The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Feedback Needed on Taking Guns to Argentina in 2015 In March we warned you about taking firearms to Argentina this season. Even with the newly required consulate permit, hunters were held up by Argentine customs for hours and their firearms impounded. We have new feedback from two Hunting Report subscribers who despite much hassle, succeeded importing their firearms.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an Email Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Welcoming Our Newest Affiliate Partners: Esplanade Travel and Trader Keith <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>As long-time readers know, we are extremely picky about who we partner with in the hunting world. Deciding who we will work with and who, by implication, we will recommend to you, takes time. We don't take on new corporate affiliates very often. Our corporate affiliates have to prove that they offer services that truly help traveling hunters, and they have to be willing to go the extra mile for our discerning subscribers.<br><br>That is why we are proud this month to announce that you are getting an unusual two-for-one deal. Our newest corporate affiliates are Esplanade Travel (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 617-266-7465) and Trader Keith (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 800-338-3146). Both are owned by long-time subscribers Bill and Jacky Keith.<br><br>Let's start with Trader Keith. As you probably know, their specialty is high-end, proven accessories designed primarily for African hunting (though they certainly wouldn't seem out of place on an Australian buff-and-banteng hunt). Bill Keith is a hunter himself. He's tested and used these products in field conditions. Do you need a beautiful leather pouch specifically designed to hold spare rounds at the ready for your double rifle? A premium sling? A cleaning kit nice enough to both use and display? Now you're in Trader Keith's territory.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines 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. The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Three More Airlines Implement Trophy Embargoes Despite CITES/IATA Agreement <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief</div><br><br>Lufthansa, Etihad and Qatar airlines have all announced embargoes of some kind on hunting trophies despite a recent agreement between CITES and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). We warned Email Extra subscribers in a series of email bulletins issued on each development as the news broke between late May (after the June issue was already in the mail) and early June. You can read them in full on the homepage of our website (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) where we post them 24 hours after distribution.<br><br>Ironically, all three of these airlines are members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which recently announced it would be cooperating with CITES on issues regarding the transport of legal wildlife trade products. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in early June between the announcements by Lufthansa and Etihad. That MoU formalized an ongoing cooperation to implement standards and best practices to transport live animals and plants, perishable cargo, and wildlife products. You can read the entire MoU at <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>.<br><br><em>The Hunting Report</em> applauds this positive movement towards educating the airline industry on the regulations and efforts in place to maintain sustainable use of wildlife resources, curtail illegal wildlife trade and allow the transport of legal wildlife trade.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT 2015 Carlo Caldesi Awards <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>The 2015 winner of the prestigious Carlo Caldesi Award has been announced: Dieter Pfannenstein of Germany claimed the prize with a truly magnificent Kamchatka snow sheep taken in Russia with ProfiHunt. The Caldesi Award recognizes the very best and biggest of hunting trophies taken around the world.<br><br>It's a point of pride for <em>The Hunting Report</em> that many of our subscribers have appeared within the "Top Six" runners up since the award's inception in 2005, and one subscriber, Bob Merkley, took the top prize in 2013 with a huge giant eland.<br><br>This year was no exception; two subscribers appeared in the Top Six. Danish subscriber Richard Sand was honored for a 175 1/8 Okhotsk snow sheep taken with Kulu Safaris, and Thomas Lemmerholz of Germany took a 109 3/8 SCI Bukharan markhor with M-Sayod Outfitters in Tajikistan.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Jay Carlson of Mindoro Safaris Dies <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>We are remiss in reporting that Jay Carlson of Mindoro Safaris has died. Carlson passed away on January 12, 2015 of renal failure. We learned of his death from his mother Nancy who called to inform us that he had died suddenly after a brief period of illness. Carlson was the founder and operator of Mindoro Safaris in the Philippines, where he guided numerous <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers to record book water buffalo, as well as a world record warty pig, jungle cats and other unusual species. He is the only person in recent times to have operated a hunting company in the Philippines and taken international hunters there.<br><br>Carlson overcame tremendous obstacles to hunt in the Philippines, not the least of which was avoiding problems with guerilla rebels from the New People's Army. Carlson managed to navigate a maze of red tape and anti-hunting influences in order to hunt and legally export trophies for clients all around the world.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Subscriber Hunt Reports on Two Big Trophy Lions <div align="center">By Barbara Crown Editor-in-Chief, with Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> At the moment many readers are justifiably concerned about what the future holds for lions. The USFWS' proposal to list lion as threatened and to require special import permits for this species could be enacted as early as 2016 (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank">3437</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">3477</a>). Although we do not wish to cause alarm, the criteria the USFWS is proposing for these permits has the potential to effectively shut down lion hunting, and European hunters will possibly face similar hurdles (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3446</a>).<br><br> With this in mind, we want to highlight a couple of the lion reports that have come in recently. Our first report comes from subscriber Adam Biondich, who hunted Burkina Faso for two weeks in early April with PH Nicolas Dubich (<a href=""></a>). Any lion from western Africa is a trophy, but Biondich took a spectacular, large-bodied male.<br><br> In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10110</a>, Biondich writes, "This trip was truly the adventure of 10 lifetimes. I took my lion on day five of the hunt, having seen 15 lions up to that point. We saw buffalo and roan every day, and plenty of other game, including elephant. I took a great trophy roan and tracked many buffalo before harvesting an old bull, and I also took harnessed bushbuck, Nagor reedbuck, a huge Sing Sing waterbuck, and kob.<br><br> "PH Nicholas Dubich is a real professional hunter and handled every aspect of the safari with ethics and class. To take a wild lion in Africa has always been a dream of mine, and my expectations were exceeded tenfold. I strongly recommend this hunt, although part of me would like to keep Burkina quiet because it is such a gem."<br><br> Biondich recently talked about his hunt with us over the phone. He says he had been thinking about a lion hunt for quite some time, and decided to act this year after visiting the SCI show.<br><br> "I kind of cornered John Jackson from Conservation Force, and we talked about the possibilities for lion hunting and some of the things I had read about in <em>The Hunting Report</em> regarding USFWS. I decided that now was the time to act. I did the research and fellow subscriber Craig Boddington put me onto Burkina. I was lucky that PH Nicolas Dubich had an unfilled tag for an area he was hunting there.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Draw Disappointment Cures <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: If you are wondering where there are still hunting opportunities for this fall, consider Canada. Across the country, most nonresident opportunities require an outfitter or guide and permits are almost always available through the outfitter. The best outfitters are often booked well in advance, so high-quality opportunities this time of year are the result of cancelations. We sent Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk looking for openings with well-established outfitters recommended by subscribers. Here's what he found.</em><br><br>In Alberta, Jack Franklin of Lost Creek Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 403-793-3181) has a couple of openings for late September archery mule deer. Hunters who follow trophy mule deer understand that Alberta produces some of the biggest mule deer, and this hunt is spot-and-stalk for giants. Franklin reports an amazing 75% success for archery hunters taking bucks in the 180- to 190-class, with some years producing multiple bucks in excess of 200 inches! The seven-day hunt is based in a ranch house and is priced at $5,500US + GST. Subscriber Pemble Davis filed a report (<a href="" target="_blank">9005</a>) on his 2012 rifle hunt with Franklin in which he took a 187-inch mule deer and a 182-inch whitetail, reaffirming that this is one of the very best areas to target big mulies.<br><br>Also in Alberta, Ray Lawrence of Timber Ridge Outdoor Adventures (780-723-2548) is offering a high success, on-call wolf hunt on which we reported in our April, 2015 issue.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Missing Zim Trophies In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10136</a>, subscriber Dan Traver is not happy with his hunt in Zimbabwe in July, 2012. He hunted with Gordon Duncan of The Doma Project, taking waterbuck, hyena, bushbuck and sable.<br><br>"When we arrived at camp you could see that it was run down and hadn't been used in many years. Everything was overgrown, the grass being over 10 feet tall in some areas. Game was scarce due to poaching, which Gordon would never admit. When I started my hunt I found out that Gordon's five-year-old son was going to be with us. His excessive talking scared game away on many occasions and he was always holding us back. I did not sign up for that and made it clear to Gordon, but he did nothing about it. I did manage to harvest game despite very tough conditions.<br><br>"To this date I have not received my trophies despite many emails between Gordon, myself and my taxidermist. He was paid in full in cash and was supposed to email me a receipt, but I never received one.<br><br>In addition to Traver's report, we have an email from his taxidermist Jeff Sweet, who accompanied him on the hunt. Sweet's account substantiates Traver's complaints and adds considerably more detail. It's must-reading for anyone considering a hunt with this operator.