One of six sheep Kelsey has taken with Bonnet Plume.
By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant
Literally amid a sheep hunt, subscriber T. Kelsey took a break to file reports on several hunts with outfitter Chris McKinnon. In Alberta
, McKinnon operates as McKinnon & Co. Outfitters (780-331-2440; www.huntmco.com
). In Yukon
, McKinnon operates as Bonnet Plume Outfitters (same contact information). At this writing, Kelsey was on his seventh hunt with McKinnon.
Between 2011 and 2016, Kelsey drove annually from Texas to Whitehorse, then flew 300 miles north for Dall sheep, moose and caribou hunts. Of McKinnon's Yukon hunting territory, Kelsey says, "the country is beautiful and remote; the only way in is by air." Kelsey says you can find caribou on top of every ridge and moose down in the bottoms. For his three moose hunts, they did some backpacking and some hunting out of a boat and harvested "three terrific moose." Importantly, Kelsey reports that he has never seen a resident hunter in the same area.
For sheep, they backpacked from a base camp. Kelsey advises, "The quality of sheep you want dictates how much hiking you'll have to do. Decide what your priorities are." He reports the "guides are good at aging trophies, although conservative. There are a lot of mature animals in the area." Kelsey has harvested six Dall sheep with an average age of 12.5 years....