The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Fri, 13 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Alberta Wildfire May Impact Some Fall Hunts As we are preparing our June issue for press, the huge Ft. McMurray, Alberta wildfire is still blazing out of control. As this is written cooler temperatures have allowed firefighters to gain some small ground, but the fire is far from out and may continue to burn for months. Over 80,000 people were evacuated due to the fire and it's not over yet.The fire is in the east-central part of the province along the Christina and Clearwater Rivers near the town of Ft. McMurray. At its closest, the fire is about 30 km from the Saskatchewan border in boreal forest habitat. By mid-May, it had grown to over 240,000 hectares or nearly 530,000 acres.While the fire includes some of the areas in which wood buffalo are hunted, it is well south of Wood Buffalo National Park.In the short run, hunting outfitters in the area will certainly be affected by the fire. Reportedly, a number of cabins have been burned and wildlife will have moved out of the way of the fire, if possible. But, in a fire this large, there may well be large numbers of moose, elk and deer killed by the fire.It's far too early to determine the total impact on outfitters in the region, but if you have a hunt booked in this part of Alberta, you will want to contact your outfitter and see how he has fared thus far and stay in touch as the fire progresses.We'll have more in our June issue, including a look at the potential for future hunts. - Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Mon, 16 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Argentina Improves Gun Import Process for Sportsmen - Consular Permits Now Obtainable by Mail Taking firearms to Argentina for hunting is a little less troublesome now. Hunters can now have the required consular permit authorized by mail without having to visit a consulate in person. We learned of this from CATCYC (Cámara Argentina de Turismo Cinegético y Conservacionismo), Argentina’s national outfitter association, which announced the news at their annual national meeting in Buenos Aires in early May. Says CATCYC’s Veronica Perea, “Starting May 1, 2016, hunting tourists are able to manage the consular permits by post. Hunters may find the form required on the Argentine General Consulate’s website at, along with instructions for securing the permit from one of the Argentine consulates in the US. We are still working to make the documentation required the same for every consulate.” Perea also informed us that CATCYC now has its own website,, with an English version to go live soon. The Hunting Report has closely followed recent developments in traveling with firearms to Argentina for big game and bird hunting, publishing several articles on the difficulties hunters have faced the past two seasons. See Article 3552 for our initial warning about the new regulations, plus Articles 3623 and 3633 for updated information. Of the many headaches involved, the worst was Argentina’s requirement that American hunters get a permit from a consulate in person prior to each trip. That required many hunters to travel to another state just to get a permit issued to them. The process is still complicated, unfortunately, and the permit form must be notarized before being mailed to the consulate. First-time visitors taking guns to Argentina are apparently exempt from the requirement for a consular permit, although we strongly recommend that hunters confirm this with their nearest consulate before taking a gun to Argentina. As Hunting Report readers know, a separate RENAR (Registro Nacional de Armas) form is still required for those bringing guns to Argentina. Outfitters are willing to help clients through these hurdles, but for the time being it may still be easier to borrow a rifle in Argentina. We hope that CATCYC will continue to make progress with the government to make taking guns to Argentina more reasonable for traveling hunters. Stay tuned. - Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Fri, 13 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Longtime Quebec Outfitter Sammy Cantafio Sells Ungava Adventures Fishing and Hunting Camps Sammy Cantafio has sold Ungava Adventures, a well-known caribou hunting and fishing outfitting company in northern Quebec. The sale includes the caribou outfitting business and camps, plus the fabled fishing camp at Helen Falls on the George River, famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing. The business has been purchased by well-known Kuujjuaq businessman Johnny Adams, Karl Mongrain of Group Mongrain, and a third silent partner.Longtime owner/operator Cantafio is retiring this season after many decades in the outfitting business. However, he plans to stay on for a few months while Ungava Adventures changes hands. When we called Ungava Adventures we spoke to Marc Dallard, who spent 20 years at the now defunct outfitter Silak Adventures, and said told us that he will take over management of the operation. We spoke with Dallard about Ungava Adventures' new ownership, and he says that the business Cantafio built will be preserved."We will have the same hunting and fishing packages, and the operation will remain intact. The new purchasers are all former clients of Ungava Adventures and avid outdoorsmen. They were particularly interested in acquiring the salmon camp at Helen Falls, but Cantafio sold his business as a complete package, including the caribou outfitting business and camps. I have been hired to oversee both the fishing and hunting side. The owners want to keep things as they are, but they do have some ideas for improvements down the road, mostly to the Helen Falls Lodge."Dallard says that Ungava Adventures has 157 caribou hunting tags for the season. Because unused tags go into a pool available to the outfitters in Zone 23 West, the number of caribou hunted may be higher or lower, depending on bookings."Interest in the caribou hunts is coming back. The outfitters in Zone 23 West are all reputable, and the current system of tag allotment is working well, although the government needs to be a lot more proactive about making decisions before the season. We still don't know what the cost for each tag will be."As we informed readers in our March issue (see Article 3730), caribou hunters must now purchase an additional license to take a second caribou. Additionally, a hunter may only take one trophy bull, and a second caribou cannot exceed 40 cm (15.75 inches), essentially a management caribou. - Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Tue, 10 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Jersey to Ban Import and Possession of CITES Trophies New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has issued a conditional veto on two bills that will make the importation and possession of CITES species by New Jersey residents illegal. The original bills are being amended but are expected to be approved and made effective by May 26.In their original drafts, New Jersey Senate Bill 977 would prohibit transport, possession, import, export and sale of Big Five species, and Senate Bill 978 would prohibit possession and transport of Big Five species at Port Authority of NY and NJ airports and facilities.Christie’s veto would still allow for the transport, import and export of Big Five species in New Jersey that are not remaining in the state, but prohibit possession of trophies staying in New Jersey. Hunters who already have such trophies will be able to keep them without having to register them with the Department of Environment, as required under the original bills. Christie’s veto also removes Cape buffalo from the list of prohibited species.In his letter to the NY Senate on each bill, Christie says, “Importantly, with my amendments, these bills prospectively would prohibit a person from importing parts of covered species (including the African lion) and keeping them in our State. Of course, no state legislation could ever by itself outlaw trophy hunts conducted overseas. There are significant questions whether such bans help or actually hurt wildlife conservation. If these bills are returned to me as I propose, however, we can be confident that the body parts of endangered animals will no longer be welcome in New Jersey.”The two bills were written by Senator Raymond Lesniak. In the Assembly they were sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace. In a statement on the conditional veto Lesniak said, “The governor’s conditional vetoes have only minor conditions that do not impair the effectiveness of the legalization…. Those violating the law will be subject to severe criminal and civil penalties.”New Jersey sportsmen who have pending shipments of these species or have booked safaris for these species should immediately contact John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force for assistance. The Hunting Report urges all hunters to support Conservation Force now in its efforts to counter such legal maneuvers by the anti-hunting interest groups. Call 504-837-1233 or visit their newly redesigned website at News Bulletins Fri, 06 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT In the Publisher's Sights <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>What if we stop hunting? That is the question being addressed at the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). This issue of <em>The Hunting Report</em> went to print literally as I was boarding a plane to Brussels in late April to participate in the CIC's Assembly, where the theme is "Hunting IS Conservation."<br><br>I was graciously invited to attend by CIC President Bernard Lozé. Email Extra subscribers will recall our January 21, 2016 news bulletin about the CIC being awarded the 2015 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award for its sustained and active contributions to the conservation of wildlife and habitat. Lozé accepted the award for the organization and in an eloquent speech, he encouraged all hunters to work together to face the current attack on sustainable hunting.<br><br>A way to do that, he said, is to create a positive brand for hunting, one that would allow us to engage and inspire non-hunters to cooperate with us on efforts that benefit wildlife, habitats and people equally.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunting Stone Sheep: Finding Success in a Changing World <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Stone Sheep have replaced desert bighorn as the most difficult and expensive North American wild sheep to hunt. In past months we have received reports of several unsuccessful hunts, including allegations that outfitters have failed in their obligations to clients. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to investigate.</em><br><br>Stone Sheep are the thin-horned sheep of British Columbia and the Yukon, with a very small population in SE Alaska. In reviewing the Hunting Report database, provincial and territory records and talking to several dozen hunters, it has become obvious that the Stone sheep hunting world has been changing and hunters need to be aware of the new reality.<br><br>Our database includes 33 articles and 88 hunt reports on Stone sheep, going back to 1997. Of the reported hunts, 72 were successful, 16 unsuccessful. Of the unsuccessful hunt reports, seven recommended the outfitter; nine would not. One successful hunter reported that he would not recommend the hunt.<br><br>For all practical purposes, Stone sheep hunting is limited to Canada, and all non-Canadians must be guided. British Columbia instituted an outfitter concession program in 1949. Outfitter areas are restricted and only the registered outfitter may take paying clients into an area. The exclusivity, however, does not apply to Canadian residents, and much of the current situation is the result of increased resident hunting.<br><br>For decades neither outfitters nor residents had specific quotas of sheep. It was assumed that restricting the harvest to full curl rams or those eight years or older would prevent overharvest. The number of clients outfitters could take was limited by weather, how many camps they could maintain, and horses they could use. Success rates were high and rams of trophy quality were generally available.<br><br>Both the Yukon and British Columbia now restrict the number of rams an outfitter can take. Allocations are issued for multiple year periods (often five years). This policy allows outfitters to maximize their return, while protecting rams from overharvest when there is a shortage. However, outfitters whose areas offer easier access can see competition for the available mature rams from resident hunters. Both trophy quality and the numbers of mature rams have suffered. While the Yukon hasn't (yet) experienced as much resident hunting pressure as BC, many of our hunt reports contain statements about how few legal rams were seen. It is not uncommon for a hunter to take several very expensive Stone sheep hunts before taking his ram.<br><br>Many hunters report the presence of unguided hunters in an area. We all want to think of our sheep hunt as being in the wilderness experienced by Jack O'Connor or L.S. Chadwick. Indeed, you may ride horses into the wilderness for several days to your sheep camp.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Correction In our April issue, we had incorrect contact information for the agent selling Mary River Station (one of the great hunting properties in Australia). If you are interested contact Gunter Trnka, <a href=""></a>; 011-61-40-5504770 (cell). The website is <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>. The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an 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 May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 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 May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Latest Security Update on Tunisia From Ripcord <div align="center">By The Ripcord Security Team</div><br><br><strong>Overview:</strong><br><br>Five years after Tunisia's revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings, the country is still plagued by social unrest and active terror organizations claiming responsibility for multiple attacks on civilian and government targets. This year, the government declared a "State of Emergency" until March 22, 2016 due to terrorist activity.<br><br>Tunisia was originally praised as the only country to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings with a democratic process and promising government. However, the government has been severely impacted by failing economic policy, infighting and active extremists. The failing economy has led to high unemployment, widespread riots and protests across the country. A two-week nationwide curfew was put into effect on January 24th. While the curfew temporarily improved the security situation, protests are expected to continue throughout the year.<br><br>There are at least 10 terror groups with links to Islamic State (ISIL) operating within Tunisia and at least 3,000 Tunisians have left the country to join ISIL. The troubled economy has created an opportunity for extremists groups to recruit disenfranchised Tunisian youth. The government has been in almost constant conflict with extremist groups since the end of the Arab Spring.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Closer Look at Lion Import Permits following the ESA Listing of Lion; Plus, Lion Hunting Reopens in Zambia <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Lion bookings by American hunters have more or less ground to a halt in Africa following the US Fish and Wildlife Service's listing of African lion under the Endangered Species Act in December (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3710</a>). In the published Final Rule on the listing, the USFWS designated lions in western Africa and Asia as endangered and those in eastern and southern Africa as threatened. The hunting community has been waiting (and in some cases, working) to find out how the USFWS will handle the import permits now required for populations listed as threatened. This month, <em>The Hunting Report</em> spoke with members of the USFWS Division of Management Authority as well as a number of industry insiders. We have some answers, and will find out more as the permitting process continues. A few permit applications have already been filed, according to industry sources.<br><br>Some additional background on the ESA and the Final Rule is helpful in discussing the lion import permits. Under ESA regulations, any species listed as threatened (the lions in eastern and southern Africa, in this case) may not be imported into the US, with an exception of species listed in Appendix II of CITES, which includes the African lion. However, in addition to the Final Rule published in the Federal Register, the USFWS added a special rule under Section 4(d) of the ESA that overrides the exemption for Appendix II species, "such that a threatened species import permit under 50 CFR 17.32 is now required for the importation of all P. l. melanochaita specimens." In the Code of Federal Regulations, 50 CFR 17.32 lists guidelines for such permits, including "enhancement of propagation or survival" of a threatened species.<br><br>Published materials on the USFWS website indicated that USFWS would be looking at the lion management programs of countries overall in order to make decisions regarding permits. According to the FAQ on the listing at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, "The permitting program would allow importation of sport-hunted P. l. melanochaita trophies only from range countries that have management programs that are based on scientifically sound data and are being implemented to address the threats that are facing lions within that country."<br><br>Around the show season many in the industry hoped that the USFWS would indicate which countries the USFWS Division of Management Authority (DMA) would likely allow imports from. Many expected that the USFWS would soon publish "enhancement findings," either positive or negative, on individual countries. There is ample precedent for this, particularly the findings that have been published on threatened-listed African elephant from Zimbabwe and Tanzania.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Beware Illegal Leopard Hunts in Namibia <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>The <strong>Namibia</strong> Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has become aware of operations offering "management" leopard hunts - basically leopard hunts where there is no leopard tag available. As NAPHA notes, <strong>such hunts are illegal</strong>.<br><br>We want to extend a warning to our readers not to take <strong>any</strong> leopard for which there is no legal quota, and to avoid hunts for "non-exportable" or "problem" animals.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Follow-up Hunt Report on Uganda's Pian Upe Area <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> In March we shared subscriber Mychal Murray's report on an early-season hunt with KOS Safaris, the company operating the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in Uganda (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3728</a>). This month we have a second report on KOS Safaris from longtime subscriber Rod Wooley, who booked with Keith Atcheson of Jack Atcheson & Sons (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 406-782-2382). In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10510</a>, Wooley tells us he hunted for two weeks with PH Ade Langely in February, taking "an exceptional East African sitatunga," Patterson eland, Defassa waterbuck, bohor reedbuck, dik dik, Jackson hartebeest and mountain reedbuck. We heard more about Wooley's hunt in a follow-up email.<br><br> "I booked 15 days for this hunt, as there was some travel involved. We hunted buffalo in the northeast of the Karamojo region, near the border with Sudan and Kenya. There were good numbers of buffalo in the area.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Three PH Associations Choose Ripcord as Official Rescue Provider <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>The <strong>Namibia</strong> Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has selected Ripcord to be its official rescue provider. As readers know, Ripcord is making big strides in the hunting industry. Its ability to offer world-class support and rescue for hunters in Africa and elsewhere will continue to grow through partnerships like this one. NAPHA has over 400 hunting professionals in its ranks.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Recommendable Free-Range Wood Bison Hunt in the Yukon <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>Canadian wood bison were downlisted by US Fish & Wildlife Service from Endangered to Threatened in 2012, which opened the door for trophy imports with a CITES Appendix II permit. Articles <a href="" target="_blank">3080</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">2893</a> gave you three outfitters to call.<br><br>Now subscriber Harold Meyers tells us he's found another great wood bison hunt in <strong>Yukon</strong> (see Report <a href="" target="_blank">10496</a>). Meyers hunted in March 2016 with Ruby Range Outfitters, which has the nonresident bison tags, but was guided by Dave and Tom Dickson of Dickson Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 867-633-5456). The Dicksons guide for bison for other outfitters but also handle their own moose and grizzly hunts. Meyers says he has hunted with Dave Dickson a dozen or so times since the late 1980s.<br><br>Meyers' hunt took place on Crown land about two hours outside of Whitehorse. He says they reached camp by driving two hours from town and then using snowmobiles and sleds, which were also used to reach the hunting area. The canvas tent camp offered cots and a woodburning stove for warmth. Cabins were available if the weather turned sour, but they elected to stay in the tent camp. Temperatures ranged from 0 to 20°F. Meyers says that as long as you are dressed appropriately the weather isn't too bad. He was the only hunter in camp.<br><br>Meyers reported seeing a lone bull before reaching camp. They continued on to camp and then returned to watch the bull. His guides had also pre-scouted other groups of bison about 40 miles away, but he and his guides elected to pursue the lone bull.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Follow-up on Negative South Africa Report Before the ink was dry on our February print issue, Cliff Johnson's negative report on Pieter Kriel's Hunting in Africa Safaris (page 13, Report <a href="" target="_blank">10450</a>) in the Email Extra edition had shaken loose yet another complaint about Kriel's failure to deliver trophies.<br><br>After filing an initially-positive report (<a href="" target="_blank">10180</a>) on his 2015 hunt with Kriel, subscriber David Trinchero sent this addendum on January 29, 2016.<br><br>"After eight months, I still have no idea where my trophies are. Pieter Kriel stopped responding to me immediately after the final payment via wire transfer went through. I have absolutely no idea of how to get my trophies now. I have sent more than 10 emails and tried calling the number on his website to no avail. It seems like he got the money for my trophies and has disappeared off of the face of the earth. I am truly disappointed and frustrated with the lack of response.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Was This Alberta Mulie Hunt Oversold? Subscriber Jon Shiesl is unhappy with a November, 2015 mule deer hunt in <strong>Alberta</strong> Area 210 with Scott Bauer and 2B Alberta Outfitters. The hunt was booked through Rick Kennerknecht's Global Sporting Safaris.<br><br>Shiesl's complaint with the hunt is that, "Trophy size was not up to what I was told to expect by booking agent. There were lots of mule deer, but this was advertised as a 170-minimum hunt where the average deer taken would score 180. Hunted hard for six days and only saw one deer in the 180-class but couldn't get permission to hunt that area. I shot a mulie that green-scored 162 on the last day. Over-advertised by booking agent as to size of mulies. No one in camp (three hunters) took a mule deer as big as mine." Shiesl was also looking for a whitetail but says he did not see any.<br><br>He rates camp, guiding services and amenities as good.<br><br>Shiesl provided the following from an email advertisement he received on January 25, 2016:<br><br>- Trophy Alberta Mule Deer/Whitetail Combo. 6 Days 1x1 Hunting -- Mule Deer/Whitetail Combo $7,850<br>- All the ingredients for success; Alberta, private land, rifle, peak rut, local 1x1 guiding<br>- Strict 170-inch minimum - 2014 saw 100% success with trophy mulies averaging 180+ inches<br>- 1x1 guiding & 6 full days ensures highest success rates at trophy class Mulie & Whitetail bucks<br>- Guaranteed rifle tag allocations in excellent units<br>- All-inclusive from Calgary Int. Airport<br>- Comfortable new lodge with all amenities including on-site butcher shop & meat services<br>- Booking now for 2016 season - Excellent trophy combo hunt value!<br><br>Email from Rick Kennerknecht to The Hunting Report, March 30, 2016:<br><br>"As you know, Global Sporting Safaris has been in business since February 1991 and this is our first negative hunting report out of thousands of hunts booked over the last 25 years. I guess it was just a matter of time. Sometimes you only get one chance at a big buck in a week's hunt and sometimes you don't get any. As you read below, you can see that Mr. Shiesl had an opportunity at a 180+ class buck and passed looking for a larger buck and had to settle for a 160-class mule deer (attached to this email: see last year's sheds of the same buck Mr. Shiesl passed up on Day 2 which measured 187+).... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Have You Considered Germany for Your Next Hunt? <div align="center">By Rolf D. Baldus, European Correspondent</div><br><br>Germany is Europe's economic engine, highly industrialized, densely populated and crisscrossed by the Autobahn - not normally the stuff of hunting dreams. But after centuries of sustainable use, forests still cover one third of the country and a rich hunting tradition has conserved a healthy and diverse wildlife population.<br><br>Germany has about 360,000 resident hunters. Less than 0.5% of the population hunts, but their annual bag of ungulates is amazing: 1.15 million roe deer, 75,000 red deer, 60,000 fallow deer, 550,000 wild boar and 15,000 chamois, mouflon and sika.<br><br>Still, populations are growing for most species, and there is a lively debate whether deer populations are already too high for healthy forests. Wild boars are also a problem species. Their numbers have more than doubled in the last 20 years due to changing climate and agricultural practices. They cause major agricultural damage (which hunters pay for) and they can carry swine fever.<br><br>Amazingly the large carnivores, all of them currently protected, are also thriving. Lynx have settled large ranges. Around 40 packs of wolves with certainly over 300 individuals live in northern and eastern Germany, and the number is constantly growing.<br><br>While the ungulates are doing well, game birds, hares and rabbits are suffering the negative consequences of increasingly industrialized agriculture. So Germany is better for the rifle hunter and not so much for those who love to hunt with the shotgun. Fortunately there are still excellent small game areas.<br><br>Hunting in Germany is heavily regulated, and the country is known for its high level of hunting ethics and sportsmanship, embraced in the term <em>"Waidgerechtigkeit."</em> Traditions play a major role here; hunters display their kill after the hunt, play traditional signals on special hunting horns and, of course the ritual of the little broken twig with the blood of the slain animal presented to every successful hunter. This is as much paying homage to the game as it is honoring the hunter, and most foreign hunters enjoy these traditions.<br><br>Thanks largely to self-discipline when it comes to selection of prey by age, and strict regulations, many of the trophies collected sustainably every year are of good quality and there is even an uptrend. The top trophies now come close to those in Eastern Europe.<br><br>In Germany nearly all hunting is unfenced, free-range. There are a few enclosed areas for hunting, mostly of historic origin and in most cases for hunting pigs in driven hunts. Small enclosures are not popular with German hunters and discouraged by the state. In general, feeding of wildlife is forbidden. Most trophy hunting is done from high-seats, as this is the least disturbing method. Stalking is, however, also widely practiced. In order to control numbers nowadays, driven hunts in autumn and winter are very common and productive. These hunts demand high shooting proficiency and also a very good ability to quickly identify the game, as only certain types of animals, depending on sex, age or trophy-quality, may be shot. Such hunts can therefore not be recommended to the traveling hunter with limited knowledge of German hunting practices. A guide or a professional hunter for advice always accompanies hunting guests who go after trophy animals. Hunting seasons are long and best hunting for deer is in the rutting season (red deer: late September; fallow deer: October; roe deer: end of July/early August).... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Firsthand Report on Tunisian Wild Boar <div align="center">By Thomas McIntyre, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Back in April (Article <a href="" target="_blank">3537</a>) we published subscriber/correspondent Tom McIntyre's report on his friend Geoff Clothier's hunt for driven wild boar in Tunisia with outfitter Baron Erik von Eckhardt's Swedish company, Svenska Jaktresor AB (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-46-016-74163). That hunt produced the new world record Barbary wild boar. Now, McIntyre has come back to us with his own boots-on-the-ground assessment.</em><br><br>Last year, my friend Geoff Clothier hunted boar in the mountainous, oak-forested Kasserine area of Tunisia. Tunisia has been marked by several well-publicized terrorist incidents in the last year. As a result, Eckhardt moved his hunts farther south to the oases around the Chott el-Djerid, the largest salt pan in the Sahara Desert.<br><br>I hunted this new area for six days with a group of eight Europeans. We stayed in two different hotels, one in Kebili and the other in Tozeur (best known as the planet "Tatooine" in the original Star Wars). <br><br>This was driven hunting with beaters and dogs in scrub lands, reeds, and date orchards, often with wild camels wandering in the background. Eight or so beaters with four dogs would make four to six drives per day, pushing the wild pigs toward the waiting hunters.<br><br>Hunting was with shotguns and slugs (rifles or buckshot are not allowed). Shots were almost always at running pigs, and care had to be taken as slugs could ricochet off the soft sand if they missed.<br><br>Most shooting will be at a maximum of 50 to 60 yards, with many shorter shots. If you have access to a running-boar target to train on, take full advantage of it. Bring 50 rounds; you won't need nearly that many, but you will feel more comfortable having them when you inevitably miss pigs. <br><br>Eckhardt's hunters usually rendezvous in Frankfurt, Germany, for the daily flight to Tunis. All the hunters and their guns travel together to the hunting area; no individual travel with firearms in Tunisia. From Tunis, it was about an eight-hour drive by motor coach to the first hotel.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT What's Happening to Moose (And Moose Permits)? <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuck, Editor-at-Large, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Taking a moose in the Lower 48 is not getting any easier. In September 2013, Assistant Editor Justin Jones took a detailed look at struggling moose populations, following up in April 2014 (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3162</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3341</a>). Unfortunately, the overall picture has remained decidedly downbeat. Jones recently dug deeper for a clearer picture of the declining moose populations in the Eastern US, and Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk shares more information about Shiras moose populations in the West. We'll look at Canada and Alaska in coming months.</em><br><br>Hunters who have been entering moose lotteries in New England know that permit numbers have continued on a downward slide, even in the moose stronghold of <strong>Maine</strong>. In 2012 a comprehensive aerial survey estimated the state's moose population at 76,000 animals.<br><br>Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) in prime moose territory in the northern part of the state, including WMD 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, saw substantial permit increases following that survey. However, permit numbers in those districts have generally fallen since, with only 300 permits in WMD 2 compared to 800 in 2013.<br><br>In Maine as elsewhere, hunter success rates are a big factor in fixing permit numbers for the following season. Success rates normally stay above 70% statewide, but fell to 65% in 2014.For the 2016 season Maine announced a preliminary allocation of 2,140 permits statewide (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">see here</a>). That's down from 2,740 in 2015 and 3,095 in 2014.<br><br>Maine state moose biologist Lee Kantar cautions hunters about drawing too many conclusions from the permit numbers, which are set district by district. Nonetheless, Kantar and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are keeping a close eye on increasing moose mortality in the state.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Subscriber Reports on Pakistan Hunts <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have two new reports from Pakistan, filed by subscribers Michael Ambrose and Mark Hampton. Taken together, these reports indicate that reputable outfitters are able to a deliver great hunting and a high level of comfort and safety in that troubled country. Hampton's report is our second subscriber report on a hunt with operator Pir Danish Ali's Indus Safaris.<br><br>Immediately following a December Marco Polo argali hunt in Tajikistan (Report <a href="" target="_blank">10489</a>) Ambrose hunted in the Sindh and Hunza regions of Pakistan. Both hunts were with Kaan Karakaya's Shikar Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; +011-90-242-2263115).<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10488</a> Ambrose writes, "This was a demanding but very rewarding hunt. I was able to take the new SCI #7 Himalayan ibex, the day after my hunting partner John Colglazier took the new #6.<br><br>"Hunting Himalayan ibex is physically tough, but the staff are very helpful in assisting clients up the mountain if necessary. The Sindh ibex hunt was a driven hunt in a desert area with mild temperatures and excellent accommodations.<br><br>"Shikar Safaris took care of every detail; arrival and departure were simple and easy. We had long drives on the trip, but the vehicles were quite comfortable. We felt perfectly secure throughout. We enjoyed meeting people in Pakistan, and Shikar's staff were gracious, helpful and efficient. The food was also wonderful. I highly recommend Shikar Safaris."<br><br>We spoke with Ambrose in a follow-up telephone conversation for more details on his hunt. He told us, "After the flight into Islamabad, we had a 17-hour drive to Gilgit and then nine hours to the Hunza Valley. There are quite a few check stations to go through.For parts of the trip we had police escorts, which almost felt too high profile, but operator Kaan Karakaya really has it together.<br><br>"The area where we hunted Himalyan ibex is in the mountains above the Upper Hunza Valley, in the Khyber hunting community. It is absolutely stunning country. When we got to the hunt area staff were already on the roads spotting, and we hunted that day. The following day John Colglazier got his in an area with many ibex. The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT La Finca Lodge in Tamaulipas, Mexico Offers Outstanding Dove, Duck and Quail Shooting <div align="center">By Gary Kramer, Correspondent</div><br><br>Tamaulipas has long been one of the most popular wingshooting destinations in Mexico. Its popularity was spawned by easy access from the US, excellent shooting, the variety of birds available and long seasons. The hunting year starts off in mid-August with white-wing dove season, which runs through mid-October. White-wings number in the millions and the abundant milo, corn and wheat fields attract awesome concentrations, providing some of the best dove hunting in North America. In early November the "mixed bag" season begins and mourning dove, bobwhite quail, goose and duck shooting are available until early March. I recently returned from my second trip this season to Tamaulipas and specifically La Finca Lodge in the village of San Fernando.<br><br>For many years Mexico was the most frequently visited wingshooting destination outside the US. Beginning in 2006, reports of drug violence flooded the media as the Mexican government ramped up their war on drugs. As violence erupted, there was a precipitous decline in both general tourism and hunting tourism. The violence continued in various regions of the country and in August 2010 there was a mass killing of Central American emigrants by the drug cartel in Tamaulipas. <br><br>Prior to the 2010 violence, there were about 20 wingshooting lodges in Tamaulipas. The violence sent shock waves throughout the hunting community and 19 of the 20 lodges closed, literally overnight. One lodge, near Maria del Rio in southern Tamaulipas, remained open.<br><br>Since 2010, drug-related violence has been absent from Tamaulipas and specifically the San Fernando region. The police department has been restructured and there is a strong military presence. In the summer of 2014, after thoroughly assessing the safety issues, Steve McCain of Wide Open Outfitters reopened La Finca Lodge in San Fernando. The lodge was refurbished, former staff members hired back and key people from other lodges brought on board. The 2014-15 season went off without a hitch with excellent white-wing hunting and top-notch action for ducks and bobwhite quail. In 2014, La Finca was the second lodge operating in Tamaulipas and in 2015 a third lodge opened with rumors of others reopening soon.<br><br>As the 2015-16 season approached, Trek International Safaris, a long time purveyor of world-wide hunting and fishing, looked into sending clients to La Finca.... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT Established Arizona Outfitter Offering "Free" Elk and Mule Deer Hunts <div align="center">By Dennis Dunn, Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Many nonresidents put in year after year for a coveted Arizona elk or mule deer tag. When they finally draw, there comes the task of finding the right guide for this potential hunt-of-a-lifetime. Correspondent Dennis Dunn tells us he's discovered a proven guide service developing a new business model for those hard-to-draw hunts. Dunn says, "I have no doubt it will revolutionize the way draw hunts are booked, at least in Arizona." But will it work for you? Read on...</em><br><br>Imagine that you've finally drawn that elusive Arizona elk or mule deer tag. Now imagine that one of the most successful outfitters in Arizona was there to provide you with a fully-guided and fully-outfitted hunt within the GMU boundaries of your drawn tag, at no additional charge!<br><br>A new program called Zero Guide Fees (ZGF) is being launched by partners Travis McClendon and David Rhodes. McClendon says the primary reason he and Rhodes created ZGF was that quality deer and elk hunts were simply becoming too costly for most hunters.<br><br>McClendon is the son of John McClendon of McClendon's Guide Service, and grew up as a guide. Rhodes had worked with the McClendons for more than 25 years. When John McClendon semi-retired a few years ago, Travis joined forces with another partner, David Pereda to split the company into two different entities, Arizona Strip Guides (ASG) and Arizona Elk Outfitters (AEO), targeting trophy mule deer and elk respectively. <br><br>Here's how ZGF works: You join the program, and pay ZGF an annual fee of $350 for either elk or deer, $650 for both. You can also add sheep and antelope (even tougher to draw) for only $150 each per year. For all four Arizona species, your annual cost would be $950. That annual fee is locked in for as long as it takes you to draw the tag you are seeking and guarantees you a fully-guided hunt when you draw. Travis or David Rhodes will consult with you each spring about your hunting objectives and help you choose the right unit to apply for. You can either submit your own application or ZGF will do it for you for $25.<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get drawn in your first year of applying, then your total cost for a complete elk or deer hunt will be just $350. Let's suppose, however, that it takes 10 years to draw a prime elk rut tag. Your investment will have been $3,500, a bargain considering current hunts are $6,000 for seven days, $8,000 for 10 days, and $10,500 for 14 days. But who knows where those prices will be, 10 years from now?... The May 2016 Issue Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:00 GMT