<br><br>We sent both reports to Gordon Duncan who replied by email on April 8, 2015 and said, in part... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Draw Disappointment Remedies for 2015 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Assistant Editor Justin Jones also did some digging around for some good non-draw opportunities and came up with the following for eastern Canada and Saskatchewan:<br><br>Greg Brownlee of Neal and Brownlee (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 918-299-3580) says he is booking a new black bear outfitter in Saskatchewan, Wheat King Adventures, owned by guide Anthony Springer. The 500-square-mile hunt area has not been hunted commercially for eight years, and produced two eight-foot-plus black bears this spring. Hunting is semi-guided over bait from stands or blinds. Brownlee says that he has acquired 10 additional bookings for late May 2016, which were open at press time.<br><br>Further to the east, New Brunswick is also known for excellent black bear hunting. There are a number of no-frills camps in New Brunswick which mostly cater to residents, but there are well-established lodges with excellent spring and fall bear hunting. In fall, hunters can also get a shot at heavy corker whitetails. Mature New Brunswick bucks commonly field-dress at over 200 pounds.<br><br>Larry Adair at Adair's Wilderness Lodge (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 506-432-6687) in New Brunswick says that he still has openings for September black bear hunting at $3,000US for a seven-day fully-guided hunt. Fall deer rifle hunts are $3,000US, and a bear/deer combination hunt runs to $4,500US.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Successful Free-Range Tahr hunt for a Wheelchair Hunter <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: When we received a hunt report (<a href="" target="_blank">10141</a>) from subscriber Jon Miller on his free-range tahr hunt in New Zealand, we sat up and took notice for a couple of reasons. First, this is the fourth very positive report we've received on Track and Trail Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-64-3-693-7123), but the first we've heard of him since 2010. All of the previous reports (<a href="" target="_blank">7713</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">6012</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">6731</a>) were entirely positive and all included some mention of tahr hunting. However, what caught our attention was Miller's casual mention that he hunted free-range tahr even though he is a wheelchair hunter. To be certain, Miller is an experienced international hunter with four trips to Africa and this was his second trip to New Zealand, but because tahr are noted for living in steep terrain, we just had to ask a few questions. Here's what Miller told us:</em><br><br>"I met Track and Trail Safaris owner/guide Chris Bilkey at the SCI Convention years ago, and my daughter and I have hunted red stag with him before. We were both successful. We have been discussing a free-range tahr hunt with Chris ever since. I'm not the first wheelchair hunter Chris has taken and I really admire his willingness to accept the challenges inherent in this tahr hunt.<br><br>"Getting to Chris's hunting area was no problem. I traveled to the South Island of New Zealand with my friend Darin Hedley from Alberta, who was hunting red stag, and Gary Arndt who came along as an observer. Chris picked us up at Christchuch Airport and drove us to his home in the village of Geraldine. His home is easy for a wheelchair with wide doors and large bathrooms. His wife Peg does all the cooking for the hunters and there really aren't words to describe how good a cook she is.<br><br>"As for the actual hunting, we would leave early each morning and head south to a large valley where Chris keeps his Polaris side-by-side UTV. We would transfer to it and head into the side canyons on trails and old roads.<br><br>"The first morning we saw tahr a few times, but there was no way to get me in range.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Actionable Opportunities <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher</div><br><br>Here at <em>The Hunting Report</em>, we have two basic jobs to do for you.<br><br>The first is to bring you important news from the hunting world both as it develops (in our Email Extra bulletins) and with the in-depth reporting and analysis you see each month in the print and Email Extra editions of the newsletter.<br><br>Our second job is to find interesting, actionable hunt opportunities from around the world, hunts you can actually take yourself.<br><br>In this second capacity, we tread a very fine line. We recognize (perhaps more than anyone else) that not every hunt is right for every hunter. But, at the same time, we don't want to not report a hunt just because it is likely a bad fit for some of our readers. It could be just what other subscribers are looking for.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Follow-Up Report on Elephant Hunting in North of Khaudum <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, with Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have a new report from subscriber Jack Brown that gives us a better picture of the elephant hunting on the North of Khaudum concession in Namibia, the new concession of Jofie Lamprecht Safaris (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>). A big draw of the concession is the potential for big jumbo. This past January, however, we shared a report that painted a mixed picture of the concession. Subscriber Robert Fortier said that he did not see elephant in any numbers during a 16-day elephant hunt there in late September (see Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">9918</a>). Although Fortier had been told that hunting would be tough, it was his belief that Lamprecht had been overly optimistic about the area's potential. See Article <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">3457</a> for details on that report and another from subscriber Jim Young on a kudu and roan hunt.