Dream hunt animal

Lee7588

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Like many have said, sheep or moose would top the list but financially out of reach unless I win a special tag.

A fully guided elk hunt has been a dream for 30 plus years and I made it happen last year in NM on public land.

Headed back for NM muleys this year.

My advice, it's okay to dream but don't wait too long to attain those which are within your grasp.

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I agree. With all things it is good to have some dreams but we need to have things that can be attainable
 

Country Bumpkin

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I can’t decide between Goat and Dall sheep.

Both of which are dream hunts because I can’t seem to get drawn for goat in my home state (despite my yearly efforts) and sheep because of the cost/clock battle. Seems like there’s an inverse relationship between when the point in our lives where we have the time, the money and the physical ability to chase these sorts of critters.

A couple hunts that are really high on my list that are a CERTAINTY are Moose and Caribou. Both DIY, so I shouldn’t list them as dream hunts. The problem is that both will require some funds that will get in the way of my true dream hunts, but are much more realistic given the time/funds/ability aspects.
 

2buffalo

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I have always wanted to go on a mountain lion hunt but I will one of these days. Probably the one I would most want to is either stone sheep or bighorn. I do have a free range Aoudad hunt booked for February so that will do for now.

My wife's grandfather went on a horseback hunt to BC years ago. Not sure of the year but he killed a stone sheep, mountain goat, elk, black bear, wolf, and wolverine all for $25k. I believe it was a 30 day trip. The good old days.
 

pony doctor

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I'm curious on what everyone's once in a lifetime dream animal to hunt would be. For myself there are alot of animals that I would enjoy hunting and maybe even killing but there are two that stand out the most a Nubian ibex or a Marco Polo sheep. What would you hunt?
Desert Bighorn and other sheep species. I have my Rocky!
I could see how coastal would be fishy, like sea ducks. I saw I think on here someone compared bear to pork so I'm willing to give it a try
My black bear came from an apple orchard! Excellent meat! It is necessary to cook it past medium rare to avoid trichinosis.
 

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Did my dream hunt about 30 years ago. Read “Maneaters of Tsavo” by Patterson when a teenager and became obsessed with the idea of hunting the African Lion. Fulfilled that dream in spades with the perfect hunt in my 40’s. Shot this cattle killer after two days of tracking in the Chobe, Botswana. Still remember that hunt as if it was yesterday!
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Lee7588

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Did my dream hunt about 30 years ago. Read “Maneaters of Tsavo” by Patterson when a teenager and became obsessed with the idea of hunting the African Lion. Fulfilled that dream in spades with the perfect hunt in my 30’s. Shot this cattle killer after two days of tracking in the Chobe, Botswana. Still remember that hunt as if it was yesterday!
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Congrats on making your dream hunt come true. That is a beautiful double rifle.
 

Greyfox

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Congrats on making your dream hunt come true. That is a beautiful double rifle.
Thanks. The rifle is an all original H&H Dominion, 450 Nitro Express made in 1904. As the ammo was no longer available, I had a custom dye made and necked down .470 cases. Matched/regulated loads using IMR3031 powder and a Woodiegh 480gr SP. it did the job at 21 paces! This an an old. photo of the original owner William Buckley with the same rifle and a Lion he shot in 1904…90 years previous to mine!
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Lee7588

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Thanks. The rifle is an all original H&H Dominion, 450 Nitro Express made in 1904. As the ammo was no longer available, I had a custom dye made and necked down .470 cases. Matched/regulated loads using IMR3031 powder and a Woodiegh 480gr SP. it did the job at 21 paces! This an an old. photo of the original owner William Buckley with the same rifle and a Lion he shot in 1904…90 years previous to mine!
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Wow I'm hoping you still have the rifle it is nice to tell the story and be able to show the rifle also
 
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