The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT USFWS Decides on Importation of Lion Trophies from South Africa Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service Dan Ashe has announced that lion trophies from captive bred populations in South Africa will not be accepted for importation to the United States. However, wild and wild-managed lions from South Africa will receive import permits. Word is a handful of permits have already been approved. Ashe made the announcement via a contributor post on the Huffington Post website. According to representatives from his office, Ashe’s private post is the official notice by the USFWS regarding this issue. The hunting community has been waiting for a decision on which range nations would be approved to import lion hunting trophies to the United States since USFWS listed the African lion under the Endangered Species Act in December 2015. (See Article 3710.) Hunting Report subscribers know the decision included a requirement that range nations demonstrate that their lion hunting programs enhance wild lion populations. When the announcement was first made, many operators in South Africa assumed captive bred lions would not be blocked from importation simply because they do not detract from wild populations. But that did not meet the requirements for true enhancement sought by USFWS, which include transparency, scientific management and effectiveness in protecting and enhancing wild lion populations. As for other lion-range countries, Ashe says USFWS is still reviewing permit applications for those areas. However, he makes a point of stating that USFWS has determined sport hunting of wild and wild-managed lions can contribute to the long-term conservation of the species and that it is not responsible sport hunting that is threatening lion populations. Ashe’s announcement broke just as we were going to print with the November issue of The Hunting Report. We were only able to get a brief item about the announcement into that issue. We will have more detailed information in the December issue and hopefully news of more approvals. In the meantime, you can read Ashe’s complete post for yourself here. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Conservation Research Fund Spearheads Research on South African Leopard A Conservation Research Fund (CRF) has been established in South Africa to conduct research on the sustainability and economics of consumptive use of predators, specifically leopard. Hunting Report subscribers will remember our February 2016 report that wildlife authorities in RSA had withheld leopard hunting quotas this year due to concerns over sustainability and the need for a national policy on leopard hunting. At that time hunting associations strongly contested that decision. Now a coalition of hunting conservation groups has announced the creation of the Conservation Research Fund to finance necessary research and to work with wildlife authorities to create a National Leopard Norms and Standards that will standardize leopard management throughout the country. The organizations involved in the CRF effort include Limpopo Hunters Liaison Forum (LHLF), South African Wildlife College, Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), PHASA’s Conservation and Empowerment Fund, Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA), South African Predators Association, and the South African Taxidermy Association. CRF plans include appointing Dr. Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni of the Tshwane University of Technology’s Nature Conservation Department to conduct research on leopards in South Africa. Dr. Mzileni is regarded as an authority on large predators in South Africa and will represent the sustainable use sector on the advisory board for The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Also, CRF is helping to organize a centralized data bank for all predator research projects across RSA to facilitate the collection and sorting of research efforts. The CRF is to be funded by the various associations involved as well as international conservation groups. Donations to the fund will be tax deductible. The Limpopo Hunters Liaison Forum had implemented a R5000 (about $350 US) levy per leopard hunted to fund training for previously disadvantaged individuals. Funds from that effort will now go into the CRF, and a small levy on all hunting trophies may be implemented to support the necessary research. The CRF will be managed as a separate entity with its own board of trustees and is subject to transparency and annual audits. Charl van Rooyen is currently interim chairman. As for that national leopard plan, The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in consultation with the private sector, will be working on a draft of National Leopard Norms and Standards to address current disparities in permit allocation systems across provinces and apply uniform measures for leopard offtake. See the November issue of The Hunting Report for more detailed reporting on this development. In the meantime, anyone wishing to contribute to the CRF should contact – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Romania Bans Bear and other Predator Hunting On October 4, Romania announced a ban on all sport hunting of predators, making it