The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <i>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</i> The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Hunting and Conservation are a Good Mix in Zimbabwe's Bubye Valley Conservancy <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10336</a>, subscriber Mac Plymale says he is glad to have experienced the Bubye Valley Conservancy (BVC) for himself during a five-day September buffalo hunt with Mazunga Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and PH Kevin Elliott, booked through Tracy Safari Adventures (<a href=""></a>).<br><br>"After reading about the Bubye in The Hunting Report, I started to ask around about setting up a quick buffalo hunt during an incidental trip to Zimbabwe," Plymale writes. "The feedback on buff hunts there has been exceptional [see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3439</a> in our database].<br><br>"My wonderful wife and I were lodged at Fimbiri Camp, and I quickly found that it was everything I've read about. There are over a million acres of extremely well-managed land with excellent game numbers. As we arrived in camp at sunset we watched a large male lion chasing eight spotted hyena. That's the way to start a safari.<br><br>"While hunting, I was on herds of over 100 buffalo each morning and evening as they moved to various water points. We had no trouble locating Dagga Boy groups, which gave us the luxury of looking for a grand bull over 40 inches. PH Kevin Elliott and his trackers and skinners were top notch.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Lions Once Again In the World News <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Just as we were going to press with this issue on November 20th, The Guardian and other European media outlets reported that France had made the decision to "ban imports of lion hunting trophies" (see <a href="" target="_blank"></a>). At first glance, it appeared that France would be joining Australia, which instituted a unilateral ban on lion imports in March (see <a href="" target="_blank"></a>). But the status of France's ban is unclear.<br><br><em>The Guardian</em> wrote, "In a letter to the actor and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot, France's environment minister, Ségolène Royal, said that she had instructed officials to stop issuing permits for lion trophies and was considering stricter controls on trophies from other species."<br><br>Pushing a ban on lion trophies will likely be more complicated for Royal than simply writing a letter, given France's status as an EU member-state and the European Commission's recent accession to CITES, which was announced in July of this year (see <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).<br><br>We are told that the legal basis for such a ban is questionable; it is unclear whether Royal has the authority to unilaterally halt import permits. According to Regina Lennox at Conservation Force, "France should follow the findings of the European Commission's Scientific Review Group, which approved lion imports at its annual meeting in September." Conservation Force will be following the situation in the coming weeks.<br><br>In an email, <em>Hunting Report</em> correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus compared France's announced ban to efforts from Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, to organize a ban of all trophy hunting by EU states:<br><br>"Those who are opposed to lion hunting in the EU have attempted to make self-fulfilling prophecies in public statements to try to bring about an EU-wide ban. However, no EU-member can legally make such a decision on its own and implement that decision. This would need an EU-wide decision, which is not probable at present. If a member country like France unilaterally bans the import of lion trophies, as has been reported in the press, this would be the first time that a national government has acted on its own in this regard. EU CITES authorities have so far not been informed about any official decision from France. It is unclear how the EU would react if France tries to go it alone, as it would seem to contradict EU regulations."<br><br><div align="center">* * *</div><br><br>In the United States, hunters are on tenterhooks awaiting the decision by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding listing lion as threatened and requiring import permits for trophies. In November several subscribers contacted us asking when the decision would be announced and how it could affect their lion trophy import. One subscriber had read in his local newspaper that the service would be making a decision by mid- or late December.<br><br>We checked with John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force, who is closely following this issue and speaking with USFWS representatives about it. The proposal was posted to the Federal Register on October 29, 2014, with a 12-month deadline for the USFWS to make a decision, but the comment period did not close until January 27, 2015. Jackson says the service has not met the 12-month deadline for a decision on any proposal in more than a decade. As such, the announcement of a decision will likely not be coming for some months yet. When it does, the hunting community will have a window of at least 30 days before any changes take effect, as required by the law.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Two Visits to the Congo with One Successful Safari <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have a new report (<a href="" target="_blank">10251</a>) on Tielman Neethling's Congo Hunting Safaris, currently the only safari operation in Congo-Brazzaville. Subscriber Michael Ambrose says he hunted in August with PH Vianne Roux taking bongo, dwarf forest buffalo, yellow-backed duiker and Peters duiker. This was a return trip after a first safari was hindered by wildlife authorities in July. More on that in a moment.<br><br>We first covered Congo Hunting Safaris back in July 2013, when Neethling took over Gert Saimaan's Congo Safaris concession and acquired several other large concessions in the north of the country that hold bongo, forest buffalo, forest sitatunga, yellow-backed duiker, red river hog, blue duiker, bay duiker, black-fronted duiker and Peters duiker (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3115</a>). Neethling is also the owner of Agagia Hunting Namibia, a ranch area in Namibia. PH Vianne Roux has replaced Andre Van Deventer as head PH and camp manager. Apparently, Neethling and Roux have smoothed out some past difficulties with the government regarding gun permits and trophy exports, but running a safari operation in the Congo has meant more than a few unexpected glitches, as Ambrose can attest.<br><br>In a recent phone conversation with Ambrose, he told us that on his first scheduled attempt to hunt with Congo Hunting Safaris the hunting license for CHS was not issued by the government in time. He spent over a week in the Congo and even traveled to the camp without being able to hunt.<br><br>"I went in late July, and was informed that the hunting license was all set. There was a delay in the flight to camp, and when I got there three days later I was informed that the wildlife ministry [the Congolese Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development] had finally completed some surveying of game and were reviewing game quotas, which meant that they had withdrawn the hunting license. I actually met with some of the officials involved and told them that this sort of thing will not fly with the hunting community. I think they appreciated this. They wanted me to stay to await a resolution, but I left at the end of July. This was a good thing, because there were further delays. The authorities finally issued the license about a week later, and I returned on August 5.<br><br>"As far as I am concerned, none of this was the fault of Congo Hunting Safaris, who gave me some credit towards fees and flights."<br><br>Ambrose's second attempt went better, although he says that there were some undeniable issues with vehicles and equipment that had not arrived in camp in time for the season. Here's what he told us in a follow-up email.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Colorado Outfitter Arrested <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As we went to press, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department announced the arrest of James Hirschboeck, 53, of Trinidad, CO, for providing illegal outfitting services. Hirschboeck was not registered as an outfitter with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. The arrest followed a lengthy investigation, which included undercover officers hunting with Hirschboeck. Twelve other hunters were on the hunts the undercover officers participated in.<br><br>Beyond the illegal outfitting operation, CPW alleges that Hirschboeck was providing services which were not as advertised. At least 10 hunters left the hunt early and dissatisfied. Only two of the hunters who left early received refunds.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Farewell to PH Adelino Pires We must belatedly note the passing of famed Africa PH Adelino Serras Pires, who died in August of this year. Portugese-born Pires pioneered tourist hunting in Mozambique, building a successful safari company in the area now known as Coutada 9 and becoming the name behind Safrique, which developed into one of Africa's most prestigious operators. Pires watched the country descend into civil war. His subsequent operations in Angola, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), Kenya, CAR, Sudan and the Congo (then Zaire) were thwarted one after another by wars and government bans. There was a lot of adventure and a lot of tough luck, including Pires' harrowing arrest and five months imprisonment by the Mozambique government over bogus accusations of his aiding Renamo rebels.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Ontario Proposes Spring Black Bear Hunt <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As we reported in an Email Extra bulletin on October 30, Ontario may reopen spring bear hunting province-wide in 2016 after a 15-year closure. The Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry jointly announced a proposal to expand the current experimental spring black bear hunt from eight Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) to all 88 WMUs across the province. More important to the traveling hunter, the new proposal will also allow nonresidents to hunt spring bears. The current program only allows residents to hunt in the spring.<br><br>Before the ban about 4,000 bears were harvested per year. With the ban in place bear conflicts rose, climbing so high by 2014 that the government was forced to allow spring hunting on a limited basis. Only 847 hunters participated in 2014, with 193 bears taken in the eight northern Ontario units open to spring hunting.<br><br>If approved, the pilot project will run each year through 2020. The season is slated to run six weeks in May and June. At this writing in mid-November, things had not been finalized (public comments were being accepted until November 30), but the new proposed season should provide some great hunting opportunities and allow the outfitting business once again to bring needed jobs and income to rural areas.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Burkina Faso Security Update From Ripcord Travel Security Team <em>Editor's Note: We've had a number of subscribers ask whether or not it's safe to go to Burkina Faso when their hunting begins in December. The answer is, we simply don't know, yet . . . As soon as the situation clarifies, we'll send out an Email Extra Bulletin. Here's Ripcord's security assessment as of November 20, 2015...</em> The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Conflicting Views on Newfoundland Caribou Hunt Though subscriber Ed Batten took a woodland caribou on the first day of his mid-September hunt, he is generally unhappy with his experience. He hunted with Newfoundland Wilderness Outfitters.<br><br>Batten filed a lengthy and detailed report (<a href="" target="_blank">10285</a>), which follows and is in our database.<br><br><strong>Ed Batten's Report:</strong><br><br>I consider myself to be an experienced hunter with over 25 years of hunting bear, moose, deer, grouse and other small game in Alaska and around the USA. This year I was looking around in Canada on the web and found Tom Sargent at Newfoundland Wilderness Outfitters.<br><br>Tom's web page wasn't very clear about who they were, so I called and told Tom in November 2014 what kind of experience I was looking for and that I was looking for spotting and stalking of woodland caribou and bear. Tom assured me that was the only way they hunted! I was also advised they had hunting blinds in place. I asked Tom if I get my caribou early what is there to hunt? Tom told me of bear, small game, rabbit and grouse. I also asked about the hunting license for each type of game I wanted to hunt. I was told I could get all that there at the camp.<br><br>So in January 2015 I sent Newfoundland Wilderness Outfitters my deposit for a seven-day hunt, September 13-19, 2015. A few weeks later I sent my second check and when I called to see if they received my checks I was advised the mail wasn't very good. And again, when I told Tom about my hunting experience of moose in Maine, he assured me of a good experience at his lodge.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Hunter Dissatisfied with Tennessee Turkey Hunt Subscriber Glen Pollack is very unhappy with a <strong>Tennessee</strong> spring turkey hunt this past April at Wilderness Hunting Lodge. While he rates the outfit, camp and meals as "poor," the real crux of his complaint is that he had no guide at the time the hunt was scheduled to start and the only hunting was for "tame turkeys" that were released in a 10- to 20-acre fenced area.<br><br>"I was led to believe, through the company's brochure, that this would be a fair chase hunt. All I required was somewhere to hunt and someone who knew the land. What was offered was a fenced 'hunt' of tame animals, much like hunting in a chicken coop."<br><br>Alan Wilson, the owner of Wilderness Hunting Lodge countered:<br><br>"Mr. Pollack was scheduled for a three-day, three-night hunt with meals, guides, license and lodging included. He asked if he could hunt without getting a license and was told that we could try birds on the fenced lodge property but also to expect hunting outside the property after he got the license needed. My plan was to hunt that first morning and go out and pick up his license that afternoon.<br><br>"We run about 80% success on turkey hunts and it's no-kill no-pay. The evening he arrived at the lodge, Mr. Pollack said he wanted to see and possibly roost some birds. He and a guide drove around in a UTV but found zero turkeys that evening. Mornings are always better for us seeing turkeys. We have lots of birds inside the fence but the fence is no deterrent to them. Birds gather and winter on the property because of the grain that is put out for the wild boar.<br><br>"The guide that took him out called me that night and refused to hunt with him the next day. I've never before had a guide refuse a client.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Major Scheduling Issues on New Mexico Elk Hunt Subscriber Glen Cormier is unhappy with the way Bob McConnell of Horseshoe Hill Outfitters handled the scheduling of his <strong>New Mexico</strong> elk hunt. Cormier booked the hunt in February 2015, providing a $5,750 deposit. He says he told McConnell at that time that he could hunt October 1-5, which were his approved vacation days at work. He says McConnell told him that would not be a problem and that he would call him with the details of his hunt in July, when the landowner tags were issued. "Never heard from him despite several attempts on my part to contact him. Finally he sent me a text on September 21, asking me if I could shoot a muzzleloader and to come on October 3 to hunt 4-8. … He waited until the very last minute to give me details on the hunt. I had no idea where in New Mexico I would be hunting, where I was supposed to meet him nor anything else. Had he told me from the beginning that my dates would not work, I could have made arrangements to change them, but not at the last minute." Cormier demanded his deposit be returned.<br><br>In a September 25 email, from McConnell he wrote <em>The Hunting Report</em> saying, "I had some great tags for him but could not satisfy him. Completely ridiculous. He told me he wanted me to give him the best tags in the best area and that's what I did. He only had to maneuver two days. That is not asking much. We have been in business for a long time, and I don't believe any of my other hunters have ever contacted you. I have tried to work things out with him several times. I am tired of his threats. We always want to have happy customers and certainly I have made efforts to try and resolve this. I have purchased tags in order for him to go hunting. I will make one more effort to appease him. He has other options in October or November if he wants; the problem is he is not flexible, as I told him he would need to be per the contract."<br><br>In a counter rebuttal, Cormier says he never requested the "best" tags. "I called him twice since January this year to confirm dates and he agreed the time off I had would work. I called him because he never called me and the contract states he would. He sent me a text 10 days before scheduled hunt trying to switch days and also type of firearm to be used."<br><br>Cormier forwarded a string of text messages between him and McConnell, which begin on September 21. In the exchange, McConnell tells Cormier that he can only give him the landowner tags he received and that are available. He denies ever promising hunt dates of October 1-5 and says the contract states the dates are "to be announced." He offers to let Cormier postpone his hunt until next year.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT A Matter of (Your) Opinion Last month I received an email from someone claiming he had been asked to contact me on the behalf of a hunting operator who had been the subject of an unhappy report several years ago. He did not identify himself as the operator's attorney but proceeded to inform me that the subscriber's report was nothing but unsubstantiated opinion and that the operator had answered all the objections sufficiently to dismiss the report. He questioned our motivations for keeping the report in our online database and said that the outfitter in question had lost business because of it. The rest of his email was a not so thinly veiled threat of civil litigation. Of course that would not happen if we simply removed the report. The report is still there and will stay.<br><br>Let there be no doubt what our motivations are: The Hunting Report maintains a database of more than 10,000 hunt reports submitted by our subscribers. Reports are personal reviews by hunters on their hunting experiences and opinions of the services they received from hunting operators. Most of the reports we receive are positive, but occasionally we receive reports from subscribers who are unhappy or disappointed with their experience.<br><br>Whenever we receive an unhappy report, we actively seek the perspective of the operator involved (something most forums do not bother to do) and we make both perspectives available to you, our readers. We believe that this provides a fair and balanced overview of a particular experience and helps hunters understand opportunities better.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT The Real Story on Mexican Mule Deer <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: In Parts I and II (see our October and November issues) of his series on Where To Look For A Trophy Mulie, Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk took you on a tour of the western US. Now, he's looking at Mexico, where the "good old days" are long gone, but it's still possible (with a bit of "hunter's luck") to take a real trophy mulie.</em><br><br>Biologists classify at least five subspecies of mule deer in Mexico, but two of these are restricted exclusively to island populations. The desert subspecies (<em>Odocoileus hemionus crooki</em>) is the most common, most widely distributed and represents almost all of the hunting opportunity within Mexico. In Spanish, mule deer are properly known as <em>venado bura</em>, but in most hunting camps they are just called <em>bura</em>.<br><br><strong>Where the Mule Deer Are in Mexico</strong><br><br>When it comes to mule deer in Mexico, most hunters automatically think "Sonora." And with good reason. But that's not the full story. Recent studies published from Mexico show mule deer populations in the states of Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora and Zacatecas. But with the exception of Durango and Sonora these are limited to small pockets and remnant populations. Even in Durango, mule deer distribution is very limited. Coahuila and Chihuahua have a number of hunting UMAs where a mule deer can be taken but those are very specific locations. So, with those very few exceptions, hunting Mexican mule deer means hunting in the state of Sonora.<br><br>One note of caution, however. Not all Sonora properties can offer you a chance at the desert giants. The desert deer are restricted to roughly the western 2/3 of the state. The deer in the Sierra Madres in Sonora (and Chihuahua) are a smaller version <em>O. h. crooki</em>, the same as the deer in NM and TX, which underscores the need to know where, exactly, in Sonora you'll be hunting.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT First Subscriber Report on "Baja Blacktail" <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>In early November, we received a rave report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10352</a>) from subscriber Gary Wood on his October hunt for "Baja blacktail" deer in the Mexican state of Baja California Norte. He and a partner hunted with outfitter Arturo Malo of Baja Hunting (;; 866-241-6405) who has been mentioned several times in these pages (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3559</a>, and Reports <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10148</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9409</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">6671</a>).<br><br>Wood describes rocky desert conditions, low deer density due to water availability in the area and says it was a "very challenging, difficult hunt." His partner took what may be the new #2 SCI Baja blacktail while Wood killed a representative buck in the last hour of the hunt. They hunted by tracking deer in the sandy soil. "These were the best trackers I've hunted with in North America," says Wood.<br><br>"This hunt was truly 'the real deal.' If you're looking for a new species of deer and you're capable of taking on the challenges, this is a fantastic hunt. Hunters need to cover a lot of ground on difficult terrain due to a low density of animals but will have the help of the best guides possible. It was one of the most challenging and difficult hunts of my life and also one of the most rewarding.<br><br>"It was a fight against the terrain the whole way, and when my five-day hunt came to a conclusion with one close call but no success, I nearly left empty-handed. Even so, I would have been satisfied. Fortunately, Arturo allowed me to hunt on the morning of our departure. Crossing a dry arroyo, we spotted deer tracks in the sandy bottom. Following them around the sandy bend, my buck was finally spotted. I was able to shoot my buck in the final hours before the flight landed, making all the long hours and tough conditions worth it.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Barbary Boar and Birds - A First-Hand Subscriber Report <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Editor's Note: After 35 years in business publishing a newsletter for the most widely traveled group of hunters in the world, we are still occasionally surprised by something new and unusual from our subscribers. Enjoy!<br><br>Subscriber John Chitwood has broken new ground for us as the first <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber to file a report (<a href="" target="_blank">10356</a>) on hunting in Morocco. Chitwood tells us he hunted for wild "Barbary boar" in October in the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh. His hunt was arranged by Steve Kobrine of Steve Kobrine Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-27-82-344-2396). Chitwood tells us the lodge and hunting concession are owned by Laurent Garcia (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). Chitwood describes the lodge as "truly 5-star, the nicest hunting lodge I've ever stayed in. We had a choice on the last night of staying one more night or overnighting in a hotel in Marrakesh before our flight out of Casablanca. We chose the lodge without hesitation." Chitwood tells us his personal guide, Jean Marc, was excellent, very hard-working and accommodating.<br><br>In a follow-up phone call, Chitwood told us, "They offer two kinds of boar hunts, driven shoots and hunting from blinds over bait or along travel corridors. They were very eager to get me a shooting opportunity and moved a blind into the best position for me during the hunt. This wasn't a strenuous hunt even though it is in the mountains. I hunted with a borrowed Benelli 12 gauge semi-auto as you are not allowed to import guns into Morocco." Archery hunts are also possible and productive, according to Kobrine's website.<br><br>"My license allowed one boar per day. We hunted morning and evening with evenings being the more productive. During the day, my wife and I were driven around for sightseeing, which I enjoyed as much as she did. This was a wonderful experience for her as well," said Chitwood.<br><br>Morocco is a Muslim country, where pork products are not handled. Chitwood assisted one of the guides in skinning his boar. The skin will be taken to Paris by lodge staff where it will be mounted and the finished trophy will then be shipped to him in the US.<br><br>The day after his boar hunt finished, Chitwood joined a group of hunters rough shooting Barbary partridge (chukars) in the mountains. "The country was steep, the hunting strenuous but also great fun," he said.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Elephant Report from Caprivi, Plus an End to the Quarantine By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor<br><br>Subscriber Jeff Martinez reports taking an elephant in the Caprivi region of Namibia with PH Uys Schickerling of Omujeve Hunting Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 011-264-811-29-3986; <a href=""></a>) on a 15-day hunt in June and July.<br><br>"We saw hundreds of elephant during my safari, and got up close and personal with quite a few. Just as I had resigned myself that a good trophy bull would not be had, I took a trophy elephant with tusks weighing just shy of 52 pounds on the ninth day of hunting. My son accompanied me on this hunt and he shot a really nice zebra and a black wildebeest near the Omujeve main lodge, where we stayed. We both had a wonderful time pursuing elephant, with him as my backup."<br><br>Martinez hunted the Mashi and Mayuni Conservancies.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Subscriber Recommended Pronghorn Hunt in South Dakota <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk</div><br><br>Subscriber James Mathisen has filed a positive hunt report (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10337</a>) for his October 2015 pronghorn hunt with C and D Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 605-985-5498) in South Dakota. His guide, Cody Weyer, operates a "very organized" hunting operation for pronghorn, mule deer, whitetail deer, prairie dogs, upland game and varmint hunting on his family ranch. While Mathisen hunted only for pronghorn, he says he will return with his family for prairie dogs and prairie chickens.<br><br>Mathisen describes the ranch as 3,500 acres with other properties close by and says the historic lodge has a "cool rustic look" but the inside is comfortable and modern.<br><br>Mathisen speaks highly of Weyer, specifically on his ability to have a plan before "going into action..." The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Otherwise Great Alberta Sheep Hunt Foiled by Poachers <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: If you need further proof that the world just isn't fair, read Hobson Reynolds' report (<a href="" target="_blank">10299</a>) on his recent bighorn sheep hunt in Alberta with Corey Kristoff's Classic Mountain Hunts. We'll let him tell the story:</em><br><br>My hunting partner Mark Hansen and I, along with our wives, were supposed to do a 10-day hunt in Scandinavia for forest reindeer, European whitetail, and raccoon dog <em>[Editor's Note: a feral, potentially invasive predator]</em>, all booked through Jack Atcheson (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 406-782-2382). When it was canceled because the Finnish government pulled the reindeer tags, I swapped over to a bighorn hunt in Alberta put together at the last minute. Mark went to Turkey.<br><br>I was looking for my sixth sheep, and this was the first time on four Rocky Mountain bighorn hunts that I have seen a legal ram not in a park.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Hunting Moose with Man's Best Friend in Norway <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: For a lot of us, hunting is also our vacation and relaxation time, which means that a two-week pack hunt in remote backcountry is not always possible or preferable. In our January 2014 issue (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3252</a>), we featured a report from subscriber Peter Feuerle on a moose hunt in Sweden with Scandinavian Pro Hunters (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 011-46-470-33445). Now, subscriber David Trebing recommends a moose hunt in Norway with this same agent as a fun trip with all the right amenities. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Throughout Scandinavia, moose (locally called "elk") are traditionally hunted in one of two ways. Driven hunts are common. In the other method, guides use a trained dog to track and bay the moose. In a modern update, the dog is equipped with a GPS unit so the hunter can follow more reliably. In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10297</a>, David Trebing says that he hunted near Skien, Norway in late October, taking three bull moose on a 10-day hunt.