Bullet riddled police cars and headless corpses are not the stuff of great Mexican tourism campaigns but it is a reality you better consider when planning a trip south of the border. Mexico has become a very dangerous place.
I have been meaning to write this post for a long time. I’ve been to Mexico many times and absolutely agree that there are some beautiful places and hospitable people there but I have zero interest in venturing south now for any reason whatsoever…given the current environment.
Why? Google “mexico murders news”, go to the U.S. State Department website to read the travel warnings, call any international security firm for a threat assessment on Americans of means traveling in Mexico and tell me what you find. It is dangerous folks. People are being murdered, beheaded and mutilated then put on display, by the thousands. That’s why.
50,000 people have been killed in Mexico in the last six years and it is all over drugs slash human smuggling slash power but the violence has not been confined to just criminals in isolated areas. It is happening to tourists in resort towns, the so called safe areas, too.
Oh, I know that a guy is going to personally meet you at the border, escort you through the crossing process then drive you and all your guns slash gear safely to the ranch. And I know you know guys that have hunted that ranch for years with no problems. And I know that taking trophy class deer in Mexico is like shooting fish in a barrel. Yea, yea, yea, that all sounds wonderful but I ain’t going because while the guides and the ranch staff might be pure as the new driven snow they are not the only ones that will know you are an American with money on a hunting trip and that my dear reader makes you a target. An easy one.
Let me ‘splain this to you as clearly as I can. Any American that crosses into Mexico is a target, now more than ever. So, if you ignore the warnings, if common sense does not prevail and you decide to go anyway, here is an acronym you should become very familiar with. AMFYOYO (Adios My Friend You’re On Your Own).
Find somewhere in this country or Canada to hunt. You will be a lot safer.
UPDATE – 5/14/12 – I knew I was going to take some heat on this post but everyday brings me a new headline that justifies my position. Another 49 headless, handless, and feetless bodies were found today outside of Montery.
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