The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Professional Hunter Killed by Elephant in Zimbabwe The Hunting Report has confirmed that South African PH Theunis Botha was killed by an elephant on Friday, May 19, 2017, during a safari. Apparently three elephants charged his hunting party while they walked through the bush in the Gwai area of Zimbabwe. A fourth elephant, a cow, then charged from the side, and a member of the safari group shot her in self-defense. The elephant collapsed on top of Botha. Media reports in South Africa indicated that the cow elephant grabbed Botha with her trunk before falling.Botha was a PH and houndsman, and also worked as an agent for Tim Shultz's Kuronda Safaris in Zimbabwe. He was 51 years old, and leaves behind a wife and four children. Our sympathies to his family. If additional details become available, we will share them with readers in the July issue. News Bulletins Mon, 22 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Feeling Lucky? One of These Dream Tags Could Be Yours! <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>In addition to the regular draw tags, many western states raffle conservation tags, typically offering extended seasons and access to difficult-to-draw or multiple units, depending on state and type of tag. The odds are terrible, but the cost is low and the potential reward priceless. Some are drawn by the state wildlife agency; others are offered through a conservation organization with the money being returned to the wildlife agency. This is not a complete listing, but if you're interested in the best Rocky Mountain bighorn tags, desert sheep tags, mule deer tags or Goulds turkey tags, you owe it to yourself to consider these special raffles.<br><br>The <strong>Nevada Dream Tag</strong> Raffle (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) is a statewide permit good for any open season. A single dream tag is offered for pronghorn, California bighorn, desert bighorn, elk and mule deer. Entries are unlimited at $5 per chance. A $10 resource stamp is required to apply. The deadline is <strong>June 30</strong>.<br><br>Nevada also offers one <strong>Silver State Tag</strong> each for mule deer, pronghorn, elk or desert bighorn. If drawn, the hunter can hunt any open unit during any season. Applications are accepted online through the regular draw, and hunters are limited to a single Silver State application per species. You may, however, apply for the regular draw plus the Silver State tag. Applications are $25 each, except for elk, which is $30.<br><br>Finally, the <strong>Nevada Partnership in Wildlife Tag (PIW)</strong> allows hunters to hunt any unit. Nonresidents are limited to the mule deer partnership tag. To apply for NV mule deer, check the box for PIW, and a $10 application fee will be added to your application. If drawn, your regular application and tag fee covers the PIW tag.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 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 E-Mail Extra subscriber. Just click on the ID number for the report you would like to see and you can view the full text in our database. Enjoy!)</em> The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 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 May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Firsthand Look at Two CAR PH's New Operations in Cameroon <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Justin Jones (right) with his kob from Faro's 18 bis and PH Thibault Engelsen Engelsen.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In late March I headed to the North Region of Cameroon to visit the hunting zones of two French operators who both previously operated in Central African Republic, PH Christophe Lemée (formerly of Club Faune) and PH Florent Mathieu of Safaria. Lemée now operates in Zone 22 on the Vina River, and Safaria has acquired Zone 18 bis and Zone 15 in the Faro area. I also spent four days in early April visiting zones operated by Mayo Oldiri (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>) in the region around Bouba Njida National Park.<br><br>I connected with Lemée and Mathieu through booking agent Cyrus Khodaï of Travels and Expeditions (<a href=""></a>; 011-33-613-14-68-21), who partners with both operators to market hunts. Although both of these operators are longtime PHs, their names may not be familiar to many Americans, and both of their operations in Cameroon are in their first season.<br><br>In Jan., Khodaï sat down with us at the Dallas Safari Club convention to discuss security concerns regarding northern Cameroon and the effect of travel warnings issued by the US, French and Canadian governments. <em>The Hunting Report</em> has received questions about Cameroon from a number of readers, and we have even heard of hunters cancelling trips or not booking due to the travel advisories.<br><br>Readers who have been following our security updates on Cameroon from Ripcord (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">3515</a>) may recall that in earlier travel warnings about Cameroon, the US State Department made a distinction between the North Region and the Far North Region, a jagged strip of land between Nigeria and Chad. The Far North continues to hold major security risks, and Boko Haram has carried out violent raids, suicide bombings and kidnappings (some of them foreign nationals) there.<br><br>The State Department's latest travel warning on Cameroon <a target="_blank" href="">dated March 22, 2017</a> makes no distinction between the North and the Far North. But hunting operators in the North Region contend that this doesn't reflect the current reality. Although Boko Haram threatened the North Region's capital of Garoua in a recent video, no attacks associated with Boko Haram have occurred in the North Region. By all accounts, Boko Haram's capabilities have been severely diminished by the Multinational Joint Task Force and Cameroon's BIR (Rapid Intervention Battalion), which are supported by American and French Special Forces. As a result, Cameroon reopened the border with Nigeria this year, though with heavy security. The latest travel warning again advised against travel near the border with CAR, Chad and Nigeria because of criminal activity and other threats.<br><br>As of this writing, there have been no problems with armed incursions into hunting zones, and most zones are well over 80 kilometers from the borders. Hunting operators have local knowledge and know to avoid travel in corridors that may have cross-border activity.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT A Firsthand Look at Lindenhof Hunting Ranch in Namibia <div align="center"><img src=""><br> </div><br> <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief </div><br><br> <em>Editor's Note: In Jan. 2015 (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">3459</a>), we reported on the partnership between Chapungu Safaris and Kambako Safaris. While in southern Africa this past Nov. for the PHASA and NAPHA meetings Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown checked out two of their properties and gave us this firsthand report on one, Lindenhof Hunting Ranch.</em><br><br> While in Namibia last November, I visited Chapungu-Kambako's latest acquisition, Lindenhof Game Ranch. This is one of five operations in Namibia that has come under the Chapungu-Kambako banner. All of them are operated by PHs whose names you probably recognize from the other well-known operations where they previously worked. Pieter de Lange, Louis Kotze and Uys Schickerling were all longtime PHs with Omujeve Hunting Safaris and have guided numerous <em>Hunting Report</em> subscribers over the years. They all joined Chapungu-Kambako Namibia in Dec. 2014 and oversee the company's operations at the properties where they have hunting rights: Camel Thorn Lodge in the Kalahari, Excelsior Private Game Ranch near Etosha National Park, South Camp located in southern Namibia, three concessions in the Caprivi, and now all the operations for Lindenhof Hunting Ranch.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT More from OPHAA on Cross-Border Hunting <div align="center"><img src=""></div><br><div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Back in March, we shared information from a meeting of Operators and Professional Hunting Associations of Africa (OPHAA) on cross-border hunting (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">3928</a>). Cross-border hunting is the practice of PHs or safari operators guiding clients in countries where they are not legally registered to operate. Unfortunately, this practice is all too common. Recently we heard more information from Danene van der Westhuyzen and Jason Roussos, who are taking a lead on the issue of cross-border hunting as members of OPHAA.<br><br>Van der Westhuyzen is a PH and manager of Aru Hunting Safaris Namibia and president of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA).<br><br>"Cross-border hunting has been a big problem throughout Africa for a very long time already. In most countries in Africa a PH must have a license to be able to operate there. Many clients want a specific PH to conduct hunts for them in multiple countries, but in many cases the PHs are not licensed and can only travel as an observer. Furthermore, operators and PHs are selling hunts in different countries with the pretense of them operating and conducting the hunts, when in reality they are illegally hunting on another operator's area.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Researchers Request Feedback from All Hunters Who Have Visited South Africa <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>If you have hunted in South Africa, your feedback is needed for a new study being conducted on hunting in that destination. The tourism research unit TREES (Tourism Research in Economics, Environs and Society) at North-West University in cooperation with Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) is currently conducting research regarding trophy hunters visiting South Africa.<br><br>"Please be so kind as to assist us by requesting that your members and hunters in general participate in the survey," PHASA's CEO Tharia Unwin emailed <em>The Hunting Report</em>.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Report on Tanzania Mixed-Bag Hunt Wins 3-Month Subscription Extension <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>When his report was drawn from among the subscriber reports submitted in April, P. Wallace won a free three-month subscription extension, <em>and</em> he's entered to win a one-year Ripcord membership that we'll draw in January from among all the reports filed in 2017.<br><br>In Report <a target="_blank" href="">10829</a> Wallace details a successful mixed-bag safari he took last August in Tanzania with Rungwa Safaris (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-255-787-166-762). He reports taking eland, Grant gazelle, Coke hartebeest, greater and lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx and white-bearded wildebeest. Only greater kudu were scarce. He failed to take a Cape buffalo. "Totally by my choice; we saw several very nice bulls and passed, looking for larger trophies. Buffalo were pursued repeatedly with great enthusiasm despite passing many possible shots on mature bulls; some we approached within 25 to 40 yards to evaluate with none taken.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Mauritius Offers Trophy-Class Rusa Deer Hunting and Five-Star Beach Resorts <div align="center"><img src=""><br> Mauritius offers some very nice Javan Rusa stags.</div><br> <div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br> We first told you about the trophy rusa deer hunting on Mauritius back in 2008 (see Article <a target="_blank" href="">2159</a>). Mauritius, located off the coast of East Africa beyond Madagascar, is a vacation paradise with five-star beach resorts and renowned big game fishing. It's one of those rare destinations where you can take a nonhunting spouse and family for a tropical vacation and easily get in some quality hunting. There are 40,000 rusa deer on Mauritius, and the annual harvest is about 18,000 a year. These are pure-strain Javan rusa deer that have not been exposed to other varieties or species that could interbreed.<br><br> What occasions this reminder is that we just learned of a second operator there offering hunting for Javan rusa deer. This past Feb. we visited with Wes Hixon of Wes Hixon's Outdoor Adventures & Travel (706-657-3527; <a target="_blank" href=""></a>) at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas. Hixon is working with Ivan Charoux, who operates hunts on two separate private properties, one on the west coast of Mauritius, the other on the east. Both have perimeter fencing but no subdivisions. Each requires different techniques and offers a different hunting experience, as the deer have adapted to the different terrain and conditions.<br><br> The east coast of Mauritius is hilly and receives more rain, so it is covered in dense brush. The property there encompasses 8,000 acres. Typically small herds of 20 to 50 deer do not move in the morning but come out in the afternoons to graze. Hunting is in the afternoon by walking and stalking.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Revelations from 25 Years of Hunting in the Limelight: An Interview with Jim Shockey <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Jim Shockey with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown at the DSC convention this past January.</div><br><div align="center">By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br><em>This past Feb. at the Dallas Safari Club convention I spoke with outfitter and hunting personality Jim Shockey, who is celebrating 25 years as a hunting outfitter (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>). A lifelong hunter, he started in the business with an article for BowBender magazine in Canada in 1984, for which he was paid a whopping $42 Canadian. He was an antiques and art dealer then, had just married his wife Louise ("Weezie"), and dreamed of a hunting lifestyle. Going from antique dealer, to outdoor writer, to guide, to outfitter, to hunting television personality and world hunter is a dream come true, allowing Shockey to see the hunting industry from many angles. I asked him what he thinks hunters need to know about the hunting industry and about themselves to be successful and satisfied every time they venture to the bush.</em><br><br><strong>Barbara Crown:</strong> Did you ever think you would be so famous and successful in hunting circles?<br><br><strong>Jim Shockey:</strong> I always imagined being successful at whatever I put my mind to, but I never imagined the celebrity I would get doing this. It is an honor and a responsibility that I gladly accept and greatly appreciate. But doing my best as an outfitter and guide, that part I knew I would do well.<br><br><strong>BC:</strong> After 25 years of running hunting operations, dealing with hunting clients, and hunting all around the world with other outfitters, what do you think it takes to be a good outfitter?<br><br><strong>JS:</strong> I can sum it up very simply: take care of the things you can take care of and let fate determine the rest.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Ammo Must Travel Separately from Luggage on Air France Flights <div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We recently heard from subscriber Scott Swasey, who was told by operator Safaris Chelet (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>) that he should check his ammo in a separate container (with a total weight less than five kilograms) independent of his luggage on his way to Douala through Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris on Air France. Swasey emailed us to ask about the regulation so that we could notify other subscribers.<br><br>Unfortunately, Air France has released contradictory information about the handling of ammunition on its flights. The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">airline's website states</a>, "Cartridges and ammunition are permitted in your checked baggage as long as you let us know you are bringing these items when booking your ticket and store them in a hard case...." The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT One Small Step Closer to Wolf Hunting in Wyoming <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently ruled in favor of the Wyoming management plan for wolves, reversing a lower court opinion that invalidated the delisting of wolf in that state. The original lawsuit, brought by Defenders of Wildlife and other antihunting groups, overturned the delisting of wolves and stopped wolf hunting in Wyoming.<br><br>In a complex case that involved defining terms such as "substantial portion of their range" and "genetic exchange," the court sided with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the state of Wyoming regarding the appropriateness of delisting wolves. This ruling is a first step toward hunting wolves again in Wyoming.<br><br>Before rendering its opinion, the court sought information on wolf harvest under sport hunting regulations in Montana and Idaho and noted that under state management those populations had not only been stable but growing. They also noted that genetic exchange had occurred, ensuring that wolf populations were secure.<br><br>However, the state of Wyoming will not be able to take over management of wolves immediately. A similar lawsuit regarding wolves was filed in the Great Lakes Distinct Population (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota), and doubtless both sides in the battle are reexamining this recent opinion while deciding how to proceed in that case.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Non-Subsistence Take of Predators on Alaska Refuges <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Back in Oct. 2016 (Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3896</a>) we informed subscribers that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) amended the regulations regarding predator take on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The amendments prohibited "certain particularly effective methods" of taking predators, including baiting for brown bears. Because the refuge system in Alaska is well over 54 million acres, the rules affect many hunting opportunities. We noted that the immediate casualty of the rule would be bait hunts of brown bears but that long-term negative effects on ungulate populations would follow. Caribou and moose populations in many areas cannot take the current level of predation that they are experiencing, and the new rules favor predators at the expense of prey and hunters, both tourist hunters and subsistence users.<br><br>The US House of Representatives, under the leadership of AK Congressman Don Young, drafted and approved House Joint Resolution 69, which nullified the FWS rule.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Don't Get Caught without a Motel Room on Your Next Hunt! <div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>On a recent road trip, I made better time than anticipated and pushed beyond my expected first-night stop in New Mexico. I knew the road well and planned a stop in a small, east-central town popular with pronghorn hunters but virtually nobody else. Imagine my surprise when I arrived to find motel offices closed, no vacancy signs and every room taken by construction crews. I pushed on another 90 miles and found a room near the interstate, but it underscored the potential impacts to hunters of new or expanding oil fields, wind energy projects and pipelines across the country.<br><br>This is not a new issue. Motel rooms in North Dakota have been notoriously scarce and overpriced ever since horizontal drilling opened up the Bakken Formation. Ditto for south Texas and the Eagle Ford Formation. Wind energy construction is typically located in rural, agricultural areas with little infrastructure. In some places, motels are completely leased by construction companies even before the motel construction is completed.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Another Negative Report on Cavner & Julian <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Back in our January issue (page 15) we aired a negative report (<a target="_blank" href="">10733</a>) from subscriber Greg Morris on a 2015 bear hunt in Alaska with Cavner & Julian. The crux of his complaint was that the hunt was overbooked, his guide was inexperienced, and he had been promised that he would be first to hunt an exclusive territory but wasn't.<br><br>That report has shaken loose several more reports on bear hunts with Cavner & Julian, which we are still following up on. This one (<a target="_blank" href="">10837</a>) is from subscriber Robert King, who unsuccessfully hunted wolves with Cavner & Julian late last August.<br><br>King tells us, "We never saw any wolves, heard any, or saw tracks or evidence of wolves in the area. We were told we would be the first wolf hunters of the season but found out a group left just before we arrived, and they didn't see or kill any wolves either. I wouldn't go back for free, and the outfitter didn't offer any restitution when asked."<br><br>In his rebuttal, Preston Cavner says, "We apologize to Mr. King for not getting a wolf. Alaska regulations prohibit any guide guaranteeing the success of any hunt, and we also cannot guarantee the amount of game that may be seen by a hunter. However, we can provide the best potential hunting area, staff, gear, hunt plan, and hunt support to do everything possible to present the best opportunity for clients.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Proud to Be among the Community of Hunters What better company is there than that of fellow hunters? Over the last year, I have focused on making sure our editorial staff members get away from their desks more often and into the bush and other places where they can commune with other hunters and subscribers. Some of you got to meet Assistant Editor Justin Jones this past Jan. at the DSC convention in Dallas, where he helped man <em>The Hunting Report</em> booth and reported news from the convention floor. In April, we sent him to Cameroon to check out several operations firsthand and to report on on-the-ground security issues in that part of the world. He returned exuberant, with an enhanced appreciation for our special community. It was so heartwarming that I had to share his thoughts about it with you. Be proud of who we are. - Barbara Crown<br><br><img src=""><br><br>The more I travel to hunting destinations, the more hunting shows I attend, the prouder I am to be part of this worldwide hunting community. In just the past few months alone I've met many, many amazing people with vast knowledge to share. And I've learned a lesson my father tried to teach me when I was younger: if you want to get the facts about wildlife and the interconnected web of life, ask a hunter.<br><br>Ranging the forests and savannas of Cameroon with PHs Christophe Lemée and Florent Mathieu and former CIC Director Kai Wollscheid; exploring Texas brush country with <em>The Hunting Report's</em> Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk; and slogging through the bogs of Anticosti Island with guide Michel "Mike" Doiron has taught me more about those diverse ecosystems and the animals that live there than I could learn watching every documentary film about wildlife ever made. It's sad that so many "friends of animals" discount the knowledge hunters have simply because we hunt.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Trophy Transportation We recently received this note as a follow-up from subscriber J. Pollard: "In the December 2016 issue, <em>The Hunting Report</em> was kind enough to let subscribers know I was looking for a transportation company to move 78 mounts cross-country. Every response was the same company, Trophy Transport (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>; <a href=""></a>; 877-644-9757).... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Colorado Trophy Mule Deer Longtime subscriber B. Boehm would like some feedback about Colorado mule deer. Boehm has accumulated 12 points for this hunt and wants to use them on a top-notch opportunity for a 200-inch mulie. He is a rifle hunter and is looking for a guided hunt. "I realize the type of hunt I am interested in may be expensive," he says. "I have shot a lot of deer so I am interested in a top-notch hunt to burn my points on."<br><br>Although he is open to recommendations, he says he is looking at a Colorado outfitter called Whitaker Hunting Company, formerly Western Legends operated by Erick Schell.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Two Subscriber Hunts for Urial, Ibex and More in Pakistan <div align="center"><img src=""><br>D. Yajko and his Punjab urial taken in northern Pakistan with operator Pir Danish Ali.</div><br><div align="center">By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have two recent subscriber reports on Pakistan hunts with Pir Danish Ali of Indus Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; <a href=""></a>; 011-92-347-228-8882) from subscribers D. Yajko and R. Matyas. This follows up our February report (see Article <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3927</a>) on R, Baker's December markhor hunt with Indus Safaris.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10822</a>, Yajko tells us he hunted Blanford and Punjab urial, plus hog deer, boar and gazelle on a 10-day hunt that covered three areas. We reached Yajko via phone for details about his hunt.<br><br>"This was my third hunting trip to Pakistan, the first two being ibex hunts. It is a great country to hunt, but driving there is a nightmare. Even remote, rural roads are jammed with small cars, donkeys and whatever else.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Monster Muleys in Mexico <div align="center"><img src=""><br>J. Teeter's latest Mexico mule deer.</div><br><div align="center">By LeighAnn Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>We recently received three reports from subscribers about exceptional mule deer hunts in Sonora, Mexico.<br><br>First up, subscriber J. Teeter tells us he hunted at Dale Ranches (817-929-1000; <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>). This was Teeter's third mule deer hunt with Dale Ranches. All three hunts yielded bucks scoring 200-plus B&C, with this year's buck scoring 205 6/8 with a 33.5-inch spread. Teeter has hunted this property five times, including a desert bighorn hunt that yielded a 168-inch B&C ram.<br><br>Teeter flew into Hermosillo and was driven about an hour to the ranch. He stayed in an hacienda he describes as "unreal, with big bedrooms with king-size beds and great food." The property is 42,000 acres. Teeter and his guide hunted "mostly from a high rack but we [did] climb a lot of hills to glass for bucks and then to try to ease in on them if possible." Teeter reports that the "rut was a little slow this year, but we still found a hot doe late one afternoon with big boy."<br><br>On all of Teeter's mule deer hunts, he reports long days in the high rack with most shots taken from the high rack at 50 to 300 yards. He recommends paying attention to your guide and shooting quickly. He says, "If a doe is spotted, get your gun up and wait on the guide to give you the go-ahead. Do not look through your binoculars. Have your rifle up and ready. Most times you have only about five seconds to make the shot." Teeter reports seeing many 185 to 195-class bucks on the property. Though you may see between five and 20 deer a day, he also says, "Mexico is not a cake walk. Long days in the rack and few sightings on some days. However, without drawing one of the coveted tags in Arizona or Utah, there is no better place to kill a really big mule deer than Mexico."<br><br>Dale Ranches secured Teeter's gun permit months prior to his hunt. Mule deer hunts are for five days, and the ranch takes only eight trophy buck hunters per year, two hunters per week. Teeter says he has taken all his bucks within three days. The ranch also has one or two tags per year for sheep, and Teeter reports that most hunters get their rams in two to three days. The ranch is currently for sale and may not be available for hunting next year.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Alpine Outfitters Gets Another Thumbs-Up for Wolf <div align="center">By Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Subscriber T. Barcroft tells us that he recommends Alpine Outfitters (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>; 866-539-4209) in <strong>Alberta</strong>, despite not seeing a wolf on his Feb. hunt.<br><br>Barcroft tells us, "The outfitter, Lowell Davis, works hard to provide a shooting opportunity and maintain quite a number of baits and trail cameras with cellular transmission of images. He knows where and when bait activity happens. I saw animals on trail cams at several baits at night. Animals were various colors from gray to black. The weather likely will be quite cold with snow, but the blinds are heated, so extraordinary clothing is not necessary.<br><br>"The hunt is based out of the outfitter's farm; hunters stay in a house adjacent to the family home. Very comfortable! Food was excellent and the daily packed lunch kept you eating and snacking all day. Almost too much!<br><br>"Be prepared to sit in heated blinds for 10 hours per day; audiobooks are a great way to keep your mind occupied and attention focused. I enjoyed watching the eagles and other birds on the baits and seeing the countryside.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Leftover and OTC Tag Cures for Draw Disappointment <div align="center"><img src=""><br>Tags For Columbia Blacktails are readily available in Oregon after the draws.</div><br><div align="center">By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>If you were unsuccessful in drawing the tags you wanted by this time of year, you'll need to seek other options. This month, we'll look at over-the-counter (OTC) and leftover draw tags across the US West. Next month, we'll scope out options for landowner tags.<br><br><strong>OTC tags</strong> are an option in areas with quality animals. OTC tags are often available where private landowners control access. OTC tags may also be available for areas where the success rate is relatively low (or where there are plenty of animals).<br><br>Outfitted hunts with OTC tags are possible but often book quickly. Hunters looking to take advantage need to do their homework so they are ready to move to plan B as soon as they discover that they were not drawn. You are too late for some quality OTC opportunities for this year, but you can always get on the outfitter's waiting list and hope for a cancellation.<br><br><strong>Leftover draw tags</strong> are still available in some states. Sometimes these tags are available because access to private land is necessary. Often an affordable hunt can be found through an outfitter or directly through a landowner, who charges a trespass fee. However, in most cases, leftover tags may be undersubscribed either because the game isn't doing well, because the country is too rugged or due to some other access problem (i.e., National Forest land that's blocked by private land). You need to do considerable research before buying a leftover tag.... The May 2017 Issue Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT