The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT PH Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe We have just learned from Tim Danklef and Dave Fulson of Safari Classics of the death of PH Ian Gibson of Chifuti Safaris in an encounter with a bull elephant while guiding in Chewore North in the lower Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe.Fulson writes: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of professional hunter Ian Gibson. Ian was tragically killed by an elephant bull earlier today.“The details are just starting to emerge as I write this. However, it appears that Ian and his client had been on the tracks of an elephant bull for approximately five hours when they decided to take a break and allow the client to rest. Feeling they were quite close to the elephant, Ian and his tracker, Robert, continued to follow the tracks in hopes of getting a look at the ivory as the client stayed with the game scout. Robert indicated the bull was in musk. They eventually caught up to the bull, spotting him at about 50 to 100 meters. The bull instantly turned and began a full charge. Ian and Robert began shouting in order to stop the charge. At very close range, Ian was able to get off one shot before the bull killed him. The scene was horrific.“Ian Gibson was a fine man and one of the most experienced professional hunters on the African continent. He will be deeply missed by all. I will provide more details as they become available.”Here at The Hunting Report, we knew Gibson well and extend our deepest condolences to his family and his associates at Chifuti Safaris and across the hunting world. News Bulletins Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-LargeMarch 26, 2015<br><br> The 2015 fall hunt permit drawing process is underway with different deadlines in each state. Below is a summary of the most important current and upcoming deadlines. As a planning tool, we maintain a complete listing of draw opportunities online.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Reports (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 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!)... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT APHA Recognizes Top PHs at Annual Awards Presentation <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">African Professional Hunters Association</a> (APHA) held its annual awards presentation during the SCI Convention in Las Vegas, in February 2015. APHA members represent some of the best hunting professionals and conservationists throughout Africa, and the awards recognize the best of the best each year.<br><br>The 2014 APHA awards winners were as follows... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Cyber Security Primer on How to Avoid Becoming a Victim <div align="center">By Deb Sieloff, Subscriber/Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Back in November, The Hunting Report was targeted by cyber scammers looking to steal deposit money by offering non-existent hunts in Romania. The entire scam was tailored specifically for us and you can read about it in our November issue (page 14) with a follow-up in our February issue (page 16). When we discovered that subscriber/correspondent Debra Sieloff has ghostwritten books on cybercrime, we asked her for a tutorial on common ways that cybercriminals target hunters into being a voluntary victim, and things to do to protect yourself.</em><br><br>I open my email. There's The Hunting Report's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Crown, describing a new hunt opportunity. And it's one of my fantasy hunts: European brown bear. But, my gut says something's just not right about this email. I ping Barbara, who immediately writes back: SCAM! As a subscriber, you very possibly received this same scam mail.<br><br>Our world is bombarded by <strong>93 million</strong> pieces of spam each week and hunters get our share. Some advertising spam is from legitimate companies just trying to reach new customers. But, some is pure trouble. And it's often difficult to know which is which. <br><br>So why do we click on links and download brochures that criminals send us? The criminals behind the scams are teams of skilled professional thieves who specialize in getting you to respond to their scams.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Great Trophy Quality on Early-Season Benin Hunt <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>The last time we heard anything from Benin was in November 2013, when we covered a late-season hunt with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Safaris Chelet</a> (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3209</a>) for roan and buffalo. Recently we received a report from subscriber Brian Peterson on a 12-day hunt in January with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Club Faune</a> (<a href=""></a>; 011-33-1-42-88-31-32) in the Porga Block of Pendjari National Park in the northwest of Benin. Peterson hunted with PH Alex Houlette, taking a spectacular harnessed bushbuck and Nagor reedbuck, buffalo, oribi and kob.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9948</a>, Peterson writes, "I went to Benin early to avoid the heat, so there was plenty of water around, the animals were dispersed, and there was plenty of cover. If anything, Club Faune undersold the hunt beforehand, and I was happily surprised by the density of game in the hunting area.<br><br>"During the hunt we saw many buffalo herds from the truck, and bushbuck were everywhere. We also saw reedbuck, hartebeest, and some sing sing waterbuck that were very large for the area. Buffalo and roan concentrate heavily later in the season, and the roan were still dispersed while I was there. Roan was low on my priority list and I turned down a respectable one early in the hunt. Later on we got onto several herds but no big bulls.<br><br>"The trophy potential in the Porga Block is excellent. On the first hour of the first day I took a 12-inch-plus harnessed bushbuck, an exceptional trophy, and saw another that was noticeably bigger. It wouldn't surprise me if a new record came from this area. The Nagor reedbuck I took was over 10 inches on the inside curl with 6.5-inch bases. I was told by the tracker, who was there when they took the previous world record, that mine was larger. I also took a very heavy 10-year-old western savannah buffalo on the third day of hunting, which was a highlight of the trip.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT An Update on Maral Stag Hunts in Mongolia <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: At one time maral stag (Asian elk, Asian wapiti) in <strong>Mongolia</strong> were a major draw for international hunters. But Mongolia closed hunting for maral stag in 2005, and we haven't heard much since the reopening of hunting in 2011. Here's an update from Assistant Editor Justin Jones, who contacted key outfitters and agents to get a clearer picture of what's happening.</em><br><br>Poaching and a winter of record cold led to a major population crash for maral stag in Mongolia in the early 2000s. In response, the government stepped up its anti-poaching and transplant program, which brought a quick recovery. As early as 2007 there was talk about hunting reopening, and some Mongolian outfitters were still listing maral stag on their brochures to keep hunter interest alive, despite being unable to book hunts at that time. The focus for Asian elk hunting had shifted to Kazakhstan and Russia. Hunting in Mongolia reopened quietly with five permits in September of 2011.<br><br>Mongolia has multiple ibex and argali species available for world-class combo hunts, so there's good reason for renewed interest in Mongolian elk as another combo possibility.<br><br>In 2012 Mongolia enacted major changes in hunting regulations, and there have even been efforts to close hunting there altogether. Permits have been cut across the board in each of the last few years, and readers will recall that Gobi ibex hunting was canceled in 2013 only to reopen the following year (see Article <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">3105</a> in the database). In our most recent coverage in January (see Article <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">3349</a>), we mentioned that permits were reduced again for 2015.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Update on Quebec Permits <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>A quick note from <strong>Quebec</strong> where there has been a slight reduction in caribou permits for the 2015-2016 season. Overall, permits have been cut by 20%, with the majority of permit cuts to the resident winter meat hunt. Permits for Zone 23 West, where nonresident trophy hunting takes place, have been reduced by only 7%. There will be 749 permits available for 2015.<br><br>Quebec manages caribou permits by outfitter, so some outfitters who did not sell all of their tags in 2014 saw their quota reduced. Here is an excerpt from a recent announcement by the Quebec government:<br><br><em>"The Leaf River herd was thought to be fairly stable between 2011 and 2013. However, in the fall of 2014 its population was estimated at roughly 380,000 animals, down by 19% from the same period in 2013. The decline was caused by a low percentage of fawns and a significant drop in the survival rate of mature males and females. All the biological indicators suggest that the herd will continue to decline. Accordingly, more restrictive sport hunting measures are required."...</em> The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Shooting Instruction with a Good Hog Hunt <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>From the reports we've received, it seems that some subscribers are interested in improving their shooting skills as part of enjoying a great hunt (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2420</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3213</a> in our Email Extra database).<br><br>Recently, we heard from Kyler Hamann who runs Boaring Experiences (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 805-461-0294) in Parkfield, <strong>California</strong>, an hour from Atascadero, roughly half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hamann has set up a specialized shooting range and can offer instruction along with hunts for pigs, deer (in season), bobcats and a variety of smaller game. "I've set this up with the express purpose of training hunters to improve their shooting on game," Hamann told us in a recent email.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Correction and an Update on Safari Bongo <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>I have more on the operators still hunting in Central African Republic, where political and sectarian violence in recent years caused most companies to leave. In last month's issue, I stated that operators who had stuck it out in 2014 were all using the areas of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Central African Wildlife Adventures'</a> Erik Mararv (<a href=""></a>) in the southeast of CAR. I mistakenly included Jacques Lemaux of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Safari Bongo</a> on this list.<br><br>Lemaux has a separate concession in CAR, according to Elise Duckworth of Duckworth Safaris International (<a href=""></a>; 011-31-486-41-40-50), which partners with Safari Bongo on organizing these hunts.<br><br>According to Duckworth, "Lemaux has continued to operate bongo hunts on his Rafaï Concession. Although things have been difficult, he managed the 2014 season without any problems. He is presently in CAR scouting a new area for giant eland for 2016, and we may have word on that in April." We will let readers know when we hear about Lemaux's plans for eland.<br><br>The Rafaï Concession is located in Haut-Mbomou, in eastern CAR. The concession itself lies north of the Mbomou River, encompassing 7,150 square kilometers of forest/grassland mosiac. Lemaux has been taking some very large bongo out of this area over the last seven years, including six of the SCI Top 10 Western bongo.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Second Safari Operator Hunting in Chad <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>We happily announced the reopening of hunting in Chad in our <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">February issue</a>, and detailed the planned operation of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Club Faune</a> (<a href=""></a>; 011-33-1-42-88-31-32) there. Well, now we have information on another safari operator in Chad: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Valencia Expeditions</a> (<a href=""></a>; 213-399-0831), run by Michael Valencia.<br><br>In a recent email conversation, Valencia told us that he had already successfully concluded two safaris in Chad, and was about to begin a third. His first party took western kudu, red-fronted gazelle, patas monkey, warthog, genet and side-striped jackal.<br><br>"We are hunting in an area of 800,000 hectares along the border of Zakouma National Park, which is about a nine-hour drive east of N'Djamena, or two hours by charter flight. For this season, we are only hunting about 200,000 hectares of the total area. Roads have been rebuilt for the season, and will continue to be improved. The terrain is sub-Saharan desert, with desert-type vegetation.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Disagreement Over Game Abundance in the Yukon <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We have a mixed report from subscriber Jose Sodiro who took his son on a 2013 mountain caribou and grizzly hunt with Ceaser Lake Outfitters in Yukon. Though Sodiro gives the outfitter mostly good or excellent marks, and says that he took a good mountain caribou, he tells us he cannot recommend the hunt due to lack of game seen. In his report, Sodiro tells us he saw three moose and 10-12 caribou but no grizzly at all. In an evaluation filed with the outfitter upon completion of the hunt, his son estimates he saw "40 caribou but not very many good trophies."<br><br>In his response, outfitter Joel Wilkinson quotes the Sodiros' guide as saying they saw many caribou and moose, and reminds us that this is a mountain caribou hunt and not expected to produce the vast herds of caribou sometimes seen elsewhere.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Undelivered Trophies from 2012 Zimbabwe Hunt <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber Marlowe Kottke is unhappy with the fallout from a 2012 hunt in Zimbabwe with Gerard Erasmus of Sumsare Safaris. The crux of his complaint is that he has yet to receive his bushbuck and sable trophies from the hunt.<br><br>As we have the details, Kottke originally booked his hunt in 2010 through a friend, at the Dallas Safari Club convention. He paid an $8,000 deposit at the time of the booking. The following year, Kottke met with Erasmus in Texas and paid off his safari with another $8,500. At that time, he says several other hunters also were present at the meeting but that he was not part of their group. In May of 2011, Sumsare postponed the hunt to 2012 because the other hunters had not booked their safaris and Sumsare couldn't justify opening the camp for a single hunter.<br><br>Kottke hunted in June, 2012. At the conclusion of the hunt, he was given a bill for $4,000 in additional fees even though he had paid his agreed-on fee in 2011. The reason Sumsare gave for the increase was that the group Kottke's friend put together never paid or showed up for their safaris and owed him $12,500.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT How To Vet an Unknown Outfitter <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Our main mission at The Hunting Report is helping our subscribers find the right outfitter anywhere in the world who will deliver exactly the hunt they want. There are a lot of factors involved, but one of the most basic is making certain that the outfitter you choose can legally operate where you intend to hunt. It sounds pretty basic, and, in fact, it is one of the first things we do for our Trophy Club members when they ask us to help them find their next hunt. But, in the excitement of planning a hunt, details sometimes get forgotten. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to give you the strategies needed to vet an outfitter for yourself. Mike focuses on the western US, but the strategies he outlines apply worldwide.</em><br><br>Probably the surest way to guarantee a quality hunt is to pick an outfitter with a long track record of producing exactly the kind of hunt you are looking for. One of the recurring themes we see in negative reports is poor performance by outfitters or guides who weren't selected based on their individual accomplishments but rather on the game they could offer or where they operate. This is much more common in the US than in other countries, but poor or even illegal operators are out there regardless of where you choose to hunt.<br><br>Sometimes, you have to select an outfitter based on the game they offer. For example, there are only so many Stone sheep operators and fewer still that have openings in a particular year. So a hunter may select an outfitter based on availability of game and a tag rather than on the qualifications of the guides or the style of the hunt.<br><br>Or, especially in the US West, you may choose an outfitter because he's familiar with the unit where you've drawn a coveted tag. We've seen it happen before: you start applying for a specific unit in a specific state because you know an outfitter there. You keep applying because you are building preference points. But, by the time you actually draw the tag, the outfitter you wanted to hunt with is no longer in business and you need to find another.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Four Different Chamois Trophies on One Trip to Southern France <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: At the recent SCI convention in Las Vegas, we were speaking with Jean-Pierre Bernon of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Club Faune</a> (<a href=""></a>) about new hunting opportunities in Chad, when he mentioned the possibility of taking four different chamois trophies in France in one trip. Trophies include the Chartreuse chamois, an animal that has only been available to international hunters since 2011, plus Alpine, Vercors and Pyrenean chamois. We asked Assistant Editor Justin Jones to follow up with Bernon to get more details on this unusual opportunity which might be of interest to collectors.</em><br><br>Some hunters like to collect every variety or subspecies of a game animal, visiting numerous destinations on one extended trip. So when Jean Pierre Bernon mentioned to <em>Hunting Report</em> publisher Barbara Crown how hunters could collect four varieties of chamois in one tour of southern France, we took a closer look at the opportunity.<br><br>Each subspecies of chamois is named for the mountains where it is found. Chartreuse, for example, is found only on the Chartreuse Massif in southeastern France, west of the Alps. Vercors, which some argue is a variety of Chartreuse, is located in the Vercors Massif. Alpine chamois inhabit the Alps, which stretch across eight European countries, including France. Finally, the Pyrenean subspecies ranges the Pyrenese Mountains between southern France and Spain.<br><br>When we followed up on the teaser Bernon had given Crown he told us, "This trip generally starts in the southeast of France, where the Chartreuse, Alpine and Vercors chamois are, and then clients can travel to the Pyrenees in the south of France to collect Pyrenean chamois. The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Hippo Still Not Exportable <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Several subscribers booked to hunt Mozambique this season have asked us if they will be able to export hippo trophies from there this year. The short answer is no. Trade in hippo trophies from Mozambique remains suspended. You'll recall that John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force reported in the April 2013 issue of <em>World Conservation Force Bulletin</em>, that CITES Standing Committee had revoked Mozambique and Cameroon's hippo quotas because neither country had provided the required data demonstrating a sustainable level of trade. We asked Jackson whether any progress had been made in this direction.<br><br>"It has not been resolved, although we are working on it," he says. "A science-based population study must be done and must then go through the annual Animals Committee and Standing Committee review process, then on to the next Conference of the Parties before the suspension can be lifted."... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT The Latest News from Vermejo Park <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>A chance encounter with an old friend and classmate at DSC and a recent subscriber report provide the opportunity to revisit the hunting program on <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Vermejo Park Ranch</a> (575-445-3097) in New Mexico. My very first guide job was on Vermejo Park under the previous corporate owner, and the 590,000-acre ranch in northern New Mexico is very dear to my heart. For those unfamiliar, Vermejo Park occupies a large part of an old Spanish land grant and was purchased by Ted Turner in 1996. Turner also acquired adjacent mining property and has been instrumental in restoring a number of native species to the ranch. But the ranch is best known for its high-quality elk hunting, which is managed under private land permits from NM Game and Fish.<br><br>At DSC, I went by the Vermejo booth and discovered that the hunting is now being managed by Leif Ahlm, who has multiple wildlife degrees and is a career wildlife biologist and manager. Leif filled me in on the ranch management direction and current trophy hunting opportunities.<br><br>Vermejo Park has been hunting elk for several decades and provides a high-quality, lodge-based hunt for trophy bulls. Hunters are assigned a guide for the duration of their hunt and areas are assigned to each guide - you'll hunt a different area each day and you and your party (most hunts are booked two hunters per guide) will have exclusive use of the area for that day. Success on trophy bulls typically runs high and the quality of bull taken has increased since I worked there. To give you an idea, back in 1980 the ranch harvested somewhere near 200 bull elk with nine of those bulls scoring greater than 300 B&C points. Today, the average bull scores over 300 and guides are very particular about the bulls they allow clients to harvest.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Two Subscriber Reports on Successful Wolf Hunts in Canada <div align="center">by Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In our February issue (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 5</a>) Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk gave an overview of North American wolf and coyote opportunities. Since then, we have received two rave reports from subscribers on recent hunts in Alberta with outfitters who weren't mentioned in that roundup.<br><br>The first report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10017</a>) is from subscriber Michael Rosati who hunted in late January near Grand Prairie with Lowell Davis's <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alpine Outfitters</a> (866-539-4209) taking a 98-pound wolf. We have six other reports, all positive, on Alpine Outfitters in our database, the oldest dating back to 1998. It was, in fact, these listings that drew Rosati and his partners to the outfitter.<br><br>Rosati tells us, "Alpine Outfitters is a top-notch outfitter offering hunts for wolf, coyote, whitetail deer, moose, elk and black bear. After doing our research, my hunting partners and I chose the wolf hunt. There are no bag limits! Expect to spend an average of 9-10 hours a day sitting in a remote blind glassing for wolf, which, in this concession, are abundant. We stayed in a comfortable double-wide trailer with private rooms and baths. The food was abundant and excellent. The whole setup is on a farm surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness about 45 minutes from Grand Prairie.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Our 10,000th Subscriber Report Features Big Tajikistan Marco Polo <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Subscriber Jeff Holmes (of The Holmes Organisation) has the distinction of filing Report 10000 on his November hunt for Marco Polo argali in Tajikistan. By pure luck of the draw, this milestone report not only showcases an interesting hunt that produced a remarkable trophy, but also highlights our relationships with The Holmes Organisation, which provides insurance coverage specifically targeted for trophy hunters, and Ripcord, which provides emergency evacuation services that can come in very handy for hunts like this one which take place at very high altitude (see page 15).</em><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10000</a>, Jeff Holmes says that he enjoyed a successful 10-day hunt for Marco Polo argali near Lake Karakul in Tajikistan, taking a 56.5-inch sheep. He booked his hunt with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jeff C. Neal Inc.</a> (<a href=""></a>; 918-299-3580). Holmes writes,<br><br>"I took a great trophy and enjoyed exploring the Pamir Mountains. There are lots of sheep in the area, although they are difficult to approach due to lack of cover and a lot of eyes. The guides were very helpful in selecting a trophy ram. Hunters should be prepared for altitude and hard climbing...." The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Aggressive Wild Boar in Tunisia <div align="center">By Thomas McIntyre, Correspondent</div><br><br>In January of this year I was scheduled to hunt wild boar in Tunisia with my good friend Geoff Clothier. Personal circumstances prevented my going, so Geoff made the trip on his own. He sent me a detailed rundown on what he found.<br><br>The outfitter for the trip is Baron Erik von Eckhardt of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Svenska Jaktresor AB</a> (<a href=""></a>; 011-46-016-74163), who has organized driven hunts in Tunisia for Barbary wild boar for 40 years.<br><br>Geoff's transit through Frankfurt to Tunis with his firearm and ammunition was uneventful. <em>[Editor's Note: Readers may recall that Frankfurt had imposed a special licensing requirement even for firearms in transit, but those have been rescinded as we reported on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page 12</a> of our January issue.]</em> In Tunisia, Geoff learned that satellite phones are not allowed, and Tunisian customs (who did not speak English) took his and returned it upon his departure. Two-way radios are also prohibited.<br><br>A 3½-hour drive brought them to Hotel Suftulia in Kasserine, site of General George Patton's famous victory in World War II, their base for the week.<br><br>The weather during the hunt was clear and in the 70s during the day. Mornings started with breakfast at 7am, then an hour's drive to collect the beaters and another half-hour to reach the hunting grounds.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Recommendable Mule Deer Hunt in Mexico <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber David Trinchero says that he has found a recommendable outfitter in Mexico, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rancho Hunting</a> (520-829-4462). His successful six-day mule deer hunt in December on Rancho Hunting's Sonora property with guide Mo Serrano was Trinchero's third hunt with this outfitter.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9937</a>, Trinchero writes, "Rancho Hunting is a top-notch outfit. On my three hunts with this outfitter I have taken Coues whitetail, desert bighorn sheep and three mule deer with no issues of any kind. Hunters have a choice of free-range or estate hunts. The estate hunt for mule deer is in a 37,500-acre enclosure. Definitely not a canned hunt. I took my deer the second day, and spent the rest of the time shooting doves and coyotes.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Two Milestones for The Hunting Report Here at <em>The Hunting Report</em> we spend a lot more of our time looking ahead than we do looking backwards. That's because our focus is always on what's coming up in the future that will affect traveling hunters. We tend to look back only when we need to put current news into perspective. Hunting block allocations delayed in Zambia? We've seen that before. Ditto with problems exporting a CITES species from Mozambique, with security issues in CAR, and reopening of hunting in Chad. And that's just in Africa. We do that for the whole world.<br><br>Perhaps it's because we spend so much time looking ahead that we totally forgot to call any attention to the fact that, with our January 2015 issue, <em>The Hunting Report</em> turned 35 years old. Since 1981 (what were you doing in 1981?), we've been looking ahead for news that affects traveling hunters. We're going to continue to do so into the future as we continue to grow, add staff and resources to service the needs of traveling hunters and put more and more information into our online database for subscribers to access instantly, 24/7.<br><br>Speaking of our online database... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT The "Ripcord Third Trigger" Triggers High Altitude Evacuations <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We just heard from Ripcord about an actual "Third Trigger" evacuation on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While this was a mountaineering party and not hunters, the third evacuation trigger was pulled for not one but two climbers at 13,000 feet - not an unusual altitude for mountain hunters to reach. The climbers were part of the Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor, an event to raise money and awareness for the families of fallen members of US Special Operations Forces. Here's the story:<br><br>Working together with adventure travel partner and renowned Tusker Trail founder Eddie Frank, former Army Ranger and Ripcord VP Tom Bochnowski, with Ripcord's wilderness medical expert and Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Dr. Avi Patil, provided life-saving emergency response and evacuation for two climbers with severe medical issues that developed at altitude.<br><br>Dr. Patil says, "On the second night at 13,000 feet, at approximately 2:30am, one climber indicated that he couldn't breathe. The situation was clearly High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) - fluid in the lungs. Soon after, another climber displayed serious facial swelling and an allergic reaction that could have easily led to breathing problems. Both situations were immediate and life-threatening. Both evacuations were necessary; there was no room for hesitation.... The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT Hunting Blocks Allocations Continue as ZAWA Is Dissolved div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief<br><br>In Zambia developments continue to take interesting twists and turns. The latest is that, just as hunting concessions are being allocated, the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has been abolished. In mid-March Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata announced this action before parliament in a ministerial address. According to Kapata the decision was made at the cabinet level in November 2014 to transform ZAWA into a government department and repeal the Zambia Wildlife Act. The ministry will simply absorb ZAWA staff and their functions into a new agency that will oversee wildlife and game parks in Zambia. In her statement to parliament, Kapata said that ZAWA had a number of operational and financial difficulties that need resolution. The authority had accumulated up to K8 billion (a bit over $1 million US) in debt to the Zambia Revenue Authority, National Pensions Scheme Authority and other creditors, and that its own staff had gone several months without pay. <br><br>The reason for ZAWA's woes, she says, is that when ZAWA was first created in 1998 (17 years ago), the European Union had committed to providing at least $20 million US per year to fund ZAWA's operations, including a capitalization plan for field equipment, vehicles, aircraft, firearms and building of staff housing. But when Zambia disagreed with some conditions attached to the aid, the funding fell through, leaving ZAWA with no start-up capital and the resulting accumulation of debt. She says that the continuing situation is such that even if the government helped ZAWA clear its books it would only fall right back into a debt trap. According to her, ZAWA had not paid communities their share of the wildlife revenue and had lost the confidence of key partners in wildlife management, specifically the chiefs and local communities. The only acceptable option, she says, is to revert wildlife management to the government.<br><br>So what does this mean for those pending allocations? Well, I hear that about half of the announced allocation winners have signed contracts and will be operating this season. However, ZAWA had not released the names of those companies when I called Zambia the day before going to press with this issue. The others apparently were contested by the local communities in the areas. The Apr 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT