The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Act NOW on these Tribal Drawing Opportunities Some of the best hunting opportunities available are on tribal lands in the US West, and the deadlines to apply on two of these reservations are coming up fast.The Mescalero Apache Tribe in New Mexico offers unguided opportunities for spring turkey, fall black bear and three separate cow elk hunts to non-members through a draw. The deadline for applications is March 13. Turkey licenses are $250, the bear hunt is $550 and elk tags run $625. If you have ever considered a trophy bull hunt, participating in one of the cow hunts would be a great way to scout the rez while hunting at the same time. Applications can be downloaded at Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota offers elk and bison tags to non-members. Tag prices for bison vary, depending on the type of tag (trophy bull, management bull, yearling or cow), but the price includes one day of guiding. They also offer a non-guided option for spring turkey. Applications are online ( and are due March 15. The spring turkey season is April 1-May 7, 2017. Elk and bison are in the fall with dates to be negotiated with the tribe. Both of these opportunities provide a great chance to experience the culture and the wildlife on these reservations without spending a fortune. - Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US. Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>(Editor's Note: Over the past month we have received reports on hunts in the following parts of the world. All of these reports have been added to our files and are available to you as an Email 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 Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT EU Experts Approve Lion Imports from Tanzania, Give Hunting Management Good Marks <div align="center">By Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, with a contribution from Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown</div><br><br>Although US hunters are currently limited to South African wild and wild-managed lions for importation, members of the European Union (EU) are now able to import lion trophies from <strong>Tanzania</strong>. This past November the European Union's Scientific Review Group (SRG) issued a positive finding for African lion from Tanzania at the 77th Meeting of the Scientific Review Group on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora. The SRG manages the non-detrimental findings for the imports of trophies from CITES-regulated wildlife species into the EU.<br><br>A group of three SRG experts traveled to Tanzania in August on a field mission to assess the sustainability and management of lion and elephant trophy hunting first-hand. While the SRG has not yet changed its negative opinion on Tanzanian elephant issued at the 76th Meeting on June 27, 2016, the visiting group did make some important conclusions that may lead to a positive finding in the near future. Those conclusions will hopefully be mirrored by FWS as well.<br><br>Among the SRG team's findings were high levels of political support to fight corruption and tackle poaching and wildlife trade in Tanzania. Lack of political will is among the numerous accusations launched by opponents of consumptive use of wildlife in Africa, and has also been mentioned by US Fish & Wildlife among the reasons for its current policies on lion and elephant.<br><br>The in-field visit also allowed the EU team to make on-the-ground assessments of Tanzania's hunting areas, noting that the size and structure of habitat in the areas present considerable management challenges in staffing, finances and logistics for surveying elephant and lion populations and to combat poaching. Despite the challenges it observed, the team reports that new enforcement measures introduced in 2014 appear to be bringing poaching and illegal wildlife trade under control.<br><br>Hunting is a well-regulated industry in Tanzania, according to the review team. The economic viability of hunting concessions is, however, being compromised by import bans on lion and hunting trophies by different countries, including the United States. The continued functioning and success of Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), the newly established agency now responsible for tourist hunting in Tanzania, relies heavily on income derived from the hunting sector, and the team analyzed those revenues. The SRG team reported that significant revenues go to the Districts and that procedures are in place for sharing benefits with the local communities. The hunting industry also provides additional voluntary contributions for anti-poaching, conservation and community development.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Information on Another Zambia Allocation <div align="center"><img src=""><br>This huge buff was taken from Zambia Kantanta Hunting Safari's Sandwe concession in 2016.</div> <br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Over in <strong>Zambia</strong> we learned who got another one of those recently reallocated areas we've been telling you about. Valerio Ventriglia contacted us through our Facebook page, telling us that his company acquired the Sandwe Game Management Area (GMA) for a 10-year period. Ventriglia and his brother Daniele own Zambezi Portland Cement, which operates as Kantanta Hunting Safaris. Sandwe GMA is located on the boundaries of South Luangwa National Park with Lower Lupande GMA, Sable Ranch and Chisomo GMA as its neighbors. Sandwe is currently rated as a secondary block by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in Zambia.<br><br>"Our first hunting season will commence in 2017 from June 1 until the end of the season on Dec. 31," Ventriglia says. "Our hunting quota is vast, including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, roan, kudu, hartebeest, puku, crocodile, hippo, duiker, baboon, warthog, impala, grysbok, klipspringer, hyena, zebra and waterbuck.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT No Leopard Hunting in South Africa for 2017 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>As hunters head to the conventions this year, doubts whirl around three iconic African species: lion, elephant and now leopard. Numerous hunters and safari operators have contacted <em>The Hunting Report</em> with questions about the status of lion and elephant import permits for the United States, and whether hunters will be able to import leopard trophies from this coming season. Briefly, as of press time on January 23, there was no additional news from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding approvals for lion or elephant import permits. As for leopard, the deadline for comments to assist FWS with its decision on whether to uplist leopard to Endangered was January 31st. (See the <a href="" target="_blank">January issue</a> of <em>World Conservation Force Bulletin</em>.)<br><br>It will take about another year or more before a decision is rendered and any action taken. Hunters taking leopard hunts in 2017 should not have any problems importing them into the US. We will follow the issue closely and distribute an email news bulletin as soon as there are developments. If you are not an Email Extra subscriber you may wish to upgrade your subscription to receive bulletins on breaking news like this.<br><br>Following that vein, we warned Email Extra subscribers on <a href="" target="_blank">January 17</a> that <strong>South Africa</strong> will not have a leopard quota again this season. The zero quota was announced by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). This means there will be <strong>no leopard hunting in South Africa</strong> again this year. You will recall the DEA withheld the leopard quota in 2016 citing concerns over population numbers and a need for a national Norms and Standards for Leopard Hunting. (See our <a href="" target="_blank">January 2016 news bulletin</a>.)<br><br>In a press release issued Monday, January 16, the DEA says its Scientific Authority recommended the zero quota for 2017 based on a review of scientific information on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Liberia Furthers Commitment to Conservation <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Recipients of Safari Liberia‚Äôs first Goat Rearing PAY IT FORWARD Project in Gbarpolu County. The project is part of a community development effort to curb poaching.</div> <br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief, with contribution from Assistant Editor Justin Jones</div><br><br>At the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention last month, Morris Dougba of Liberia Safari (previously called Liberia Rainforest Safari; <a href=""></a>) visited our booth with Edward G. Gbeintor, manager of the Wildlife Management Department with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) of Liberia. Dougba and Gbeintor told us that <strong>Liberia</strong> is serious about moving to sustainable use of its vast natural resources and building tourism around that. Liberia has the second-largest rainforest in West Africa after Congo. Gbeintor says that the government wants to move Liberia away from timber operations, and it plans to convert large portions of the country's rainforest into national parks and to develop community hunting areas.<br><br>According to Gbeintor, Norway has provided Liberia with $150 million through the World Bank over a five-year period to preserve the Upper Guinea rainforest. The plan is to create 11 national parks. Four have already been gazetted, but Gbeintor says Liberia lacks the funds, the manpower and the knowledge to develop and operate programs in all of these areas that would protect the habitat and wildlife while attracting the tourism to pay for it. They need partners with the ability to create programs to operate the areas on a profit-sharing basis. The national parks would be nonconsumptive areas, whereas the community areas would be available for regulated hunting programs operated by safari operators. Gbeintor and Dougba approached Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown for help in making some contacts. She immediately put them together with John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and Marty Markl of Dallas Safari Club and International Wildlife Crimestoppers (IWC; <a href=""></a>).<br><br>Jackson already has some experience with Liberia, having helped a number of US hunters with trophies from that country that were blocked or seized by US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) when hunting first reopened there. He sat down with Gbeintor and Dougba to discuss their needs and how Conservation Force could assist. "Conservation Force offered to assist the CITES authorities if they had technical issues to reduce the errors and seizures of trophies in the US," says Jackson. "They eagerly accepted. In short, trophy shipments have been plagued by paperwork errors that FWS treats as substantive violations of CITES, hence violations of the ESA that implements CITES in the US."<br><br>The other problem Liberia suffers from is poaching fueled by the bushmeat market. Along with community development programs, serious antipoaching programs are needed to stop the unregulated and unsustainable harvest of duikers and other game in Liberia. That's where IWC came in. Gbeintor came to the DSC convention with a proposal in hand for necessary equipment, supplies and training for forest rangers and antipoaching patrols. IWC took a look at his proposal and offered assistance.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Last-Minute Planning for a Spring Turkey Slam <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Subscriber R. Brines and a magnificent Gould turkey.</div> <br><div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Most hunters, sooner or later, become bitten by the spring turkey hunting bug. Extending your North American hunting season into April or May becomes addictive. Next thing you know, a "turkey slam" is on your bucket list. The original slam included the four US subspecies: Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and Merriam turkeys. With expanded hunting in Mexico, you can add Gould and ocellated turkeys to the list.<br><br>Great turkey hunting can be found almost anywhere in the US. The issue is whether you want to hunt on your own. Many die-hard hunters want to call the birds themselves, but outfitters with good turkey leases often don't allow hunters unchecked access to the land. Some of the best hunting in the world may be inside the levees along the Mississippi River, but you'll probably never get to hunt it unaccompanied. Outfitters don't want you "educating" their birds and will want to at least accompany you, if not guide you. If you're considering a guided or semi-guided hunt, make sure you communicate with your outfitter exactly what you would like and understand what he expects.<br><br>When traveling for turkey hunts, you will want to consider the potential impacts of spring weather (rain and high winds can ruin your hunt) and make sure that you have enough days available to get a good quality hunt in. Since many states allow multiple turkeys, you may want to put together a two-bird package or at least have the option of continuing to hunt if you take the first bird quickly. In some cases, combination hunts with a couple of days guided on private land followed by a few days of DIY hunting on public land may be available. Hunters can also hop from one state to another, based on success and weather.<br><br>The <strong>Eastern</strong> turkey has the widest range, from Minnesota just west of the Mississippi River to the East Coast and north to southern Canada. The Eastern turkey has also been introduced into parts of the Dakotas.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT CWD Spreads to New Areas; What You Should Know <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As the 2016-17 deer seasons ended, it became clear that chronic wasting disease (CWD) is affecting more and more deer herds. Part of this may be that biologists are looking harder. The more you look, the more likely it is that you'll find something.<br><br>But CWD is showing up in new areas and in a larger percentage of deer and elk populations than before. CWD was detected in nine new hunt units in Wyoming alone this year. CWD was also found in Missouri and Minnesota, and the rate in Arkansas elk is alarming. CWD currently affects free-ranging deer or elk in 20 states and two Canadian provinces and has been found in captive herds in several other states.<br><br>For the hunter who travels, there are two important things to remember about CWD. First, because CWD can be spread by the movement of infected tissue in the spinal column and brain, most states have enacted regulations prohibiting the movement of intact carcasses from states with CWD positive herds. From now on, you need to plan on boning all meat and transporting only skull caps with antlers rather than an entire head. For most, this isn't a problem, but if you hunt across a state line and drive to your hunt, remember to plan extra time to comply with this regulation.<br><br>Second, some states are using population reduction hunts to preclude the spread of CWD. Although these hunts are usually held late in the season and are most attractive to locals, the reduction in deer herds can be significant.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT New Agreement with Alaska Natives Could Impact Traveling Hunters <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>On Nov. 29, the US Department of the Interior signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC), elevating that organization's role in wildlife management on federal lands in central Alaska. The MOA granted the commission increased authority over subsistence use of moose and caribou by tribal members. The AITRC coordinates natural resource management for eight tribes across 1.5 million acres of public lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public land.<br><br>Under the MOA, AITRC can set harvest limits, permits and season dates that only apply to native hunters who qualify for subsistence hunting on federal lands.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Foot Rot in Deer on the Rise in Kansas <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Foot rot cases in deer are on the rise in <strong>Kansas</strong> raising concern among hunters and landowners. Foot rot, which causes lesions and abnormal hoof growth, has been reported in 14 counties, and cases are apparently increasing.<br><br>Deer can contract the bacteria through contact with infected soil. The disease is most commonly found in pen-raised deer around feeders. Foot rot in wild deer and elk occurs only occasionally and is probably the result of hoof wounds or some other issue that compromises the immune system. Hoof rot has been identified in wild elk in western Washington.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Deer-Killing Screwworm Reemerge in US <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>USDA recently confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in a stray dog near Homestead, <strong>Florida</strong>. This is the first case of screwworms on the US mainland, though they were confirmed in endangered Key deer on Big Pine Key in October 2016.<br><br>Screwworms, the larvae of flies (<em>Cochliomyia hominivorax</em>), infect mammals by burrowing through the muscle tissue. Resultant infections can kill the animals. New World screwworms were completely eradicated from the US in the 1980s. Sterile male flies were released to mate with females, resulting in sterile eggs and the eventual collapse of the population.<br><br>Hunters old enough to remember screwworms will recall that the eradication program increased deer numbers considerably, as deer were one of the favored hosts for the worm.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Last-Chance Opportunities for Q-L Caribou <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>As Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." On <a href="" target="_blank">January 11</a>, we alerted Email Extra subscribers that Mirage Adventures had 33 tags available for one-caribou trophy hunts. Since then, we've again contacted every caribou outfitter currently operating in Québec to get the complete picture.<br><br>The good news is that, as of mid-January, there are likely still a few tags available and a cancellation hunt is always a possibility. If you need or want a Québec-Labrador caribou to complete your collection, you're going to have to act quickly, as all indications are that 2017 will be the last opportunity to take this subspecies for the foreseeable future.<br><br>Note that the number of tags is probable based on the announced 50% cutback in permit numbers from 2016. As far as we can tell, the actual numbers have not been set, and the tags have not been allocated as of this writing.<br><br>If you really want a Québec caribou hunt this fall, we suggest you contact all of these outfitters immediately. We've listed the number of reviews in our database for each.<br><br><strong>Jack Hume Adventures</strong>, 39 reports, all positive (877-563-3832; <a href=""></a>; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>): Richard Hume tells us he's sold out with a waiting list and is looking to buy additional tags from other outfitters.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Québec Ends Sport Hunting for Caribou <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: On December 21, Québec announced the suspension of all sport hunting for caribou starting in 2018. The 2017 season is the last for the foreseeable future. We alerted Email Extra subscribers to this development on December 23 and followed up on January 11 with news that one outfitter still had 33 caribou tags available and was still booking hunts. Since then we've been digging deeper to bring you this report. If you're interested in a Québec caribou hunt during this final season, we have updated information on page 4.</em><br><br> Bowing to vocal and public demands from First Nations (Innu, Cree, Inuit and Naskapi) in the province, Québec's Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks (MFFP) unexpectedly announced on December 21 that all sport hunting of the migratory Leaf River herd will end after the 2017 season. A total of 739 hunting licenses good for one caribou each will be issued for the trophy hunt in Zone 23 West in 2017. The release notes that the Leaf River herd declined considerably over the last several years. According to a census carried out during the summer of 2016, the Leaf River herd now "numbers less than 199,000 animals." You can <a href="" target="_blank">see the press release here</a>. As continuing readers know, the population was thought to be around 380,000 animals as recently as fall 2014.<br><br> This latest action follows the closure of all sport hunting for the George River herd in 2012 due to the significant decline in numbers of that herd. Since then, the Leaf River herd has been the only one open to sport hunting and aboriginal harvest in Québec.<br><br> Not surprisingly, the remaining handful of caribou outfitters in Zone 23 West are shell-shocked. They were given little, if any, notice of an action that will destroy outfitting businesses, some of which have been operating for 30 years or more. They are exploring ways to possibly reverse the ban but without much hope. Several had to cancel hunts donated for auction at this year's major hunting shows.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Richard Hume of Jack Hume Adventures Speaks Out <em>Editor's Note: As part of our research, we asked all the caribou outfitters remaining in Quebec about the closure of caribou sport hunting and their future. Richard Hume sent us a lengthy and detailed email, far too long to include in our print edition. Still, Hume's email echoed what we heard from other outfitters and we are including it here.</em><br><br>"During the initial conference call [about the status of the Leaf River herd (LHR)], none of us were prepared for what the biologist had to say and we were taken by surprise. I was pretty much in shock to hear what he was saying and was lost for words afterward.<br><br>"I might add that I flew 200 hours across northern Quebec in search of caribou from late July until October and had guides scattered throughout northern Quebec living among the caribou in camps 70, 100, 130, 150, 200 and 225 miles from our base in Lac Pau. I questioned all these guides about the cow/calf ratio, and only one guide who was located at Willy Lake camp witnessed anything lower than a 60% cow-to-calf ratio. The one guide at Willy Lake said he noticed groups of cows having many calves and then others with groups with absolutely none. But even he said that the calf-to-cow ratio on average would have been at least 25%. Other camps reported as high as 80%. The biologist reported 18%!<br><br>"From what I witnessed during my scouting missions with my Cessna 185, the caribou were scattered, with caribou extending from just a few miles west of the Caniapiscau River all the way out to Lac Minto (headwaters of the Leaf River). We also had camps open only 70 miles from Lac Pau that were just as successful as those 225 miles north of Lac Pau. Looking over the grid that the biologist flew to take pictures of the caribou in order to then count them, I would think that he would have been lucky to have counted two thirds of the herd. Bear in mind that he spent a few days doing an inventory of hundreds of thousands of caribou that may have not all been located in the exact location of the collared caribou where he did his grid and, more importantly, however many that were between the grids just a few miles to either side that were never counted. Nonetheless, with the caribou so scattered during our season, it is hard for me as an outfitter to estimate if the herd was up or down. It would have seemed as if we should have seen fewer caribou but we were seeing them everywhere.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT It's Time to Build a New "Caribou House" <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>In 1989, on my first hunt for Québec caribou, I had the chance to talk at length over several days with Stanley Annanack, then over 80 years old and a much-respected elder of the Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) Inuit community.<br><br>Stanley told me that "every three fathers" (roughly 60 to 90 years), the caribou would grow thin and sickly and would retreat to the "caribou house," where they could grow strong again and return so humans could once again hunt them.<br><br>That perfectly describes the cyclical nature of caribou populations around the world. What has changed is the ability to travel easily across the northern landscape and target caribou with modern weapons anywhere, any time. There is no longer a "caribou house" for the animals to retreat to.<br><br>Right now, caribou populations are generally declining across North America. Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuck tells us, "Biologists are scrambling to uncover and reverse the causes. Unfortunately, there is no one clear cause. The collapse of the caribou herds in Québec is likely partially related to habitat changes caused by recent overpopulation and partially related to natural predation and subsistence hunting. Easier access to wintering grounds and a generation of hunters with expectations of harvesting unlimited caribou from huge herds makes it easy to overhunt caribou."<br><br>Unfortunately, nonresident sport hunting is always the first to be eliminated, perhaps because it's easiest to control, and because doing so carries the least political consequence.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT This Aussie Sambar Hunt Gets a Thumbs-Up <div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><div align="center"></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><img src=""><br></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Kinghams Safaris produced this sambar stag for J. Bierley.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"></div> </span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><br></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><div align="center">By Tim Jones, Assistant Editor</div></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10761</a>, subscriber J. Bierley says he and his wife enjoyed his late October sambar hunt in Queensland, Australia, with Kingham Safaris (011-617-5497-3115; <a href=""></a>; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>). This is our 16th report on this operation since 1998; all are entirely positive. Bierley's hunt took place on Kingham's 26,000-acre estate property. He purchased the hunt at auction at full price to support SCI.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-family: symbola; font-size: medium;"><font face="Courier New"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">"Very pleasant terrain and adventure," says Bierley. "There is plenty of game, but it is a hunt! We hunted safari-style from a Toyota, glassing for game in wide vistas on the pan and in narrow, dense gully and gorges, and then stalking. There was some easy walking, but we were late in the season, and the game was not tolerant of walkers. I took a big sambar-smart, elusive, quite nocturnal and most challenging to locate....</span></font></div> The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT A Friendly Estate Hunt in Southern France <div align="center"><img src=""><br>A healthy estate mouflon taken in southern France by subscriber B. Snow.</div> <br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10764</a>, subscriber W. L. Snow recommends his November high-fence red stag and mouflon hunt with all of the trimmings in Aveyron, France, with France Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; +011-33-46-822-6528) this past November.<br><br>"This is a great estate hunt on a property that has been in the family of France Safaris' Didier and Guillaume Roques Rogery (father and son) for more than 800 years. The estate has more than 900 acres of pasture, forests, valleys and steep hills populated with red stag, mouflon, sika deer, roe deer, fallow deer and wild boar. The game was plentiful and well-managed.<br><br>"Clients are guided by either Didier or Guillaume and the professional guide, Jean Cazenove. Both of the Roques Rogerys are trained wildlife specialists and professional hunters. They know the game well, and Cazenove's trophy handling is as good as any pro taxidermist. I had a great time hunting with them. Each hunting party has the entire place to itself, which made for a relaxing experience.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT A Successful Astor Markhor Hunt in Pakistan <div align="center"><img src=""><br> The globetrotting R. Baker with his Astor markhor trophy.</div> <br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Subscriber R. Baker called in with a report about a successful Astor (flare-horned) markhor hunt in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of <strong>Pakistan</strong> in December with guide Pir Danish Ali, owner/operator of Indus Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-92-347-228-8882). Baker took his markhor after extending his seven-day hunt for an extra five days. He tells us that he felt perfectly safe while traveling in Pakistan and enjoyed a well-coordinated hunt.<br><br> During our phone conversation, Baker said, "As I understand it, Indus Safaris is one of only six licensed outfitters in Pakistan. All agents must work with one of these outfitters, who are also able to purchase tags at auction for markhor hunts on behalf of clients or agents. There were four permits issued for markhor in Gilgit-Baltistan for this season, and I was the first hunter in.<br><br> "I arrived in Pakistan shortly after the PIA crash that killed 47 people. Though I was able to fly from Karachi to Islamabad, planes of the type involved in the crash were grounded, and we had to drive 15 hours on the Karakoram Highway to Gilgit. Hunters should expect to make this drive, which I also had to make back in 1997 when hunting Himalayan ibex. In Karachi and on parts of the Karakoram Highway, we had an armed escort vehicle for security.<br><br> "Pir Danish Ali is a tremendous operator. He is well-connected in Pakistan and has the juice to get things done. He was educated in England and is a pleasant talker. We got along great. He served as guide and accompanied me throughout.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Kodiak Island for Mountain Goat, Sitka Blacktail <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Subscriber G. Blankenship's Kodiak Island mountain goat.</div> <br><div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>Subscriber G. Blankenship has filed a positive report (<a href="" target="_blank">10744</a>) on his October mountain goat and Sitka blacktail hunt on Kodiak Island with Mike Munsey of Munsey's Bear Camp (907-202-5619; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).<br><br><img src=""><br>Blankenship's Sitka blacktail from Kodiak Island. <br>Blankenship took his goat the first morning after climbing 1,200 feet to get above them. He reports, "the coat was perfect this time of year." He took his blacktail later in the trip by walking a ridgeline after a 1,500- to 1,800-foot climb. "This wasn't an easy walk along a flat ridgeline, but rather an up-and-down hike." Blankenship and his guide saw 20 to 25 bucks throughout his deer hunt and finally took his deer at 200 yards. In a follow-up interview, he recommended a lightweight, flat-shooting rifle. Blankenship also recommends bringing trekking poles, as they made climbing much easier.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Where to Look for Your Next Elk Tag: Part 2 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: In our <a href="" target="_blank">December issue</a> we looked at elk opportunities in states with early draw deadlines. Now, for the rest of the story.</em><br><br>Certain western states get most of the attention when it comes to elk, and some of them hold their tag drawings later than others. But there are a host of lower profile opportunities that can harbor a great trophy or just a plain fun hunt. Enjoy!<br><br><strong>Montana</strong> isn't known for lots of trophy bulls-the best elk come from private land on the eastern side of the state. The Missouri Breaks and some of the land around the headwaters of the Powder River south of Miles City produce the best bulls, but access is almost always through an outfitter. If you can book through an outfitter here, you should certainly hold out for a 300- to 340-inch bull.<br><br>To complicate issues, Montana sets some hurdles for acquiring limited-entry nonresident elk tags. A nonresident must apply for a big game combination license ($1,001) or an elk combination license ($851) before applying for one of the draw choices. If you are successful in the limited-entry application, you may then hunt that season. If you are not successful, you can turn in your combination license (by a certain date) for an 80% refund, or you can hunt the general seasons available in western Montana. The general seasons are in areas with good access and plenty of elk, but the general tags are over the counter for Montana residents, and these areas tend to get a lot of pressure.<br><br>If you end up without any tag after all the draws are done, the general big game combination license rarely sells out, and leftover tags have always been available after the draw.... The Feb 2017 Issue Wed, 01 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT