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Friday, May 9, 2014
Mexico Jungle hunt- Ocellated turkey.
(The hunt conclusion)
Traveling outside the US seems to bring out many questions. What will the weather be like, how bad will the bugs be and what kind of bugs, snakes and spiders will I come across? Also, I was thinking about hunting with a new outfitter, in a third world country, and the grim awareness that some are crooks pretending to be an outfitter.
As I found myself en-route to Detroit I couldn’t help but ponder the events ahead. Will success indeed be had on the hunt and will the food and lodging be as represented? Hunting can be a goal driven mission that revels in risk and danger. A Mexico jungle hunt was going to be just that.
|Taxi/van Packed full!|
Uniting with good friends at the Detroit International Airport we set out for Mexico City on a direct Delta flight and to join the rest of our crew of 8 for the final one hour flight to Campeche. Here we squeezed into a taxi/van with 11 large bags, a hilarious, yet expected sight in Mexico. We checked into a delightful and upscale historic hotel and soon were enjoying fine Mexican cuisine while listening to the guitar sounds of two Mexican strummers. Departure for the jungle was the next day around 11:00 am and the hunt was on! We had 5 hours of driving complete with armed road blocks and one stop to transition into jeeps and extended midsize pickups before arriving at “El Campo”.
|Sleeping tent. Pretty nice!|
The Camp was surreal and the setting was on the edge of an emerald green river. The river proved both useful and entertaining during the middle of the day and great for bathing. The camp layout was good with tents that sat on wooden platforms.
Hunting began in the early morning darkness. As the light started to approach the horizon, an anomaly of insect and bird sounds arose along with the occasional monkey chiming in to give away the presence of one of the five camp cats that live and hunt here. Then like an opera star, the singing of the Ocellated turkey began! What an amazing sound!
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