The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT The Netherlands Implements Import Ban on Hunting Trophies The Netherlands has implemented an import ban on hunting trophies for some 200 species. The exact range of species has not been made public yet, but includes white rhino, elephant, lion, hippo, polar bear and argali (Ovis ammon), which is incorrectly listed as mouflon. The ban is in effect immediately.Netherlands State Secretary of Economic Affairs Martijn Van Dam announced the ban in a letter he just issued to the Dutch Lower House of Representatives. He also wants a general ban on hunting trophies into the EU, despite his acknowledgment that hunting pays for conservation and protection of wildlife and has played a key role in the recovery of species such as white rhino. Van Dam has been quoted by Dutch media as saying he finds the hunting of protected animals for the use of trophies “disgusting.”Van Dam hopes other Member States will follow and adopt a total ban on trophies.Between 2012 and 2015 only 27 applications for the import of protected species into the Netherlands were made, of which 17 have been refused. They concernedlions, bears, elephants, panthers, wolf, lynx and other felids.According to sources in Europe, the jurisdiction for conservation matters, including the import of trophies, lies with the European Commission and not with the member states. However, as we saw with France’s ban of all lion imports, The Netherlands is not the first Member State to implement trophy bans.How this ban will affect the transiting of trophy shipments through the Netherlands is not clear at this time, but hunters should instruct their agents to avoid routes through this country. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Winter Storm Vexo May Impact Pronghorn and Mule Deer Permits in CO and WY A huge late winter storm is pounding the east front of the Rocky Mountains.Up to fourfeet of snow fell in this area on the weekend of April 16-17, 2016, and it's still snowing.That heavy snow this late in the season has the potential to kill thousands of mule deer and pronghorn in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. While the effects are yet to be fully assessed, you may reasonably expect reduced herd numbers and reduced permits in this area this fall.The application deadline for Colorado has already passed, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife can still adjust permit numbers based on the fallout from this storm. The deadline for mule deer and pronghorn in Wyoming isMay 31.If you have a hunt booked in this area, check with your outfitter about the possible impact to deer or pronghorn. If you're considering applying for a Wyoming permit, you may want to wait until just before the deadline. It will take a week or two before the impacts are fully known, but this info may help you decide whether to apply for a permit or to purchase a point and wait for the populations to rebound. - Mike Bodenchuk, Editor at Large News Bulletins Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ukraine Risk Assessment for Hunters by Ripcord Security <div align="center">By The Ripcord Security Team</div><br><br><strong>Overview</strong><br><br>Ukraine, located in Eastern Europe, is the largest country located entirely in Europe. It covers an area of 233,062 square miles and is bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland and Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. Its coastline consists of the Black Sea to the south and Sea of Azov to the southeast. The Crimean peninsula, in southern Ukraine, is currently heavily disputed with Russia but is still considered within the borders of Ukraine by the majority of the international community.<br><br><strong>Political Situation</strong><br><br>In 2013, protests against the government and sitting president, President Yanukovych broke out in downtown Kiev. The protest came after the government suspended the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement in order to seek closer economic ties with Russia. This began several months of demonstrations and protests known as Euromaidan. This later escalated into the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. President Yanukovych was overthrown and a new government established. These events precipitated the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in February of 2014, and the War in Donbass in March 2014; both are still ongoing..<br><br><img style="border: 0pt none; float:left; padding-right:10px; padding-bottom:10px" src="" width="250"><strong>Crimean Conflict</strong><br><br>The ousting of Yanukovich prompted Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea in February 2014. Putin directed Russian troops and intelligence agents to disarm Ukrainian forces and take control of Crimea. Once troops entered Crimea, a regional referendum was held in March 2014. The majority of voters voted to join Russia. The new self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the Russian Federation. The UN general assembly has since declared the referendum invalid.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT UN Arms Embargo on Central African Republic Blocks Transport of Hunting Firearms <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Hunters on their way to Central African Republic (CAR) may not be able to take firearms with them due to airline enforcement of a UN embargo. We first shared this information in a <a href="" target="_blank">bulletin</a> sent to Email Extra subscribers on March 17.<br><br>Although the government of CAR has petitioned the UN for an exemption of sporting firearms from the embargo, there is no telling when or if such an exemption will be made.<br><br><em>The Hunting Report</em> initially learned of this development from Steve Turner at Travel with Guns (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) when Air France informed him that his client would not be allowed to take a hunting rifle on an Air France flight to CAR. Later, Samuel Kangahode at Air France emailed the following to CAR operator Jacques Lemaux:<br><br>"This is not an Air France boycott on the transport of hunting arms. The reason arms will not be permitted is a United Nations embargo. As a matter of course, Air France respects all UN treaties and sanctions."<br><br>Hunters have been traveling to CAR with guns without incident for a number of years, but the UN arms embargo has been in place since 2013 following continued sectarian violence in that country.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Liberia Operator Produces on Elusive Zebra Duiker <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In late February, subscriber J. Susi emailed us to say that he had just completed a very successful small game safari in Liberia with Morris Dougba's Liberia Rainforest Safari, taking four species of duiker including zebra duiker. Susi booked with Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film and Shunneson & Wilson (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 830-792-4200), whose agency represents Liberia Rainforest Safari. This is our first report from Liberia since the Ebola epidemic, which shut down hunting for the 2014/2015 season.<br><br>Susi hunted in the Bella Forest area, where Dougba established a new camp in late 2013. In his initial email report, Susi told us, "The hunt was a success, in that I got seven forest duikers of four species; zebra, Bay, Maxwell, and black duikers. I took two zebra duikers, which were my primary target. I also had an opportunity to take an African golden cat but the gun I was using misfired.<br><br>"We hunted almost exclusively at night, and spent most of the day around camp. I'm a birdwatcher, so I spent downtime birding and reading. The camp itself is pretty rough, but staff were very helpful and accommodating."<br><br>Susi told us more about his hunt in a second email. He writes, "I was interested in hunting Liberia back in the 90s, but didn't book before hunting closed for a long period. When hunting reopened around 2010 I was immediately interested. I know Ken Wilson from various conventions, and I relied on his expertise to provide a good hunt, which I originally planned for 2014 before Ebola and other factors intervened.<br><br>"This duiker hunt is offered as a seven-day package, but I booked an extra day. I arrived in Monrovia on February 12 and met with a Liberia Rainforest Safari representative for the five-hour drive to the Bella Forest concession. We began hunting that same night.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Another Option Emerges for Buffalo and More in Burkina Faso <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Last month we featured a report on the newly reopened concession in the southeast of Burkina Faso, Pama Centre Nord (see Article<a href="" target="_blank">3726</a>). This month, we have a report from subscriber R. Marshall on the two concessions immediately north of Pama, called Singou and Ouamou. Marshall hunted there for seven days in early February with Glaeser Conradie's African Echo Safaris, taking west savannah buffalo, western roan and kob. Marshall booked with Tim Herald of Worldwide Trophy Adventures (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 435-656-0205), who also hunted along with Marshall and several other clients.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10482</a> Marshall writes, "We found excellent populations of game across both concessions. With many mature animals to choose from, you can take the time you need to find the best trophies. Our group took five buffalo, five roan, four kob and a reedbuck within four days."<br><br>Nonetheless, Marshall advises hunters to be willing to take the rough with the smooth in Burkina Faso. "This hunt brought a whole new meaning to being 'on African time.' You have to go with the flow and laugh at some of the challenges that arise. This area is primarily hunted by Europeans and the operation is geared towards French clients."<br><br>Marshall told us more about his hunt in a follow-up email.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Subscriber Rave for Ethiopia Plains Game Hunt with Libah Hunting Safari <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Over the years Ethiopia has proved to be the most stable African destination for hunters above the Equator. Back in 2013 we noted a slowdown in reports coming from there (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3193</a>), but the somewhat limited bookings there still fill up (sometimes well in advance). Ethiopia continues to be a gem for safari hunters, as evidenced by our latest report from subscriber M. Daley on his January hunt with longtime operator Dmitris Assimcacopoulos of Libah Hunting Safari. On his 10-day safari, Daley took Abyssinian bushbuck, lesser kudu, Beisa oryx, Soemmerring gazelle, gerenuk, dik dik, spotted hyena, baboon and jackal.<br><br> In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10461</a>, Daley writes, "This was an amazing hunt in a very unique habitat. The open desert means a lot of possibilities for shots, with each species hunted in a different style in several different areas. We also hunted bushbuck in the forest.<br><br> "The extreme drought in Ethiopia was causing problems for the animals, and we saw many dead warthogs and other species, as well as livestock. Some animals had dispersed to other areas, and the herd animals were harder to find.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Worldwide Trophy Adventures Acquires Cabela's Outdoor Adventures <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA) recently announced their acquisition of Cabela's Outdoor Adventures and the Trophy Application and Guide Service (T.A.G.S.). WTA is a hunting and fishing consulting service headquartered in St. George, Utah, with a satellite office in Sidney, Nebraska.<br><br>The Cabela's Outdoor Adventures website posted the following in March: "Cabela's is pleased to announce Worldwide Trophy Adventures (WTA) has acquired Cabela's Outdoor Adventures and Trophy Application Guide Service (T.A.G.S.). WTA will retain the current Outdoor Adventures and T.A.G.S. staff of 19 employees, continue to operate an office in Sidney and maintain a close partnership with Cabela's.<br><br>"Under this new partnership, WTA and Cabela's will develop unique and exclusive offerings for Cabela's customers and CLUB members. Additionally, Cabela's gift cards and CLUB points will be redeemable with WTA, and Cabela's CLUB members will earn extra CLUB points on purchases made through WTA."<br><br>The inclusion of Cabela's staff and the T.A.G.S. service has already been fully integrated into the WTA website.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT CAR and Mongolia Avoid CITES Suspension of Trade <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Our March story (Article <a href="" target="_blank">3725</a>) about CITES issuing CAR and Mongolia a 60-day warning of suspension of trade got the attention of hunters and safari operators in both countries.<br><br>Regarding CAR, a <em>Hunting Report</em> member who read the story contacted Elise Duckworth of Duckworth Safaris regarding his scheduled bongo hunt and how the pending suspension would affect shipment of his trophy. Duckworth immediately contacted The Hunting Report for the full story and then contacted Mr. Ndallot Olobanda Jérémie, Directeur de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (Director of Wildlife and Protected Areas) in CAR. In an email forwarded to us, he assured Duckworth that CITES would have the annual report in short order.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT An Alaska Bear Hunt Gone Wrong In Report (<a href="" target="_blank">10475</a>), subscriber R. Reinhart tells us she is displeased with a black bear hunt she and her husband took with Kurt Whitehead's Alaska Glacier Adventures on Prince of Wales Island, <strong>Alaska</strong> this past September. Despite the fact that she connected with what she describes as a "nice bear," Reinhart says bears were scarce in the hunting area. But her main complaint was the fact that the outfitter did not deliver what had been promised and seemed uninterested in making their hunt a success. She writes:<br><br>"We were expecting seven full days of 1x1 guiding. We got 2x1 guiding. Trina Nation was working at another outfitter as their cook while we were there and Kurt Whitehead told us he did not want to hire another guide.<br><br>"Whitehead was late picking us up at the dock. When we asked what the week would look like he did not have an itinerary; he just wanted to 'wing-it.' When we asked him what time we should be up and ready to go in the morning, he stated, 'I imagine you'll be up at the butt crack of dawn, not me.' And he went to bed leaving us wondering when we should be up or even what the trip would be like.<br><br>"The following morning we thought we would depart in his high-speed boat. The first day of our hunt (Monday, 9/7) we never hunted. Morning as expected. Whitehead was not prepared, the boat was not ready. We were told his Glacier could go upwards of 30 mph; we traveled at 3.9 mph. Whitehead told us, 'This is the most efficient speed.' It took us 9 hours to travel 33 miles! Day 1 was spent traveling to the anchor point.<br><br>"No dinner that day. Whitehead boasts about the fantastic food and says, 'you'll be fed some of the best cooking you've ever eaten.' Our week's mainstay food consisted of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, stale peanut butter sandwiches, ramen noodles and little else.<br><br>"Trip information clearly states, 'We start hunting and fishing within 30 minutes of leaving the dock.' One-way commute from the anchored Glacier to our hunting stream was three hours. Whitehead would get up daily at 11am! We'd leave the Glacier between 2-3pm, get to the bottom of the salmon stream between 5-6pm. Walking up the salmon stream took 45 minutes to an hour.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT False Advertising for Alaska Grizzly Hunt? In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10490</a>, subscriber T. Small tells us he believes that his 2014 Alaska grizzly bear hunt was oversold by outfitter Mike Odin of Mike Odin's Alaska Adventures. "Mike claimed 100% success on interior grizzly and that we would see a lot of bears. We found neither of those claims to be true. Through others we found out that his claim was untrue; their success rate has been less than 50%.<br><br>"I was fortunate to get a bear late on the 5th day. My guide, Reuben Hastings, was able to find the proverbial needle in the haystack! His knowledge of the area and perseverance paid off. I saw six bears the entire trip, three were cubs, one was a sow with the cubs late at night, another I saw for about three to four seconds and then the one I shot. I was with two other hunters. One had a similar experience to mine, seeing some bears, but no opportunity to shoot. The third hunter, who was guided by Mike Odin himself, saw NO bears the entire trip! For all of us it was quite a disappointment not to get to see and watch bears!<br><br>"I am not seeking any restitution myself because I was able to get a bear in the end.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Will CWD Affect Your Hunting This Fall? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Last month (page 12) we noted the discovery of a new Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) case in captive whitetails in <strong>Texas</strong>. This was in Medina County, where the first cases were discovered. See the cover story of our August issue with a follow-up on page 10 in September, Articles <a href="" target="_blank">3602</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">3625</a> in our database.<br><br>The new case is a three-year old captive-bred buck, liberated and harvested on a ranch that holds both whitetails and exotics. This is a new case and links to the previous Texas captive whitetail cases cannot be made. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing.<br><br>As we told you in August, any discovery of another animal with CWD was expected to start a new tumble of dominoes with both trace-back and trace-out properties, and prohibitions on movements and releases of captive-bred deer. At the time of the first CWD case in Texas, there were 1,300 registered breeder facilities in the state, with about 110,000 breeder deer. The lessons learned from the earlier case are being applied to this new case.<br><br>Since then, additional CWD discoveries have been made and announced, including some in entirely new areas, some of which are important destinations for traveling hunters. The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Few Simple Rules to Avoid Legal Troubles On A US or Canadian Hunt <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: All too frequently, we report on an outfitter who has been indicted for violations of local or federal laws. Many times, hunters booked with the outfitter are caught up in the investigation and sometimes face charges. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to outline some simple steps savvy hunters can take to avoid legal troubles on an away- from-home hunt in the US or Canada.</em><br><br>Game laws are complex, vary widely from vary state to state and province to province, and it is all too easy to run afoul of one or more technicalities. Both legally and practically, every traveling hunter needs to be aware of the laws and regulations pertaining to his/her hunt. And it's vitally important to not rely entirely on your outfitter or guide to keep you on the straight and narrow.<br><br>To make matters worse, when it comes to game law violations, the traveling hunter is subject not only to the laws of the state where the hunt takes place, but also to federal laws and, sometimes, regulations in the state in which they reside.<br><br>For US hunters, the Lacey Act, passed in 1900, makes it a federal offense to possess wildlife taken in violation of another country, state or tribal law or regulation or taken in interstate commerce. The latter clause has been applied to prosecute outfitters whose out-of-state clients have taken wildlife illegally but the wildlife was seized before it left the state, since the outfitting business was an "interstate" business transaction. The US Fish and Wildlife Service enforces the Lacey Act, and a hunter could be prosecuted for either a misdemeanor or a felony Lacey Act violation. See Article <a href="" target="_blank">2694</a> in our database for more details.<br><br>Canada has an equivalent law in the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA) and many of the same cautions apply.<br><br>As hunters, we all support the prosecution of poachers - those who take game out of season, who bag more than the law allows or who deliberately flout the laws the rest of us abide by. The Lacey Act, however, does not differentiate between blatant violations and unknowing or minor infractions. For example, if you shoot an elk one minute after legal shooting hours and then take it across state lines, you've violated the Lacey Act and are subject to prosecution. It has happened.<br><br>Planning to stay within the law actually starts when you begin planning your hunt. Wyoming, for example, requires nonresidents to be guided by a licensed outfitter or resident guide for hunts in wilderness areas. Before you even apply for a tag, you should either have an outfitter identified or apply only for a unit outside of wilderness areas.<br><br>Once you get your license, and begin actually planning your hunt, it pays to study the hunting regulations for the state and make sure you understand them. They can seem terribly complex, but some of the most common prosecutable offenses can be avoided by understanding the rules.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Sonora Mule Deer Eludes Subscriber <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Subscriber J. Ring checked in with a hunt report on his January, 2016 mule deer hunt with Sierra Madre Hunting in Sonora. Given our December article on Mexican mule deer (Page 7, Article <a href="" target="_blank">3678</a>), Ring's report is especially timely.<br><br>Ring's hunt was with Extreme Desert Outfitters which, according to Armando Klein of Sierra Madre Hunting (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 940-441-4316), is a sister company of Sierra Madre Outfitters, with Sierra Madre Hunting the holding company and EDO operating the desert mule deer hunts. Klein reported that his head guide "Pancho" was with Ring the entire time.<br><br>While Ring did not take a deer, he gave good marks to the outfit, rating the quality of the outfit, condition of the camp and ability of the guide as "excellent" and the quality of meals and condition of equipment as good. Ring says that he saw two "quality bucks," which we noted in our December article as fairly typical. He also noted that the deer were in "fine condition physically" and that the ranch "…had good vegetation, even high into the mountains. They had a fine water system that gravity fed to many parts of the ranch…" They hunted "at least eight hours every day."<br><br>Still, he noted that much of the ranch was mountainous, which is more Coues deer habitat than the flats the mule deer prefer, and that they hunted the same small areas each day.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Strong Subscriber Recommendation for This BC Wolf Hunt <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Even with baiting, wolf is one of the hardest targets in North America, as Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk argued in his February 2015 rundown of wolf hunting opportunities (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3485</a>).<br><br>This month, subscriber R. Pretzer says he has found an excellent bet for taking a trophy wolf over bait: BC Guide Outfitters (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 778-349-0105). Pretzer took a large, dark-colored wolf on a five-day hunt with guide Randy Woloszuk near Kamloops, BC in January.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10459</a> Pretzer writes, "If you want to take a wolf, this is the place to go. After two previous unsuccessful wolf hunts in Alberta, I had multiple opportunities on this hunt, which was a welcome change. The outfitter baits most of the year in preparation for the winter hunting season.<br><br>"This was a fun, easygoing hunt with an excellent guide. We hunted from a small cabin rather than a blind, where we also lodged for the week. You are off the grid, and can read, relax, and watch the game pass through. Of course there any no guarantees when hunting wolves, but this has to be fairly close...." The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Relaxed Black Bear Hunt in Ontario <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>As we told you last month, Ontario finally (and belatedly) announced the opening of their first spring bear season in 18 years. Todd Glowka has filed a positive report on his very successful August 2015 black bear hunt in Ontario with Gary and Maggie Dorion at Hillsport Hillton (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 807-826-1158). The Dorions are planning on offering spring hunts as well.<br><br>Glowka describes the accommodations as an old logging camp with a central lodge that contains the kitchen and dining areas as well as a TV and bar. A number of cabins about 100 yards away from the main lodge accommodate hunters, and there is a bunkhouse available for groups. All meals were provided by the Dorions.<br><br>Glowka's group of four saw three to five bears each day they hunted. There are some brown color-phase bears in the area and they are sometimes seen on trail cams, however, Glowka's group did not see any.<br><br>Glowka describes most blinds as elevated on a platform with some blinds in trees. His blind was 20 yards from the bait and he took his 200-pound black bear with a bow.<br><br>Glowka's was primarily a DIY type of hunt. Bait (bread, vegetable oil and meat scraps) was provided. Hunters were given a vehicle, a map of their hunting area and a sack lunch.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Under A Bigger Umbrella <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Unbiased, straight-up reporting. Giving hunters what they need to know to avoid trouble, to decide if a hunt is right for them, to find a hunting operator that can deliver, to make informed decisions and to enjoy hunts-of-a-lifetime. That has been <em>The Hunting Report's</em> mission for 36 years and continues to be. Along the way we have found some ancillary services and products that are helpful to traveling hunters and that we can recommend without compromising our core mission of helping you find your next great hunt. These ancillary services include visa services, hunting real estate brokers, travel planning professionals, trophy shipping providers, maps, books, DVDs, customs clearing services, and of course medical and security evacuation services. Recommending or selling these has never conflicted with or influenced the news or hunting reviews we've delivered - and they never will.