The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Act NOW for These Auction Moose Tags As moose populations decline across the northeast, it's getting tougher and tougher to draw a moose permit. If you really, really want to hunt moose in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont, your best bet is a moose auction tag. The deadline for Maine auction permits closes in February, but both NH and VT take bids until mid-August. There's still time if you act quickly. New Hampshire Moose Auction NH is down to auctioning a single permit for this year (only 55 permits were given out in the lottery). Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation's website at or by calling (603) 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 11, 2017. New Hampshire's moose hunt takes place October 21-29, 2017. Winning bids for the two permits last year were $17,000 and $16,000. NH moose auction permits are for either sex in most Wildlife Management Units. Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses, can be found at Vermont Moose Auction Vermont auctions five bull-only permits for either archery (October 1-7, 2017), or regular (October 21-26) seasons. Bids must be submitted on an official form by August 10, 2017. The minimum bid is $1,500. For more information go to Call 802-828-1190 or email to get a bid form. Good luck! - Tim Jones, Editor News Bulletins Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT EU Partially Lifts Suspension on Tanzania Elephant Trophy Imports European safari hunters will be happy to hear that elephant hunting trophies from several regions of Tanzania are again importable to the European Union (EU). The Scientific Review Group of the EU recently conveyed a partial positive opinion on the import of elephant trophies from Tanzania to the CITES Committee of the EU. That committee subsequently endorsed the opinion, approving the importation of elephant from four of the six main ecosystems that form the elephant range in Tanzania; specifically: Serengeti, Tarangire-Manyara, Katavi-Rukwa and Selous-Mikumi. The opinion for Ruaha-Rungwa and Malagarasi-Muyovozi (and Burigi-Biharamulo) ecosystems remains negative. The committee's endorsement comes with several conditions of importation. Besides being limited to the specified ecosystems, the quotas in those areas cannot exceed more than 0.3% of the managed population. Also, only trophy males may be taken with tusks weighing more than 20kg or measuring 160cm. Quotas must be reviewed annually and adjusted, as necessary, to account for the most recent population data, and the SRG opinion will be reviewed at least every two years or when new information becomes available. You may recall that the SRG first issued a negative opinion for African elephant trophies from Tanzania in July 2015. The Hunting Report reported previously how an SRG delegation visited Tanzania in 2016 and approved lion imports from this range nation but not for elephant at that time. You can read the full story on this development in the next issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter. We are indebted to Marco Pani for this report. Pani is an international consultant with nearly 30 years of experience in wildlife conservation and sustainable utilization and has been engaged in the ongoing developments in Tanzania. Pani assisted Tanzanian authorities in getting the EU's Scientific Review Group to visit Tanzania and assess both the lion and elephant populations for importation purposes. He is a member of the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) and Advisor to Conservation Force. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Test Applicants Needed for Namibian Lion Import Permits If you are a US hunter and have hunted lion in Namibia since January 2016, or you intend to hunt lion in Namibia this season or next, contact Conservation Force immediately. As we have reported since December 2015, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has listed the lion as threatened with a special rule requiring an import permit. Test permit applications have been submitted for most African lion-range nations with a sport hunting program, but not for Namibia. Conservation Force seeks US hunters to apply for these permits and pave the way for importations. "We need test permit applicants to establish lion trophy imports from Namibia," says John J. Jackson, III, President of Conservation Force. Conservation Force provides pro bono assistance in completing the permit application and submitting supporting information to the USFWS. Please call 504-837-1233 or email if you have or expect to have a lion trophy from Namibia and wish to import it. If you have taken a lion elsewhere since January 2016, you should also contact Conservation Force for assistance with your import application. This is the only way that the hunting community will be able to keep FWS moving forward with their review and approval of game population management in range nations and the issuing of import permits from those nations. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Sat, 15 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT SAA Returns to Transporting Firearms from United Kingdom South African Airlines is again carrying firearms from the United Kingdom. Hunting Report subscribers will remember our July 9th warning to European hunters flying to Africa with SAA through the United Kingdom. The airline had lost its ability to transport firearms due to an administrative issue after transferring its operations to a new terminal and hunters were forced to rebook with a different airline. That problem has been resolved and SAA is again able to transport firearms for sportsmen traveling from the United Kingdom. We heard this from Tharia Unwin of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa. In a press release she says, "SAA complied with the safety and security requirements of the police at Heathrow Airport. The restrictions have been lifted with immediate effect." The news was confirmed for us by two travel experts, corporate sponsor Jacky Keith of Esplanade Travel, and Steve Turner of Travel with Guns. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Travel Alert: No Firearms Transported to/from United Kingdom By South African Airways European hunters and sport shooters flying through England's Heathrow Airport with South African Airways need to make alternative arrangements if transporting sport firearms. No firearms will be checked in on South African Airway (SAA) flights to/from England as from 6 July 2017 due to regulatory and compliance issues. This development should not affect North Americans, who do not typically fly to South Africa through England.In an urgent press release just issued by the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA), Danie Barnardt, Head of Regulatory Compliance, QC & Training and Group Security Services at SAA says, "This is a temporary restriction, due to an administrative issue with the UK Police on the renewal of SAA's license to transport firearms into Heathrow Airport.""During SAA's standard process of renewal of our license, the UK Police Unit advised that due to the fact that SAA have changed terminals since our last approval, the license is regarded as a new application and not a renewal," he adds. Hence, the problems currently experienced."Our operational team in London is working closely with the police to resolve the license issue, however, until resolved, SAA is unable to transport firearms from or to London at present. Instead SAA Operations have been advised to reroute passengers on airlines that do transport firearms. An internal communique to all SAA operations areas have been done and until resolved said passengers would unfortunately need to use alternate airlines," says Barnardt.He adds that it is not possible to advise how long the process will take, but that it is being addressed with urgency by SAA's London Station Management.The Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA) just recently learned of the problem, as no prior warning was issued by SAA. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Sun, 09 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Texas Deadlines Looming for Draw Opportunities The Texas public hunt program includes drawing opportunities for some unique hunts, including alligator and exotics, but the timing of the deadlines can be problematic. Texas Parks and Wildlife released the hunt information on July 5 and some of the deadlines are approaching quickly. The deadline for public alligator and public pronghorn hunts is August 1. A total of 16 pronghorn permits (private land access, plus national grasslands) and 193 alligator permits are available. A separate category for management alligator has 12 permits and each permittee is allowed three alligators five feet long or less.Additional upcoming deadlines include all javelina permits (Aug. 15 deadline) and the general exotic permits (also Aug. 15). Each management area has different exotic species, but you can apply for hunts to include free-range aoudad, axis deer, management gemsbok and management scimitar-horned oryx. If you're interested in public access hunts for antlerless or spike whitetails, the deadline is also Aug. 15. Applications for private land deer hunts available through the draw system are due Sept. 1. Youth hunts in the same categories have the same deadlines (but different dates).Applicants must create an account in the public drawing system and then they can apply online. Application fees run from $3-$10 per adult applicant (no cost for youth applications). Other hunts are available, including a guided desert bighorn sheep hunt, guided hunts for gemsbok, scimitar-horned oryx and waterbuck, nilgai hunts on national wildlife refuges and either-sex deer hunts that allow for trophy deer harvest. Deadlines are staggered, but the latest deadline this year is October 15. See the Important Deadlines section in our September issue for future deadlines. Apply for permits online at Texas Parks and Wildlife. - Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large. News Bulletins Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Post-Draw Disappointment Cures from <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br> <em>Editor's note: Almost all US draw results are out, and if you don't have the tag you wanted, looking for another hunt to fill a hole in your fall schedule is natural. In our May issue, we pointed you toward leftover draw tags, OTC tags and landowner tags. Last month, we asked a number of traditional booking agents for hunts still available in Canada, where tags are rarely an issue. This month, we decided to look into the brave new world of online bookings, where last-minute plans are often made.</em><br><br> Back in our <a target="_blank" href="">April issue</a>, we told you about <a target="_blank" href=""></a>, which promises to do for the hunting industry what Expedia, TripAdvisor and others have done for travel-allowing consumers to search and compare offerings and prices and to book directly with the provider, saving time and money. It isn't for everyone, but it's potentially a good fit for some.<br><br> So, what's still available in North America at this late date on Plenty, at least as of this writing in mid-June.<br><br> In Newfoundland, Dashwood Outfitting has a fly-in, seven-day 2x1 moose hunt for one hunter for $4,500; dates are Sept. 17-25, which should catch the start of the rut. They also have openings for two hunters Sept. 10-17 or Oct. 1-8 for $5,250 per hunter. Spruce Pond Hunting (see Report <a target="_blank" href="">7105</a>) has a moose/caribou combo hunt with flexible dates in Sept. and Oct. for $12,000.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Follow-Up Discussion on Guns for Nilgai <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Subscriber T. Geppert used a .338 win Mag to take this Texas nilgai.</div><br> <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br> Our subscribers are truly among the most experienced and able hunters in the world, and we love it when they weigh in on something we've published, adding their perspective to make the picture clearer. In our <a target="_blank" href="">June issue</a>, we published two subscriber reports on hunts in south Texas with Wildlife Systems (325-655-0877; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). In one of those reports, subscriber M. Davis noted that he used the .416 that he was planning to take to Africa to make a one-shot kill on his nilgai at 165 yards.<br><br> That information prompted a phone call from subscriber John Frick who told us he has hunted nilgai in south Texas and believes a .416 is inadequate. "Nilgai are extremely tough animals, every bit as hard to bring down as anything in Africa," says Frick. "Their hide is so dense that a wound will seal, which makes them extremely hard to track. I shot my nilgai at 150 yards with a .458 Win Mag and tracking it was not difficult at all. A .458 makes a hole big enough to leave a blood trail."<br><br> Though some South Texas outfitters require at minimum a .300 Win Mag caliber, Frick says outfitters he has talked to believe that even .338s are too small to make a good exit wound. A .458, in Frick's words, "will blow a hole straight through and leave definitive blood trail for tracking." He reports his outfitter had never seen a .458 Win Mag used on nilgai but had also never seen the kind of blood trail it left.<br><br> We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk for his thoughts regarding the choice of caliber for nilgai. He reports, "I have now shot (culled for disease surveillance) a total of eight nilgai; my employees have shot another 12 on multiple projects. In addition, we have shot and lost three others (and nearly lost my last). We shot them with .308s and 7 Rem Mag with the right bullet placement, but bigger is definitely better.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Leopard Research Project Moves Forward in South Africa <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Gaps in data on leopard populations, densities and distribution have led to withheld quotas in RSA.<br> (Photo courtesy John J. Jackson, Conservation Force.)</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> The leopard research project we told you about in South Africa is moving forward. As reported in November (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">3906</a>), South Africa's private hunting and safari sector is funding a project to address gaps in the scientific data available on the status of leopards. The results will then help South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to establish a science-based sustainable leopard quota for the country. The study will be conducted by predator behavior specialist Dr. Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni of the Tshwane University of Technology. The project was first conceived by the Limpopo Hunters Liaison Forum (LHLF) and is being funded by the Conservation Research Fund (CRF) administered by the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA).<br><br> You'll recall the CRF was formed in response to a decision by South Africa's DEA to withhold the quota for leopard in 2016 and again in 2017 (see articles <a target="_blank" href="">3975</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">3906</a>). The decisions were made despite a lack of data on leopard populations in South Africa. PHASA protested, noting that hunting offtake in South Africa fell well below the established CITES quota.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Subscriber Feedback on Cameroon Operator <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Following Assistant Editor Justin Jones' May article on Cameroon (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">4038</a>), which included a visit to Safaria's new operation in Zone 18 bis in Faro, we heard from two subscribers with positive feedback about PH Florent Mathieu of Safaria. In his article, Jones noted that Safaria may not be familiar to many American hunters, although there are reports in our database on CAR hunts with Mathieu dating back to 1999.<br><br>Subscriber B. Black called in, saying, "I hunted with Mathieu in CAR about 10 years ago. That is still my all-time favorite safari. I hunted in the forest with him and took giant forest hog, a big 50-inch giant eland, and what ranked at the time as the #5 roan. I also saw bongo and yellow-backed duiker. I truly enjoyed Mathieu as a PH and had a simply great trip." It should be noted that Safaria hunted in a transitional habitat in CAR where both eland and bongo were present.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Two New Reports on Successful Hunts with Liberia Safari <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Morris Dougba's Liberia Safari continues to garner positive hunt reports from our subscribers. This month R. Wooley filed a report (<a target="_blank" href="">10897</a>) about a 20-day hunt in May that yielded two zebra duikers, plus water chevrotain and black duiker. He booked his hunt through Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film and Shunneson & Wilson (830-792-4200; <a target="_blank" href=""></a>).<br><br>"This outfitter offers a good chance at species you can't find elsewhere," Wooley writes in his report. "I didn't take Ogilby or Maxwell duiker, but that's just forest hunting. The outfitter explained up front that chances for dwarf forest buffalo or sitatunga were very slim."<br><br>We spoke with Wooley about his hunt over the phone. He told us, "This was my second trip to Liberia after a 2012 hunt in Steve Kobrine's camp in east-central Liberia. That was a good camp, but it didn't seem to have the game that Dougba's area has.<br><br>"This time I booked two hunts back to back for 20 days in camp. I wanted more time to maximize my chances and to spend some time looking for buffalo. I saw many buffalo tracks, but the closest I got was hearing them splash away through a creek in thick cover. Dougba and booking agent Ken Wilson represented accurately the chances for buffalo on this hunt.<br><br>"We generally started hunting at about 9 pm. Creeks and rivers make vehicle access impractical, but this is offset by good density of game. The guides have hacked an extensive network of trails into the forest. The guide has a more powerful light than the client's headlamp, plus the advantage of great experience. These guys have eked out a living in the forest for generations, and they can see things that you just can't see. In some cases, my guide could sex the animal simply from the reflection of the eyes. They are quite skilled.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Winter Tick at Alaska's Door, Could Impact Nonresident Hunting <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Moose infested with winter tick. (Photo courtesy of Dan Bergeron NHFG photo.)</div><br> <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br> Winter tick, the parasite that has devastated moose populations in Minnesota and New England, is moving its range northward and knocking at Alaska's door. Winter tick has now been confirmed in Canada's Yukon and Northwest Territories, where it is infecting elk, deer and moose.<br><br> In the past, winter ticks have run in cycles, thriving during milder winters and killed back by cold and snowy winters. With milder winters currently the norm, tick survival has increased, and their range is expanding northward in Canada. If they continue to expand north and west as expected, they will eventually reach Alaska, though it's too soon to say precisely when the ticks might begin affecting moose populations there.<br><br> Although moose inhabit the entire state, core moose range is the central part of the state, which should be secure for some years. However, hunters can reasonably expect some impact to moose populations in southeast Alaska and even on the Kenai Peninsula when the tick gets there.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT National Park Service Dismisses Grand Canyon Bison Hunting Idea <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>The US National Park Service (NPS) released its Draft Environmental Assessment for the "Initial Bison Herd Reduction" within Grand Canyon National Park in May, inviting public comment on the document. Disappointingly, the NPS dismissed public hunting as an opportunity of reducing the herd to within park carrying capacity. In a three-paragraph discussion, NPS rationalized not considering the option because it was "inconsistent with existing laws, policies and regulations for the park." They also went on to describe the difference between hunting and culling (their preferred terminology), stating that culling is a "very controlled and structured activity used to meet specific resource management objectives . . . <strong>and is not implemented as a type of recreation</strong>" (emphasis ours).<br><br>It is no secret that there are many in the NPS who are anti-hunting, and the justification they provide is aimed at placating their anti-hunting employees and constituents, conveniently ignoring the fact that, throughout the world, hunting is a controlled and structured activity that is used to meet resource management objectives. This statement by the NPS is insulting to hunters who have championed conservation from its beginning.<br><br>The NPS notes that hunting is prohibited in national parks except where "specifically mandated by federal statutory law" (36 CFR 2.2). This is a park service regulation and Congress can certainly override it. Congress did exactly that in authorizing elk hunting in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They also need to consider it for elk in Rocky Mountain National Park and for this bison herd in the Grand Canyon.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Guide/Client Mismatch on a Colorado Elk Hunt <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>Subscriber D. Zuhse is unhappy with his unsuccessful muzzleloader elk hunt in Colorado in Sept. 2016. He hunted with Bucks and Bulls Guides and Outfitters and largely blames his personal guide, Ike, for his lack of success.<br><br>In a lengthy report, Zuhse details the circumstances of his hunt (one of his brothers was fighting cancer and had to drop out). He tells us that, for most of his five-day hunt, "My guide was inept and lazy. He took time off during hunting hours to nap, check in by phone on his business and family, surf the internet and preach to me on political and social views. I followed Ike on horseback and was told to wait near the horses while he used binoculars to glass for hours without any interaction with me. On the last full day of our five-day hunt, both guides left us in the upper hunt camp while they spent eight hours to retrieve horses and mules from the base camp, which should have taken less than four hours. The employee responsible for delivering supplies and livestock for the ride out had quit.<br><br>"Each time Ike saddled or bridled a horse, he punched it in the nose, kicked its legs or kneed it in the ribs. He justified this behavior by saying that the rented animals were stupid. The second guide never had to resort to similar treatment. The absence of supplies delivered to the hunt camp because of the missing employee also meant that several of the horses went without feed for a day and a half. I assume that the horses used to ride down to base camp on Wednesday were fed there. The two that were left at camp were not.<br><br>"I tried to address my concerns with Travis Adams, owner of Bucks & Bulls. He was dismissive in his email response and abusive in our phone conversation. I was not seeking any refund and did not threaten legal action. The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Pay Attention! Stand Together! <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>On June 13, we sent out an Email Extra Bulletin alerting subscribers that a <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber had received notice from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) informing him that that they were going to release his personal information to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). This anti-hunting organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request as regards the import and export of rhinoceros and elephant parts, including sport-hunted trophies.<br><br>No one should have been taken by surprise by this: we warned you it was coming! On November 8, 2016, we emailed a news bulletin warning that anti-hunting groups were trying to obtain information on hunters from USFWS through an FOIA request for records on wildlife product/parts importations. With assistance from John Jackson, we provided language for hunters to object to such a release in a letter to USFWS.<br><br>The request for information affecting this particular <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber was filed in April. The hunter had until June 23 to respond and object.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Collect All the Whitetail or Turkey Varieties in One Trip <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Central plateau whitetail is one of seven whitetail subspecies on offer by SJL.</div><br> <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br> <em>Editor's note: Last month we updated you on what's happening with Mexico Hunts. This month we tell you how to get (almost) all of the Mexican whitetails or turkeys in one fell swoop. Read on for details.</em><br><br> In addition to operating Mexico Hunts, Sergio Jimenez has also started his own booking agency called SJL Hunting Consultant. He is booking hunts all over the world, but only with people he knows and has hunted with himself. He started by helping friends and Mexican clients looking for specific hunts. His clients include hunters chasing the Weatherby Award and the SCI Whitetail Deer Slam. While helping them find and book the hunts they need, Jimenez developed a program to collect all of the whitetail deer and wild turkey subspecies found in Mexico. All but one of the pieces are in place already, and the last is expected to come together soon.<br><br> SCI recognizes seven distinct Mexican whitetail deer subspecies. Two are also available in the southwestern US: Coues and Carmen Mountain. While the <em>texanus</em> subspecies is biologically the same as those in Texas, a <em>texanus</em> taken in Mexico counts as an additional deer for several SCI awards. The others are Central Plateau whitetail deer, Gulf Coast whitetail, Central American whitetail, and Pacific Coast whitetail. Jimenez now has six of the seven and soon hopes to offer them all. He even has plans for hunters who want to collect all seven in one trip.<br><br> He starts in Sonora with Coues deer, better known among hunters as the gray ghost. The rack on a mature buck normally has four points to a side, including the brow tines. It lives in desert mountain areas at elevations of 4,000 to 8,000 feet, preferring scrub oak and high grassy basins. In Mexico, Coues deer range through Sonora, Durango and Chihuahua. Jimenez takes his Coues deer hunters to El Plomito Ranch, a 30,000-acre property in La Sierra del Viejo, close to Caborca and about a four-hour drive northwest of Hermosillo.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Act Now - New Texas Animal Health Regulations Will Impact Hunters <div align="center"><img src=""></div><br><div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>On May 9, 2017, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) approved new regulations aimed at managing the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in "exotic" cervids, which, in Texas, includes elk. Dealing with what are termed "CWD susceptible species," the regulations require owners to keep herd records, estimated annual inventory and mortality records for any elk, red deer, sika or hybrids (and any moose, though there are few if any in Texas). To this end, owners of these species will be required to obtain a Premises Identification Number (PIN) from the agency. Whether these species are on high fence, low fence or no-fence properties, landowners must keep mortality records and submit three "eligible mortalities" (natural mortality or hunter harvest) per year for CWD testing at their own expense and provide those test results to TAHC.<br><br>Up until now, TAHC did not regulate the movements of exotic cervids. But increased scrutiny on transfers from whitetail deer breeders after CWD was discovered in captive herds in Texas (see articles <a target="_blank" href="">3762</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">3741</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">3625</a> and <a target="_blank" href="">3602</a>) meant that it was only a matter of time before the question of unregulated movements of other CWD-susceptible species would arise.<br><br>It is important to note that the regulations don't cover a number of other exotics, such as axis deer, fallow deer or any of the super cervids, such as barasingha, Père David or Eld deer. Though these deer are often raised within the same facilities as red deer or elk, they appear to be resistant to CWD and are not considered a risk for transport.<br><br>Two important impacts to hunters are predictable. First, as we saw when scimitar-horned oryx began to be regulated by the USFWS, many landowners will decide not to continue to raise these species. TAHC will no doubt be easier to deal with than the FWS was, but with a number of exotic species to consider, many landowners will decide against continuing with "exotics." There are many ranches with shooter sika and red deer stags that likely will be depopulating those species. The immediate result will be low-cost hunts this fall and winter. Though discounts may not be offered at the beginning of the season, look for ranchers willing to make a deal by Jan. You can reasonably expect a fire sale before the animals shed their horns next March. If you need any or all of these for your SCI Introduced Animals of North America Inner Circle or if you simply enjoy hunting these species, you may want to act this year. The long-term result will be a reduced supply and inevitably higher prices.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Foggy but Successful Alpine Ibex Hunt in Austria <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Avedissian found his Alpine ibex on lower slopes among the trees.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> Since he submitted six reports at once, it's no surprise that subscriber A. Avedissian won our May drawing for a free three-month extension of his Hunting Report subscription. He filed the winning report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10889</a>) about an Oct. 2016 hunt in Austria for alpine ibex, chamois and red stag outfitted by Klemen Bugelnig (011-432-674-88201; <a href=""></a>).<br><br> "An excellent hunt," Avedissian writes. "Bugelnig organizes everything perfectly. We had bad luck with the weather, with thick fog for days on end, but I still managed to take a great representative ibex. This was an excellent hunt for bringing my wife along. After the hunt, we stayed in Vienna for some sightseeing and then travelled on to Spain."<br><br> Avedissian wrote in with additional details about his Austria hunt. He says, "I debated between going to Austria or Switzerland for an alpine ibex; after two years of talking with Bugelnig at his booth at the SCI show, I decided to book with him.<br><br> "Bugelnig met me in Vienna for the hour drive to the Schneeberghof Puchberg Hotel. I did some paperwork, took a little sightseeing tour of the town, had a good dinner and was ready for tomorrow.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Estate Hunt for Tropical Deer Species in Australia <div align="center"><img src=""><br>T. Geppert with his Aussie smabar stag.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Subscriber T. Geppert reports enjoying a five-day estate hunt in Australia for Javan rusa, Moluccan rusa and sambar deer with guide Andrew Webster of Kingham Safaris in late May. He booked with Patty Curnutte of Global Sportsman (830-755-9191; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>).<br><br>"An overall excellent outfitter," writes Geppert. "Lots of game and unique birds and animals on this beautiful ranch, coupled with great people, food and facilities."<br><br>In a follow-up phone conversation, Geppert told us, "My go-to booking agent, Patty Curnutte, recommended Kingham Safaris, which is Bill Webster and his two sons, Andrew and James. I talked to them twice at the Dallas Safari Club show. I wanted my wife to see some of Australia, and this hunt fit perfectly with a longer trip.<br><br>"The ranch is two hours north of Brisbane and has 25,000 acres with about 6,000 acres behind wire. I saw plenty of game, but you do have to hunt. The area is lush, with some thick cover and lantana vines, and you have to sit for a while to see deer.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Countless Rusa and Axis Deer on this Hunt in Australia <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>We also asked Avedissian about his eight-day Australia hunt (Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10891</a>) with Greg Pennicott Safaris (011-61-3625-41381; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) in Nov. He says, "I also connected with Pennicott at SCI in Vegas and booked a hunt in both south and north Australia for rusa deer, wapiti and water buffalo.<br><br>"I flew to Adelaide, where Pennicott met me for a three-hour drive toward Victoria Province to a large high-fence ranch with elk and red deer. I stayed in Pennicott's home in a comfortable room. He is a personable guy as well as an experienced hunter and great guide.<br><br>"We hunted elk inside the enclosure and rusa stag in a free-range area outside it. There are thousands of Javan rusa deer (something like 220,000) as well as countless axis deer in this area. I saw 30 or 40 rusa deer on the day I hunted them, including 10 bucks. I took the largest out of a group of three shooter bucks. A very pleasant hunt.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Recommended Mountain Lion Hunt in Utah <div align="center"><img src=""><br>After the shot, Porto's large Utah lion fell out of the tree and rolled into a creek.</div><br><div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br>Subscriber S. Porto filed a positive report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10895</a>) about a Utah mountain lion hunt with Wade Lemon Hunting, booked through the Global Sportsman (830-755-9191; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). Porto hunted in south central Utah, "not far from the town of Torrey and very close to Capitol Reef National Park."<br><br>Porto hunted in March and reports warm temperatures. He and his guides found a track leading into a deep, shady canyon with no tracks leading back out. Although it was late on the first day of the hunt, the dogs were set on the track, and they had the cat treed in less than 30 minutes. The group used an ATV to follow an old forest access track and then continued the rest of the way to the tree on foot. Porto used a scoped .223 rifle provided by the outfitter.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Successful Public Land Guided Elk Hunt in New Mexico <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Muns and his public-land New Mexico elk bull.</div><br><div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10878</a> subscriber M. Muns recommends his New Mexico elk hunt with Vince Vigil's New Mexico Hunting Adventures (505-363-1638; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). Although Vigil also offers private land hunts, Muns and his partner hunted public land in Unit 51 in Carson National Forest.<br><br>Muns purchased the two-person hunt for himself and a friend at an SCI event. They both drew tags, so there was no need to purchase a landowner tag. The duo hunted out of a tent camp staffed by Mark Chavez and wife, Gina, while Paul Chavez guided.<br><br>The rut has ended by the time New Mexico rifle season starts. Muns says the bulls were no longer actively bugling. Most of the elk seen were coming into water in the evening because it was hot and windy. While hunting public land, they encountered other hunters daily. Muns' friend ended up taking a "decent, young 6x6 bull," and Muns took his "older 5x4 raghorn bull" on the last night.<br><br>Muns says that although "it was good hunting and we put meat in the freezer, I would not recommend the rifle season here for anyone looking for 300-plus-class bulls. I think you would have more success during archery season." Muns also believes that this is a good option for an introductory elk hunt, as "you get the tented camp experience, yet it's not too rugged." The only mix-up occurred when Muns was given the wrong arrival date.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT The Real News on Tajikistan and Those Seized Trophies <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Hunting trophies siezed at the border crossing between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.</div><br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>Last month we told you how we don't deal in fake news. News we'd been given on a seizure of trophies came from a Russian blogger who uses his corner of internet space to rant and rage, labeling everyone he comes across as a poacher. That's not news. But… we kept looking, because he was right about one thing - there were trophies seized at the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in late April. Contacts got us a report by Kyrgyz Customs, plus some newspaper reports. Now we had something to chase.<br><br>The incident I am referring to involved a driver working for hunting operator Yuri Matison, who attempted to transport four ibex and seven Marco Polo trophies hunted in Tajikistan across the border into Kyrgyzstan from where they were to be shipped out to clients. The driver was stopped at the checkpoint and a new Kyrgyz customs unit using detection dogs trained to find drugs and wildlife products inspected the vehicle and found the trophies. The Customs report states the trophies were hidden under sacks of wool. The trophies were labeled with clients' names and the booking agency who sent the clients, but no paperwork accompanied any of the trophies. I was told that there were also other animal products, including meat, but that is not in the report on the Customs website. The driver was arrested for smuggling and the entire shipment was seized.<br><br>Initially, a subscriber whose trophy is among those seized was told that the driver had taken an alternate route due to heavy snow and thus "created some problems at the border check point." He was assured the trophies would be released very soon. That was either a straight falsehood or a misunderstanding that was passed on to us. There is no alternate check point, and the trophies are NOT going anywhere anytime soon. An investigation is underway on the trophy origins and legality. Also, they are being kept as evidence in a criminal case against the driver.... The Jul 2017 Issue Sat, 01 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT