The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Thank You For Visiting Us at Dallas Safari Club Thank You For Visiting Us at Dallas Safari ClubI would like to personally thank each Hunting Report subscriber who visited me at our booth during the Dallas Safari Club convention last week. It was a great pleasure seeing and spending time with each of you! Thank you also for those who chose to renew their subscriptions and those who decided to join The Hunting Report family. And of course, a BIG thank you to the Dallas Safari Club for making it possible for us and other hunting community professionals to connect with clients from around the world face-to-face and support conservation, education and hunters advocacy. I hear there were record numbers of exhibitors and attendees again this year. It was a great show, and we are thankful to have been a part of it!By the way, the numbers are still being crunched in Dallas, but one number we can report is the $1 million raised in a record 60 seconds by DSC attendees at their Saturday night banquet. The funds are to benefit Outdoor Adventures, a youth outreach program that introduces youngsters and their parents to a range of outdoor activities. The curriculum is currently taught in more than 170 secondary schools across Texas and in a growing number of other states. The program is administered by the Dallas Ecological Foundation, and is an effective tool in making the outdoors, conservation and hunting relevant and valuable to today's youth and tomorrow's leaders. Congratulations to DSC for a successful fundraiser!For those of you who didn't make it to DSC, I hope to bump into you at the upcoming Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas. Send me an email ( if you plan to be there and I'll find the time to meet up and chat with you there!Warmest regards, Barbara CrownEditor-in-Chief and PublisherThe Hunting Report News Bulletins Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Heads Up On New Trophy Import Regulations For the EU Correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus sent us this heads up this morning:"In spite of the joint CIC/FACE letter to Vice-President Timmermans of the European Commission on the issue, the Commission just published the new regulations with the following new requirements:The following changes have been included in the new regulations:- An import permit will be required for the import into the EU of hunting trophies from six CITES-listed species: African lion, polar bear, African elephant (for populations not included in Annex A of Regulation 338/97, for which the import permit requirement already applies), Southern white rhinoceros (for populations not included in Annex A of Regulation 338/97, for which the import permit requirement already applies), hippopotamus and argali sheep.- EU Member States will have a clear legal basis to refuse the issuing of an import permit in case of serious doubts as to the legality of a shipment of CITES products, if no satisfactory information on this point is provided by the exporting country.The provisions of the new regulations will enter into force on February 5, 2015."This news was not unexpected. In an Email Extra Bulletin on October 23, 2014, we had warned subscribers that these new regulations might be coming. We followed up with a more detailed story in our December 2014 Email Extra Edition.Sadly, US readers know all too well how capriciously rulings like this can be applied and the detriment they can have to world conservation efforts. News Bulletins Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT WARNING! Romanian Scammers Are At It Again. Once again The Hunting Report and our subscribers are the target of a well organized and sophisticated international scam operation trying to steal deposit money for non-existent hunts.If you have received an email offer for a “Wild Boar Driven Hunt Cancellation Offer” from discount-huntromania, it is a scam. Do not respond to it, but please do not delete it, either.We have reported this scam operation to the FBI’s cyber-crimes division and are hoping for some help from them. Please retain the email and call me at 305-253-5301. We are collecting information contained in the email which will help authorities track down these criminals.We are also working with our European contacts to develop a list of trusted, reliable hunt operators across Central Europe. There are good, legitimate hunt operators who are also being hurt by these scams.But, in the meantime, all we can ask is that you be especially skeptical of any offers that come to you unsolicited from someone you don’t know. Or anything bearing my name or The Hunting Report’s name that seems to promote an outfitter from central or eastern Europe. The scammers are getting more sophisticated and we have to all be more vigilant. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Caveat Emptor! News Bulletins Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Get Your Thank You Gift from The Hunting Report in Dallas The first 200 Hunting Report subscribers to visit our booth at the Dallas Safari Club Convention this week will receive a thank you gift. Supplies are limited and may go fast, so make sure you come by booth A19 as soon as you arrive at the convention. I look forward to saying hello and personally giving you your gift. See you in Dallas! – Barbara Crown, Publisher News Bulletins Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Travel Insurance that Covers Missed Hunting Days and Lost Firearms Now you truly can insure your hunting trips with confidence. Whether your travel is interrupted due to canceled flights, delayed baggage, or lost firearms, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re covered. Get reimbursed for those daily fees and other expenses/costs unique to hunters and that general travel policies just don’t cover.Learn more about this unique insurance product designed for hunters at the Dallas Safari Club Convention this week, January 15-18. Stop by The Hunting Report’s booth A19, where Tom Bochnowski will be visiting at scheduled times to tell subscribers about this great new insurance product, available exclusively through Ripcord Travel Protection. Your hunting time and experiences are too valuable to leave unprotected. News Bulletins Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Get Answers to all Your Trophy Shipping & Import Questions Does it matter if an operator ships your trophies in the same crate as another client’s? When should you apply for your US Import Permits when hunting leopard or other such species? How do you know if your exporter has properly filled out your documents to prevent seizure upon importation to the US? How long should it take to prep your trophies for shipment or for your operator to get export permits? What paperwork should you get from your operator when your hunt is over? Can you pack curios or wine with your trophies? And what are the pros and cons of airfreight versus ocean freight?Get answers to these questions and many more from representatives of HuntingTrophy.Com, a division of Coppersmith Global Logistics and an affiliate sponsor of The Hunting Report at the Dallas Safari Club Convention this week. Lynley Bishop and fellow trophy clearing experts will be available at The Hunting Report’s booth A19 at scheduled times to show subscribers how to ensure a smoother trophy shipment process by following some simple steps before, during and after a hunt. Come by for some expert advise! News Bulletins Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Learn How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Satellite Phone Find out how you can easily convert your own smartphone into a satellite communications device that gives you text and voice on your next remote hunt! Andy Cool of Explorer Satellite will be at The Hunting Report’s booth A19 at the Dallas Safari Club convention showing subscribers how the Iridium Go! can keep them connected to family and office from almost anywhere in the world. The Iridium Go! connects wirelessly with your smartphone, emitting a Wi-Fi signal up to 100 feet away. At only 9.7 ounces, it’s easy to carry and sets up anywhere there’s a clear view of the sky. It is the next best thing in remote communications. Come check it out this week January 15-18.See you in Dallas! News Bulletins Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Head’s Up! That Great Montana Bighorn Opportunity We Told You About Before Is Available Again! Back on September 26, we sent Email Extra subscribers a bulletin containing information about an extraordinary opportunity coming up for auction on short notice. The hunt was a 2014 Montana bighorn sheep hunt on the Ft. Belknap Reservation, auctioned off by SCI and guided by Bud Martin of Redbone Outfitting (, 406-370-5419). We noted then that the area held very good sheep and the hunt would likely be a sleeper opportunity for a book ram. The hunt ultimately sold for $75,000 in the online auction.The real news now is that SCI has again contracted with the Ft. Belknap Tribe and Martin for the 2015 permit and the hunt will be sold at the Saturday night auction on February 7 in Las Vegas (Auction Item SN024).We followed up with Martin and, as predicted, the 2014 hunt went well, with the hunter taking a 191-inch (green score) ram after only three days of hunting. A photo of the ram is at the homepage of Redbone’s web site.For this year, Bud Martin will again guide the hunter and dates are flexible between November and December 2015. Included are two guides, accommodations and meals for a seven-day hunt. Additional days can be arranged.Again, this could be a great opportunity for a book ram with a guaranteed tag and great hunt dates. Bud Martin won’t be at the SCI show (he has mountain lion hunters booked for those dates) but you can contact him in advance at the number above. – Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT All About Trophy Insurance: Protection from the Field to the Trophy Room Jeff Holmes with his Marco Polo How can you protect your valuable hunting trophies from the moment you take them in the field until you have them in your trophy room? How much should you insure your trophies for? And if they are lost, stolen or completely ruined in transit, is there any way insurance will replace them? What if your trophy room burns down, or your taxidermist disappears or his shop gets flooded? Get answers to these questions and more at The Hunting Report’s booth during The Dallas Safari Club Convention next week. Longtime Hunting Report subscriber and new corporate sponsor, Jeff Holmes of The Holmes Organisation will be on hand Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16 to explain how trophy insurance works and what you need to know when shopping for an insurance plan to cover your most valuable hunting mementos. Stand alone insurance that covers your trophies and prized hunting guns together is now possible. Find out more at the DSC Convention when you visit us at Booth A19. See you in Dallas! – Barbara Crown, Publisher News Bulletins Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Meet the Conservation Force Staff at the DSC Convention Meet the Conservation Force Team at the Dallas Safari Club ConventionCome meet John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force and the newest member of his team attorney Regina Lennox next week at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. They will be spending time at The Hunting Report booth (A19) every day to meet with Hunting Report subscribers. Get answers to your questions about:· Issues with African lion and US Fish & Wildlife's proposal to list this species as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.· The latest on efforts to reverse the import ban on elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.· How Conservation Force is preparing to contest the anti-hunting agendas at the next CITES Conference of the Parties.· Questions about trophy import requirements and seizures by US Fish & Wildlife Service· How you can help Conservation Force continue to defend huntingSee you in Dallas! - Barbara Crown, Publisher News Bulletins Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Hunting in Chad Reopens Hunting in Chad ReopensChad has reopened for hunting thanks to Club Faune's Jean-Pierre Bernon. We learned of the development from Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium, who is representing these hunts and says there are only a couple of spots left for the first two seasons.Hunting season opens this month and will run through April. The primary species are western greater kudu, red-fronted gazelle and korrigum, but other species are also on license, including western roan and western hartebeest.The season is January through April and hunting will take place in a private concession located in the hilly savannah country of south-central Chad. Camps are being constructed now, and the first safaris will begin shortly.Safaris are for 10 days and are priced at $43,000 for 1x1 hunting. Be ready for an overnight stay in N'djama followed by a six-hour transfer to the hunt area. Shooting quotas are very small and not all species will be available to every client. Licenses will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so early booking is essential.Kern says there is enough quota for one more safari in 2015, running from March 15-27 and another safari in 2016. If you are interested, contact Kern at 540-955-0090 or by email at You may wish to stop by his booth (1835-39) this week at the Wild Sheep Show in Reno. Kern will also be exhibiting at Grand Slam Club/OVIS (101), Dallas Safari Club (2515-17/2615-17) and at the SCI Convention in Reno (1835-39). - Barbara Crown, Publisher News Bulletins Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Warning! Criminals Scamming Hunters with Fake Hunting Report Email! WARNING!!! Criminals Attempting To Scam Hunters with Fake Hunting Report Email!!!!If you received the email below, IT IS A SCAM BY CRIMINALS ATTEMPTING TO STEAL YOUR MONEY. Subject: Hunting Report Recommends A Brown Bear Cancellation Hunt In RomaniaDate: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:57:57 +0000From: Barbara Crown To: Dear Hunting Friend,My name is Barbara Crown, owner of Hunting Report. I have seen that you are interested in bear hunting and I wanted to inform you about this brown bear cancellation hunt in Romania. The price is excellent and the outfitter, Discount Hunt Romania, is verified by an Hunting Report agent, at their location in Mures area, Romania. The hunting offer is for a brown bear of 500 CIC points, a huge bear. The price is of 5000 Euro (aprox. 5960 USD). This price includes: 3 hunting days, all transport, 3 daily meals, single room accommodation in 4 stars hunting lodge, the trophies (skull and hide) and all drinks. It also includes all the paperwork necessary for export of the trophies and the CITES certificate. The hunting style is hunting over the bait from high seat and the chances are 100%. The hunting dates have not been set yet but the hunt must take place this spring between the dates of 15 March and 15 May 2015. This is an amazing offer and I felt compelled to share it with you. If you are interested, please reply to this email and I will provide you further information, including the contacts for the Romanian outfitter.Best RegardsBarbara CrownOwnerwww.huntingreport.comThis is a scam operation; a front for criminals seeking to steal from you. STAY AWAY FROM DISCOUNT HUNT ROMANIA and any other derivation thereof using marketing tactics like the above.In the recent past, scam artists calling themselves Game Hunting Romania used a fake hunt report in a calculated effort to systematically steal deposit money from several unwitting subscribers. Read our Stay-Away Warning For Romanian Hunt Operator.These are likely the same criminals now trying to use my good name and the reputation of The Hunting Report to steal more.THIS IS A SCAM! THE PEOPLE WHO SENT IT ARE THIEVES!If, at any time in the future, you receive another email like this (we can only assume they will try again), please know that I will never use an unsolicited email to recommend any specific hunt anywhere in the world, ever. That also is true of my staff. That is not how The Hunting Report works. Instead, we provide vetted, researched information that you can use yourself to decide if a hunt is right for you.If you receive anything that appears to be from us that you find questionable, please feel free to call me at 305-253-5301 or 800-272-5656 to verify.Thank youBarbara CrownPublisherThe Hunting Report News Bulletins Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large<br><br><em>The 2015 fall hunt permit drawing process is underway with different deadlines in each state. Below is a summary of the most important current and upcoming deadlines. As a planning tool, we maintain a complete listing of draw opportunities online.