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10098</a>, Brown gives a somewhat more upbeat assessment of the area's potential based on what he saw during a 15-day hunt in September. He writes, ?This is a tough area and a tough hunt, with not a lot of game. This is not a problem, but something a hunter needs to understand up front.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Excellent Dall Sheep Hunt in Yukon Dall sheep were on the agenda for subscriber Dale Hislop when he traveled to Yukon last August. He hunted with Ruby Range Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 867-393-2872) taking a 156 6/8 B&C, 35x36-inch ram.<br><br>"I was guided by general manager Ross Elliott, himself a legend in the sheep hunting world. Ross has been doing this for over 40 years, and is still in phenomenal 'sheep shape.' He is a great individual to go with, easy going, very organized from on-spot pickup to drop off.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Two-Sheep Exotic Hunt in West Texas <div align="center">By LeighAnn Bodenchuk, Correspondent</div><br><br>Subscriber Dan Staniford has filed a positive report (<a href="" target="_blank">10077</a>) on his December, 2014 hunt with outfitter Rowdy McBride of Rowdy McBride Hunting Services, LLC (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 432-553-4724), taking record-book quality Armenian sheep and red sheep along with a "good" javelina. Staniford had previously hunted with McBride for an aoudad and returned for this two-species hunt. While sheep hunts through McBride are advertised as five-day hunts, Staniford's schedule only allowed for three days, but he was successful on both species of sheep. The hunt took place on the Williams Ranch, in the Davis Mountains of west Texas. McBride is the exclusive outfitter for this property.<br><br>Staniford and his six-year-old son stayed on the ranch in a "cabin" that he described as a very comfortable two-story house with full-sized beds and a generator for electricity. He tells us meals were very good. Staniford noted that the lodging is not designed for young children, but he would take his wife with him if he were to return to the Williams Ranch.<br><br>Staniford described the terrain as "rough." They hunted from four-wheelers along with some hiking and glassing.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Safari Nordik Loses Outfitter License; Questions Remain For Clients <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>On June 1, we received word from Quebec that the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks or MFFP) had not renewed Sarfari Nordik's outfitting license. We immediately passed the information to our Email Extra subscribers in a news bulletin.<br><br>The ministry informed the public of the decision through a press release on its website which stated:<br><br>The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) informs the general public that, as of April 1, 2015, it has refused to renew the outfitting licenses issued to Puunik Camp (Safari Nordik) Ltd., in accordance with section 177 of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife. The company is therefore no longer permitted to operate as an outfitter.<br><br>Section 177 of the Act stipulates, among other things, that the MFFP may refuse to renew a license if the license holder fails to provide the lodging, services or equipment necessary for the carrying on of the activity concerned, and for which a person has paid.<br><br>This decision was made after analysis of complaints from customers who had purchased caribou hunting packages from Safari Nordik but had not been able to obtain the promised services for which they had paid.<br><br>You can see the entire release at <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>.<br><br>Without a license Safari Nordik will not be permitted to function as an outfitter, and will no longer be able to sell hunts in Quebec.<br><br>However, on June 15 we were forwarded an email signed by Nicolas Laurin of Safari Nordik (and former principal in the defunct World Outfitter Corporation) that seems to indicate that the company is trying to stay in business by sidestepping the recent ruling and doing business under a different company name.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Is the Spring Kamchatka Brown Bear Scene Making a Comeback? <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Ten years ago it seemed like everyone was heading to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia to hunt bear. Then, Kamchatka seemed to drop off the radar. We asked Assistant Editor Justin Jones to look into the current Kamchatka bear hunting scene. Here's what he found out from talking to the major outfitters involved with hunting there:</em><br><br>Kamchatka brown bears are some of the largest in the world, and hunters can pay as little as a third of the cost of a premium brown bear hunt in Alaska. This has been called one of the best values in hunting, but Kamchatka has lost some of the prestige it had back in the early 2000s.<br><br>Longtime <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers will be familiar with the background here. The late Lloyd Zeman of Safari Outfitters was among the first operators to bring international clients there in 1990. Kamchatka became a very hot destination, with dirt cheap hunts (under $4,000US in 2003) accessed by quick, relatively reliable air service once a week from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk with Magadan Airlines. In 2005, the Russian government centralized Kamchatka's wildlife management, with the result that the spring bear season did not open. The government reduced bear quotas, and worries about closures continued into 2006. That same year, Magadan Airlines ceased flights from Anchorage and ultimately went out of business. Hunters who had enjoyed a short flight from American soil now had to cross up to 21 time zones in the opposite direction. A number of agents told us that this and other travel problems hurt hunter interest in this destination.<br><br>Skyrocketing fuel and flight costs also caused a number of problems. Some operators tried to use shorter helicopter flights or to cut out flights altogether to save costs, which meant hunting in areas with higher hunting pressure and more poaching. Trophy quality suffered as a result. As a somewhat bitter exclamation point, there were also issues with hunts paid for and not delivered, both from Eurasian Expeditions' George Sevich as well as former Alaska guide Larry Bryant (see Article 3257).<br><br>Fortunately, it appears that the "wild west" days in Kamchatka are over. We recently spoke with longtime Russia hand Russ Smith of Russ Smith Hunting Worldwide, Inc. (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 406-404-3909), who gave us an update on what is happening there. Smith has been leading groups of hunters to Kamchatka since 1994.<br><br>"There has been a dropoff in hunter interest since the heyday of spring bear hunts there, which was about 1994 to 2004. I have still taken groups of hunters there virtually every year since I started, however, and we are there to stay.<br><br>"Within the last 10 years, fuel costs in Russia have increased to the point that many of the helicopter companies serving the area went out of business. The few that remained in business increased their per-hour rates significantly. Unless a hunting operator had a lot of clients to share the costs of the helicopter, flying long distances to remote camps was cost prohibitive. Of course, some operators hunted by taking snowmobiles into camp, and these tended to be the operations that stick closer to Petropavlovsk. The best hunting is in more remote areas, and this is where the bigger trophies generally come from.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Possible Export Permit Delays <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>In South Africa be aware that a change in how export permits are issued may cause a delay in some trophy shipments. Sometime last year the South African Department of Environmental Affairs implemented a new regulation requiring that export permits be issued by the province from which hunting trophies ship. This means that, for example, if you hunt in North West Province and have your trophies sent to a taxidermist or shipping agent in Gauteng Province, the export permits must be issued by the Gauteng Province. But before issuing export permits, authorities at Gauteng will check with those in North West to make sure hunting permits were properly issued there along with any other paperwork that may be necessary for the hunt. That's where things can get stalled, and that's exactly the problem that Hunting Report subscriber Clifford Johnson called us about. He hunted lion, sable and some other plains game in June of 2015 in more than one province. At this writing the export permits for his trophies had not been issued and no one could explain why.<br><br>We contacted Adri Kitshoff of PHASA about the problem, as we had gotten a variety of conflicting information about what's happening. Kitshoff was looking into Johnson's problem for us, but told us a delay of one year was highly unusual.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Operator Apie Reyneke Killed in Helicopter Crash <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Many subscribers will have heard the sad news that PH Apie Reyneke, operator of Serapa Safaris in South Africa, was killed in a helicopter crash on May 29 in North West Province. Reyneke's wife Yolande and son Abraham were also injured in the crash and transferred to a Pretoria hospital, according to motorsports news outlet <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. In addition to being a respected rancher and safari operator, Reyneke had retired from a distinguished career as an off-road racer in South Africa.<br><br>We spoke to François Steyn, Reyneke's brother-in-law, who told us that Reyneke's 13-year-old son had recovered from his injuries, and that Yolande Reyneke has begun to walk again with aid and has a long road to full recovery.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Act Now for a Chance at a Very Affordable ASU Whitetail Hunt <div align="center">By LeighAnn Bodenchuk, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: This report on an affordable whitetail hunt in Texas came to us from LeighAnn Bodenchuk, daughter of Hunting Report Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk and a Masters student in Animal Science at ASU.</em><br><br>While there are plenty of commercial hunting operations in Texas, a university offering public draw hunts is rare. However, for the past 20 years, Angelo State University (ASU) in San Angelo, Texas has been managing whitetail deer on their 6,000-acre Management, Instruction and Research Center. The ranch is entirely low-fenced and offers guided hunts to the public annually via a draw.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT Prairie Dog Opportunities for A Summer Warmup <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br>Summer in the western US doesn't provide much opportunity for big game hunting other than exotics in Texas, deer in California and a few archery elk hunts. However, summer is the perfect time for "varmint" shooting and prairie dogs are available across a broad swath of the western US, providing the perfect opportunity to mix in a bit of hunting, or, at least, quality shooting practice, with a western vacation.<br><br>All prairie dogs are about 12 inches long and weigh between one and two pounds, making them a challenging target for riflemen. There are five species of prairie dog, but two (Mexican and Utah) are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Most common is the black-tailed prairie dog, found from Saskatchewan to Texas and west to the Rocky Mountains. All prairie dogs live in colonies, known as towns, with black-tailed prairie dog towns reaching the greatest densities - up to 20 dogs per acre. Black-tails prefer wide-open habitat and will even cut down grass if it grows tall enough to block their ability to detect predators.<br><br>The white-tailed prairie dog is found in south-central Montana down through western Wyoming into eastern Utah and northwest Colorado. The Gunnison prairie dog occupies southern Colorado and southeast Utah, the western side of New Mexico and northeastern Arizona. White-tailed and Gunnison's towns can be more scattered. The latter also tolerate brush better and are often found among the sage.<br><br>From a conservation standpoint, prairie dogs are most threatened by sylvatic plague, which is caused by the bacterium <em>Yersinia pestis</em>, the same bacterium that caused the "black death plagues" in Europe. The bacterium is not native to North America and has been working its way across the continent since being introduced by rats from ships. Prairie dogs have no real immunity to the disease and it causes widespread die-offs with some regularity. Ironically, shooting may help some prairie dogs colonies persist by thinning their density and thus reducing the chances for plague to reach epizootic levels. Shooters, by the way, should know about the disease but have little need to worry, as the plague bacterium isn't at high levels in active colonies. Plague is spread by flea bites, so avoid picking up dead prairie dogs and putting your hand down burrows and you greatly reduce the already small risks of plague.<br><br>While you can use almost any firearm for prairie dog shooting, the open terrain really calls for small caliber, center-fire rifles and hollow point bullets. While many ranchers loathe prairie dogs for the damage they cause to rangeland, they also loathe holes in their cows caused by ricocheting bullets, so choose highly frangible bullets for whatever you choose to shoot. Accuracy is everything in prairie dog shooting and the classic "bowling pin" profile of a dog sitting on a mound may be the preferred target, but you are more likely to get just a head-and-shoulders shot of the dog as he peeks out of the burrow and barks at you.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Allocation News, Plus the First Leopard Hunts <div align="center">By Barbara Crown Editor-in-Chief, with Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have received word from Zambia that all allocations have been signed for except Upper Lupande. A representative at Professional Hunters Association of Zambia (PHAZ) tells us, however, that the list of tenders has not been released yet by Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA). When this information is made public we will immediately send an Email Extra bulletin. In the meantime, we have new information:<br><br>In April we told you that Zaid Patel had acquired a concession. Wes Hixon at Wes Hixon's Outdoor Adventures & Travel (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 706-657-3527), informs us that Patel will be hunting the Nyambu GMA. No word yet on what his operation will be called.<br><br>The West Petauke GMA, formerly operated by Derick van Staden, has been acquired by Sarge Karim. He will be operating there as Mopani Safaris, which also will be booked by Hixon. Readers will recognize Karim as a former PH for Peter Chipman. The West Petauke encompasses 1,000,000 acres in the south of Luangwa Valley with baboon, buffalo, Chobe bushbuck, bushpig, crocodile, common duiker, Sharp grysbok, hippopotamus, hyena, impala, klipspringer, kudu, puku, roan antelope, warthog, waterbuck and zebra.<br><br>Derick van Staden tells us that he has merged his operations with Paya Kakuli Safaris, which will operate on the Nyaminga GMA, and Sitatunga Safaris on the adjacent Luawata GMA (formerly managed by Athol Frylinck). "We are conducting our first safaris in Luawata in 10 days, and Nyaminga in 14 days" said Van Staden on June 17. "After the first hunts, I will be in a better position to comment on the condition of the areas, but they seem in good shape. The grass is still long, but I have seen plenty of buffalo and other game, and there are lots of cats around.<br><br>"These two operations share the Luangwa River as a common boundary, and will work closely together. My wife Sylvia will be marketing both safari companies under the name Sylvia in Africa (<a href=""></a>). She is also responsible for all admin, camps and logistics." Luawata has been called the "Crown Jewel" of Zambia's GMAs.... The Jul 2015 Issue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 GMT