<br><br>"I hunted on the 70,000-acre Lovenskold Fossum estate with Hunt Master Calle Nygren, who owns a champion Jämthund (hunting dog) named Achilles. The dog tracks moose for miles, then holds them at bay while the hunter stalks into shooting position. Taking three moose made for a very memorable experience."<br><br>In a follow-up email, Trebing wrote, "The hunt was interesting, challenging and enjoyable. The dog would frequently track the moose the entire day.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Many Missing Trophies from Zim Subscriber Rusty Brines is at his wits' end trying to get his trophies from two safaris to Zimbabwe conducted in 2012 and 2013. He booked the safaris through Riaan Vosloo of Shingani Safaris, who actually operates in South Africa but has booked numerous safaris to Zimbabwe with Nickson Chisinga. Chisinga is a Zimbabwean who apparently operates under several company names. The trophies were all sent to taxidermist Moses Ruwona of Zimbabwe Trophies in Victoria Falls. Despite many promises and being paid in full, Ruwona has not produced proper paperwork for the trophies he has forwarded to the shipping agent, and he has failed to deliver other trophies. In the course of our investigation, we have found that numerous hunters who dealt with all three of these companies are having the same problems.<br><br>Brines first hunted in 2012 in an area in or bordering Hwange National Park and reports taking a leopard and a 39-inch Cape buffalo. Both Vosloo and his partner Chisinga were present in camp, according to Brines. The trophies were taken to Ruwona in Victoria Falls. Brines went on to South Africa with Vosloo to hunt his area there. The trophies from South Africa shipped fairly quickly, but the trophies from Zimbabwe were delayed "awaiting permits."<br><br>Brines returned to hunt in 2013, again through Vosloo. He hunted in an area along Lake Kariba and reports taking a 13½-foot crocodile, a large bull hippo and a 44-inch Cape buffalo. He was assured the trophies would go to a different taxidermist, but they went to Ruwona. Since they were driving through Victoria Falls on their way back to South Africa, Brines says he and Vosloo stopped at Ruwona's shop to check on his trophies. He was assured the permits were in good order and the trophies would go to the shipping agent in a few days. Brines paid for the dipping and crating.<br><br>Again Brines went on to South Africa where he hunted with Vosloo and took several animals that were eventually delivered to him in the United States. But the trophies from Zimbabwe never came. He spent another year calling and emailing Vosloo, Ruwona and Chisinga to no avail. Finally, in 2014 most of the trophies (not the leopard) were sent to the shipping agent, Outbound Safaris, but without documentation. With no permits, Outbound Safaris could not ship the trophies. Vosloo told Brines that only Chisinga and Ruwona could secure that paperwork.<br><br>When the export documents finally showed up they listed the skins for both buffalo. Outbound had only the skulls and horns, making it impossible to ship the trophies on-hand without the listed skins.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT Subscriber Report on Successful Tanzania Lion Hunt <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>When we reported on the results of Tanzania's requirement that hunters take only lions aged six years and older in early 2014, safari operators, clients and wildlife authorities had been experiencing some major bumps while adjusting to the new regulations (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3227</a>). Reputable outfitters supported the change as a positive move for conservation, and <em>The Hunting Report</em> has urged hunters to do the same (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3566</a> or our August 2015 issue). Although hunters and PHs can find it tough to age lions in the field, Tanzania's hunting community is to be congratulated for making the adjustment. Hunters are still having successful hunts and taking big trophies, and they are doing it in a sustainable manner.<br><br>As a case in point, we recently heard from subscriber Rod Fogle, who took a big lion estimated to be seven years old with Hilary Daffi Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 920-921-2901) in Rungwa West in October. In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10298</a> he writes, "I hunted with a great PH, Paul Horsley, and found this a quality game area with many species and excellent leopard and lion populations. I took a lion on the fourth day of hunting, and saw 20 lions over my 21-day hunt."<br><br>In an email conversation regarding his hunt, Fogle wrote, "My wife and I booked this hunt two years ago at the SCI show in Vegas along with another couple.... The Dec 2015 Issue Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 GMT