From Tom Powers Sr. - May 29th
ELEPHANT STERILIZATION - anyone?
Description of Program: As is common knowledge, due to increased success at combating poaching, elephant numbers are growing. In many locations populations are in excess of sound carrying capacities, elephant management is a hotly debated and controversial issue. Various methods are being explored that will (we hope) augment and reduce the need for culling. This field study is to evaluate one such method.
Surgical sterilization is a permanent contraceptive procedure that is used throughout the world and one of the most common forms of birth control in both humans and animals. Looking at the 2 methods used for males, castration & vasectomy, the only one that applies to a wild population is vasectomies because normal hormone levels (as well as breeding & social behavior) remain unchanged. Bulls which have had a vasectomy still go into musth , breed and maintain social status within the population, in other words nothing is changed except the bull is no longer fertile.
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From Tom Powers Sr. - May 22nd
The further from our hunting "comfort zone" we get, (and it's not only a question of geography, but personal experience) the more critical communication becomes. No one (I hope) blindly jumps on a plane and goes to Europe or Africa to hunt, simply because he read an article in a magazine about a hunt. Once a hunter has decided which insistent hunting itch will be scratched, the "homework" should begin.
Talking to friends who have made this same hunt, members of the hunting forums you might belong to and hunting consultants such as Pete are all places to start. Concerns such as Safaribwana are in constant touch with the various outfitters they represent, but understand, they work for you. A million questions need to be asked and answered by both parties before the "right" hunt is settled on.
An enjoyable by product of choosing the right hunt is one or more "trophies" which become visual reminders of that hunt, and like a good marriage or bad ex they tend to stay with you the rest of your life.
Because of this, there should be a great deal of thought and communication into the 5 W's
Begin with the most important W - Who?
The local taxidermist you use for the odd whitetail etc. maybe OK for the more common work that comes in, you should have already found out how long he has been in business and where he received his formal training. Unless the answer is in decades, it maybe in your best interest to begin a search for one with the experience to handle not only your current trophies but future ones as well.
Next should be What?
How much ________ (insert the proper country) work he does annually? How do the mounts look to you? If the taxidermist does not do a minimum of 25-30% of his annual volume in (for example: African) then it's best to look elsewhere. When. If you are told that it will be 12-18 months before your trophies will be completed, look elsewhere . Also, if you only want a few trophies done now and are told that the shop policy is "all in, all out" look elsewhere !
Traveling hundreds or thousands of miles did not deter you from going on your hunt, because that is where you found the outfitter who offered you the exact hunt you wanted. Don't let distance dissuade you from searching out and using a studio that you like.
The reasons for getting trophies mounted is not the why. What is, is why did I decide to get it mounted in that pose.? This we will talk about next time. Should you have a question regarding either bringing trophies into the US, or taxidermy, feel free to submit them, after all that's what communication is all about.
8 day Barren Ground Grizzly hunt
Hunt Period: Through end of May.
Location: Inuvialuit Settlement Region.
Description of Program: This hunt is carried out on snowmobile, following up tracks on the sea ice looking for big boar hunting seal (client will have his own snowmobile if they can demonstrate they have handled one before, otherwise they will ride in a sled towed by a snowmobile) Client travels to Paulatuk, NT. Canada where they are met by the guide, who has 35 years experience in guiding clients on arctic hunts.
Client can either check into a hotel or if he rather can stay with the guide (which would be an excellent opportunity to listen to hunting stories and swap “lies” (This arrangement is repeated at conclusion of hunt.) Hunt begins the following morning and is conducted exactly as polar bear hunts are done. Bear will be 7' and better and very large due to the high protein diet.
Accommodations: 8' X 10' wall tent.
Rate: 8 day hunt $7,700.00 includes license/tag. No trophy fee.
Includes: Hunt fee. All equipment (except personal) needed for hunt. License/tag. Export documentation. Field care of trophy.
Not included: International/National flights. Accommodations before/after hunt. Final prep of trophy for shipping. Gratuities.
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