The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT 2018 Show Season Calendar http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2235 Here's a schedule of major upcoming events to help you get the most out of the hunting convention season (in chronological order)... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2235 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2244 <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2244 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2245 (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!) The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2245 Subscriber Reports on Bongo, Buffalo and Duiker with Congo Forest Safaris http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2224 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/DPolkeBongo.jpg"><br> D. Polke's trophy bongo from Congo- Brazzaville.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> Subscriber D. Polke reports a successful July bongo hunt in the Tala Tala area of Congo-Brazzaville with Jean-Luc Damy's Congo Forest Safaris and PH Christophe Morio. Polke booked his hunt with Cyrus Khodaï of Travels and Expeditions (011-33-613-14-68-21; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.travelsandexpeditions.com/">www.travelsandexpeditions.com</a>; <a href="mailto:cyrus@travelsandexpeditions.com">cyrus@travelsandexpeditions.com</a>), with whom he connected through agent Russell Selle of Russell Selle Custom Hunts (<a target="_blank" href="http://rscustomhunts.com/">http://rscustomhunts.com</a>). In addition to a 30-inch bongo, Polke also took Peters, bay and blue duiker and spent time hunting for yellow-backed duiker and dwarf forest buffalo.<br><br> "I got my bongo on the first hour of the first day," Polke writes in Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10945">10945</a>. "I also had a great stalk on buffalo that alone was worth the trip and enjoyed exciting hunting and calling for duikers. This is the hardest working bunch of guys you will ever meet, including operator Jean-Luc Damy, who goes on every stalk. We were up at 4:30 am every day, at times hunting until 9:00 at night with only a lunch break. Watching the Baka trackers and their dogs work a track is something to see, and PH Christophe Morio is a top professional. Bring 100% DEET and duct tape to seal pants against the many critters. It's good to have multiple bandanas for sweat as well.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2224 Revisiting Congo Hunting Safaris Under Andre van Deventer's Management http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2225 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Still in Congo, Andre van Deventer (<a href="mailto:andrevandeventer2@gmail.com">andrevandeventer2@gmail.com</a>) has told us about his renewed operations with Edgar Opani, who owns Congo Hunting Safaris (CHS). Van Deventer says he guided a few hunts in Congo with clients this season and hopes to resume full operations next season.<br><br>As readers will recall, a number of hunters ran into major problems with CHS during the partnership between Opani and Namibian operators Tielman and Carin Neethling (see Articles <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3833">3833</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3930">3930</a>). Van Deventer had already left CHS before the problems and returned during the disorder in 2016. Numerous trophies taken by the Neethlings' clients had not been shipped. Van Deventer says he managed to get some of those trophies to the clients, but it required hunters pay a second time for shipping costs, which they had already paid to the Neethlings. Some clients refused to do so, and their trophies remain in Congo.<br><br>As for the current season, says van Deventer, "I did not do any marketing, as we were waiting for our signed contract from the Congo government, so I only had three clients this year. The hunts were very successful, camp is good, and all vehicles are in good running order. We saw a lot of bongo, buffalo and gorilla.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2225 Zimbabwe PH Mauled by Leopard during Hound Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2226 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/PGlassSBaileyLeopard.jpg"><br>P. Glass (right) and PH Scott Bailey take a quick photo after the leopard charged them and bit Bailey's arm.</div><br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>In <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> PH Scott Bailey was attacked by a leopard during a hunt with hounds this past June. Subscriber P. Glass reports that he was hunting with Bailey of Madiliza Safaris in the Matobo Hills region, just a few miles from Matobo National Park (see Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10937">10937</a>). They had been tracking the cat all day, with the dogs losing the scent several times in the dry, rocky ground and tall grass. The dogs finally bayed the cat in a tree. Glass says that the cat jumped down and charged him when it saw the hunters.<br><br>Glass says he made a solid shot, hitting the leopard with a 300-grain bullet, but the cat did not flinch. Glass worked his action to reload, never taking his eyes off the cat. By the time he was ready to shoot, the leopard was already on them. Bailey shot the cat, hitting it in the head behind the ear with a 400-grain bullet but missed the brain. The second that Bailey moved, the leopard shifted its focus from Glass to Bailey and fell on him, biting him on the arm. The leopard had Bailey on the ground and was mauling him. Glass shot the leopard off the PH. The entire incident took only seconds, according to Glass. "We put 700 grains of lead into that cat, and he never blinked," says Glass.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2226 Found! An Operator Specializing in Free-Range Trophy Red Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2221 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/GVaralloStag.jpg"><br> K. Fetzer's hunting partner G. Varallo with a trophy free-range stag from Patagonia.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br> Nestled in the foothills of Argentina's Lanin National Park, Rancho Pilolil is home to herds of free-ranging red deer. This 33,000-acre property in Patagonia is where Emilio Paris personally hosts hunting guests looking for trophy red stags without the high fences. Subscriber K. Fetzer hunted with Paris in early April, along with his daughter and two hunting partners, and filed a report on his experience (Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10938" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10938</a>).<br><br> Longtime <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers will remember Paris as the founder and former operator of Four Seasons Adventures. Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown hunted in Bariloche with Paris in 2003 (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=1157" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1157</a>). He sold that operation in 2008 and now operates Emilio Paris Hunting (<a href="http://emilioparishunting.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://emilioparishunting.com</a>; 305-722-5196), specializing in free-range hunting for native and introduced species of Argentina.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2221 Avoid Problems When Certifying Your Form 4457 before Traveling Abroad http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2230 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>From time to time, we hear about misinformed or overzealous US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents who cause problems for hunters traveling with guns. Steve Turner of Travel with Guns (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.travelwithguns.com/">www.travelwithguns.com</a>) recently alerted us to difficulties faced by a client who declared his gun with Form 4457 at a port of entry in Irving, Texas. The customs agent informed him that he could not register without a flight itinerary due to a new ruling and that he would need to register every year.<br><br>Obviously, no flight itinerary is needed to acquire a certified 4457, and the form is valid for the registered firearm in perpetuity. We contacted CBP Press Officer Yoland Choates about the problem.<br><br>Says Choates, "International travelers seeking to complete CBP Form 4457 (Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad) do not need to have a flight itinerary or flight number to complete that form. Anyone who seeks to complete a CBP Form 4457 and is having difficulty with that process should ask to speak to a supervisor in an effort to resolve the issue.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2230 British Columbia Wildfires May Affect Fall Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2231 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/BCWildfiresMap.png"><br>BC Wildfires Map 1.</div><br><div align="center">By Leighann Bodenchuk, Assistant Editor</div><br>In early Aug., British Columbia was placed under a state of emergency with 111 active wildfires burning, including 26 "wildfires of note" (highly visible or posing a threat to public safety), burning about 473,393 hectares (1,169,800 acres) across the province. Around 7,000 people were displaced, and these wildfires will affect the region's wildlife.<br><br>The highest concentration of wildfires was in the Cariboo region, with 14 wildfires of note.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2231 African Swine Fever Found in Czech Republic Wild Boar http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2232 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/ASFBoar.jpg"><br> As ASF spreads into the Czech Republic and neighboring countries, trophies like thisboar may be harder to come by.</div><br> <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br> African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in wild boar in the Czech Republic on June 26, 2017, after more than 50 wild boar were found dead in the forest. To date, the outbreak appears to be limited to a 25-square-kilometer area of the Zlin region in the eastern part of the country. A scientist familiar with the outbreak says the initial response has been to eliminate hunting in a five-kilometer radius of the location where the dead boar were found in order to prevent the possible spread of infected animals. That was followed by recommendations for intense culling over a very large area (about one-third of the country) in order to reduce contact rates among wild boar and opportunities for the disease to spread. ASF is fatal to domestic swine and wild boar and is thought to have been introduced through contaminated meat products from Eastern Europe or Russia. ASF is spread between pigs through nose-to-nose contact or through biting midges.<br><br> The Czech Republic is a popular hunting destination with European hunters, since the wild boar season runs all year. As with most European countries, hunting rights are leased to associations, and tourist hunting is limited to those associations willing to accept nonresidents. Driven boar shoots are common, particularly in fall and winter.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2232 Namibia Recognizes Importance of Youth Hunters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2233 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>You may have heard about a problem with hunting permits being issued to minors in Namibia. Thanks to the efforts of the Namibian Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA), that is no longer the case. Last year Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) suspended the issuance of hunting permits to minors due to a discrepancy between the Namibian Wildlife Act, which was being rewritten, and the Namibian Arms and Ammunitions Act. This led to a temporary suspension until MET could sort out the legalities. "There is no movement to ban hunting by minors," NAPHA said in an email announcement. "In fact, MET is trying very hard to avoid it." According to the announcement, MET asked for NAPHA's input, submitting comments and suggestions regarding minors and hunting.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2233 Terrorist Attack Follows US State Travel Warning http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2228 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>On Aug. 13, terrorists attacked a popular Turkish cafe in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, killing 16 people. Two gunmen armed with AK-47s barricaded themselves and more than 40 people inside the restaurant around 9 pm and fought with National Police until 5 am the next day. Both assailants were killed, and 22 people were injured in the incident.<br><br>The attack took place a little more than a month after the US State Department issued a travel warning against Burkina Faso on June 7, 2017. The warning states that attacks are possible anywhere in the country and recommends avoiding travel to the northern part of the Sahel region. Due to attacks throughout that area, US Embassy personnel are restricted from travel to Dori and Djibo, the road connecting them, and all areas north of that road. Personnel traveling to or staying at Parc National du W (Parc W) must arrange armed escort with Burkina Faso security forces. US citizens are encouraged to do the same. Parc National du W is very close to the Arly, Singou and Oumaou hunting areas.<br><br>After the incident at the restaurant, we checked with the security operations team at Ripcord for a security assessment for <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers. In a separate email we were told, "The situation is indeed intensifying. The majority of these attacks are in the Sahel region to the north of the country and many go unreported as they are usually targeting small villages for recruitment. It is hard to weigh the risks of one group versus another as the attacks are unpredictable and varied. The threat of kidnapping is targeted toward Western visitors of all nationalities in all locations."<br><br>Here is Ripcord's complete security assessment as of Aug. 18, 2017... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2228 British Columbia Shuts Down Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2229 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>Grizzly bear trophy hunting in British Columbia will close Nov. 30, 2017. British Columbia's Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced the closure in a press release issued late afternoon on Aug. 14, 2017. <em>Hunting Report</em> Email Extra subscribers received an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=830">email bulletin</a>about the development the following day advising them to contact their hunting operators immediately.<br><br>According to the press release, the closure is a campaign promise by the New Democratic Party (NDP), which was brought back into power in the May 11, 2017, election. "By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we're delivering on our commitment to British Columbians," Donaldson said in the press release. "This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our province."<br><br>This isn't the first time that grizzly bear hunting has been shut down by the NDP. Hunting was closed in 2001, again after an election in which NDP came to power. The British Columbia Liberal Party (BC Liberals) later reversed the closure and devoted funding and human resources to increase scientific management, spending millions of dollars on DNA research, improving management models, and hiring large carnivore specialists to work exclusively on bears. Under the BC Liberals the conservation department put its research and procedures up to peer scrutiny in the scientific community to show their management policies were robust and sound.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2229 Subscriber Reports Scarce Game on Safari in Mozambique http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2241 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>In his report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10922">10922</a>) and a follow-up email, subscriber R. Kharegat tells us he can't recommend either the operator or the Tete concession from his Aug. 2014 mixed-bag safari to <strong>Mozambique</strong>. Kharegat hunted with Safaris de Moçambique and cites "poor availability of quality game, not even minimum shooting standards. Maybe the area was shot out or poached, or game was just not present. Several species sold to me as being widely available were scarce.<br><br>"It appeared that poaching was somewhat widespread as we hunted. Live poaching was encountered at least once on the safari-there were some shots and we were retired to camp while staff dealt with the problem. Certain staff were rattled after the event."<br><br>Although he did take a 14-foot crocodile, a "small" elephant, plus sable, warthog and bushbuck, he says they could not find a second sable or an elephant for his daughter, who was hunting with him. He also says there were simply no eland in the area and no male lions or leopards coming to the baits.<br><br>We forwarded Kharegat's negative report to Simon Rodger of Safaris Moçambique, who disputes most of the report in detail.<br><br>"Rustom hunted with one of my most experienced PHs who has hunted for me the last 30 years and has a very good reputation. He has hunted all over Zimbabwe and in Mozambique in our area for the last 12 years. He has shot many elephants with clients, probably in excess of 50 trophy bulls when he hunted for Matapula hunters. In fact, Rustom pushed the PH to let him shoot animals that, under normal circumstances, we most certainly would not let the client take. Had I heard about this earlier I would have intervened.<br><br>"Crocodile: A 14-foot croc in any area is a monster, and it just so happens that in our area they are in abundance.<br><br>"Sable bull: Rustom took a sable on the second or third day of this hunt and he was told that if he waited he would most likely get a better one. He elected to shoot a 38-inch mature bull.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2241 More Feedback on Cavner & Julian http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2242 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>In our Jan. issue (Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3968">3968</a>) we aired a controversy from subscriber G. Morris on a 2015 bear hunt with Cavner and Julian. Morris described a disorganized hunt in an area that had too many hunters afield. He had been promised an exclusive territory, yet saw other hunters in his area. Outfitter Preston Cavner provided a rebuttal.<br><br>That report prompted reports from subscribers R. King and D. Munroe, which ran in May. They described a wolf hunt on which they did not see a single wolf nor wolf sign. King was promised he'd be the first to hunt an area yet found that another group had been there first. Again, Cavner provided a rebuttal, blaming weather and claiming that the preceding hunters were there primarily for fishing.<br><br>In that second report, we asked for more feedback, positive or negative. Cavner also promised to supply some positive reports from clients who had hunted in what he described as a successful 2016 season. What we received were negative reports from subscribers P. Larsen, S. Sullivan, C. Larsen and S. Reguerra, which we published in June, again asking for additional feedback.<br><br>We recently received yet more feedback from a longtime subscriber who asked not to be named. This subscriber previously guided in the area that Cavner hunts and on nearby concessions. He suggested that we encourage readers to do some extra due diligence if considering a hunt with Cavner. The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2242 How to Write a Great Hunt Report http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2222 Ever wonder how we choose the hunt reports we publish? Dozens of reports go into our database each month, but most don't get written up in <em>The Hunting Report</em>. Limited space and time force us to be selective. If you'd like to see your next report featured in our pages, here's what you need to know.<br><br>First, we strive for geographic balance (North America, Africa, Asia, etc.) and balance in categories (horns and antlers, teeth and claws, mountain game, wilderness hunts, even gamebirds). But the deciding factor is how much a report helps subscribers to find a great hunt and decide if it's right for them. That's where details come in. Not just any details, but the right kind of details.<br><br>Taking a record book animal deserves celebration, but not everyone will take a trophy like that, so it's important for fellow subscribers to know what <em>they</em> should expect on that hunt. Was it the only animal you saw, or did you pass on numerous good-but-not-good-enough trophies to either get the one you wanted or go home empty-handed? Some of the best reports are those in which the hunter didn't connect but still recommends the operator for effort and delivering everything he promised and could control.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2222 Input on Hunt Videographers/Photographers http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2243 From time to time we hear about hunters employing videographers to make films of hunts, but it's an aspect of the hunting industry we have not covered. A good safari makes a lot of good memories, and it makes sense that some hunters would want to relive the experience with a film. According to one Africa PH we spoke to, a significant number of clients bring a third party along on hunts and pay any necessary observer fees. Some hunters even take a preferred videographer on multiple trips around the world.<br><br>In an Aug. controversy (see Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=4114">4114</a>) we detailed an outfitter who charged a client a substantial sum to film his hunt professionally in 2013 and never delivered the promised film. This got us wondering about other subscribers' experiences with hunting films.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2243 New Chihuahua Outfitter Delivers on Gould Turkey and Coues Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2223 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/MBodenchukMexTurkey.jpg"><br>Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk took this 25 pound Gould turkey in Chihuahua.</div><br><div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br>Earlier this year I was offered the opportunity to hunt Gould turkey in the Sierra del Nido with a new outfit. I had been interested in the Sierra del Nido since the 70s, when considerable effort was put into trying to locate the last Mexican grizzly bears. This mountain range was their last stronghold. Hunting turkeys there would not only be my first opportunity at a Gould, but also an opportunity to evaluate the mountain for its Coues deer, wild pigs and other game.<br><br>My host was Alberto Lafon (<a href="mailto:gruscan@yahoo.com.mx">gruscan@yahoo.com.mx</a>; 011-52-614-415-4343), one of Mexico's authorities on desert wildlife. Lafon speaks fluent English and received his PhD in wildlife at New Mexico State University (on Gould turkeys!) with the same professors I studied under. Under the old <em>Fauna Silvestre</em>, he served as the chief of the Law Enforcement Division for Chihuahua, and he is currently the director of Profauna Mexico (<a href="http://www.profauna.org.mx/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.profauna.org.mx</a>), a wildlife conservation organization where he manages a number of properties for landowners, complying with the legal requirements for Unidad Para la Conservacion, Manejo y Aprovechamiento Sustentable de la Vida Silvestre (UMA) administration. He and his associate also manage predation for ranchers. Of late, he has started outfitting hunts on some of the properties to help the landowners recover some of their conservation expenditures. Lafon and I met twice and discussed the possibility of a turkey hunt, finalizing my dates for mid-May.<br><br>The Sierra del Nido lies about three hours northwest of Chihuahua City via good highways. En route we were pulled over by police who wanted to check our firearms paperwork, but otherwise travel was uneventful. The 22,000-hectare (almost 50,000 acres) ranch we hunted is the Rancho Sierra del Nido, on the west side of the range at about 7,000 feet in elevation.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2223 Subscriber Takes "Monster" Kamchatka Brown Bear with Ostbye's Hunting http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2236 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/IKaplanskyKamchatkaBrownBear.jpg"><br>I. Kaplansky with a huge brown bear in the snowy Kamchatka landscape.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Subscriber I. Kaplansky filed a positive report (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10896">10896</a>) about an early May brown bear hunt on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula with Ostbye's Hunting (011-47-698-92-859; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ostbyeshunt.net/">www.ostbyeshunt.net</a>).<br><br>"Hunters will likely see 10 to 15 bears every day averaging between eight and nine feet. I passed on many bears and finally shot a real monster on the last day, a 10-foot bear with a 27-inch skull. This is excellent hunting in pristine snow-covered mountains with hot springs and volcanoes. I recommend bringing a face mask and ski goggles. We had excellent accommodations, a warm and dry wooden house with nice beds (no cots or sleeping bags). The cook made delicious meals every day."<br><br>Kaplansky followed up with us via email. He writes, "I had been looking around for a hunt for big brown bear and had always wanted to go to Kamchatka. Ansten Ostbye is an excellent outfitter and guide, a Norwegian who speaks both Russian and English. He was there at all times and guided another hunter. I had an excellent guide named Vasily.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2236 A Recommended Nilgai/Turkey Combo Hunt in South Texas http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2237 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/RManlyNilgai.jpg"><br>R. Manly and his Texas Nilgai.</div><br><div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><em>Editor's note: Each month, we draw a report at random from the subscriber hunt reports submitted the previous month. The lucky winner receives a free three-month Hunting Report subscription extension. In Jan., we'll draw a winner from among all the subscriber reports submitted in 2017 for a one-year Ripcord Medical Evacuation policy. To get in on the fun, submit your reports by fax, mail or online at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/hunt_report.cfm">www.huntingreport.com/hunt_report.cfm</a>.</em><br><br>This month's winning report was submitted by R. Manly on his combo hunt for late March nilgai and turkey on the Ytturia Ranch in south Texas with Wildlife Systems (325-655-0877; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wildlifesystems.com/">www.wildlifesystems.com</a>). Manly tells us it took him four days of hard hunting to get his SCI bronze nilgai. In a follow-up email, he says, "I booked an extra day since I also wanted to take a Rio Grande turkey. It was a good thing I did. I got my nilgai on the morning of the last day. These nilgai were close to the wariest animals I have ever hunted.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2237 Hunting Free-Range Deer on Marble Island in Australia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2238 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/MWebbJavanRusa.jpg"><br>M. Webb found many trophy Javan rusa stags at Marble Island in July.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br>Subscriber M. Webb sent in a report on hunting Marble Island in Queensland, Australia, this July with guide Andrew Webster of Kingham Safaris (011- 61-7-5497-3115;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.kinghamsafaris.com/">www.kinghamsafaris.com</a>). Webb took Javan rusa and sambar deer and also hunted water buffalo at Kingham Safaris' ranch north of Brisbane. It should be noted that Webb is owner of the booking agency World Class Fishing and Hunting (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.worldclasshunting.net/">www.worldclasshunting.net</a>).<br><br>In Report 10939 Webb writes, "After a lot of research and vetting I finally went to see Australia hunting for myself. I can say firsthand that Kingham Safaris is a great outfitter. The hunting areas on the islands and in the hills are excellent, with an abundance of trophy game. Accommodations, staff, guides and food are all five star."<br><br>Webb told us more in a follow-up phone call. "I run a small agency that mostly caters to friends and connections. We only sell destinations where I have hunted and formed a working relationship, and getting an Australia destination has been on my list for a while now.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2238 A Recommended Boat Hunt for Sitka Blacktail Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2239 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/DMcGiffertSitkaBlacktail.jpg"><br>D. McGiffert with his AK Sitka blacktail.</div><br><div align="center">By Leighann Bodenchuk, Assistant Editor</div><br>Last month, we covered blacktail and mule deer opportunities from Texas to Alaska (see Article <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=4101">4101</a>). In Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10952">10952</a> subscriber D. McGiffert tells us about his boat-based Sitka blacktail hunt on Admiralty Island with Glacier Guides (907-321-2180; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.glacierguidesinc.com/">www.glacierguidesinc.com</a>) in Nov. 2014. This was McGiffert's fourth hunt with Glacier Guides; he previously took brown bear, black bear and mountain goat with them.<br><br>McGiffert flew into Juneau, AK, then took a floatplane to the 78-foot Alaskan Grandeur, which was home for the duration of his hunt. <em>Alaskan Grandeur</em> features four suites, each with a private bath and a comfortable salon.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2239 Late-Season Duck Hunting in Mexico http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2240 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/SPortoMexDuck.JPG"><br>S. Porto recommends this Mexican duck hunt for waterfowl collectors.</div><br><div align="center">By LeighAnn Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br>If you are interested in the new SCI Gamebirds of the World category, check out Report <a target="_blank" href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10814">10814</a> filed by subscriber S. Porto about his hunt with Solimar Hunting Safaris in Sinaloa, <strong>Mexico</strong>. Porto and his group of four booked their mid-Feb. hunt through Patty Curnutte's Global Sportsman (830-755-9191; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theglobalsportsman.com/">www.theglobalsportsman.com</a>). After having some difficulty arranging flights, Porto contacted Travel with Guns (210-858-9833; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.travelwithguns.com/">www.travelwithguns.com</a>), which arranged a nonstop flight to Mexico City, with another nonstop to Culiacan via AeroMexico. Porto describes all customs and immigration officials as "friendly" despite the recent political climate.<br><br>The group was met in Culiacan by the lodge manager, Sergio, and proceeded "two-and-a-half hours north in a comfortable van on a modern highway" to the lodge. Porto says, "The lodge is literally on the edge of the Huyaqui Lagoon, which is vast, shallow and laced with enormous tule reed beds.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2240 Hunters Must Report Corruption Activities at OR Tambo http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2227 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br>A zero-tolerance crackdown on crime and corruption is underway in South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport after five police officers there were prosecuted for corruption and another on drug charges. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula deployed specialized units at the airport in mid-July to identify and curb criminal activities there.<br><br>"OR Tambo is the first point of contact for our overseas clients, and we will do everything possible to ensure that their trip to our beautiful country is a safe and pleasant one," says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA. "For obvious reasons, improved security and zero tolerance for corruption and crime is in the best interest of not just our clients, but South Africa as a whole."Because hunters transporting guns have often been the target of corrupt officials wanting bribes, we asked Unwin what they should do in the new environment. Here are a few pointers she shared with us, along with reminders about how to travel with guns to South Africa.<br><br>"We strongly advise clients to make use of a meet-and-greet agency that can pre-apply for temporary firearm import/export or transit permits. These agencies know the law and are aware of short-notice changes in regulations. They also inform you exactly what you may or may not do prior to your trip. For a small fee, these agencies ensure that your paperwork is in order and obtained in advance, and this will add to a seamless travel experience to your hunting destination. In case of any problems, you will also have a local person on hand who knows the setup at the airport and who can assist you.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2227 All about the New R3 Initiative to Preserve Hunting and Conservation http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2234 <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><em>Editor's note: If present trends continue, the future of hunting is in doubt. And as baby boomers age and eventually leave the sport and the overall numbers of hunters decline, so do the vital conservation programs that depend on revenues from license sales and excise taxes on hunting and shooting supplies and equipment. A new program called R3 intends to grow the sport for the future. Here at</em> The Hunting Report<em>, we strongly support this initiative and we've asked Editorial Assistant Leigh Ann Bodenchuk to look into it.</em><br><br>As a hunter, you are likely to hear a lot about R3 (recruitment, retention, and reactivation) in the near future. As a proactive measure to increase hunting participation, many states have created programs to recruit new hunters, retain hunters already in the field, and reactivate those who have dropped out. R3 is the theme for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day (established by President Nixon in 1972) and a major focus of many shooting and hunting organizations.<br><br>An initiative of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.cahss.org/">www.cahss.org</a>), R3 is largely made up of industry groups, NGOs such as the Wildlife Management Institute, state wildlife agencies and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.... The Sep 2017 Issue Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2234