The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT Lion Listed as Threatened, Plus Safari Operators Indicted http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=685 USFWS Proposes Listing African Lion as ThreatenedThis morning the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it is proposing the listing of the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a special rule that would limit import of trophies to countries where it is demonstrated to (1) be sustainable and (2) enhance the survival of the species. An import permit would be required of all sporthunted trophies imported to the US under the new listing and special rule.The announcement was made by US Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Dan Ashe during a media teleconference attended by Conservation Force and The Hunting Report.The Director made it clear that loss of habitat and prey due to human population growth and conflict is the threat to the lion, but that it is not endangered because of "strongholds" that still exist. He also noted that regulated sporthunting is not among the threats to lion. Despite that, hunters should not interpret this development as a victory. The special rule will limit lion imports from all but a few countries where countrywide population trend data (read that to mean multiple annual surveys) demonstrate the countrywide population is increasing and, second, the expenditure of the hunting related revenue is proven to be spent directly on lion. This is like the current elephant rule that has closed Zimbabwe and Tanzania imports.The proposed finding and trophy import rule will be published in the Federal Register this Wednesday. That is when the 90-day comment period on the proposal will begin. It will be at least a year, if adopted, before a final decision will be made and 30 to 90 days then before it would be made effective. At the earliest hunters would not be affected until sometime in 2016.We will send out the finding and proposal Wednesday once it is posted to the Federal Registry.By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief, The Hunting Report and John J. Jackson, III of Conservation ForceIndictments Issued for Safari Operators Dawie and Janneman GroenewaldThe next chapter in the continuing saga of rogue South African outfitter Dawie Groenewald is being written in an Alabama federal court. On Thursday October 23, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama issued a press release stating that Dawie Groenewald and his brother Janneman Groenewald have been indicted on 18 counts of “Wildlife Crimes, Fraud and Money Laundering” stemming from illegal rhino hunts between 2005 and 2010.Back in June 2010, (Article 2461), Publisher Barbara Crown reported that Dawie Groenewald had been convicted of felony Lacy Act violations related to an illegal leopard importation, was fined $30,000 and was barred from returning to the US.Apparently, the Groenewalds’ legal troubles were just beginning as the brothers were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns.The press release reads:“The defendants are charged with selling illegal rhino hunts by misleading American hunters. The hunters were told the lie that a particular rhino had to be killed because it was a ‘problem rhino.’ Therefore, while no trophy could be legally exported, the hunters could nonetheless shoot the rhino, pose for a picture with the dead animal, and make record book entries, all at a reduced price. Meanwhile, the defendants are alleged to have failed to obtain necessary permits required by South Africa and cut the horns off some of the rhinos with chainsaws and knives.“The indictment alleges that the defendants then sold the rhino horn on the black market. Eleven illegal hunts are detailed in the papers filed in federal court, including one in which the rhino had to be shot and killed after being repeatedly wounded by a bow, and another in which Dawie Groenewald used a chainsaw to remove the horn from a sedated rhino that had been hunted with a tranquilizer gun. The American hunters have not been charged.”You can see the entire press release at www.justice.gov/usao/alm/press/2014/2014_10_23_safari.htmlIt’s fortunate that none of the American hunters duped with these illegal hunts were indicted. It’s likely the fact that no one ever attempted to import the rhino horn into this country either legally or illegally that saved them.With show season coming up, we once again remind hunters to know the laws and rulings regarding any species you intend to hunt, and to stick to the absolute letter of the law. No trophy is worth potential prosecution, conviction and loss of hunting privileges.If you would like our help researching your next hunt, consider signing up for our Trophy Club Concierge Service. We’ll do the background research for you to allow you to pick the hunt that’s right for you. For more information, contact Barbara Crown by email Barbara@huntingreport.com, or phone 305-253-5301. News Bulletins Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=685 European Union Threatens New Trophy Import Restrictions http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=684 Editor’s note: Correspondent Rolf Baldus has alerted us to a potential hurdle that EU-based hunters may have to jump when trying to import their legally-taken trophies in the near future. Here’s the bad news:On October 20th the EU Commission published proposed changes to the way it will apply CITES regulations. You can see an overview of these proposals at ec.europa.eu/environment/cites/news_en.htm.The relevant portions state:· introduce the requirement that import permits would need to be issued by EU Member States for the first introduction into the EU of hunting trophies of specimens of six species or populations included in Annex B of Regulation 338/97 (Ceratotherium simum simum, Hippopotamus amphibius, Loxodonta africana, Ovis ammon, Panthera leo, Ursus maritimus);· clarify that import permits should not be issued by EU Member States in cases where, despite a request to this end, they do not obtain satisfactory information from the exporting or re-exporting country as to the legality of the specimens to be imported into the EU.In accordance with Article 19 of Regulation 338/97, the Committee on wildlife trade has given a favourable opinion to those changes. The text of the draft Regulation amending Regulation 865/2006 has been subsequently sent to the Council and the European Parliament for their right of scrutiny. Unless the Council or the Parliament objects to the adoption of this Regulation (which can be done within a period of three months after receiving the document), the changes to Regulation 865/2006 will be adopted at the end of 2014. The adoption of the changes to Regulation 792/2012 will occur at the same time.FACE, CIC, SCI and other pro-sustainable-use organizations have already weighed in during the review process that has been going on for the past years. Unfortunately, their input has been disregarded. This effectively means that the EU will make its own non-detriment/non-harmful effect findings, ignoring CITES and the authority of the exporting country.If there is a negative opinion, the import will simply be rejected, regardless of whether the exporting country has already agreed to issue an export permit. This will instill uncertainty when booking a hunting trip. The hunter does not know in advance whether he will be able to take his trophy home. Sadly the authorities in a number of European countries already have negative opinions concerning the species in question. Despite CITES having decided otherwise, imports will not be legal, and this will be at the discretion of low-level civil servants, who may think that they do something good for conservation.It is expected that the Commission will implement these new regulations at the beginning of next year. They would then be in force beginning with the 2015 hunting season.There may be some hope however: A new Commission has meanwhile been elected by the European Parliament, and it is no coincidence that the outgoing Commission has hurried to put these new anti-hunting regulations on the table. The new Commission has as one of its priorities to reduce bureaucracy and regulations that do not seem to work or put unnecessary burdens on European citizens. The new Commission could possibly overrule its predecessor.European hunters should work through their European MPs and their home Governments to achieve this. Hunters and outfitters wanting to keep track of EU SRG negative opinions, can go here: www.speciesplus.net/species.- Rolf D. Baldus, CorrespondentPostscript: US hunters are, sadly, all too familiar with how capriciously and arbitrarily rules like this can be applied and the detrimental impact they can have on wildlife conservation. We are following up for a more complete story in our December issue. News Bulletins Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=684 Act Quickly to Get This Trophy NM Elk Tag http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=683 Hunters who want one more chance at a trophy bull elk this season may have a late-season archery-only opportunity in New Mexico. Two hundred seventy-five late-season archery bull elk tags will go on sale online (www.wildlife.state.nm.us), first-come, first-served beginning at 10am MDT October 29, 2014. The tags will be available for three units and the bag limit is one bull elk with at least six points on one antler. Tags are not available to anyone who held a 2014-15 NM elk license.The tricky part of this opportunity for nonresidents is that tags will be available to residents only for the first 24 hours, with any leftover tags available to nonresidents after that. Interested nonresidents need to be prepared to jump on any leftover tags very quickly at 10am MDT on October 30. That includes already having your customer account, user name and password available so you can apply as quickly as possible. We should warn you, however, that it’s likely that residents may take all of the tags.The units and dates include:· Unit 12 (on the border with AZ, with Fence Lake as the center of the unit), Nov. 15-19 with 25 licenses available.· Unit 34 (the Sacramento Mountains west of Alamogordo), Dec. 13-17 with 200 licenses.· Unit 37 (the Capitan Mountains and the foothills north to Ancho), Nov. 29-Dec. 3 with 50 licenses. Any of these are good elk units, and the late seasons will find bulls together.This is an unusual opportunity for archery hunters, and the weather for late hunts in New Mexico isn’t as harsh as in northern states. If you get a tag and hunt, please file a report. News Bulletins Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=683 Stay-Away Warning For Romanian Hunt Operator http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=682 It's rare for The Hunting Report to issue a STAY AWAY warning against an outfitter a hunter recommended in our pages, but that's exactly what we are doing here. The outfitter we are currently warning against is Laurentiu Mihaiu and Game Hunting Romania.You heard about Laurentiu Mihaiu and Game Hunting Romania in our August issue (page 10), when we featured a positive report by non-subscriber Michael Brooker. We hadn't heard of this outfitter before Brooker filed his report, but the initial report was good and Brooker added even more detail when we contacted him by both phone and email afterward. Before publishing Brooker's report, we also contacted Laurentiu Mihaiu who responded promptly and told us he works directly with a local hunting association to keep his costs low.A number of subscribers followed up on that report and that's when the troubles began. Apparently, at least five subscribers liked what they heard enough to follow up with Brooker. At least two of them ended up sending in deposits on hunts, only to have problems develop.One subscriber, Michael J. Wilmet was scheduled to leave for Romania on October 1. The night before Wilmet was scheduled to depart, he received an email from Game Hunt Romania which said, simply:"Hello,We had some problems, please send me your bank account for the refund, cancel plain ticket asap.Laurentiu"This would have been concerning in its own right had we not received a report from Spanish subscriber Ignacio Huarte the day before telling us:"Be very careful with this company as it's a fake and it does not exist in reality. They will promise you cheap hunts (half of the normal price), ask for a deposit to save the dates and you will never hear again from them. That's exactly what has happened to me."I read the report Nº 9731 from Michel Brooker about this company in which he said he had a very good experience with them. I email them and received prompt response and very good prices. I sent my deposit (€1500) via transfer for a wild boar hunt in November. That's the last I heard from them. I sent many emails with no answer at all. I tried to phone to the number in its web page but it's not operative. Finally, I thought that maybe they will answer to a different email other than mine, so I use my wife's email asking for general information. Ten minutes after sending that email I received an answer from them offering big discounts on hunts if she booked quickly."For me it's now clear that they have stolen my deposit. Therefore I strongly recommend all fellow hunters not to book with his fake company as they will steal your money."We immediately attempted to contact Laurentiu Mihaiu by email and phone to get his side of the story, but have not heard from him.At this point, we can't even begin to speculate about the nature of the problem with Laurentiu Mihaiu and Game Hunting Romania. It might be a temporary glitch or, indeed, something more sinister and long term. We only know a problem exists and hunters SHOULD NOT book hunts with this company or send deposits to them until both Wilmet and Huarte have either received full refunds or completed successful hunts.We are still digging into this situation and expect to bring you updates as quickly as we have information.Once again, we remind hunters that nothing in life is guaranteed and quality trip insurance from a company that understands hunting will go a long way toward helping protect you against situations exactly like this. Caveat Emptor! News Bulletins Mon, 06 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=682 In the Editor's Sights http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1424 <span style="font-style: normal;"> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Barbara Crown, Editor</span></div><br>Back in February, 2014, </span><i>The Hunting Report's</i> North American Editor Mike Bodenchuk started a two-part series on pronghorn, including a summary of agents, outfitters and ranches which consistently provide top-quality hunts. At the very front of that series, Mike focused on the very specialized offerings from Tony Grimmett and Pronghorn Guide Service (<a href="http://www.pronghornguideservice.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" style="font-style: normal;">www.pronghornguideservice.com</a>; 623-566-8708), telling us, "For over 25 years, they have guided hunters to monster pronghorn bucks, including the current SCI and the B&C world records!"<br><br>Fast forward to August, when the Boone and Crockett Club certified a new world record pronghorn, officially scoring 96-4/8 inches, taken by one of Grimmett's hunters in 2013. Hunter Mike Gallo purchased a "big game enhancement" permit (the equivalent of a Governors' tag) and took the pronghorn in Socorro County, New Mexico. Interestingly, Gallo has taken five pronghorn over 90 inches on New Mexico auction tags since 2008. All were guided by Pronghorn Guide Service.<div style="font-style: normal;"><br></div><div style="font-style: normal;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The fact that a 96-plus-inch pronghorn buck even exists on free range is remarkable. We congratulate Gallo, Grimmett and the New Mexico Game and Fish Department for this accomplishment which was made possible by excellent wildlife management, extreme scouting and a dedicated hunter.</span>...</div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1424 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1426 <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 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1426 Zambia May Allocate Hunting Blocks http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1409 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Barbara Crown, Editor</span></div><br>Just days after<em>The Hunting Report</em>went to print last month news broke in<strong>Zambia</strong>that Tourism Minister Jean Kapata had lifted the suspension on safari hunting in 19 prime hunting concessions. You will recall that the previous minister had stunned the hunting community when she suspended the tenders on those concessions in 2013, effectively shutting down hunting in those areas. She also suspended all hunting for lions and leopards throughout the country.<br><br>Immediately after Minister Kapata's press conference in August, many Zambian newspapers reported that Kapata had lifted "the ban on hunting" in Zambia. Media outlets around the world picked up the same unfortunate wording, along with several conservation and hunting organizations. As I explained in an<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=677" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Email Extra Bulletin</a>we distributed on August 22,<strong>hunting was never banned in Zambia</strong>.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1409 Plan Now For Alaska Draw Hunt Opportunities http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1408 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Mike Bodenchuk</span></div><br>Alaska represents one of the greatest hunting destinations in the world with 12 species of big game available. Some of the most desirable hunts are available only through a lottery drawing. The application period for fall 2015 and spring 2016 hunts opens Nov. 1, 2014 and runs through Dec. 15, 2014. Applications are accepted only online and all applicants must have purchased an Alaska Big Game hunting license (which costs $85 for nonresident US citizens and $300 for nonresident, non-US citizens) before entering the draw. You may apply for a license at the time of application and at this point, you can purchase a 2015 license rather than a license for the current year.<br><br>Alaska's 2015-16 Draw Hunt Supplement won't be available online until the end of Oct., so we don't know precisely what's up for grabs. But if history is any indication, some of it will be very good indeed. In last year's draw, these included Dall sheep in the Chugach Range and the Tok Management area (where some of the biggest sheep are found)... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1408 Subscribers Report On Two New Opportunities For Mountain Game in Asia! http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1407 <div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Justin Jones</span></div><br> <em>Editor's Note: Hunting Report subscribers are on the leading edge of the international hunting community, which means that we can bring you the inside information from hunters who are first on the ground when a new hunting opportunity opens. We recently heard about two such hunts, one on a developing opportunity for Bukharan markhor in<strong>Tajikistan</strong>, the other for the previously-closed Chukotka snow sheep in<strong>Russia</strong>. Enjoy!</em></div><div><br> <strong>Bukharan markhor</strong><br><br> We have just received a richly detailed report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9805" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9805</a>) from subscriber Ivor Karan on a successful hunt for Bukharan (or Tajik) markhor. Karan's hunt was outfitted by M-Sayod Outtfitters (011- 992 98 8815757;<a href="mailto:m-sayod@mail.ru" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">m-sayod@mail.ru</a>), a new operation formed by the same family that administers the Zighar Conservancy in the Darvaz Mountains, which is where Karan hunted this past February. Here is Karan's report.<br><br> "Toward the end of 2013 I spoke to Gerhard Damm, President of the Division of Applied Science for the CIC International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, who alerted me to an opportunity to hunt for the Bukharan markhor subspecies(Capra falconeri heptneri)... </div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1407 Hassles over Transit Permits to Russia through Netherlands http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1413 Will there be difficulties for hunters carrying firearms to Russia through Amsterdam? Subscriber J. Alain Smith has sent us an email saying, "Amsterdam officials waited until<strong>after</strong>my trip was supposed to have taken place to let me know they would not take guns to Russia. As late as two weeks in advance I was not getting permission to travel through Amsterdam. I therefore changed my flights to SAS through Stockholm with no problem. I will never fly with guns via Amsterdam again. On the same hunt with me was [another<em>Hunting Report</em>subscriber] and his guns made it through Amsterdam no sweat."<br><br>We spoke to the hunter who did clear his guns through Amsterdam and learned he had filed for his permits online and early. Yet another hunter headed for the same hunt had a suitcase with ammo in it that did not make it through Amsterdam, but the "why" of that incident is unclear.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1413 Not Many Tropical Whitetail Outfitters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1414 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</span></div><br>A recent trip to the Mexican state of Yucatan provided me with first-hand knowledge about the opportunities to hunt tropical whitetail deer in Mexico (or the lack of them, to be precise). As a species, whitetails have the widest distribution of any of the North American deer, ranging from the northern boreal forests through the Pacific Northwest, the entire eastern two-thirds of the continent, the desert southwest and down through northern South America and Peru.<br><br>Several subspecies of whitetail deer are of interest to trophy hunters, usually because they are geographically isolated and therefore have enough differences in habitat and antler configuration to make hunting them a challenge. The Coues deer of New Mexico, Arizona and northwestern Mexico has its own category in the Boone and Crockett scoring system. The Columbia whitetail was at one time listed under the Endangered Species Act.<br><br>But tropical whitetail deer, as a group, are probably the least understood and least hunted. Tropical (or Central American) whitetails are listed as a single category under the SCI Record Book and Awards programs, but there are actually several subspecies... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1414 Bear Hunt Report and Some New Developments From Multiple Use Managers in California http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1415 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Justin Jones</span></div><br>Since the closure of Santa Rosa Island in 2012, we haven't heard much from Multiple Use Managers (<a href="http://www.mumwildlife.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.mumwildlife.com</a>; 209-772-7299), the outfitter and land management company that ran very successful mule deer and elk hunts there (for background on Santa Rosa, see Article<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=2785" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2785</a>in our database). Subscriber Jay Wallace just sent us a report on MUM's Stover Ranch in<strong>California</strong>. We took this as an occasion to check in with Wayne and Gordon Long. Our first discovery: starting this October they will be offering mule deer hunts, this time in Oregon. We were able to alert subscribers to this last-minute hunt opportunity in an Email Extra Bulletin on September 7. Deadline for obtaining the 2014 landowner permits was September 15.<br><br>In Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9758" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9758</a>, Wallace tells us he took the "bear-of-a-lifetime," also harvesting a good, representative Columbia blacktail deer. "The best part of this trip was hunting a black bear without dogs or bait. This was an excellent spot-and-stalk hunt, sometimes in challenging terrain. Conditions were perfect, and my guide Travis Christensen put me in a great position to take the bear." We spoke to Wallace in a follow-up phone call and he tells us:<br><br>"I set this hunt up a couple of years ago with Gordon Long at an SCI show, and I was very pleased with how the whole hunt went. Getting to the Stover Ranch was about a six hour drive for me, all on good roads. The ranch is about 7,000 acres in Humboldt County, and I stayed in a cabin right on the property.<div><br></div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"This was a five-day combo hunt, and Travis and I targeted bear to start. There are more bears than you can imagine! Over the first three days of hunting, I saw a dozen bears, including two or three shooters. The first bears presented difficult stalks, so I held off. That turned out to be a good thing. On the morning of day three, we spotted a very big bear out in an open meadow from 1,000 yards.</span>...</div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1415 2014 Alaska Dall Sheep Closure in Western Brooks Range http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1420 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</span></div><br>Dall sheep hunters planning to hunt<strong>Alaska</strong>should be aware that an Emergency Order closing Dall sheep season in the<strong>western Brooks Range</strong>was issued August 8, just two days before the opening date for nonresident hunters. Game Units 23 (Kotzebue Sound-Chukchi Sea-Arctic Ocean) and 26 (Arctic Slope) are affected by the closure, which will remain in effect until June 2015. In reality, the season will likely be closed for several years. For 2015 and beyond, game regulations will govern the closure rather than an Emergency Order.<br><br>The reason for the closure is a 50-70% decline in sheep numbers from the 2011 survey. Last winter, heavy snow and ice prevented many sheep from reaching necessary forage.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1420 More on BC Outfitter Convicted of Hunting Violations http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1419 In last month's issue (page 12), we reported that BC outfitter, Abe Dougan, of Big Boar Outfitters in Kamloops, BC, is on trial in federal court on more than a dozen charges stemming from an alleged cross-border poaching incident that took place in 1999. That case resumes in December.<br><br>Since then, we have also learned that, in a completely separate case, Dougan and a client from Wyoming have pleaded guilty and been convicted in a Yukon territorial court of several wildlife violations including wasting meat and hunting too soon after a bush plane had dropped them off. These charges stem from an August 2011 hunt near Fox Mountain in the Yukon. You can read a newspaper account here<a href="http://www.whitehorsestar.com/News/hunt-a-trainwreck-waiting-to-happen-crown" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.whitehorsestar.com/News/hunt-a-trainwreck-waiting-to-happen-crown</a>. We've also placed a copy of the media advisory on this case from Yukon Environment below.<br><br>Dougan was fined $15,000 ($10,000 for wastage of caribou, sheep and moose meat, plus $5,000 for the aircraft offense)and is prohibited from hunting and guiding in the Yukon for 20 years. The client forfeited all trophies, has paid $11,500 in fines ($7,500 for wasting sheep and moose meat, and $4,000 for hunting big game within the prohibited period after disembarking the plane), and has been barred from hunting in Yukon for 10 years.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1419 Quebec’s Office of Consumer Protection Issues an Advisory on Safari Nordik Problems http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1422 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Tim Jones, Managing Editor</span></div><br>Quebec caribou outfitter Safari Nordik has been the subject of a number of negative reports in our pages recently, and we have heard from a number of hunters who haven't received either the hunts they've paid for or the refunds promised.<br><br>Quebec's L'Office de la protection du consommateur (Office of Consumer Protection) has received a number of these complaints as well and has weighed in with an advisory on the company. You can see the complete document at<a href="http://www.opc.gouv.qc.ca/?id=2876" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.opc.gouv.qc.ca/?id=2876</a>. We sent the entire document to our Email Extra subscribers in a bulletin on September 7.<br><br>This advisory notice offers advice for taking legal action against the company, including this... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1422 CO Ranch Hunt Short On Trophy Mule Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1423 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Tim Jones, Managing Editor</span></div><br>Subscriber Mitch Rohlfs has filed two separate reports on elk and mule deer hunts he took last season with Wes Atkinson's Atkinson Expeditions near Wellington, Colorado. Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9690" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9690</a>on an Oct. 12-16 elk hunt is, except for a comment on the personality of the outfitter, entirely positive. Rohlfs tells us elk in the 280 to 320 class were abundant and he took a quality bull.<br><br>Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9777" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9777</a>, on an Oct. 19-23 mule deer hunt in the same general area, paints a different picture. "There were quite a few deer on the ranch, but no big ones. Maybe some would have migrated in later in the year, but there was nothing there when I hunted. In five hard days of hunting, we saw one buck in the 150-class and nothing else bigger than 130.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1423 Water Buffalo, Banteng and Dingo in Australia’s Northern Territory http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1421 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">By Pemble and Peggy Davis</span></div><br>Our Australian travels started in Memphis, Tennessee on June 27. Four airports, 24.5 hours of flying, and three airlines later (Premium Economy on Virgin Australia from LAX to Brisbane was excellent), we were in Darwin. If you are taking a firearm, I would suggest overnighting in Brisbane.<br><br>From Darwin, we caught the "Kangaroo Express" bus (about $60 per person) for the 2.5-hour trip to Pine Creek, where we were picked up by Mary River Safaris.<br><br>This hunt is all on private land. Mary River Station (350,000 acres), which was purchased by Kevin and Carol Gleeson about 20 years ago, is in the real "outback," 58 miles northwest of Pine Creek. Ron Grose is the PH and has hunted with Kevin for 20 years. Kevin, Carol and Ron make your stay outstanding. Kevin takes only 20 hunters per year, one party at a time hunting either 1x1 or 2x1. Most hunters shoot one or two buffalo plus a banteng or feral "scrub bull."<div><br></div>The main lodge has four sleeping rooms each with its own bathroom, a large indoor pool, a dining area with kitchen, and a bar/sitting area with a large-screen satellite TV. The roof can open or close depending on the weather.<br><br><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The station also has a 10,000-acre fenced area for exotics: blackbuck, nilgai, sambar, rusa, hog deer, axis, addax, and oryx.</span>...</div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1421 Excellent Mixed Bag Hunt in England Includes Hog Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1416 In Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9795" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9795</a>subscriber John Searles recounts a mixed-bag hunt in England this past August with Mike McCrave Hunting Ltd. (<a href="http://www.huntingvacationscotland.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.huntingvacationscotland.com</a>;<a href="mailto:mike@huntingvacationscotland.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">mike@huntingvacationscotland.com</a>; 011-44-1573-470-771). The hunt took place in Chieveley, West Berkshire, about an hour west of Heathrow Airport.<br><br> This is Searles' second report on hunts with McCrave. In 2011 (Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=8493" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">8493</a>) he hunted red, water, sika and fallow deer in Ireland, England and Scotland. On his most recent hunt, he managed to complete his SCI European Deer Slam by taking four trophy animals, including hog deer (78 1/8 SCI Gold) and muntjac (13 8/16) in addition to roe deer (48 0/8 SCI) and Soay sheep (75 1/8 SCI). He tells us that hog deer were tough to come by and he saw only two shooter roe deer and two trophy muntjac.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1416 Backpack Sheep and Grizzly Hunt in Alaska's Brooks Range http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1418 In Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9808" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9808</a>Adam Biondich highly recommends a backpack hunt for Dall sheep he took in<strong>Alaska's</strong>Brooks Range with Erik Salitan's Bushwhack Alaska (<a href="http://www.bushwhackalaska.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.bushwhackalaska.com</a>; 907-388-8766) this August. While sheep hunting generally involves a great deal of hiking, Biondich says he covered a lot of ground on this 10-day hunt with guide Britton Russell, and took a grizzly in addition to his primary target, Dall sheep.<br><br>Biondich writes, "This was a real backpack hunt in the mountains with the best guide I have ever had the pleasure of hunting with. I took a beautiful nine-year-old ram on the fourth day and blonde grizzly bear on the ninth day. A great wilderness experience with a very quality outfit." We called Biondich to hear more.<div><br></div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"I met Erik Salitan four years ago at a DSC convention, and we communicated back and forth to get a hunt set up. When I got to Alaska, he picked me up at the airport and took me to his lodge at Wiseman, where I stayed for one night before flying into an established camp with my guide. We were also accompanied by a packer, who helped lighten the load.</span>...</div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1418 A True Once-In-a-Lifetime Hunt in Colorado http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1417 Subscriber Ross Heilman has filed a positive report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9799" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9799</a>) on a bighorn sheep hunt with Geneva Park Outfitters<a href="http://www.genevaparkoutfitters.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.genevaparkoutfitters.com</a>; 719-439-4606), personal guide Todd Clark. The hunt took place in zone S3 located in central Colorado in mid-August. Heilman drew the tag after only five years of trying.<br><br>Heilman recommends the hunt, saying, "This outfitter and guide worked harder than any outfitter I have ever experienced, and did everything humanly possible to ensure my success. They were well acquainted with the area yet still completed several pre-season scouting excursions before my hunt.<br><br>"I contracted for a nine-day hunt with seven days of actual hunting and the option to extend if we needed extra time. Base cost of the hunt was $5,900. One of the reasons I'd chosen this outfitter was that he had horses available if we needed them and the ability to set up spike camps. I wasn't certain about my ability to hike day after day in the mountains.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1417 Positive Hunt Reports from Tanzania http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1412 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Barbara Crown, Editor</span></div><br> Hunt reports on<strong>Tanzania</strong>began to trickle in last month, with everything from buffaloand lionto unusual plains game species. The first report is from longtime subscriber Laird Hamberlin, who hunted northeastern Tanzania with Adam Clements Safari Trackers (<a href="http://www.safaritrackers.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.safaritrackers.com</a>;<a href="mailto:safari@safaritrackers.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">safari@safaritrackers.com</a>; 210-698-0077). He was in pursuit of the unique game found in this region, but recommends the experience as an overall great hunt. Hamberlin hunted in the Maasailand concession near Tarangire National Park with PH George Ferreira in late July/early August.<br><br> In Report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9804" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9804</a>Hamberlin says that there was "plenty of game, with animals found only in this part of the world." Species taken included gerenuk, white-bearded wildebeest, Coke hartebeest, Thomson gazelle, fringe-eared oryx, southern Grant gazelle, two species of kudu, as well as impala, zebra and duiker. Hamberlin tells us he simply "ran out of time" in his search for Maasai bushbuck, bohor and Chanler mountain reedbuck and eland.<br><br> "All game was in great condition, and not skittish, as there does not appear to be poaching in the area. This was a great hunt with an excellent outfitter and PH, which made for one of the best hunts of my many trips to Africa. Everything went off without a hitch from getting my gun transit permit through Amsterdam to trophy preparation."... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1412 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1425 <div align="center">Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.<br>Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor<br></div><br><table class="ae_noborder" align="center"><tbody><tr><td><em>(Editor Note: The listing below includes current year information for big game hunts in each state. The listing will be maintained and updated as a planning tool even though deadlines may have passed. As The Hunting Report is "…for hunters who travel", all information below is based on nonresident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed.)</em><br></td></tr></tbody></table><br><div><table width="90%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" height="1" bgcolor="#3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td width="1" bgcolor="#3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td><td bgcolor="515D51" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="1" bgcolor="3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3" height="1" bgcolor="3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td></tr><tr><td width="1" bgcolor="C0C0C0" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><br></td></tr></tbody></table><table width="90%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3" height="1" bgcolor="#3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td width="1" bgcolor="#3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td><td bgcolor="515D51" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="3" height="17" alt="" border="0"></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><strong><font class="title" style="font-family: verdana; color: rgb(226, 182, 6); font-size: 12px;">Western States Deadlines</font></strong></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td width="1" bgcolor="3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3" height="1" bgcolor="3E473E" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td></tr><tr><td width="1" bgcolor="C0C0C0" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/blank_spacer.gif" width="1" height="1" alt="" border="0"></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="fffffa" width="100%" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10" class="ae_noborder"><tbody><tr><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><strong>State</strong></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><strong>Telephone</strong></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><strong>Comments</strong></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Alaska</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">907-465-4210</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">www.adfg.alaska.gov</a>. Applications for 2015-16 hunts are being accepted November 1-December 15, 2014. Permits for some of the best Alaska hunts (Dall sheep in the Chugach or Tok areas) and some of the most limited hunts (muskox and bison) are issued by draw. A license ($85 for nonresidents, $300 for nonresident aliens) is required to apply. A signed Guide-Client Agreement is required for all sheep hunts, all brown bear hunts and some goat and moose hunts. Nonresidents must be guided for brown/grizzly bear, sheep and goat hunts. Nonresident aliens must be guided for all species. Muzzleloader and archery hunts also require completion of training, including shooting proficiency, before applying.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Arizona</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">602-942-3000</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.azgfd.gov/" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.azgfd.gov/</a>The 2014 deadline for pronghorn and elk permits was February 11. Licenses were mailed to hunters who were successful in the draw by April 18, 2014. Bighorn, deer, fall turkey, fall buffalo, fall javelina and mountain lion regulations became available in mid-May, deadline was June 10. Non-permit (OTC) lion permits are available year-round. OTC archery deer permits also available for fall hunts. New License structure/fees in place starting January 1, 2014. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $160 Combination Hunting and Fishing License to apply for draw permits.<br><br>The drawing applications for spring hunts (turkey, bison, javelina and bear) now available online with a deadline of October 14, 2014. If you purchased the 365-day license for the fall draw, it should cover the spring draw as well.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Colorado</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">303-297-1192</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.wildlife.state.co.us/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">www.wildlife.state.co.us</a>2014 big game brochures available. There are two separate brochures (sheep and goat in one brochure, elk, deer, pronghorn and moose in another). 2014 big game application deadline was April 1. Results posted online by May 30. You must pay for one $10 Conservation Stamp each year, but you can do so while applying for your special draw license (if applying for more than one species, you only need to pay for one Conservation Stamp). You must submit the entire license fee with your application (deer $364, bull elk $604, pronghorn $364, moose $2,009, bear $354, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep $2,009, desert bighorn sheep $1,339, mountain goat $2,009). In 2014, there was one nonresident desert bighorn permit in CO and there are no preference points for desert sheep. Mountain lion season runs November through March with a new season (on the new license) April 1-30.<br><br>OTC elk, bear and leftover limited licenses will go on sale August 5 at 9 AM MDT. The OTC elk permit is valid in much of the state.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Idaho</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">208-334-3700</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/</a>; 2014 nonresident licenses available, including OTC deer and elk tags. Application period for controlled hunts for moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep was April 1-30; if a nonresident applies for moose, sheep or goat they are not eligible to apply for another species in the general draw. The application period for controlled deer and elk hunts plus all pronghorn licenses was May 1-June 5. A nonresident hunting license ($154.75) is required for all applications. In 2014, Idaho has made unsold nonresident tags available for use as a second tag at a reduced price. Over 11,000 whitetail deer tags and hundreds of elk tags remain. A second deer tag will cost $199 and a second elk tag will cost $299. Tags available first-come, first-served starting September 1.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Kansas</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">620-672-5911</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/</a>2014 nonresident deer permit draw application period was April 1-25, 2014. Online or phone applications only. Nonresident deer permit fee is $337.50; if successful in the draw a nonresident hunting license ($72.50) is also required.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Maine</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">207-287-8000</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.maine.gov/ifw"  target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;" target="new">www.maine.gov/ifw</a>Applications for Maine moose were due May 14, 2014. Applications were available online. Paper applications were also available, but the deadline for paper applications was April 1 (postmark or delivered). Multiple chances in the moose lottery are available: 1 chance $15, 3 chances $25, 6 chances $35 and 10 chances $55. If successful in the lottery, a $585 nonresident moose license is required.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Minnesota</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">888-665-4236</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.dnr.state.mn.us</a>Wolf applications were accepted online or by telephone (number above) through Sept. 4. Applicants must have previously held a hunting license (a current or previous hunting license from any state and the license number is required at the time of application). Three separate seasons, each with a harvest quota. Nonresident license fee (if successful in the drawing) $250.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Montana</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">406-444-2950</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://fwp.mt.gov/"  target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;" target="new">http://fwp.mt.gov/</a>. A Conservation License ($10) is required for all applicants. Applications for Nonresident Combination Elk/Deer licenses and elk or deer draw permits were due March 15, 2014. Elk Combination licenses $826, Deer Combination licenses $580. The elk or deer combination license is required to apply for special permit drawing (if unsuccessful in the permit drawing you may still use the combination license in the general elk or deer season). Moose, sheep, goat, bison applications were due May 1. Moose, sheep and goat tags cost $755 each, bison tag is $750. Pronghorn and Deer B tag deadline was June 1. Deadline to purchase spring bear permits was April 14. Bear permits available through the Miscellaneous Licenses application (now online). Super Tag Raffle permit deadline is July 5.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Nevada</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">775-688-1500</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.ndow.org/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.ndow.org/</a>Deadline for the mule deer guide draw was March 14, 2014. Application period for all other draw hunts (bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer and elk) was March 24 through April 21, 2014. A $142 nonresident general license is necessary to apply for any tags. Tag fees are: deer $240, pronghorn $300, bighorn $1,200 bull elk $1,200. Additional application, predator control and convenience fees apply. Results posted by June 9.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>New Hampshire</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">603-271-2461</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/</a><span lang="EN">Applications for 2014 moose permits were due May 30. Online applications encouraged. Application fee of $25 due at the time of application. If drawn, you will need to submit moose license fee of $500. Results mailed to successful applicants by July 7.</span></td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>New Mexico</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">505-476-8000</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/</a><span lang="EN">Applications for ibex, oryx, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina and bighorn sheep were due March 19. Drawing results available online April 23. All applicants must purchase hunting license ($65) before applying. Habitat Management and Access validation ($4) required of all hunters and Habitat Stamp ($5) required for hunts on BLM or US Forest Service property. Full license and application fees due upon application: Standard Elk $555, High Demand Elk $780, Standard deer $290, High Demand deer $375, Pronghorn $290, Javelina $185, Bighorn (Rocky Mountain or Desert) $3,180, Oryx $1,630, Ibex $1,630, Barbary sheep $380. Additional fees for desert bighorn or oryx on White Sands Missile Range. All hunters must create an account within the drawing system to apply. Tutorial available online.</span></td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Oregon</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">503-947-6100</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.dfw.state.or.us/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.dfw.state.or.us/</a>Applications for controlled deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and pronghorn were due May 15. Results available online June 20. All hunters must purchase $148.50 hunting license before applying. Application fee $8 per species. New this year, nonresidents may apply for mountain goat. Tag fees (due only if successful in the drawing) Deer (mule deer or blacktail) $383.50, elk (Rocky Mountain or Roosevelt) $508.50, Bighorn sheep (California or Rocky Mountain) $1,308.50, Mountain goat $1,308.50, pronghorn $341.50. Spring bear (drawing only) deadline was February 3. Fall bear available OTC through the license division (not from vendors). Leftover controlled elk tags are available starting July 1, 2014 at 10 AM PDT.<br><br>OTC General elk and deer licenses are now on sale. Many people wait until after the controlled hunts are posted to purchase general licenses, so expect OTC licenses with nonresident quotas (such as fall general bear) to fill quickly.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Texas</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">512-389-4505</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">www.tpwd.texas.gov/</a>; Texas drawn public hunts went through major changes in 2014 to an online only system with online hunt information, applications, email notification and permit issuance. Hunters will need to create an account and research opportunities online. Twenty categories (including 8 youth-only categories) exist, including desert bighorn sheep, exotics, trophy and management deer, alligator and turkey. Application fees vary between $3 and $10 per hunter per category. Applications now available. Deadlines include: Alligator- August 7, Exotics- Sept. 15, Rifle deer hunts- Sept. 29, Javelina- Nov. 11, Guided gemsbok and Guided scimitar-horned oryx- Dec 22, Spring turkey and Guided desert bighorn- Jan 12.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Utah</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">801-538-4700</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://wildlife.utah.gov/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://wildlife.utah.gov/</a>; Bear applications were due March 3, big game (bighorn, moose, mountain goat, bison, deer, elk and pronghorn) applications were due March 6. Results posted by May 30. Applications for bonus points only were due March 20. Antlerless application period May 30-June 20. All applicants must purchase $65 hunting license to apply. Online applications include credit card authorization to charge permit fee if successful in the draw. Permit fees: General deer $268, limited entry deer $468, Premium deer $568, general elk $393, limited entry elk $800, pronghorn $293, Once-in-a-lifetime species (moose, desert bighorn, Rocky Mountain bighorn, mountain goat or bison) $1,518, Antelope Island bison $2,615. OTC mountain lion tags available for units with available quota. OTC general elk licenses and remaining limited-entry permits went on sale July 10 at 8 AM MDT. Leftover general deer permits went on sale July 15 at 8 AM MDT. 2014-15 mountain lion applications now available for those units requiring a draw. The deadline is October 9, 2014.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Vermont</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">802-828-1000</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/" target="new" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/</a><span lang="EN">Moose applications were due June 10, 2014. Both paper and online applications accepted. Nonresident application fee $25 per lottery. Two separate lotteries- 1 for archery permits (total 50 permits available) and another for general season (285 permits available).</span></td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Washington</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">360-902-2464</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://wdfw.wa.gov/</a>; Multi-hunt applications (allows hunters to hunt all three seasons for deer or elk) were due March 31. Application period for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, or draw tags for bear, turkey deer and elk is April 15-May 15. The application fee (per permit) for “Quality elk”, “Quality deer”, any moose, bighorn ram or mountain goat is $110. Deer-only permit $434.30, elk $497, moose, goat or bighorn $1,652. General deer, elk, cougar and bear tags available OTC and combination licenses for these species are available.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr><tr><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><nobr>Wyoming</nobr></td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" width="100" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;">307-777-4600</td><td style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td><td valign="Top" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"><a href="http://gf.state.wy.us/" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">http://gf.state.wy.us/</a>Elk application deadline was January 31; results available February 28. Moose, bison, bighorn and mountain goat application deadline was February 28; results available May 9. Applications for deer and pronghorn were due March 15; results available June 30. All applications now online only. Permit and application fees due at the time of application; elk $591, deer $326, pronghorn $286, moose $1416, mountain goat $2166, bighorn sheep $2266. Additional costs for Special elk, deer or pronghorn licenses (separate pool with higher fees). New Supertag raffle ($10/chance) allows successful winner a chance to draw bighorn, moose, goat, bison, elk, deer, black bear, gray wolf, mountain lion or pronghorn license. The Supertag Trifecta raffle ($30/chance) allows the winner to choose any 3 of the above species. Winners must submit permit fees after being notified they won. Tickets were available until July 1. Application period to purchase preference points only is July 1-September 30, 2014.<br><br>Full-price leftover licenses can be obtained by people who were unsuccessful in the initial drawing, but also by those successful who wish to take a second deer or pronghorn. Reduced price leftover licenses are for cow/calf elk, doe/fawn deer or doe/fawn antelope. Licenses will be sold in person at Wyoming Game and Fish office and through the Electronic License Service via the Department’s web site (<a href="http://www.wgfd.wyo.gov/" style="color: rgb(62, 71, 62); font-weight: bold;">www.wgfd.wyo.gov</a>). Full price elk, deer and antelope licenses were made available starting July 10. Reduced price licenses were available starting July 17. A list of leftover licenses is posted on the web. Many leftover licenses are in areas with limited access. Make sure you have access (through outfitter or landowner) before purchasing leftover license. Application period to purchase preference points only was July 1-September 30, 2014.</td></tr><tr><td colspan="5" style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.3000001907349px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><div align="center">* Over-the-counter</div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div> The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1425 Only Some Operators in Save Valley Are Starting to Receive Quotas http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1410 In August I informed you that hunting quotas and permits for properties in the Save Valley Conservancy in<strong>Zimbabwe</strong>were being withheld due to a disagreement with the government over the ownership of those properties. Since then a number of subscribers have contacted me to let me know that their operators finally received quotas and were going to conduct hunts.<br><br>I checked in with Wilfried Pabst, owner of Sango Ranch and the person who most often represents all of the Save Valley property owners when dealing with the government. Pabst is a German businessman who works closely with the German ambassador to Zimbabwe on economic issues in that country. He confirmed that all of the foreign-owned properties were finally issued hunting permits. However, none of the Zimbabwean-owned properties have gotten permits, and Minister of Environment Saviour Kasukuwere is trying to hand those areas over to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for them to tender as concessions.... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1410 Lots of Lion and Buffalo in Zimbabwe's Bubye Valley Conservancy http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1411 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">by Barbara Crown, Editor</span></div><br> Alan Wilson has good things to say about his buffalo hunt is the Bubye Valley Conservancy. He hunted there with Pete Fick Safaris (<a href="http://www.peteficksafaris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.peteficksafaris.com</a>;<a href="mailto:petefick@gatrozw.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">petefick@gatrozw.com</a>) this past June. In report<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9761" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">9761</a>, he reports taking a 41-inch buffalo with a heavy boss more than 17 inches wide. Wilson says he hunted the same property 20 years ago and was impressed with the improvements since then, including upgraded camps and waterholes. While he also took a few plains game and did some wingshooting, Wilson says his focus was on a trophy buffalo, which he killed his very first day. "That cut my hunt short, but he was not the kind of bull you pass up," he says. "I was very pleased."... The Oct 2014 Issue Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1411