The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT Air Canada Bans Big Five African Trophies on Flights http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=740 Air Canada has joined several US airlines in banning the shipment of Big Five trophies from Africa: lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo. We notified subscribers of the bans by Delta, United and American Airlines in two Email Extra Bulletins earlier this week.Air Canada's ban was originally reported in major media outlets in Canada, including CBC, on August 4, 2015. (See the CBC news report here.) Media relations personnel at Air Canada have refused to respond to The Hunting Report's requests for corroboration or clarification on various points. The US carriers have also failed to respond to specific questions regarding the ban, including whether they consulted with any regulatory bodies, such as US Fish & Wildlife, CITES and IUCN.This latest "embargo" is part of a growing trend of airlines responding to pressure from emotive petitions on websites like change.org. The latest round of bans can be seen as a result of the sensational publicity following the killing of a collared lion in Zimbabwe, which added momentum to the petitions already underway.Hunters who do not hunt in Africa and believe they are not affected by these developments should note that Air Canada has already taken heat from animal rightists in Canada, who are disappointed that the ban does not include shipment of domestic game trophies. Asked about this, the airline responded to BC's News 1130 by stating that the current ban was made "in response to an increase in illegal trade of wildlife." (See www.news1130.com/2015/08/06/should-air-canada-expand-ban-big-game-trophies-include-kills-within-canada).We have questioned Air Canada, United, and others about why buffalo trophies are included in their shipping bans, despite there being no trade restrictions on African buffalo. So far we have received no response on this. It is safe to say that airline executives have not conducted any research or given much consideration to the effects these shipping bans will have on conservation funding and economies in Africa. Given the politically correct statements that have been made to the general press by the airlines, the bans appear to be public relations ploys in the light of recent controversy. The Hunting Report will continue to follow the situation closely and see how airlines react to pressure from the hunting community. Hunters who use these airlines and all who depend on hunting to pay for conservation and to feed their families, whether guides or workers in a factory making camouflage clothing, should contact these airlines and make your displeasure known! - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Fri, 07 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=740 American and United Airlines Expand Hunting Trophy Ban http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=739 American Airlines and United Airlines have both announced that they are no longer accepting certain hunting trophies as cargo on their flights. This comes at the same time as Delta's announcement on August 3 that it would immediately ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight (see our bulletin dated August 3).Neither American nor United airlines has issued a press release with details as of yet. American Airlines simply announced its ban on twitter yesterday: ?Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies."United Airlines Spokesperson Charles Hobart responded to The Hunting Report's inquiry by email, "United [now] restricts the shipment of lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard or rhinoceros trophies as freight. United also follows all US domestic and international regulations, which prohibits the possession of trophies or other items associated with protected species."It appears that all three US-based airlines have simply decided to ban the shipment of all "Big Five" trophies, including buffalo (despite this species not being a CITES-listed species nor even a species of concern for the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Of course hunting and transportation of all of these species is completely legal under international agreements and regulations that dictate export quotas and government issued documentation that must accompany all shipments.These bans seem a direct result of the global news and social media backlash connected to the recent killing of a collared lion in Zimbabwe by an American hunter. This unfortunate and allegedly illegal (the PH and landowner have been charged but not convicted and Zimbabwe has sought the extradition of the American hunter) event came at a moment when airlines around the world were already being targeted by anti-hunting campaigns to ban the shipping of trophies. The fact that the ban targets the entire "Big Five" indicates the motives behind it are not at all about conservation of threatened or endangered species (which receive legal and regulatory protections) but about curtailing all hunting. Delta had previously announced that it would not participate in this movement and would continue to ship legal trophies. These airlines are part of a growing worldwide trend: commercial airlines that have recently banned shipment of some or all hunting trophies (purportedly as a "conservation measure"), due to a targeted campaign by animal rightists and anti-hunting organizations.Despite the recent trophy bans by various airlines, The Hunting Report's newest affiliate partner Safari Cargo Systems has many options serving the majority of US Fish & Wildlife designated ports of entry on a frequent basis, irrespective of trophy contents. Kindly know that all paperwork and shipping crates shall be subjected to in-depth scrutiny. Safari Cargo's Proprietor and CEO tells us, "For obvious reasons we shall not at this point in time disclose the detail and designation of our airline partners. But hunters should contact us today for assistance with their trophy shipments."Call or email Safari Cargo Systems at one of the phone numbers or email address below:Telephone International: + 27 11 979 3770 1-5Telephone National: (011) 979 3770 1-5Mobile Number International: + 27 82 8283343Mobile Number National 082 8283343Fax: +27 11 396 1061E-mail: gideon@safaricargo.co.zawww.safaricargo.co.za- Justin Jones, Assistant Editor News Bulletins Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=739 Delta Announces Ban on Select Hunting Trophies http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=738 Delta Airlines announced today that they will no longer accept certain hunting trophies as cargo. The announcement was posted on their website at http://news.delta.com and reads:"Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Prior to this ban, Delta's strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments."The announcement comes at the height of the media frenzy over the illegal killing of a collared lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter guided by an unethical safari operator and landowner. Anti-hunting groups have used the incident to inflame emotions around the world and pressure decision makers in government and private enterprises to take action against the hunting industry and hunters in general. As advocated in this month's issue of The Hunting Report, a targeted communications campaign by the hunting community is needed to counter the misinformation and actions of those who would shut down hunting at any cost. Contact your favorite conservation organization today and encourage them to work together to develop a united communications effort now. - Barbara Crown, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=738 In The Publisher's Sights http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1651 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown</div><br><br>The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Most people don't understand this philosophical position when it comes to conservation. Wildlife managers and hunters do. We practice it every time we pay for the opportunity to pursue and kill one animal. Those fees pay for conservation and guarantee that wild places stay wild and populated with wild species. The death of a few guarantees that species endure. Numerous science-based conservation organizations such as CITES recognize this. The IUCN's Species Survival Commission even published guidelines on how trophy hunting can be a tool for conservation incentives (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/IUCN_Guiding_Principles.cfm" target="_blank">www.huntingreport.com/IUCN_Guiding_Principles.cfm</a>).<br><br>Recent events highlight that the general public simply does not understand. All they see is the dead animal. The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1651 Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1667 Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large.<br><br>The listing below includes current year information for big game hunts in each state. The listing will be maintained and updated as a planning tool even though deadlines may have passed. As The Hunting Report is “…for hunters who travel”, all information below is based on nonresident status. Different license fees and, in some cases, deadlines apply to residents of the states listed. The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1667 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1668 <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 Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1668 Follow-Up Report on Alberta Wolf Outfitter http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1662 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Back in April we ran a report by subscriber Armen Avedissian on an interesting wolf hunting opportunity in western Alberta with Timber Ridge Outfitters (<a href="mailto:raylawr@telus.net">raylawr@telus.net</a>; 780-723-2548). This month we have another report on this operation from subscriber Russ Brice (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10162" target="_blank">10162</a>), who says he was very pleased with a February wolf hunt with guide and owner Ray Lawrence. We got some additional details on this operation from Brice in a follow-up phone call.<br><br>"Ray Lawrence is a great wolf hunter and guide. He has gotten wolves for several members of the Los Angeles and Orange County SCI chapters.<br><br>"Lawrence does not book hunts on specific dates. Rather, he takes a deposit and contacts hunters on his list when he has an opportunity available. He hunts wolf on local ranches when they have a wolf problem, sometimes shooting them himself when he can't get clients.<br><br>"I have bought nearly 20 wolf tags over the years with no results, and did not see wolves on a specific wolf hunt in BC. When a friend of mine from my SCI Chapter hunted wolf with Lawrence, I asked him to put a deposit for me if it was a good deal. He did so after his hunt. I soon got a call from Lawrence asking if I could come up. Fortunately I had the time, and two days later I was in Edmonton.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1662 Changes Afoot for Hunting on Hawaii's Lanai http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1659 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>We received a call from subscriber Jeff Sweet passing on information he heard about big changes for hunting on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. He hunted the island recently on his own and paid a daily access rate of $275, but told us the new management direction is to charge $1,400 per day for guided hunts, plus a $500 trophy fee for any animal taken. Also, only one animal may be taken per day.<br><br>Sweet had also heard that guides must now be "a company guide" and the uncertainty about the future of hunting was causing established outfitters to move clients to Maui or other islands. Most disturbing was the rumor that the new owner plans to cull about 1,000 axis deer per month, effectively eliminating this important species.<br><br>We went looking to see if we could clarify the situation. First is the fact that, in 2012, the CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, purchased the private land on Lanai (about 98% of the island) from billionaire David Murdock, who, among other things, was the majority owner of Dole Food Company. Dole owned the island originally as a pineapple plantation, but has also developed resort communities and a solar farm.<br><br>Lanai has most of the purebred mouflon sheep in Hawaii plus some of the best axis deer hunting. Many outfitters offered hunts on the island and there has been a public draw axis deer hunt through the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). There are about 2,000 people living on the island and hunting is an important local tradition.<br><br>When Ellison bought the island, there was considerable uncertainty among the locals and reports were that they presented the new owner with a list of concerns. Among those was continued access to hunting and fishing opportunities.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1659 Florida Bear Hunting Reopens http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1661 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br>In June, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a limited black bear hunt. Bear hunting was suspended in most of Florida in 1974, and closed completely in 1994. Since then the bear population has increased and is estimated in excess of 3,000. Bears were removed from the threatened species list in 2012.<br><br>The 2015 hunt was approved for four of the state's seven bear management units (East Panhandle, North, Central and South units) and many of the state-owned WMUs will be open. A Florida hunting license and a bear permit ($100 for residents, $300 for nonresidents) are required.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1661 A Thumbs Down Report on a Combo Hunt in British Columbia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1663 Subscriber Dexter Barnes is extremely unhappy with the service he received on a combination black bear, moose and mountain goat hunt in British Columbia in 2011 with outfitter, Brian McConnell of McConnell & Co Guiding Services. His day-by-day report is much too long to excerpt here, so we are making it available for anyone to see at <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/Special_Contro_McConnell_Co.cfm" target="_blank">www.huntingreport.com/Special_Contro_McConnell_Co.cfm</a>. We urge you to read it in its entirety.<br><br>Though Barnes tells us he managed to take two bears and a mountain goat on his hunt (he saw only one moose, a sub-adult bull), he says he can't recommend the outfitter. His lengthy and detailed report is a horror story of extreme disorganization (starting when he was left stranded at the airport upon arrival), discomfort, and outright danger (a capsized canoe in fast, cold water). It's clear that, in Barnes' opinion, he did not get the hunt he had been promised and paid for and that he believes the guiding, accommodations, food, overall service and game availability were all sub-standard on his hunt.<br><br>We forwarded Barnes' complete report to Brian McConnell, who tells us, in part:<br><br>"Unfortunately, people tend to over-exaggerate stories for effect. This story is at least certainly that.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1663 Is Sandbagging Trophies A Real Problem? http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1666 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: We occasionally receive a report from a subscriber who thinks his hunt was unsuccessful because the outfitter was reserving an area or a specific trophy for a TV crew arriving later. We recently heard from a subscriber who thought his trip was diminished because the ranch crew was saving a specific area for the owner, who arrived during his hunt. We asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to dig deeper and find the real story:</em><br><br>The idea that an outfitter or guide may steer a client towards or away from a specific trophy or a productive hunting area isn't new. In some ways, it just makes sense. Why wouldn't an outfitter want the landowner (on whose continued goodwill he depends) or a celebrity hunter (who will provide publicity) to have the best trophies?<br><br>There are a number of ways an outfitter can try to "sandbag" the best trophies. He or his guide can steer the hunter away from a specific area, where, later, a "special" hunter goes and shoots a trophy. This one can be tough for a hunter to spot. Second, the guide can call a hunter off of an obvious shooter, saying that he's being saved "as a breeder" or that he's "still too young." With intensive game management, especially behind high fence, the decision to take or pass a specific deer really has become complicated and these "excuses" may actually be true. But, if later in the season that same trophy shows up on the outfitter's website or in a TV segment, you have to wonder.<br><br>Before the stones start flying from the outfitter camp, let me state right up front that at its best, hunting is very democratic. The broad truth of the business is that every customer counts, and a good outfitter will work equally hard for all. We want to think that hard work and a level playing field will provide us all with the trophy we seek, but sometimes the client who works the hardest comes up empty while another simply blunders into a trophy. Another truth: unless the game is behind an inescapable fence, nobody can guarantee that a specific animal will be there tomorrow.<br><br>I've been an outfitter and a guide and I've never seen anyone call a hunter off a trophy to "sandbag" it. But I have seen situations where hunters may have thought that was happening.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1666 Father and Son Experience-of-a-Lifetime in New Zealand http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1664 <div align="center">By Gary Jorgensen</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: In our May, 2014 issue (Page 8, Article<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3306" target="blank" rel="nofollow">3306</a>in our database), correspondent Greg Morton told you about big changes at High Peak Station (<a href="http://www.highpeak.co.nz/" target="blank" rel="nofollow">www.highpeak.co.nz</a>; email <a href="mailto:simon@highpeak.co.nz">simon@highpeak.co.nz</a>; 011-64-3-318-6895). At that time, Morton called it, "The best luxury New Zealand red stag property you've probably never heard of!" Well, it turns out that subscriber Gary Jorgensen had already heard of it, had already spoken to Simon Guild who runs the operation, and had already booked a hunt for April, 2015. Here's his report. Please note that Jorgensen assures us this is just his opinion; he has no stake in High Peak Station other than as a satisfied client.</em><br><br> Wow! No, Double Wow!! Unbelievable!!! High Peak Station on New Zealand's South Island, produced an unforgettable and enjoyable hunting experience. Honestly, more than I expected…and I expected a bunch based on my research. The accommodations were beautiful, food was outstanding -including local lamb, salmon, crayfish (aka lobster) and several game preparations. My wife, a non-hunter, said this five-day experience was the highlight of our three-week New Zealand vacation…and I agree.<br><br> High Peak's staff cannot possibly be improved upon, period. They are very, very personable folks (like a family). Simon Guild's caring and professional stewardship produced an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. Hilary, the main chef, cannot be beat…possibly tied, but not beat. James Cagney, the head guide, has it all, including a great personality and tremendous knowledge of the hunting area and available trophy animals. He was a total pleasure for my son and me to be with. Now to the hidden treasure…Craig "Smitty" Smith. Smitty is a piece of work.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1664 Details on Caprivi Quarantine http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1652 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Back in February (Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3483" target="_blank">3483</a> in our database) we informed subscribers of a quarantine in Namibia's Caprivi Strip that continues to affect hunters. An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the area led authorities to close down the movement of livestock and game animals from a substantial part of the region. The quarantine has not been lifted as of yet. Although only hoofed species are susceptible to the disease, trophies including elephant, crocodile and hippo have been placed under quarantine (and armed guard) in a warehouse in Katima Mulilo.Subscriber Dick Mahan says he is still waiting on a very large elephant he took in the Caprivi in July of 2014.<br><br>To find out more, we contacted Kai-Uwe Denker, president of the Namibia Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA).<br><br>We are presently addressing the issue with Veterinary Services and others, and hope to come back with a positive answer soon. The issue circles around an outbreak of FMD in the Zambezi Region (former Caprivi Strip) last year. Although the restrictions for this region were lifted on May 27, 2015 a more recent outbreak of FMD in some regions to the north of Etosha National Park and in the northwest have complicated matters for all regions beyond the so-called 'red line.'... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1652 Rivers South Safaris: A "New" Hunting Operation on the South Island http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1656 <div align="center">By Greg Morton, New Zealand Correspondent</div><br><br>The South Canterbury region of the South Island is at the center of many New Zealand hunting safaris. This is high country hunting with several notable tussock ranges, including the Two Thumb Range, the Ben McLeod Range and the High Claytons. A gravel road winds its way up the valley floor from Lake Opuha, and the large private ranches on either side of this road offer both estate and free-range hunting for the South Island big game species. The main draw is estate red stag and free-range bull tahr, though estate hunting for other species is also good.<br><br>For decades there was little change in the farmer ownership of the area but over the last few years there have been new farming initiatives (such as dairying), several property sales and also some re-structuring among the original hunting outfitters. For example Dry Creek Station and Lilydale Station were sold and Kiwi Safaris has changed ownership. These changes have been good news for overseas hunters.<br><br>A good case study in point is Rivers South Safaris owned by Mark and Pam Waite, who have lived locally for some time (see Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=8943" target="_blank">8943</a> from 2012), have a long history with the hunting industry in the region, and in recent years have expanded their own guiding rights to offer clients quality hunting. The Waites have built their own lodge alongside Lake Opuha with their hunting properties virtually on the doorstep. They have purchased nearby Mount Walker and gained hunting rights on Lilydale Station, a fantastic free-range bull tahr property.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1656 A Less-Traveled Option for Red Stag and More http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1658 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Trophy hunters may be interested in hunting Norway this year. That's because SCI has just recognized Norwegian red deer as a separate category in its record books and awards programs.<br><br>We heard about this development from Bob Kern at The Hunting Consortium (<a href="http://www.huntingconsortium.com/" target="_blank">www.huntingconsortium.com</a>; <a href="mailto:hunt@huntcon.com">hunt@huntcon.com</a>; 540-955-0090). Kern says that SCI's decision prompted him to travel to western Norway recently to do his own scouting. He tells us he has good options now in place for hunters interested in this opportunity.<br><br>"Norway is not a leading hunting destination, and hunting red stag there has not been popular with western hunters," Kern says. "This is mostly because the stags in Norway are small by comparison with the huge stags of Austria's Danube Valley and elsewhere.<br><br>"Now that SCI has Norwegian red deer as an independent trophy in the record book, I think these hunts will be more popular. SCI's decision to include this trophy is justified, as these deer are genetically different from continental red deer. They are similar in stature to the stags of Scotland, but not quite as numerous."<br><br>Kern tells us The Hunting Consortium is partnering with Swedish outfitter Stefan Bengtsson of Scandinavian Prohunters AB to offer hunts in Norway in the areas south of Bergen.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1658 Plan Now for A Spring Muskox Adventure (It's More Than Just A Hunt!) http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1657 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-At-Large</div><br><br><em>With the North American fall hunting seasons quickly approaching, it's time to look ahead at other opportunities on the hunt planning horizon, and the time to start planning is now. Here, Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk focuses in on spring opportunities for muskox. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Spring hunting for muskox remains one of the greatest Arctic adventures, one of those hunts you'd choose for the experience alone, even if it didn't offer a unique addition to your trophy room. To be certain, there are a number of outfitters who offer hunts in the fall, with easier access, more favorable weather and the chance to combine the muskox trophy with an arctic island caribou, if you're in the right place. But a spring hunt offers a different kind of adventure.<br><br>"Spring" is a relative term in the Arctic, especially as it applies to muskox hunts. Muskox hunts are scheduled for March and April, when days are longer but there is still plenty of snow and cold. Hunters usually travel out from Arctic communities by snowmobile with sleds pulled behind. Clients stay with native guides and are given a glimpse of a true subsistence lifestyle. With polar bear imports to the US suspended, spring muskox hunting is the best way for many hunters to experience the Arctic.<br><br>Our hunt report database is filled with 57 muskox reports, 40 from spring hunts. Many of these spring hunts were combination polar bear and muskox hunts, but in the absence of polar bear hunting the same outfitters are still offering muskox.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1657 Good Florida Alligator Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1660 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber Dr. Joseph Adducci traveled from the plains of North Dakota to sunny Florida for a May alligator hunt with H&H Gator Hunts (<a href="http://www.hhgatorhunts.com/" target="_blank">www.hhgatorhunts.com</a>; 321-242-1012) and gives the experience a complete thumbs up. He reports taking a nine-foot trophy, and that it only took two hours.<br><br>About H&H he says, "They know their business." He gives the guiding and services excellent ratings throughout. Of note is the fact that Adducci is 80 years old; the H&H website specifically mentions accommodating hunters of all ages and physical abilities.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1660 Two Unique Brown Bear Trophies in One Trip http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1665 <div align="center">By Jim Shockey, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: Last month, we covered Kamchatka brown bear hunts, which had long been the biggest draw for international hunters traveling to Russia. But subscriber and occasional correspondent Jim Shockey tells us Russia offers plenty of other options for brown bear. Here's his report on two recent bear hunts in Russia with ProfiHunt (<a href="http://www.profihunt.ru/" target="_blank">www.profihunt.ru</a>; <a href="mailto:jagd@profihunt.com">jagd@profihunt.com</a>; 011-7-495-980-0270). He writes:</em><br><br>This past May, I traveled to Russia for two different brown bear trophies: the Eurasian brown bear and the Mideastern brown bear. The first of these, the Eurasian brown bear, is recorded by SCI as a separate trophy species from the Eurasian brown bear found in Europe. I booked both hunts through ProfiHunt's Artem Veselov, who is an excellent and knowledgeable connection for hunting Russia. My cameraman and I landed in Moscow, where we met interpreter and PH Alexey Maximov, who accompanied us for the remainder of the trip. He handled all the firearm import details with zero headaches.<br><br>First up was the "Eurasian" brown bear. We boarded a four-hour domestic flight east to the city of Novokuznetsk (due north of the point where the borders of Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia meet). This is east of the Ural Mountains (the boundary between the "European" Eurasian brown bear and the "Asian" Eurasian brown bear) but west of the Yenisei River that SCI uses to divide the two varieties. <br><br>We landed in early morning and met our local guides, Nikolai and Ivan, then drove two hours east to Mezhdurechensk, where we changed into our hunting gear and climbed aboard 22-foot, flat-bottom freighter canoes with outboard motors for a six-hour ride up the Usa River to the hunting camp. The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1665 Subscriber Recommended Option for Family or Group Hunt in Eastern Cape, RSA http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1655 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Looking for a safari operator for a family or group hunt in South Africa? We recently received two reports on eZulu Game Reserve (<a href="http://www.ezulugamereserve.com/" target="_blank">www.ezulugamereserve.com</a>; <a href="mailto:carrieloxton@att.net">carrieloxton@att.net</a>; 405-330-1721) from subscribers Michael Dorn and Jan Varner. We have had a number of positive reports from this operation in the past. eZulu has five lodges on three unique ranch properties in the Eastern Cape.<br><br> In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10164" target="_blank">10164</a>, Michael Dorn says that he booked this trip with agent Gordie White of Gordie White Worldwide Hunting (<a href="http://www.gwhunts.com/" target="_blank">www.gwhunts.com</a>; <a href="mailto:gordie.white@gwhunts.com">gordie.white@gwhunts.com</a>; 512-847-2048). He traveled with his wife, six-year-old son and his brother.<br><br> "I have come to thoroughly trust Gordie White, who assured me that my family and I would enjoy hunting with eZulu. After a visit to their booth at the SCI convention in Las Vegas last year, I ended up booking through White for an 11-day plains game hunt with eZulu for the last week of May and early June.<br><br> "EZulu operates five camps on three different properties, which allowed us to hunt the mountain country, the bush country and a beautiful coastal camp, all located in the same region of the Cape. Every property we hunted was game-rich.<br><br> "My son took two warthogs, a beautiful impala, a mountain reedbuck, springbok and an awesome steenbok thanks to the hard work and skill of our PH, Jaco de Jager. My son is young and slight of frame, but eZulu provided high quality rifles with suppressors and good scopes to make it easier for him handle the hunting. Our tracker, David, helped de Jager find one of the warthogs after many hours of tedious tracking under difficult conditions.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1655 New Project to Study Lion Populations http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1653 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief, and Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Big news this month is the EU's confirmation of negative opinions on elephant and lion trophies from various nations in Africa, which comes on the heels of the USFWS's December proposal to list lion as threatened. Naturally, many questions arise about wildlife population studies and how such findings are made. (See our <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=734" target="_blank">bulletin</a> on the EU prohibitions, as well as John J. Jackson, III's article in the August issue of <em>World Conservation Force Bulletin</em>.)<br><br>Amid all this doom and gloom, I thought I would share some good news about a research project designed to gather better data on lion populations in Tanzania. It could eventually have a big impact on policy regarding lion trophy imports worldwide. It is called "Project Lion Tanzania." I heard about this development from Nathan Askew of Bullet Safaris (<a href="http://www.bulletsafaris.com/" target="_blank">www.bulletsafaris.com</a>), who had this to say:<br><br>"We are all aware of the threats facing hunting, specifically lion hunting. Tanzania continues to lead Africa in lion populations, conservation, research, and hunting. All stakeholders involved there share the goal of ensuring the survival of the species. A new research project, 'Project Lion Tanzania' has been proposed and will soon be confirmed by the Tanzanian government. Mississippi State University professor Jerry Belant (carnivore biologist and researcher) has joined up with Dennis Ikanda of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the Safari Club International Foundation to upgrade lion population research with modern methods and field techniques. This is great news for hunting and for improving management of the species. With a more accurate way to sample lion populations in remote and difficult areas (areas typically left to hunters to manage and pay for) we can more accurately measure trends in lion abundance across vast acreages of habitat."<br><br>Askew says he plans to promote the project to the hunting community and to assist with raising funds needed to facilitate operations on the ground. Initial funding has been provided by the SCI Foundation.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1653 The Full Story Behind Those Delays On Shipping Lion Trophies http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1654 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, with Dr. Rolf Baldus</div><br><br>Remember my 2014 report about an attempt to charge a 90% tax on trophies in Tanzania? (See Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3281" target="_blank">3281</a> from March 2014.) I told you that the Tanzania Revenue Authority had tried to apply a tax meant for cattle and goat skins to game skins. The Assistant Director of Wildlife at that time had assured me that the problem had been cleared up. He also told me that the source was some confusion created by the Swahili translation of the word "skins." Unfortunately, the problem persisted due to some zealous tax officers. Subscriber Jerry Singley recently contacted me about a delay in the shipment of his 2014 trophies. His safari operator told him it was because the Revenue Authority was trying to levy that tax on his trophies and he was trying to sort it out. I must admit to having been skeptical at the time, but the operator seems to have been telling the truth.<br><br>I asked correspondent Rolf Baldus to inquire about this issue when he met recently with wildlife division authorities in Tanzania. It appears quite a few 2014 trophies and some from 2015, including leopards and lions, were delayed in export due to this issue. Baldus was told the matter should be settled now. If your trophy shipment has been delayed due to this problem, contact me at <a href="mailto:barbara@huntingreport.com">barbara@huntingreport.com</a> so we can report it to the wildlife authorities.<br><br>Another issue delaying lion trophy shipments from Tanzania has to do with the age verification process. Again, I told you about this problem in March 2014 (see Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3277" target="_blank">3277</a>). You'll recall lion trophies from 2012 and 2013 had not been released in a timely manner. I'm hearing about delays again with the 2014 trophies but for different reasons. The backup with the 2012 and 2013 animals was because a number of them proved to be less than six years old. That was despite much diligence in the field by PHs and their safari operators. This lead to some amendments to the six-year-old rule in Tanzania. Let's recap those:<br><br>Trophies six years-old and older are accepted and can be exported without any penalties.<br><br>Trophies of four- and five-years are tolerated and can be exported but with penalties. PHs are fined $1,000 for a first offense, $4,000 for a second. A third offense will cost him $10,000 and his license. Also, the safari operator will lose one lion on his quota for each four- or five-year-old cat taken.<br><br>Trophies under four years are confiscated, cannot be exported and incur the aforementioned fines. The safari operator loses two lions on his quota for every lion harvested with an age under four years.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1654 CWD Discovered in a Captive-Raised Texas Deer; Finding Will Impact Some Upcoming Hunts http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1650 <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>As we told you in an <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/worldupdate.cfm?articleid=735" target="_blank">Email Extra news bulletin</a> on July 13, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was discovered in a single captive whitetail in South Texas in early July. We have since learned from material in the public record that the deer was born on the breeding operation Texas Mountain Ranch (<a href="http://www.texasmountainranch.com/" target="_blank">www.texasmountainranch.com</a>), owned by Robert E. Patterson in Medina County, Texas.<br><br>Whitetail deer are big business in Texas, where breeders have been allowed to raise and sell bucks that are then released on other ranches, often for hunting. In our March issue (Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3508" target="_blank">3508</a>), we detailed the Texas whitetail business and how it affects hunters. The discovery of CWD in a very active breeding facility threatens this practice, at least in the short term, and the discovery will have an impact on some (not all) whitetail hunts for the coming season.While this is a very fluid situation, here's what we know about the case and the timeline for action:<ul><li>A single deer born and raised on a facility in Medina County tested positive for CWD in early July.</li><li>Breeder deer are under the regulatory control of Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) while they are in pens. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regulates the release of those deer. CWD is a reportable animal disease that automatically involves both agencies, and together they immediately halted the movement and release of all captive-raised deer in the state.</li><li>Authorities are now tracing all deer moved into (trace back) and out of (trace out) the facility where the infection was found. Facilities which neither sent deer to this breeder, nor received deer from this facility will likely be released from quarantine sooner than the others. Some other facilities have had a history of testing 100% of their "eligible mortality" deer (ones that die in the pens), and these will also likely be released from quarantine sooner rather than later.</li><li>There's immense time pressure on the government agencies to identify the source of the infection and check its potential spread while allowing hunting to continue on as many ranches as possible for the upcoming season. The largest deer auction in the state is typically held in mid-August. Regulations require that any deer released for hunting on Managed Land Deer Permit properties must be released 10 days prior to the start of the earliest hunting season on that property, either managed land permit or archery season. The deadline for deer releases for this year is September 22.</li><li>Any discovery of another animal with CWD will start a new tumble of dominoes. Until testing is completed on both trace-back and trace-out properties, some prohibition on movements and releases will likely remain in effect.</li></ul> To put this into perspective, there are 1,300 registered breeder facilities in the state with about 110,000 breeder deer. The moratorium will have the most immediate impact on those facilities which sent deer to or received deer from the infected facility.... The Aug 2015 Issue Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=1650