The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT A Clarification about Our New Research Service and the Role of Booking Agents, Plus an Apology http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1464 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Barbara Crown, Publisher</span></div><br>In my Publisher's Note on page two of the November issue, I announced a new research service for subscribers of<em>The Hunting Report</em>. In trying to explain how we are not creating a booking agency, but, instead, a research service that will conduct the basic legwork for hunters looking for a particular hunt, I specifically said "How is this different from a booking agent? We work for you and you alone! We don't sell hunts, take commissions or kickbacks."<br><br>Well, it seems I owe an apology to booking agents for this unfortunate choice of words. I received emails from several highly respected booking agents who I know have done a great job for many<em>Hunting Report</em>subscribers (as evidenced by the many positive reports on hunts booked by them). One of them said I made it sound like booking agents were bad guys for selling hunts and taking "kickbacks." "What an incredibly nasty thing to say to people who help support you and your business!" he said.<br><br>He reminded me that good agents vet the operators they work with, often have inside info and access to last-minute bargains, and work hard to keep clients happy. He's right. Good agents (and there are lots of them) do exactly that.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1464 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1472 <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> <div align="center"></div> The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1472 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1473 Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US. Beginning in December, the 2015 fall trophy hunt drawing process starts anew with different deadlines in each of the states.<br><br><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk,Editor-at-Large</span></div> <br> <table align="center" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td><em>(Editor Note: The listing below includes current year information for big game hunts in each state. The listing will be maintained and updated as a planning tool even though deadlines may have passed. As The Hunting Report is "…for hunters who travel", all information below is based on nonresident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed.)</em></td></tr></tbody></table> The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1473 Calling Hunters to Action over USFWS Proposal to Require Import Permits for African Lion http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1453 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Dominating hunting news on Africa this past month is the October 27, 2014 announcement that US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed listing the African lion as threatened instead of endangered under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). We told Email Extra subscribers about this in an email bulletin the day of the announcement, explaining how the announcement is not exactly cause for celebration. While the good news is that USFWS refused to list the lion as endangered, it is proposing a special import permit requirement for all African lions imported to the US. The requirements for those<strong>import permits are not like those for leopard, but more like those for elephant from Tanzania.</strong>USFWS would have to make a non-detriment finding for the lion range nation based on very specific and stringent requirements. <br><br>Unless you've been marooned on an island since April 3rd, you should be aware that USFWS has banned elephant imports from both Tanzania and Zimbabwe because they "could not" make non-detriment findings for those countries. Despite all the documentation provided, USFWS does not believe those two countries have properly managed their elephant populations nor that hunting of those populations is sustainable. (See this month's Conservation Force Bulletin tucked into this issue.) The two requirements the Service proposes for lion import permits: 1) Countries must demonstrate hunting to be sustainable. 2) They must demonstrate how hunting enhances the survival of the species. If what we are seeing today with special import permits for elephant is what we could see with lion, this proposal is incredibly worrisome.<br><br>During an October 27 media teleconference attended by<em>The Hunting Report</em>and Conservation Force, USFWS Director Dan Ashe spelled out the reasons for wanting to list the lion as threatened and the criteria the Service would use to issue import permits.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1453 Groenewalds Indicted in US Federal Court Over Illegal Rhino Hunts, Trafficking http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1454 <div align="center">By Babara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Former safari operator Dawie Groenewald and his brother Janneman have been indicted by a US federal court on 18 counts of wildlife crimes, fraud and money laundering stemming from illegal rhino hunts conducted for American hunters between 2005 and 2010. This happened in late October, right after our November issue went to press, and we informed Email Extra Subscribers of the indictment in a Bulletin dated October 27. The Groenewalds operated in South Africa under the company name Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris and marketed heavily to US hunters. Janneman lived in the United States. According to the US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama, the two are charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, launder money and secretly traffic in rhino horns.