<br><br>I'm telling you this because <em>The Hunting Report</em> has just migrated under a big umbrella, one that has already brought you more of the benefits and useful information that you need as a traveling hunter. I'm happy to announce that Dagga Boy Enterprises, LLC has sold <em>The Hunting Report</em> and related assets to California-based Universal Operations Risk Management LLC (UnivOps). UnivOps is the parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Redpoint Resolutions (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). If that sounds familiar it's because they are the medical and travel security risk company that owns and operates Ripcord Travel Protection. Don't worry, our staff and mission haven't changed. Even our address and phone numbers remain the same. We are still hunters ourselves and experienced investigative journalists who work for you. But now we have more resources behind us to help us do our job.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT Who Will Be the First Subscriber to Report on Warthog Hunting - In Texas? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: We have 917 reports in our database that mention hunting warthog. None mention hunting warthog in Texas, however . . . sooner or later, we'll get one, according to Mike Bodenchuk.</em><br><br>As if Texas didn't have enough problems with an overabundance of feral hogs, a new, albeit localized, swine species has popped up in South Texas. Warthogs!<br><br>The exotic industry imported numerous species to Texas in the 1940s and 50s for breeding purposes. The offspring of these imports were released on private ranches and free-ranging herds of exotics are common (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3093</a>, May 2013). The idea of importing wild swine into the US today would send shivers through any livestock veterinarian, but warthogs were imported back then, and they are still around today.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT LAN Cargo Bans ALL Hunting Trophies <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Hunters traveling to or from Latin America, especially those planning to transport trophies should be aware that LAN Cargo has announced it will not take ANY hunting trophies.<br><br>LAN informed its shipping clients by email in late February, issuing this statement:<br><br>Due to our commitment to the protection of the environment and its animal species, we will no longer accept for transportation of dead animals exhibited as trophies of game hunting, even when the cargo complies with all IATA requirements.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT A New Opportunity for Free-Range Manchurian Sika Deer <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Ukraine is often overlooked as a hunting destination. Traveling hunters seem more inclined to visit well-known spots in Central Europe to the west and the mountain hunting destinations in the Caucasus and beyond to the east. It's been five years since a <em>Hunting Report</em> subscriber has filed a report (<a href="" target="_blank">8002</a>) on this country, and before that only a handful of readers since 1999. So, when longtime subscriber Roy Hrelja wrote that he is operating sika deer hunts there, we took note. We have no prior information on Hrelja as an outfitter, but subscribers interested in collecting free-range Manchurian sika deer may want to take a look at this opportunity and decide for themselves whether it might be worth checking out.<br><br>In an email exchange, Hrelja told us, "I am an Australian, but I have lived in Ukraine since 2009. I have hunted red stag, roe deer, and Manchurian (Dybowski) sika here. Most of the best hunting in Ukraine is on private areas held by well-to-do landowners, many of whom retain the land for their own private hunting. Some allow hunting by international clients, however.<br><br>"I have access to some great free-range sika hunting about 2.5 hours south of Kiev, and I am working on getting access to other areas as well.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT USFWS Proposes Delisting Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As we told Email Extra subscribers in a March 8 <a href="" target="_blank">bulletin</a>, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed delisting the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from protection under the Endangered Species Act. This would be the first change to the status of grizzly bears in the lower 48 since the Service listed the species as threatened in 1975. The USFWS press release <a href="" target="_blank">may be viewed here</a>.<br><br>The press release describes the grizzly population in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas as "recovered," stating that, "Stable population numbers for grizzlies for more than a decade also indicate that the Yellowstone ecosystem is at or near its carrying capacity for the bears."<br><br>While delisting will return grizzly management to the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, a large part of the population is located in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks and would be managed there by the National Park Service, probably by means other than sport hunting.... The Apr 2016 Issue Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:00:00 GMT