</em> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Lock, Stock and Barrel Hunt Openings...Announcements...Properties for Sale...Rare Books...and More......<a href="" target="_blank">Click Here</a> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Reports and News on Permits for Various Mountain Hunts <div align="center">by Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Over the past month, we've received a number of noteworthy reports on Asian mountain hunts. These include a report on a hunt for rare Konya mouflon sheep in a new area in<strong>Turkey</strong>, one from Gary Jorgensen on Marco Polo sheep in<strong>Tajikistan</strong>, and three reports on<strong>Mongolia</strong>. Taken together, they may help you decide whether Asia is right for you as you plan your hunts for 2015 and beyond.</em><br><br> In November, Rex Baker hunted Konya sheep in an area that he tells us had not been previously hunted for this subspecies of mouflon, which lives in only one region of Turkey in the Bozdag Mountains west of Konya. He booked this hunt with<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Asian Mountain Outfitters</a>(250-317-5525). Hunting for Konya sheep was closed in 1989, at which point only three hunters had taken the sheep in recent times. Limited hunting reopened again in 2006, with huntable populations of sheep released from a fenced preserve where they are intensively managed.<br><br><center><img src=""><br><br>Rex Baker and his rare Konya sheep taken from a new hunting area in Turkey. </center><br><br>In Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9914</a>Baker writes, "There are three free-range areas for this sheep. First, there is the area outside the preserve fence; a second transplant area exists farther from the preserve, where many of the sheep actually have ear tags. I was told that the sheep in the third area, where this hunt took place, were indigenous and would not have ear tags. This area has not been hunted before, at least not since the Konya program re-started. My local guides, Temir and Nebzed, pre-scouted the area for nine days. I shot my ram, which measured 75 cm, on the first day of the hunt. We spotted nine rams in total; none had ear tags. The local outfitter is very good, and a hunter himself. Accommodations are in a hotel near the hunting area. I booked this as a cancelation hunt, and it was not cheap, but I highly recommend it."... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Three More Tips For High-Altitude Hunts <div align="center">by Tim Jones, Editor</div><br>Subscriber Glen Bishop is a high-altitude mountaineer and member of the American Alpine Club who has climbed all over the world, including 10 expeditions at over 16,000 feet. Bishop called recently with kudos on the<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">High Altitude Tip Sheet</a>Dr. Paul Auerbach of Ripcord Travel Protection offered in our December Email Extra Edition. If you aren't an Email Extra subscriber, the tip sheet is available to anyone at<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>. Or you can contact us and we'll fax or mail a copy to you.<br><br>In addition to Dr. Auerbach's expert guidance, Bishop added three tips garnered from his own experience at high altitude (he has personally evacuated a number of climbers with HAPE).... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Bluetongue Outbreak Affects Wildlife in Bulgaria Here at<em>The Hunting Report</em>we continue to monitor wildlife diseases worldwide and report information about potential impacts for traveling hunters. Wildlife diseases can have a profound effect on populations and, in turn, hunting opportunities. We've witnessed herd declines in US populations of bighorn sheep associated with bacterial pneumonia and in whitetail deer caused by EHD. <br><br>This month we have learned that the bluetongue outbreak in livestock in Europe has spilled over into wildlife in Bulgaria, with 25 mouflon and one roe deer confirmed as being killed by the disease near Plovdiv and one herd of red deer in Pazardzik considered at risk.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tag Opportunities at Western Hunting And Conservation Expo <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Western Hunting and Conservation Expo</a>held February 19-22 at the Salt Palace Convention Center may not appear on your radar screen, but the possibility of drawing one of over 200 special hunt tags makes this show worth a look.<br><br>A combined effort of<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Mule Deer Foundation</a>and<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife</a>, the show continues to grow in popularity, in part because it offers the chance at these special hunts. <br><br>The tags are part of a separate Utah Division of Wildlife Resources draw, with a license required for application and a $5 fee for each tag you apply for.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT CITES Documentation Now Required for Wild Goat and Siberian Ibex <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>It's tough keeping abreast of rules regarding importation of animals under CITES and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Hunters importing wild goat and ibex trophies should be aware of some new import document requirements. We heard from both Maria Felix of Hunter International Brokerage Services and John Meehan of Flora and Fauna regarding seized or returned ibex trophies that did not arrive in the US with the new paperwork.<br><br>Felix told us, "Recently Pakistan listed their Capra hircus aegagrus (wild goat) and Capra sibirica, as CITES Appendix III species. If these species are hunted in a country that does not list them, such as in Turkey, USFWS now requires a CITES Certificate of Origin from the exporting country. What is surprising is that USFWS did not send out a public bulletin alerting that these species were now listed."<br><br>Felix also contacted John J. Jackson, III, at Conservation Force about this matter for clarification. According to Jackson, a CITES member country can decide to list a given species as Appendix III without conferring with other party members.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Frankfurt Airport Eases Gun Transit Rules <center>y Tim Jones, Editor</center><br><br>Traveling with your firearms through<strong>Frankfurt</strong>has gotten markedly easier. You'll remember we warned you in August 2013 (see Article<a href="" target="new" rel="nofollow">3154</a>) that officials at the Frankfurt Airport were requiring hunters to acquire a transit permit for their firearms ahead of travel and pay a processing fee before application for the permit. That now seems to be a thing of the past. Steve Turner at Travel With Guns forwarded us a message from the official who had handled transit permits at Frankfurt Airport which said, in part... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT What to Carry in Your Emergency Medical Kit on Every Hunt <div align="center">By Dr. Michael Ray</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Ripcord, our new corporate affiliate, offers more than just fail-safe emergency evacuation and travel services. They also bring to the table a cadre of true experts on emergency medicine and travel security. Not only can they get you out of trouble, they can help keep you out of trouble in the first place.<br><br>Dr. Michael Ray is an avid hunter and climber and an emergency physician. We asked him to provide info on basic emergency medical kits<strong>every hunter should carry on every trip afield</strong>. Dr. Ray told us that the ideal medical kit will vary according to the circumstances, the hunter's individual needs and where the hunt will take place. But there are also certain things that should always be available....</em> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Answers On A Last-Minute Bison Hunt and a CO Outfitter <div align="center">by Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note:<strong>Concierge Corner</strong>is a new feature where we share interesting information we've discovered while doing research for Trophy Club members, after the subscriber has had first chance to act on the information we've found. Even though these inquiries arrived before we had fully launched our Trophy Club Concierge service, we are using them to showcase the potential benefits of the new membership upgrade.</em><br><br>A subscriber recently contacted us looking for something quite specific: a "meat" bison hunt with several twists. First, he wanted to be able to take a shot at unusually long range. Second, he wanted to be able to stay on a working ranch where his hunting companion could get a taste of "ranch life." Third, the hunt had to be "affordable." Because of time constraints, this subscriber had already identified a hunt that gave him most (not all) of what he wanted with an outfit we had never heard of. We wondered what else we could find on short notice.<br><br>A number of the subscriber-recommended bison outfitters in our database could deliver part of what was requested, but not all.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Romanian Outfitter Victimized by George Dina <div align="center">by Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Following the<strong>Stay Away!</strong>warning for Romanian hunt operator George Dina, which we published in our December issue (see that article<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>), we told you that Dina had a pattern of changing company names and jumping from company to company. Immediately, we heard from another Romanian outfitter, Horia Sandu of Unforgettable Hunting. Sandu tells us that Dina has not been associated with Unforgettable Hunting since 2010. Further, he tells us that he, too, was victimized by Dina when Dina was serving as an agent for Unforgettable Hunting.<br><br>"George Dina stole company money on a hunt and we made a complaint to the police that can be proved. Having his name associated with my company damages my company's image. Please tell your readers he is no longer associated with my company."<br><br>Sandu also reminded us of Harold Lee's July, 2013 report (Article<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3132</a>in our Email Extra database) on Unforgettable Hunting.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Update on Ngong Safaris and Delayed Trophies <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>In our November issue (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">full article</a>) we followed up on a Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9780</a>from Ramon Llano, who had yet to receive his trophies from a hunt in<strong>Cameroon</strong>with Ngong Safaris. On December 5 we received this update from Borge Ladefoged of Ngong Safaris. We are adding it to the file, which is must reading for anyone considering a hunt with this operator. As far as we know, Llano has yet to receive his elephant tusks.<br><br>Ladefoged writes:<br><br>I would like to keep you updated regarding the unfortunate continuous delay of the trophies for Mr. Smith, Mr. Zaldivar and Mr. Vazquez. Unfortunately the entire affair is increasingly reminding me of a Catch 22-situation. However, the situation is the following... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Another Update on Todd Rice and Sonoran Outfitters <div align="center">by Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We were asked recently if any of the hunters who had sheep missing from Mexican hunts with Todd Rice and Sonoran Outfitters have received their trophies. The short answer is "no."<br><br>We know for a fact that Paul Dachton, Randy Kramer, Carl Lohrer, and a fourth subscriber who wishes to remain anonymous have NOT received their sheep trophies from hunts with Rice as of December 15, 2014.<br><br>Carl Lohrer tells us, "I never got my sheep and never will. Todd has not made any attempt to make it right."<br><br>Paul Dachton has copied us on a number of emails regarding his complaint against Rice before the SCI Ethics Committee. He tells us Rice is now claiming he had nothing to do with Dachton's second sheep, which is still missing, a claim disputed by the guide Dachton actually hunted with.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT No Red Deer on a Hunt in Ireland <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9919</a>subscriber Norman Don tells us he is very unhappy with a hunt he and a group took in Ireland in September, 2013 with David Moore of Celtic Field Sports. So unhappy, in fact that, in addition to this negative report, he has filed a formal complaint with the SCI Ethics Committee.<br><br>According to Don's report the crux of the problem was that he booked a red deer hunt in County Kerry: "When we arrived, the local guides, who we really enjoyed, informed us that the red deer hunting in County Kerry was closed. It is illegal to hunt red deer in County Kerry. Had we known that red deer hunting was banned, we would have not booked this hunt. Our group of six harvested sika deer and feral goats, but that is not why we booked this hunt. Celtic Field Sports misrepresented this hunt as a red deer hunt."<br><br>In his rebuttal, David Moore of Celtic Field Sports tells us "This group came to hunt red deer and one other species in Ireland, and were to hunt the Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow as red deer have always been closed in County Kerry.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Tapping the Auction Hunt Bonanza <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</span></div><br>Many of our subscribers attend one or more of the big hunting conventions every year, in addition to local shows and banquets. Virtually every conservation organization solicits hunts from outfitters and permits from state and tribal governments to auction, with the proceeds going to support their conservation missions. Hunters purchase these hunts, sometimes at a bargain price, sometimes at a premium, and support the organization.<br><br>The number of hunts being auctioned is amazing. In some cases, the auction hunts are not available otherwise. In others, they represent an alternative to acquire a coveted hunt (often at a premium price).... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT See You at the Shows! One of the highlights of my year is attending some of the big hunting shows. The movers and shakers of the hunting world are all gathered together for a brief time, and the result is a celebration of the sport that's so important in our lives.<br><br>Part of the time the shows are work for me, digging out background for many of the stories we'll be bringing you in future issues. But that still leaves plenty of time to re-connect with old friends and meet some new ones.<br><br><em>The Hunting Report</em>will be in<strong>booth A19</strong>at the Dallas Safari Club show (January 15-18). Stop by. I'd love to see you and, maybe, tell you more about our new Trophy Club Concierge Service. We're only taking a limited number of members to start and those slots are filling quickly as the word spreads.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kambako Safaris and Chapangu Safaris Partner to Offer Multi-destination Hunts <div align="center"><span style="text-align: start;">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</span></div><br>Over in<strong>Mozambique</strong>I heard from Jumbo Moore of Kambako Safaris, who tells me that Kambako has entered into a partnership with Chapungu Safaris in<strong>South Africa</strong>and<strong>Zimbabwe</strong>. Together, they can offer hunts for the Big Five, plus a full range of plains game species in remote, open spaces, but based from luxury lodging. You'll recall from our previous reports that Kambako operates in two adjacent concessions in northwestern Mozambique: Block B/L8 of the Niassa Reserve and the Coutada Nicage of Cabo Delgado Province. Together they comprise 600,000 acres, bordering 36 miles of the Lugenda River. The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Hunting The North of Khaudum Concession <div style="text-align: center;">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br> <center><img src=""><br><br> Jim Young and Jofie Lamprecht with roan taken in North of Khaudum area. </center><br><br> Back in May of 2013 I reported that<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="font-size: 10pt;">Jofie Lamprecht Safaris</a><span style="font-size: 10pt;">would be operating elephant hunts on a 250-sq. mile communal conservancy that lies directly to the north of the Khaudum National Park on the Botswana border in</span><strong style="font-size: 10pt;">Namibia</strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">. Lamprecht acquired a quota for four trophy elephants on the concession beginning in 2013. This month we received two reports on hunts in this concession within a few days of each other. The first report that came in (</span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9902</a><span style="font-size: 10pt;">) is from subscriber Jim Young, who took a late-season hunt with Lamprecht at the end of October. Young was not targeting elephant on this hunt but focused on taking a trophy roan, and he reports a very positive experience. The second report (</span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="font-size: 10pt;">9918</a>) is from subscriber Robert Fortier, who has good things to say about Lamprecht as a safari operator and PH but is unhappy with the elephant hunt he experienced in late September to early October.<div><br> Both subscribers describe the area as "tough," with heavy cover and scattered game. Young says the stalks for kudu and roan were very hard. They both say Lamprecht warned them that would be the case. This area was previously hunted by Kai-Uwe Denker, whose clients reported having to walk many miles for numerous days to take an elephant.<br><br> Despite the difficulties of hunting the Khaudum concession, Young shot a 28.5-inch roan on the fourth day of his hunt. "We eventually got a good shot at one near one of the waterholes on the property. I know not many people will fly around the world to hunt roan, but I had a great time.... </div> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Subscriber Recommended Tour Aboard the Rovos Rail <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">by Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</span></div><br>A subscriber, who did not wish to be named, told us recently that he enjoyed our November 2014 report on subscriber Barry Gleiberman's family safari in Namibia. Then he added his own suggestion for family travel in southern Africa: take a ride on the Rovos Rail (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). He told us that he took a safari to Namibia with his wife and spent 20 additional days touring the country, including a trip on the Rovos Rail.<br><br>The Rovos Rail is a luxury train with lines through Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, and it is possible to ride from South Africa to Tanzania. Rovos also operates Rovos Air, an air charter service in South Africa. The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Greenland Bowhunt for Muskox; Plus, Iceland Reindeer <div align="center">by Justin Jones</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Trophy muskox hunting opportunities are growing all the time, despite disease issues in some populations. In our November issue (page 12) we noted that the muskox on northern-Canada's Victoria Island are suffering an outbreak of Erysipelas bacteria, but preliminary indications do not show a serious problem. Moreover, populations across much of the muskox's range are expanding or stable, according to the NOAA Arctic Report Card ( As Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk pointed out in November, this may be the "good old days" for muskox hunting.</em><br><br> If you are looking for a muskox, subscriber Phillip Scott says he's found a good hunt in<strong>Greenland</strong>, where the muskox population has benefitted from multiple introductions over the last 30 years. Scott completed an October bowhunt with<a href="" target="new" rel="nofollow">The Icelandic Hunting Club</a>(<a href="" target="new" rel="nofollow"></a>; 011-354-894-3095). This is the first report we've had on a Greenland muskox hunt since 2011 (see Report<a href="" target="new" rel="nofollow">8565</a>).<div><br></div><div><br><center><img src=""><br><br>Phil Scott with one of two muskox he took in Greenland. </center><br><br> In Report<a href="" target="new" rel="nofollow">9878</a>, Scott writes that he enjoyed successful hunting with abundant muskox, along with what he calls "the remarkable scenery" of Greenland. "The muskox make for a very challenging stalk with a bow, and there will be plenty of good opportunities whether you are hunting with a bow or a rifle. I saw many animals from different herds, and The Icelandic Hunting Club had very good access to prime habitat. Patient hunters should be rewarded with older bulls." We called Scott to follow up on his report, and here's what he tells us... </div> The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT New Outfitter for Big Whitetails in Ohio <div align="center">by Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><center><img src=""><br><br>Bowers failed to score, but his hunting partner<br>Ron Robl took this 3.5-year-old<br>Ohio whitetail with a bow.</center><br><br>Not every great deer hunt produces a trophy deer. Subscriber William Bowers tells us he has found a brand new outfit that has, he says, great present and future potential for whitetail deer in Ohio. In Report<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9901</a>Bowers gives a thumbs up to<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ohio Premier Trophy Outfitters</a>(937-549-3337) in southern Ohio, where he bow hunted for five days in late October 2014. Bowers did not take a deer on this hunt, though he saw many deer and plenty of good bucks. "This is all free-range and taking a buck with a bow is never a sure thing."<br><br>In his initial report and a follow-up phone call, Bowers told us he is an experienced whitetail hunter and had booked this hunt only after tagging out in his home state. "This is a new outfitter, just getting established, and it has first-class lodging, meals and high-quality, well-managed properties and operation. Weather did not cooperate on this trip, but the big bucks were there. I saw six shooter bucks in just one day in the stand, but they just didn't get close enough. I also saw good animals on numerous trail cameras. One of my hunting partners took a 3.5-year-old buck scoring in the mid- to high-130s."... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT An Opposing (and Positive) View on Larsen Bay Lodge <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In the December issue of<em>The Hunting Report</em>we ran a negative report(<a href="" target="_blank">9886</a>)on an April 2013 bear hunt at<a href="" target="_blank">Larsen Bay Lodge</a>in Alaska from Eugenio Gonzalez, and a lengthy rebuttal from Larsen Bay's owner Mike Carlson. The crux of Gonzalez's complaint was only one bear taken by four hunters in his party. Carlson's rebuttal centered around a late spring that kept the bears in hibernation later than expected.<br><br>That controversy prompted this report from subscriber Robert Van Horn: "I hunted about two years ago with Larsen Bay Lodge. I had previously had a great fishing trip with them, so I decided on a bear hunt.<br><br>"I am very particular and won't shoot an average bear. The best I have is an 11-footer that I shot on my 80th birthday on a great hunt with Bob Cusack.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT Pronghorn Hunts You Can (Probably) Draw <div align="center">by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><center><img src=""><br><br>Leigh Ann Bodenchuk with her pronghorn from Wyoming draw hunt unit.</center><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: With pronghorn applications due in several states, we asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to provide his assessment of hunts with good trophy quality which can be drawn with some regularity. Here's what he dug up for readers:</em><br><br> Pronghorn remain the quintessential western big game trophy and a lot of hunters start their western hunting careers with a pronghorn hunt. What strikes me as odd is that once they collect one or two, many hunters move on to other big game and give up hunting pronghorn as if they were too common. A few hard-core pronghorn enthusiasts pursue B&C trophies and in the<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">February 2014</a>and<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">March 2014</a>issues we covered each of the western states and their pronghorn availability.<br><br> Trophy units are very well known and those hunters seeking world record bucks buy Governors' tags to allow them to access to units with record bucks. Others apply for years trying to draw a public land tag for one of the special units. And, of course, a hunter can book with an outfitter who offers private land access and can offer high quality hunts year after year (as long as the weather cooperates). But there is another way to look at pronghorn hunting which would allow you to mix in a pronghorn hunt into your fall schedule every three to five years and still hunt areas capable of producing good to great bucks.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT ZAWA to Re-Tender Hunting Blocks <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> <center><img src=""><br><br>Jeff Kimbell took this 28.5-inch sitatunga in an open area in Zambia this season. </center><br><br>In early December, the<strong>Zambian Wildlife Association (ZAWA)</strong>advertised the re-tendering of those 19 hunting blocks that have been closed since 2013. These are prime hunting areas that were initially reallocated at the end of 2012 only to have that allocation be suspended by the Minister of Tourism in office at that time. The reason given was claims of corruption in the tender process. The closure of cat (including lion) hunting followed, and the areas remained closed to hunting for two years. As you read this that may have all changed.<br><br> The advertised solicitation for tenders is scheduled to close on January 5th. ZAWA expects to have the tenders issued and contracts signed within weeks of that - not in time for the Dallas Safari Club convention but hopefully in time for the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas. In fact, speculation is that it will be finalized before the new presidential elections on January 20th. Elections, necessary after President Michael Sata's untimely death in October, could mean a new government and a change of ministers - again.<br><br> Completing allocations and contracts before the election would make it difficult for the new government to meddle with the process or the results. That would at least get the areas opened and the private sector back to operating anti-poaching and game management efforts in order to conduct safaris.... The Jan 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT