The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Zambia Lifts Leopard and Lion Hunting Ban; Area Contracts Signed Zambia has lifted the ban on leopard and lion hunting effective today. Minister of Arts and Tourism Jean Kapata made the announcement this morning. Quotas for leopard will be made available immediately for 2015. Quotas for lion will not be available until 2016.All of the operators with concessions in Zambia may request their quotas for leopard today and should be able to conduct hunts this season. Those operators will include the ones who have signed contracts for the areas that were reallocated in March. While a number of those allocations are currently in dispute, we have confirmed the following operators have signed leases and will be operating this season:Peter Chipman of Kwalata Safaris, booked by Wes Hixon Outdoor Adventures (800-550-5125; Email: has Lower Lupande.John du Plooy of Muchinga Adventures (; has signed for Chifunda GMA in northern Luangwa. Hunting Consortium ( books for Muchinga Adventures in the US.Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris (830-426-3476; or has signed a lease for Chikwa / Fulaza in northern Luangwa Valley. Here at The Hunting Report, we've known an announcement on the cat hunting was imminent and we're indebted to Peter Chipman and his US agent Wes Hixon for sharing the breaking news with us. If you've been waiting on the reopening of leopard and lion in Zambia, call your preferred operator for information on openings. News Bulletins Fri, 15 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)...</em> The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines 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<em>The Hunting Report</em>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... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Survey to Estimate Economic Contribution of Hunters in Southern Africa We all know that hunters generate vast sums of money to protect wildlife and to sustain the economies of many parts of the world. In the face of continued efforts by anti-hunters to destroy this flow of resources, the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is working to estimate the total annual economic contributions of hunting in Southern Africa.<br><br>They are asking for a large sample of 2013-2014 international hunters to go online and complete an anonymous survey... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT L'ivoire Press <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>Here at The Hunting Report we usually avoid any hint of the "literary" in our pages; we stick to the facts to give hunters the best information possible. That doesn't mean, however, that we don't enjoy a good old-fashioned yarn that evokes the sights and sounds of hunting and makes you feel like you are in the field.<br><br>Recently we heard about L'ivoire Press (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>), a new publishing company aiming to keep up the tradition of classic hunting writing. L'ivoire Press plans to offer, by subscription, four quarterly collections of hunting stories.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Nevada Dream Tags Raffle <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk</div><br><br>If you missed out on the draw tags you wanted this season, you might want to take a chance on the Nevada Dream Tags Program raffle, which is open to nonresidents. Five Dream Tags will be awarded in 2015: one each for California bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn and mule deer.<br><br>To enter, go to <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Warning for Argentina-Bound Hunters Traveling with Guns <div align="center">By Tim Jones</div><br><br>If you think things are bad for US hunters trying to get their guns out of the country, they are even worse for anyone trying to get guns into Argentina. On March 18, just after our April issue had gone to press, we sent an Email Extra <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bulletin</a> out which warned, in part:<br><br>"If you are about to board a plane to Argentina for a hunt, be aware that you may need to leave your firearm at home and rent or borrow one from your outfitter."<br><br>Sadly, nothing has changed since then. We know of several groups of hunters whose firearms have been impounded by Argentine Customs because they did not have the new consulate permits authorizing their entry into the country with a gun. Reputable outfitters are now advising clients to leave their guns at home and either borrow or rent guns for their hunt.<br><br>Continuing <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers know that the Argentine Consulates and RENAR, the government agency that regulates firearms there, have been in a kind of tug-of-war over the issuing of import permits and the collection of funds for those permits for a number of years (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1557</a>). Now it appears that authorities have decided in favor of the Argentine Consulates, and a consulate-issued permit is now required to enter the country with a firearm. In the past, RENAR would issue the permit upon arrival for hunters who had not acquired it from a consulate.<br><br>In theory, hunters with time before their hunts should be able to acquire a permit in advance of their trip. But still at this writing, no one seems to know what exactly is required to obtain the permit, including some of the consulates that are supposed to issue the permits.<br><br>Some reports we've received indicate that you must appear in person at the consulate to apply for your permit. Others have been told by telephone that they will be emailed instructions and forms. In Argentina, authorities with RENAR and customs have not been clear with operators regarding the required paperwork either. One operator said, "Everything is confusing..." The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Sought For Class-Action Lawsuit Against Safari Nordik Here at <em>The Hunting Report</em>, we have heard from a number of hunters, both subscribers and non-subscribers, who have not gotten the caribou hunts that they paid for from Safari Nordik. Now, we have been informed that some of those American hunters have retained a Quebec law firm, and are attempting to bring a class-action lawsuit against Safari Nordik. According to the documents we have seen, the cost to participate will be minimal.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Follow-up on Valencia Expeditions <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>In our February issue we reported hunting would reopen in Chad this season, and told you about the safaris on offer there by Club Faune (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-33-1-42-88-31-32). Then last month we reported on a second operation in Chad, Valencia Expeditions (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 213-399-0831), run by Michael Valencia. We were eager to hear from subscribers heading to Chad to hunt this season, and now we have word from longtime subscribers Alan and Barbara Sackman, who completed a 14-day safari with Valencia Expeditions in February.<br><br>Alan Sackman has not filed a report, but he gave us a look at an article he prepared for another publication detailing his hunt, which he said was challenging but successful. They took red-fronted gazelle, western greater kudu, patas monkey, warthog, genet and side-striped jackal. Sackman's PH on this hunt was local operator Fred Maroteaux, and Barbara Sackman hunted with PH Jean Beguerie.<br><br>The Sackmans traveled through Paris to N'Djamena, where they cleared baggage and found that the Meridian Hotel was full despite their having made reservations. "Chad is not a travel mecca," according to Sackman. They managed to stay at Novotel, and caught the one-hour charter flight to camp in southeastern Chad, along the border of Zakouma National Park (normally a nine-hour drive).<br><br>"On the afternoon of our arrival I was fortunate enough to shoot an excellent red-fronted gazelle, one of only two that we saw in 14 days," says Sackman. "As I would find out in the following two weeks, game in this area is very sparse, with the exception of baboon, warthog and guinea fowl. As the primary trophy in this area is western greater kudu, that's what we set out for."... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Value Midwest Whitetail Options One of our Trophy Club members contacted us with a specific request:<br>o A <u>free-range</u> rifle whitetail deer hunt<br>o In the US Midwest<br>o Comfortable lodge accommodations <br>o For himself, a hunting buddy and their wives<br>o A reasonable chance at a buck in the 150-range<br>o A hunt price (including lodging) between $4,000 and $6,000<br>o For Fall 2015<br><br>We preliminarily looked at operations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Alabama and Kansas and presented a list of options we felt were worth a harder look. Following more feedback from the Trophy Club member, we focused on two operations in Illinois and a number in Kansas.<br><br>In digging deeper into the two in Illinois we discovered that, while they fit all but one of the top-tier criteria (Illinois firearms hunts are shotguns or muzzleloaders, not rifles) the hunter had outlined, both were well-publicized, high-volume operations, neither offering precisely the experience he wanted.<br><br>In Kansas, we ran into another snag. Our Kansas correspondent Mike Pearce, who has been covering that state for us in depth for more than 20 years, warned us that many of the best options in that state are small, "Mom and Pop" operations which book up early by word of mouth alone. He also noted that some areas of Kansas have been hit hard by drought and the gnat-borne disease EHD, which is fatal to deer and particularly hard on big bucks. And finally, he noted that organized poaching rings are still a problem in parts of Kansas (see Article <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">2877</a> in our database) and that there will be news forthcoming on that aspect.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Conflicting Reports on Celtic Field Sports A negative hunt report in our <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">January issue</a> (see report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">9919</a>) from Norman Don on a less-than-satisfactory hunt in <strong>Ireland</strong> with David Moore's Celtic Field Sports shook loose a number of other negative reports on this operator. A request in our February issue for more reports on Moore's operation unleashed even more reports, almost equally balanced between positive and negative. Frankly, in the 35-year history of The Hunting Report we've never seen a more mixed picture on any hunt operator. So we are, in essence, throwing up our hands, placing all the information we have in a single document accessible to anyone. You can find it at <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>. Whether you are considering a hunt with this operator or not, it makes for absolutely fascinating reading. Clearly hunters either love the experience or hate it. We think our subscribers are perfectly capable of assessing the information and deciding for themselves if this opportunity is right for them.<br><br> To try to present a clearer picture of the situation, we have repeatedly asked Moore for his perspective on the negative reports, asking him directly what went wrong with those hunts. He has, to date resolutely dodged the question. Instead, he has sent us many pictures of hunters with their kills and has had a number of apparently satisfied clients contact us or file reports.<br><br> Based on what we've received so far (and we expect more to come), we would ask Moore several questions before we booked a hunt with him. We would also expect to have answers in writing before placing a deposit on any hunt.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Negative Report on Montana Elk Hunt In Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10087</a>, subscriber Larry Seidler is very unhappy with a Montana elk hunt this past November with Len Howells of Silver Bow Outfitters and Guides. Seidler purchased his hunt at an SCI chapter auction. The auction form describes the hunt as a "5 day 2xl guided whitetail or mule deer/elk combination hunt; spot and stalk or tree stands/ground blind hunting if desired for 2 hunters. The value given is $4,000."<br><br>According to Seidler, they spent the entire time hunting public land from roads and the only game they saw was miles away. "Terrible guide, scarce game on public land. It was the worst hunt I have ever been on."<br><br>In a followup email Seidler told us, "There were other hunters in pickup trucks road-hunting close to us. The guide Len Howells never stopped talking for five days. This made every day an infinite ordeal. He alternated between anecdotes of how many animals he claimed to have killed in the past and excuses for our lack of success. His excuse for the lack of game was that 'they are in the timber,' but we never got off public roads to hike, spot and stalk the animals. He is very disorganized and unprofessional to put it mildly. He did not even have his own spotting scope. The accommodations were spartan with no electricity or wifi. That was fine with me, but the entire hunt was a waste of time. There were two other hunters with another guide; they did not take game, either...." The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Todd Rice Praised, and Arrested! We've always believed that the best way to deal with hunts gone wrong is to allow both sides to air their stories and let readers decide for themselves. In the past, we've published a number of negative reports on Todd Rice and Sonoran Outfitters for his failure to deliver trophies taken in his sheep hunts. These failures have resulted in extended legal troubles for Rice and have gotten him banned from exhibiting, advertising or otherwise participating in the OVIS Grand Slam Club, the Dallas Safari Club, the Wild Sheep Foundation and Safari Club International. None-the-less, Rice continues to advertise hunts and take clients. <br><br>We recently received a very positive report on a mule deer hunt from Travis Fleetwood, a non-subscriber who had originally contacted us after reading our earlier coverage on Rice. Rice challenged us to publish the report, even though it is from a non-subscriber, saying, "You can't put in anything good about me. It will cancel out all the bad you have put in and make you look bad!" This was after Rice's wife Jennifer had gone on our Facebook page and accused us of biased and negative reporting and "witch hunts," saying that we don't print all the truth because we don't print the good reports. Someone not on <em>The Hunting Report</em> staff has since apparently removed those comments.<br><br>Here is Fleetwood's report:<br><br>"We spoke several months ago concerning Todd Rice and the problems he was having. After much thought and talking to many of the people that had problems with Mr. Rice, I decided to go on my hunt. I hunted in the Hermosillo area for two weeks and was personally guided by Mr. Rice. I hunted two different camps and I believe three different ranches during my time.