The Hunting Report Newsletter http://www.huntingreport.com/rss/rss.cfm Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2023 Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US. Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2023 More Reports http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2024 <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 Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2024 New Safari Operation for Bongo Opens in Congo-Brazzaville http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2005 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/MDaleyBayDuiker.jpg"><br>Daley's trophy bay duiker, taken with PH Christophe Morio.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Given the problems with Congo Hunting Safaris earlier this year (see article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3833" target="_blank">3833</a>), we thought that hunting in Congo-Brazzaville might be on hold. However, subscriber M. Daley recently filed a report (<a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10686" target="_blank">10686</a>) on an October hunt with PH/operator Christophe Morio (<a href="mailto:safaris.morio@free.fr">safaris.morio@free.fr</a>) in the Tala-Tala area of Congo-Brazzaville. Morio is operating in partnership with a newly formed company, Congo Forest Safaris, owned by Bruno Roebroeck and concession holder Jean-Luc Damy. Daley took a 30-inch bongo and bay, Peters' and blue duiker on his hunt.<br><br>"This hunt went even better than I could have imagined; any misgivings I had about hunting in the Congo proved unfounded. It was not as hot and humid as I expected, and insects were not a big issue. I felt perfectly safe during the entire trip. We shot the bongo on the first day of hunting and saw tracks every day. If you are looking for a unique hunting experience, this is the place."<br><br>In a recent email conversation Daley told me, "This hunt was advertised as a last-minute cancellation with a nice discount on the bongo. I had met Morio in Central African Republic [CAR] a few years back and knew from another CAR PH, François Guillet, that Morio likes to walk. I was worried that he would run me into the ground, but I went ahead and booked.<br><br>"Morio worked with me to put the whole trip together quickly, linking up with another hunt in Zambia. He has excellent rifles to lend in camp, making the travel easier.<br><br>"Morio and his business partner have made a big effort to get this area established, and they are still developing salt licks. We would drive about 45 minutes into the forest each morning, where we would begin looking for tracks and checking the licks.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2005 Update on Hunting and Security in CAR http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2007 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Alain Lefol of National Safaris recently emailed to say that his hunting season has started again in <strong>Central African Republic</strong>. At this point, Lefol is the lone operator in CAR. Jacques Lemaux of Safari Bongo departed his hunting areas after heavily armed members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked him and an American client in late June (see article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3836" target="_blank">3836</a>).<br><br>Lefol writes, "We started hunting again in the Vovodo River area. This is a safe area, and we do not anticipate any problems. The security situation in Bangui has stabilized as well, although caution should be taken during travel.<br><br>"Our areas are in great shape, with good management paying off. I had eight hunters earlier in the year, including two American clients. All collected excellent trophies including bongo, buffalo and giant forest hog. All were very happy and several are planning to return. Presently we are seeing great numbers of animals including buffalo, hippo, yellow-backed duiker, giant eland, roan, and more."<br><br>Lefol operates in southeastern CAR, to the north and east of the Safari Bongo areas. Lefol is philosophical about the level of danger in CAR, saying that he does not feel that his camp in CAR is inherently less safe than other bush areas in Africa.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2007 Westfalen Safaris in Namibia Right for Novice and Experienced Hunters http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2008 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber B. Woodward recently emailed his account of a 10-day safari to Namibia in September with PH John van der Westhuizen of Westfalen Hunting Safaris (<a href="http://www.westfalenhuntnamibia.com/" target="_blank">www.westfalenhuntnamibia.com</a>; +011-264-081-278-2764). Woodward gives the area and the operation a big thumbs-up.<br><br>"An unproductive Namibia hunt in 2015 led me to look through <em>The Hunting Report</em> database for another option. I contacted several subscribers who had submitted enthusiastic reports on Westfalen Safaris. As I soon learned, their reports were spot-on.<br><br>"I hunted from Westfalen's Elephant Camp in an area of some 300,000 acres in the Loxodonta Conservancy located in northwestern Namibia. Free-range species available here include kudu, oryx, mountain zebra, hartebeest, warthog, leopard and Damara dik-dik. Westfalen also has a 37,000-acre private game ranch.<br><br>"Recent rainfall ended four years of drought in northern Namibia. The drought had affected some hunting operations, including the location I hunted last year. Kudu are also just recovering from epizootic rabies. Despite these issues, I still found abundant game. On the average day, I saw dozens of kudu, around 100 mountain zebra, hundreds of oryx and large numbers of dik-dik... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2008 Hunter Reports No Problems during State of Emergency in Ethiopia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2009 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor in Chief</div><br><br>Only a week after we went to press with our November issue, we heard back from Jason Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris (<a href="http://www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com/" target="_blank">www.ethiopianriftvalleysafaris.com</a>; <a href="mailto:ervs-usa@ervsafaris.com">ervs-usa@ervsafaris.com</a>) in Ethiopia about conditions during the state of emergency there. He wrote in an email, "I have just completed my first hunt of the season in Ethiopia with Amy Callender.<br><br>"We had a terrific hunt and shot mountain nyala, Menelik bushbuck, colobus monkey, spotted hyena, Abyssinian bohor reedbuck and Abyssinian greater kudu in six days!<br><br>"We drove to all three of the different areas we hunted, and although there was some visible remnants of the political unrest (burned trucks on the side of the road) we didn't encounter any problems. There is some military presence in many of the towns we drove through, but this is necessary to ensure stability.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2009 Community-based Hunting in Tajikistan is a Conservation Success Story http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2004 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/RBaldusTajikistan.jpg"><br> Dr. Rolf Baldus hunting on yakback in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan.</div><br> <div align="center">By Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, Correspondent</div><br> <em>Editor's Note: The Hunting Report supports conservation efforts worldwide as a means of preserving wildlife and wild areas. European correspondent Dr. Rolf Baldus has just returned from an ibex hunt in Tajikistan and provides an upbeat assessment of the programs there and a warning to get in "sheep shape." For more background, see articles <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3852" target="_blank">3852</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3738" target="_blank">3738</a>, <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3699" target="_blank">3699</a> and <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3075" target="_blank">3075</a> in our database.</em><br><br> Community-based wildlife management is a recent development in Tajikistan. It provides revenue to local people through conservation and sustainable use of wildlife to motivate them to protect and use wildlife resources sustainably. Game management areas protected by families or associations of local hunters were first established in 2008. Revenue generated from guided hiking, game viewing, wildlife photography and hunting supports the work of local rangers and nature guides, and any surplus is invested into local projects. Animals hunted are ibex, markhor and wild boar. Starting this year, Marco Polo sheep are also on quota.<br><br> The results of this approach are amazing. Poaching is virtually nonexistent, and wildlife populations are increasing, proving that community-based conservation programs that include hunting can support biodiversity and rural livelihoods at the same time. Neither the EU nor the US would have allowed the import of trophies from the endangered markhor if these programs did not benefit the markhor population and the rural communities alike.<br><br> The importance of integrating rural communities in wildlife management and conservation was also stressed at the CITES Conference of the Parties in South Africa in October.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2004 A Rare Opportunity for French Corsican Mouflon http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2013 <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br> Of interest to serious collectors, Club Faune (<a href="http://www.fauna-safari-club.com/" target="_blank">www.fauna-safari-club.com</a>; 011-331-42-88-3132) has opened tourist hunting for Corsican mouflon sheep in France and has donated a hunt to the Weatherby Foundation dinner and auction set for Jan. 4, 2017, in Dallas (<a href="http://www.weatherbyfoundation.com/2017-weatherby-award-dinner" target="_blank">www.weatherbyfoundation.com/2017-weatherby-award-dinner</a>). This is a five-day package for one hunter and one observer and includes trophy fee for a silver medal ram, meet-and-greet, local transportation, accommodations in a three-star hotel or lodge, all meals and some drinks. Online bidding began Nov. 1 and continues through the dinner on Jan. 4, 2017.<br><br> Mouflon are the wild sheep of present-day Turkey, Iraq and Iran. These wild sheep were easily domesticated and have been moved by humans for thousands of years, so much so that the original mouflon sheep has probably been lost. Today's European mouflon are descended from the semi-domesticated sheep of Anatolia that were imported to the Mediterranean islands approximately 6,000 to 7,000 B.C. During the 18th century, they were introduced into parks, zoos, and free-range areas.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2013 FWS Increases Civil Penalties for Wildlife Infractions http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2014 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it will be increasing civil penalties for wildlife violations consistent with the Inflation Adjustment Act. The FWS has the authority to collect civil penalties in addition to criminal sanctions under 12 different laws, including the Lacey Act, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Act. Some of the new penalties can be severe. A deliberate violation of the ESA can bring civil penalties of $23,744, and even an accidental violation brings a civil penalty of $1,250, in addition to any criminal penalty that may be assessed.<br><br>Civil penalties for Lacey Act violations, including the transport of wildlife illegally obtained, have increased to $25,000. Simply failing to mark a container with wildlife products in it can result in a civil penalty of $625 and the loss of the wildlife.<br><br>What remains to be seen is how the FWS will pursue legal hunters who may have inadvertently committed an infraction of a state law and then crossed a state line. For example, if proof of sex is required on all parts of a carcass, but you quarter your antelope in the field and put it on ice, you could be illegally "in possession" of wildlife.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2014 70-Plus Inch Moose Taken in Kamchatka http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2017 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/KamchatkaMoose.jpg"><br>A Hunting Consortium client from Nepal recently took this trophy moose on Kamchatka.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Still in eastern Russia, Bob Kern of the Hunting Consortium (<a href="http://www.huntingconsortium.com/" target="_blank">www.huntingconsortium.com</a>; 540-955-0090) sent pictures of a spectacular moose trophy taken in Kamchatka by a Nepali client. At 73 inches, it green scores as a potential new world record.<br><br>Kern says, "We have been on Kamchatka since it was opened to foreigners, and we have special areas where we hunt late-season moose in October and November.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2017 FWS Expands Refuge Hunt Opportunities http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2015 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will open or expand hunting on 12 National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) in eight states. These opportunities may be in place for some of the 2016-17 season, but expect all to open by the 2017-18 season.<br><br>New hunting opportunities include Baca NWR in <strong>Colorado</strong>, which has been closed to all other public uses, and big game hunting on Buffalo Lake NWR in <strong>Texas</strong>.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2015 Rogue Alberta Outfitter Fined, Faces APOS Disciplinary Tribunal http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2022 Remember the story by H. Reynolds that we published in our December issue about an Alberta Rocky Mountain bighorn hunt foiled by poachers? Reynolds was hunting with Corey Kristoff's Classic Mountain Hunts. Not once, but twice, Reynolds was setting up for shots when the sheep were busted by other hunters being guided far outside their legal concession.<br><br>Although we knew the names of the people involved, we were asked to hold off on publishing the information. In April, the hunter, Bruce Morgan, and guide, Logan Hunt, pled guilty to multiple offenses including hunting without a license (in another outfitter's wildlife management unit), killing an illegal (short) sheep, and not butchering the illegal ram. Morgan was fined $20,000 CAD and was suspended from hunting in Canada for one year. Hunt was fined $25,000 CAD and lost his guide's license for one year. The outfitter, Edgar "Skip" Selk of Selk's Alberta Bighorns was not on the scene when the offense took place but was charged with hunting without a license for hunting on Kristoff's exclusive wildlife management unit (WMU). He was fined $19,000 CAD, bringing the total fines in the case to $64,000 CAD.<br><br>This case then moved to the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society (APOS), where a disciplinary hearing was held on October 24.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2022 Spring Bear Opportunities http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2011 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Last month, editor-at-large Mike Bodenchuk gave you the lowdown on spring bear hunts across the US. This month, he looks at Canada, where bears are plentiful and tags are almost always available. Enjoy!</em><br><br> In Canada, spring hunts for black bears are popular for both full-time hunting outfitters and as an early season add-on for lodges that primarily cater to fishermen during the summer. Across Canada, all nonresident hunters must be guided for big game hunts, so all opportunities are through registered outfitters. (Be sure to check our database for recommended outfitters in each province.)<br><br> <strong>British Columbia</strong> offers spot-and-stalk hunts across the province, but the most famous hunting destination is Vancouver Island. There are still significant logging operations on the island that lend themselves to glassing and stalking. Mix this with a high population of bears feeding on grass alongside roads and the hunt extending into the rut, and some exciting bear hunts can be had on the island. Hunters can take two bears, though outfitters commonly charge for the second bear. Coastal black bears can get large on a diet rich with soft mast and fish, and they tend to have big skulls, too. SCI has separated coastal black bears from inland bears for record keeping, and these coastal bears have higher minimum scores for the record book.<br><br> <strong>Alberta</strong> has bears throughout the province, but hunts in the Rockies are strictly spot and stalk, whereas hunts elsewhere are generally by baiting. The spring season runs during the months of April and May, and in some game management units, a second bear can be taken.<br><br> <strong>Manitoba</strong> and <strong>Saskatchewan</strong> both have spring seasons opening in mid-to-late April and extending into June (the farther north you go, the later the season). Though there are few bears in the prairie hunting areas of either province, the remainder of the two provinces has plenty of bears, and baiting is the primary method of hunting. Northern Manitoba has many fishing outfitters offering early-season bear hunts, and these can be affordable. Expect hunts in the north of these provinces to be accessed by floatplanes, with boats taking you to your bait.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2011 Don't Plan This Columbian Whitetail Hunt Quite Yet... http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2012 <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>When the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced in October that it was downlisting the Columbia River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Columbian white-tailed deer from "endangered" to "threatened," several outdoor media outlets opined that this would lead to new hunting opportunities. A careful review of the ruling, which became effective November 16, 2016, reveals that recreational hunting is far from becoming a reality.<br><br>The Columbian white-tailed deer has been on the endangered species list since 1967. These are the westernmost whitetail deer and live in two separate areas: the Umpqua River Basin in Douglas County, Oregon (near Roseburg), and along the lower Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. In 2013, the Douglas County DPS was removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act, having increased to more than 5,000 animals. This population is presently hunted with carefully regulated landowner tags and a few public draw tags. Though the deer is virtually indistinguishable from other whitetails, it has garnered a lot of attention from hunters looking for a new area or new trophy to hunt.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2012 Herman Coetzee http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2010 <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We sadly note the death of PH and operator Herman Coetzee in October. Coetzee served as a director at Chapungu-Kambako Safaris, a Namibian operation founded as a partnership between Jumbo Moore's Kambako Safaris and Jacques Hartzenberg's Chapungu Safaris.<br><br>Coetzee was born in South Africa and completed his professional hunting training at age 16.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2010 This Is Now a Matter of Self-preservation http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2006 <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Publisher</div><br><br>Whether you love the Internet or hate it (and just wish it would go away), the fact is that instant electronic communication is now necessary and essential. It's part of the basic fabric of modern life, almost as much as the houses we live in and the roads, bridges and electrical grid.<br><br>There are times when being connected can protect you from real harm. Weather and emergency alerts are a good example. But there are others.<br><br>On November 8, we sent out an Email Extra Bulletin entitled "How to Protect Your Privacy against Humane Society International's FoIA" to all subscribers signed up for that upgraded subscription.<br><br>That bulletin warned that Humane Society International (HSI), the international wing of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), was using the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) to obtain private information (name, address, telephone number, email address) of hunters who have imported trophies into or out of the US. HSI has requested information from most US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) 3-177 forms (Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife) submitted in 11 of the past 14 years.<br><br>John J. Jackson III of Conservation Force alerted us to the development and explained how it affects hunters.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2006 A Quality Wyoming Twofer for Pronghorn and Mule Deer http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2018 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/DSieloffPronghorn.jpg"><br> Debra Sieloff and WY pronghorn.</div><br> <div align="center">Debra Sieloff, Correspondent</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: </em>Hunting Report<em> correspondent Debra Sieloff recently hunted with Brant Hilman's Rangeland Hunting Adventures (<a href="http://www.rangelandhuntingadventures.com/" target="_blank">www.rangelandhuntingadventures.com</a>; 307-672-6717) in Sheridan, Wyoming. Here's her report.</em><br><br> Brant Hilman donated a pronghorn hunt to the Lehigh Valley chapter of SCI in 2015. I added a mule deer, making it a five-day hunt. I took a trophy antelope and a tall, 4x5 mule deer in just two days of hunting.<br><br> We hunted rolling plains, seeing mature pronghorns and mule deer, and later scouted the mountains, seeing many more mulies. In the evenings, both whitetails and mule deer filter off the mountains into the fields.<br><br> My guide, Ellen Allemand, was very professional. We put on several stalks in challenging terrain before I connected at 140 yards with a large, old buck antelope. Then we started hunting mulies. Ellen encouraged me to pass on several interesting bucks that afternoon and the next day.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2018 An Alaska Caribou/Bear Combo Drop Camp Hunt http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2020 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/RPretzerGrizzly.png"><br>R. Pretzer took this barren ground grizzly on a drop camp hunt in AK.</div><br><div align="center">Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>In Report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10615" target="_blank">10615</a>, subscriber R. Pretzer tells us he enjoyed an eight-day Alaska drop camp hunt for grizzly bear and caribou in August with Deltana Outfitters (907-750-4882; <a href="http://www.deltana.com/" target="_blank">www.deltana.com</a>). Though this was a grizzly bear hunt with an added caribou, Pretzer paid for both up front. He says the outfitter was prepared to move camp if they did not see game.<br><br>On the first hunting morning, Pretzer and his guide spotted caribou, made a stalk and shot within 1,000 yards of camp. The caribou horns were still in velvet and Pretzer, an SCI measurer, chose not to have them scored. He estimates his trophy at 360 inches with "the largest bases I've seen." He reports seeing around 200 caribou, including some larger bulls. The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2020 Enjoyable Stone Sheep Hunt in British Columbia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2021 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/EYatesBCGoat.jpg"><br>E. Yates didn't get a ram on his BC hunt, but he did take this nice billy.</div><br><div align="center">E. Yates, Subscriber Correspondent</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: E. Yates sent us a delightful report on a September hunt for Stone sheep and mountain goat with Scoop Lake Outfitters (<a href="http://www.scooplake.com/" target="_blank">www.scooplake.com</a>; 250-491-1885) in <strong>British Columbia</strong>, personal guide Richard Arundel. Yates took a good goat, and although he didn't see a legal sheep he still gives the outfitter and the hunt a thumbs-up review. Enjoy!</em><br><br>Sometimes things don't work out as planned.<br><br>At the 2016 Weatherby dinner, I had no intention of bidding on a hunt, but when the wife and I got there, I discovered Darwin and Wendy Cary's Scoop Lake Outfitters had donated a Stone sheep hunt in northern British Columbia. I had taken a nice Stone with Scoop Lake three years earlier, and the hunt ran like clockwork. As you can probably guess, when the auctioneer lowered his hammer, I found myself with another hunt. My wife was muttering something about this year's three back-to-back sheep hunts being a bit excessive. Sometimes nonhunting spouses are hard to figure out.<br><br>The hunt was supposed to begin August 16, but Darwin asked if I could postpone it by two weeks. I said, "OK," not realizing what a difference those two weeks would make.<br><br>During the earlier time frame, every hunter took a ram except one who saw legal rams but was looking for a book trophy. For those of us hunting two weeks later, it was just the opposite: only one hunter took a ram, and he did a backpack hunt and had two guides with him. He was looking for a 41-inch ram that had been spotted previously but wound up settling for a very respectable smaller ram. But I am getting ahead of myself.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2021 Serious Trophy Snow Sheep in Northeastern Russia http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2016 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/CWillisKoryak.jpg"><br>Subscriber C. Willis took this 10.5-year old Koryak ram in August.</div><br><div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber C. Willis took two trophy snow sheep in Russia on an August hunt organized by Jay Link of Link's Wild Safaris (<a href="http://www.linkswildsafaris.com/" target="_blank">www.linkswildsafaris.com</a>; 800-833-4868) and Vladimir Treshchov of National Hunting Service (NHS). Willis hunted with a group of three as part of a hosted hunt, with Link accompanying the party. He took both Koryak and Chukotka rams. Readers will recall that permits for Chukotka snow sheep became available in 2014 (see article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3407" target="_blank">3407</a>).<br><br>"This is the most affordable sheep hunt on the market if you do it with a group," Willis writes in report <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/report_details.cfm?hr_item=10689" target="_blank">10689</a>. "You just have to go in the late summer and fall, when you'll have the best shot at good weather."<br><br>In a phone conversation, Willis told me that he could not have been more pleased with his trip.<br><br>"I have hunted with Jay Link for more than 10 years, always with good results, and I jumped on this hunt. No sheep hunting is cheap, but this was the most affordable way I could find to take two different trophy rams in one hunt. Helicopter costs make up the biggest expense, totaling $24,000 US, so if you can get a group of three or four to split it, you can save a lot. I paid $4,000 for helicopter cost in each zone.<br><br>"Hunting went very well. We were praying for good weather, and we had it. I had the Chukotka ram in three days and the Koryak in five, with the youngest 10.5 years old. If you are in halfway decent shape, the hunting is not too hard, as there are no steep climbs. These are nice, rounded mountains with good traction, like the Brooks Range but less rocky.<br><br>"Every day I saw bands of sheep with legal rams. All the guides were simply excellent. Vladimir Treshchov of NHS uses a lot of the same guides in all his hunts, most of them completely bilingual. He was in camp, and he's an excellent organizer.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2016 Bison (and More) on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2019 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/DBodenchukCowBison.jpg"><br> Debby Bodenchuk took her cow bison on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota.</div><br> <div align="center">Debby Bodenchuk, Contributor</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: In the October issue (Article <a href="http://www.huntingreport.com/email_extra/article_details.cfm?ar_item=3884" target="_blank">3884</a>), editor-at-large Mike Bodenchuk highlighted affordable hunts on Native American reservations across the country. As if to prove the point, his wife Debby drew a cow bison tag on the Lower Brule Reservation. At our request, Debby checked in with this report.</em><br><br> On October 18, I hunted cow bison on the Lower Brule Reservation (<a href="http://www.lowerbrulewildlife.com/" target="_blank">www.lowerbrulewildlife.com</a>; 605-473-5666) in central South Dakota. I had applied in 2015 for a trophy bull hunt but wasn't drawn, so this year I opted for a cow tag to better the odds of getting to hunt with the Lakota on their ancestral grounds.<br><br> The hunts are usually for just one day, and I was given the option to schedule any time between October 1 and December 31. I once lived within 50 miles of this reservation, and I know all too well what December weather is like. So I opted for a date in mid-October; they were flexible and allowed me to change it to better accommodate our schedules.<br><br> One reason to hunt bison is for the meat, and the cow hunt at $1,500 is one of the cheapest bison hunts in the country. Bison yield a substantial carcass, so we opted to drive from Texas to South Dakota.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2019 Where to Look for Your Next Elk Tag: Part 1 http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2025 <div align="center"><img src="http://www.huntingreport.com/images2/DHollingsworthWYElk.jpg"><br> D. Hollingsworth and a fine WY elk.</div><br> <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Planning for the 2017 elk season starts now, with some deadlines for permits beginning in December and January. Landowner tags, where available, are also spoken for early. This month we'll cover the earliest deadlines; those states with later dates will be covered in the January issue.</em><br><br> These are, no doubt, the "good old days" for elk, with numbers of elk at or above objectives across much of the western US. Elk have also been reestablished in many eastern states and are now residents of some areas, such as in Alaska, where they aren't native. Hunters looking for a trophy bull have more than a dozen states and two Canadian provinces (and one Mexican state!) where they can hunt elk. Here's a rundown of the most available opportunities.... The Dec 2016 Issue Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=2025