The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT What is Being Done to Change USFWS Decision on Zimbabwe Elephant Import Suspension The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has confirmed the suspension on the import of elephant sporthunted trophies from Zimbabwe, but there is still hope that decision will be rescinded. For now, no elephant trophies from Zimbabwe taken on or after April 4, 2014 will be allowed to enter the United States. This was the decision announced late yesterday, July 23, 2014. This is despite all of the information submitted to USFWS regarding the status of Zimbabwe’s elephant population, its management and the contribution to its survival from hunting programs and revenues. However, there is still work being done that may overturn the suspension this season. The current news is disappointing to hunting conservationists who have worked round the clock these last three months to lift the suspension. As we have reported during this period, John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force has been collecting information from the Government of Zimbabwe, NGOs, safari operators, professional hunter associations and individuals to correct errors in USFWS’ original findings and show how sporthunting not only contributes to the enhancement but ensures the survival of elephant in Zimbabwe. According to a statement issued today, the Service says it is “unable to find that the killing of an elephant whose trophy is intended for import into the United States would enhance the survival of the species in the wild.” The reasons are provided in a 15-page Enhancement Finding issued by the chief of the Branch of Permits. The reasons given include old management plans that do no provide information on strategies, implementation or meeting of objectives; currently inadequate information on populations; what the Service deems inadequate enforcement of laws and the financial resources to provide that enforcement; and insufficient information on how funds from programs such as CAMPFIRE are actually being used to incentivize communities to conserve elephants. Finally, USFWS believes there is not sufficient support from the Central Government of Zimbabwe and Rural District Councils to make conservation efforts fully successful or to compensate for “management deficiencies.” The Service plans to re-evaluate its decision in December 2014 or when additional information is provided to address the gaps in the data it has identified. You can read the complete announcement and enhancement finding for yourself on the USFWS website. At Conservation Force, Jackson is not deterred by the decision. On the contrary, he says the Enhancement Finding helps better understand and address the Service’s requirements to rescind the suspension. “We will be filing an extensive response shortly as I am sure Zimbabwe will as well. Conservation Force already has a supplement to its initial Comment in preparation and it is almost ready for filing,” says Jackson. “The new decision provides us an additional road map to respond more effectively with that supplement. Some of the issues we foresaw and are already addressing: The new national plan and the up-to-date surveying are already in our response. We expected a second round of questions from the USFWS, but this will only serve to clarify the situation. The targets we need to hit are becoming clearer and better defined.” Look for another enhancement review and finding from USFWS in the near future. In the meantime anyone who can assist Jackson with information gathering or financial support should contact his office in at 504-837-1233 or by email at News Bulletins Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Decisions Imminent on Elephant Import Suspensions Decisions by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) on those elephant import suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania are imminent, according to John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force. A decision to rescind the suspension for Zimbabwe may be announced in days. Hunting Report subscribers know we have been following the developments since the USFWS' April 4 announcement suspending the importation of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Tanzania for 2014 (see our April 7 Email Extra Bulletin). Since that time, the hunting community as a whole has made commendable efforts to address the issue, leading to the US House of Representatives’ Sub-Committee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs to hold a congressional hearing on the matter this past June. Jackson gives a detailed report on the efforts to rescind the suspensions in the upcoming August issue of Conservation Force Bulletin, but hunters with affected safaris will want to know what’s happening now. The most promising news, so far, regards Zimbabwe. Here’s what Jackson says: “A decision on Zimbabwe is imminent. USFWS confirmed that they are reviewing the 100-plus-page document comment filed by Conservation Force and that they expect to make a 'final' determination on the interim suspension mid-July.” The above-mentioned document, of course, contains a depth of information, statistics and accountings that Jackson personally collected showing the direct benefits to elephant conservation and anti-poaching provided by safari operators. That information is what was necessary to address the concerns cited by US Fish & Wildlife in the suspension directly and actually affect a policy change. Hunting Report readers will recall our earlier bulletin requesting aid acquiring this information. Another influential accomplishment is an up-to-date National Elephant Action Plan that Conservation Force and Shikar Safaris is funding for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean officials just recently informed USFWS of this development. In addition to a series of elephant surveys scheduled in the following months, this national action plan has removed a major impediment to lifting the suspension, says Jackson. Thanks to coordination with authorities in Zimbabwe and the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group a number of mistakes on USFWS’ part also have been aired and corrected. Those include incorrect numbers and misinformation on those elephants poisoned in Hwange National Park (100 animals, not 300 as reported; imprisonment and 16-year sentences for the poachers who were arrested more than a year before the suspension) and a misinterpretation on the Service’s part of population estimates reported by the Specialist Group. These corrections also weigh heavily in the reversal of the suspension. Jackson says, “I do expect the USFWS to make a positive enhancement finding shortly, but, of course, I am sticking my neck out.” Tanzania, however, is a different story. The important work that Jackson has done there involves having hunters who took elephant this year apply for permits to import those trophies then dissect the refusal letters and find the information that addresses the reasons for the refusals. In this way, he hopes to overcome each objection and clear the way for importations. Here is an excerpt from the August 2014 World Conservation Force Bulletin: “Tanzania presents a different picture because the Tanzania elephant remains on Appendix I of CITES and because of the admitted poaching and drastic decline of elephant. On the other hand, Tanzania is sparing no effort to contend with the unforeseeable illegal ivory demand driving poaching and trafficking . . . [A] decision on the administrative appeals of the permits that have been denied had been imminent, but we received too many signals that the decision was going to be negative. Conservation Force asked for an extension of time to file an expert report on a pivotal management issue and additional quantification of the benefits arising from the hunting operators in the elephant areas.” Conservation Force was granted that extension and will be submitting a report by elephant expert Rowan Martin on the key issue of the sustainability of authorizing imports when a population has been and may still be in decline. In the meantime, Jackson continues to collect information. “If the pending appeals are denied, we have a great deal of additional information to submit with the final appeal and oral argument before the USFWS director,” he says. Other factors that help address USFWS’ concerns include new population surveys being conducted this year and Tanzania’s willingness to accept assistance in addressing the poaching problem. Jackson also worked with authorities to reduce the hunting quota to a level USFWS would find acceptable and would account for in its final decision. We can only hope that these efforts by Jackson and the Conservation Force network of supporting hunting operators and scientists will answer all of USFWS’ objections on elephant hunting in Tanzania. You can read Jackson’s entire report in the upcoming August issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin, delivered with your Hunting Report Newsletter. As soon as USFWS issues a decision, we will alert you in another Email Extra bulletin. – Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant, The Hunting Report News Bulletins Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT PH Gored by Buffalo in Mozambique Professional Hunter Chris Burton was gored by a buffalo while guiding a client on July 7. The accident occurred in Mozambique. The client Burton was guiding is Hunting Report subscriber Craig Johnson, who called us today upon arriving at the Atlanta airport from Africa to give us this first-hand report. Johnson says he and Burton were returning from crocodile hunting when a Cape buffalo cow suddenly charged from the brush without provocation. Johnson says the buffalo was coming straight for him but veered at the last moment, missing him and brushing the tracker. It struck Burton before anyone could raise a rifle and hooked him in the thigh. Johnson attempted to unsling his rifle from his shoulder, lost his footing and fell down backwards. He heard Burton screaming and managed to get back on his feet to shoot and kill the buffalo. Johnson says they stabilized Burton, who is missing a hunk of flesh from his thigh, then they got Burton to a clinic in neighboring Zambia and then to a hospital. Fortunately, the buffalo completely missed his femoral artery. Before leaving Mozambique, Johnson spoke by telephone with Burton, who was stable and assured him he would recover. Johnson was hunting with Simon Rodger's Safaris de Moçambique in Northern Tete Province in the Lake Cahora Bassa area bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. He says Rodger called in PH Clint Burton to complete his safari and that they did a great job handling the transition. If you have a safari scheduled with Safaris de Moçambique, you may want to contact Rodger just to reconfirm the details of your hunt. Here at The Hunting Report, we’re grateful no one was killed in this incident and we wish Burton a speedy recovery. – Barbara Crown, Editor & Publisher, The Hunting Report. News Bulletins Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Netherlands Customs Fails to Deliver Firearm Transit Permits On Time The Hunting Report has learned of at least two hunters who did not receive their Netherlands firearms transit permits from Dutch Customs before departing for their flights to Tanzania this month. Both had submitted permits two months or more in advance and had followed up multiple times as their departure dates approached. We warned you in a March 10 bulletin that there were signs of trouble with Dutch Customs' processing of transit applications and advised you to submit applications at least two months in advance through a travel agent experienced with hunting travel. Now only 11 days into the Tanzanian safari season, it appears that applications are already falling through the cracks. As we heard last year, on several occasions hunters and agents trying to follow up on the status of applications have had a difficult time reaching anyone at the Dutch Customs office. Some report that, when the telephone has been answered, callers are simply left on hold. Again, there has been trouble faxing applications through. A number of hunters and their agents are concerned that permits are not being processed in an organized and timely fashion. On the other hand, other agents we spoke with have reported no problems so far. But the season is just beginning. One of the possible causes for delays was a switch to a new permit application form available from the Dutch Customs website. The old form is not being accepted. If you have applied for a transit permit through the Netherlands, make sure the correct form was submitted. While you still have the option of faxing the form, you should consider emailing it directly. There are some very convoluted instructions to do that through a Message Box service on the Dutch Customs website. Hunting Report subscribers are advised to send it directly to Be aware that the email provided on the KLM website for this is incorrect! Should you contact Dutch Customs to follow up on your application, be certain to be highly polite and patient with your communications - you don't want your application to end up in the garbage! While Dutch Customs wants applications submitted up to two months in advance, we hear they won't actually start processing them until within two weeks of travel. Some hunters are receiving the permit the same day of their departure, so you may want to provide travel dates that are a day or two earlier than what you plan. The Hunting Report hopes to take up this matter directly with KLM Airlines, who may be able to leverage the political will in Amsterdam to address this continuing problem. Hunters who have not made their flight arrangements yet, may want to consider an alternate airline. If you are flying to Dar es Salaam, you can use Turkish Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways. Hunters flying into Kilimanjaro may use Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways. While their flight schedules may not be ideal, at least you won't have the anxiety and hassle of getting a firearm transit permit issued before you can board your flight! If you have a flight booked through Amsterdam and you are traveling with firearms, or if you are an agent or safari operator with clients flying on KLM, contact Editor Barbara Crown ( with the information. Detail how many hunters and companions are traveling with you and what class you have booked. If you have booked with alternate airlines, tell us about that too. We hope to use this information while pressing our case with the KLM. - Barbara Crown, Hunting Report Editor News Bulletins Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT South Africa Delays New Document Requirements Affecting Family Safaris South Africa has delayed the implementation of new documentation requirements for all children entering and leaving the country. In the July issue of The Hunting Report we warned that as of September 1, all hunters headed to South Africa on a family safari with under-aged children would need some new documentation for each child traveling with them. The date of implementation has now been delayed until October 1, 2014. We learned of the stricter requirements for documentation just as we were going to print with our July issue. In that story we detailed the required affidavits authorizing travel for minors traveling with only one parent or individuals who are not their parents. We also explained that you must have copies of documents for the parents not traveling with the child and their contact details. Importantly, we noted that you must also present an "unabridged" birth certificate for the child in question. At the time, no one could tell us what an "unabridged" birth certificate is, but we have since learned that the document in question is simply a birth certificate containing the details of the child's birth - identity number, full name, country of birth - and the parents' details, including identity number, full names, city/town of birth and citizenship at the time of the child's birth. Hunters traveling with children this safari season have a little bit more time now to acquire the documents necessary for entry into South Africa. We are indebted to Steve Turner at Travel with Guns for the update on this development. News Bulletins Fri, 11 Jul 2014 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><BR><BR> <DIV align=center><STRONG>United States</STRONG></DIV><BR><STRONG>Alaska</STRONG><BR>Paul Dachton (coyote, wolf) with Midnight Sun Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9685</A>) <BR><BR>Ronnie Rector (brown bear) with Mountain Monarchs of Alaska (<A href="" target=_blank>9683</A>) <BR><BR>Clidiere Thierry (black bear, brown bear) with Parker Guide Service (<A href="" target=_blank>9686</A>) <BR><BR>David Trinchero (caribou) with Deltana Outfitters (<A href="" target=_blank>9678</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Colorado</STRONG><BR>Mitch Rohlfs (elk) with Atkinson Expeditions (<A href="" target=_blank>9690</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Nebraska</STRONG> <BR>Dave Tucker (turkey) with The Roost (<A href="" target=_blank>9665</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Texas</STRONG><BR>Timothy S. Geppert (axis deer) with Flagler Ranch (<A href="" target=_blank>9691</A>) <BR><BR>Mike O'Malley (scimitar-horned oryx) with Record Buck Ranch (<A href="" target=_blank>9669</A>) <BR><BR> <DIV align=center><STRONG>Canada</STRONG></DIV><BR><STRONG>British Columbia</STRONG> <BR>Bill McMullen (mountain goat) with Milligan Outfitting (<A href="" target=_blank>9687</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Quebec</STRONG> <BR>Jeff Schaller (Quebec-Labrador caribou, black bear) with Jack Hume Adventures (<A href="" target=_blank>9675</A>) <BR><BR> <DIV align=center><STRONG>Africa</STRONG></DIV><BR><STRONG>Burkina Faso</STRONG><BR>Tim Fallon and Larry Weishuhn (lion, western roan, west savannah buffalo, kob, nagor reedbuck, sing sing waterbuck, western hartebeest, harnessed bushbuck) with Nahouri Safari (<A href="" target=_blank>9682</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Cameroon</STRONG><BR>Cordelia and Rudolf Kraling (dwarf forest buffalo, giant forest hog, yellow-backed duiker, sitatunga, red river hog) with Mayo Oldiri Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9684</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Namibia</STRONG><BR>Doc Southward (impala, gemsbok, wildebeest, springbok, waterbuck) with Jan Oelofse Hunting Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9670</A>) and (kudu, zebra, hartebeest) with Pro-Guiding and Hunting Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9671</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>South Africa</STRONG> <BR>Allan Baker (blesbok, reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, kudu, red hartebeest, impala) with Chumlet Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9679</A>) <BR><BR>Douglas Howerton (Cape buffalo) with Johan Hermann Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9667</A>) <BR><BR>German Ibarra (Cape buffalo, eland, nyala, bushbuck, black wildebeest, reedbuck, waterbuck, blesbok) with Chumlet Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9664</A>) <BR><BR>Lars Jobe (nyala, Cape bushbuck, greater kudu, black wildebeest, Vaal rhebok, waterbuck, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest, common duiker) with Crusader Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9680</A>) <BR><BR>Larry Jones (eland, kudu, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, impala, red hartebeest, blesbok, springbok, oryx, waterbuck) with Chumlet Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9666</A>) <BR><BR>Dennis Kopec (Cape buffalo, impala, zebra, warthog) with Thwane Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9692</A>) <BR><BR>Tracy Samuelson (nyala, duiker, impala, kudu, black wildebeest, zebra, bushpig, blesbok) with Chumlet Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank>9677</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>Zimbabwe</STRONG> <BR>Matthew Bice (<A href="" target=_blank>lion</A>) with Sporting International Inc. (<A href="" target=_blank>9676</A>) <BR><BR> <DIV align=center><STRONG>Elsewhere</STRONG></DIV><BR><STRONG>Mexico</STRONG><BR>Joseph Dolce (Gould turkey) with Muy Grande Outfitters (<A href="" target=_blank>9668</A>) <BR><BR>Laird Hamberlin (Gould turkey) with Chihuahua Outfitters (<A href="" target=_blank>9674</A>) <BR><BR><STRONG>New Zealand</STRONG><BR>Doug Scottorn (sika deer, fallow deer, red deer) with Call of the Wild Hunting Adventures (<A href="" target=_blank>9681</A>) The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Lock, Stock & Barrel <P align=left>Hunt Openings...Announcements...Properties for Sale...Rare Books...and More...... <A href="">Click Here</A> The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT A First-Hand Look at Two First-Class Red Deer Operations <EM>Editor's Note: Hunting Report Correspondent Harry Morse spent April in Argentina visiting two red deer outfitters, one near Mendoza and one in northern Patagonia near Bariloche. He hunted a fairly new operation we first noted in The Hunting Report in May of 2012 (</EM><A href="" target=_blank><EM>Article 2841</EM></A><EM>). Here's his assessment of these very different opportunities.</EM> <BR><BR>Hunting red deer in Argentina has been on my bucket list for the past several years, and 2014 was the year. I spent all of April there, meeting with guides and established outfitters offering red deer hunts in three regions. I hunted my stag with Sebastian Casado, co-owner of Red Stag Patagonia (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 877-260-4332) on the Diego Gonzalez estancia in Tupungato. Located an hour and a half southwest of Mendoza, this is an estate hunt with approximately 20,000 acres of fenced area where high-quality stags roam. Another 100,000 acres, unfenced, range from the lower farmlands up to the tops of the Andes. An original Spanish land grant, the estancia has been in the same family for over 200 years. Hunts are set up for five nights and four full days of hunting. The season runs mid-March to late April. The rate for 2015 is $8,500 US for a 320-class stag. Larger stags are available at a sliding rate that increases with the score..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Mistakes By Government Agents Cause Trophy Shipment Delays <DIV align=center>By Barbara Crown, Editor</DIV><BR>If you hunted in <STRONG>Botswana</STRONG> last year or are going this season, be prepared for some trophy clearance delays by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Seems agents are holding shipments to verify that they were legally-taken hunting trophies. We received several reports about this problem last month. One particular shipment had been held long enough that significant storage fees had been incurred. <BR><BR>The reason for this extra scrutiny is two-fold. First, it appears that an overzealous CITES officer in Botswana decided to implement this requirement and requested that USFWS verify the legality of <STRONG>all</STRONG> trophy imports from that country. The officer reportedly did this just before resigning, leading to some internal misunderstandings and miscommunications in Botswana..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Safari Club International Launches then Suspends Booking Agency And lastly, we have to report on a development at <STRONG>Safari Club International</STRONG> (SCI) that rose and crashed rather quickly last month. We first reported in an Email Extra bulletin on June 4th that SCI had created SCI Outdoors (SCIO), a hunting and adventure travel booking agency to be launched this coming October. The very next day, we reported that the venture had been suspended by SCI's Executive Committee. <BR><BR>A for-profit LLC, SCIO was to function as an "outdoor adventure consulting agency" using specially selected "First Tier" operators, per a solicitation letter sent to prospective operators in May and which we obtained for our report. The agency would book fishing and hunting adventures, plus vacation travel just like a traditional travel agency.... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Expanded Hunting Opportunities with The National Wildlife Refuge System <DIV align=center>By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</DIV><BR>The <STRONG>National Wildlife Refuge System</STRONG> (NWR) could be just the thing to help you fill a hole in your hunting season this coming fall. While many of us plan hunts years in advance and apply in numerous permit lotteries every year, we still depend on some local options, such as a nearby deer lease or family farm to fill available time in our hunting schedule. The National Wildlife Refuge System may provide another opportunity for you to hunt near home. And, with a little planning you may also be able to hunt some limited opportunities across state lines. The US Fish and Wildlife Service administers the NWR system and most of the refuges across the US were purchased with hunter dollars through excise taxes and duck stamp revenues. It's no surprise then that hunting is considered a compatible activity on many refuges..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Who Can Export Argentina Puma Hunting Trophies? <DIV align=center><EM>By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</EM></DIV><BR>Back in January, 2010 we reported on the decision by the Government of <STRONG>Argentina</STRONG> to not issue export permits for native wildlife (Article <A href="" target=_blank>2387</A>) and we continue to caution hunters traveling to that country that they will not be able to export native wildlife trophies. Native wildlife (capybara, puma, collared and white-lipped peccary and red and grey-brown brocket deer) are still legally huntable in Argentina, but you can't get an export permit from the government. <BR><BR>From time to time we hear from hunters about outfitters who represent that they can get export permits. We've recently followed up on one such outfitter with the surprising result that, indeed, he does receive export permits for puma. But there's a catch..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Wildlife Manager Busted for Illegal Hunting in Spain <DIV align=center>By Tim Jones, Managing Editor</DIV><BR>In <STRONG>Spain</STRONG> we have news that authorities (Service for the Protection of Nature of the Guardia Civil of Castellón) have begun criminal proceedings for illegal hunting against a person responsible for managing ibex populations on a number of preserves in the province of Castellón. <BR><BR>According to a May 3, 2014 article published by the Spanish newspaper <A href="" target=_blank>El7Set</A>this operator is accused of possessing 10 ibex trophies and four complete animals without proper tags. The accused is a 48-year-old Spanish national..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Volcano Threatens to Disrupt Air Service Again in Alaska <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>Heads up for hunters heading to the <STRONG>Alaska</STRONG> Peninsula this coming season! The Pavlof volcano, 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay, began erupting on Saturday, May 30 sending out a large ash cloud that warranted a red aviation alert. Anchorage-based PenAir issued an ongoing travel advisory on its website due to volcanic activity. PenAir/Alaska Airlines flights connecting Anchorage to Cold Bay and Dutch Harbor were canceled or delayed through Thursday, June 5. <BR><BR>As of this writing, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) website, <A href="" target=_blank></A>, has downgraded Pavlof's status from a red aviation alert to an orange alert after observations indicated "a pause in eruptive activity and greatly diminished ash emissions...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Changes to Texas Public Hunt Program Mean You Must Take Action Soon <DIV align=center>By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</DIV><BR>We've written about the <STRONG>Texas</STRONG> Public Hunt Program in the past (see <A href="" target=_blank>Article 2880</A>) and, as this issue goes to press, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is announcing program changes starting immediately. <BR><BR>You may recall that the program allows hunters to apply for deer, turkey or pronghorn hunts as well as rare opportunities to apply for desert bighorn sheep, scimitar-horned oryx or other exotics and even alligator tags.<BR><BR>Starting in 2014, all hunt information will be available only through the Department's web site (<A href="" target=_blank></A>) and applications will only be accepted online...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT An Update on Giant Eland Hunting and The Chinko Project <DIV align=center>By Barbara Crown, Editor</DIV><BR>Still in <STRONG>CAR</STRONG>, subscriber Dick Caruthers filed a report (<A href="" target=_blank>9701</A>) on a safari he did this past February/March with Eric Mararv's Central African Wildlife Adventures, booking agent Jeff C. Neal Inc. (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 918-299-3580). Caruthers' primary species were bongo, which he took and says were abundant, and buffalo and eland, both of which he failed to take. He managed to collect red duiker, red-flanked duiker and civet, plus harnessed bushbuck, which he says were scarce. Caruthers says there is a lot of poaching here, turning the buffalo nocturnal. During his entire hunt he did not see a single eland. His hunting companions did not get eland either. In fact, he says he did not see many animals at all, although the ones he did see were quality trophies. <BR><BR>As for Mararv's organization, he says they are honest, ethical and nice people, a good outfit overall and that he would recommend them to fellow hunters....... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Making Giant Forest Hog a Primary Species Hunt <DIV align=center>By Barbara Crown, Editor</DIV><BR>I was recently made privy to a fascinating article about hunting giant forest hog, written by professional hunter Christophe Morio. The story has actually been submitted to another publication but has not been published yet. Out of respect to that publication and to Morio, I won't publish any parts of it here. But Morio makes several assessments about hunting this species that I will share with you. Plus, you may be interested in the unusual hunting opportunity he is offering. <BR><BR>Morio specifically discusses how difficult giant forest hog are to get, due in part to their behavior as a whole, and to the humid environments and thick habitat they prefer...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Regarding Interhunt and That Chamois and Ibex Hunt in Turkey <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>Following the publication of our <A href="" target=_blank>June issue</A>, we heard from Eva Schnopfhagen of Interhunt (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 011-43-664-9269462) that we had made a significant error in our reporting on Paul Decleva's hunt for Anatolian chamois and Bezoar ibex in <STRONG>Turkey</STRONG> in that issue. Due to a misunderstanding on our part, we stated that the hunt was booked through Eva Schnopfhagen but actually conducted by another organization. Turns out that we were completely wrong on that score; Schnopfhagen personally arranged all details of the hunt with independent contractors. <BR><BR><BR>We spoke to Paul Decleva to clear this issue up. He says that once he arrived in Instanbul, he was met by "fixers" at the airport. He connected with the English-speaking translator/guide on his journey to Erzurum. Once in Erzurum he met with head guide Abdullah, who sometimes works for other tour operators..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Hunter to Hunter The heart and soul of <EM>The Hunting Report</EM> is the open exchange of information from one hunter to another. One of your fellow hunters, a paying customer like you, goes on a hunt and tells you "the real skinny" about it so you can decide whether the opportunity is right for you. In turn, you pay them back by filing reports on your own hunts telling what really happened, without any hype, promotion or payback, so they can decide if your hunt is right for them. It's a great system. <BR><BR>But, what happens when someone tries to scam you and other hunters? It happens. We know, for example, of one outfitter who has been caught up recently in a public controversy. To counteract it, he (or, sometimes, his wife using her initials and her maiden name) has been going onto various hunting forums on the web and filing rave reports on his own operation. We've also seen instances where an operator will plant false information about a competitor. <BR><BR>How do you protect yourself from that kind of dung-slinging? Easy. You "hire" us to look after your interests, that's how. <BR><BR>We run a basic fact check on every report that comes into <EM>The Hunting Report</EM>, long before you ever see it. We check to make sure the contact information for the outfitter is current and correct and make sure that you can actually hunt the species mentioned where the hunt took place (you'd be surprised . . .). In other words, we look for anything that doesn't appear right. And there's one more thing we check: the contact information for the hunter who filed the report. That's essential information for this hunter-to-hunter exchange. If the hunt report doesn't answer all your questions, you have the means to get more information. We won't knowingly put an anonymous report in our database unless there's an extremely compelling reason to do so, and even then, we'll do it only if we have the ability to follow up and answer your questions. <BR><BR>If the report is slated for coverage in <EM>The Hunting Report Newsletter</EM>, we always re-contact the hunter and/or outfitter or booking agent to get more background. If the report contains a complaint, we dig even deeper, allowing everyone implicated the opportunity to fully and completely air their perspective on the facts of that hunt. <BR><BR>In an ideal world, you wouldn't need these safeguards. You'd tell other hunters the honest story of your hunts, they'd tell you theirs. Everyone would benefit. But this isn't an ideal world, and you need someone looking out for your interests, to make sure the information you are getting is as reliable as possible. In this sometimes ugly world, we're happy to be your watchdog. The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Success on a Repeat BC Stone Sheep Hunt <DIV align=center>By Mitch Rohlfs, Subscriber</DIV><BR><EM>Editor's Note: Even in top sheep country with a great guide, getting a Stone sheep is by no means guaranteed. Many hunters go back two or three times before connecting. One of the outfitters in British Columbia with a high success rate is Leif Olsen's Stone Mountain Safaris (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 250-232-5469). In 2012, 12 out of 15 hunters took a sheep. We recently received a very positive report (<A href="" target=_blank>report 9689</A>)from subscriber Mitch Rohlfs on two trips with Stone Mountain Safaris, a September 2012 hunt in which Rohlfs did not get a shot at a legal ram, and a second hunt in October 2013, which was successful. Here's his story::</EM> <BR><BR>"On my first hunt in 2012 my guide Derrick Stevens and I worked hard to find sheep. In fact, we busted our butts to find a legal ram. The Toad River area is great game country, but legal Stone sheep can be scarce. I booked for 18 days, and hunted 16 days without getting a good look at a legal Stone sheep. Toward the end we were seeing more sheep, but none that were full curl rams. We had good weather for most of the hunt, but on the 16th day, when we finally did catch a glimpse of a legal ram, the weather socked in and we lost the last two days of hunting. I did, however, take a nice caribou on the first day. I also had the opportunity for two big moose, but I didn't want to take time away from hunting Stone sheep. This is a very physically challenging hunt......<BR> The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT A Recommendable Place to Hunt Sika Deer <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>If you are looking for a fun, relatively affordable <STRONG>New Zealand</STRONG> hunt with low pressure and big game, this may be your ticket. In <A href="" target=_BLANK>Report 9681</A> subscriber Doug Scottorn says he was glad to find an excellent estate hunt for sika deer on the North Island. Scottorn spent six days in May hunting with guide Peter Livesey of Call O' the Wild Ltd. (<A href="" target=_blank></A>;; 011-64-9820-0300). "I finally got a trophy sika deer after 30 years of sporadically trying to do it on my own," Scottorn tells us. "These animals are possibly one of the most difficult New Zealand trophies to obtain." Scottorn also hunted fallow deer and red stag. <BR><BR>"This area is quite unique with good native bush and good quality animals. It's not 'too easy' to hunt, and although the block where I hunted is behind a wire, it feels like a free-range hunt and presents quite a challenge..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Post-Draw Disappointment Remedies from Booking Agents <DIV align=center>By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</DIV><BR>Almost every state has posted their 2014 drawing results and if you're still without a North American hunt scheduled for this fall, some last-minute openings are still available. You can find some over-the-counter western license opportunities listed in our <A href="" target=_blank>Important U.S. Permit Deadlines</A> column.<BR><BR>Over the next couple of months, we'll be contacting a number of reputable booking agents to see what they recommend for those suffering from post-draw disappointment. <BR><BR>At Safari Outfitters (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 307-587-5596), Clark Jeffs tells us he still has a few November openings for bull elk in the Moreno Valley in northern <STRONG>New Mexico</STRONG>. November hunts will target both resident and migratory elk. Bulls in this area typically score 280 to 300 with a few 330-class bulls taken every year..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Bugling Elk Everywhere on This Utah Hunting Property <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>Subscriber Bert Bohnhoff says he has found an excellent, straightforward Rocky Mountain elk hunt in Utah. Bohnhoff and his son booked a five-day elk hunt with KR Hunting Service, with operator Kerry Rolfe as their guide. In report <A href="" target=_BLANK>9652</A> he describes "a very exciting hunt with lots of bugling bulls coming into calls, just as the rut was starting." We called Bohnhoff to get more details on this opportunity. He tells us: <BR><BR>"This hunt takes place on a 33,000-acre private ranch in the northeastern corner of Utah. Although a small part of the ranch is in Wyoming, they do not hunt that state. This ranch has a lot of free-range elk, and it's very well-managed...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Thumbs-Up Review for Croatia Mouflon Hunt with Artemis Hunting <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>Subscriber Pat Laughlin has filed a report on hunting mouflon in <STRONG>Croatia</STRONG> for three days in April with Tomo Svetic's Artemis Hunting (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 011+44-7795084055). In <A href="" target=_blank>Report 9672</A> Laughlin writes that he heard about this hunt through <EM>The Hunting Report</EM>. As it turns out, he hunted the same general area editor Barbara Crown visited to hunt mouflon in 2010 (see <A href="" target=_blank>Article 2456</A>), on the Dalmatian coastline near the village of Jablanac. <BR><BR>"I enjoyed taking a nice mouflon with a very skilled guide in just beautiful country," Laughlin writes. "This is a mountainous area, but it's right by the Adriatic, so altitude is not an issue. You drive between large ravines that lead up from the sea and look for mouflon along them. From there it's spot and stalk. Tomo and his team did a great job. Another bonus is that the majority of Croatians speak at least passable English, so communication is not an issue...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT This British Columbia Black Bear Hunt Offers Lots of Color-phase Bears <DIV align=center>By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant</DIV><BR>A black bear hunt isn't necessarily for a <STRONG>black</STRONG> bear. Many of our subscribers have a specific color-phase trophy in mind when they hunt this species. Subscriber Doc Southward reports seeing a wide range of color-phase bears on his May spot-and-stalk hunt in <STRONG>British Columbia</STRONG> with guide/operator Jamie Reynolds of High Caliber Adventures (<A href="" target=_blank></A>; 604-819-2016). <BR><BR>In his report, <A href="" target=_blank>9673</A>, Southward says that he enjoyed an excellent six-day hunt out of Lillooet, BC. He tells us that black bears are abundant in the area where Reynolds operates and he was able to choose the trophy he wanted. "There was an excellent variety of color-phase bears. Jamie is the guide/outfitter for this kind of hunt. I hope to repeat this trip as soon as possible...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT First-Hand Report On a DIY Safari <DIV align=center>By Barbara Crown, Editor</DIV><BR>In our <A href="" target=_blank>May issue</A>, we covered a report from occasional correspondent Tom McIntyre on a DIY hunt in Cameroon. Now subscriber Mario Nobili has filed a report (<A href="" target=_blank>9658</A>) on another self-guided hunt, this one in <STRONG>Senegal</STRONG>. This is the first direct report on big game hunting we have received on Senegal. Unfortunately, it doesn't paint a very hopeful picture of the prospects there. <BR><BR><EM>Hunting Report</EM> subscribers may recall that Tom McIntyre looked into self-guided big game hunting in Senegal after a bird shooting trip there back in 2008 (see Article <A href="" target=_blank>2022</A>). McIntyre heard differing reports on the viability of safari hunts in Senegal, one from Jean Pierre Bernon of Club Faune. Bernon was quoted as saying, "The truth is, very few big game animals are taken in Senegal." Well, it seems that Mario Nobili's recent trip in March would confirm this..... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT New Entry Requirements for Kids <DIV align=center>By Barbara Crown, Editor</DIV><BR><STRONG>South Africa</STRONG> is a popular destination for taking children and grandchildren on their first safari. Literally as we were preparing for press, we received word of a new development affecting anyone traveling with children to or through South Africa. Starting September 1, new document requirements take effect under the South African Immigration Amendment Act. Be prepared to present an "unabridged" birth certificate showing the particulars of the parents of the child (more on that in a moment). If only one parent is with the child you will also need written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent on the birth certificate authorizing the child to enter or depart from the Republic of South Africa, or a court order granting you full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship, or a death certificate for the other parent...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <DIV align=center>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.<BR>Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor<BR>June 23, 2014 </DIV> <BR> <TABLE class=ae_noborder align=center> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><EM>The Hunting Report</EM> is both a source of news about worldwide hunting and a tool for planning hunts for the hunter who travels. Important Permit Deadlines is our way to quickly communicate significant deadlines to hunters who choose to participate in the various drawings held in the US. By July, all of the trophy hunt drawing deadlines in the western states will have passed. However, we maintain a full summary of Important Permit Deadlines online for you to use as a planning tool for next year's applications. Stay tuned for more Important Permit Deadlines as drawing opportunities for spring hunts approach in September. <BR><BR> <TABLE class=ae_noborder cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="90%" align=center border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD bgColor=#3e473e height=1 colSpan=3><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=1 height=1></TD></TR> <TR> <TD bgColor=#3e473e width=1><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=1 height=1></TD> <TD bgColor=#515d51> <TABLE class=ae_noborder cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=3 height=17></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT class=title>Western States Deadlines</FONT></STRONG> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD> <TD bgColor=#3e473e width=1><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=1 height=1></TD></TR> <TR> <TD bgColor=#3e473e height=1 colSpan=3><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=1 height=1></TD></TR> <TR> <TD bgColor=#c0c0c0 width=1><IMG border=0 alt="" src="" width=1 height=1></TD> <TD> <TABLE class=ae_noborder cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD bgColor=#fffffa width="100%"> <TABLE class=ae_noborder cellSpacing=10 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><STRONG>State</STRONG></TD> <TD></TD> <TD><STRONG>Telephone</STRONG></TD> <TD></TD> <TD><STRONG>Comments</STRONG></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Arizona</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>602-942-3000</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href=";/" target=_blank>;/</A>OTC mountain lion permits are available year-round. OTC archery deer permits also available for fall hunts. Expect the drawing for spring hunts (turkey, bison, javelina and bear) to be available online in early October. A nonresident hunting license is required to apply, but if you bought the new 365-day license this year, it will cover the spring draw. </TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Colorado</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>303-297-1192</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; OTC elk, bear and leftover limited licenses will go on sale August 5 at 9 AM. The OTC elk is valid in much of the state. Mountain lion season runs November 2014 through March 2015 with a new season (on the new license) April 1-30, 2015.</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Idaho</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>208-334-3700</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; 2014 nonresident licenses are available, including OTC deer and elk tags. </TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Oregon</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>503-947-6100</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; 2014 draw results available online. OTC General elk and deer licenses now on sale. Many hunters wait until after the draw hunts are posted to purchase their general licenses, so expect OTC licenses with nonresident quotas (such as fall general bear) to fill quickly. Fall bear available OTC through the license division (not from vendors).</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Texas</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>512-389-4505</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; For news on drawings for the Texas Public Hunt Program, see the item in our <A href="" target=_blank>Briefly Noted</A> section.</TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Utah</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>801-538-4700</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; 2014 big game draw results are posted online. OTC general elk licenses and remaining limited-entry permits go on sale July 10 at 8 AM. Leftover general deer permits go on sale July 15. OTC mountain lion tags available for units with available quota. 14 units remain open until November 9, 2014 or until the unit quota is reached (most are significantly below quota and will likely remain open through the big game seasons for tag holders). </TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Washington</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>360-902-2464</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; General deer, elk, mountain lion and bear tags available OTC and combination licenses for these species are available. </TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=100><NOBR>Wyoming</NOBR></TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top width=100>307-777-4600</TD> <TD></TD> <TD vAlign=top><A href="" target=_blank></A>; Wyoming has posted the results of their 2014 drawing and a list of leftover licenses was posted on the web in late June. Leftover deer and pronghorn licenses are sold first-come, first-served. Leftover licenses are generally for areas with difficult public access; be sure you have a place to hunt before obtaining a license. <BR><BR>Full-price leftover licenses can be obtained by people who were unsuccessful in the initial drawing, but also by those successful who wish to take a second deer or pronghorn. Reduced price leftover licenses are for cow/calf elk, doe/fawn deer or doe/fawn antelope. <BR><BR>Licenses will be sold in person at Wyoming Game and Fish offices and through the Electronic License Service via the Department's website. Full-price elk, deer and antelope licenses were available July 10, 2014 starting at 8 AM MDT. Reduced price licenses become available July 17, 2014 starting at 8 AM MDT. Application period to purchase preference points only is July 1-September 30, 2014.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> <DIV align=center>* Over-the-counter</DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT Where to Look For North American Mountain Lions – The Perfect Year-Round Hunt <DIV align=center><EM>By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor</EM></DIV><BR><EM>Editor's Note: In many western states, a mountain lion hunt is the best antidote to draw disappointment. North American Editor Mike Bodenchuk conducted post-graduate research on mountain lions in New Mexico and ran his own pack of hounds for more than 26 years, so he knows the species well. When he returned recently from a "Mountain Lion Summit" with fresh information on the status of these elusive animals across the hemisphere, we asked him to give us some insight on where to go and some outfitters to consider. This month, we'll cover the more southerly areas which offer, essentially, year-round hunting. Next month, we'll bring you the states and provinces where hunting is generally more snow-dependent. Enjoy!</EM> <BR><BR><EM>Puma concolor goes by many names: puma </EM>(in Spanish), cougar, panther, painter, catamount . . . and more. In our database (75 articles and nearly 150 hunting reports, the vast majority positive), they are "lion, mountain." But I grew up in New Mexico and started hunting "lions" there way back in the 70s, shortly after they gained game animal status. Although this may offend some Old Africa Hands, I'll use "lion" for the duration of this overview. <BR><BR>The lion is arguably North America's most secretive game animal. In California, they are rarely seen, even though surrounded by literally millions of people. Lions occur in huntable numbers in 15 western states, but restrictions on hunting eliminate meaningful opportunities in several of them. California, for example, has protected lions completely, going so far as dismissing a recent game department director after he went to Idaho and legally hunted a lion there. It is not illegal for a California resident to hunt lions elsewhere, but they may not bring their trophy home with them! Both Oregon and Washington have outlawed the use of hounds for lion hunting, and while they still sell lion tags (and kill a surprising number of lions), the majority of lions are taken incidental to another hunt. South Dakota opened lion hunting to residents-only in 2005 and has never allowed the use of dogs, yet they kill a number of lions every winter. A few hunters there have started targeting lions with predator calls. North Dakota also allows hunting only by residents and has a small hunting quota. Nebraska opened lion hunting in 2014, but their quota of only two lions per season makes outfitted hunting there impractical. So while lion populations are expanding, meaningful hunting opportunities are limited to the core Rocky Mountain/Great Basin/Southwestern states and the Canadian provinces, where outfitters with hounds are available to visiting hunters. Here's part one of a detailed look at lion hunts as of 2014. Next month we'll look at opportunities farther north...... The Jul 2014 Issue Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT