The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT Tajikistan: Potential New World Record Bukharan Markhor Taken by Austrian Hunter http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=757 A potential new world record Bukharan markor has hit the ground in one of those Tajikistan community conservancies we have been telling you about. Correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus reports that the trophy was taken on January 31 by an Austrian hunter who has chosen to remain anonymous. The unconfirmed green-score field measurement of 124 cm (48.8 inches)far surpasses the 42.5-inch animal from Uzbekistan which currently holds the top spot, according to the CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World (Rowlard Ward 2014).The trophy was taken on the Zighar Conservancy in Tajikistan's Darvaz Mountains. The hunt was arranged by Kurt Hofer of German booking agency/outfitter Fair Hunt (www.fairhunt.net; +011 0676 400 51 71; hofer@fairhunt.net) in partnership with M-Sayod Outfitters. (+011-992-98-8815757; m-sayod@mail.ru), the outfitting company of the Mulloyorov family that administers the conservancy.As a final note, M-Sayod will be marketing directly to foreign hunters for the first time at the 2016 Jagd and Hund Show in Dortmund, Germany, February 9 to 14. They will be hosted by the Grambow Hunting School (Hall 7, Booth C42). See Article 3663 for more information on the Jagd and Hund Show. We'll have more details on this great trophy in our March issue. - Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=757 Quebec Changes Caribou Licensing to Support Herd Management http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=756 The Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has announced changes in caribou hunting licensing in order to support continuing management of the Leaf River caribou herd. For the 2016-2017 hunting season, hunters will be allowed to take one caribou per hunting license. While they may purchase two licenses, their second caribou cannot exceed 40 cm (15.75 inches), essentially a management caribou (bull or cow). The Hunting Report learned of the change from Dominic Dugre of the Quebec Outfitters Federation at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.In the past, caribou hunters in Quebec were allowed to take two mature caribou bulls with one hunting license. Due to continuing concerns over caribou numbers in the Leaf River herd, the ministry has implemented several closures and quota cuts over the last several years. In 2014 the ministry was going to limit the bag to one caribou, but instead chose to cut the quota.A statement issued by the ministry on the latest changes says that the Leaf River caribou population was estimated at around 332,000 caribou in the fall of 2015, a decline of around 6.7% compared to the fall of 2014. "This decline can mainly be explained by the low survival rate of males. As a result, more restrictive measures will apply for sport hunting," says the ministry. The intention of the measure seems to be to encourage hunters to take only one trophy caribou, thus reducing the harvest.The fee for licenses has not been finalized at this time, although the ministry initially passed a fee of $378CAD per license. The Quebec Outfitters Federation has requested the ministry lower the amount to about $225CAD. At this writing the Federation was awaiting confirmation of the amount and was confident the ministry would agree.Hunters who booked caribou hunts prior to the ministry's announcement should contact their operator to discuss how the new restrictions and license fees will affect their hunts. News Bulletins Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=756 DIY Trophy Importing: Finding an APHIS-Approved Facility http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1782 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>Traveling hunters understand the potential difficulties of importing trophies into the US. Customs needs to assure there is no contraband, the US Fish and Wildlife Service must ensure it complies with all federal wildlife laws and USDA must clear the shipment to ensure that foreign animal diseases, which may be transmitted even on dry hides or horns, are not imported into the US.<br><br>We have discussed bringing your trophy back with you in a number of articles, but for many hunters - and for many trophies from a host of countries - the task of clearing your own trophies is daunting. In practice, clearing shipments involves a lot of paperwork and very specific steps. A number of professional companies, like HuntingTrophy.com and Safari Cargo Systems, have built their businesses around safely getting your trophy, and the requisite paperwork, home to your taxidermist.<br><br>The process often isn't over once the shipment clears the port of entry, however. Because of the potential for foreign animal diseases, USDA may clear a shipment but allow it to be sent only to an "approved facility," taxidermist or tannery. If a shipment contains even a single suspect specimen, the entire shipment must be sent to an approved facility. African and Asian trophies are especially affected, but birds, antlers in velvet and all swine are regulated.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1782 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1791 (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!) The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1791 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1792 <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1792 USFWS Lists Lion under Endangered Species Act, Requires Import Permits for Trophies http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1775 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>The fate of lion hunting is the big question this month following the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listing African lions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We announced the recent USFWS listing in an Email Extra bulletin on December 21 (see <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=748" target="_blank">here</a>), the same day that the USFWS issued a <a href="http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=endangered-species-act-listing-protects-lions-in-africa-and-india-&_ID=35403" target="_blank">press release</a> on its decision. The current listing was proposed on October 29, 2014 with a 12-month review period, following a joint petition for ESA listing of lion as endangered by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, the Born Free Foundation/Born Free USA, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Fund for Animals. The final rule under section 4(d) of the ESA (50 CFR Part 17 in the Federal Register), can be read in its entirety <a href="http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/23/2015-31958/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-listing-two-lion-subspecies" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br>While a "threatened" listing has been expected for some time, the new USFWS rule broadly classifies lions under two subspecies, with one listed as endangered and the other listed as threatened. <em>Panthera leo leo</em> in India, western and central Africa, will be listed as endangered, and <em>Panthera leo melanochaita</em>, from eastern and southern Africa, will be listed as threatened. The ruling went into effect on January 22, shortly after press time for this issue.<br><br>The listing of lion from West and Central Africa as endangered effectively ends lion hunting there (at least by American hunters), as lion trophies taken there will no longer be importable. Currently, countries in this area with legal lion hunting are Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR and Cameroon. Range nations with lion hunting that fall under the threatened listing are Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe (and Zambia if it resumes lion hunting).<br><br>Importing any lion trophy will now involve securing special import permits from the USFWS. Before that can happen, USFWS must make a positive "enhancement finding" for each of the individual range states where lion is listed as threatened, which was apparently not done during the review period for the listing. In making an enhancement finding, USFWS will determine "whether the import contributes to the overall conservation of the species by considering whether the biological, social and economic aspects of a program from which the specimen was obtained provide a net benefit to the subspecies and its ecosystem," according to the final rule.<br><br>In a <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=749" target="_blank">follow-up bulletin</a> on December 28, we notified subscribers that they would be able to import any lions hunted before January 22 under preexisting regulations. This came from USFWS Chief of the Branch of Permits Tim Van Norman: "Lions hunted before January 21 would be considered 'pre-act' and exempt from permitting requirements. No import permit would be required regardless of when they are imported. The hunter would need to provide wildlife inspectors <strong>proof of date of the hunt</strong>, such as a copy of a hunting report or license...." The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1775 South Africa Withholds 2016 Leopard Permits http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1776 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> The Republic of South Africa (RSA) has refused to issue leopard hunting permits for 2016. That means there will be NO leopard hunting in RSA this year, unless PHASA is able to overturn the decision. We learned this from Stan Burger, president of PHASA (Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa) and Tharia Unwin, CEO of PHASA. We issued a bulletin last month informing Email Extra subscribers of the development.<br><br> Burger said that South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has withheld the quota on the recommendation of its scientific department, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Burger says SANBI believes South Africa's leopard population is in decline but has not presented any research to support that conclusion. Another reason DEA gave to withhold the quota is that the North West Province failed to provide any of the required information for the DEA to make a nondetriment finding in their leopard offtake.<br><br> In a directive <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/pdf/DEADirectiveSept2015.pdf" target="_blank">published in September 2015</a> DEA says that the provinces lack good management of harvest practices and reliable monitoring of leopard populations.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1776 Checking in on Brown Bear Hunting in the Katmai http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1778 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>The Katmai National Park and Preserve is a popular spot for bear watchers, and the preserve has a reputation for producing record-book brown bears. After outfitter contracts for the area expired in 2009, the National Park Service reassessed the preserve and issued a prospectus for two guide areas in 2012. In March 2014 we reported that guiding rights to the preserve finally had been granted to two outfitters (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3284" target="_blank">3284</a>), reopening the area to nonresident hunting in two revised concessions of roughly equal size. These are the Sugarloaf Guide Area, which is operated by Cabot Pitts of Alaska Wild Wind Adventures (<a href="http://www.alaskawildwind.com/" target="_blank">www.alaskawildwind.com</a>; 907-414-5434), and the Moraine Guide Area, operated by Don Willis of Alaska's Extreme Hunting (<a href="http://www.alaskasextremehunting.com/" target="_blank">www.alaskasextremehunting.com</a>; 253-740-3201). We recently checked in with Willis and Pitts for an update on their operations. We also have reports from two subscribers who have hunted the Katmai, including a recent report from subscriber John Hoestenbach, who hunted the Moraine Guide Area this October.<br><br>Don Willis of Alaska's Extreme Hunting did not book hunts for spring 2014, as he had remaining obligations for hunts in the Kamishack Bay area. Willis did, however, get his crew into the area in fall 2014 to test the camp and scout for bears, and he tells us that everything was in place for the fall 2015 season, which runs from October 1 to 21 (Peninsula bear season, readers will recall, is in spring in even years, and fall in odd years). Here's what Willis told us about his first season in the Katmai:<br><br>"We had six hunters booked for fall 2015, with hunters from Texas, Maryland and Louisiana and three from Brazil. All six hunters took bears in the first five days out of 10 scheduled hunting days. Four bruins squared between 9 feet 4 inches and 9 feet 10 inches, with two bears just missing the 9-foot mark. The largest skull size was 27 5/16. We had a lot of rain and low ceiling, and three days of the season saw winds over 80 mph."<br><br>We have a firsthand report from subscriber John Hoestenbach, who was one of the hunters to get hit with one of the Peninsula's notorious storms. Here's his account... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1778 USFWS To Deny Import Permits To Wildlife Violators http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1785 In a separate and potentially more far-reaching development, the press release on the ESA lion listing also mentioned a new Director's Order from the USFWS, which would allow the Service to bar those with wildlife violations from obtaining trophy import permits. The Director's Order states:<br><br>"This Order establishes policy and procedure for US Fish and Wildlife Service employees to assert our full legal and regulatory authority to deny wildlife violators the ability to obtain wildlife permits, certificates and licenses."<br><br>Trophy imports are not mentioned specifically in the order, but the press release indicates that the USFWS intends to include denial of import permit in their punitive measures for wildlife violators.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1785 No Word Yet on Ontario Spring Bear http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1783 Back in our December issue (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3680" target="_blank">3680</a>) we told you that Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Natural Resources had proposed a spring bear season. The comment period for the proposal ended November 30 and everyone was hoping for a swift announcement. We're still waiting.<br><br>Our sources within the Ministry of Natural Resources are as puzzled by the delay as we are. Ontario bear outfitters are frustrated.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1783 Chad Smith Convicted, Forced Out of Vaquero Outfitters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1784 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Our job at The Hunting Report is to give our subscribers the most up-to-date news on hunting worldwide. When a prominent <strong>Arizona</strong> outfitter who has been featured in these pages is convicted of a wildlife violation and forced from the outfitting business, that's news. Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk reports:</em><br><br> On December 14, 2015 Chad Smith, owner of Vaquero Outfitters and manager of the ORO Ranch in Arizona, lost his hunting and guiding rights after being found guilty of using an aircraft to knowingly harass pronghorn from public to private land. This was Smith's second wildlife conviction as an outfitter. Smith, and the contract helicopter pilot involved, were given deferred sentences and will not face jail time or fines if they remain violation free for four years. According to the <a href="http://dcourier.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=153107&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1086&S=1" target="_blank">Prescott (AZ) Daily Courier</a>, Smith will have to divest himself of ownership or financial interest in Vaquero Outfitters and will be prohibited from outfitting or seeking or obtaining hunting permits during that time.<br><br> Smith had reduced his role in Vaquero for the past two years since his promotion to manager of the ORO, and had turned most of the outfitting duties over to his staff. However, the relationship between Vaquero and the ORO may still be affected by the court decision.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1784 Security Update for Hunters Provided by Ripcord Security http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1781 <div align="center">By The <a href="http://www.ripcordtravelprotection.com/huntingreport" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ripcord</a> Security Team</div><br><br> <strong>Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso</strong><br><br> Overview<br><br> After a democratic and violence free elections process, Burkina Faso is the latest target in attacks led by Al Qaeda in Maghreb (AQIM). On January 15th, just two months after an AQIM hotel attack in Mali, a group of 7 armed gunmen began an attack on Le Cappucino Café, a restaurant frequented by tourists and expats. <img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/EME_PICTURES/BurkinaFasoMap.png" width="200" align="left" style="padding-right: 5px;">The attack continued into the nearby Splendid Hotel where over 200 foreign nationals were present for a conference. Targeting westerners, the gunmen killed 28 and held 176 more hostages. French military Special Forces were called from nearby Mali to respond to the incident. Negotiations ceased at 1am on January 16th when French soldiers assaulted the hotel and freed the hostages including 50 wounded civilians. Four of the six gunmen were killed and two fled the scene. The French military swept through the city in search of other attackers. One attacker was found and killed at a neighboring hotel. Ouagadougou remains under curfew until the military operations cease.<br><br> One day after the attacks in the capital, two Australian nationals were kidnapped by a group of armed men outside of the city of Djibo near the Mali border. The Australian nationals were the owners of a surgical clinic which provided medical care to the local population. The couple's kidnapping has been claimed by AQIM but no purpose behind the kidnapping has been given.<br><br> The Mali Connection<br><br> AQIM has increased activity since the terror attacks by Islamic State (ISIL) in Paris and West Africa in order to boost recruitment efforts in West Africa; first, in Mali and then in Burkina Faso with a similar attack on a similar hotel target. AQIM's historical region of control is being actively contested by ISIL affiliated groups. AQIM major strongholds are in Mali, particularly in the region near Timbuktu including the cities of Mopti and Segou. These cities lie less than 100 miles from the Mali-Burkina Faso border. With the recent instability of the Burkinabe government coupled with a new Western leaning government, Burkina Faso is a new target for AQIM. The situation is expected to intensify as AQIM is undergoing an internal rift which could spawn competitive splinter groups. The border with Niger presents further risks as the Boko Haram affiliated groups have pledged an allegiance to ISIL. Burkina Faso could become one of the most contested countries for terror groups in West Africa.<br><br> Traveler Advice<br><br> The capital of Ouagadougou remains under curfew. It is unclear how long the curfew will last and if military forces will encounter resistance. Military presence around the country will likely remain high in the coming weeks.<br><br> While hunting areas are still open, trips to those areas should be pursued with extreme caution as many of them are near the Malian border. Hunting areas around Reserve du Sahel are less than 50 miles from the town of Djibo where the most recent kidnapping occurred. Southern hunting areas near Reserve de L'Arly remain an option but the risk remains high.<br><br> Prospective travelers to Burkina Faso should ensure they remain with trusted local guides and drivers at all times both in and out of any hunting areas. The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1781 Delayed Trophies from South Africa Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1787 In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10450" target="_blank">10450</a> subscriber Clifford Johnson says he's very unhappy with a hunt he took in the North West Province of South Africa in 2014 with Pieter Kriel's Hunting in Africa Safaris. Johnson's primary complaint (and the reason he's waited so long to file the report) is that it took over 18 months to receive his trophies from the hunt, which included an "exceptional" blesbok, "good" lion and lechwe, and "fair" sable, roan and warthog. He wanted, but failed to take, caracal, serval and steenbok.<br><br>The cause of the delay apparently was that the outfitter simply didn't do the necessary paperwork. "Kriel was exceptionally slow in delivering skins and necessary paperwork to the taxidermist. After the hunt was over, and he had been paid, he was no help in getting the permits to the taxidermist and permits office. Eventually, he stopped answering emails."<br><br>It was only after Hunting Report publisher Barbara Crown got involved that Johnson's dogged persistence paid off and he finally received his trophies.<br><br>Johnson also complains that the PH "overestimated [the] size of the sable" and that he was "eaten up by bedbugs on [the] last day of [the] hunt."<br><br>"Spend your hunter's dollars elsewhere," he says.<br><br>We forwarded Johnson's complaint to Hunting in Africa Safaris and Pieter Kriel replied:<br><br>"Thank you for the opportunity to respond.<br><br>"Mr. Johnson alleges that the export of the trophies took 18 months. Mr. Johnson is 100% correct. It is completely unacceptable and should never take this long. For this I apologize sincerely and without reserve. There were health issues I had to contend with and all my efforts were not aimed at resolving the problem. In the end the trophies were delivered and the problem was fixed. Highveld Taxidermists did a sterling job in preserving the trophies.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1787 This British Columbia Outfitter Produces Big Cats http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1788 <div align="center">By Dennis Dunn, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: If you dream of taking a monster of a mountain lion, subscriber correspondent Dennis Dunn tells us he's found a BC outfitter worth considering:</em><br><br>Sean McLean of Fraser Valley Outfitters (<a href="http://www.fraservalleyoutfitters.com/" target="_blank">www.fraservalleyoutfitters.com</a>; 250-835-8313) has an enviable track record for producing true, trophy-quality mountain lion. Most of his cougar hunting is done in the Cariboo District of BC, particularly west of Williams Lake - an area noted for producing big lions. This area is roughly 500 kilometers north of the US border. He also offers lynx and bobcat hunts, with bobcats especially prolific around his hometown of Salmon Arm, 100 km west of Kamloops. <br><br>In late November I returned from a successful, four-day hunt with Fraser Valley around 100 Mile House, where we were based in a local motel. I scheduled my hunt early because some of the best success in the season comes with the first big early-winter snowstorm.<br><br>I had previously taken two mountain lion with my bow (one in Washington and one in Montana), both adult toms but neither quite big enough to qualify for Pope & Young, let alone Boone & Crockett. I had also hunted previously with a different BC outfitter, and had left another mature tom in a tree because I feared he might be "marginal."<br><br>This hunt would be for a true trophy cat or nothing. Before ever accepting the booking, Sean fully understood what I was looking for and felt confident he could produce the trophy I was seeking. In fact, when I first met him at the annual convention of the BC Wild Sheep Society last March in Kelowna, he told me that all 14 lions his hunters had taken the previous winter had made either P&Y or B&C! <br><br>BC regulations require your hunting license and tag to be purchased at least 48 hours before the hunt begins. Since this hunt is snow dependent, Sean prefers to buy the permits ($323.50 US) well in advance of your anticipated arrival.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1788 Where and How to Find a Bighorn Sheep Tag http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1779 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: One of the most coveted big game animals in North America is the bighorn sheep. This month, we have an overview on Rocky Mountain and California bighorns; desert bighorns next month.</em><br><br>Bighorn sheep are a true symbol of wild America. With their heavy, curling horns, no other trophy inspires hunters in quite the same way.<br><br>Boone and Crockett Club recognizes "Rocky Mountain" and "Desert" bighorn sheep, with different minimum scores for each category. As you might guess, desert bighorns are generally smaller in both body size and horns than Rocky Mountain (RM) bighorns, but the world records of each type are nearly the same size. Most biologists also recognize a "California" (CA) bighorn originally found in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. These sheep are fairly hardy as wild sheep go and they have been the source for restocking in cold, dry areas in Utah, Nevada, Idaho and North Dakota. CA bighorns are considered RM bighorns for B&C scoring and for your official Grand Slam, but Grand Slam/Club Ovis will consider CA bighorns as an additional species for your Super Slam. SCI keeps separate records for CA bighorns. If these things matter to you, you need to be aware of which species you're applying for as some states differentiate RM and CA bighorns while others don't.<br><br>From a conservation standpoint, bighorns are a continuing success. Heavily hunted by pioneers, bighorn were extirpated in most western states by the 1930s. They are also highly susceptible to diseases from domestic livestock, and livestock rendered much of their range unsuitable until the 1970s. However, literally hundreds of transplants have brought bighorns back from the brink of extinction to huntable numbers. There are more bighorns and more bighorn permits available now than at any time since they have been protected. <br><br>Even with this success, part of the allure of bighorns is their relative scarcity. Only 13 western US states have either RM or CA bighorns; about 500 total tags are available each year. Most tags go to residents; nonresidents are competing for about 50 tags each year.<br><br>Many consider sheep tags a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but given the odds, a dedicated hunter should be able to draw one or two tags in a lifetime - if he applies in multiple states, pays attention to the draw odds and accumulates bonus points. Drawing a sheep tag requires "placing your bets" carefully.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1779 Correspondent Report on a Blacktail Hunt With Western Oregon Outfitters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1789 <div align="center">By Deb Sieloff</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Subscriber-correspondent Deb Sieloff tells us she's found a recommendable opportunity for Columbia blacktail and several other coveted trophies in Oregon. This is our first report on big game opportunities with Western Oregon Outfitters (<a href="http://www.westernoregonoutfitters.com/" target="_blank">www.westernoregonoutfitters.com</a>; 541-672-4555) under its current ownership, though we have three recent rave reports (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10210" target="_blank">10210</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9744" target="_blank">9744</a>, and <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9648" target="_blank">9648</a>) on turkey hunts and three positive reports (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=7169" target="_blank">7169</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=5044" target="_blank">5044</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=5124" target="_blank">5124</a>) on the same outfit under the previous owners. Enjoy!</em><br><br> I was looking for a Columbia blacktail for my deer grand slam. In the process, I got my trophy and discovered a family-friendly, all-ages/abilities hunting opportunity for Columbia blacktail, Columbia whitetail, Roosevelt elk and Rio Grande turkey. While the term "family-friendly" may be a turn off for some hunters, let me be clear: Western Oregon Outfitters is owned by subscriber David Trinchero, and his idea of family-friendly hunts does not equate to lesser trophies.<br><br> When I started planning this hunt they were booked a year out on the deer. So in May, 2014, I successfully hunted Rio Grande Turkey with Western Oregon Outfitters (Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=9744" target="_blank">9744</a>). Based on that positive experience (we had to practically shoo the deer out of the way to get the two turkeys I shot), I planned a 2015 blacktail hunt.<br><br> Western Oregon Outfitters hunts over 5,000 private acres of mountains, Pacific Northwest rainforest, pastures, streams and open hills with many single-lane truck/ATV roads. This is a working cattle ranch, but the cattle are confined to the lower pastures during hunting season. Each hunter hunts a specific part of the property with no overlap and no competition.<br><br> "Camp" consists of a large hunting lodge with an open-floor living/dining area filled with big game trophies, pool table, big screen TV, stone fireplace, and an extra-large dining table where the guides and hunters gather for meals. Hunters get private rooms.<br><br> When you arrive, you sight in your rifle at the 100-yard range by the lodge, then head for a meet-and-greet appetizers, and a large dinner. The hunting is well organized and low-pressure. The morning hunt begins after a continental breakfast.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1789 "Tiny 10" Antelope Hunt in South Africa http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1790 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> For collectors interested in hunting "Tiny 10" antelope, South Africa certainly offers a wide variety of game and good value hunts with all of the amenities. Subscriber Frank Prieto recommends a small antelope and plains game hunt with Africa Sport Hunting Safaris (<a href="http://www.africasporthuntingsafaris.com/" target="_blank">www.africasporthuntingsafaris.com</a>; <a href="mailto:kiley@africasporthuntingsafaris.com">kiley@africasporthuntingsafaris.com</a>; 888-477-5394). On his 14-day safari with PH Chris Lordan in June, Prieto took Vaal rhebok, oribi, Cape grysbok, steenbok, red and blue duiker, as well as bushbuck and roan in various areas of eastern South Africa.<br><br> In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10334" target="_blank">10334</a>, Prieto writes that he decided to go for the Tiny 10 after having completed his Big Five. "The little ones are even harder to hunt," he says. "Out of eight safaris I have taken to Africa, this was the one I enjoyed most."<br><br> The Tiny 10 includes Damara dik-dik, blue duiker, bush duiker, red duiker, Cape grysbok, Sharpe grysbok, klipspringer, oribi, steenbok, and suni. Vaal rhebok is sometimes included as well, or substituted for one of the other grysboks. Here's what Prieto told us about his hunt in a follow-up phone conversation:<br><br> "I have been hunting with PH Chris Lordan since 2003, and he was with me when I took one of last elephant hunts in Botswana. After that I got thinking about 'Tiny 10,' which is a subjective collection of small antelope native to southern Africa.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1790 Argali and Ibex at Hot Springs Camp in Tajikistan http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1786 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Subscriber Ernie Dorsey has good things to say about his hunt at Hot Springs Camp in Tajikistan for Marco Polo argali and Mid-Asian ibex. Dorsey hunted with outfitter and agent Russ Smith, of Russ Smith Hunting Worldwide, Inc. (<a href="http://www.rs-huntingworldwide.com/" target="_blank">www.rs-huntingworldwide.com</a>; <a href="mailto:rshunting@bresnan.net">rshunting@bresnan.net</a>; 406-404-3909) in December. We have two other positive reports in the database on Smith's Montana operation, Montana Professional Hunters (<a href="http://www.mt-professionalhunters.com/" target="_blank">www.mt-professionalhunters.com</a>), from back in 2007 (see Reports <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=6466" target="_blank">6466</a> and <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=6536" target="_blank">6536</a>).<br><br> In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10433" target="_blank">10433</a> Dorsey writes, "I had no problems on this hunt, and took both species on the same day. Marco Polo is the Holy Grail!" We heard more from Dorsey about his hunt via email.<br><br> "I met Russ Smith at the DSC show two years ago. I am a lifetime SCI member, and Smith had won the C.J. McElroy Award. I also checked with various references before booking the hunt. Smith was very helpful personally in all aspects of the booking process, and he has vast experience as a hunter and outfitter. He and his wife, Irina, accompanied me and three other hunters on the entire trip, and we were the only group in camp.<br><br> "We hunted from quality all-terrain vehicles, and there was very little climbing, which is fine with me at age 68.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1786 First Report on Portugal Details Sucessful Mixed Bag Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1780 <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: We just received our first-ever report on a hunt in Portugal. The report comes from longtime subscriber Joseph Vorro, who booked his hunt directly with a Portugal-based outfitter. Although Portugal is right next door to Spain (one of Europe's most popular hunting destinations for American clients), its small hunting industry caters mostly to residents and EU clients. Assistant Editor Justin Jones contacted Vorro and his outfitter to get more information on this off-the-radar hunt opportunity.</em><br><br>In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10430" target="_blank">10430</a>, Joseph Vorro says that he enjoyed 10 days of hunting and touring Portugal with Paulo Oliveira of Portugal Hunting/Agencia de Viagens Delmar (<a href="http://www.portugalhunting.com/" target="_blank">www.portugalhunting.com</a>; <a href="mailto:portugalhunting@viagensdelmar.pt">portugalhunting@viagensdelmar.pt</a>; 011-351-919-361-383).<br><br>"Hunting in Portugal with Paulo Oliveira made for a unique and extraordinary experience. Oliveira offers large and small game hunting opportunities throughout Portugal, with options for both free-range and estate animals in every medal category. I was able to hunt four species (red stag, wild boar, fallow deer and red-legged partridge) and also enjoy unique gastronomical experiences, ancient sites and modern towns. Combining my passions for hunting, food and wine made it a special trip for me. Paulo Oliveira offers true concierge service for every aspect of the trip."<br><br>In our follow-up email conversation, Vorro wrote, "I met Oliveira at the 2015 Safari Club International convention. Over three days we planned and adjusted my hunting and touring schedule, and went over draft itineraries. Communications throughout the planning and the hunt were first-rate.<br><br>"Portugal is a small country, of course, about the size of Indiana, so it's not hard to get around. There are free-range Iberian stags, fallow deer and hogs throughout the country. There are apparently public hunt areas, but we stuck to private land and traveled to the best regions for each species. Hunters have a choice between unfenced areas or fenced hunting reserves. I saw abundant game in both, all in healthy condition. Paulo accompanied me on each hunt, however each area had a professional game-keeper who had intimate knowledge of the property and its animals, and who guided us.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1780 Noli Illegitimi Carborundum http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1777 Last month a number of <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers flocked to our booth at the Dallas Safari Club convention seeking direction on lion hunting, trophy shipping and what we thought the future of hunting would be. It's an understandable response after the developments of 2015.<br><br> The "Cecil the Lion" debacle energized anti-hunters to a degree we've never seen before. Many airlines caved to pressure and now refuse to transport legally taken hunting trophies. As you've seen in our cover story, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made it harder for Americans to import lion trophies and it seems that other species may follow. And then there are the terrorist attacks in places we hunt or use as gateways to our hunts.<br><br> The list goes on so long it seems it wouldn't be amiss to refer to 2015 as what the Romans called an <em>Annus horribilis</em>, a terrible year of disasters and misfortunes. But now it's 2016, and that means a fresh start. And, as the Romans didn't say (but probably should have): "<em>Noli Illegitimi Carborundum</em>" or "Don't let the bastards wear you down."<br><br> Let there be no doubt about it, hunters are fighting for their way of life against a nonreligious "jihad" or "crusade" unleashed by people who refuse to accept the science that supports wise-use conservation of wild places and the creatures that live there.... The Feb 2016 Issue Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1777