal charges with the Ethics Committee of SCI against Todd Rice over his missing sheep trophy. He copied us on an email from SCI Counsel Rick Parsons, which follows:... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Hunter Says Yukon Hunt was Not Delivered as Promised By Justin Jones, Assistant EditorSubscriber Scott Quillman is unhappy with a Stone sheep hunt he took with Dean Sandulak's Trophy Stone Outfitting (; 867-667-6337; in the Yukon in August/September of 2013. Quillman says that he "booked a horseback hunt that ended up being a full-time backpack hunt," and says that he had communication issues with Sandulak regarding the hunt. We contacted Sandulak via email to get his perspective on this hunt. Communication from both parties can be viewed at (insert URL here).In report9776, Quillman writes, "I booked a horseback hunt, and got a backpack hunt. It was that simple." He says that his guide, Scott Fontaine, was excellent, but he did not see any legal rams on the hunt, citing bad weather and lack of mobility as possible contributing factors. We spoke to Quillman in a follow-up phone conversation, and he tells us that he feels Sandulak did not deliver on the specifics of the hunt as they were agreed upon at booking.... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Missing/Delayed Deer Trophies From Mexico Outfitter <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In a follow-up to his original report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8582</a>) subscriber RP Musselman complains of missing whitetail and mule deer trophies from a January 2012 hunt in Mexico with Alberto Valdes Fisher's El Chupadero Ranch Outfitters. In new report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9855</a>Mark Shears echoes the same complaint about the same outfitter from a 2011 hunt. Shears further notes that he saw no mule deer and very few whitetails, blaming a drought for the lack of deer seen.<br><br>We have several pieces of correspondence between Musselman and Fisher, some between Fisher and Spears, and a lengthy explanation from Fisher to Hunting Report Publisher Barbara Crown outlining his difficulties with delivering these trophies.... The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Learn Trophies of Native Species from 2009 Argentina Hunt Are Unexportable <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">7308</a>, subscribers Dick and Sandi Fruchey told us they were pleased with a March, 2009 mixed-bag hunt with Jorge A. Robles Safaris in Argentina. Now they aren't so sure, since they contend they were never told that their indigenous game trophies (two mountain lion, two collared peccary, capybara and brocket deer) would not be exportable.<br><br>For the past five years, the Frucheys have been trying resolutely to get their trophies. They say they have gotten nothing but a run-around.<br><br>They copied us on a recent email to shipping agent Federico Testa, which said, in part:<br><br>"To reiterate, Sandi and I hunted in Argentina in March 2009, and again in August 2010, with Jorge A. Robles Safaris of Buenos Aires, operated by Lucy Detry de Robles & Agustin Inchausti Robles. Bookings were at the SCI Conventions. The safaris were excellent, and we took 16 non-indigenous animals and six native animals, including two puma, two collared peccary, one gray-brown brocket deer and one capybara, which were transferred to you at Logistic-Solution S.R.L., Moreno 442 Piso I-C.A.B.A. -Argentina, for shipment to Coppersmith in the US. We subsequently received all of the non-indigenous trophies. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Why Family Safaris Are Better Than Standard Vacations <center>By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</center><br><br>More hunters than ever are taking the kids along on hunts in Africa and finding that a safari can make for a relaxing, hassle-free family vacation. In Report 9815, subscriber Barry Gleiberman tells us that he took just such a trip in Namibia this August with Marina and Joof Lamprecht's Hunters Namibia Safaris (<a href="" target="new"></a>;<a href=""></a>; 011 264-81-303-3010). He was accompanied by his wife and three children.<br><br>Gleiberman writes, “The whole trip went perfectly. Hunters Namibia made for a great adventure and first trip to Africa for all of us. The hunting itself was excellent, and we took some wonderful trophies from among abundant eland, wildebeest, red hartebeest, oryx, warthog, zebra, waterbuck and more. My two sons also had the opportunity to harvest cull animals at no extra charge, with all meat going to the local area. Marina and Joof Lamprecht were consummate hosts, and spending the evenings with them around the dinner table and the campfire made a perfect cap to the day’s activities.” We spoke to Gleiberman in a follow-up phone conversation, and he told us that he highly recommends this hunt, particularly for hunters who want to travel to Africa with family. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Early-Season Idaho Rifle Hunt For Mule Deer <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>If you are looking for a mule deer in velvet, here's an opportunity you may want to jump on. In Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9810</a>subscriber Dwight Van Brunt recommends you take a close look at<strong>Idaho</strong>and the hunts offered by Bruce Duncan of Selkirk Guiding & Outfitting (509-893-3414). He hunted in September of this year in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho's northern panhandle, near Priest River.<br><br>"There are very few opportunities to rifle hunt for velvet mule deer and this outfitter has the only tag available for this allocated controlled hunt (no draw). The guide area includes some of the best country in Idaho and success on good bucks over the years has been high. Beyond that, Bruce is a hunter's hunter - a true man of the mountains. He spends the majority of the year out in his guide area and knows where to find game. I've hunted with Bruce several times in the last few years (taking huge mountain lion and bobcat) and waited in line for this deer permit for a long time. When it came available, I took it immediately, and it was one of the finest hunting experiences of my life. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Long Draw Odds on Two Colorado Hunts for Sheep and Mountain Goat <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</span></div><br>Last month (page 11) we printed subscriber Ross Heilman's report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9799</a>in our database) on his bighorn sheep hunt in Colorado. Heilman drew his sheep tag after only five years of trying. Since then, we've received two more reports on CO mountain hunts - one for bighorn sheep and one for mountain goat. The three hunts, when viewed together, tell a similar tale of how to be successful if you are lucky enough to draw the tag...<br><br>Subscriber Terrell McCombs (Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9826</a>) checked in on a Rocky Mountain bighorn hunt in Colorado's S-11 sheep unit north of Buena Vista. McCombs hunted with outfitter/guide Joe Boucher of Horn Fork Guides, Ltd. (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 719-395-3665). The S-11 unit is one of the toughest sheep hunts in Colorado. McCombs switched his applications to this unit a couple of years ago hoping his odds would improve. After 17 years of applying unsuccessfully, he finally drew the one nonresident tag. "It was worth it," he tells us. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department reports the population in this unit at 100 to 120 sheep with about 25 rams. The unit is about 40 miles square, a lot of country hiding few sheep. In an average year, only two or three rams are taken on the five tags issued. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Successful Yakutia Snow Sheep Hunt with Safari Outfitters in Russia <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> In last month's cover story we featured Rex Baker's exploratory hunt for the previously-closed Chukotka snow sheep in Russia. Now, subscriber George Latham Meyers has filed a very positive report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9809</a>) on a mountain hunt for Yakutia snow sheep in Russia's Verkhoyansk Mountains. Myers booked this hunt through Safari Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 307-587-5596). The Yakutia snow sheep are the most populous of the snow sheep subspecies, and the most commonly hunted. "I've taken Okhotsk snow sheep in Russia before," Meyers tells us, "and I was interested in going for another snow sheep. As far as these sheep subspecies go, there are lumpers and splitters, but there is some variation in color among the different subspecies."<br><br> Hunters on this trip fly to Moscow, where they are met by interpreter Sasha Kiselev. From there it's a six-hour flight to Yakutsk, and then an hour and a half by helicopter into the Verkhoyansk Mountains near the 64th parallel, 100 km from the nearest village. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT A Boots-on-the-Ground Report on Pakistan Ibex Hunting <div align="center">By Mychal Murray,<em>Hunting Report</em>Subscriber</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: A number of recent subscriber reports (See<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9596</a>,<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9528</a>,<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8993</a>and<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8600</a>) highlight Pakistan as a rewarding destination for hunters willing to accept a dynamic political and security situation. Even Mike Borel (Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9528</a>) who, after his hunt concluded, was forced to hunker down in his hotel for three days due to sectarian violence, gives his hunt mostly excellent ratings. Now, in Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9762</a>, subscriber Mychal Murray recommends an ibex hunt and offers some suggestions on planning your own hunt. Here's the story:</em><br><br>I endured a lot of flak from friends and family when they learned I was going to be hunting in Pakistan, but I had a great adventure and would be willing to return. The key, as I see it, is to hunt with a reputable outfitter who has both experience and good local people in place to adapt to changing situations.<br><br>Before I booked my hunt, I did my research.<em>The Hunting Report</em>database indicated that two Turkish outfitters, Caprinae Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) and Shikar Safaris (;, and two American booking agents, The Hunting Consortium (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 540-955-0090) and Safari Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 307-587-5596), all had the experience and resources necessary to make sure clients stayed safe and had good hunts. I had hunted with Caprinae Safaris in Turkey in October 2013 and had been impressed with their services (see Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9382</a>), so I decided to book my February 2014 hunt for Himalayan and Sindh ibex with them. The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Game Hunting Romania Scams Hunters out of Deposit Money <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: The world has changed. Since 9-11, we've become almost accustomed to organized terrorist groups launching deadly attacks on innocent civilians across the world. Weekly, it seems, we get news of highly sophisticated criminal enterprises, often based in Eastern Europe, hacking into and stealing the private data held by big stores and major financial institutions. It's a constant game of cat-and-mouse, each time the good guys develop another level of security, the bad guys find a new point of weakness to exploit. It happens around the world, but we never thought it would happen in the hunting community.<br><br>Sure, we've seen - and exposed - lone-wolves setting up scam hunts to dupe hunters. We have seen a number of outfitters (some with an excellent track record) get on the wrong side of the law. But in our 34 years at The Hunting Report, we've never seen anything like the calculated, organized, well-crafted effort to defraud hunters that was recently perpetrated by Laurentiu Mihaiu (which may be an alias) and Game Hunting Romania, and we deeply regret the inadvertent part we played in this scam. We were targeted and duped and, unfortunately, so were some of our subscribers. As a result of this, we are making some major changes in the way we handle reports on new outfitters. We'll outline these in a moment. But first, here's the full story:...</em> The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <div align="center">Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.<br>Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor<br></div><br><table class="ae_noborder" align="center"><tbody><tr><td><em>(Editor Note: 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 nonresident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed.)</em></td></tr></tbody></table> The Nov 2014 Issue Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT