The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Warning to Hunters Flying to Mexico on American Airlines/American Eagle If you are traveling to Mexico on American Airlines (AA) flights operated by American Eagle, be aware that you will be restricted to only one (1) checked bag unless you fly first class/business class. The Hunting Report has learned that dozens of hunters flying to Sonora, Mexico, for a deer hunt have been ambushed with this restriction upon check-in. Some hunters managed to upgrade their flights on the spot to get the additional baggage allowance, while others had to reschedule flights to do so. Some hunters have had to leave bags and gear behind.According to the American Airlines website the company enforces seasonal limitations on checked baggage to some destinations from November 19, 2016 - January 8, 2017. However, those restrictions are now year-round for American Eagle flights going to Mexico. The only exception currently is for first-class and business class tickets. No oversized or overweight bags either, no matter what class you fly. Also important to note is that you will not be able to travel with boxes, which is defined as "any container that isn't normally used for transporting items for air travel; this includes plastic tubs, containers and coolers."If you are scheduled to hunt in Mexico and are traveling on an American Eagle flight, contact your travel agent and hunting operator immediately. You will likely need to upgrade your flight and may need to change your travel dates. Be careful about changing arrival cities to take advantage of AA flights without these baggage restrictions. Remember, if you are traveling with a firearm, your operator must meet you at your arrival city to handle the clearing of your firearm. Otherwise you will run into big problems with Mexican authorities.The Mexican cities American Eagle flies to are:Aguascalientes (AGU)Chihuahua (CUU)Guadalajara (GDL)Hermosillo (HMO)Mazatlan (MZT)Morelia (MLM)Puebla (PBC)Queretaro (QRO)San Luis Potosi (SLP)Torreon (TRC)Zacatecas (ZCL) News Bulletins Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Act Now If You Want A Quebec Caribou Hunt! We told you in our December 23 bulletin that Quebec will shut down all sport hunting of caribou after the 2017 season. Permit numbers for 2017 were also reduced. Most of the caribou outfitters have already filled their slots and cancelled their donations and booths at the hunting conventions. However, while researching this story The Hunting Report found what may be the last 33 permits still available.We have contacted most of the outfitters offering caribou hunts in 2017, and tags and hunts are getting increasingly hard to come by as hunters who had delayed now scramble for this last hurrah. The opportunity we uncovered is with Mirage Outfitters. You may remember they were purchased by World Outfitter Corporation, operated by Nicolas Laurin. That company ran into trouble, leaving 300-plus hunters holding the bag on hunts. However, the former owner, Luc Aubin, bought the company back when World Outfitter Corporation went under. Aubin has marketed mostly to Quebec residents. What's important now is that Mirage still has 33 tags available for the coming season and is offering them to any hunters interested in a caribou hunt. They operate fly-out hunts from a main lodge, which can be accessed either by road or by plane. This is strictly a trophy hunt, with five days of hunting, one caribou per hunter, 2x1 guiding and two hours of additional flight time in a Beaver aircraft, if needed, to access the caribou. Price is $10,000 USD, including the roundtrip flight from Montreal.For more information, contact Peter Palmer at 514-942-0117; Palmer managed the Mirage operation before it was sold but has returned to assist Aubin, who does not speak English, with this last season.While The Hunting Report is not "recommending" this hunt, we are providing you with information on what may be the last chance to hunt Quebec-Labrador caribou for a very long time. We are digging deeper into this development and will bring you the full story in our February issue. - Tim Jones, Editor News Bulletins Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Do Your Homework and Score the Auction Hunt of a Lifetime <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Just as January brings a new hunt application season, it also brings a new hunt convention season. And that means literally hundreds of hunts offered at auction.Most organizations are diligent in vetting the donor outfitters and the hunts being offered, and most of those hunts go off without a hitch. Some result in bad experiences; not every hunt is for every hunter. Caveat emptor applies to auction hunts regardless of the bargain it might represent. It's no bargain if it isn't really what you wanted, if it's beyond your personal abilities, or if you have a personality clash with the outfitter. We strongly urge you to do your due diligence on any hunt you are considering long before you order that first pre-auction drink at the banquet.<br><br>With that warning in mind, there are some excellent hunts being auctioned this year, some of them available nowhere else. If you are savvy and prepared, you can score a true hunt of a lifetime.<br><br>Dallas Safari Club (DSC) kicks off the convention season January 5-8 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Dallas show is one of the biggest, and it offers more than 200 big game hunts at auction. Each hunt is offered at a particular event, and if you have decided to purchase one, you need to know when and where it will be auctioned. A description of each offering is available online (, and an auction catalog is available at registration. There are 91 African hunts available, everything from plains game to dangerous game. There are also 21 hunts from Argentine outfitters, 63 from North American outfitters, 10 from the South Pacific and 17 from Spain. Though there are far too many to detail, a few are special offerings that may not be available elsewhere. For example, DSC is auctioning a three-day dove and duck hunt for two hunters in Peru donated by Chaku Peru. This hunt can be upgraded to include big game. Peru has only recently opened hunting to foreign hunters, and this may be an excellent way to see the country and test the waters. DSC is also auctioning a White Mountain Apache Governor's Elk Tag, including trophy fees. White Mountain Apache hunts are often booked years in advance, and this tag gets you to the front of the line! Another unique offering is a seven-day multispecies hunt in Mexico donated by Hunt Conexion Mexico. The hunt package includes one each of three different deer species (whitetail, Carmen Mountain whitetail and mule deer), plus two javelina, predators and quail. Another offering that caught my eye is a three-day alpine chamois hunt for two hunters and two observers, including trophy fees for two chamois, donated by Italian Safari. Though alpine chamois are available in a number of locations, hunting in Italy is somewhat limited and the nonhunting opportunities may be as interesting as the hunting.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT See You at the Shows <em>The Hunting Report's</em> publisher and editor-in-chief Barbara Crown and assistant editor Justin Jones will both be attending the Dallas Safari Club Adventure Convention and Sporting Expo, January 5-8, 2016, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Come see us at booth A16.<br><br>We'd love to meet you at the booth, hear about your recent or upcoming hunts, and learn how we can better help you find your next "hunt-of-a-lifetime..." The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 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 Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT More Reports <em>These reports have been added to our database and are instantly accessible to all Email Extra subscribers. Copies are available for all other subscribers. See page 2 for ordering details.</em> The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT USFWS Keeps Hunters in Suspense over Lion and Elephant Permits As Show Season Arrives <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>As this issue went to press, a spokesperson for US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) told The Hunting Report that there was no additional information regarding those import permits now required for lion and elephant (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank">3774</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">3815</a>). Many in the hunting industry had hoped FWS would approve more imports from more countries before the start of the show season in early January, but no major information had come out since USFWS Director Dan Ashe's October announcement in <em>The Huffington Post</em> that FWS would approve wild and wild-managed lion imports from South Africa (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3886</a> from our November issue).<br><br>Per Director Ashe, import permits for RSA lions will be granted for wild and wild-managed populations but not those from captive-bred populations. We obtained a partial list of properties and areas that qualify as wild or wild managed by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and from which FWS will allow imports.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT First-Hand Look at a USFWS Approved Lion Property in South Africa <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> Going back to the lion issue, I personally visited one of the South African properties approved to import its wild-managed lions into the US by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Kalahari Oryx Private Game Reserve has a population of about 25 lions that freely roam a 74,000-acre section of this 212,000-acre operation. Large populations of plains game roam throughout the property as well. Located in the Northern Cape's Kalahari Desert, the reserve is owned and operated by Jacques Hartzenberg of Chapungu-Kambako Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).<br><br> Chapungu works closely with the Northern Cape's Nature Conservation Department, getting only one or two lion permits a year. Lions are hunted by cutting fresh tracks and following them on foot. Only lone males that have left the pride and are six to eight years old are hunted. Lions breed, socialize and hunt freely on the property.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Convention Hunt Options for Texas Exotic Sheep <div align="center">By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assitant</div><br><br><em>Editor's note: If you are attending Dallas Safari Club or Houston Safari Club conventions and are looking for an inexpensive side hunt, Texas offers a host of opportunities for mouflon and hybrid sheep. Editorial Assistant Leigh Ann Bodenchuk has the details.</em><br><br>Exotic sheep are hunted throughout the Texas Hill Country on exotic game ranches, but they are also found on game ranches elsewhere.<br><br>There are a number of sheep species available in Texas, some limited in number and availability. Aoudad (or Barbary sheep) are the most widely distributed; you can find them on nearly every exotic ranch and free range in West Texas (and New Mexico). Also common are mouflon and Corsican sheep, with a variety of hybrids. Some ranches also have red sheep and/or some variety of urial. <br><br>Mouflon and Corsican sheep and their hybrids can be confusing to hunters, record-book keepers and even biologists, and sorting them out can take some doing. Mouflon sheep were originally from the Middle East but were introduced in Europe so long ago that they are considered native there. Mouflon are a common ancestor for most of the hybrids available today. Pure mouflon are rare, but exotic sheep in Texas may be considered mouflon if they meet certain morphological characteristics, including a maximum body weight of 120 pounds, a white belly, a white saddle patch in fall and winter, a black neck bib and a tail less than four inches in length. Mouflon horns have a basal circumference of 10 inches or less, and the tips curve inward so the greatest spread is not from tip to tip.<br><br>Mouflon in Texas, like those in Europe, love heavy cover, which can make hunting a challenge. Forget about glassing large open expanses looking for rams. These sheep, more than any other sheep worldwide, take you into thick junipers and make you look for an opening through which to shoot.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rowland Ward Joins Sports Afield, Safari Press Group; Unveils Endorsed Outfitter Program <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Remember Rowland Ward? The organization published high-end African hunting books and maintained <em>Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game</em>, first published in 1892 and known for its high-some would say stringent-requirements and minimums for listed trophies. Well, RW was sold in 2014 to a private group of investors and now makes its home in California as a sister company of <em>Sports Afield Magazine</em> and Safari Press. The news was first announced at the conventions of the professional hunting associations for South Africa and Namibia this past November in a presentation by James Reed of <em>Sports Afield</em>. Reed was also unveiling the Rowland Ward Fair-Chase Outfitters Program, which is an endorsement program under the Rowland Ward banner.<br><br>In a follow-up conversation, Reed told editor-in-chief Barbara Crown that the new management planned to keep the same high standards that have defined the brand for more than 120 years and would be releasing the 30th edition of the record book in 2018.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Alaska Doubles Tag Fees for 2017 <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> The cost of Alaska nonresident hunting licenses and tags went up substantially on January 1, 2017. Email Extra subscribers <a href="" target="_blank">were alerted</a> to this increase in time to purchase their 2017 licenses and tags at 2016 prices.<br><br> The nonresident annual hunting license increased from $85 to $160, and all nonresident tag fees exactly doubled.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT New CWD Test Is Still Unproven <div align="center">Tim Jones, Managing Editor</div><br><br> With chronic wasting disease (CWD) affecting more states, the push is on to develop a simple field test to detect the disease and help prevent its spread. Unfortunately, it appears we may have to wait a little longer for a reliable product.<br><br> SAWCorp, a private company, recently issued a press release launching a new, patented live-animal blood test for the detection of CWD in deer and elk. The test has recently been promoted to hunters.<br><br> In response, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services, the agency that tracks diseases including CWD in captive cervids, issued its own press release noting that the test has <em>not</em> been approved by the agency. The test utilizes a process known as "protein misfolding cyclic amplification" (PMCA). In its press release, APHIS noted that "no company has submitted the data needed for APHIS to evaluate the PMCA prion blood test.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Stansbury Mountain Sheep Die-off Impacts Draw Tags <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br> Heads-up if you are applying for a sheep permit in Utah this year. An almost complete die-off of California bighorn sheep in the Stansbury Mountains of Utah has put hunting in that unit in question for the foreseeable future. The Stansbury Mountain unit is in north-central Utah, to the south and west of Great Salt Lake. <a href="" target="_blank">You can see a map here</a>.<br><br> There had been a number of tags available for this herd. The die-off began in late 2015 and worsened this past winter. Hunters who drew tags for this unit for 2016 were encouraged to do their scouting before they accepted the tag. You can read the Utah Department of Natural Resource's <a href="" target="_blank">initial response here</a>. The problem has only worsened.<br><br> Even as sheep conservation moves ahead with new transplants each year, there are occasional setbacks such as this one. The sheep had been transplanted in 2006, building up a herd of more than 200 before bacterial pneumonia decimated it earlier this fall. Biologists will attempt to remove the remaining sheep and evaluate whether to reintroduce sheep into the area.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Safari Operator Arrested for Illegal Hunting in Zimbabwe <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Headman Sibanda of Nyala Safaris (Pvt) Ltd in Zimbabwe was arrested in October for allegedly hunting roan without a permit. Roan has special protected status in Zimbabwe, with no hunting permits issued for this antelope. Zimbabwe's roan are carefully monitored by wildlife authorities, with most living in Hwange National Park. Sibanda is awaiting trial and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison.<br><br>Sibanda is no stranger to controversy. You may recall our September 2015 report (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3621</a>) in which authorities in Zimbabwe told us they had arrested Sibanda on allegations of breaching hunting regulations. He was also the subject of several negative reports filed by <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers who hunted with his company through Dawie Groenewald of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris (see Reports <a href="" target="_blank">4953</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">7369</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">7370</a>). Groenewald, you'll recall, is accused of illegally killing rhinos on his own property in South Africa and trying to export their horns (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank">2525</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2544</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">3438</a>); he is currently awaiting trial there.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Savvy Strategies When You Can't Use a Draw Tag <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's note: Thousands of hunters apply for public draw permits each year. Inevitably, some of those tags can't be used. Editor-at-large Mike Bodenchuk shares his strategies for avoiding timing conflicts and for dealing with them if they arise.</em><br><br>In 2016 my family of four applied for 105 permits, licenses or points for 20 species in 11 states. Each year we draw between three and 10 licenses. On a few occasions, we've drawn tags we had to abandon for reasons unforeseen at the time of application. Whether to "eat" a tag or not depends on the competing interests in play. I recently had to forego a public mouflon hunt in Hawaii, choosing instead to hunt bear with my daughter in Maine.<br><br>To the extent practical, stagger applications so that you know what you have already drawn before applying in other states. Keep a calendar with the hunt dates on it. In a few states (such as Hawaii) you may not know the hunt dates until you've drawn, hence the conflict with this year's mouflon tag.<br><br>If I know in advance that I have schedule conflicts, I'll apply for a point and build toward drawing in the future. When a conflict arises, I prioritize based on the difficulty of drawing the tag.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT SCI Expands Game Birds of the World Program <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br> Back in July (Article <a href="" target="_blank">3826</a>) we informed you about the new Safari Club International (SCI) Game Birds of the World awards program. Many members are avid wingshooters, and SCI initiated a program to recognize significant accomplishments in the world of bird shooting. At the time of the announcement, the program recognized a number of North American game bird collections including the "Grand Slam of North American Quail," the "Grand Slam of North American Grouse and Partridge," the "Grand Slam of North American Dove," the "Grand Slam of North American Ducks," and the "Grand Slam of North American Geese." Collecting these awards requires significant dedication and travel. For North American ducks alone, there are 34 species recognized, and the minimum required for the award is 25.<br><br> When SCI announced the North American awards, it hinted that other awards would be considered in the future. Now SCI has expanded its Game Birds of the World awards by five South American slams, including South American dove (14 possible species; eight minimum for the award), South American ducks (16 possible, nine minimum), South American perdiz (eight possible, four minimum), South American pigeon (five possible, four minimum) and South American quail (four possible, four minimum).... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT More about That New Congo Operation, Plus a New Agency <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Last month we told you about a new Congo-Brazzaville operation, Congo Hunting Safaris, operated by Christophe Morio with concession holder Jean-Luc Damy. Shortly after the December issue hit mailboxes with that story, we heard from booking agent Cyrus Khodaï, who tells us he is working directly with Morio to market this new hunting area and operation. You may recognize Khodaï from his long stint with Jean-Pierre Bernon's Club Faune. Khodaï has ventured on his own, creating an agency called Travels and Expeditions (<a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a>; 011-33-613-14-68-21; no website yet).<br><br>In an email, he tells us he is working as an outfitter in several destinations and as an agent with partners in others. "I will be doing what I used to do before for 15 years, organizing trips for hunters to some destinations I want to work on and also developing new ones (including a brand-new one, which for the moment is too early to discuss, but I will let you know as soon as I can, I promise). The destinations I am proposing right now to my agents, PHs and clients are Cameroon (both savannah and forest), Chad, Congo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Iran (being half Iranian and having already organized hunts there) and, of course, France! I will be based in France as before. I want to focus on high-quality hunts but at reasonable prices.<br><br>"Regarding Congo, I am representing Congo Forest Safaris for the owner of the company, Jean-Luc Damy, with PH Christophe Morio. As they will spend a lot of time in the field organizing the hunting season and guiding, I will be representing them to US hunters, but also to Mexicans, Russians and Europeans, of course. I will answer daily to requests and questions and work with our team in Congo for the organization of their hunts.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Subscriber Disappointed by Yukon Combo Hunt Subscriber J. Welles, himself a veteran of the outfitting business, tells us he's very disappointed with the services delivered by outfitters Alan and Logan Young of Midnight Sun Outfitting on a September grizzly bear/moose combo hunt in Yukon. Welles hunted with a partner and tells us, "Basically, Young misrepresented or lied about the entire hunt. He took our money, then did not care after he had the money in hand. The two guides we were matched with, Levi and Stevie, were great. But Young had promised a horseback grizzly/moose hunt for me and my partner. When we arrived, he wanted to split us, had no horses available, and somehow decided there would be no moose hunting. To make it worse, we flew over a huge bull moose (we had no license) as we were being shuttled into a camp. We were told that there was a bear on a moose kill nearby, only to find out that no bear had been on or near the kill."<br><br>We sent an email to the Youngs asking them for their side of the story. We did not get a reply. But according to Welles, Logan Young did contact him after receiving our email, trying to "make it right" so that Welles would withdraw his negative report. Welles decided to publish his report, noting: "My partner and I have no interest in a discounted return hunt. Logan knew there was a problem and yet never contacted me until after I filed this report. He should have taken the initiative when he first knew there was a problem.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Crowded Bear Camp in Alaska Subscriber G. Morris (Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10733</a>) is unhappy with a brown bear hunt in Alaska handled for him by Preston Cavner of Cavner & Julian. The hunt occurred in October 2015 and resulted in Morris shooting what he describes as "a small sow" after being told by guide Andy Hoheisel that it was a huge bear.<br><br>However, the crux of Morris' complaint is what he describes as a disorganized and overbooked camp with a shortage of guides. "I was taken by Argo to my campsite, about a two-hour trip, and was told my guide was already there. Got there and no guide. Right after dark, the guide came into camp with a bowhunter. They had walked all through my area that day. One of the big selling points of the hunt was that nobody would have hunted my area for a year and a half. Clearly not the case. The second day, here comes another guide and hunter walking the full length of the valley in front of me. They had been camped at the other end of the valley unbeknownst to me." Morris says that hunters were not filling their bear tags and were allowed to hunt extra days in an effort to get their bears. This led to an overbooked camp, with incoming clients waiting on guides that were still with clients who had not yet left camp.<br><br>Morris says his guide spotted a bear that the guide said had a head wider than his packboard and told Morris to shoot it. It was not the nine-foot boar Morris wanted. Morris questions Hoheisel's experience as a brown bear guide. Later he says there was a delay in receiving his bear because the sealing permit had not been submitted.<br><br>We shared Morris' report with Preston Cavner, who said he was trying to arrange an agreement with the unhappy client. "He was such a great guy-the perfect sort of hunter to have in camp. It was such a shame he and his guide Andy made the error in sizing up the bear they shot.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT These Hunting/Touring Combo Trips to Italy and Croatia Are Great Spouse Payback Trips <div align="center"><img src=""><br> J. Kenny and his wife with trophies from their recent Italy hunt.</div><br> <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: This month we have reports on fall hunts in Italy and Croatia from subscribers J. Kenny and S. Mauney. Kenny and his wife hunted red stag and chamois in northern Italy with World Hunting Society, booking their hunt through Worldwide Trophy Adventures (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 435-656-0205). Mauney hunted mouflon in Croatia with Alectoris Hunting (<a href=""></a>; +011-38-599-472-8000), accompanied by his wife. These are our first subscriber reports on both outfitters. Both Kenny and Mauney combined their hunts with historical and cultural in-country tours and rate their experiences as excellent. Enjoy!</em><br><br> We introduced readers to World Hunting Society (WHS) in our June 2016 issue (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3800</a>). Though this outfitter only started offering hunts in 2012, the agency's partners have long-established connections in Italy and can offer stays in privately owned castles and villas and access to private hunting grounds otherwise not available to the general public. They also offer customized tours and cultural experiences tailored to clients' interests and arrange these activities along with the hunting.<br><br> In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10700</a>, Kenny writes, "My wife and I had never been to Italy, and we wanted a hunt and tour combo. World Hunting Society's Leone Rossi di Montelera arranged every detail. This was one of our finest travel and hunting experiences ever.<br><br> "We toured Rome and Florence with art-historian guides before meeting with hunting guide Luca Omodeo in Milan. He took us to a private area near Turin (site of the 2006 Winter Olympics) to hunt red stag and chamois. This was a free-range, spot-and-stalk hunt during the roar. Omodeo also accompanied us on a tour through wine country, a truffle hunt and a stay in Turin. He was fantastic as both a hunting and tour guide."<br><br> <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Subscriber J. Kenny holds a red stag from his recent hunt in Italy.</div><br> We heard more from Kenny about his hunt in a follow-up phone call. "We first saw this hunt advertised through Cabela's and got in touch with Frank Cole at Worldwide Trophy Adventures (<em>Editor's note: Worldwide Trophy Adventures took over Cabela's outfitting business, Cabela's Outdoor Adventures, in early 2016. See Article <a href="" target="_blank">3767</a>.</em>)<br><br> "Rossi met us in Rome and got us set up in our hotel. We had a very personable, well-educated guide in Rome take us through the Vatican and ancient historical sites. WHS has a personal touch, and we even went to mass with Rossi and had dinner at his home before heading to Florence, where another excellent art historian took us around the city. All travel was perfectly organized.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT For Trade: Hunt Reports for Free Months of The Hunting Report Newsletter If there's one thing we know after 35 years in publication, it's that subscriber-written hunt reports are the heart and soul of <em>The Hunting Report</em>: One hunter telling another about his experience with a certain outfitter, PH or hunting area. What worked, what went as planned, what didn't. That's the gold standard for hunting information.<br><br>But every month I talk to at least one subscriber who admits that he uses our database of hunt reports but has neglected to submit reports himself. "I know I need to give back to the hunters who have helped me out with their reports by filing some myself," they tell me. But . . . life gets in the way. After returning from a hunt, there's a million things waiting for them. Time passes. Good intentions fall by the wayside, a casualty of more pressing matters.<br><br>So, we have a proposition for all of you who meant to file reports but just never got around to it. What if we added free months to your subscription when you file a report? Well, here's your chance. Every month in 2017, every subscriber who submits a hunt report will be entered into a drawing to win three free months of The Hunting Report. That's right, we'll add three months to your subscription as a thank-you for filing a hunt report.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Recommend a Moving Company to Handle Trophies Subscriber J. Pollard hopes fellow subscribers can recommend a moving or shipping company that can handle hunting trophies with care. Pollard is moving from California to Texas and has about 75 trophies to ship.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Hippo Study Needed for CITES Quota Canceled Indefinitely <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>Hippo from Mozambique remain unexportable for the time being. That's because the CITES-required survey of the country's hippo populations was cancelled due to civil unrest in the central provinces. The study would have provided CITES with the necessary information to issue an export quota for hippo. Marco Pani of Conservation Force says that the study, which was supposed to have taken place in late summer, has not been rescheduled at this point.<br><br>In April 2015, we reported that more information from Mozambique would be needed before trade of hippo could resume (see Article <a href="" target="_blank">3525</a>). At that time, Conservation Force told us, "A science-based population study must be done and must then go through the annual Animals Committee and Standing Committee review process, then on to the next Conference of the Parties before the suspension can be lifted...." The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Leopard Conservation Addressed at NAPHA's Annual Meeting <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>The status and future of large predators came to the forefront at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) held November 30, 2016, in Windhoek, which I also attended. Among the presenters was the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN), which has created the Carnivore Tracker App (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>), similar to Cat Spotter (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) in South Africa. The app allows anyone to report sightings of carnivores throughout the country. LCMAN realized researchers often cannot access areas that professional hunters do on a regular basis, specifically private properties that have predators on them that are never counted. Applications like this help researchers get a better idea of predator distribution and where they should be looking for them.<br><br>The status of leopard has been questioned by IUCN and other NGOs, antihunting groups and now the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), making programs like these and the leopard research being done by the Leopard Conservation Fund in South Africa more important than ever. NAPHA members believe that leopard numbers in Namibia are actually up due to increased game numbers and conservation regulations. But they point out how those regulations may be causing a large number of illegal shootings of leopard.... 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The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT A Challenging Combo Management Hunt at Vermejo Park <div align="center"><img src=""><br>A Vermejo Park management mulie.</div><br><div align="center">Tim Jones, Managing Editor</div><br><br> If you are looking for an exciting and affordable combination elk and mule deer hunt, subscriber M. Richards tells us he found exactly that at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico this past October (Report <a href="" target="_blank">10712</a>). Instead of hunting for a trophy bull and buck, which ups the price considerably, Richards signed up for a "management" hunt, taking an older bull elk and a heavy 3x3 mule deer buck.<br><br> "I have just returned from my second trip to Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch outside Raton, New Mexico, with two friends and a friend's son. We all booked for management bull elk, I added a management mule deer, and they offered a free cow elk for my friend's son. We all had a great time and filled our tags.<br><br> "Vermejo is the largest contiguous piece of private property in the United States, 600,000 acres, 900-plus square miles, 100% managed for wildlife, no cattle, no fences, no towns, no public roads! We hunted 1x1 then doubled up as folks tagged out. We went out each morning by truck to our designated areas and hunted by driving the roads, walking the ridges, glassing, spotting and stalking and calling.<br><br> "Though the weather was unusually warm, game was plentiful to say the least. On any given day, we saw hundreds of elk, dozens of mule deer, lots of antelope and bison, with the occasional coyote, bobcat, black bear, wild horse, mountain lion, and even bighorn sheep. We hunted October 21-25. Although the rut was over, bull elk were bugling regularly, and we called some in close.<br><br> "Although a trophy hunter at Vermejo can expect near 100% success, that's not the case for management hunts. 'Management' elk must meet certain criteria and are not always easy to find. An old 5x5, for example, is considered 'management' on Vermejo but would be a true trophy most other places. I estimate that I saw hundreds of bulls in our four-and-a-half days of hunting but just a handful of management animals. One of our party decided to take a cow on the last day, and another killed his bull on the last evening. Frankly, I enjoyed hunting management bulls, as I could spend many hours glassing elk. Though there are lots of elk, they can be quite spooky, particularly the cows, which are hunted from October through early January.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT New Free-Range Alpine Ibex taken in Switzerland <div align="center"><img src=""><br>H. McNatt (left) took a world record free-range Alpine ibex with guide Simon Camastral (right).</div><br><div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Congratulations are in order for subscriber H. McNatt III, who took what is likely the new world record free-range Alpine ibex during a November hunt in Switzerland's canton of Valais with guide Simon Camastral. Agent and hunting operator Martin Neuper of FN Hunting (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; +011-43-664-133-4870) arranged his hunt.<br><br> This 14-year-old ibex green-scored 112.5 SCI. The official measurement will come in after the 60-day drying period, but it should rank #3 SCI and #2 CIC. SCI measuring coordinator Austin Luger confirmed that the larger entries were estate animals. McNatt contacted us via email to share more about his hunt for this spectacular trophy.<br><br> "This was my first hunt in Europe, and I wanted to get the historic alpine experience of hunting ibex in Switzerland. I chose this hunt because I know they manage for minimum 10-year-old ibex. This trip also allowed me to complete my Capra World Slam, which wouldn't have been complete to me without this classic species."<br><br> "Martin Neuper has a great reputation and many excellent hunting areas (including his own) for a variety of European species. He gets three or four free-range Alpine ibex permits in Austria each year and two in Switzerland. I was lucky to be able to book this a little over a year in advance; you must normally plan two or three years ahead. After hearing what I wanted in a hunt, Neuper put me with guide Simon Camastral, his Swiss expert. A former Swiss mountain ranger, Camastral has 40-plus years of experience with Alpine ibex.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Is an Anticosti Deer Hunt Right for You? <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Justin Jones and a representative Anticosti buck.</div><br> <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: Editor Tim Jones hunted on Anticosti Island four times more than 25 years ago. Back then, you could hardly open a hunting magazine or watch a TV sports show without seeing a story about the "big bucks of Anticosti." Many of these stories implied that there was a trophy buck behind every tree. Although the island maintains a huge deer population (estimated around 160,000) and regularly produces some very handsome racks, Anticosti simply does not offer B&C book trophies. Recognizing this, SCI created a special category for Anticosti whitetails. The current #1 scores 146 5/8, and SCI gold starts at 94 7/8. There are only 44 entries in the category.<br><br> What Anticosti does offer is a very different whitetail hunting experience in a unique setting. Recent subscriber reports from the island (Reports <a href="" target="_blank">9861</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">8596</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">7973</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">5285</a>) have all been positive, with longtime subscribers and world travelers Doug Yajko and Ed Yates both recommending the experience. In late November, </em>Hunting Report editor<em> Tim Jones and assistant editor Justin Jones visited Anticosti for a father-son hunt with Safari Anticosti (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>; 450-359-1113). To keep costs manageable, they chose a five-day, six-night European plan hunt. Here's Justin Jones' report:</em><br><br> In late November, we drove to Montreal to catch a charter flight to Safari Anticosti's private, jet-accessible airstrip at Salmon River on Anticosti Island. Safari Anticosti operates on more than 800 square miles in the eastern part of the island, which is divided into Salmon River, Bell River and Chaloupe River territories. Accommodations range from self-service chalets to upscale full-service lodges. Each hunting party has exclusive access to a specific zone for the week. We hunted the roughly 60-square-mile Dauphiné Nord zone in the Salmon River territory, about a half-hour drive from Salmon River air strip.<br><br> The sector had several miles of roads and 10 or 12 precut trails and loops-a very big area for two hunters. With a compass, it was quite easy to move across open meadows between trails, even when unaccompanied by a guide. With more than six hunters, it might have felt smaller due to limited access to the trails, something to keep in mind when booking. Larger territories generally offer more opportunities.<br><br> As mentioned before, Anticosti offers a very different whitetail hunting experience, particularly if you are used to sitting for hours in stands and blinds. There are no fixed stands or food plots. Large meadows and bogs with good visibility cover much of Safari Anticosti's territory, and the deer move and feed in open areas throughout the day. This offers excellent opportunities for still hunting or spotting and stalking; in many ways, it's akin to hunting moose or caribou. Hunters can prowl thick woods and meadow edges on marked trails (a good map is provided) or move between trails. You can also hunt by riding behind your guide on an ATV, stopping to glass the bogs. We saw a number of bucks while simply driving along the road on our way to and from hunting.<br><br> Anticosti deer are largely unpressured and not particularly spooky, even at the end of the season (which runs from September to early December; Safari Anticosti does not hunt during the October pre-rut when bucks tend to hide in thick cover). We were there as the rut was winding down, and we saw at least 10 deer each day, including a few bucks.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT 2016 PHASA Convention and AGM Puts Focus on Conservation <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>I attended the 39th Convention and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA) on November 21-23, 2016. Members addressed several issues important to hunting in South Africa, including how to create effective antipoaching programs to protect species like rhino and elephant; new research and conservation efforts to support leopard; developments that impact the South African hunting industry; and, of course, the captive lion hunting issue.<br><br>The lion issue was raised numerous times throughout the event by various speakers from outside South Africa. Each time the feedback was the same: captive lion hunting has hurt the image of South Africa as a hunting destination, contributing to the mistaken impression that all hunting in South Africa is "canned" or at best "not a true wild Africa experience." As I write this, I know Hunting Report subscribers are divided on this issue. A number of you support captive lion hunting as the only means that many hunters can afford to pursue African lion or as the best way to get a lion after striking out in other destinations. But I have spoken with enough hunters to know that many more do not see it this way, who believe that predators are just different and should not be bred or hunted in this manner. I personally field many calls from both subscribers and nonsubscribers interested in hunting Africa, but who discount South Africa as a place where "everything is behind a fence" or "canned." I do my best to correct the misinformed impressions, but often they mention captive-bred lion hunting as an example of what hunting is like in South Africa.<br><br>The recent announcement by US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) that the captive lion hunting industry in South Africa has failed to demonstrate that it actively enhances wild lion populations has reinforced these views in addition to cutting off its largest market.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT A Birthday Leopard Hunt in West Petauke GMA <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>With elephant and lion imports uncertain, leopard took over as the prime species in Zambia during the 2016 hunting season. Our Zambia leopard report this month comes from subscriber L. Smrkovski, who hunted West Petauke GMA with Mopane Safaris Ltd. in August. Smrkovski also took puku, hyena and Chobe bushbuck on his 14-day safari with PH Peter Chipman.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank">10618</a> Smrkovski writes, "After two previous leopard safaris I finally harvested a nice tom on my 75th birthday. What a present! This operation offers as close to a sure bet for leopard as you can get. PH Peter Chipman is an expert at setting up leopard baits, and his trackers and support staff are all highly experienced and professional. This is a well-organized operation with great facilities, and I enjoyed relaxing by the fireside at camp on the Luangwa. I have no reservations about recommending Chipman and Mopane Safaris."<br><br>Smrkovski emailed <em>The Hunting Report</em> with more details, "A PH friend in South Africa suggested I hunt with Chipman, who has had nearly 100% success on mature leopards in Zambia. Zaeed Patel handled all our communications.... The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lion Hunting in Save Valley Conservancy <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Subscriber G. Raba with a big kudu from Zimbabwe.</div><br> <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br> Subscriber G. Raba recently sent us a report (<a href="" target="_blank">10718</a>) on a full-bag August 2015 safari in Zimbabwe with PH Jonathan Hulme in the Sango area of the Save Valley Conservancy. Raba took mature lion and leopard as well as Livingstone eland, kudu and other plains game. He imported his lion without issue before the USFWS permitting requirement went into effect in 2016.<br><br> "Hulme grew up in the conservancy, and he has an uncanny knowledge of the area and how the lions think, so to speak," says Raba. "He and his tracking team have been together for many years and to see them work together is a treat. I never realized lion hunting could take so many baits."<br><br> "Sango Conservancy has several scientific efforts underway for hyena, wild dogs, lions and rhino. They have done a great job of moving water around, and the game is abundant, with healthy lion and leopard populations. I got to see rhino up close for the first time. Elephant were abundant as well, and when USFWS allows imports again, I will be first in line."<br><br> "The camp on this hunt is an oasis. It is absolutely better than many resorts I have visited...." The Jan 2017 Issue Sun, 01 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT