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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

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/

Skoronski Bull-434 inches of Beautiful

Posted in Big Game, Elk, Guides and Outfitters, guides and outfitters, North America, Trophies, World's Best with tags on December 26, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Utah has replaced Arizona as the big bull Mecca for world class rocky mountain elk.  In 2006 one particularly trememdous specimen was harvested by Ron Skoronski and his legendary guide Doyle Moss and his Mossback Team.  This bull is a typical 6×6 who scores a remarkable 434 inches Boone and Crocket.  Possibly the largest 6×6 ever harvested, this old boy is Mr. Skoronski’s second 400 class bull elk.  An amazing feat by itself.

Special thanks to Doyle Moss for use of the photo.  For more photos of this exceptional animal visit http://www.mossback.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=286  If a 400 class bull is your goal and you have the financial means to buy one of those coveted conservation tags at auction, Doyle and his team are your best bet for harvesting the trophy of a lifetime. The money goes to conservation of these beautiful animals.  In 2006 alone, Doyle and his crew harvested 8 bulls over 400 inches and several more just shy of that magical mark.  http://mossback.com/Home/

Russian World Record Moose-Kamchtka Pennisula

Posted in Big Game, guides and outfitters, International, Moose, Outdoor Adventures, Trophies with tags on November 29, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

This is one exceptional moose.  Just look at the Paddles on this bad boy.  Estimated to be a new world record.  To see more photos follow the link http://www.jerrysbaitandtackle.com/Trophies/Moose/WorldRecord.htm

 To read more about this moose harvested by hunter Jay Link, see http://www.blackbearheaven.com/world-record-moose/world-record-moose.htm

I particularly liked this quote, “This was one of the toughest hunts I have been on through my travels around the world. I refer to the hunt as a ‘tough man’s contest,’ rather then a hunt. It was a great experience. My brother Troy will be returning next year. As to the score of the moose, it should end up somewhere between 550 and 600 points SCI. It has huge mass and extremely wide paddles, with 20 points on one side and 18 points on the other.”

Wooly Muskox

Posted in Big Game, guides and outfitters, International, Muskox, World's Best with tags on November 23, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Last night a big winter storm blew in bringing snow, ice and…well everything winter.  It got me thinking to one of the truly unique artic outdoor adventures, hunting muskox.  These hairy beasts remind me of northern hunters from a bygone era.  Many of these hunts are conducted in subzero temperatures on the Island of Greenland.  There are also more temperate fall hunts, that involve much more walking as snow machines cannot be utilized.  Combine with some lake trout fishing and you have an awesome surf and turf combo.

Visit Artic Hunting Group’s website for more details on one of these hunts http://arctic-hunting-group.com/