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Old 07-28-2001, 07:31 AM
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Tell us about your upcoming hunt

You can tell that you're getting closer to hunting season when the TV shows start reducing the number of fishing segments and increase the big game hunting segments.

Let's feed our growing long range hunting hunger by talking about our upcoming season plans. Whether backyard or halfway round the world, tell us about your plans. While I get just about as much satisfaction out of my back-yard hunts I'll start with my first upcoming hunt.

My son, Andy, and I leave on an Alaskan sheep hunt August 6. We'll be hunting with Terry Overly of Pioneer Outfiters in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. In the "small world" category, one of his guides is a good friend of Dave King and lives near Dave in the off-season. I hunted with Terry three years ago so I know what to expect in most ways. My partner on that hunt got a nice Dall but after a few days of hunting my knees were killing me from the horseback riding, Jack became ill, and we quit early. Nonetheless, I remember saying at the time that it was the most successful hunt I had ever been on even though I didn't fire a shot. We saw 150 different sheep, one mountain goat, several caribou and the tracks of wolf and grizzly. This time I will ride a skinnier horse and walk 80% of the time from the very beginning to protect my knees.

Since that time I am further into the long range hunting culture and have added a few gadgets or techniques. I will lug a new rifle fitted with a Harris bipod and carry a Kestral windmeter. I expect the deceptive mountain winds to be my biggest long range challenge. My newer rangefinder will operate out further. I used no drop table pasted to my stock last time. This time I will check zero and drop on Terry’s airstrip out to 500 yards and extrapolate from there. Three years ago Jack’s sheep was called a “willow sheep” because he shot it only 100 yards above the riverbank as it came down to feed on willow brush. The shot was about 185 yards and quite level. This year I will be prepared for a shot out to 500 or so in good wind and for angles quite steep. My rifle will sport a “Cosine indicator” attached to it. This is a device that measures shooting angles without removing your cheek from the stock as you aim. I’ll work up a post on it with a picture in the review section. Last time there was one probably legal sheep we couldn’t quite evaluate at quite a long distance through my very good Leupold 12 to 40 power scope. This year I will be lugging a heavier, sharper Swarovski 15 to 60 power scope which would have made the difference back then.

Pioneer Outfitters did a good job for us last time. This hunt is in some spectacular country and I can’t wait to get back. They are being featured this Sunday, July 29, on Basspro’s hunting program on TNN. I think the time is 7:30 Eastern but check for yourself. The hunt will be for grizzly bear. Terry's email address is Pioneer-Outfitters@worldnet.att.net (my edit just corrected the email address)

Anyway, tell us about your plans for this fall --- backyard or halfway round the world.

[ 07-29-2001: Message edited by: Len Backus ]
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Old 07-28-2001, 08:12 AM
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Re: Tell us about your upcoming hunt

I'm preparing for a trip to Alberta. I'll be hunting monster whitetail with Ron Nemetchek of North River Outfitting.

I was with Ron this Spring on a Black Bear hunt and had a great time, I got some good tips from Ian McMurchy beforehand and had a great hunts and made a good video.

Ron's place is just North of Athabasca and is a great place for Long Range hunting. He has a open front yard with capabilities to shoot over 1000 yards from the front porch of his house (zero checks).

I initially had no intentions of hunting WhiteTail deer anywhere other than here in Maryland with occasional trips to Wisconsin for family hunts but after seeing some of the mounts and shed antlers I quickly changed my mind.

I'll be bringing a 308 and a 300 Win mag on the hunt. I expect to keep the distances to 700 yards or less (chip shots for Darryl and his crew).

I expect to come home with a good 150 class at a minimum and would love to have a B&C encounter.

Good Luck with your hunt Len.
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Old 07-28-2001, 08:30 AM
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Re: Tell us about your upcoming hunt

I have a couple of traveling hunts firmed up, couple more being planned. Caribou in northern Quebec and desert mulies in New Mexico so far plus a black bear hunt in Sask. with Steve Suttles from Badlands. We hunt whitetails (the small Saskatchewan variety) whenever possible - have a real nice muzzleloader season and then a cold-weather rifle season, maybe a moosehunt if I am here during the season.

Although traveling hunts are great experiences the travel part of it can be stressfull on semi-old farts like myself. Last year I did six trips, got real tired of airports and missed flights.

Anybody needs a real good travel check-list for traveling hunts give me a shout.
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Old 07-28-2001, 06:23 PM
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Re: Tell us about your upcoming hunt

I leave on the 18th of August for Alaska for another Dall Sheep and Grizzly hunt. I'll be hunting once again with Vern Humble of Rainy Pass Lodge in the Alaska Range. I hunted there in 1999 and took a nice Dall and a great Grizzly. I don't get to hunt much for myself anymore, due to client obligations, so I'm really looking forward to it.

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Old 07-28-2001, 11:07 PM
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My wife and I will be heading to Colorado near the end of October for our yearly long-range elk hunt. We camp back in 7 miles at 7500 feet elevation and don't come out till the seasons over.
We look forward to this trip every year. I believe this is 11 or 12 years in a row now.

After that we head back east to West Virginia for Buck season and then on to Pennsylvania for Buck season.

Last year Carol (my wife) got the long shot of three elk killed (in our group) in Colorado at 1362 Yards and the year before that she killed a fantastic 10 Point whitetail buck in West Virginia.

I've had some great hunting partners (long-range and short-range) over the years but, she's the best.

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Well i leave house in about two weeks to hunt moose in unit 13 hope to get a nice spike fork better eating LOL LOL LOL we stay down there for about 6o days and hunt Bou too.
And this year will be fun my Daughter is takeing two weeks off work and collage to hunt wolves and Griz with me in the same area. when she and her brothers were younger we did this every year now it is great when her or her brothers get the chance to go at all with me and at the end of Sept it is back to work hunting wolves and coyotes and getting the traplines open.It is great to live in the land of the last front tire LOL [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] LOL [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] LOL [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Have a good Sunday:Coyote Slayer
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Old 07-29-2001, 06:10 PM
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Wow! That was exciting. I just watched the Basspro-TNN show on Pioneer Outfitters hunt. Bob Faulkrod was hunting moose and grizzly. Bob shot a nice bear after waiting out some bad weather. His guide was the same guide I had 3 years ago. Grew a beard since then.

The video showed outfitter Terry Overly flying his black Super Cub, dropping Bob off at his hunting camp. I am now really pumped up! I'll be right there in 9 days, right on the same river bed.

I talked to Terry a couple days ago. He's had TV coverage before and he said he will now stay close to the phone for the next few days because of hunters calling him.
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