We had a great season in 2015, but with many challenges to say the least. The weather was the worst we’ve seen in northern Canada since Jim began in the guiding business back in the mid-1970′s! The sheep hunts were tough as the poor rainy/snowy days made it difficult to spot sheep! The hunters who put in that extra effort and kept their chin up were very successful. The rams taken were some of the best in recent years! Here a few of the highlights. Early in the season a cranker was spotted. He gave the guide and hunter the slip, wasn’t to be found again on that hunt, but was spotted 2 hunts later. This ram was bedded high on an open ridge with several other rams when a wicked rain/sleet storm moved in. When the weather cleared the rams were gone. It wasn’t all bad though, for John Green. He and his guides, Logan and Chris, were looking for that Cranker when they found another huge heavy ram across the valley! That left the Cranker still out there. Jackie Lockhart was the next hunter to get into that area and this ram was haunting her guides, Chris and Kayla. The Cranker was found by the middle of her hunt, but to get to it meant spending a night on the mountain and with the weather we’d been having it wasn’t gong to be pleasant. Jackie and her husband Kim were up for it. They had a look at the ram and said they didn’t want to leave the mountain until the ram was in her backpack! The front cover of the magazine shows what determination gets you! Great job Jackie!! First time lucky was the case for Kevin Bahnman. On the first day of his sheep hunt, he and Reid spotted a lone ram and it was the biggest ram of our season! Kevin has “Sheep Fever” now and he’s booked again! In the past few years we’ve been exploring new county as much as we can and this year was no exception. Logan and Colin took Loren Cronin on a gruelling backpack trip into a range that we’ve never hunted and they came out with a great ram! Eric and Colin hiked John Grey into rugged country to take an old, heavy, broomed ram—13 years old!
The moose hunters took some great bulls this fall. It all started with our long-time hunter Wes McMillen. Wes has hunted for years with us and has taken several big bulls, but his goal was to get a bull over 70″. His dream came true when he and Warren called in a 72″ monster! Warren’s luck continued with Terry Kreuger taking the highest scoring moose of the season. Jim and AJ flew Tyler and Richard Carr west of base camp to hunt caribou and before we knew it they had a big caribou and moose down! Pat Cannon was back for his second “trip for a month”. He, Logan and Kasey hunted sheep in the northern-most part of our area and on one of those cold miserable days he connected with a tremendous ram! It was the first ram that Kasey had been on and one we’re sure she’ll remember for years to come. Pat went looking for a caribou with Eric. They didn’t find that big caribou, but did get the biggest grizzly of the season! Pat went river-rafting with Warren, turning down many quality moose. Just like Wes McMillen, Pat is looking for that elusive 70″ brute! We’ll see Pat again in ’17.
The Porcupine Caribou were doing their damnedest to frustrate us this fall. Their migration south started early in September and looked like they were right on time to hit our area early in October. They did what the caribou are famous for; changed their route!! Long story short, and hours of scouting, they finally arrived at the end of October. We took a few hunters who could come on very short notice. Lyle Sheppard was the first hunter to arrive and took a caribou with Jim that scored well into the record book! In the last group of hunters were father/son Russ and Greg Cook. Spencer guided Russ to a great caribou on their first day and Jim helped Greg get a great bull with his bow. Our season ended on the 1st of November; one of that latest we’ve had. Looking back, we really enjoyed our clients and crew. Before we know it, the 2016 season will be underway with more adventures and stories to tell.
Thanks for your interest in hunting with us and we hope that someday we can guide you on that hunt you’ve been dreaming about!
Jim & Adrienne