illegal to take brown bear, wolf, lynx and wild cat. The ban appears to be immediate and permanent. We already know of one hunter whose hunt has been scuttled at the last minute, and we are sure to hear of more. All predator species are protected under European law, but hunting for bear and other species in Romania has continued with large quotas since Romania joined the EU in 2005. Romania did this by using a loophole in EU law that allowed for control hunting of animals that have proven to be a danger or nuisance to humans. In practice, this meant that hunting associations responsible for certain areas could count bear populations within their areas and apply for a quota each year. Romania holds over 60% of the European brown bear population. The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the practice has come under fire from animal rights groups and some conservationists, who maintain that hunting groups overstated the number of predators and the threat posed by the animals in order to secure higher quotas. The government now proposes to institute state-controlled culling in areas with conflicts between humans and predators. Bears and wolves may also be transported to other areas within the EU. The ban is expected to cause a strong negative reaction from Romania’s outfitting industry as well as rural villagers and farmers who will be affected by higher predator numbers. Bear hunting in Romania has been a major draw for international hunting travel over the last 10 years with hunters regularly taking SCI Gold Medal bears scoring over 400 CIC. Look for more information in the November issue of The Hunting Report. - Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Expiration Date on Customs Form 4457 Causing More Problems for Hunters <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>A <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber was almost denied entry of his firearm in South Africa recently because of what appeared as an expiration date on the Customs Form 4457. The issue with an expiration date on this form first came to our attention last month when a hunter was denied boarding with his hunting rifle (in checked baggage) by a Delta Airline agent because of an expiration date in the top right-hand corner of the form. After our inquiries, a new edition of the form with a 2018 expiration date was posted to the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) website. That story prompted a number of anxious subscribers to contact us. Some could not find an expiration date on their forms. Others spoke with local CBP agents and were told that Form 4457 does not expire. Indeed, as far as CBP is concerned, the form does not expire, despite the newer forms clearly saying "Expiration Date" in the top right-hand corner.<br><br>Subscriber Stu Mauney received the following email explaining this when he inquired about the issue: "The expiration date on the form is only for CBP scheduled review and internal updates for the form. That is the most current version of the form available and is valid for use. Once the officer signs and stamps the form it is good forever, as long as the information about the items registered has not changed...The CBP officer who speaks with you upon arrival determines the admissibility of goods and visitors...." The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 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-Large The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and 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 Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Safari Camp in Mozambique Attacked by Armed Robbers <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>On Sunday, August 21, a group of armed men attacked Marromeu Safaris' camp in Coutada 10, Mozambique, exchanging gunfire with PHs and staff. They struck at 8:30 pm while clients and their PHs were having dinner. A ricocheting bullet struck the calf of one of the five clients in camp, but no one else was hurt. We notified Email Extra subscribers of the incident <a href="" target="_blank">on August 25</a>.<br><br>Marromeu Safaris issued a statement saying, "Due to the swift action and professional way the PHs and camp staff handled this situation, the incident lasted only minutes. The Minister of Terra, Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Rural (Land, Environment and Rural Development) is taking this incident very seriously, and we expect positive results very soon."<br><br>As this issue went to press, we learned that three of the five men involved in the attack have been arrested by authorities, who know the identities of the other two. One was arrested only two days after the incident. Two more were apprehended on September 19th. Authorities expect to catch the other two soon. The motivation for the attack, we are told, was simple robbery.<br><br>The wounded client was evacuated by helicopter the following morning and treated at a hospital in Beira for a flesh wound. He was well enough to fly back home via commercial airliner. The other clients were evacuated the same day as a safety precaution.