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Is Mexico safe to hunt these days?

I don’t think that I will be hunting in Mexico any time soon. The US Department of State issued a Travel Warning about the security situation citing drug-related violence, assassinations, kidnappings, car-jacking, and robberies. Saying “US citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution”

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It has been that way for

It has been that way for years.  The travel restriction is nothin gnew.

And, i would not be caught dead anywhere in Mexico.  I know guys that go every year and love it, but the last few years has gotten rough.  Plus, the complications with bringing firearms and ammo into Mexico make it allt he more difficult.

If you are thinking about it, make sure you do your homework. Then, do it again and again.....

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The big thing is if you are

The big thing is if you are hunting then you are more than likely away from the trouble spots, it is just getting there that is the problem.  As far as firearms and ammo that is easy.  99.99% of the outfitters in Mexico will either rent you a rifle or loan you one along with the ammo. 

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not me

i have spent a lot time down there years past and know guys that still go down there and i will never go back drug pushers are one thing but when a punk a$$ fed. sticks a m16 in face yes thats fun there's to many nice places in the world to go F that place. as far is ammo go's i think you have to buy it down there

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agreed

I agree on all points

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I have always wanted to hunt

I have always wanted to hunt in Mexico but never had any real plans to do so. All of the hunts I've looked at were very expensive and even more so than guided ones here. I have a lot of friends and co-workers from Mexico and many have hunting stories and have invited me to go back home with them, but due to thier lack of knowledge of any game laws I'm inclined to believe they were mostly poaching on the private ranches that they worked on and that is definately something I don't want to get involved in.

Due to the current situation down there I think I will keep my hunting in the states or maybe a trip to Canada for bear or something in a few years.

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i believe that you are

i believe that you are correct about poaching on the ranches. that is how a lot of the mexican born hispanics here are raised. they don't have any respect for the game laws, they just take a gun and shoot something.

i work with a guy who's family owns a ranch with bighorn sheep on it... i'd like to try to get him to take me there, but i'm afraid i won't be able to certify the horns through customs. same old situation, lol!

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These days Mexico should be

These days Mexico should be last if anywhere on your list. Plenty of good hunting here in the U.S. Why take a risk???

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The same is true of vacation travelling.

I totally agree with you PRHunter!  The same is true of vacation travelling.  There are just areas of the globe that it is not worth going to at the present time.

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have always

I have always wanted to hunt Mexico for some of their deer.  I have a cousin that's hunted there several times and had a great time.  BUT, there's not a deer big enough to lure me down there today.  In the past, I've spent time in different parts of Mexico doing the tourist thing of buying fake onyx, colorful blankets, big hats and just about anything else you can imagine.  It was fun to haggle over price and do the tourist thing.  But not any more.

I wouldn't trust even the best of guides to get you home safely.  It's out of their control.  But here's a thought... wait a few years and most of the Mexicans will be here in the US. 

It's getting harder to hunt out of country all the time.  I'm glad I did Africa a few years ago.  I don't think I'd take my rifle out of the country no matter where I was going.  I don't even like to take it within the US.  Times are changing and it isn't for the better.

Bottom line Groovy Mike, you ain't gonna catch this hombre down in Mexico.

 

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