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT New Record Giant Forest Hog in Ethiopia <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>Congratulations go to subscriber Patrick McCormick, who has taken what will likely be the new SCI #1 giant forest hog in Ethiopia on a 21-day full-bag safari with Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). He booked with Jeff C. Neal Inc. (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 918-299-3580).<br><br>McCormick rates hunting with ERVS as a tremendous experience, and filed a detailed report on his trip (see Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10091</a>). We also heard from McCormick in a follow-up phone and email conversation.<br><br>"I had the great opportunity to hunt with both Nassos and Jason Roussos in four areas of Ethiopia on this safari," McCormick tells us. "The first week we traveled by Cessna from Addis Ababa to Odo Bulu, a fantastic highland forest area. The hunting in Odo Bulu is conducted by driving up to 20 minutes from camp on dirt roads, some of which ERVS just created in this past off-season, to access trails to hike and glass for mountain nyala. We hunted mostly around 8,000 feet, with typical hikes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. It is also possible to hike directly from camp, or to use horses, although we did not use horses during my hunt.<br><br>"I shot the giant forest hog on the first afternoon after arriving in camp while coming back from glassing for nyala with PH Jason Roussos. We saw a group of about seven, 100 yards ahead of us on the dirt road, and got out of the vehicle to pursue them. One turned to face us and Jason gave me the word to shoot.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Chihuahua Guides and Outfitters <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk</div><br><br>Subscriber Jack Bierley has filed a very positive report (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10082</a>) on his January, 2015 Coues deer hunt with outfitter David Calderon of Chihuahua Guides and Outfitters. Bierley listed Arturo Malo of Baja Hunting (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>, 866-241-6405) as his booking agent, but also noted that he bought the hunt through an SCI auction at its face value.<br><br>Bierley flew to Chihuahua City from Dallas. The flight wasn't very good, but Customs and Immigration presented no problems. Bierley hunted Ranchos Regina, which is about 2.5 hours NW of Chihuahua City. As is typical of Coues hunts, Bierley notes that the country is very open and long-range shooting is to be expected. He took his deer, an outstanding buck with 12 balanced points, at 250 yards and noted that shots over 300 can be expected. Bierley brought his wife along as a non-hunting observer for half-price but notes that "this is a hunting ranch, not a luxury experience."<br><br>In a follow-up phone call Calderon confirmed that Bierley's deer was indeed very good, notes that his Coues deer hunters are "100% successful" and that their average buck scores 105 B&C. The ranch Bierley hunted is about 80,000 acres, but Calderon manages several UMAs and has access to over 500,000 acres. In addition to Coues deer, he has mule deer, javelina and Gould turkey. Hunters are housed in ranch houses, all with hot and cold running water and electricity.<br><br>Hunting for Coues deer is spot and stalk, but Calderon says hunters don't have to walk far - often just 80 to 100 yards from the truck to a glassing area. Once a deer is spotted, they can either stalk from the site or drive closer. He confirmed that long-range shooting is the norm, but says he has had muzzleloader hunters take deer on these ranches.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Two Manitoba Caribou Reports <div align="center">By Tim Jones</div><br><br>As if to underscore the difficulty of hunting migratory caribou in the Far North, we have two recent reports from northern Manitoba.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10076</a> subscriber Tom Van Handel tells us he hunted in early September with Gangler's Fly-In Canadian Sub-Arctic Hunting (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 352-861-3174), a trip he booked through Link's Wild Safaris (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 800-833-4868). There were only three hunters in camp and they took five trophy bulls; the hunter who took only one held out to the bitter end for "something really special." Van Handel also mentions that he had a wolf tag but never saw any.<br><br>"Ken Gangler is a class act and his camps are first rate," Van Handel tells us. "I have fished with him before. This trip, I wanted to fish and hunt at the same time. Expect big pike and lots of them. Weather always was, always will be a problem in late fall in the arctic, but my experience with Gangler's is that they are a well-run organization."<br><br>"No caribou." That's the only complaint subscriber John Madden has from his caribou hunt at Nejanilini Lake near the Nunavut border this past September with The Lodge at Little Duck in far northern Manitoba. In Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10088</a> Madden tells us "Beautiful, well-run, well-maintained lodge, nice guides, nice equipment, very nice lodge manager. Just no caribou." Madden says he is not seeking any restitution but does not recommend the hunt. "In my estimation it is too far south to be a caribou lodge."... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT First Report on a Pakistan Outfitter, Plus a Hunt with Caprinae Safaris <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>We are always interested in hearing from hunters visiting Pakistan. We recently received a report from subscriber Hobson Reynolds on an outfitter whose name is unfamiliar to us, Ali Shaw of Zoon Safari Pakistan (<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>).<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">10018</a>, Reynolds says that he hunted Sindh ibex and Chinkara gazelle in the Sindh Province of Pakistan. He says that he found "outstanding trophy quality" ibex, seeing multiple animals over 45 inches, and had only good things to say about his outfitter. Here's what he told us:<br><br>"The hunting area in Pakistan was very much like the Texas Hill Country or West Texas, arid and hilly with many steep ravines. The preferred hunting technique was to position ourselves in a sniper-hide with 10 to 12 pushers trying to drive the ibex by us for an ambush. This type of hunting is not physically demanding. However, my ibex was taken by spotting a group at distance and then hiking for a stalk once they were relocated. There was rough terrain, but it was not as difficult as normal sheep/ibex hunting, with no extended climbing. I am sure outfitter Ali Shaw would hunt however the client prefers. I was very happy with my ibex, which had very handsome 43-inch horns.<br><br>"Communication was never a problem on the hunt, as Ali Shaw went everywhere with me, and his English is excellent. Overall, the trip was an exceptional value for my money. I had hunted Pakistan before, so I was comfortable going with a smaller outfitter. Zoon Safari provided everything I wanted or needed, but at a more economical price.<br><br>"During the hunt we stayed in the guesthouse of a Pakistani prince, so accommodations were first-rate. I had my own bathroom, and a sitting room separated my bedroom from my outfitter's. The prince's cook provided our meals and the prince normally joined us for dinner, which consisted of outstanding Pakastani dishes. The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT "Have You Heard?" We often receive an email or phone call from a subscriber that starts with "Have you heard?" then goes on to describe some problem or opportunity that's developing somewhere in the hunting world. We <strong>always</strong> appreciate those communications. In fact, we couldn't do our job as well as we do without them. You, our subscribers as a group, are the most knowledgeable, well connected, well traveled hunters in the world and your input is immensely valuable. Very often the first hint we get of a developing story is from a subscriber who heard something and shares it with us. This is networking at its best; everyone wins.<br><br>But there's another side to "Have you heard?" and that is what we do every day. We bring you vetted, researched news from across the hunting world. And, with our Email Extra capabilities, you can get that news right away.<br><br>Take, for example our cover story this month on the gun "export" crisis for US hunters traveling out of the country. When the news first reached us, we immediately started our research, making calls, sending emails to get the facts. As we were doing that, the "story" was exploding on hunting websites, often with an "end of the world as we know it!" spin.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Insurance and Government Policy Changes As you learned in our cover story this month, US hunters traveling abroad are dealing with draconian new rules for "exporting" their personal firearms. It's a nightmare scenario, and the only tiny sliver of a silver lining is that the hunting community at least had some forewarning and some time to react and adapt before the new rules take effect.<br><br>But that isn't always the case. Governments often create hurdles for hunters and sometimes they are high enough to stop a scheduled hunt in its tracks. Suppose, for example, you had a sheep hunt planned and an outbreak of disease caused local authorities to cancel all sheep hunting just days before you were scheduled to leave? It's happened. All too frequently.<br><br>Most travel insurance plans do not cover government actions that cancel your trip. Some plans don't mention it at all, meaning you have to wonder whether they'd cover your trip if government action suddenly canceled your plans. And if you read the fine print, some policies may specifically NOT cover trips canceled by government actions.<br><br>Hunters are more vulnerable to this than most other travelers. State department warnings, political instability, trophy export limitations, hunt closures - all can be triggers for a delayed or canceled hunt.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Wildlife Management and the Creation of TAWA <div align="center">Dr. Rolf D. Baldus</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Tanzania is presently creating a new wildlife agency called TAWA that will, among other duties, also manage trophy hunting. We asked correspondent Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, who is in Tanzania at this writing, to give us an update. Below is an explanation of how wildlife and wild places in Tanzania have been managed to this point, what the new arrangement will be with TAWA and what it means to you as a hunter.</em><br><br>Currently, wildlife and habitat in Tanzania are administered by three organizations. Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) runs the 16 national parks (5% of the country), while the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area has its own management body. Both of these organizations are "parastatals," public, but not directly run by the government. They are governed by boards, with members appointed by the government, have management autonomy and are much more flexible in decision making than government bodies. Parastatals keep their earnings and pay taxes.<br><br>The "Wildlife Division" has been responsible for all other wildlife ranges in the country and the respective wildlife that lives there. These ranges consist of protected areas (27 game reserves, 39 game-controlled areas) and all other land with wildlife. In relation to hunting, these other areas are called "open areas." In Tanzania, wildlife (including big game) still roams free in vast areas of the country, which do not have any conservation status and are settled by people. This leads to widespread human-wildlife conflict due to crop-raiding animals and cattle- and man-killers.<br><br>Game reserves are divided into blocks, which are allocated to private hunting companies for trophy hunting. As in the national parks, no people are allowed to settle there. Game controlled areas were prime wildlife areas that were not protected and were settled by people. Nowadays many of them do not have much wildlife anymore, but some do and some are hunting blocks. Some tourist hunting also takes place in the open areas where national and foreign residents of Tanzania are allowed to hunt on quotas and resident licenses, which are much cheaper than licenses for foreigners. The resident hunting is, however, rather restricted in terms of areas, species and numbers.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT News and Reports from Uganda Wildlife Safaris <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br>We have some news from Christian Weth of Uganda Wildlife Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>;, who told us he has acquired a new block adjacent to his existing concessions in the Kafu River Basin of Uganda. Weth's areas have produced some outstanding trophies over the last few years, including the SCI #1 East African sitatunga and the #1 Nile Bushbuck in 2013. A number of <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers have filed enthusiastic reports on the Kafu Area.<br><br>In an email exchange, Weth told us that he finalized Uganda Wildlife Safaris' lease on the new block in March of this year.<br><br>"The new concession is called Kyankwansi, and it is directly across the river from our existing camp on the Mayanja River. With the Kyankwansi concession, we will now be able to hunt both sides of the river along a 78 km stretch.<br><br>"This acquisition has been a major goal of Uganda Wildlife Safaris. It was essential to us not to have this area managed by another operation. We are two years behind schedule, and community development there will take time and funding. The block has sitatunga, Bohor reedbuck, duiker, bushpig, hippo, crocodile, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, Nile bushbuck and occasionally Nile buffalo. We are planning to build a typical East African tented camp there."<br><br>Since 2013, Weth has also been offering hunts in Karamoja North on areas operated by Philip Chollet of Karamojo Safaris. Karamoja North opened to hunting in 2010 (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2457</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2494</a>) and is famed for huge elephant (think W.D.M "Karamojo" Bell). Weth says that he is 100% on big buffalo in the area.<br><br>Another development in the works for Uganda Wildlife Safaris is crocodile and hippo hunting in the Kafu area for 2016.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Dealing with Draw Disappointment: Drop Camp DIY Hunts <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: By now a number of western states have posted their draw results. More will be out in coming weeks. Some of our readers will have drawn exceptional tags for once-in-a-lifetime hunts. Some will have drawn tags for just plain good hunts. And others will be left wondering where there's a good hunt in North America that's still available to fill a suddenly-empty slot on their hunt calendar for this fall. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk for some ideas. Here's Part 1, on Drop Camp options.</em><br><br>You didn't draw the western tags you wanted, and you're looking for a hunt for this coming fall. Guided hunts are always an option, but many of the best have been booked for years in advance. There are also some landowner tags available. And there are almost always over-the-counter (OTC) tags available. Some will require landowner access but most will be for public land. To have a quality experience on public land, it is often necessary to get well off the beaten path - packing into a wilderness or roadless area to get away from the crowds.<br><br>Outfitters have horses, equipment, access and local knowledge to get hunters away from roads. But they can only provide full-service guided hunts to so many clients in a short season. They can place more hunters if those hunters can mostly fend for themselves in a drop camp. At the same time, many hunters enjoy a do-it-yourself experience, but cannot justify buying a full camp setup and feeding a string of packhorses all year for a one week hunt. Drop camps are a win-win for both sides.<br><br>Drop camps, particularly for elk, have become popular in states like <strong>Colorado</strong> and <strong>Idaho</strong>, where OTC elk tags are common and high numbers of elk make success rates reasonable.<br><br>Here's how most elk drop camp operations work... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT New Gun "Export" Regulations Create Bureaucratic Nightmare for Traveling Hunters <div align="center">By Justin Jones</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: This was the original cover story for the May 2015 issue. Literally as the hard copies were going into envelopes to be mailed, it was announced that these new regulations had been scrapped for the foreseeable future. We are keeping the story available to you as background on this developing issue. It is difficult to understand the latest events and future plans by US Customs and Border Patrol without knowing all developments leading up to it. This story should be read with that in mind. As we report in a separate story in this Email Extra Edition, none of the requirements explained below are going into effect now, but some variation of them will be implemented in the future. We'll keep you posted.</em><br><br> Like others in the hunting industry, we have been seeking answers regarding the new enforcement of rules on the "temporary export" of firearms by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and US Customs and Border Patrol. Confusion about the requirements of the regulations and uncertainly about the timeframe of implementation created a firestorm over the past few weeks, and a number of major concerns have been raised by The Hunting Report and others. Before we tackle those concerns, here is an overview of the new regulations and what we know about them:<br><br> <strong>The New Hurdles Facing US Hunters Traveling Abroad With Guns</strong><br><br> In late March, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) posted to their website (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) information on new requirements for individuals traveling abroad with firearms. Here, verbatim, is the applicable federal regulation from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as posted in the FAQ section of the ICE website:<br><br> <em>"<strong>22 C.F.R. § 123.17</strong> allows U.S. persons to export temporarily from the United States <strong>without a license</strong> not more than three (3) nonautomatic/semi-automatic firearms in Category I (a) of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">United States Munitions List</a> (rifles and pistols up to .50 caliber) and not more than 1,000 cartridges therefore, provided that:<br><br> 1. The person declares the articles to a CBP officer upon each departure from the United States, presents the Internal Transaction Number (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ITN</a>) from submission of the Electronic Export Information (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">EEI</a>) in the Automated Export System (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AES</a>) per <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">22 C.F.R. § 123.22</a>, and the articles are presented to the CBP officer for inspection."</em><br><br> While the first part should be familiar to traveling sportsmen, the requirements regarding ITN, EEI, AES, and other acronyms, came as unwelcome news to everyone. Perhaps more alarming is the other new requirement, that the "articles" be presented to the CBP officer for inspection "<strong>upon each departure</strong>" from the US. Obviously, this is a big change from the past, when hunters were accustomed to checking guns through with a Form 4457, which could be obtained after one visit to a customs office and used in perpetuity.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT Customs Backs Off from New US Firearms Export Regulations For Hunters <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>It's the nature of the news business that things can change at any moment. With that in mind, we are happy to report that the cover story in the May print edition of The Hunting Report is out of date. That story is a point-by-point explanation of new regulations applying to hunters leaving the US with sport firearms. Those regulations imposed some rather onerous requirements on traveling sportsmen.<br><br>In an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Email Extra Bulletin</a> sent out on April 24, The Hunting Report informed subscribers that, apparently, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was backing off from enforcement of those new regulations. However, there has been a good deal of confusion about whether everything is back to normal, and for how long. Fortunately, it appears that we finally have most (if not all) of the answers.<br><br>On April 23, CBP issued a media release on their website, "<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>." This release indicates that hunters will face no new requirements for the present.<br><br>For clarification, we spoke to Carlos Lazo, a press officer at CBP, who told us that, "Right now, hunters traveling with guns need only to contact a Customs and Border Patrol Office and declare guns with Form 4457 prior to travel." In other words, hunters traveling with guns will follow the same protocol they have followed in previous years.<br><br>That said, the CBP's release seems to indicate that an inspection would be required at the point of departure for those carrying firearms, which was part of those new regulations the CBP backed away from. The release reads, "CBP recommends that travelers allow a few hours for the declaration of the firearms to CBP."<br><br>According to Lazo, this passage refers only to the usual inspection required to obtain a Form 4457 for a firearm, which can be completed well in advance of travel.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT USFWS Extends Elephant Import Ban into 2015 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>On March 26, 2015 (after our April issue had gone to print), the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it was extending the suspension of elephant imports from Zimbabwe into 2015 and "indefinitely into the future." The press release (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) cites a lack of information on implementation and progress towards stated goals in Zimbabwe's elephant management plan as the main reason for this decision along with inadequate information to establish scientifically defensible hunting quotas. Specifically, they question how Zimbabwe has set an export quota of 500 individuals for sport-hunted elephant. "It's unclear how that number was decided on and if biological factors were taken into account," says the release.<br><br>In a Q&A sheet posted on their website (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>), USFWS continues to insist that there is inadequate information to confirm the population status of elephant in Zimbabwe, despite the completion of the Pan African Elephant Aerial Survey. It states that while the survey is a "significant, positive step forward toward Zimbabwe having adequate information to establish scientifically defensible hunting quotas," the information must be incorporated into Zimbabwe's management activities "in a scientifically sound manner." Then USFWS may have a better basis to re-evaluate its findings in the future.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT PH Killed by Elephant <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>On April 15, we learned from Tim Danklef and Dave Fulson of Safari Classics that PH Ian Gibson of Chifuti Safaris had been killed in an encounter with a bull elephant earlier that same day while guiding in Chewore North in the lower Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe. We immediately sent out an Email Extra <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bulletin</a> informing subscribers of the sad news.<br><br>Since that time, a clearer picture of the tragedy has emerged. Fulson originally told us, "It appears that Ian and his client had been on the tracks of an elephant bull for approximately five hours when they decided to take a break and allow the client to rest.<br><br>"Feeling they were quite close to the elephant, Ian and his tracker, Robert, continued to follow the tracks in hopes of getting a look at the ivory as the client stayed with the game scout. Robert indicated the bull had only a single tusk and was in musth. They eventually caught up to the bull, spotting him at about 50 to 100 meters. The bull instantly turned and began a full charge. Ian and Robert began shouting in order to stop the charge. At very close range, Ian was able to get off one shot before the bull killed him. The scene was horrific. Ian Gibson was a fine man and one of the most experienced professional hunters on the African continent. He will be deeply missed by all."<br><br>We later learned from another source that Gibson and his client had apparently already covered 10 to 12 kilometers that day with the client walking with the aid of crutches.... The May 2015 Issue Fri, 01 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT