The Hunting Report Newsletter Hunting Articles For The Hunter Who Travels Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ripcord Evacuates Hunter from CAR After Attack by LRA Militants Ripcord Rescue Travel InsuranceTM has evacuated a Hunting Report subscriber from Central African Republic (CAR) after he and his hunting party were attacked by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) militants during a safari. We first mentioned this hunter's safari had been interrupted by violence in CAR in a June 20th email bulletin. We now have details on the attack.The subscriber, who asked that we only identify him as "Scott," was hunting along the Congolese border of eastern CAR near the village of Dembia with Jacques Lemaux of Safari Bongo when they came under fire by LRA members with automatic weapons. The trackers were able to escape on foot, as the gunfire was concentrated on Lemaux and Scott, who were carrying hunting rifles and barely escaped in the safari vehicle under heavy fire. Despite two flat tires the hunters managed to evade a second group sent to cut them off and put enough distance between them that they were able to stop and replace one tire. At that point Scott texted Ripcord operations using a Delorme inReach satellite device and set up a rendezvous point to take him from Dembia to the nearest airstrip in Rafai and eventually get him out of CAR.Scott describes his experience under fire: "I ran as fast as I could, with bullets whizzing by me in all directions and striking the ground near my feet and ahead of me as I ran a zigzag pattern while paralleling back down the trail road. Jacques was gaining on me, and he flung the passenger side car door open… I jumped into the seat of the car while it was moving as we were still taking fire from four LRA gunmen with automatic weapons."When they arrived at Dembia, where many of the trackers were from, the villagers would not allow them to leave, and Lemaux contacted the priest who ran a mission in Rafai. The priest later arrived with three armed cruisers and Moroccan troops with the UN. Although a team from Ripcord was on route, Scott and Lemaux decided to head for Rafai under escort of UN troops. The next day Ripcord flew Scott from Rafai in a Beechcraft King Air 350 to Bangui, where he waited a day or so for local sectarian violence to cool before moving under armed guard to the airport for a flight to France.Upon arriving in the United States, Scott was debriefed by both the US State Department and the Department of Defense. He is now home. Scott is an experienced hunter with 15 international hunts. This was his fifth African safari. He says he does not hold his operator or booking agent responsible for the dangerous situation he experienced, as his own research on CAR had indicated a reduction in both LRA activity and sectarian violence the last year. It was not until after his attack that he found the website LRA Crisis Tracker (, which records and tracks reported LRA activities. That website shows activity by the LRA had recently spiked in eastern CAR. Scott recommends hunters headed to this region of Africa check the website for developments in their intended destinations.Scott says he spent just over $400 on his Ripcord medical and security evacuation program and that he is grateful he did. You can read Scott's complete account, A Father's Day Brush with Death in CAR, on The Hunting Report website. We'll have a full update on hunting in CAR and the security situation, including a security report from Ripcord, in the August issue of the newsletter. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Hampshire Auctioning Two Moose Permits If you still have a slot in your hunting calendar for this fall, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is holding its 2016 NH Moose Permit Auction. Two permits are on offer (a nonresident NH hunting license is included); winning bidders may select to hunt any zone in the state and may select a sub-permittee to hunt with them. Either permittee or sub-permittee may actually take the moose. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation's website at or by calling 603-496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 5, 2016. Last year, the highest bids tied at $14,001. Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, licenses and a gallery of photos from successful NH hunts, can be found at Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives, along with education programs of the Department, such as Barry Conservation Camp, the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Freshwater Angler Survey, Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Wildlife Recreation Access Program, aerial stocking of remote ponds, Wildlife Management Area signs and kiosks, and support of the Law Enforcement Division's Canine Unit. To learn more about the Foundation, visit or visit them on Facebook at As a final note, Hunting Report Editor Tim Jones lives in NH and will happily help any subscriber who wins one of these moose tags with the logistics of their hunt. – Tim Jones, Editor News Bulletins Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Violence Erupts in CAR, Hunters Should Take Precautions Hunters about to leave on safari to CAR should check in with their operator immediately. Sectarian violence as well as new attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has occurred in the last few days throughout the country. The Hunting Report has reliable reports of at least one safari cut short this weekend due to violence. On Friday, June 17, a driver for Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) was shot to death when his convoy was ambushed by unidentified gunmen on the road between Sibut and Grimari in the center of the country. Just last month another driver for the organization was shot dead in a similar ambush in the north. Earlier last week more than 10 people were killed in clashes in northern CAR near Ngaoudaye, where former rebels of Seleka were leading cattle through the town en route for Cameroon. The violence between the former rebels and the villagers continued for several days. Additionally, the LRA has recently extended into areas in CAR that had previously seen little to no activity. They kidnapped 17 people from the eastern village of Kadjema on Thursday, June 16. Meanwhile in Bangui, clashes have broken out between Muslims and Christians. More than a dozen people have been killed, and 10 policemen were kidnapped in the PK5 Muslim enclave in Bangui. As this is written, travel in and out of the airport may not be secure. Redpoint Resolutions LLC has been executing security evacuations from the affected region for its Ripcord Rescue Travel InsuranceTM clients. Utilizing their ground and air assets, they have rescued clients from violent regions. Jack Holt, Redpoint’s South African-based Operations Manager notes: “There are 14 rebel groups spread across the country not including the terror threat and armed poachers in the bush. Indiscriminate attacks can happen anywhere.” We will report more on the situation as the information comes in from Redpoint’s on-the-ground sources. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Report Trouble with Congo Hunting Safaris If you are about to board a plane for a hunt with Congo Hunting Safaris, STOP! Call your booking agent or operators Tielman and Carin Neethling (011 +264 81 128 4134) immediately to check on the status of your hunt. The Hunting Report has heard from two hunters who recently arrived in Congo-Brazzaville only to find that the company was not at all prepared for their safaris. Subscriber and experienced African hunter Peter Flack, and his organizer Christophe Beau of Grand Safari, arrived in camp only to find Flack’s hunting license had not been acquired and the two PHs and camp manager were being forced to leave the camp under threat of arrest. The only vehicle in camp was an old Hilux with no winch and bald tires. The second hunter arrived in the city of Ouesso with his wife days later to find no meet-and-greet and no rifle permit. A Congo Hunting Safaris staff person finally showed up after two hours, promising to take care of the permit and claiming they had not been informed about his safari dates. After several days of waiting and unsuccessful attempts by Congo Hunting Safaris local staff to secure a permit, the hunter decided to return home. In the course of investigating what went wrong, The Hunting Report has discovered that the operation’s local Congolese partner Edgar Ewany Opani is in a dispute with his partners (70% investors) Tielman and Carin Neethling of Namibia. Opani, who is responsible for handling local issues such as regulatory matters, taxes and permits, had forced the PHs to leave under threat of having them arrested, and in an email the Neethlings forwarded to The Hunting Report, Opani states twice that he is shutting the company down. Where does that leave clients with booked safaris? At this time it is unclear exactly what will happen with booked safaris, as we have learned that Opani has brought back former camp manager and PH Andre van Deventer, presumably to take over the camp. Regardless, the situation is quite murky and hunters should contact their agents and the operator immediately and carefully consider their options. Based on the feedback we have received and the various email communications we have reviewed from and between all parties, we do NOT recommend traveling to Congo for this safari until the dispute is straightened out and Opani can prove that they are properly prepared to conduct safaris. Look for a more detailed report in the July issue of The Hunting Report. For now: Caveat Emptor! – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Caribou Sport Hunting Closed in Alaska GMU 23; Increased Restrictions in GMU 22 Earlier this year, the Federal Subsistence Board closed all public land in GMU 23 to caribou hunting by anyone other than federally recognized subsistence hunters. GMU 23 is a popular unit, both for do-it-yourself (DIY) drop-camp hunts and for guided hunts using aircraft access from Kotzebue. The Federal Board closure supersedes State regulations and excludes not only nonresidents but also Alaskan hunters who rely on this unit for their annual caribou hunt. The Alaska Department of Game and Fish has asked the Board to reconsider, noting that the closure is inconsistent with the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Cooperative Management Plan. That plan recommends “conservative” management when the population is between 200,000 and 265,000 and would only close the unit when the herd estimate falls between 130,000 and 200,000. Its present population is estimated at 206,000. GMU 22, out of Nome, has also seen some new restrictions on resident caribou hunting aimed at reducing mortality on this same herd. Anyone with a hunt booked in either of these units should immediately contact their outfitter or transporter (for DIY hunts) to check on the current status of their hunt. While the Federal Board may reconsider the public land closure, it is clear that restrictive management is in place for this herd for this fall and hunters need to carefully evaluate their options for caribou hunts. Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Utah Deer Tags to Be Released! Prepare NOW to Grab Yours Utah is releasing some unit-specific archery and muzzleloader deer tags, which go on sale at 8am July 14. Some of the unit-specific tags are for units with little public land and access will be a problem you should solve NOW before you purchase the tag. As always, do your homework and remember that these are an opportunity for a fun hunt and not necessarily a trophy. In addition, Utah still has 15,000 general any-weapon, muzzleloader and general archery elk tags available OTC beginning at 8am July 12. This is ideal for a DIY hunter who isn’t afraid to explore. The general archery dates, August 20-September 9, are probably too early to catch much of the rut, but the muzzleloader dates of November 2-10 should find elk in larger herds and, given any snow, migrating to winter range. -- Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large News Bulletins Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Court Rules No ESA Permits Required for Three Amigos Antelope The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that hunters taking captive bred scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle and addax in the US do not need to obtain Endangered Species Act permits. This should effectively end efforts by anti-hunting groups to force hunters to apply for these permits and go through a public comment period before those permits can be issued by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Safari Club International (SCI) announced they had won the suit after more than a decade of legal wrangling. The fight began in 2005 when USFWS listed the three exotic antelope as endangered but also created a special rule that exempted ranch owners and hunting clients from obtaining ESA permits for captive bred populations in the United States. At that time anti-hunting groups sued USFWS, alleging the rule violated requirements under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). SCI and several other organizations jumped into the fray to protect hunting rights and the conservation of these species, which thrive on ranches in the US while they struggle in their native ranges overseas. Finally, the US Congress stepped in, passing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, including Section 127 directing USFWS to reinstate the special rule exempting the three species from the ESA permit requirement. Anti-hunting groups went back to court challenging the constitutionality of Section 127. SCI intervened in the suit and on June 3, the court decided that the US Congress did not violate the US Constitution in passing the law. You can read a detailed history on this fight on SCI’s website here. Congratulations to SCI and all who contributed to this victory. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT A Call for Hunters to Challenge Legality of NJ Trophy Import Ban All hunters from New Jersey who have taken an elephant, lion, leopard or black or white rhino trophy that is now pending import to the US are urged to contact John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force. Jackson plans to challenge the new law that was passed in New Jersey banning the importation of legally hunted trophies that are listed by CITES and the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). He is seeking any hunters affected by the ban to join the suite. Jackson contends the New Jersey law, and others like it, is contrary to federal legislation. It is overridden by the ESA, which delineates exceptions for the importation of sport hunted trophies. That includes a permitting system by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). States cannot substitute their judgements in place of those of Congress or USFWS, and they must respect the permits issued by USFWS. Elephant and other trophy imports are included in the ESA exceptions, and USFWS uses an enhancement import permit system for those trophies under the provisions of the ESA. There is sufficient legal precedence to challenge the New Jersey law and hunters affected by it may contact Jackson by telephone at 504-837-1233 or send an email to – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief News Bulletins Wed, 08 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT News Alert – Pending Elephant Imports In Danger of Seizure Hunters with elephant trophy imports scheduled for delivery to the United States must ensure their imports arrive before July 6 to prevent seizure by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Hunting Report has learned that those new enhancement import permits we reported on in an Email Extra Bulletin yesterday will be required as of July 6 no matter when you hunted your elephant. Any elephant trophy arriving without an import permit will be at risk of seizure. In a response to inquiries by John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force, Tim Van Norman, Chief of Branch of Permits in the Division of Management Authority for USFWS, states that the revised rule on elephant imports requires an import permit regardless of when the elephant was taken. Also, hunters will be allowed only two elephant imports per year, no matter when you hunted the elephant. So, if you are importing an elephant you hunted two years ago, plus another one from last season, and both are scheduled to arrive in the US in 2016, you will have filled your limit of imports for this year. Any additional elephant you may hunt will not be importable until 2017. If you have a pending elephant shipment make sure it will arrive before July 6. Otherwise you will need to fill out Form 3-200-19 to request an import permit. According to Van Norman, the application form has already been revised to include all elephants. “[I]ndividuals can start to request permits now if they know that they will not import the trophy until after the effective date,” he says. The new form had not been posted to the USWFS website today when The Hunting Report checked, but hunters can contact the Management Authority for one at – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT USFWS to Implement New Elephant Trophy Import Requirements On Friday, June 3, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it will restrict elephant hunting trophy imports of ivory to only two per year per hunter and that it will require an Endangered Species Act (ESA) enhancement import permit for all elephant trophies. The new requirements are part of the USFWS’ final rule revising the rule for African elephant under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In the November 2015 issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin John J. Jackson, III, reported that USFWS had proposed to add these restrictions to elephant imports as part of recommendations arising from the President's Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. (World Conservation Force Bulletin is delivered to you each month with your issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter.) At that time Conservation Force had submitted comments opposing the proposal. The new requirements are scheduled to take effect on July 6, one month from today. If you plan to hunt elephant this safari season you will need to acquire an enhancement import permit from the Division of Management Authority of USFWS prior to importation. This is the same process required in the past for Tanzania elephant, but now must be done for elephant from the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana (whenever it lifts the current moratorium). Any elephant trophies entering the United States without an import permit will be in violation of the ESA and seized. Remember that USFWS treats all improperly permitted imports as contraband, and you will not be able to get the seized shipment back. The silver lining in this is that the new requirements provide a way to import elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. If enhancement for a particular trophy can be shown, the trophy could receive an enhancement import permit. Operators in Zimbabwe and their clients are urged to contact Jackson right away for pro-bono assistance. Call 504.837.1233 or send an email to Look for more details on this development in the next issue of Conservation Force Bulletin and The Hunting Report. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief. News Bulletins Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Hunters Needed for Bukharan Urial Conservation Hunt in Tajikistan – Limited Licenses Available Community conservancies in Tajikistan have received three hunting licenses for Bukharan urial this season. You will recall our 2014 and 2016 reports about the conservation efforts of these conservancies, and how hunting programs had incentivized locals to protect markhor populations in these areas. Those same programs have benefited other species, including snow leopards. Now a handful of hunting permits will be issued to hunt urial sheep through a community group. Tajikistan is one of the few places where one can hunt this rare subspecies of urial, and Kurt Hofer of the Austrian hunting company Fair Hunt (; is organizing these hunts. Hofer says his hunting agency concentrates on hunting opportunities that are sustainable, strictly legal and benefit both local peoples and wildlife conservation. A client of Fair Hunt recently bagged the new world record for Bukhara markhor (see March 2016 story here) in one of these conservancies. These urial hunts will take place in what some consider the best game management areas of Tajikistan and will be conducted with the intense involvement of local hunters (former poachers). Selective hunting here is strictly regulated under sustainable-use principles through a community-based hunting scheme. Such methods produced fascinating results in the conservation of Bukharan markhor and subsequently of endangered snow leopard. The urial population in Tajikistan has declined in the past years due to overharvesting, mostly by locals for meat, and competition from domestic livestock. The present hunts serve the purpose of earning funds for urial conservation and community development, incentivizing locals to forgo poaching. Here at The Hunting Report we believe this kind of community incentive program is justification for hunting a handful of urial at the present moment. Hopefully, the program will lead to the same population recovery seen in the markhor. Hunters should be aware that some illegal hunts for urial and markhor may also be offered on the market. If in doubt, contact The Hunting Report, and we will investigate through our channels. We strongly advise readers against illegal hunts, not only because of the great legal risks involved, but also as this violates the principles of sustainable hunting. – Rolf Baldus, Hunting Report Correspondent News Bulletins Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Important Deadlines <em>Here are the important permitting developments to watch for this month in the US.Compiled by Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</em> The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 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 Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Safari Confidential Offers Access to Last-Minute and Bargain Hunts <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>While at the CIC meeting in Brussels recently, Publisher Barbara Crown connected with Safari Confidential (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>), a new networking platform for special hunting offers that might be of interest and use to our subscribers. Of course, when looking at the offers on the Safari Confidential website we recommend doing your own due diligence as you would when working with any other outfitter or agent.<br><br>Daphné Morimont, one of the principals for Safari Confidential, told Crown, "We offer hunters access to all types of game and hunting destinations around the globe at attractive prices and exceptional discounts. For the hunter, it's a way to find out about discounted hunts they would not otherwise know about. For hunters who can't plan far in advance or who don't have a lot of time to organize their trips, the site allows them to seize a hunting opportunity when some free time opens up in their schedule. For the outfitters it's a way to promote their business while dealing with issues like cancellations, extra quotas, low season, special trophies, management hunts, closure of a line of guns, etc.<br><br>"Each hunting offer is displayed on the site for 30 days maximum. Our members are informed by email of the latest hunting opportunities offered on the site.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Ripcord Travel Protection: Security Update on Tamaulipas, Mexico Area Last month, we published a first-hand report from correspondent Gary Kramer who had enjoyed not one but two recent trips to La Finca Lodge near Tamaulipas, Mexico.<br><br> Since that report was filed, however, we've learned that the security situation in that region has the potential to deteriorate significantly. Here's the latest update from the travel security experts at Ripcord Travel Protection:<br><br> "Tamaulipas, Mexico offers some of the best bird hunting sites in Mexico. At this time, however, Ripcord advises hunters to avoid travel to Tamaulipas, due to ongoing drug-related violence and a projected increase in violence associated with upcoming elections. During the last provincial elections violence increased significantly from normal, resulting in the death of prominent officials and numerous innocent bystanders. The same increase in violent activity is expected leading up to and following the elections scheduled for June 5, 2016. Ripcord recommends reviewing the security situation after the elections are over to determine whether travel can be conducted safely."<br><br> The security situation in many countries can change rapidly. Here at The Hunting Report, we recommend checking with Ripcord every time before you board a plane or cross an international border.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT More Success on Duiker Hunts in Liberia <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In our <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">April issue</a> we shared subscriber J. Susi's report on a successful hunt for zebra duiker and other small game in Liberia with Morris Dougba's Liberia Rainforest Safari, represented by Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film and Shunneson & Wilson (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 830-792-4200). At press time we heard from subscriber W. Stout, who called from Liberia via sat phone to tell us that he and Rex Baker had both been successful on zebra duiker as well as spectacular black duiker and water chevrotain in the Bella Forest concession. This month we have Stout's full report, more comments from Baker and a report from subscriber Craig Boddington, who hunted there following Baker and Stout's departure.<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10497</a> Stout writes, "This is the only place I have hunted with a good chance at zebra duiker. It's a great area. Operator Morris Dougba has stopped most of the poaching, and the game is abundant. I took two zebra duikers and two black duikers. Obviously it's a tough hunt, which I would recommend only to those with jungle hunts already under their belts."<br><br>We spoke with Stout at length about his hunt following his return from Liberia. "This was my second trip to Liberia in three years," says Stout, who completed an exploratory hunt in the Belle Fasma Gola Rainforest prior to the Ebola outbreak. "The first area wasn't really worth a darn. This season 10 zebra duikers have been taken out of Dougba's new Bella Forest concession, which I would call an unqualified success.<br><br>"I found the area to be rich in small game. I saw Maxwell duiker every night and numerous bay duiker. I have taken these species before and held off. We did not see yellow-backed duiker or Jentink duiker, but we did find a track that belonged to one of these larger species. One of the black duikers I killed may be the new #1, but Craig Boddington took one on his subsequent hunt that might be even larger.<br><br>"Hunting in the jungle at night messes with your mind, and it's hard to be sure what you are looking at in the 50 or so yards you can see. You've got to be on your 'A' game all the time. On the night I took the two black duikers a big windstorm came in.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT How the Zimbabwe Drought is Affecting Hunting Conditions <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Many readers have no doubt seen recent media reports on the drought conditions in <strong>Zimbabwe</strong> and the resulting humanitarian crisis. With the safari season underway, hunters may well wonder about the effects of drought on wildlife there. Fortunately, the current picture in Zimbabwe's parks and conservancies is not nearly as bad as it could have been, thanks to substantial rainfall in late March. While the rain came too late to save crops, wildlife habitat appears to have been spared from the worst effects of the drought. This month, we spoke to a number of Zim outfitters to hear about the conditions in their areas.<br><br>Zimbabwe usually sees regular rains during the wet season from late-October to March, but not this year. Louis Muller, who is Chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association (ZPHGA) and operator of Pro Safaris Africa (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 011-263-9-236-894), gave us an overall perspective.<br><br>"Zimbabwe has experienced a major drought in 2015 and 2016 linked to the El Niño weather pattern. El Niño has historically meant dryness for the region (although rainfall varies from area to area). This wet season saw erratic rains, with some areas better off than others (and some unaffected) heading into the dry season. Most of the country did experience very good late rains in March, with above normal rainfall totals. This was our saving grace.<br><br>"If hunters are planning a hunt in Zimbabwe, they may wish to talk with their outfitter, as each area will have different expectations. As a rule of thumb, the effects of drought on wildlife are only felt from October onward. I operate in the lower Zambezi Valley, and we had plenty of rain in March. Our populations of many animals should still be well below carrying capacity, so we only expect problems in some older animals."<br><br>We heard from Donovan Jooste of Mokore Safaris (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 011-263-4-883-462), who manages two properties in the Save Valley Conservancy (SVC) in the southeast of Zimbabwe.<br><br>"Our rainfall has been low, but not lower than it was in 2012. We had periods with no rain for months on end, but we did receive late rain in March. This did not do much for crops, but it did result in grass growth. Basal cover is noticeably poorer in some places. The western side of the SVC has noticeably higher grass than the eastern side. It's too early to tell if there will be any animal loss as a result.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Zimbabwe Responds to Lion Listing by USFWS <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>In our May cover story, we reported that Zimbabwe had submitted some of the information requested by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for its Division of Management Authority to make decisions on import permits for lion trophies. Here is an update from ZPHGA Chairman Louis Muller:<br><br>"Zimbabwe has sent all the information required by the USFWS. We are told they are currently analyzing the information.<br><br>"In the meantime, ZPHGA and SOAZ (Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe) have decided to take this one step further and complete a study on lion hunting in Zimbabwe. This is a joint project between ZPHGA, SOAZ and ZPWMA. The SCI Foundation is funding the project.<br><br>"The end result will be a document addressing the USFWS listing. We have completed a list of information the document will need, and Zimbabwe has asked the USFWS if any additional information should be included.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT South Africa Creates Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Protected Environment <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>In early April, South African Minister of Environment Mrs. B E E Molewa declared the creation of the Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Protected Environment for a 268,428 hectare (about 663,000 acre) area in the East Cape. As the name suggests, the area is part of a corridor between Mountain Zebra and Camdeboo National Parks. The ultimate vision encompasses over 520,000 hectares of critical habitat under conservation management in what is described as a public/private partnership.<br><br>In the proclamation, some 67 private landowners have been included in the protected area. The protected area will be managed by a landowners' association.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Subscriber Refunded on Zambia Hunt Following Resident Hunting Issues <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Back in January we published a mixed report from subscriber E. Reynolds on a buffalo hunt in Zambia's Nyaminga GMA with Paya Kakuli Safaris. Reynolds ran into major issues on the hunt from excessive encroachment by resident hunters in the concession, although he reports seeing abundant game. Recently, PH and camp manager Derick van Staden wrote to inform us that Paya Kakuli decided to refund Reynolds' expenses.<br><br>We want to give Paya Kakuli a tip of the hat, as they have gone above and beyond in refunding the cost of this trip including trophy fees (over $12,000 USD), especially since Reynolds did not actively seek any restitution. They have certainly shown a commitment to maintain a high standard of business in Zambia.<br><br>It was not unexpected that there would be a few glitches in the newly reopened GMAs. As we reported in January, Derick and Sylvia van Staden brought concerns about resident hunts directly to the Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Massive Wildfire Continues in Alberta Hunt Areas <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As this issue went to press, the huge Ft. McMurray, Alberta wildfire was still blazing out of control, though cooler temperatures had allowed firefighters to gain some small ground. In an Email Extra <a href="" target="_blank">bulletin</a> sent out on May 15, we told subscribers that this would likely effect some fall hunts. The fire is in the east-central part of the province along the Christina and Clearwater Rivers near the town of Ft. McMurray. At this writing, it had grown to over 285,000 hectares (1,100 square miles). While the fire included some of the wood buffalo range and was moving north, it was still well south of Wood Buffalo National Park. Over 80,000 people had been evacuated due to the fire. At its closest, it was about 30 km from the Saskatchewan border in boreal forest habitat.<br><br>At this point, outfitters in the area will certainly be affected by the fire. Lodges and cabins will have been burned and wildlife will have moved out of the way - if it could. In a fire this large, there may well be large numbers of moose, elk and deer killed. It may be too early to determine the total effect for some outfitters, but if you have a hunt booked in this part of Alberta, you will want to contact your outfitter and see how he has fared.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Possible Opportunity for Hog Hunting in Brazil <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>South America is huge and, while there are several large, metropolitan areas, much of the continent is undeveloped forest or agricultural land. Argentina is a world class destination for both native and introduced species and a few other countries, such as Paraguay, Bolivia and most recently Peru have limited openings for wingshooting and some big game species. Other than these, hunting opportunities are somewhat limited, and news of developing opportunities is cause for hope.<br><br><strong>Brazil</strong> has, for a long time, been closed to all hunting. Draconian gun control laws have prohibited any development of hunting. However, the invasion of feral hogs has caused the government to reevaluate hunting as a conservation tool and, while firearm possession is still very restricted, hunting of a sort has resumed in Brazil.<br><br>In a scientific paper presented recently in the US, five Brazilian scientists from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sur in Porto Alegro, Brazil, reported on three years of hunting as an experimental control tool in southern Brazil. Prior to 2013, hunting was not legal, although it's likely some hunting was done by local landowners to control crop damage. Since that time, a government approved hunting program has been in place to remove hogs. While the program does not remove any of the restrictive firearms laws (which include registration of gun owners, approval from the government even before you purchase a firearm, storage restrictions and heavy ownership taxes), hunters can now register with the government and legally remove feral hogs.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT 2016 Raffle Permit Options <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>As the 2016 hunt application process winds down, some exceptional state agency sponsored raffle tags are still in play. Some states treat their regular draw as a raffle, allowing applicants to purchase more than one chance to increase their odds. Others set aside a few, high-demand tags for raffle and this may be the only way to get the tag. Here's a brief review of what's still available as of this month:<br><br><strong>Arizona Super Raffle</strong> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>): All AZ big game species are available; chances run from $5-$25/species. The deadline for online sales is July 10.<br><br><strong>Idaho Super Hunt</strong> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>): Deer, elk, pronghorn and moose tags available. Second drawing deadline August 10, $6/chance/species, $20 for one chance at all four species.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Longtime Quebec Outfitter Sammy Cantafio Sells Ungava Adventures <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>Sammy Cantafio, long-time owner/operator of Ungava Adventures (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 866-444-3445) in northern Quebec, will be retiring this season. Cantafio has sold the company, including its caribou outfitting business and the fishing camp at Helen Falls on the George River, famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing. The business has been purchased by well-known Kuujjuaq businessman Johnny Adams, Karl Mongrain of Group Mongrain, and a third (silent) partner.<br><br>At this writing, Cantafio is planning to stay on for a few months while Ungava Adventures changes hands. Marc Ballard, who spent 20 years with the now defunct outfitter Silak Adventures, will take over management of the operation. We spoke with Ballard about Ungava Adventures' new ownership, and he says that the business that Cantafio built will be preserved.<br><br>"The operation will remain intact and we will have the same hunting and fishing packages," says Ballard. "The new purchasers are all former clients of Ungava Adventures and avid outdoorsmen. They were particularly interested in acquiring the salmon camp at Helen Falls, but the business was sold as a complete package, including the caribou outfitting business and camps. I have been hired to oversee both the fishing and hunting side. The owners want to keep things as they are, but they do have some ideas for improvements down the road, mostly to the Helen Falls Lodge."<br><br>Ballard says that Ungava Adventures has 157 caribou tags available for the season. Because unused tags go into a pool available to the outfitters in Zone 23 West, the number of caribou hunted may be higher or lower, depending on bookings.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Visa Service Helps Simplify Last-Minute Travel Planning <div align="center">Tim Jones, Editor</div><br><br>Unfortunately, international travel isn't getting any easier or less complicated these days. Yet traveling to hunt is what we are all about. So when we find something that does make your hunting travel easier, we are going to share it with you.<br><br>Take the matter of visas. Every country has different visa requirements, application procedures and turnaround times. You can, of course, negotiate these bureaucratic hurdles on your own or you can get help. That's where Corporate Affiliate Esplanade Travel comes in. For a very nominal fee ($95 for a standard tourist visa, plus an extra fee if you need it in a hurry), they can take care of most of the paperwork for you.<br><br>To begin, you need to tell them where you are going, what the purpose of your trip is (hunting is almost always "tourism") and your citizenship and state of residence. From there, they'll send you a packet outlining the complete application procedures in great detail and a worksheet of fees if you want them to take care of it for you.<br><br>This service is especially helpful if you are looking to take advantage of a last-minute hunt opportunity and need a visa quickly.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT No Bears Seen on Alaska Bait Hunt In report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10469</a>, subscriber J. Furstenau says he can't recommend his May, 2015 brown bear hunt with Alaska Trophy Outfitters, booked through Neil Summers of Bowhunting Safari Consultants. Furstenau tells us the reason for his displeasure is simple: he didn't see a bear. "We didn't get to hunt, we just checked baits that were not hit. During 10 days of checking baits, checking roads for tracks and glassing mountain sides, we saw one fresh track. The baits were not hit and we saw zero brown bears. The outfitter still insists there are plenty of bears in the area, even though a Federal report estimates about half as many bears on the Kenai as he does."<br><br>In an email to <em>The Hunting Report</em>, January 30, 2016, agent Mark Beuhrer with Bowhunting Safari Consultants told us, "I have been booking clients for Bowhunting Safari Consultants for 19 years, and I have been a faithful subscriber to The Hunting Report during that time. It's the first time BSC will be in the Good, Bad, and Ugly report with a negative report from a client. Guess we are due. We have booked many clients with Frank Sanders for many years and have always had great reports on all aspects of his operation, including quality bowhunting guides. When Frank decided to run 4 of these baited hunts in the spring of 2015, within a couple of weeks we filled all four spots. Our clients went 1 for 4 this year and it was really a strange May.<br><br>I was confident booking these hunts with Frank due to our past history with him and he's one of the top bowhunters personally that I know - that goes a long way with BSC to have the outfitter be a diehard bowhunter, and knowing what it takes for our clients to be successful. Frank's hunts were supposed to be $15,000, in fact two of the four clients paid a flat $15,000. I explained to Jeff that this was not a proven hunt and this was the first year Frank had ever tried baiting brown bears but they have been a problem for him for many years hitting his black bear baits and I was confident in it. Frank had a LOT of bears on the baits in June, backed up with his dated trail cam pictures, but they weren't getting hit in May.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Follow-up Report on Todd Rice and Sonoran Outfitters Continuing subscribers will remember the whirlwind of controversy surrounding Todd Rice's Sonoran Outfitters and missing sheep trophies from Mexico.<br><br>Subscriber P. Spear was well aware of that controversy as his sheep was among the missing. Spear, however, decided to wait quietly on the sidelines and that strategy paid off for him. As he tells us in Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10493</a>, "It took Todd two years of wrangling with the Mexicans to get my ram back. He never gave up. In the end, a Sonoran election changed most of the faces in the Wildlife Department, and the new personnel had less of an axe to grind with Todd.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT "What Is This Email Extra?" <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>A long-time subscriber recently asked me what the box at the end of some stories means, which reads, "There's more to this story. Want to read it? Go EXTRA!" It's a question we get frequently and which deserves some clarification.<br><br>I explained that we can't always fit all the information we have into the limited space in our print edition. In fact, it's often best to think of the printed version of <em>The Hunting Report</em> as the "executive summary" of the most important news and subscriber reports we've received that month, the information you absolutely need to know if you are a traveling hunter.<br><br>But even the best executive summary is just that, a summary. It can only allow you to decide if a topic is important to you. It can't give you all the information you need to make a fully-informed decision. So we also offer an "Email Extra edition" that can be emailed to you or accessed on line. Because "space" isn't an issue on the web, we can fit all of the information into the Email Extra edition (hence the "Extra" in the title) that we couldn't put in print.<br><br>It helps to think of Email Extra as our premium service. It not only gives you more information than you get in the newsletter each month, it also gives you instant access to more than 14,000 subscriber reports and articles in our online database. We are currently working hard on a new, more streamlined, intuitive and user-friendly website which will make all that information even easier to access.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Subscriber Takes B&C Trophy Muskox in Northwest Territories <div align="center">Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant</div><br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10498</a>, Subscriber Dale Hislop adds to our file of 60 reports on Canadian muskox hunts with a thumbs up on his August 2015 hunt with Plummer's Arctic Lodges (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 204-774-5775) in Northwest Territories. Hislop notes that Plummer's also offers catch-and-release fishing on Great Bear Lake and some of the other guests were fishermen.<br><br>While Plummer's offers several different lodges and camp options, Hislop stayed at the Great Bear Lake Lodge. He tells us that hunters and anglers stay in "cozy, Boy Scout-type" cabins. He also says he enjoyed the fireplace area in the main lodge. Hislop gives a shout-out to Plummer's "great chefs" (and specifically says not to miss the shore lunch if you sample the fishing), and he credits the helpful staff for making his trip go as smoothly as possible.<br><br>Hislop spent the first day of his trip fishing Great Bear Lake, where he caught a 30-pound lake trout. His second day out, he and his guide, Evan Proctor, stalked a herd of about 20 muskox. The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT First Report on Reopened Spring Bear Hunting in Ontario Subscriber Mark Richards had been following our coverage of the re-opening of spring bear hunting in Ontario (see Articles <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3731</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3717</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3680</a>), and decided to jump in. He found KO-River Lodge (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 1-800-267-0737) in Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">6416</a> in our database and booked a hunt. "This is a hunt that's an easy drive from my home in Virginia or anywhere on the East Coast or upper Midwest, and I thought it might offer a chance for a really good bear," Richards told us in a phone call made while he was driving home on May 16.<br><br>"Early-season hunts up here are a little risky but I wanted to go early enough to be one of the first nonresidents to take an Ontario spring bear. Most hunters will want to wait until the fishing season opens on the third Saturday in May.<br><br>"The hunt went off perfectly. I had no problems at all crossing into Canada with my rifle. They had the license at the lodge. I stayed in a nice little log cabin with a view out over the Ottawa River. Because I was alone in camp, they provided breakfast while I took care of my own lunch and dinner. I brought food but there are restaurants nearby.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Thumbs Up Reports on Two Argentina Outfitters <div align="center">Justin Jones, Assistant Editor</div><br><br>We have two positive reports on Argentina hunts this month from subscribers M. Dorn and J. Sholes. Dorn's report is our first on Tipiliuke Lodge in Patagonia, which is better known to anglers as a trout hot spot. Dorn hunted red stag at Tipiliuke for four days in early March. He booked his trip with Gordie White of Gordie White Hunting Worldwide (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>; 512-847-2048).<br><br>In Report <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10518</a>, Dorn writes, "I hunted opening week. Hot weather meant fewer animals coming down into lower elevations. I had some health issues and could not give 100%, but I kept at it and took a very nice red stag. I also hunted wild boar, and passed up many sows and smaller boars while looking for a larger boar.<br><br>"The guides were excellent, really knew their stuff and wanted me to take good animals even more than I did. This is a great outfit in a very beautiful spot (excellent sunsets), with first-class horseback riding and trout fishing."<br><br>Dorn told us more about his trip in a follow-up email. "Tipiliuke has a very large hunt area, accessed directly from the lodge. We hunted different areas nearly every time we went out. The red stag range freely, although there is a low fence (that they can easily cross). I did not see many mature stags as it was early in the season. My agent, Gordie White, had clearly advised me about this possibility. That said, all the hunters took nice stags. Due to cost, I was purposely looking for a representative stag and not a huge trophy. I would recommend that hunters looking for a bigger stag go later in the season.<br><br>"We spotted my deer on an adjacent property, and he crossed over, allowing me to take him after a two-hour stalk. I had a great guide, as well as an interpreter from England who also knew a great deal about hunting.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Is Now "The Good Old Days" For Caribou? <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br><em>Editor's Note: We've long followed the well-documented ups and downs of the great herds of Quebec-Labrador caribou in eastern Canada, and the corresponding rise and decline of the hunting industry based on those herds. When we saw signs that things were changing elsewhere in the caribou-hunting world, we asked Editor-at-Large and wildlife biologist Mike Bodenchuk to help you stay ahead of those changes. Here's his insightful report.</em><br><br>Caribou may be the best recent example of cyclical big game populations and, range-wide, caribou numbers are on the decline right now. Most Alaskan populations are shrinking, the George River herd of Quebec-Labrador caribou has collapsed as the neighboring Leaf River herd has also declined. Woodland caribou in eastern Canada have declined so dramatically that significant research has been initiated to discover the causes.<br><br>Coupled with population declines are shifts in migration routes that make hunting less predictable. Both cyclical populations and changes in migration are adaptive strategies that serve to protect fragile arctic habitat. These cycles may be decades long, and we're just starting to notice them.<br><br>The outfitting industry rode the wave up through the peak and is now coping with the downslope. To be certain, the downslope still includes many millions of caribou. There are still more caribou today than there are mule deer, elk and pronghorn combined! But there is a lot of land across Canada and Alaska for caribou to occupy and timing your hunt to the migration may be more difficult now.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT New Booking Agency Packages Exclusive Hunting/Cultural Experiences in Italy <div align="center">Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief</div><br><br>If you're the kind of hunter who enjoys collecting experiences as much as trophies, a new agency called World Hunting Society may interest you (and any non-hunting travel companions). We first heard of WHS from Marina Lamprecht of Hunters Namibia, who tells us she personally used their services and has since been sending clients there with good results. <em>Hunting Report</em> publisher Barbara Crown was able to meet with one of the principals of WHS at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas, and here's what she learned:<br><br>While WHS is fairly new (founded in 2012), the connections behind it are ancient. It began as a small booking agency for Italians wanting to hunt abroad. But Vice President Leonne Rossi di Montelera quickly realized they were uniquely positioned to offer specialized trips in Italy as well. Thanks to the three partners' family and business connections they could access hunts for large and small game on private properties with stays in privately-owned castles and villas and personal tours otherwise unavailable to the general public. Their Italian "safaris" quickly became the mainstay of their business. They are the only hunting company in Italy that is also a fully-licensed tour operator.<br><br>Rossi comes from a long-established family (Rossi's great, great grandfather was one of the original partners in Martini & Rossi, the sparkling wine and vermouth company) and has relationships with many of Italy's most important and influential families. He is also the Vice President of the CIC Young Opinion Group, and is working with them to develop a hunting community on the web.<br><br>World Hunting Society offers hunts in two regions of northern Italy, three in central Italy and one in Sicily. They personally own three properties and either lease the others or have access through their personal connections. Rossi says they only work in what they consider to be the best hunting areas in Italy.<br><br>Some of the other concessions have been owned and managed by the same families for a century or more, particularly those in central Italy. For example, one of the roe deer hunting properties they offer in Umbria is home to a 15th century castle that has been owned by a single family.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Post-draw Disappointment I - Eastern Whitetails <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>Whitetail deer are found in 46 of the lower 48 states and most Canadian provinces. So, most North American hunters don't consider them a "destination" species. But with the hunt drawings nearly over and with one or more vacancies in your fall schedule, it may be time to look at whitetail deer.<br><br>One of the benefits of hunting travel is variety. Hunting whitetails in Texas, for example, is a completely different experience from hunting them in Alberta or Maine.<br><br>The SCI awards program includes 14 different categories of North American whitetail deer. While five are from Mexico or Central America, nine whitetail subspecies are huntable within the US and Canada. Taking all of those deer qualifies for inclusion in multiple award categories, including the "Grand Slam of Whitetail Deer," "Antlered Game of the World," "Animals of North America" and "Antlered Game of the Americas."<br><br>Rather than attempt to define deer genetically, SCI categories are defined by location. Some categories (i.e. Texas whitetail, midwestern whitetail, Anticosti whitetail) sustain well-developed hunting industries. These are a great place to find a quality last-minute hunt, and our database is an exceptional resource to help in your search.<br><br>Some of the categories, like southeastern and northeastern whitetail deer, are easy to find on a map, but locating a quality hunt is more difficult.<br><br>The southeast boasts long seasons and multiple-deer bag limits, and offers lots of post-draw opportunities. Whitetail habitat here is often mixed hardwood forest and agricultural land and hunting is typically from a tree stand over a food plot or from a box blind at the edge of a field. "Beanfield rifles" were the first long-range shooting fad over 30 years ago, and they were developed to allow southeastern whitetail hunters to cover an entire field from a single blind.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Montana Takes Another Step Toward Reopening Grizzly Hunting <div align="center">Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large</div><br><br>On May 12 the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission took the next step in the long process of returning grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) to state management, this time establishing a framework for public comment on a potential grizzly bear hunting season in Montana. The state plan is necessary for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to consider the potential impacts of delisting. If delisted, grizzlies in the GYE would be managed by the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho as well as tribes in the area.<br><br>Grizzlies were listed as an endangered species in 1975 when there were fewer than 150 bears left in the Yellowstone area. Today there are more than 700 bears occupying over 22,500 square miles - an area greater than the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined. The Yellowstone population was delisted back in 2007, but was relisted by court action in 2009. No hunts were held during the two-year delisting. It has taken USFWS an additional seven years to reevaluate the status of grizzly bears and propose delisting once again.... The Jun 2016 Issue Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT