The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT New US Firearm Export Requirements Leave Traveling Hunters Scrambling for Answers http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=708 An apparent new requirement for US citizens to leave the country with sporting firearms is causing an uproar among hunters with plans to hunt internationally this season. It seems that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has posted to their website (www.ice.gov/cpi/faq) new guidelines that require travelers to file what is called Electronic Export Information (EEI) using the Automated Export System (AES) or the Internet-based system AESDirect. The posting goes on to say, "In addition to filing the EEI in AES or AESDirect prior to export, all firearms, ammunition and additional mandatory documentation (e.g., certifications, foreign import permits, proof of AES filing; such as the Internal Transaction Number) must be presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities for visual inspection at the port of departure from the United States."Those instructions are then followed with this scary warning: "Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating international smuggling operations and enforcing U.S. export control laws. Failure to comply with the federal regulations governing the temporary and permanent export of firearms and/or ammunition from the United States (including the proper filing of EEI) may result in the detention, seizure, and forfeiture of improperly declared firearms and ammunition and could further subject the traveler to arrest and criminal prosecution by HSI special agents for violation of federal export and/or arms smuggling laws."The Hunting Report immediately contacted appropriate personnel at the National Rifle Association (NRA) who were already investigating this development. We also contacted Customs and Border Security and spoke with an agent who told us that frontline Customs agents had not been informed of any such requirements and that leaving the country and returning with firearms was business as usual for US citizens. We were told that filling out Customs Form 4457 and presenting your firearms for inspection prior departure and presenting that form upon return - the system that has been in place for decades - was all that was needed. Yet the new requirements are clearly posted to Customs' own website, and an item in the FAQ's even addresses hunters traveling to Africa for a safari.Emails to the export licensing authorities mentioned in the new regulations produced vague and completely useless responses, pointing back to Customs.At this stage, no one seems to have any answers. We are asking hunters who have tried to file with the Automated Export System or AESDirect (which appear to be designed for commercial use), or who have visited Customs to declare their firearm on a Customs Form 4457 to email their experience to us. We will forward your email to the point person on this at the NRA, who will use it to demonstrate to lawmakers and authorities the problems with this new requirement. Send your emails directly to Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown at barbara@huntingreport.com.As soon as we have more information we will send out another bulletin. News Bulletins Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=708 Last Minute Wolf Opportunity in Alberta http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=707 While preparing long-time Armen Avedissian's rave report on his recent wolf hunt in Alberta (you'll see it in our upcoming April Issue), we were doing our usual follow-up with both the hunter and outfitter to check all the background and details. In the process, we found that the outfitter has a somewhat unique problem that some Hunting Report subscribers might want to help him with. But you'll need to act quickly-hence the Email Extra alert. The outfitter's name is Ray Lawrence, doing business as Timber Ridge Outdoor Adventures out of Edson, Alberta, about two hours west of Edmonton. Lawrence's set up is unusual: he typically takes only one client at a time, hunts on his own, his son's and neighboring ranches (he can monitor one of his baits from his living room window!), and only calls the client to come when he has wolves patterned coming predictably into a bait setup. Lawrence's problem right now is too many wolves. Basically, he has to shoot more wolves between now and mid-April (when winter ends up there) or risk losing the goodwill of his neighbors. If he can't find hunters to do it, he'll have to do the shooting himself. We thought some intrepid Hunting Report subscriber suffering from late-winter doldrums, might want to help out. Lawrence charges $4,000 for the basic hunt which includes six days of hunting (Avedissian took two wolves in three days) return transport from Edmonton, all transport while hunting, accommodations in what Avedissian describes as a very comfortable basement guest room with private living room and bath, "excellent" food prepared by Lawrence's wife Helen, and one wolf. There's no bag limit and Avedissian reports paying $1,500 for his second wolf. Now, we have to issue a caution. This report is only the second we've had on Lawrence and, while it's as glowing as can be, it's still just two reports, 10014 and 6606. You'd have to do your own due diligence and decide if this opportunity is right for you. He is a member of the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (http://www.apos.ab.ca/find-an-outfitter). You can reach Lawrence by phone at 780-723-2548, or by email at raylawrence@hotmail.com. He does not have a website. Just be aware that time is short-Lawrence quits hunting as soon as the wolves start shedding their winter coat. If you follow up on this opportunity, please file a report so we can develop a clearer picture of this outfitter and the hunt he offers. - Tim Jones, Editor. News Bulletins Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=707 Warning for Argentina-Bound Hunters Traveling with Guns http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=706 If you are about to board a plane to Argentina for a hunt be aware that you may need to leave your firearm at home and rent or borrow one from your outfitter. The reason is that Argentine authorities have apparently changed the requirements for the importation of firearms.Continuing Hunting Report subscribers know that the Argentine Consulates and RENAR, the government agency that regulates firearms there, have been in a kind of tug-of-war over the issuing of import permits and the collection of funds for those permits for a number of years (see Article 1557). Now it appears that authorities have decided in favor of the Argentine Consulates, and a consulate-issued permit is now required to enter the country with a firearm. In the past, RENAR would issue the permit upon arrival for hunters who had not acquired it from a consulate.The Hunting Report has learned of several groups of hunters now whose firearms have been impounded by Argentine Customs because they did not have consulate permits authorizing their entry into the country with a gun. Numerous outfitters have advised clients at the last minute to leave their guns at home and either borrow or rent guns during their hunt.Hunters with time to secure a permit should be able to acquire one in advance of their trip, but at this point no one seems to know what exactly is required to obtain the permit, including some of the consulates. Some reports we've received are that you must appear in person at the consulate to apply for your permit. Others have been told by telephone that they will be emailed instructions and forms. In Argentina, authorities with RENAR and customs have not been clear with operators regarding the required paperwork either. One operator said, "Everything is confusing."We contacted the Consulate General of Argentina in Miami, and they suggested applying in person. There were, however, directions to apply by mail with a downloadable form (not hyperlinked when we tried it), which will require notarization by a "consulate-approved" notary. The instructions/requirements are only available in Spanish but The Hunting Report acquired the following translation for its subscribers:Persons who wish to enter the country with one or more firearms and corresponding ammunition for the purpose of hunting, or participating in a shooting sport or other legitimate reason must solicit the consulate for a temporary import permit.Requirements to Enter Hunting or other Firearms into Argentinaa) Temporary hunting permit form for Argentina, (see RENAR Hunting Form) provided by the Consulate b) Copy of first page of your valid passportc) Three passport size photos, light background. No computer generated photos (do not glue/staple them to the form)d) Copy of valid gun permit issued by the authorities in the state of your residence (current hunting license, concealed carry permit, etc.) Your consulate can advise prior to your visit.e) Copy of your airline itineraryf) Copy of your US Customs form 4457 (Certificate of registration for personal effects taken abroad)g) A money order or cashier's check in the amount of $40.00US payable to the Argentine Consulate (subject to rate change)Also, be aware that also want to know what hunting concession you will be hunting (called a coto) and/or what operator you are hunting with. These must be registered with RENAR. You can look these up on the RENAR website at http://www.renar.gov.ar/index_seccion.php?seccion=operadores_cinegeticos&m=2If you are booked to hunt in Argentina in the future, contact the consulate nearest you now. Below is a list of Argentine consulates in the US. For consulates in other countries, a simple Google search should provide their contact information.Argentine Consulates in the United StatesAtlanta, GA - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennesseecatla.cancilleria.gob.arChicago, IL - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsinwww.cchic.mrecic.gov.arHouston, TX - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texaschous.cancilleria.gov.arLos Angeles, CA - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Carolina Islands, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Islas Carolina and Del Pacífico clang.cancilleria.gov.arMiami, FL - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Cayman Island and Bahamascmiam.mrecic.gov.arNueva York, NY - Consulate GeneralJurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.cnyor.mrecic.gov.arWashington, DC - Section Consulate de la EmbajadaJurisdiction: Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginiawww.embassyofargentina.usWe'll be keeping readers posted if and when we hear more about this process. In the meantime, please contact me at barbara@huntingreport.com if you manage to secure a gun permit from one of the consulates. Good luck! - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, The Hunting Report News Bulletins Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=706 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1552 <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 Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1552 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1540 <div style="text-align: center;">Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><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 Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1540 Don't Let Travel Scares Keep You Away from an Africa Safari http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1550 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Across Africa word is that bookings were down due to the scares over Ebola and US State Department Travel Warnings over activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and the Lord's Resistance Army. During a press conference at the SCI convention, CEO Phil DeLone reported that the secretary of Tourism for South Africa said general tourism was down by 270,000 tourists due to the Ebola scare. Hunt bookings were down 40% from the US and 20% from Europe.<br><br>Here at <em>The Hunting Report</em>, we received numerous phone calls from subscribers concerned about safety in Cameroon or asking whether they should be concerned about Ebola.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1550 Questions over Hunting in Uzbekistan http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1548 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>We had never received a hunting report on the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan and or any details about hunting there before, so we sat up and took notice when one of our European subscribers sent us this link to an operation called Safari Outdoor Adventures (<a href="http://www.safari.uz/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">safari.uz</a>; <a href="mailto:info@safari.uz">info@safari.uz</a>; 011-998-71-150-35-53) which is, apparently attempting to re-open and develop sustainable sport hunting in that country.<br><br>According to the website:<br><br>"Hunting grounds in Uzbekistan will be developed under assistance of representatives of Abu Dhabi. The Government of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry of Tourism of Abu Dhabi intends to implement a project to support the flora and fauna of Uzbekistan, sustainable hunting and ecotourism. Foreign partners would allocate for the project about $1.75 million.<br><br>"It is planned to implement a system of planned hunting grounds and rational use of hunting animals reserve with considering of their extended reproduction. Foreign partners will also help in the creation of nurseries to breed valuable species of animals and birds, construction and repair of buildings, farm structures, purchasing machinery, motor vehicles and office equipment...." The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1548 A Clarification on CITES Appendix III Species http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1541 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In our January <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/current_issue.cfm?id=1485" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">story</a> on CITES permits we mentioned that wild goat and Siberian ibex had been listed by Pakistan as CITES Appendix III species, and as such will require CITES documentation for export. These species, <em>Capra hircus aegagrus</em> and <em>Capra sibirica</em>, include multiple popular game animals in Asia and the new listing may catch some hunters unaware.<br><br>Here is the list we gave: Wild goat or <em>Capra hircus aegagrus</em>: Bezoar ibex from Turkey, Iran, or Armenia; Kri-Kri ibex from Greece or Macedonia; Sindh ibex from Pakistan. Siberian ibex or <em>Capra sibirica</em>: mid-Asian ibex from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan; Himalayan ibex from Turkey; Gobi and Altai ibex from Mongolia; and Altai ibex from Russia.<br><br>Following our January brief, we attempted to get official clarification from the USFWS on this listing, especially regarding the more ambiguous listing of "wild goat." Three USFWS officials with whom we spoke told us that they had no information on whether Bezoar ibex and Sindh ibex would require documentation under the new listing. As a result, we contacted David Morgan at CITES to verify. Here is his email response to <em>The Hunting Report...</em> The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1541 Review of CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1542 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> In December 2013 we announced the upcoming publication of the <em>CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World</em>, an exhaustive two-volume work by Gerhard R. Damm (President, Applied Science Division of CIC) and Nicolas Franco (Honorary President of the CIC). The book was finally released at the 61st General Assembly of the CIC in Milan on April 21, 2014. <em>The Hunting Report</em> recently acquired a copy, and it has already proved an invaluable reference for us in a question concerning wild goats in Pakistan. At $350US, the Standard Edition is not cheap, but with over 1,100 pages, 800 field photos of Caprinae species, and detailed color distribution maps, the Caprinae Atlas is now the definitive work on goat and sheep species and their relations.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1542 Successful Eland Hunt in Cameroon http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1535 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> Subscriber Brook Minx has filed a follow-up report on a Lord Derby eland hunt in Cameroon. You may recall Minx had hunted twice in CAR for eland and struck out both times. (See his report in the March 2014 issue.) His first hunt in 2013, he walked five to 20 miles a day. His second trip in January 2014 he saw three eland. He mentioned then how surprised he was at how few animals he saw in a total of 31 days of hunting between the two trips. He said Mararv has some great eland, but they are difficult to catch up with and the country is tough.<br><br> This past January Minx finally connected with a dandy eland while hunting with PH Guav Johnson of Mayo Oldiri (<a href="mailto:r.reguera@mar-hunt.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">r.reguera@mar-hunt.com</a>; <a href="http://www.mayoldiri.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.mayoldiri.com</a>).... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1535 Update on Safari Hunting http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1534 div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief<br><br>Hunt reports from <strong>Central African Republic</strong> have just about dried up after continued civil instability in that country. The trouble started when the Seleka rebels marched south through the bush in late 2012 and took over the government in early 2013. Continuing subscribers will recall our coverage of these developments (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3023" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3023</a>). Most safari operators abandoned their blocks in CAR, due to raided camps and unsafe conditions in the capital of Bangui. Eric Mararv of Central African Wildlife Adventures (<a href="mailto:erik.mararv@cawasafari.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">erik.mararv@cawasafari.com</a>), who also lives in CAR year-round, was among a handful who continued to operate. At that time Alain Lefol (<a href="mailto:alain.lefol@wanadoo.fr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">alain.lefol@wanadoo.fr</a>), Jacques Lemaux (<a href="http://www.safari-bongo.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.safari-bongo.com</a>), Dave Rademeyer (<a href="http://www.northernoperationsafrica.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.northernoperationsafrica.com</a>) and Christophe Morio (<a href="mailto:safaris.morio@free.fr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">safaris.morio@free.fr</a>), stuck it out conducting some safaris, all using Mararv's areas in the southeast. Since 2013, Seleka has lost its hold on the government and, despite the presence of French troops and United Nations peacekeepers, sectarian violence has boiled up at different times and places throughout the country. That has kept other operators from returning, and it has also kept many hunters away. Hunting Report subscriber Pemble Davis, however, is not among those.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1534 Update on Reopened Hunting in Chad http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1533 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Last month, I told you that Chad had reopened to hunting and gave you some basic information on what was on offer. At the SCI convention in Las Vegas last month I caught up with Jean Pierre Bernon of Club Faune, who is operating those hunts (<a href="mailto:cyrus@club-faune.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">cyrus@club-faune.com</a>; <a href="http://www.fauna-safari-club.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.fauna-safari-club.com</a>). You'll recall the main species on offer are western greater kudu, red-fronted gazelle and korrigum. When Chad was last open for hunting, one of the great draws was Barbary sheep and a new No. 2 ram was taken. I asked Bernon what the likelihood was for opening areas for Barbary sheep (near the Sudanese and Libyan borders). He said that right now the Barbary sheep areas are not on his radar. The focus is on his area in Guera, in the south-central part of the country and far from any trouble areas.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1533 What We Told Our Trophy Club Member About Late-season Texas Deer Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1539 Trophy Club Member Robert Tonti asked us to look into a possible three-day hunt in South Texas for whitetail and possibly the "Three Amigos" exotics (scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle and addax), between January 23 and February 1, 2015. Tonti wanted his hunt within easy driving distance of San Antonio. A fenced operation would be acceptable.<br><br>The report and references we came up with is much too lengthy and detailed to share here, but, basically, we found three operators with offerings fitting Tonti's request and with openings during his dates. All had the added bonus of numerous positive reports in our database.<br><br>· 777 Ranch, Hondo, TX (<a href="http://www.777ranch.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.777ranch.com</a>, <a href="mailto:777ranch@777ranch.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">777ranch@777ranch.com</a>; 830-426-3476) a luxury option with internal fencing and huge trophies. The ranch offers whitetails and all three of the Amigos right on the property. Whitetails are hunted over baits from blinds only. The ranch has an intensive breeding program for deer, with selective breeding and supplementation. Deer are released each season from the breeding pens, six months before they are hunted.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1539 Multiple Issues on a Luxury Colorado Mule Deer Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1547 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Even a carefully planned and vetted hunt does not always meet the hunter's expectations. Subscriber W.B. Rodgers tells us that he had an unfavorable impression of Kessler Canyon in Colorado, following a week-long hunt and family vacation at the lodge. Kessler Canyon (<a href="http://www.kesslercanyon.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.kesslercanyon.com</a>) is a luxury resort in western CO that offers hunting for mule deer and elk, along with options for ATV/jeep tours, bird shooting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Rodgers booked a mule deer hunt for himself, his son and daughter, and was also accompanied by his wife.<br><br>"I researched Kessler Canyon in some detail, looking for a lodge-based free-range hunt for mule deer during Thanksgiving week. Because my family was accompanying me, I was also looking for nice amenities, non-hunting activities and excellent dining. I felt that the experience did not come up to expectations.<br><br>"The setting at Kessler Canyon is beautiful and the lodge is quite nice and well-appointed. For most of the week, we were the only guests. Kessler Canyon participates in Colorado's "Ranching for Wildlife" program and thus hunters are allowed to hunt outside the standard seasons. Hence our Thanksgiving week hunt. My daughter ultimately decided not to hunt, and Kessler Canyon's Operations Manager James McKenzie did allow me to apply her deposit to our other expenses, since we gave notice in advance.<br><br>"As we were leaving the range on the first hunting day with guide and Operations Manager James McKenzie, we noticed that a large number of deer had come down into the river valley, including a couple of good bucks - one dark, high, heavy, and tall and the other lighter, wider, but not nearly so heavy.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1547 Alberta Hunt with No Legal Rams and Undelivered Trophy http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1551 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber Scott Butterfield is not pleased with his unsuccessful Alberta sheep hunt with Kipp Kelley of George Kelly Outfitting.<br><br>"We could not find a legal ram," says Butterfield. "I shot a black wolf, but, to date, I have not received it. Endless messages over the last year and four months have resulted in nothing but excuses. Kipp Kelley won't even respond to me now. Be careful if you hunt with him as you might not ever get your animals. I could only imagine if I had taken a sheep. He originally said due to lack of guides, I could come back and finish the hunt later in the season, but he never came through."<br><br>In two email responses Kipp Kelley told us:<br><br>"I sold my nonresident sheep permits so I do not have to deal with people like Scott Butterfield. Scott got a sheep hunt at a very discounted price and got the same treatment as any other sheep hunter who did not get a sheep in his time frame. Hunting for sheep was hard. I told him if we finished up with other clients before end of season, we would bring him up and try to get him a ram if time allowed. We did contact him before end of season and did tell him we would not be able to take him as we were guiding the last two hunters.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1551 Joshua Creek Ranch Delivers Texas Whitetail or Axis Deer Hunt Packages for All Ages http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1549 <div align="center">By Debra Sieloff, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9970" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9970</a>, correspondent Debra Sieloff tells us some Texas hunts offer much more than just big whitetail deer. She recently hunted Joshua Creek Ranch (<a href="http://www.joshuacreek.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.joshuacreek.com</a>; 830-537-5090), an Orvis and Beretta Endorsed lodge in Boerne, TX, where she discovered a free-range, whitetail deer or axis deer hunt opportunity that caters to groups of all abilities and families of all ages. Enjoy!</em><br><br>My three-day/two-night whitetail hunt package at Joshua Creek included one whitetail buck of eight points or better and two whitetail does, with options from their menu of services, such as fly fishing. They also have a menu of add-ons, including sporting clays, a driven pheasant shoot, or a Rio Grande turkey hunt, which is the option I chose after taking a nine-point whitetail on New Year's Eve. I took a nice gobbler with a handgun.<br><br>This was my first hunt in Texas. When hunting a new state I prefer a guided package, which gives me someone who knows the local terrain and regulations inside and out, at least for the first days in the field.<br><br>Joshua Creek had abundant game, exceptional lodging and dining, and reasonable prices. My deer guide, Joseph Zinsmeyer, known as "J.Z.," also doubled as one of two chefs at the lodge. The night before I took my deer, he made coffee-crusted axis deer steaks, which is some of the finest meat in the world. He was as good a whitetail guide as a chef.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1549 The Case for the Most Comprehensive Travel Protection http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1531 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher</div><br><br> What do a broken ankle, a lacerated cornea, and a debris-embedded abrasion all have in common? They are all non-life-threatening injuries that you would normally go to an emergency room to treat. But what happens if you break your ankle in remote mountains while hunting sheep? Or you open your eyes at the wrong moment during a dust storm in the Gobi and your cornea takes the hit? Or climbing down from a machan in Africa, you lose your grip and gouge your arms with bark and dirt as you slide down?<br><br> None of these mishaps (or a thousand like them) requires admission for overnight treatment in a hospital. But they do require emergency care. A delay of even one day could very well lead to serious complications. When it comes to emergency services, however, the industry standard for evacuation is that your injury or illness must require overnight hospitalization.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1531 Leopard Legend Acquires Hunting Rights for Sesfontein Conservancy http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1536 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Leopard Legend Hunting Safaris (<a href="http://www.leopardlegend.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.leopardlegend.com</a>; <a href="mailto:info@leopardlegend.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">info@leopardlegend.com</a>; 011-264-81-236-0833) has acquired rights on the Sesfontein Conservancy in northwestern Namibia. This is a 650,000-acre area bordered on the west by Skeleton Coast National Park and on the east by the Hoanib River. Subscribers will recognize the Sesfontein as one of the areas formerly operated by Keith Wright of Didimala Safaris. Wright abandoned a 10-year contract with the Sesfontein after facing legal troubles from killing a lion that had been fitted with a tracking collar in the nearby Anabeb Conservancy.<br><br>Leopard Legend is run by L'Wyk Jansen van Vuuren, who also signed for the Otjikondavirongo Conservancy at the end of 2014, an adjacent area to the north of Sesfontein. This last area has not been hunted before. The two conservancies total over one million acres, quite a bit larger than the US state of Rhode Island. Although Leopard Legend is a relative newcomer in Namibia, van Vuuren has built a business running safaris in recent years on leases around Namibia and on his family's properties on the border of Damaraland. I was able to speak with him briefly at the SCI show in Las Vegas to find out more about his operation.<br><br>Although Leopard Legend has a large hunt area, the conservancy quotas are limited and set by Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Van Vuuren says that Leopard Legend will receive one leopard permit on each conservancy, and these hunts have already been booked three years in advance. The area is also strong for hyena, with one permit for brown hyena from each conservancy and one for spotted hyena on the Sesfontein.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1536 Positive Report on British Columbia Outfitter Despite Minor Problems http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1543 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In a perfect world, the outfitter has all the logistics for a hunt in place before the client arrives, and everything goes according to plan. In remote wilderness areas this is not always how it happens, but good outfitters can adapt and make a hunt work even when difficulties arise. In a recent report, New Zealand subscriber Grant Wilson says that he and his son enjoyed a great hunt with Collingwood Bros. Guides and Outfitters in BC's Spatsizi wilderness this September, despite a few logistical complications. Wilson booked this hunt through Keith Atcheson at Jack Atcheson & Sons (<a href="http://www.atcheson.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.atcheson.com</a>; 406-782-2382).<br><br>In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9928" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9928</a>, Wilson writes, "This was our second hunt with the Collingwoods, and we each took a mountain goat and black bear, a first for both of us. The operations base for the Collingwoods is the very classy Hyland Post Camp on the Spatsizi River, although we were most happy being out in spike camp deep in the backcountry along the river. I took an average mountain goat with eight-inch horns. My son took a huge, old billy that plummeted off a bluff after being shot and lost some horn in the fall. Its bases were great, and we could only estimate a length of at least nine inches. I worked really hard for my black bear, and my son took a very old barren sow. Both hunts were exciting and challenging, and doing a purely spot and stalk bear hunt was a revelation.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1543 Back-to-Back Hunts in Croatia and Macedonia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1545 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In Reports <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9967" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9967</a> and <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9968" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9968</a> subscribers Robert and Arlene Hanson tell us they enjoyed successful back-to-back hunts in Macedonia for Kri-Kri ibex and wolf and in Croatia for Dalmatian sheep and hybrid ibex. Both hunts were booked through The Hunting Consortium (<a href="http://www.huntcon.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.huntcon.com</a>; 540-955-0090). We followed up with a phone call to Robert Hanson to get more information.<br><br>The first hunt was in Croatia September 15-22 with Josip Tomljanovic of J&P Agent Croatian Hunting Tours. They hunted two different islands, Plavnik and Dugi Otok. "Beautiful islands - spectacular scenery," says Hanson.<br><br>Plavnik Island, Hanson tells us, was relatively flat and easy. They hunted by spot-and-stalk and took two Dalmatian sheep, one scoring SCI Gold, the other Silver.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1545 Two Similar Elk Hunts in Nevada http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1544 div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large<br><br>It's always interesting when we get reports from multiple subscribers on hunts from the same area. We recently received two reports on essentially the same hunt in Nevada; one from 2013 and the second from 2014. Nevada doesn't have a lot of elk in comparison to other western states, but they manage their populations for trophy quality and produce great bulls.<br><br>Subscriber Terry Teich filed his report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9922" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9922</a>) on a 2013 hunt in Unit 81 with Currant Creek Outfitters (<a href="http://www.currantcreekoutfitters.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.currantcreekoutfitters.com</a>; 775-738-6206). Nevada Unit 81 is in the extreme NE corner of the state, bordering Utah to the east and Idaho to the north.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1544 The Latest Chad/Cameroon Security Update http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1546 <div align="center">By Ripcord Operations Staff</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: On February 4, the US State Department issued a new travel warning for Cameroon and areas of countries bordering Cameroon, including Chad and CAR. This comes after the hunting season has gotten underway in Cameroon and just as Chad re-opens for limited hunting. You can read the entire warning at <a href="http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/cameroon-travel-warning.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/cameroon-travel-warning.html</a>.<br><br>The latest travel warning makes it clear that certain regions of Cameroon are far more dangerous than others for foreign travelers. We asked the operations team at Ripcord for their current assessment of the situation in the entire region:</em><br><br>Travel to Cameroon and Chad as safari destinations should not be ruled out for the experienced traveler. While some regions are high risk and should be avoided, by working with trusted partners using proper travel safety procedures, and maintaining awareness, most regions of these countries can be safe.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1546 What You Need to Know About South Texas Deer Ranches http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1538 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> Whitetail deer are big business in Texas and finding a deer hunt isn't really a problem. But when a Trophy Club member recently requested recommendations for a combination whitetail/exotic hunt in late January, things got a bit more difficult.<br><br> Intensive deer management started in Texas back in the 1970s. There were experiments on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists Murphy Ray, Larry Weishuhn and others worked with landowners to reduce deer densities and produce larger bucks by selectively culling spikes and managing habitat. Today, producing big bucks - bucks larger than 150 B&C points - is standard operating procedure and deer farmers are working within high fence hunting operations to grow bucks in excess of 200 inches every year.<br><br> Deer hunting in Texas is still regulated by TPWD and season dates generally run from the Saturday closest to the first of November through the first Sunday in January. Finding a late-January hunt for a whitetail involves working with ranchers who have special management authority. <br><br> TPWD has long recognized the contributions of private landowners in wildlife management and they provide technical advice regarding deer surveys, habitat manipulation and harvest recommendations.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1538 The Latest on That “New” Species of Trophy Gazelle in Turkey, Including a Subscriber Hunt Report http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1530 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>There's been some buzz floating around the world hunting community about a "new" trophy species, the "Anatolian gazelle" hunted in Turkey. When we recently received our first subscriber report focused on this animal, from subscriber Craig Power, who hunted with outfitter Temir Ekenler's WildHunting in Turkey (<a href="http://www.wildhuntingagency.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.wildhuntingagency.com</a>; <a href="mailto:info@wildhuntingagency.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">info@wildhuntingagency.com</a>; 011-90-532-614-55-99) this December, we asked Assistant Editor Justin Jones to look into the story behind the story. Here's his report:</em><br><br>When a subscriber files the first report on a trophy species we haven't covered before, that's news. It's even bigger news when the outfitter who staged this flawless hunt is a relatively new name.<br><br>Let's begin with the "new" trophy species: <em>Gazella subgutturosa marica</em>, also called the "Arabian sand gazelle," is a subspecies of the widely distributed goitered gazelle. SCI has accepted this gazelle for inclusion in its record books, although at press time it had not decided what the official trophy name will be. Michael Roqueni, Director of Record Books at SCI, confirmed that the new trophy had been approved at the recent meeting in Las Vegas. "New species must be presented to the committee, which meets every month, and we accepted this species during the SCI convention." Roqueni says that SCI considers research on population size, distribution maps, and taxonomic data in making its decision. We also talked to SCI's Brittany Hosmer Peterson, who compiled information on the "Anatolian gazelle" for the SCI committee. Peterson says that the trophy name is still open for discussion. Although "Anatolian gazelle" has been proposed, there are other common names for the species (including Arabian sand gazelle or, simply, sand gazelle).<br><br>Part of the problem lies in the fact that the status of the animal in Turkey is complex, and so is the nomenclature. Scientific understanding of gazelle species in Turkey has changed rapidly of late, in part because of 2011 research initiated by the Turkish government, which analyzed the mitochondrial DNA of <em>Gazella</em> populations in Turkey. The huntable population of gazelle in Turkey lives in the Sanliurfa province, which lies in southeastern Turkey along the northern border of Syria. Previously, these gazelle were thought to be <em>Gazella subgutturosa subgutturosa</em>, or Persian gazelle (which, for taxonomy buffs, is the nominate subspecies of goitered gazelle). However, genetic analysis found that these were, in fact, <em>Gazella subgutturosa marica</em>, commonly known as Arabian sand gazelle, which are also found in Iraq, Jordan, Syria. This is the trophy that will soon appear in the SCI record books. Those interested in reading more can read the paper that resulted from the 2011 research at <a href="http://www.ivb.cz/folia/61/2/5_057.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ivb.cz/folia/61/2/5_057.pdf</a>.<br><br>At the risk of getting too technical, one more point about taxonomy that will be of interest to international trophy hunters. Multiple recent studies have suggested <em>Gazella subgutturosa marica</em> should not be regarded as a subspecies of goitered gazelle, but should be classified as a separate species, <em>Gazella marica</em>. These same studies point out that <em>G. s. marica</em> is more closely related to the rare rhim gazelle (<em>Gazella leptoceros</em>) from the Sahara desert.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1530 Hunting Block Allocations Move Forward http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1532 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>A day before going to press with this issue, we learned that the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) published a notice to bidders on those hunting blocks in Zambia. The notice appeared in the newspaper <em>Times of Zambia</em> on February 18, 2015. It listed only 11 operators and areas and stated that the notice does not constitute an award of contract but merely a recommendation for the award. All the bidders for the listed areas had a 10-day period to appeal. If no one challenged the allocations, the contracts for the areas should have been finalized by early March.<br><br>We sent you a list of the areas and bidders in an Email Extra bulletin on February 19th. In case you did not see it, the list follows below... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1532 Make Sure to Book With A Licensed Operator in Zimbabwe http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1537 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> And on the heels of convention season, I need to repeat my warning to hunters about a recurring issue in Zimbabwe. Every year I hear from a hunter who booked a hunt to Zimbabwe through a safari operator from another country only to have big problems on the hunt. What I often see on the complaints I receive about these hunts is that the booking operator has aligned himself with a low-end or illegal Zimbabwean operator offering a bargain but never delivering on the trophies.<br><br> The first thing you need to know is that only a Zimbabwean registered and licensed by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority can legally conduct a hunt in Zimbabwe. Another operator who sells or arranges the hunt is serving as a booking agent not as an outfitter, at least not legally.... The Mar 2015 Issue Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1537