Local sportsmen return from Mexico hunting trip

Friday, April 8, 2005
Jimmy White, Harold Vines, Billy Yarbro, and Senior Augusto Acevedo enjoy hunting trip. (photo provided)

Harold Vines, Billy Yarbro and Jimmy White, all of Manila, recently returned from a hunting trip to Culican, Mexico. The three local sportsmen were hosted by Senior Jose Villamayor and his sons. Also on the trip was Senior Augusto Acevedo. The hosts were from Mexico City where Senior Villamayor and his sons own and manage several retail shoe stores and three factories. Senior Acevedo is owner and Director General of ALCAMPO munitions plant, where shotgun shells and other sporting type ammunition are produced.

While in the Culican area the three Manila residents enjoyed both duck hunting and a morning of dove shooting. There was not an exact count available on the number of ducks or doves harvested but estimates were the day hunt was equal to a full season of hunting normally expected in Northeast Arkansas.

The duck hunting area was the back water lagoons off the Baja of California. Hunters were transported to duck blinds via air boats. Each two man hunting party had an individual caller and retriever. The facilities and all services were provided by the Pichiquila Hunting Club. Pronounced "Pete-z-quilla," it is definitely to be considered a "first class operation," the local hunters commented.

The hunters don't talk about the trip cost.

"If you need to know what the trip cost, then you don't want to go," White said.

A side line to the trip but of real interest was a visit to the San Rafiel Chili farm. Over 4,000 people were picking various peppers. Of equip interest was the packing shed where thousands of cases of bell peppers were being graded and packed for shipment. On the day of the visit, premium grade bell peppers were being packed for shipment to San Rafiel's distribution center in Arizona. The plant manager said approximately 96 percent of their chili production is exported to the United States. Depending on the crops in production, the San Rafiel Company employs between 5,000 and 6,000 workers.

The local sportsmen all agreed that the area was almost breath taking beautiful. The sunrise and sunsets were striking. Sights to be seen ranged from sea and shore birds by the thousands to salt water crocodiles and dolphins in the lagoons. The club managers and all the employees were extremely protective of all the wildlife, especially the crocks. The manager of the club said that about 300 of the reptiles reside on the club properties and no one, he emphasized "no one" was to harm a crock.

The local sportsmen have extended an invitation to their Mexican hosts to visit Northeast Arkansas and were told plans for a visit this fall are being made.

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