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Steelhead-British Columbia

Posted in Fish, Freshwater, guides and outfitters, World's Best on March 13, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I love an amazing trophy as much as the next guy.  If you visit the greatwhitehunter blog regularly, you will see scores of giant big game and fishing trophies.  But for me, when I am in the wild, most of the time, the scenery, adventure, people and…well, just the overall experience is what makes it the great outdoors.  Add a great fish or big game animal to the equation, and you have memories that will last a lifetime.

Today, I came across the website for Noel Gyer Guided Fishing Adventures in British Columbia, Canada. http://noelgyger.ca/  I could immediately see myself lofting a fly over a lazy river in a deep forested gorge.  Hooking up on an old lunker.  Feeling the adrenaline surge as the battle to move the Steelhead or Chinook to shore replaced the concerns of daily life even if just for an hour.  I got a chuckle at the photo above and the guide with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.

The site, while not overly glossy, has one page that is full of photography and fish that will make any fisherman long for a day on the river http://www.noelgyger.ca/photos-of-the-week.htm

This fish is particularly special.  The fisherman, Annti, from Finland, caught what may be a new fly caught world record Steelhead.  He was fishing with Steelhead Heaven on the Skeena River Tributary. 

I loved this quote, “When he hooked this monster it flew out of the water four times and across the raging river, he then put the brakes on this hog with his single hander 9wt and brought it to the slow edge of the downstream side of the pool, when the guide landed it he could not believe the size of this guy and was shaking as it came to the net hoping it would be landed.”

Annti, had an entire film crew that captured the moment in HD.  His personal previous record was a Steelhead weighing in at 20 pounds.  This monster was just one of seven Steelhead Annti landed that day.  This impressive world record Steelhead weighed in at an unfathomable 30 pounds.

Giant Archery Billies

Posted in Big Game, guides and outfitters, Mountain Goats, North America, Ungulates, World's Best on March 8, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

British Columbia is not only known for it’s giant mountain goats, it is also known for breathtaking scenery.  Check out these two photos from stick and string outfitters http://www.bowhuntingoutfitters.com/list/mountain_goat/mountain_goat.html

Located in Western British Columbia, not only do these old males boast giant horns, they also have beautiful wooly coats that makes these animals so famous.

Below is a map of the hunting area.  I loved this quote from the website:

“B.C.’s Northcoast bordering Alaska is noted for having the highest population of mountain goat in north America. Our Exclusive 10,000 sq. mile guide area is located in the heart of mountain goat heaven. Towering peaks, mountains, ice fields provide some the best habitat for these magnificent animals. The high mountain goat population in our area allows for an extended season. Goats maybe hunted right up until the end of February.”

Sign me up for an early season archery hunt!  Contact Matt at Stick and String Outfitters.

Matt Burrows
Stick & String Outfitters, LLC
P.O. Box 441
Pine, CO 80470

303.524.2461; email: stickandstringoutfitters@outdrs.net

World Record Hammerhead-Big Fish, Little Boat

Posted in Fish, Saltwater, Trophies, World's Best on March 5, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

This 14.5 foot, 1262 pound hammerhead dwarfs the fishing boat.  After 5 hours of battle, this monster had towed fisherman Bucky Dennis and his boat 12 miles from its original location in Boca Grande pass in Florida.

This is a smaller 1,000 pound hammerhead caught by Bucky later in the same season.

These harvests have generated plenty of their own controversy.   To Bucky’s credit he donated the shark to scientific research.  Hammerheads are plentiful in Boca Grande and not really targeted by fisherman.  Both sharks were pregnant females.  Hammerheads in Boca Grande don’t appear to have put much of a dent in Tarpon populations.  Finally, there is some concerns about the resiliency of shark populations like hammerheads which give live birth.  Here is one opinion piece from Field and Stream http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/fishing/2009/05/cermele-dropping-hammer-again  Either way you cut it, this is one enormous hammerhead shark and a display of stamina for a fisherman who reeled in the monster over 5 hours.

Ethiopian Mountain Nyala-#2 alltime SCI

Posted in Africa, Big Game, International, International Hunting Adventures, Plainsgame, Trophies, World's Best on February 26, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Yesterday’s post was on my harvest of a greater kudu in 2009.  Greater Kudu are one of the most popular and common of spiral horned antelope species in Africa.  This makes them affordable for the average Joe.  A not so common spiral horned antelope is the beautiful mountain Nyala.  One of my clients and already legendary hunter, Marc Watts harvested another amazing Spiral Horned antelope species-the mountain nyala.  Marc’s mountain nyala was harvested in Ethopia in November 2008 and scored a remarkable the 102 5/8 SCI, with 42 inch horns and 10 1/2 inch bases placing this exceptional animal at #2 on the alltime record book list.

 Not only is this rare mountain nyala a trophy for the ages, the story of Marc hunting in African “mountain goat” country for this rare trophy makes the harvest a truly great story. Read the full story on the SCI website http://www.scifirstforhunters.org/article/index.cfm?action=view&ArticleID=3202

What makes Marc’s harvest that much more remarkable is that this is the second top 5 African spiral horned antelope harvested by Marc.   Here is a photo of Marc’s top 5 Lord Derby Eland.

To read more about Marc’s harvest of this exceptional animal visit my earlier post https://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/lord-derby-eland-5-alltime-sci/

Marc has an exceptional line of award winning African Safari videos which can be purchased at Marc’s website at http://www.sabletrailproductions.com/  These two exceptional animals are just two of more than 275 animals Marc has harvested on the continent of Africa.  Marc was the first African American to complete the big five.  Read more about Marc at http://www.marcwatts.com/

My Dream Hunt-African Greater Kudu

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International Hunting Adventures, Plainsgame on February 25, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

2009 was the 100th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s historic African Safari.  One of America’s greatest presidents, Teddy Roosevelt was also an inspired leader in wildlife conservation.  A year end bonus from my law firm gave me a bit of spending dough.  After paying off some bills, I asked my wife if we could do our own modest version of the Teddy Roosevelt Safari. 

This meant something to me.  Teddy Roosevelt was not only a die hard hunter and conservationist, he was also Harvard Educated.  I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001.  Like Teddy Roosevelt, I also share the passion for the outdoors, conservation and hunting.  For me, following Roosevelt to the Dark Continent was a sort of a pilrimage.  I was happy to learn that while an elephant or cape buffalo were out of price range, a person can do a fairly nice plainsgame package for not a lot of scratch.  At the top of my list was the greater Kudu.  I found an outfitter with an impressive 100% harvest rate on monster greater kudu, including many in the 50 inch range and even a world glass 60 plus inch which ranks top 5.  His base package included my #2 plainsgame trophy gemsbok along with an impala and a warthog.  All for less than a good guided mule deer hunt.   We booked the hunt last minute and were on the ground in Africa a scant 6 weeks later. 

This was easily the hardest animal to harvest on the Safari.  Free range, rough country and dry weather.  We saw a good number of kudu.  Even captured some on film.  But either the animals were not trophy class animals, or they saw us before we saw them.  Nicknamed the gray ghost, the enormous antelope can disappear faster without a whisper.

After lunch we switched to the land owner’s Land Rover-one fine piece of machinery if you ask me.

The afternoon we missed a couple of quick-shot opportunities.  The PH would say, “shoot that one.”  But after being warned repeatedly not to kill a female kudu (like the hunter from the previous week.)  I wasn’t about to shoot until I was sure that we were looking at the same animal.  Opportunities missed only add to the excitement and sense of expecation if you ask me.

Shortly before dusk we saw two big bulls fighting in a meadow.  They quickly disappeared into the thicket.  When I finally located the big bulls as they moved through the thicked, I found a sliver of an opening through the trees.  With my PH telling me to shoot, I was able to connect on one of the bulls. 

You can see that the tips of these massive spiral horns arc outwards.  I am told that only 1 in 20 greater kudu have this horn configuration with of most bulls curving inward (see photo above.)  What a beautiful animal.  I can hardly wait for the mount to arrive so we can enjoy this beautiful animals for many years to come.

Record Argentine Stag

Posted in Big Game, International, South America, Trophies, World's Best with tags on February 13, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

My wife is a patient woman.  She often points out that when it comes to traveling, if hunting or fishing is not involved, we don’t go.  Its not that every couple vacation is just a hunting or fishing trip.   For example, in 2007 we went to Costa Rica instead of Hawaii.  The trip involved plenty of beaches, surfing, zip lines, restaurants…you get the idea.  But at the end of the day, Costa Rica has much better Sailfish size and success than Hawaii.  Well when it comes to South America, there is no question that we will be visiting Argentina.  Here is the reason.

Thanks to Cory Glauner from Got Hunts for forward the photo of the #1 record Argentine Stag which was harvested on one of their hunting concessions.

In our house, Red Stag hold a certain mystique.  Ever since I have been researching antlered big game outside of mule deer and elk, the Red Stag has been right at the top of the list.  What a tremendous specimen.  Visit Got Hunts website for more amazing hunting photos and hunting adventures http://www.gothunts.com/

Steven Tisdale defeats Zorro

Posted in Big Game, North America, Pronhorn, Trophies with tags on February 11, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I am totally amped up about an August 2010 pronghorn hunt with my 13 year-old Nate.  In that vein, today’s trophy post is of none other than the legendary Zorro.  Thanks to Steven Tisdale for use of the amazing photo of one amazing pronghorn.

Harvested in 2009, this proghorn boasts 17 inch long horns.  Steven had noticed this large buck months earlier, but was unable to connect.  The following year, he was finally able to close the deal after a first blown stalk.  Read the entire story in field and stream (its worth a read) http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2009/08/photos-huge-new-mexico-antelope-tagged-during-2009-bow-season