Archive for January, 2010

Threadfin Salmon-Everything is a bit different down under

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on January 31, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks again to Kerri-Ann for forwarding a fabulous photo of a fish I didn’t know existed.  This threadfin Salmon is nothing short of amazing.  These fish can be caught in Northern Australia.

The last Australian Fishing photo that Kerri-Ann sent me was of a giant Barramundi.  Click here for the post http://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/barramundi-an-australian-original/

Thanks to Kerri from Clear Water Island Lodge in Australia for use of the photo of this terrific Thread Fin Salmon.  Check out the website for more photos http://www.clearwaterislandlodge.com.au/  If you are ever in Australia and looking for adventure Clearwater Island Lodge is a great choice.

Mud Football Great White Hunter Style

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America on January 30, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

These two monarchs put on quite a show.  Enjoy the photo montage-I’m a bit stuck in a rut of posting photo montages right now.

Sheep Lakes — Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
 

Bear Hug

Posted in Bear, Big Game, North America, Other cool stuff with tags on January 29, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I received this email from a friend.  I can’t attest to the full story, but the photos seem to speak for themselves.  Here is the text of the email:

I come in peace, unbelievable piece of photo journalism-real life events…

Norbert Rosing’s striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

The photographer was sure he was going to see the end of his dogs when the wild polar bear wandered in.

It’s hard to believe the bear only wanted to hug someone.

The bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs.

Thanks to chuck for forwarding this additional montage of this amazing encounter.

Cary Valerio-My Dream Hunts Winner

Posted in Big Game, Elk, Friends and Family, Guides and Outfitters, North America, Other cool stuff, Outdoor Products and Services with tags on January 29, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I just got off the phone with a buddy Cary Valerio.  He signed up for My Dream Hunts as a referral from The Great White Hunter A couple of Months ago.  I just learned that he just won a $5000 elk hunt with Eagle Spirit Outfitters in Colorado.  Congratulations Cary!

Here is the email I Cary sent me: 

Ryan,  I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to mydreamhunts.com. After just a few months of waiting, I just received notification that I won!!  I won a 5 day fully guided Elk Hunt in NW Colorado.. I just spoke with the guide yesterday afternoon, and everything is set up!!  I can’t believe it.. I’ve never won anything before.. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful website.. I will now let everyone I know in on this un-believeable secret. And, since I’m so lucky, maybe I’d better go to VEGAS before my luck runs out. Thanks again Ryan.

Cary Valerio

South African Impala

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International, Plainsgame with tags on January 28, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

An unexpected challenge, impala was giving me fits during my hunt last year in South Africa.  I had hunted hard for three days, without a single shot fired.

On the second day of the hunt, all three of the other hunters in camp had harvested an impala.  The most plentiful game animal in South Africa, there are an estimated 40 to 50 million impala in South Africa alone.  I was nonetheless excited about the prospect of harvesting a record book ram.  We had seen hundreds of impala, including several good rams over the three days.  However, a good shot had not presented itself.

Our hunt was taking place in the middle of the roar, breeding season for these sleek and wary animals.  The roar of a ram impala sounds much like a leapord roar.  Loud and agressive their call seemed such a stark contrast to their appearance, after three days I still was not used to the irony of the males’ call. Their call is only matched in their agressiveness as we saw countless younger males challenged with their life by the older males.  Perhaps the only animal I have seen fight so viciously is whitetail deer in North America.  Perhaps a result of their abundance, I couldn’t help ask myself why we couldn’t seem to close the deal on a trophy class impala. 

On the third day of impala hunting, we finally tried a property that had not been hunted as consistently.  After perhaps only an hour on the property, an impressive impala stepped into view at 150 yards.  A perfect opportunity, if we could only get the ram to step clear of his compadres.  That was when the fever kicked in.  I started getting wobbly and couldn’t slow my breathing.  I will never tire of the adrenaline rush of hunting.  But the timing was not good.  I tried to calm myself as I slowly squeezed off a shot.  I instantly knew it was a clean miss.  Careful checking verified what I had suspected. 

So I gathered my pride and followed my PH in the direction of more mating calls about a mile into the bush.  It was like trying to follow a flock of birds through the forest.  As soon as we would get close, they would move out of range and behind more thorn bush.  Finally, we zeroed in on a second group of impala that we could see through a thicket of trees.  No more than 50 yards away, not only did we not have a clear shot, but the group did not hold a single mature male.  What we had failed to noticed was an old ram sneaking in on the herd from behind us.  Suddenly, Pieter turned and whispered an emphatic “shoot that one.”  I turned to see an great ram 25 yards behind us in the trees and closing fast.  I waited for him to step into a shooting window and fired a shot into the shoulder. A short and anxious tracking job, a fabulous record book animal and one exited hunter.  Perhaps one of the most elegant of all african shoulder mounts, Jennifer can’t wait to add this one to the collection.

How to Load a Moose

Posted in Big Game, Moose, Other cool stuff with tags on January 23, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

..at 60 Miles per hour.

Marco Polo Sheep-the “Holy Grail” of Hunting

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, Guides and Outfitters, guides and outfitters, International, International Hunting Adventures, World's Best with tags on January 22, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Marco Polo Sheep are unquestionably one of the world’s most sought after big game trophies.  A subspecies of the Asian Argali, the horn length of the Marco Polo Sheep are unmatched .  The top of the world hunting experience in one of the most unique places on earth makes Marco Polo Sheep hunting a truly unmatched pursuit.  These sheep are huge in the body with mature rams weighing in at almost 300 lbs.  The longest recorded horn of any Marco Polo measured an almost inconceivable 6.2 feet and weighed 60 lbs.    It is not unusual for the typical hunter to harvest 50+ inch rams with multiple curls.  Thanks to Greg Rodriguez of Global Adventure Outfitters for use of the photo.  Contact Greg directly at http://www.mbogo.net/asia.html for more information on one of these fabulous hunts.

I found it interesting that of all of the Great White Hunter Posts, this is the first post of an Asian hunt.  The vast majority of Marco Polo Sheep are found in the Pamir Mountains adjacent the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China.   With the only hunt able populations being found in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  I previously wrote about harvests by the “typical hunter,” however, these animals and these hunts are anything but typical.  One of the world’s great adventures, many Marco Polo hunts are conducted at elevations of 14,000 to 16,000 feet.  While horses and off road vehicles are helpful, great physical conditioning and a willingness to push oneself are critical to get in range of a mature ram.  Given the open country, long range shots of 350 to 500 plus yards are not uncommon.  Add to these difficulties the extensive travel, limited number of U.S. import permits and a price tag of $25,000 or more …it becomes clear why a Marco Polo ram is truly the hunt of a lifetime.  Add a beautiful and “inexpensive” Ibex, another of the high mountain horned giants, for perhaps the best combined hunt the world has to offer.

If you are lucky enough to book one of these hunts with Greg Rodriguez please let us know.  As a outdoor writer and an award-wining wildlife photographer, Greg literally hunts on a constant basis with the best guides and outfitters in the world. Greg has put together an impressive list of the world’s top hunt offerings through Global Adventure Outfitters.  Check out his website at http://www.mbogo.net/

3500 pounds of vintage saltwater giant

Posted in Fish, Saltwater with tags , on January 16, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

This sunfish apparently was caught out of Santa Catalina Island, California in 1910.  What a beast.  Thanks to Brian at Southern Maryland Fishing for use of the photo.  Visit their website at http://www.southernmarylandfishing.com/index.php

 I actually didn’t know anything about sunfish until I saw this post.  Here is what wikipedia has to say:

The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.

Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan, but sale of their flesh is banned in the European Union.[2]

The Hoginator vs Hogzilla: Who’s Bigger?

Posted in Big Game, North America, Other cool stuff with tags on January 16, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

A friend recently forwarded me these photos of a giant hog.  I love pictures like this because I spend so much time scrutinizing the camera angles to see if the animal is really the size it appears to be. Clearly a beast of gigantic proportions. Orignally billed as a 1800 pound monster killed in Texas, I have done a little digging a discovered the truth about this pig. 

Click on the photo for the truth about the Hoginator and additional pictures.

Interestingly, this hog is reminscent of the famous hogzilla harvested in 2004 in Georgia.  The Hunter was 31 year-old Chris Griffin.  Hogzilla reportedly weighed in at over 1000 lbs and was 10 feet long.  Interestingly, National Geographic and a group of experts exhumed Hogzilla in an effort to discover the truth about this huge pig.

Click on the photo below for the truth about Hogzilla:

This may actually be the biggest hog of them all-Harvested by 11 year-old Jamison Stone in 2007.

For the Truth about the Jamison Stone Hog, click on the photo below.

Big Wolf Down-World’s most effective predator?

Posted in Big Game, North America, Other cool stuff, Wolf with tags on January 15, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Wolves are simply amazing animals.  Much larger in body than most of us appreciate, a single wolf can (and has recently) killed a full grown cow.  A pack can easily take down and devour a moose.  Shown below is a photo of a recent wolf harvest.  I don’t have any additional information on this particular animal or the hunter.

While there are many who do not agree with wolf hunting, the fact is these predators must be managed like much other wild game species.  Humans have simply changed the natural environment too much to believe that any natural equilibrium will exist with wolves.  Hundreds of millions have been invested into Moose, Elk, Deer, Bison and Wild Sheep.  A few hundred wolves are flushing those tax payer dollars faster than any of us would like to believe.  The wolves are here to stay.  Hopefully the reduction in wolf numbers, will allow all big game species to remain healthy.

I was recently sent this photo and story of a pack of mountain lion hounds which were killed by a pack of wolves.

Click on the photo above for the harrowing story loss and survival.  Not only a sad story for these exceptional dogs, but an expensive loss for the dedicated houndsman.  Warning-Graphic Photos

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