The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 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 Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Welcoming Our Newest Corporate Affiliate: Safari Cargo Systems <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Here at The Hunting Report, we know how important hunting is to you, and we understand that many of the memories of those hunts are embodied in the trophies you bring home. That's why we are particularly excited to announce thatSafari Cargo Systems (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) has partnered with our exclusive Corporate Affiliates program, the best of the best in the world of hunting-related services.<br><br>Safari Cargo Systems (SCS) is a privately-owned freight forwarding company and clearing house that specializes in air and ocean shipping of animal products, especially game trophies from South Africa. They own 3,200 square meters (34,500 square feet) of secure warehousing space on 2.6 hectares of land five kilometers from the Johannesburg International Airport. They also maintain a satellite facility in Polekwane City in the Limpopo (Northern) province as well as a fully staffed office and warehouse of 800 square meters in Port Elizabeth City, Eastern Cape province.<br><br>While Safari Cargo Systems is based in South Africa, they network with over 40 foreign agents and trading partners, each selected for their ability and competence in handling complex logistics.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Outfitters Form National Association, Address Gun Import Issues; Plus, More Hunting Travel News <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have some better news this month from Argentina, where outfitters have formed a new nationwide professional association which will be known as CATCYC (Cámara Argentina de Turismo Cinegético y Conservacionismo). CATCYC's President, Octavio Crespo, alerted <em>The Hunting Report</em> to this development in late August via email, just after we had gone to press with our September update on regulations affecting hunters traveling to Argentina with guns.<br><br>Crespo wrote, "CATCYC was recently formed by several big game and wingshooting outfitters, and our mission will be to attend to matters involving hunters, hunting and conservation in Argentina. Members will work together, nationally, with the objective of promoting, defending and contributing to Argentina's hunting industry and the conservation of our natural environment."<br><br>This is a promising development for Argentina's hunting industry, as the new organization will better enable operators to participate in policy decisions that affect their business, and promote the country as a major international hunting destination. CATCYC is patterned upon other effective outfitter/operator groups like those in Africa, Canada and elsewhere, although it will have no licensing authority, at least for the time being. Outfitters in Argentina are licensed by RENAR (Argentina's National Registry of Firearms and Explosives).<br><br>Best of all, CATCYC has already made some progress addressing the major issue affecting Argentina's hunting industry at the moment, the requirement that hunters visit an Argentine consulate in person to obtain a permit prior to traveling to the country with guns. Here's what Octavio Crespo told us in a follow-up email conversation:<br><br>"Although our organization is in its early stages, we are very conscious of the problems [with the permits], and made this a principal issue to work on. We've already been in contact with our national chancellor's office, and as a result of different meetings and presentations, we have received an answer from the Consular Director saying that within a month-and-a-half hunters won't need to visit the Argentine Consulate in person, but will instead be able to obtain a permit by mail...." The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Hunting Report Subscribers Take Trophy Chukotka Sheep <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Remember our story on subscriber Rex Baker being the first to hunt Chukotka snow sheep since Russia opened its eastern territories to hunters in the 1990s? Following the success of that exploratory hunt (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3407</a>), Baker and fellow-subscriber Ed Yates returned this year, and took stunning trophy rams. The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Update on EU Trophy Imports <div align="center">By Dr. Rolf Baldus, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Hunting Report</em>Correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus sent us a quick update this month on the status of some trophy imports into the EU. Baldus writes:<br><br> "The EU Scientific Review Group decided at its meeting on 16 September, that the import of lion trophies from Tanzania remains permitted in the EU. The import ban on elephant trophies is, however, continued until new information is available. The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Quick Update on Quebec's 2015 Caribou Season <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>At this writing, the Quebec caribou season is in full swing, with excellent caribou numbers and good reports from the outfitters in Zone 23 West. Readers will recall that permits were cut by 7% in that zone for 2015, with outfitters who did not book all of their tags for 2014 seeing their quota reduced. The good news is that outfitters do not seem to have too much trouble booking up for 2015.<br><br>Dominic Dugre of the Quebec Outfitters Federation says, "From what I have heard, hunting is good and nice animals are being tagged. There is no more news regarding Nicolas Laurin and Safari Nordik at the moment, except that a few more hunters have contacted me about lost deposits." So far, though Laurin continues to send out hopeful-sounding emails, nothing has come of his efforts to operate under a different company name. Here at <em>The Hunting Report</em> we continue to hear from numbers of hunters who have lost deposits or "guaranteed" return hunts with Safari Nordik. Frankly, at this point it seems unlikely that Laurin will operate again, unless there's some action by authorities in Quebec. Our hope is that Quebec's legal system will take a close look at Laurin's dealings and the province will take appropriate steps to prevent yet another major operator default going forward.<br><br>In the meantime, however, it appears the other caribou operators in Quebec are delivering good hunts and good trophies for their clients.<br><br>Alain Tardiff at Leaf River Lodge (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 418-882-6210) says that his season is going very well. "There are not a lot of caribou in any one spot, but they are pretty much everywhere in Zone 23 West.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Isolated Problem with Carrying Firearms to Russia <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Legal travel with guns is often challenging and seems to be getting worse, even when there's no apparent reason. We heard from Arianne Kucera at Gracy Travel International (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 210-698-2611) after a hunter was stopped prior to boarding a flight to Russia.<br><br>"Gracy has sent numerous clients traveling with firearms to Russia for hunts, including as recently as July 31, 2015. However, our most recent client was denied boarding on a Delta aircraft due to the information posted on the TIMATIC (Travel Information Manual Automatic) website which is a site governed by IATA (International Air Transport Association). Airlines enforce the guidelines provided to them by the TIMATIC database as fines are issued by immigration authorities for non-compliance."<br><br>The Russia TIMATIC website indicated "Import and Export Prohibited" for firearms, with no further elaboration or explanation. Kucera checked with multiple outfitters in Russia, all of whom agreed that there had been no change in regulations (which forbid only the import and export of <strong><em>military</em></strong> caliber arms and ammunitions).<br><br>We turned to IATA to see where this information came from, and received this response from the editing department at TIMATIC... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Unrest in Burkina Faso <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>There's been yet another coup d'état in Burkina Faso, the second in two years. According to our sources, the last one settled pretty quickly; this one may or may not. Elections are scheduled for October, and may cause more upheaval, but it's too soon to tell. Hunting season there does not begin until December. At this writing, the US State Department had issued only a Travel Alert ( The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Super Success on Rainforest Bongo Safari <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber Eddie Gomez has emailed us with details on a safari in Cameroon this past June with Faro West Lobeke Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-33-6-80-34-78-53).<br><br>Back in April 2014 we reported Swiss banker Baron Benjamin de Rothschild bought out Felix Barrado of Nsok Safaris and invested in Pierre Guerrini's Faro West Safaris, consolidating the two into Faro West Lobeke Safaris (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3542</a>). Guerrini is the operating manager and head PH, and now has over 500,000 contiguous acres in southern Cameroon, as well as a northern savanna area for Lord Derby eland. Eddie Gomez and his hunting partners visited the southern concessions, with bongo as the primary target. He writes:<br><br>"Our group had a very successful forest hunt with Faro West Lobeke on its large rainforest area, which borders the Lobeke Reserve by the border of CAR and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our guides were Pierre Guerrini, Charles Dugas and Phillippe and Franck Maurin.<br><br>"The camp we stayed in was strategically located in the center of the huge hunting area. I would not have imagined a camp like this in such a remote area. Our group of five hunters each enjoyed a private bungalow with spacious bathroom and air conditioning. The main lodge was very large and comfortable, with a dining room, bar and wifi. Quite a setup.<br><br>"On the first day of hunting one of our guides was charged by a huge bongo and was gored on his left thigh, narrowly missing his artery. He had to be flown out to Douala then on to Paris for treatment, and is lucky to be alive.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Axis Hunt Discord in Texas <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br> Extreme mutual displeasure and irreconcilable differences seem to be the only tangible results of the interaction between subscriber Dave Steger and Mike Buie of Real Outfitters after an axis deer and hog hunt in Texas this past May.<br><br> As Steger describes it, he had a terrible experience (Report <a href="" target="_blank">10250</a>). "This hunt was a joke! I saw one doe and one hog at night in the spotlight. I got gastroenteritis (pathogenic E. Coli); told Mr. Buie and never once heard back from him."<br><br> In his rebuttal Buie alleges bad behavior on the part of Steger, including failing to show up for a previously- booked group hunt and unexpectedly bringing five dogs with him on this hunt.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Bad News for Dexter Barnes from His BC Hunt Disaster <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In our August issue (page 11) we aired a negative report from subscriber Dexter Barnes on McConnell and Co. Guiding Services. You can see the entire file at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br><br>As that story was going to press we were working behind the scenes to try to retrieve Barnes' trophies from that hunt-gone-wrong. Barnes had left his two bears and a mountain goat from that hunt with Clint and Shelley Moon of Canyon Creek Taxidermy. Additionally he had purchased two other bear mounts, paying in advance for the taxidermy on his trophies, the additional trophies, and a crating fee for shipping the trophies to his home in China.<br><br>That was in 2011. To date, he has not received any of his trophies.<br><br>After several attempts to contact the Moons by both phone and email, we received an email on July 17 from Shelley Moon that said, in part:<br><br><em>We have always done our best to accommodate all of our clients and produce the best quality possible while creating their mounts. There have been many communications between Mr. Barnes. I believe he is well aware that Clint has been having medical issues regarding his arms.<br><br>#1. Clint has had to stop working a few weeks or months at a time due to his inability to use his hands and arms. He has a very painful condition that is still on going and requires visits to multiple specialists.<br>#2. Being behind on Clint's work had backed production of our clients' trophies.<br>#3. When Clint's able to work and push through the pain he has to work at a slower pace as not to over aggravate the situation further....</em> The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Found! An Entirely Recommendable Outfitter Producing B&C Brown Bears! <div align="center">By Richard Manly, Subscriber</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: If you are looking for a brown bear hunt, subscriber Richard Manly tells us he found a great one. Manly hunted in May with Scott Mileur of Mileur's Guide Service (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 907-745-1747) taking a B&C bear. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Earlier this year, I traveled to Kodiak Island for a brown bear hunt arranged by Master Alaskan Guide Scott Mileur. Having hunted with Scott three times, I cannot say enough good things about him and his outfit. In 2006, I took a beautiful Sitka blacktail. In 2010, I hunted brown bear but didn't score due to horrible weather.<br><br>Scott doesn't do much advertising anymore, instead relying on referrals and word of mouth. Longtime hunters will remember the names Bill Pinell and Morris Talifson who pioneered bear hunting on Kodiak Island. Scott started as an assistant guide for them in 1977 and, when they retired, he took over their areas and continued the tradition of fair-chase hunting. I have been blessed to go on many guided hunts, but I can honestly say that I never had anyone work harder or want to see his hunter get game more than Scott. My guide for this hunt was Andrew Weaver, who worked tirelessly and was also a wonderful companion.<br><br>We flew into camp but used a boat to access the hunting areas, which allowed us to cover more territory. These hunts are a throw-back to the old days but with modern equipment. We stayed in a tent all four days of the hunt. It is a wilderness area, so no permanent structures are allowed. We hiked extensively but did not do a whole lot of climbing. It definitely helps to be in good shape, but I know Scott can work with all fitness levels. He personally guides over 60% of his clients while his team of experienced guides takes the other 40%.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT An Unusual Father-Daughter Kangaroo Hunt in the Texas Hill Country! <div align="center">By Steve Mroczkiewicz, Subscriber</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Now here's something unusual: a kangaroo hunt in <strong>Texas!</strong> Definitely not for everyone but, as subscriber Steve Mroczkiewicz tells us, it's what it took to get his 17-year-old daughter excited about hunting. Enjoy!</em><br><br>As the father of six, one of my goals has been raise my kids to understand the value of hunting as an activity and a conservation tool. To achieve this goal, I offered each a one-on-one hunt with me prior to their senior year in high school. Four of the first five took me up on it.<br><br>When it was time for my youngest, 17-year-old Maggie, to choose a hunt, it looked like I would go four for six. Although I showed her many pictures of various game animals and described a number of different trips we could take, nothing interested her until she heard me telling someone that I had once seen kangaroos in a pasture in the Hill Country of Texas. Kangaroo sparked her interest and she said if I could line up a hunt, that was something she would definitely want to do.<br><br>Since I had never heard of anyone in Texas offering a kangaroo hunt nor had I heard of anyone hunting kangaroos outside of Australia, I started to do some research. After countless dead-ends, I came across the OX Ranch (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 830-275-4962) an 18,000-acre high-fenced property (with no internal fencing other than quarantine pens) near Uvalde, Texas. Their website did not mention anything about kangaroos, but had a picture of one. After contacting the owner, Brent Oxley, and explaining my situation, I learned that the ranch had some "mascot" red kangaroos. Fortunately, I had started almost a year in advance and Brent had the means and desire to establish a wild kangaroo herd on his ranch.<br><br>I've had the opportunity to hunt on a number of Texas ranches, but I've never seen a ranch like the OX Ranch. It is a spectacular destination. At the time of our hunt, neither the lodge nor the reconstructed historic cabins had been finished. However, we were able to stay in a cabin on the property that had everything we needed. Before the hunt we used the sighting range to verify our guns were still zeroed.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Heads Up! This May Be Your Only Chance to Bring Home a White-Lipped Peccary <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk is well connected in the worldwide community of wildlife biologists. That often puts him in a position to know when something's afoot that might impact hunters. He's just returned from a conference in Mexico that produced this news:</em><br><br>If you want to add a white-lipped peccary to your trophy room, you probably need to act quickly or be prepared for a long wait. At a recent meeting of game biologists in Mexico, some researchers were calling for a cessation of all hunting for five to 10 years to allow the populations to rebound. Since the white-lipped peccary is a CITES II species, this recommendation could have serious impacts on your ability to import your trophy into your home country.<br><br>The white-lipped peccary is a trophy species primarily of interest to serious collectors and hunters who seek different experiences. The species ranges from southern Mexico down through Central America and as far south as northern Argentina. Standing up to two feet at the shoulder and weighing between 50 and 85 pounds, white-lipped peccaries are considerably larger than the collared peccary (javelina), familiar to hunters in the southwestern US and northern Mexico. As their name suggests, the muzzle of white-lipped peccaries is light cream to white in color.<br><br>In Mexico, white-lipped peccaries live primarily in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, where they roam in very large herds of between 20 and 200 animals. Because of this, they have large home ranges, often moving over an area as large as 80 square miles.<br><br>During the dry season (March-June), when tourist hunting occurs, they travel between waterholes. A recent research report indicates that radio collared white-lipped peccaries moved in a circular pattern and returned to the original waterhole only about every 20 days - far longer than the average jungle hunt.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT PH and Author Joof Lamprecht Passes at 67 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>It is with sadness that we note the passing of long-time Namibia safari operator, PH, and author Joof Lamprecht, who died August 31 in Windhoek.<br><br>Lamprecht was an Angola and Caprivi Strip elephant hunter in his younger years and later a PH for Jack O'Connor and other notables before turning author and operator. He and his wife (and business-partner) Marina, have been fixtures at the hunting shows for many years.<br><br>The Lamprechts' Hunters Namibia Safaris, which is one of the premier operations in Namibia, has received many enthusiastic reports from <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT NAPHA Fundraising Event Generates Thousands for Anti-Poaching <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>The Namibian Professional Hunting Association has held a fundraising event to combat poaching in that country. The Hunters United Against Poaching International Anti-Poaching Fundraising Event, held on September 3, raised over N2.7 million, which is around $200,000US. Here is an excerpt from an invitation to the event sent out by Aru Game Lodges, which is owned by NAPHA Vice President, Danene van der Westhuyzen.<br><br>"Due to the rapid increase in poaching incidents in Namibia, the big game committee of NAPHA has taken a stand to join forces with fellow Namibians by hosting a formal dinner and live auction with fantastic hunts and offers by some of Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania's best outfitters to raise funds towards anti-poaching initiatives.<br><br>"All proceeds raised from the auction will be managed by members of a Trust, on which representatives of the Namibian Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA), and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), WWF, as well as an independent legal practitioner and auditor will serve."<br><br>On auction were multiple items including 13 trophy plains game hunts in Namibia, Tanzania and South Africa, five big game hunts, and 11 biltong (meat) hunts. The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Three Stone Sheep Hunts <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have three new reports on Stone sheep hunts filed by subscribers Paul Dachton, John Hoestenbach and Brian Smith. Though all three reports are entirely positive, only two of the hunts ended with trophies, both in British Columbia.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10228</a> Paul Dachton says that he booked a 12-day hunt in early August with Big Nine Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 250-787-8431) in the Muskwa Ranges of BC, hunting with guide Stephanie Shippey. "I enjoyed taking a great ram with a top-notch guide, who really made the hunt for me. We saw a lot of six- to seven-year-old rams, and about five legal rams over seven days.<br><br>"I flew into owner Barry Tompkins' main camp, and he had me on horseback immediately, heading to a sheep camp a four-hour ride from base. The camp was small log cabins, with hot showers available. Five star for a sheep camp. Tompkins has around 30 small camps spread out over his concession, and over 100 horses.<br><br>"Like any sheep hunt, there was a lot of hiking, usually from four to six hours up the mountains each day. It was amazing to climb each day we could, see legal rams, and then be back in a comfortable cabin with excellent meals at night.<br><br>"I took my sheep on day seven after we had been rained out for three days. We spotted the ram first thing in the morning, and it took about six hours to get to the top of the mountain where he was. When we got there the ram had moved approximately one mile down the mountain range. Since I am 66, it took a while to get down the mountains. We got to the ram late in the day and waited for him to stand. One shot and that was it. We boned the ram out and Stephanie put the complete boned-out ram in her backpack, plus the cape and horns. I believe the backpack weighed more than she did. I made it down to the horses only an hour after her!<br><br>"Shippey was one of the best sheep guides I have hunted with over the years. She took her time and waited for me to get up the mountain to her. I have already booked a hunt with Big Nine for next year, provided that I will have her as my guide. I am also looking into another sheep hunt in Northwest Territory, and she may be guiding me on that one too.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT A Storm Is Brewing <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher</div><br><br><em>The Hunting Report</em> knows storms. Located in South Florida, we note when a "tropical disturbance" comes off the coast of Africa, and we keep a close watch as it crosses the Atlantic. Some never make it to our shores. Others pass over us with minimum harm, then incubate in the Gulf of Mexico before devouring the coastline. Other times a monster strikes us head on. As I said, we know storms and watch them closely, including those that have nothing to do with the weather.<br><br>Back in 2009 I spoke at a symposium in Windhoek, Namibia. The symposium was about the Economic and Ecological Benefits of Hunting. I was asked to speak about the threats to those benefits. At that time I told the group of conservation leaders assembled there that the biggest threats conservation hunting faced were not efforts to close hunting outright (as in Kenya), but a growing set of issues, problems … hassles if you will … that created terrible uncertainty and angst among hunters.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT Where to Look For A Trophy Mulie, Part 1 - Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Some things have changed since we last took an in-depth look at mule deer opportunities across western North America. (See our October-December 2013 and February 2014 issues, Articles <a href="" target="_blank">3188</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">3211</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">3238</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">3264</a> in our online database.) But one thing hasn't changed: a big mule deer buck is still one of the most coveted trophies North America has to offer. Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk has spent much of his career afield in mule deer country. We asked him for an update of opportunities across western North America. Here's Part 1 of his roundup to help you plan your hunts for 2016 and beyond.</em> <br><br>Generally speaking, mule deer populations have struggled since the mid-1970s and today it might be said that a free-range 200-inch mulie buck is one of the hardest North American trophies to earn. Certainly, there are more big elk, trophy bighorn sheep or Booner pronghorn than there are 200-inch mule deer bucks. Still, some areas and some hunts continue to produce trophy mule deer. What follows are my observations based on the 2015 deer herds and my pick for 2016 applications and outfitters.<br><br><strong>Arizona:</strong> As we go into the 2015 season, Arizona deer struggle with continued drought and predator issues. The best hunt in the state is undoubtedly the Arizona Strip, that part of the state north of the Grand Canyon and west of the Kaibab Plateau. The Kaibab has potential as well, but deer on top of the plateau tend to move in and out of the National Park and the season dates always seem to be too early for best hunt success. For a detailed look at the Kaibab, see Ray Lee's spotlight in our April 2014 issues, Article <a href="" target="_blank">3343</a> in our online database.<br><br>Almost all Arizona tags are issued by draw. The exceptions are the AZ Big Game Raffle and the Governor's tag, which allow the recipient to hunt any unit. If you aren't lucky enough to win a raffle tag, and don't have the financial resources to secure a Governor's tag, it will take years (think 20 years or more) of dedicated applications to draw a tag on the strip. Arizona offers a "loyalty point" to applicants who apply for five consecutive years or longer, which helps your odds some. I would stay away from the general season tags and concentrate on trying to draw the strip. If you'll accept a 160-class buck, then you can draw the Kaibab more frequently.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT First Subscriber Report from Zambia GMA Following Reallocation <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have our first report from Zambia since the reallocation of many of the country's prime hunting blocks. Subscriber Charles Butler completed a 10-day safari with Muchinga Adventures (; 011-260-977-774-815), visiting the Tondwa GMA for a Zambezi sitatunga hunt and the Chifunda GMA for a mixed bag antelope hunt in late June and early July. He booked his hunt through Adam Clements Safari Trackers (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 210-698-0077).<br><br>Readers may recall that the Chifunda GMA was allocated to Muchinga Adventures in the first round of hunting block allocations made by ZAWA (Zambia Wildlife Authority) back in February (see Article 3479). Chifunda is located in the northern Luangwa Valley by the border of North Luangwa National Park. The block was managed for a number of years by well-known Zambia PH P.J. Fouche, who restored the area starting in 2001 with careful conservation and management. More recently, readers will recall that Chifunda was the subject of a mixed report from subscriber Mark Stevens, who had some problems with a safari there operated by the Asherwoods' Luangwa Crocodile and Safari. Despite the issues, Stevens reported of Chifunda, "In seven African safaris, this is the best area I have been in with regard to the game. We saw daylight leopards, lots of buffalo, lion and good plains game." (See Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9576</a>.)<br><br>Muchinga Adventures, owned by John and Laura du Plooy, continued to operate on the remote Tondwa GMA during the period when most Zambia hunting blocks were closed, as we found and reported in July (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3046</a>). Tondwa is a 443-square-kilometer wetland area on the western border of Nsumbu National Park in far northern Zambia and known for Zambezi sitatunga.<br><br>Butler found that Chifunda was in excellent shape, which bodes well for this area and other areas that were closed during ZAWA's prolonged reallocation process.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10234</a>, Butler tells us that he started his safari at a private ranch in Zambia. His PH throughout the trip was John du Plooy. He writes, "I originally booked a 'mini' safari for Zambezi sitatunga in Tondwa GMA, but expanded from there. Friends of mine who had done this hunt had commented on hunting Crawshay's defassa waterbuck in Tondwa, but when I asked Laura DuPlooy about that, I was told that they were no longer found in Tondwa. Instead, they arranged a short day of hunting them on a ranch in the southern Kafue area. On arrival, I stayed at the du Plooy's guesthouse and we drove up to the game farm area. While it is behind a fence, it is a rather large working ranch. I shot a good representative waterbuck and an oribi that was very good for the place. The game was numerous, and it was obviously a controlled setting for waterbuck. The oribi are agricultural pests there, and I shot one in a sugar cane field.<br><br>"The following day we flew a domestic airline to Kasame, and then drove to Tondwa. The airline had some trouble with firearms, and the roads were not good. I would strongly recommend that people use a charter flight for Tondwa.... The Oct 2015 Issue Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:00:00 GMT