The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Alaska Emperor Goose Draw Opportunity http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=838 Hardcore waterfowl hunters take note! Starting in 2018, nonresident hunters will be allowed to hunt emperor geese in Alaska for the first time in 31 years. But you'll have to act fast to apply for one of the 25 nonresident permits available for fall 2018/winter 2019. All 25 nonresident licenses (good for only one emperor goose each) will be allocated through a draw and the deadline is December 15 at 5 PM AKST. You need to buy your hunting license to apply and you must apply online. For information or to apply go to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=waterfowlhunting.emperorgoosehunt#drawing Permits are specific to one of four zones. Each zone has a separate quota and opening date. If the quota is reached before you arrive, your license will be good for another zone, but your outfitter may or may not be able to hunt that new zone. All of this is so new that a lot of questions remain unanswered, but you should probably be wary of late season dates in the westernmost units. If possible, talk with your outfitter before you apply to discuss which zones you may be able to hunt on which dates.This is most likely not a do-it-yourself opportunity. Unless you happen to know a skilled resident of an outer island or have a buddy with a cabin on Kodiak, you'll want to hire an outfitter. As new as this opportunity is, we've identified one outfitter who is already offering hunts to residents for 2017-18. You will, of course need to do your own due diligence before booking with this or any outfitter.Aleutian Island Waterfowlers (877-359-3003, www.emperorgoosehunting.com) appears to have the ability to offer the services throughout the four hunting zones. Prices listed on their website include a six-day fully outfitted and guided combo package for waterfowl hunting and fishing for salmon, char and halibut for $3,400Booking agent Ramsey Russell of GetDucks.com (866.438.3897; www.getducks.com) is also offering hunt packages. News Bulletins Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=838 Military Coup in Zimbabwe Forces US and UK Citizens to Shelter in Place http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=837 Last night Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe was detained by the country's military in an apparent coup d'état. The 93-year-old leader of state is under house arrest, while his wife, Grace Mugabe, has fled the country. The US and UK embassies in Harare have both advised embassy employees and their respective citizens to shelter in place until the uncertainties of the situation have been sorted. While Zimbabwean military leaders deny a military coup has taken place, they have seized control of the national broadcaster ZBC, and tanks and soldiers are patrolling the streets of Harare. The BBC reports gunfire and artillery have been heard.The military's action is over a power struggle within the ruling Zanu-PF party over who will succeed Robert Mugabe as president. A contest for succession has been developing between Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mubage's wife, Grace. The rivalry has caused a distrust that has split the party. Last week, Mugabe fired Mnangagwa, who immediately left the country. That was followed by a warning on Monday Nov. 13 from army chief General Constantino Chiwenga that the "purge" of loyal Zanu PF leaders must stop or the army would take action. Tuesday Zanu-PF officials supportive of Mrs. Mugabe accused General Chiwenga of treasonable conduct. The military responded by entering Harare with heavily armored vehicles and encircling the House of Parliament and President Mugabe's residence. With no violence, they placed President Mugabe under house arrest. The country does not have a candidate which is regarded as a natural successor to President Mugabe. If Mugabe is indeed ousted, it is unknown who would take control and if they would be accepted as the country's next leader. For advice to hunters with travel plans to Zimbabwe, The Hunting Report consulted the Security Department at Ripcord Travel Protection. We received a security update from their operations based in South Africa. Security sources tell us that the situation is still fluid and there is no way to determine how the following days and months will unfold. Many roads, especially in downtown Harare, are blocked. Travelers currently in Zimbabwe should consider evacuation options or shelter in place. Avoid military checkpoints and patrols. Avoid large gatherings. If you have a trip scheduled in the near future, you may wish to consider cancelling or rescheduling. You can read the entire Ripcord Security Update on our website here. We will continue to follow this situation and will report any developments from hunting industry sources and Ripcord's security sources in Zimbabwe. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=837 USFWS Approves Elephant Trophy Imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=836 Today the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it has made a positive enhancement finding for import of elephant hunting trophies from both Zimbabwe and Zambia for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The announcement was made in Arusha, Tanzania, during the African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) by FWS Deputy Director Greg Sheehan and Chief of Permits of DMA Tim Van Norman. The decision on Zimbabwe elephant before 2016 still awaits legal resolution. The permits for Zimbabwe require a Federal Register Notice, which will be published within one week to 10 days, then those permits can be issued. The Zambia permits are already being issued.We have this first-hand report from John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force, who is attending the AWCF. "Conservation Force has expended more than half-a-million dollars on this effort and worked on the import of these elephant every day for the past three years. Thank you to Shikar Safari Club for providing the largest share of the project-specific funding."The African Wildlife Consultative Forum is an SCI Foundation program bringing wildlife managers from across Africa together with international government agencies, NGO's and wildlife scientists to explore common approaches to conservation challenges and to create a continent-wide strategy for wildlife management. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=836 Tanzania Director of Wildlife Fired by Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=835 Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla fired Director of Wildlife Professor Alexander Songorwa this past Sunday, Nov. 5. Minister Kigwangalla has accused Songorwa of corruption and leaking sensitive information to the press. He claims Songorwa has illegally allocated hunting blocks and is working under the direction of Ortello Business Corporation (OBC) of the United Arab Emirates, the concession holder of Lolindo Game Control Area. OBC has been accused of over shooting its quota and hunting in adjacent Serengeti National Park. Kigwangalla says Songorwa has fueled the dispute over Lolindo and OBC, "attacking" the government as it endeavors to resolve the issues.The suspension came after Kigwangalla visited Serengeti National Park. The minister accuses Songorwa of releasing information about the visit and details on where he would be spending the night, thus compromising his security. Kigwangalla has launched a corruption investigation against OBC.Kigwangalla, you will recall, recently revoked hunting licenses issued to tourist hunting companies. It is now clear that he intends to revoke concession allocations and auction hunting blocks, hoping to extract more money than operators currently pay. The Tanzanian Hunting Operators Association and the Tanzanian Professional Hunters Association have lobbied the minister, trying to explain how the move will leave Tanzania without any tourism hunting for 2018 and will damage the reputation of the destination as well as destroy its conservation programs. Meanwhile the minister has announced he will lift the October 2015 ban on resident hunting and that the new system of allocations will not discriminate against local hunters.The Hunting Report will continue to follow this development. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=835 PH Killed in Car Crash with Charging Elephant http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=834 Professional Hunter James Mackenzie was killed Sunday, October 29, when an elephant charged and crashed his car. The accident occurred in Kariba near the Nyamhunga High School on Sunday evening while Mackenzie drove his personal vehicle, a Honda Fit.According to a report by News Day, MacKenzie died at the scene and officials from Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) had to euthanize the injured elephant.A spokesperson for ZimParks was quoted warning communities that wildlife behavior is unpredictable "no matter how much we domesticate them" and to keep a distance from wild animals that can be dangerous to human beings.Only the day before, ZimParks rangers had to shoot one of two lions wandering around the Makuti area, when residents reported the animals to police. News Bulletins Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=834 In Memoriam: Jerome Knap http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2278 It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Jerome Knap, 77, of Canada North Outfitting, who died peacefully at his home in Ontario on Sept. 12, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Halina, who worked at his side throughout their life together.<br><br>Knap started his outdoor writing career while still in his late teens and authored or coauthored 14 books about hunting and fishing. He also wrote numerous articles appearing in most major magazines across North America, including <em>Field and Stream</em> and <em>Petersen's Hunting</em>. His last published article appears in the Sept. 2017 issue of <em>Sports Afield</em> about hunting in Poland.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2278 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2287 <em>Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!</em> The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2287 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2286 <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.<br> Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2286 Firsthand Report from South Africa's Karoo http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2269 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/LassmanKaroo.jpg"><br>Lassman hunted a variety of large properties in the Karoo.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Remember our April 2017 story (Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=4018">4018</a> in our database) about free-range hunting in the Karoo region of South Africa? We told you that livestock ranchers in that area had come to see the value of game animals, had reintroduced indigenous species there and had begun to offer a variety of hunting opportunities. Well, subscriber P. Lassman has checked in this month with an enthusiastic report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10991">10991</a>) on a hunt with PH and operator Victor Watson of Karoo Wild Safaris (011-27-873-531-769; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.karoowildsafaris.co.za/">www.karoowildsafaris.co.za</a>).<br><br>Watson is a fifth-generation Karoo settler, ranching and hunting property that's been in his family since 1836. The Karoo, you'll recall, lies in the Eastern Cape and is one of South Africa's most ecologically diverse provinces. Watson's property is near Kleinpoort in the Klein Winterhoek Mountains, halfway between Graaff Reinet and Port Elizabeth. The ranch is 5,600 hectares (about 13,800 acres), with a low-fenced section of 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) where Watson runs livestock and wild game. Watson also has access to another 120,000 hectares (296,500 acres) in the immediate area, as well as multiple other concessions and family properties. Watson says he does about 20% percent of his hunting on his own property.<br><br>Lassman reports hunting a mix of free-range or low-fenced properties as well as some large, high-fenced properties, taking vaal rhebok, mountain reedbuck, caracal, steenbok, ringed waterbuck, black springbuck and wildebeest.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2269 A Namibia Non-Trophy Elephant Hunt Might Be the Right Choice for You http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2271 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Back in Nov. 2016 we shared two subscriber reports on non-trophy elephant hunts (see Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3905">3905</a>), highlighting these safaris as a good option for those who want to hunt elephant despite the ongoing holdup on import permits or for those who can't justify the expense of a trophy hunt. With elephant populations at or above carrying capacity in much of their habitat, a number of operators have a quota of cull animals available.<br><br>This month, subscriber A. Adkins sent a report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=11000">11000</a>) on a non-trophy elephant hunt in Namibia's Caprivi Strip in early Sept. with PH Emile Kirchner of Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris (406-261-1222; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jamyhunts.com/">www.jamyhunts.com</a>). Adkins harvested a younger bull elephant as well as hippo, kudu and red lechwe.<br><br>"My primary species on this safari was the non-trophy elephant. These hunts are called 'own use' in Namibia, as the elephant is for the use of the conservancy, with any ivory going to the government. This is much more affordable than a trophy elephant hunt, and the success rate is higher. The target is a tuskless elephant, an elephant with a broken or single tusk or a bull elephant with tusks that are less than 40 pounds. For someone who does not want to commit to the cost and time of a trophy hunt, this hunt is a great option.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2271 New Forest Hunting Area in Cameroon Proves Productive Its First Season http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2270 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/AReddyBongo.jpg"><br>A. Reddy stalked three different bongo before taking this bull.</div><br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>Arjun Reddy of Hunters Networks (845-259-3628; <a href="mailto:arjun@huntersnetworks.com">arjun@huntersnetworks.com</a>) recently wrote us about a newly opened forest hunting area in Cameroon, Zone UFA 27 and 28, controlled by operator Patrick le Parc of Celtic Safari. Reddy hunted there last June and also arranged for subscriber M. Hampton to hunt there (Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10969">10969</a>). Reddy took bongo, yellow-backed duiker, Peters duiker and Bates pygmy antelope. Hampton took dwarf forest buffalo, as well as Peters duiker and Bates pygmy antelope. Hampton, who hunts with a handgun, gave the experience an excellent rating and says le Parc is a good operator with a good area.<br><br>Reddy says le Parc obtained the hunting area only last year, adding forest hunts to the savannah hunts he has provided for 20-plus years. If you haven't heard of le Parc before, it's because he's a French operator who has catered to mostly Europeans, but Reddy hopes to expose more North American clients to him.<br><br>The new hunting camp is located 42 miles from the Congo border and was constructed from scratch just this year. It has four guest chalets, each with tiled bathrooms with shower and toilet facilities. There's also a lounge and dining area, staff quarters, kitchen, generator room, skinning shed, and so on. A generator powers the entire camp. The chalets have electric fans that run off the generator and also by battery power.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2270 Large Jumbo Taken in Zambia's Mywana GMA Stirs Antis http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2272 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Readers may have heard about a big elephant recently taken in Zambia by PH Jason Stone. We have learned that the tusks measured 19 inches at the lips and six feet from the skull, making this one of the largest elephants taken there in many years.<br><br>Stone sent us some information about the hunt. "This hunt was done in the Mywana GMA with concession holder MVU Safaris, a partnership between Zaid Patel and Peter Chipman. I have hunted Mywana for many years. It's an excellent concession, and MVU spends a lot of money on antipoaching. I have seen no signs of poaching there as of late.<br><br>"We don't have the official measurement of the elephant yet and I don't want to publicize it-I've already received a number of death threats from zealous antihunting activists about this animal."<br><br>Publicity around this trophy has already served to inflame antihunters online.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2272 Are Western Public Land Hunts Worth It? Maybe . . . http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2284 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/UtahPublicLandsElk.jpg"><br>This bull was taken on a Utah public lands hunt a few years ago.</div><br><div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><em>Editor's note: In the past, drawing a coveted tag for a prime piece of western land in the US would almost guarantee a great wilderness hunt whether you got your animal or not. But things are changing on the western landscape, and you need to consider this before applying in upcoming draws. If you have hunted western public lands recently, either with an outfitter or on your own, please file a report.</em><br><br>This month, a report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10995">10995</a>) came in from subscriber B. Mabrey about a public land deer hunt in <strong>Utah</strong>. It arrived around the time I returned from a Utah public land elk hunt my son had drawn. Both hunts were unsuccessful, and there were some notable similarities.<br><br>Mabrey hunted mule deer with Lost Lake Outfitters (435-691-0841; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lostlakeoutfitter.com/">www.lostlakeoutfitter.com</a>) on the Mount Dutton unit east of Panguitch, UT. Mabrey rates the quality of the food as "good" and all other aspects of the hunt-quality of the outfit, condition of the camp and equipment and the ability of the guide-as "excellent." That proves the outfitter was doing his job.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2284 On-Your-Own Caribou Still an Option in Alaska - for Now http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2277 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>Back in June, we told you about <strong>Alaska</strong> House Bill 211, which would have required nonresidents to be guided when hunting caribou in the four North Slope caribou herds. The bill apparently died in committee during the regular session and does not appear to have been resurrected during any of the three special legislative sessions.<br><br>Alaska distinguishes between nonresidents and nonresident aliens (who are not residents of the US). Nonresident aliens are required to have guides for all big game species in Alaska. US citizens who are nonresidents of Alaska are required to be guided for brown and grizzly bear, Dall sheep and mountain goat. As it stands today, nonresidents do not need guides for caribou.<br><br>This is especially important this month, as applications for 2018 caribou draw tags are being accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2017. Had the bill gone into effect, nonresidents would have needed a signed client-guide contract to apply.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2277 Turkey Visa Issue Still Unresolved http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2279 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>On Monday, Oct. 9, we alerted Email Extra subscribers that Turkey halted all visa services to Americans, bringing US tourist travel to the country to an immediate halt. Various international media outlets reported on the visa restrictions, which have apparently resulted from a diplomatic row over the arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul. The US suspended processing of nonimmigrant visas for Turkish citizens on Sunday, Oct. 8, and Turkey responded in kind early Monday. As of this writing in mid-Oct., American citizens were unable to visit Turkey unless they held a valid visa issued prior to the suspension. Most travelers to Turkey have used the simple "e-visas," which were issued instantly but are no longer available.<br><br>Turkish Airlines, which uses Istanbul as a hub on many international flights, issued a press release on Oct. 9 reminding passengers that the visa restrictions will not affect passengers transferring through Istanbul. However, American citizens will not be able to leave the airport during layovers in Istanbul.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2279 Québec-Labrador Caribou - The Final Season http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2275 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Unless something changes, the final season of sport hunting caribou in Québec is done. Québec's Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks (MFFP) announced the closure unexpectedly in late Dec. 2016, citing pressure from First Nations stakeholders. We covered the issue in-depth in our Feb. issue (see Articles <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3972">3972</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3973">3973</a>). In Aug., we shared a letter from MFFP addressed to those questioning the closure decision and indicating that offtake by First Nations peoples, namely parties to the James Bay Treaty, could not be limited until the province closed the sport hunt (Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=4105">4105</a>). Aboriginal rights to the caribou certainly complicates the picture, but we continue to express the belief that caribou are better managed as a valuable trophy species than as bushmeat. Hopefully all of the parties involved will eventually reach rational management decisions.<br><br>We have heard that outfitters in Québec are negotiating with the First Nations and are more hopeful of a resolution than they were previously. We will continue to follow the situation closely. In the meantime, a few reports from the 2017 season in Zone 23 have reached our offices. Although regulations allowed hunters to purchase two caribou tags, tag numbers were reduced to the point that outfitters generally offered hunts for one caribou only. Yet hunters wanting one more crack at a Québec-Labrador caribou went afield anyway.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2275 Guns in Suitcases Are Risky for Travelers to Spain http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2276 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>European correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus contacted us recently to warn of a travel snafu he encountered flying to Spain. Baldus tells us he uses a takedown rifle and occasionally packs it in his hard suitcase, as it's less conspicuous than a separate gun case.<br><br>On his recent trip, however, although he had no problem getting his gun onto a Lufthansa flight, he ran into issues with Spanish customs, which wanted his rifle in a separate gun case and his ammo in regular luggage. He says it was the first time he'd run into problems with a government requiring this. Fortunately, he convinced the customs official that he had no other option available and he was allowed to proceed.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2276 EHD Will Impact Some US Deer Hunts This Fall http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2274 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>A number of states have reported confirmed cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in whitetail deer in 2017. In some states, hunters are being asked to keep an eye out for dead deer to help agencies monitor the disease.<br><br>EHD is a viral disease spread by biting flies (midges or gnats). Though livestock can be exposed to the disease, it's rare that they exhibit symptoms. As the name indicates, EHD causes hemorrhaging in deer, which run a fever and look to be lethargic when encountered in the field. For some reason (probably differential behavior), EHD affects mature bucks more often than does, and dead or dying bucks are often found near or in water. EHD is often mistaken for bluetongue, another viral disease with nearly identical symptoms. Only a laboratory test on fresh tissue can identify the disease.<br><br>In 2017, EHD has been confirmed or is suspected in Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is also asking hunters to be on the lookout.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2274 Another Hunter Unhappy with Safaris de Mocambique http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2285 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>Following publication of R. Kharegat's negative report on Simon Rodger's Safaris de Moçambique in our Sept. issue (see page 14; Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10922">10922</a>), we received an email from subscriber C. Speckman about his experience with this outfit.<br><br>Speckman writes: "We booked a hunt with Safaris de Moçambique back in 2013. The hunt was mostly for my wife, for lion and other things. We booked it through Russell Selle.<br><br>"The outfitter is one we would never recommend. Though we paid everything except trophy fees to Russell ahead of time, when their guide met us in the airport in Zimbabwe for the charter flight to the border, we were informed we needed to pay an extra $1,000, in cash, for fuel. We had no other option. The PH, Rob Oostindien, was outstanding. Later we learned that he used to run that camp, but Simon's daughter's boyfriend was in charge while we were there. He freely said he had no interest in hunting (strange comment to make to your client).<br><br>"We only met Simon one night, as he was showing this spike camp to another high-flying potential hunter and his lady friend. Simon was not a friendly person and appeared to be more interested in this potential hunter.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2285 Be Part of the Solution http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2268 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>I keep thinking about the story we published in our Aug. issue (page 14; Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=4107">4107</a> in our database) about the TV hunting show host busted in Wyoming both for lying on a license application and for poaching a bull elk after already having shot a calf by mistake. Please take a moment and reread it.<br><br>Note that he was caught only because some hunters on a neighboring property witnessed the crime and had the courage to call the game wardens, who stepped in and did their job admirably. Score one for the good guys!<br><br>That's step one to becoming part of the solution. One bad hunter makes us all look bad. When you witness something that doesn't look right, call the authorities and let them deal with it. That's one way to reduce lawbreaking in a hurry.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2268 Is 2018 the Right Time to Hunt Scotland? http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2267 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/JReismanScotlandDeer.jpg"><br> Deer stalking in Scotland produced this fine stag for subscriber J. Reisman.</div><br> <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br> <em>Editor's note: Stalking and shooting in Scotland are under attack, not from the usual cadre of antihunting groups, but as a result of new land use and tax legislation introduced and supported by the Scottish National Party. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 went into effect in April this year, instituting a number of policies that almost certainly will impact sporting estates and hunting opportunities. Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk has the details.</em><br><br> "Country sports" (bird shooting, deer stalking and fishing) are big business in Scotland, worth well in excess of £200M ($263M US; €224M) annually. Scotland offers a variety of big game, including native red stag and roe deer, fallow deer (which have been roaming free there since the Roman Empire) and introduced sika and axis deer, Soay sheep and feral goats. Recent research identified more than 270,000 "country sports" trips with over 910,000 visitor nights. The total direct and downstream value of deer management alone in Scotland is pegged at £140M ($180M US; €152M). The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) has developed a five-year strategy for sustainable growth and has conducted or reviewed several economic studies to support their view.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2267 Where in the World Can You Hunt Caribou? Part 1 http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2273 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor at Large & Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><em>Editor's note: Not long ago, good caribou hunts were cheap and readily available. Unguided hunts in Alaska and semi-guided hunts in Québec and Labrador made caribou "everyman's trophy," especially for North American hunters. But that's changed. Alaska hunt opportunities have greatly diminished, and Québec-Labrador caribou are now off-limits and likely to remain unavailable for the foreseeable future.<br><br>Although there's only one caribou species (Rangifer tarandus) worldwide, record-keeping organizations such as SCI, B&C and CIC recognize many subspecies. If you are looking to add one or more of these to your trophy room, you may want to act quickly. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk and Assistant Editor Justin Jones to look into the current state of caribou worldwide. Here's their report, subspecies by subspecies, beginning with Alaska and working eastward to Newfoundland. Next month, we'll look at caribou opportunities in the rest of the world....</em> The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2273 A Recommended Kodiak Island Goat-Blacktail Combo Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2280 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/SKernoskyKodiakMtnGoat.jpg"><br>S. Kernosky's Kodiak Island mountain goat.</div><br><div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><em>Editor's note: S. Kernosky filed a report on what sounds like an outstanding Alaska mountain goat and Sitka blacktail hunt on Kodiak Island with Kodiak Backcountry Adventures (907-654-4649; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kodiakbackcountry.com/">www.kodiakbackcountry.com</a>). Here are the details.</em><br><br>Mountain goat hunts with Kodiak Backcountry Adventures are strictly backpack and on foot. According to their website, hunt areas are accessed by vehicle, air taxi, or boat depending on the tag drawn. In Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10992">10992</a> S. Kernosky tells us he drew a mountain goat tag in GMU 8 after applying for four years, which he says was "absolutely worth the wait!" According to Kernosky, "you don't need a charter flight to reach the hunt area. If you can get to Kodiak, weather will not likely keep you from going hunting.<br><br>"The plan is to hunt along one of several predetermined routes. The first day, we hiked approximately three hours to reach alpine terrain and another two hours to the first campsite. We saw and glassed goats going in and used those sightings to plan the first hunting day. After that, the plan was to pick up camp and continue hunting, hiking and glassing. The distance we traveled was dictated by the goats we were seeing.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2280 A Chartreuse Chamois Hunt in France with Spanish Outfitter http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2281 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/JJSearlesChartreuseChamoisFrance.png"><br>J. and S. Searles with a Chartreuse chamois hunted in France.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Subscriber J. Searles gives a hearty recommendation for a hunt in France for Chartreuse chamois, mouflon and boar with Spanish outfitter Juan Toquero of Toquero Hunting (011-34-649-82-45-40; <a target="_blank" href="http://toquerohunting.es/">http://toquerohunting.es</a>). We are familiar with Toquero from 10 positive reports on Spain hunts in the database, but we were not aware that he arranged hunting elsewhere in Europe. In Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10983">10983</a>, Searles says that he hunted for six days in the Chartreuse Mountains north of Grenoble in Sept. with guide Vincent Schneider. Wife Sandy Searles also accompanied.<br><br>"The area hunted has ample amounts of game, although wild boar were scarce (we saw only two). Any hunt with Toquero Hunting is a wonderful experience, and Toquero is really at the top of his game. We've already booked for another European hunt with him in 2018...." The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2281 Free-Range Red Stag Hunt at Hossack Station http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2283 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/JByrnesNZRedSTag.jpg"><br>Subscriber J. Byrnes hunted red stag during the roar at Hassock Station in New Zealand.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Continuing subscribers may remember a 2009 report by New Zealand correspondent G. Morton, who hunted red stag with Hossack Station Trophy Hunting (011-64-3-324-3033; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thehossack.co.nz/">www.thehossack.co.nz</a>) in New Zealand. He filed a detailed accounting (Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=2447">2447</a>) of both the hunting and the management there, telling readers that the ranch offers some of the best stag hunting on South Island, with a good possibility of finding top free-range trophies.<br><br>Now we have a subscriber report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10985">10985</a>) on Hossack Station from subscriber J. Byrnes, who also gives an enthusiastic picture of the operation. He hunted in April with guide Willy Macdonald taking red stag and fallow deer on his five-day hunt. "My hunt at Hossack Station was one of the most enjoyable I've had in a long time," writes Byrnes. "I hunted with veteran African PH Willy Macdonald, now a guide at Hossack. I've hunted with him in Africa several times before, and his skills have translated well to New Zealand. He works very hard to secure the best trophies possible.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2283 Colorado Hunting Expeditions Get a Thumbs-Up on Elk http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2282 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/TBeckerCOElk.jpg"><br>T. Becker's bull was arrowed in southern Colorado.</div><br><div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><em>Editor's note: Each month, we draw a report at random from all subscriber hunt reports submitted the previous month. The lucky winner gets a free three-month subscription extension. In Jan., we'll draw a winner from among all subscriber reports submitted in 2017 to win a full year's Ripcord Medical Evacuation policy. To get in on the fun, submit your reports by fax, by mail, or online at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/hunt_report.cfm">www.huntingreport.com/hunt_report.cfm</a>.</em><br><br>This month's winning hunt report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10987">10987</a>) is from T. Becker on a Colorado elk hunt with Colorado Hunting Expeditions (970-882-5400; <a target="_blank" href="http://coloradohunting.com/">http://coloradohunting.com</a>). Becker hunted Unit 77 in southwest Colorado with an over-the-counter archery tag.... The Nov 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2282