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT No Big News Yet from USFWS on Lion and Elephant Permits <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>A number of subscribers have contacted <em>The Hunting Report</em> recently to ask for updates on import permits for elephant and lion now required by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Multiple hunters have submitted applications for permits for both species, but FWS has neither issued nor denied any permit application as of this writing.<br><br>We recently spoke with FWS spokesperson Vanessa Kauffman, who told us that FWS is not yet releasing any new information. Readers will recall that back in April Tim Van Norman, Chief of the Branch of Permits at FWS, told <em>The Hunting Report</em> that "interested parties" would be made aware of which countries have lion management programs that provide sufficient enhancement for permits to be issued under the current 4(d) rule (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3774</a> from our May issue). For the moment, Kauffman could only tell us that FWS expects to make decisions on various range countries and to make those decisions known. She could not comment on a timeframe. Kauffman cautioned that when USFWS makes decisions about range states, it will not mean that all permits from any given range state will be approved.<br><br>Kauffman urged hunters who have questions about an existing import permit application or who wish to apply for a permit to contact the International Affairs Program at 703-358-2014.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Act Now for a Shot at These Raffle Hunts <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>The Big Time Texas Hunt raffle offers one last chance at a desert bighorn sheep tag this year. The deadline is Oct. 15 and the winners will be notified shortly thereafter.<br><br>The state-sponsored raffle provides a number of packages, such as the "Texas Grand Slam," which includes a guided desert bighorn, pronghorn, mule deer and whitetail hunt, plus taxidermy for the animals taken. This is one of only three public desert sheep tags available in Texas.<br><br>Another attractive raffle package is the "Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt" on the Yoakum Dunes WMA. This newly acquired WMA in the Texas Panhandle holds great deer and the 2015 winner took a 232-inch mule deer.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT "Personal" Hunting Video Produces Legal Woes <div align="center">Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Most of us have seen at least some hunting videos. Some of us have even had hunts recorded as a memento. We are hereby issuing a warning to subscribers to consider all potential ramifications before you allow anyone to video your hunt.<br><br>We were recently alerted by a subscriber to this story <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">in Jackson, Missouri's <em>Clarion Ledger</em></a>. In it, reporter Jimmie E. Gates, tells the story of a local physician, C. Michael Osborne, who went to Alaska on several big game hunts. On one of these hunts, he was introduced to Randy Goza of Wasilla, Alaska, and Goza's father, Terry Goza, of Hazlehurst.<br><br>Gates writes, "On one of the trips, Osborne says he met Mississippi native Charles Dixon, who flew him to a remote area of Alaska, to be guided by his son, Clark Dixon of Hazlehurst, MS, a cable TV show host. During the hunt, Osborne and the other hunters shot video for 'memory sake.' Additionally, Clark Dixon also shot video, and they shared pictures and video footage among one another. None of the hunters had large cameras that would make a person believe a television show was being recorded and produced."<br><br>According to a lawsuit filed by Osborne and the Gozas, they say they later learned the hunts were appearing on a television show called "Syndicate Hunting" on the Sportsman Channel.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Don't Run Afoul of Hunt Reporting Regulations This Fall <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As the North American hunting season is upon us, we feel we need to remind subscribers that most US states and Canadian provinces have post-hunt reporting requirements. For some, the report is a postcard that accompanies your license. In a few cases, hunters may be required to submit the incisors of deer or elk or a premolar from a bear. In most cases, an online hunt report option is available and may be the most reliable way to submit your report. Online reports don't get lost in the mail and if you forget to complete one section the online reporting engine will prompt you.<br><br>Obviously, reporting is an important game management tool. Better information for wildlife managers gives them the basis for better decisions. It is also important to the hunter.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Nilgai Cull on National Wildlife Refuge Not Likely to Impact Draw Hunt <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>We recently highlighted several draw hunt opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges in Texas, most notably the opportunities to hunt nilgai. Recently, we learned that the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked with a private group, Trinity Oaks from San Antonio, to use a helicopter to cull over 50 nilgai from the same refuge where public hunts will be offered in early 2017. Trinity Oaks publicized its shoot on social media and a second cull is planned. Some hunters complained in online comments that culling the animals before a public hunt was a poor management decision and unfair to applicants.<br><br>Digging deeper, we have discovered the nilgai were culled from Unit 4 of the Laguna Atascosa NWR. Unit 4 has no public access roads. Additional culling may be performed in Unit 4 or in Unit 7, which has very limited access.<br><br>There are three separate public-draw nilgai hunts available through Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), including the Laguna Atascosa NWR. The fine print on the draw schedule notes that the public hunt "…will be conducted on Units 2, 3, 5 and 8 only." It appears that the Refuge recognized in advance the difficulty in getting hunters to the nilgai in the two units where culls are planned. The other two public draw nilgai hunts are on the East Lake and Teniente Units of the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR. No cull hunts have been scheduled on these units.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Regulations Impact AK Hunts <div align="center">Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br> The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has posted new regulations governing "predator control" on refuges in Alaska. Because so much of Alaska is in refuges (a 1980 Act added 54 million acres to the system), the rules have significance for Alaskans as well as visiting hunters.<br><br> There is considerable angst within Alaska about the Federal government usurping state management of wildlife. Under state law (and the Alaskan Constitution) subsistence use of wildlife is a priority and, in many cases, unchecked predator populations are impacting moose, caribou or deer populations. To address this, Alaska implemented "Intensive Management," which liberalized methods of take for wolves, black bears and brown bears (including both coastal brown bears and grizzlies). Some of the state regulations the FWS finds incompatible with refuges include same-day flying, aerial take of wolves and the use of bait to take brown bears. Subsistence users see the FWS's move resulting in lower populations of game critical to their subsistence way of life and indeed, even the FWS acknowledges that "natural processes" may result in less game.<br><br> The new Federal regulation prohibits "predator control" on refuges unless it meets the FWS's purpose (and that purpose does not include producing more game). Interestingly, the FWS conducts predator management on refuges nationwide (including Alaska) to protect other wildlife, but not huntable game.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT An Unhappy Kyrgystan Ibex Hunt <em>Editor's Note: Continuing subscribers will remember our November 2015 airing of several complaints from longtime subscriber and European booking agent Gastone Santini and a number of his clients about Renaud Degrées du Loû and his hunting agency Seladang. The complaints portray disorganization, poor field performance, and failure to deliver trophies and pay agent commissions on hunts in Kazakhstan. (See Article <a href="" target="_blank">3668</a>, and Reports <a href="" target="_blank">10292</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">10293</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">10294</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">10295</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">10296</a>). Now, we have an eerily similar complaint filed by subscriber J. Dovenberg and corroborated by his hunting partners, A. Pennipede, J. Kelly and C. Jackson. Read on.</em><br><br>Subscriber J. Dovenberg is very displeased with a 2014 hunt he took in Kyrgyzstan for mid-Asian ibex with Renaud Degrées du Loû of Seladang. He held off on publishing his complaint (Report <a href="" target="_blank">10562</a>), hoping for a satisfactory resolution, but has now decided to air his grievances.<br><br>Dovenberg calls this "one of the most unorganized and unprofessional experiences I have been involved with in my 50 years of hunting.<br><br>"Our hunting party was very specific in the type of experience we were looking for. We wanted to hunt large ibex that were not pressured, in a remote area. We were mentally and physically prepared for such an adventure. We were told we would be hunting eight to 14 hours from Bishkek in an area with little local hunting pressure and would be targeting 50-inch-plus ibex. That was not the experience we received.<br><br>"Our hunting area was one hour outside of Bishkek. It was obvious Degrées du Loû did not have any past experience with the local guide/organizer because they fought with each other from the beginning - to the point of nearly coming to blows on numerous occasions. It was inappropriate, uncomfortable and flat out dangerous at times.<br><br>"Most of the food provided was cooked in a single pot, which was very unsanitary. At one point, we witnessed the three camp dogs eating out of the same pot we were being served from.<br><br>"As for the hunting, we were told there was plenty of area for four hunters. When we arrived at the local's village, one hour from Bishkek, we were told to hurry up and get everything packed, that we had to leave by night, in the dark from a location outside the village. Two of the members from the group were taken to an area where they needed to scale a locked gate and had to hide in the bush until dark on their way out. Everything needed to be done under the cover of darkness??? Very suspicious and odd!