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1454 European Union Tightens Trophy Imports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1462 <div align="center">y Rolf Baldus, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Email Extra subscribers were informed on October 23 that the EU Commission had just days earlier published proposed changes to the way it will apply CITES regulations. US hunters are, sadly, all too familiar with how capriciously and arbitrarily rules like this can be applied and the detrimental impact they can have on wildlife conservation. One only need look at elephant and polar bear to find examples. While these proposed new regulations ostensibly only affect our European subscribers, the truth is, they impact every hunter by reducing the free market value of (and the incentive for) preserving game species in Africa. They also make it harder for outfitters and safari companies to do business legally and profitably.<br><br>This month, we have some additional perspective from correspondent Rolf Baldus, who first alerted us to the impending changes....</em> The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1462 EHD Outbreaks in Oregon’s Columbia Whitetail http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1458 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Columbia whitetail deer are something of a collector species, with limited availability to hunters. Columbia whitetails were once universally listed as a threatened species. The recovery of the deer in southwestern Oregon has provided an opportunity for hunting and sparked renewed interest (see Article 3108 from June 2013 in our Email Extra database).<br><br>However, in late summer 2014 Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) was identified in a portion of the population along the North Umpqua River, with the area near Glide, OR appearing hardest hit.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1458 Hunts Are Available Around SCI Las Vegas Show http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1459 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">y Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</span></div><br>The SCI show is in Las Vegas, NV February 4-7, 2015 and hunters attending the show may be interested in hunts before, during or after the show. We did a story in our December 2013 issue (read it<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/current_issue.cfm?id=1202 " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>) on hunts during show season, but felt that a reminder for this year was in order.<br><br>It's true that the show season and the SCI show fall after most big game hunt opportunities have closed for the year. However, as we've noted before, mountain lion, feral hog and javelina hunts are still available, and all are within one day's drive of Las Vegas.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1459 A Value Mule Deer Hunt in Utah http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1460 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Mel Toponce, Correspondent</span></div><br>Looking for a mule deer opportunity that won't break the bank? Correspondent Mel Toponce says<strong>Utah</strong>operator Jeff Sessions has just the thing. Continuing subscribers will recall Toponce's past reports on Sessions' operation (see Articles<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=122" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">122</a>,<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=320" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">320</a>,<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=577" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">577</a>). He recently touched base with the outfitter and learned of several interesting developments. Toponce writes:<br><br>"For the 2015 season, Sessions will operate on the 22,000-acre<a href="http://wildlife.utah.gov/maps/public/details_cwmu.php?cwmu_id=2008022" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Park Valley Hereford CWMU</a>(Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit) as well as on the 7,000-acre Indian Creek CWMU bordering the Hereford. This brings his total to nearly 30,000 acres of private land, all near the town of Park Valley, in northwestern Utah.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1460 The Iridium Go - Sat Phone Security with The Convenience of Your Own Smartphone http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1463 As hunters, we savor getting away from civilization. But we don't want to be completely disconnected either. A satellite (sat.) phone comes in handy in remote places to check in with family or business. It's even more important in an emergency. Typically, hunters use a sat. phone for a brief check-in each day with the family or the office. But some of us would prefer to have more continuous communications without breaking the bank. Now, there's a great new device that provides just that. It's called the<strong>Iridium Go!</strong>and it's designed to wirelessly connect with your smartphone, giving you text and voice access almost anywhere in the world!... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1463 What Hunters Should Know About Landmines in Croatia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1466 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: This month we start a new feature, Concierge Corner, where we share information we've discovered while doing research for Trophy Club Concierge subscribers. Even though the original inquiry was not from a Trophy Club subscriber, we thought it perfectly showcases the benefits of the new service.</em><br><br>A subscriber recently contacted us requesting that hunters headed to<strong>Croatia</strong>be warned that there are possibly 100,000 or more unexploded, undiscovered land mines left there from the war in the early 1990's. The subscriber discovered this fact only after arriving in Dubrovnik for a scheduled hunt. He immediately cancelled his hunt and is seeking a refund of his deposit, claiming the agent he booked the hunt with should have warned him ahead of time.<br><br>We are well aware that risk tolerance varies considerably from hunter to hunter and that reliable information is needed to assess risk. So we went searching. First of all, there are no reports that we can find of foreign hunters encountering landmines in Croatia or anywhere else in the world.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1466 Dissatisfaction over Unsuccessful Kodiak Island Bear Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1470 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9886" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9886</a>subscriber Eugenio Gonzalez is very unhappy with a 10-day<strong>Kodiak Island</strong>brown bear hunt he took in late April 2013 with Larsen Bay Lodge. The crux of Gonzalez' complaint is that, in 10 days of hard hunting, he and three other friends hunting together saw only three bears total on the hunt. Only one of the four actually took a bear. "There were no bears in the area, or they were still hibernating."<br><br>Further, Gonzalez tells us, "During the second or third day of the hunt, one of the guides got angry with the outfitter (Mike Carlson) and took off. So one of my friends and I had to share a guide for the rest of the hunt, making our chances even worse!" He rates the outfit and the guiding as "poor," the food "good," and the camp as "excellent."<br><br>"Before we left his camp, [Carlson] promised us that he would open a spot for the three of us who did not take a bear, one at the time, over the next two to three years, with us required to cover only the tag and taxes. He said he had two or three cancelations per year, and that he would call us with the first cancelation. One year passed and he never called us back. We asked him about this at the last SCI Show, and he told us that going back for bear would be difficult. He offered us a fishing trip instead - we are not interested in fishing."... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1470 Stay Away Warning on Outfitter George Dina in Romania http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1471 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>One of the things we look for in our database is patterns of performance - good or bad - from outfitters. Based on what we are seeing, we are issuing yet another<strong>STAY AWAY!</strong>warning against George Dina, an operator in<strong>Romania</strong>who has sold hunts under several different company names, including Best European Hunts and Best Romanian Hunts. He has also worked for other reputable operators in the past but is no longer associated with any of them.<br><br>We've had several positive hunt reports in the past on Dina, but have recently received three reports in a row,<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9887" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9887</a>,<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9888" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9888</a>and<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9889" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9889</a>from Mike Daley, Jorge Garcia Segovia and Ken Allen respectively, outlining hunts paid for and not delivered, missing refunds, missing trophies and one disastrous hunt. Perhaps even more troubling is the implausible string of excuses Dina has given for these failures (any of which, taken individually, might seem reasonable, but taken collectively paint a clear picture of practiced deception).... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1471 New Record Book Mountain Nyala, Plus a Clarification on Permits and Success Rates http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1456 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Lastly, I've been asked to clarify something in our September issue story on mountain nyala hunting in<strong>Ethiopia</strong>. You'll recall we ran a report from subscribers Craig McDonnold and J.C. Hurt. There was apparently a mix-up on the reported number of permits issued and the success rate on those hunts. The report stated that "only 25 permits in total were issued in 2013, with only 18 hunters successful." Evidently, the success rate is in fact higher. According to Maria Rademeyer of Northern Operations Africa (NOA), they took six hunters for mountain nyala in 2013, and all of them harvested a trophy. Additionally, Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris took 18 hunters for mountain nyala in 2013, reporting success on all of their hunts.<br><br>We also received word from NOA on two spectacular mountain nyala trophies taken by their clients since our story ran.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1456 Arizona Outfitter Delivers Color-Phase Bear For 87-Year-Old Archery Hunter http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1465 <div align="center">By Debra Sieloff, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Not all of us are as young and fit as we used to be, but that doesn't mean we have to give up the hunting we love. Here, occasional correspondent Debra Sieloff expands on her report (9747) on an archery hunt for color-phase bears on the White Mountain Apache Reservation (<a href="http://www.wmatoutdoors.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.wmatoutdoors.org</a>) in<strong>Arizona</strong>. She and her father hunted with Nichols Guiding Service (<a href="http://www.nicholsguidingservice.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.nicholsguidingservice.com</a>; 602-919-0962) this past May.</em><br><br>My father Bruce, who is 87 and a cancer survivor with a pace-maker and diabetes, had one item still remaining on his bucket list: to take a large color-phase bear with his bow. We spent a lot of time researching outfitters on<em>The Hunting Report</em>website and elsewhere, to find one who was willing to work with Dad's physical limitations.<br><br>Through our research and on the recommendation of a personal friend, we focused on Jarred Nichols. This would be a double header and we contacted Nichols to ask, outright, if he would consider an older gentleman and his daughter as clients. (Sadly, not all outfitters want to hunt with elderly clients or women.) Nichols answer was a friendly, emphatic "yes" with examples to back his claims. He also proved he knows bow hunters's needs. We booked a hunt with Nichol's well trained dogs in the morning and blinds and bait in the afternoons. The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1465 We Are Flattered, We Really Are...But... http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1451 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher</div><br><br>First things first: this is the December issue and I want to take a moment to wish each and every one of our readers the happiest of holidays. As hunters, we are perhaps more connected to the changing seasons than most people and, whether your season is transitioning from autumn to winter, or spring to summer, this is an important time of year. We hope you really enjoy it!<br><br>Now on to the serious matter of holiday gift giving.<br><br>We know for a fact that most of you are generous people. We hear from your guides that you tip well for a great hunt. We've seen you spend generously (sometimes even extravagantly . . .) to support the conservation organizations and initiatives that help preserve the future of our sport. The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1451 New Opportunities for Rusa Deer, From a New "Value Hunt" to Premium Trophy Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1450 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Long famous for its huge free-range Javan rusa deer, New Caledonia has recently been getting increased competition from hunting opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, some hunters we've talked to are saying that Australia now has bigger trophies. That said, New Caledonia remains popular for hunters eager to look over many hundreds of deer a day, and it appears that hunt options there are growing. This month, we have information on two new rusa stag hunting opportunities on New Caledonia, as well as new information from two well-established outfitters. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Australian subscriber Doug Scottorn hunted New Caledonia in late July and early August and reports on two new opportunities there that will appeal to different kinds of hunters. First, in an email Scottorn details a private-land hunt offered by a retired farming couple.<br><br>"This is not really a full-fledged hunting operation," Scottorn tells us. "Marc Guiseppi is a retired cattle rancher, and he and his wife Mireille have removed the cattle and allowed their property to be overrun with deer. Like elsewhere in New Caledonia, the hunting is great because of the number of deer.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1450 Hunting Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Reservation for Mule Deer, Whitetail and Pronghorn http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1452 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuck, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Last month, we told readers about a "sleeper" hunting opportunity on the vast Navajo Nation in the southwest. This month, Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk takes you to a sleeper spot in<strong>North and South Dakota</strong>, where the Lakota Sioux lands harbor deer, pronghorn and more. Enjoy!</em><br><br>The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe occupies a 1.6M-acre reservation straddling the North Dakota/South Dakota border. Sitting Bull, the Sioux leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn, was from this tribe and returned to the Standing Rock Reservation, where he was killed in 1890. Things have changed since then, but one thing hasn't. There's still plenty of game roaming these wide-open spaces, and this is a good spot for an affordable hunt.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1452 Good, Straightforward Ranch Hunt in Pennsylvania http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1469 <div align="center">By Karu Maxwell</div><br><br>Looking for a quick-and-easy hunt in the northeastern US? In Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9704" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9704</a>, subscriber John Sholes recommends a boar and mouflon sheep hunt he and his son took this past May at Double Boar Ranch (<a href="http://www.doubleboarranch.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.doubleboarranch.com</a>; 814-661-6975) in Clarion County,<strong>Pennsylvania</strong>. Sholes won the hunt at his SCI chapter fundraiser. He wasn't able to go at the specified time, but was able to re-schedule. He reports taking three wild boar and an average mouflon sheep from the 180-acre enclosure.<br><br>In a follow-up phone call Sholes told us, "My son and I hunted together. He took two boars, I took one. The sheep was a last-minute decision.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1469 Two Reports on Sweden, Including a Moose Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1467 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have two new reports this month on hunts in Sweden. The first is a richly detailed report (9834) from subscriber Jeff Spitler, who hunted moose with independent guide Joachim Andersson (<a href="http://www.vaerie.se/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.vaerie.se</a>; +011-4670-267-7227;<a href="mailto:vaerie@spray.se" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">vaerie@spray.se</a>) for four days in September. Andersson calls his operation Vaerie Fjällprodukter. Here's what Spitler, who currently lives and works in Sweden, had to say about this trip:<br><br>"Joachim Andersson, my guide, picked me up at the airport in Östersund and drove me to Blomhöjden, where he has two cabins reachable by road, plus a fishing cabin, reachable by ATV. Blomhöjden is about 30 km east of the Norwegian border, not too far from the Arctic Circle. I stayed the first night in one of the cabins, and walked about 2.5 hours into camp the following morning. Andersson took an ATV in with all equipment and supplies. We camped on the slopes of a small mountain, and did all of our hunting over the ridge from camp. We would cross over the ridge and move to different points to glass.<br><br>"On the first afternoon we watched a bull moose, cow and two calves for about 30 minutes from an overlook. The bull did not respond to calls and moved off with the cow. We actually picked up this same bull the next day and lost him again. On the third hunting day I had an exciting stalk for another bull, but couldn't get a shot because he was noisily chasing a cow. We were foiled, only to have the larger bull from the previous days step out in response to a call from Andersson. I was able to get a shot from about 70 yards. My moose had a 44-inch spread.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1467 Anticosti Whitetail Hunting Revisited http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1468 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>It's been awhile since we received a report about the deer hunting on Anticosti Island off the coast of Quebec. Subscriber Dominic Dugré hunted at Pourvoirie Lac Genevieve d'Anticosti (<a href="http://www.anticostiplg.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.anticostiplg.com</a>;<a href="mailto:info@anticostiplg.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">info@anticostiplg.com</a>; 418-535-0294) in October, taking two bucks. Dugré gives the camp, guiding, equipment and trophy care excellent ratings. This was a European plan hunt, so he and his partners brought their own food and did their own cooking.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1468 What You Need To Know BEFORE Your High Altitude Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1461 <div align="center">By Dr. Paul Auerbach</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: As any dedicated hunter of mountain game can tell you, some of the best hunting adventures in the world take you up. Sometimes way up. The magic number for most people is 8,000 feet (2,400 m). Above that, problems can plague the unprepared. In the first of our series of Tip Sheets from our newest corporate affiliate<strong>Ripcord</strong>, world-renowned physician Dr. Paul Auerbach (the author of<strong>Wilderness Medicine</strong>, the definitive text for medical professionals, and<strong>Medicine for the Outdoors</strong>, the leading book on outdoor medicine for laypersons) tells us what we need to know ahead of time when a planned hunt will take us above 8,000 feet, and why being in "sheep shape" is so important....</em> The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1461 Hunt Planning Primer: All About Western Permits http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1457 <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>According to Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk, trophy hunting in the US West has never been better. . . If you can get the permit you need. Bodenchuk tells you what you need to know before filling out your permit applications for the coming season.</em><br><br>While we may long for the "good old days" where mule deer were plentiful, the fact is that trophy quality mule deer are still out there and trophy elk, pronghorn and bighorns are more available than at any time in the last century. Even moose and Rocky Mountain goat are more abundant than at any time before and permits are available in more states, thanks to active management by western wildlife agencies.<br><br>Because public land dominates the western landscape, many of the permits are available only through a drawing. For the states with transferrable private land tags, outfitters often concentrate their efforts on private land where they can guarantee tags for their clients. Outfitters also guide on the public land, and some states such as New Mexico, Oregon and Nevada set a number of tags aside to offer them in an "outfitter drawing." Critical to drawing the tag of a lifetime is understanding the draw and maximizing your chances through research.<br><br>First, you must decide what species and quality of animal you want to hunt. Sheep are more difficult to draw than deer or pronghorn, but some high-quality elk permits have odds that rival sheep tags. You need to decide if you'll only accept a B&C quality trophy or if you would be satisfied with a mature animal.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1457 More Excellent Feedback on Safaris in Bubye Valley Conservancy http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1455 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>This past October I shared a report on a safari in <strong>Zimbabwe's</strong> Bubye Valley Conservancy from subscriber Alan Wilson, who hunted with Pete Fick Safaris. Wilson was very happy with killing a 41-inch buffalo on the first day of his hunt, had glowing things to say about the conservancy. Recently, I've received reports from several other subscribers who tell of outstanding experiences there.<br><br>The first is from Michael Ambrose. He hunted in March of 2014 with Shaun Buffee Safaris (<a href="http://www.shaunbuffeesafaris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.shaunbuffeesafaris.com</a>) and killed a lion that measured 25 4/16 SCI. He also took a giraffe and a zebra. "This was my fourth 21-day safari for a lion - including two in Tanzania and one in Zimbabwe. On the first safari, I had seen and turned down one shooter and three young lions. On the next two we never saw a male. I turned down 16 lions in eight days in the Bubye and took a huge black and ginger-maned cat. I took him walking in at daylight, stalking to 21 yards. Fantastic!" Ambrose says that of the 16 mature males he saw, five were older than six years and Buffee convinced him to turn them down because they could do better. He describes Buffee as one of the youngest but most intuitive and professional hunters in Africa. "He is a cat specialist and his tactics, insight and decision making are key to his success, which is near 100% on lion and leopard." As for the Bubye Valley Conservancy, he says it is a "fabulous" area with "over-the-top-comfortable" camps. "Book the hunt, wait as long as it takes, pay whatever it costs. This is the real deal," he says.... The Dec 2014 Issue Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1455