<br><br>"Two members of the hunting group were fortunate to take an average ibex each the first day of their hunt, but after that it seemed there were no additional areas to hunt and all the ibex we saw were very spooky and looked to have been hunted hard by either locals or other hunters. I and another hunter were not fortunate enough to have legitimate opportunities at ibex, but I do not gauge the success of a hunt by harvest vs. non-harvest. I have plenty of very good hunting experiences that did not end in my harvesting an animal. That was not the case on this hunt.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Firsthand Report on Hunting in Suriname <div align="center">Mario Nobili, Hunting Report Subscriber</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Further bolstering our claim that our subscribers are the most widely traveled, experienced group of hunters in the world, witness this boots-on-the-ground exploration of the South American country of Suriname. This is our first report (<a href="" target="_blank">10609</a>) on that country, and we'll let subscriber Mario Nobili tell his story. Enjoy!</em><br><br>I like to explore new hunting destinations. This time I went to Suriname, a place where very few sport hunters have gone in the last 20 years. A couple of years ago I found the marvelous book The River of Doubt: Teddy Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard. I was so fascinated by reading about that adventure in the Brazilian rainforest that I decided to follow in his tracks, as much as was possible 100 years later. In Brazil hunting is forbidden, so the real Rio da Duvida was out of the question.<br><br>I looked at all the countries around the Amazon basin. Belize was an option, but after tour operator David Hill passed away, it was difficult to find a serious contact. [Editor's Note: for background on the rocky opening of Belize as a hunting destination see Articles <a href="" target="_blank">2794</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2702</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2883</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">2524</a>, and Report <a href="" target="_blank">8161</a> in our online database.]<br><br>It was only by chance that I found Suriname (a country that I had honestly forgotten even existed) as a hunting destination. I spoke with Norman MacIntosh, the manager of a local tourist company, Discover Suriname Tours (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-597-42-1818), who told me it was possible to organize a hunt. I was told that the fall dry season offers the best hunting for caiman (South American crocodilian species), but a spring hunt at the end of the rainy season worked best for my schedule.<br><br>After almost a year of communications, my buddy Antonio and I landed in Paramaribo, the capital of the country. I was surprised to see a city in good order, clean, with many new cars around and a lot of friendly people. After a night in the comfortable Eco Resort Inn, MacIntosh drove us by car to the interior. Immediately, we were surrounded by a never-ending rainforest that almost scares you, impenetrable like a green wall.<br><br>In four hours we reached an area close to a gold mine, where we found our very basic accommodation, a canopy of palms normally used by the gold miners, where we mounted our hammocks. The only way to take a bath was in a creek running out from the forest. The temperature and humidity were very high.<br><br>From that base camp we hunted a few days, mostly at night with the spotlight, walking along old logging roads and trails made by palm cutters. My guide was Cafel, a young native, very friendly and passionate about hunting.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Enhanced Funding for Wildlife Can Come With Strings Attached <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Bill HR 5650 (Recovering America's Wildlife Act) was introduced into Congress by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and would transfer $1.3B in existing revenue from energy and mineral development on public lands into the Pittman-Robertson fund to "…address the conservation needs of the full diverse array of declining fish and wildlife species, including both game and nongame species…"<br><br>On the positive side (and the positive side is BIG), this funding will be available to the states just like the excise taxes we pay for firearms and related items and will be used to address declining wildlife species, something mostly sportsman dollars are now paying for. All wildlife benefits from proactive management and having existing funding available will serve the hunting community as well as non-consumptive users.<br><br>On the negative side, although sportsmen have been paying the bills for wildlife agencies since the beginning, some of those agencies are moving away from game management as a significant part of their purpose. Fewer wildlife biologists <strong><em>even in these agencies</em></strong> are hunters and the numbers of hunters will diminish as the agencies move towards nongame and imperiled wildlife management. The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT The Latest Security Update <div align="center">By Ripcord Security</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: The instant we heard about the shootings at Marromeu Safaris' camp in Coutada 10 in Mozambique, we contacted Ripcord for the latest security update. Here's a summary of their assessment, which we shared with Email Extra subscribers <a href="" target="_blank">on August 25</a>.</em><br><br>The RENAMO rebels have continued their campaign throughout Mozambique. The most recent attacks, in the first half of August 2016, have left at least 12 dead from ambushes by rebel forces. RENAMO remains active on the EN1, EN6, and EN7 highways and in the areas of Inhambane, Niassa and Nampula. Additionally, rebel activity has increased near the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border between the cities of Chimoio and Changara. Refugees continue to flee the violence across borders into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Many times, rebel groups have followed the refugees into neighboring countries and attacked refugee camps believed to be supporting the opposition party. Neighboring countries have put pressure on the Mozambican government to find a solution to the unrest.<br><br>The ruling FRELIMO party of Mozambique has recognized the severity of the rebel threat and began peace talks with the RENAMO rebels on August 8th. During the peace talks, the FRELIMO government promised to return six provinces to RENAMO control in a new ceasefire agreement which would also absorb the rebel fighters into the regular military. While this is a favorable solution for RENAMO, the attacks have continued. It is not expected that the attacks will stop in the near future, even if an agreement is reached.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT An Update on Sesfontein Conservancy <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We first heard from L'wyk Jansen van Vuuren's Leopard Legend Safaris back in March 2015 after he acquired hunting rights for two Namibia conservancies, Sesfontein and Otjikondavirongo (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3506</a>). We decided to check in with van Vuuren on his operation this month after receiving two new reports from non-subscribers who hunted out of the camp at Sesfontein.<br><br>The 650,000-acre Sesfontein Conservancy in northwestern Namibia borders Skeleton Coast National Park, with a tented camp near Otjikondavirongo, which lies to the north. Both conservancies are accessed from this camp.<br><br>"Most of our conservancy hunting takes place on the Sesfontein Conservancy," says van Vuuren. "Otjikondavirongo has much thicker brush with more mountains, making it ideal for kudu. Both areas are quite remote, but we have put in more roads to access more hunting area.<br><br>"We took two magnificent leopard trophies this year. In the conservancies we also had clients shoot Kalahari springbok over 17 inches again this year.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Tribal Reservations Offer Affordable Hunt Options <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: With a few very notable exceptions, Native American lands are off the radar as a hunting destination for most traveling hunters. Navigating the different seasons and hunting regulations can be intimidating, and reservation land may be intermingled with non-reservation land, making it difficult to know exactly where your permit is valid. But, as Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk tells us, tribal land hunting opportunities are far more widespread than most hunters realize, and can be affordable if you know where to look.</em><br><br>Hunting on Reservation lands (land set aside by Congress) is not regulated by the states but, instead, is governed by the respective Tribal Council. A tribal license and tag are required for these hunts. Be aware that many tribes also collectively own land that is not technically Reservation land and that may be subject to state hunting regulations and seasons. It can get confusing.<br><br>In total, 12 Alaskan Native Regional Councils, 59 Alaskan Native Village Councils and 175 tribes in the US Lower 48 have Natural Resource Departments. Most are designed to manage timber or land resources, but many, especially in the west where larger reservations are found, offer hunting opportunities. Tribes are generally organized along the roles of "members" (those enrolled in the tribe) and "non-members," though the Alaskan corporations are organized along the lines of "shareholders." Each tribe can decide for itself the degree of kinship necessary to be a member or shareholder and many will have different regulations for "affiliates" (i.e. someone married to an enrolled member, or non-members living within the boundaries of the reservation, etc.). Non-member hunting opportunities vary from access provided for a fee to fully outfitted hunts. Access hunts are obviously the most affordable.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Two Thumbs-Up Reports on Canadian Sheep Hunts <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We have two reports this month from subscribers who hunted sheep in Canada in late July. Both were in "sheep shape," both took quality rams and recommend their hunts and outfitters without any reservations.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10610</a> J. Mathisen tells us he had an exceptional Dall sheep hunt in Northwest Territories with South Nahanni Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 867-399-3194), personal guide Tom Wood.<br><br>"I could have killed a book-quality caribou on day two of the hunt, however I came for Dall sheep and I passed as we didn't want to blow the sheep out of the area. Each day for five days we hiked from spike camp at the bottom of the mountain to the tops and across the different mountains, about 10 miles per day. Climbing the mountains daily was a blast.<br><br>"We glassed a total of seven rams in one band, with two worth targeting. For the first five days, we were targeting an old, broomed off, 40-inch ram but just couldn't seal the deal. By day six of the hunt I was exhausted, my feet were blistered, and I was very happy to kill the smaller eight-year-old ram. We found him at the top and far end of a little mountain range. The actual stalk, scaling a cliff face and then bear-crawling backwards down the mountain in plain sight of the sheep, was a lot of fun.<br><br>"After taking my ram, I came back to camp on day seven intending to target caribou. Day eight was the last day to hunt. Werner and Sunny were straight-forward and said I could go hunt, but finding the right animal would be iffy and with weather coming in, it would be most prudent to stay in camp. I chose to stay in base camp.<br><br>"Overall the hunt was excellent in every way. The camp is clean. The cabins are top notch. Spike camp is very good quality single-person tents. Spike camp food was more than sufficient. The food was unremarkable at base camp. Sunny Petersen and Werner Aschbacher take great care to create a warm, positive and fun hunt. I made a lot of friends on this trip.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Idaho Pigeon Shoot <div align="center">Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>Subscriber C. Tom tells us he's found an interesting shooting opportunity in Idaho for an avid bird hunter or someone looking for an interesting add-on to a big-game hunt or fishing expedition. Tom arranged a pigeon shoot near Nampa, in southwestern Idaho, in June with Pure Pigeon Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 877-722-7082 ext. 3) and guide Travis Hough. Pure Pigeon Outfitters is the outfitting side of the SoarNoMore Wingshooting Company, which manufactures pigeon, dove, duck and crow decoys. Because pigeons are unprotected and offer year-round shooting, we suspect these hunts might interest many of our subscribers.<br><br>Tom's shoot was with a group of six, but he says it "probably would have been better to limit the group to three or four." The group shot over green soybean fields and in dairies and feedlots where pigeons are generally considered a nuisance. Tom mentioned that some of the shooting took place inside pens with cattle at the dairies and feedlots, but that the shooting does not seem to stress the cattle.<br><br>In a follow-up interview, Tom told us the outfitter used one-man blinds, hides and waterfowl-style box blinds and that these are a must. He adds that a "comfortable, sturdy, armless chair is a plus." He also noted that using decoys in dairies is less than productive because the cattle are "very curious" about the decoys and you will be constantly resetting them. Instead, he says his group used the collected downed pigeons and placed them as decoys.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Solid Recommendation for a Tur Hunt in Russia's Caucasus <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10631</a>, subscriber M. Estade strongly recommends a two-tur hunt in Russia's Caucasus Mountains with ProfiHunt (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 347-587-8109). Hunting in Aug., Estade took mid-Caucasian tur and Kuban western tur as well as a possible SCI Top Ten Caucasian chamois. Tur has a reputation as a demanding trophy, even when compared to other high-altitude species in Asia. Taken together with the two reports on Azerbaijan tur hunts in the September issue (see page 10, or Article <a href="" target="_blank">3856</a> in our database), Estade's report confirms that tur are among the most challenging of goat hunts.<br><br>"This was one of the physically hardest mountain hunts of my career, and it took a lot of stamina and a good mental attitude to get the most out of it. ProfiHunt has very professional guides, and they organized the hunt in the best possible way. We hunted Kuban tur and Caucasian chamois in the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic and mid-Caucasian tur in Kabardino-Balkaria. Old, mature tur are present in good numbers if you are ready to climb up to where the larger males are.<br><br>"For serious mountain hunters, the Caucasus offer some of the most magnificent terrain in the world. Be prepared for long days. We climbed and walked for up to 15 hours per day, sometimes in miserable weather. You will want to be in the best condition you can. Bring the best binoculars you can, a rangefinder and equipment that won't fail you.<br><br>"This was a special hunt for me, as I have now taken all three tur trophies (following a previous hunt for Dagestan eastern tur in Azerbaijan) and more than 20 goat species around the world. Artem Veselov and Alexander Melnikov at ProfiHunt are top professionals."<br><br>In a follow-up email conversation, Estade writes, "I had been in contact with Veselov for several years. He always gave me a very detailed and realistic view of his hunts, including this one. The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Koryak Snow Sheep Hunt Gets a Solid Review <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In another report on Profihunt, subscriber L. Myers took an exceptional Koryak snow sheep this past August in the Koryak Mountains of Russia northeast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10614</a>, Myers writes, "I had a very well-coordinated hunt with ProfiHunt's excellent local operators in the Koryak region. Head guide Pasha had good equipment and excellent eyes, and took great care with my trophy. Cook and assistant guide Radic worked hard and prepared excellent food in camp.<br><br>"Artem Veselov in ProfiHunt's office is very good to work with before the hunt. He speaks excellent English, is well-organized and responds to emails promptly and informatively. A big plus for me is that ProfiHunt makes every effort to prepare paperwork so that one may carry the trophy home. In this case, I carried my trophy back to the US, a huge cost savings. This also allowed me to avoid any delays getting the ram to the taxidermist."<br><br>Myers provided more information on his hunt in a follow-up email. He writes, "This was my fourth excellent hunt with ProfiHunt.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT "Bustered" - A Wildlife Crimestoppers Story <div align="center">Joshua Hurst, Arizona Game and Fish Department</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Last month we told you about the International Wildlife Crimestoppers, an anti-poaching organization whose goals we endorse. This month, we couldn't resist sharing these stories from Joshua Hurst on one of the tactics used to apprehend poachers in Arizona. These same techniques are used across North America. We got a good chuckle out of Hurst's account and hope you will too. Enjoy!</em><br><br>On a cold winter night, on a dirt road in the northern Arizona backcountry, a pickup approaches a break in the trees and slows. On the bench seat between driver and passenger is a cheap .22 rifle, the gun of choice for illegal hunting: cartridges are cheap, it is much quieter than a high-powered rifle and, if they get caught and the rifle is seized, they won't be out much money.<br><br>While the vehicle inches along, the passenger shines a 10-million-candlepower spotlight out the window looking for the green "eye shine" of a deer, hoping the high-powered beam will freeze a deer in its tracks. They take care not to aim the light toward the clouds because the glow can call attention to their doings.<br><br>As the light illuminates the meadow's edge, the beam picks up the reflective eye of a 3x3 mule deer buck. The passenger tells the driver to back up so he can see the deer more clearly, then hands the light to the driver and grabs the rifle. Seconds later, the shot cracks the night's stillness.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunting Bilibili GMA Now Under Tandala Safaris <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber J. Holmes has checked in with a detailed report on a new operation in the Bilibili GMA in Zambia. Tandala Safaris Zambia is owned and operated by PHs Lance Higgins and Greg Street. Holmes took leopard, sable, impala and Sharpe grysbok on a two-week safari in May with Higgins as PH. He says the remote concession in the Kafue River area is the "real deal." Holmes booked his hunt through Greg Brownlee of Neal and Brownlee, LLC (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 918-299-3580), exclusive agent for Tandala Safaris Zambia.<br><br>Holmes writes, "Bilibili is a newly reopened concession in western central Zambia, now being hunted for the first time since 2012. The concession consists of 3,065 square kilometers (approximately 750,000 acres) bordered on the northwest by the Machili River and on the southeast by the Mulobezi River. The area was formerly part of Mulobezi Concession #9, which was divided in two in 2005. The northwestern part of Bilibili was hunted from 2005 until 2012 but most of it remains relatively untapped by hunters due to remoteness and inaccessibility.<br><br>"Lance Higgins has been a PH for over 25 years, previously hunting with Fico Vidale and with Leopard Ridge Safaris. Greg Street has been a licensed PH since 2000, hunting with Leopard Ridge and others.<br><br>"I was fortunate to be the first hunter at Bilibili since 2012, having booked a leopard and sable hunt through booking agents Neal and Brownlee the year before. At that time, Higgins was hunting the Mushingashi Conservancy, but we switched to Bilibili when he was able to secure the area in Feb. 2016. Torrential rains prevented Tandala from developing or exploring the area until April. I arrived on May 14 to find camp still under construction, but ready for guests.... The Oct 2016 Issue Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT