All that has happened, Shockey said, is that he and Olmstead have decided to cease working together on the two areas they jointly controlled in the Yukon namely, Rogue and Kluane. He (Shockey) is going to wind up with Rogue (a world-class Alaska-Yukon moose area, with excellent caribou, good grizzly and some Dall sheep) and Olmstead is going to wind up with Kluane (a good mixed-bag area with Dall sheep, moose, grizzly and some caribou).
Collectively, Shockey and Olmstead control a huge amount of hunting territory. Besides the area in the Yukon, Shockey has three deer-hunting areas in Saskatchewan, an area in Mexico and a black bear area on Vancouver Island. Beside the area in the Yukon, Olmstead has his Prophet Muskwa at Sleeping Chief areas in British Columbia and a Sitka blacktail and black bear hunting area in the Queen Charlottes.
It was not widely discussed, but the two originally sought to bring all of these areas into one company, and thereby realize some economies of scale unprecedented in the hunting field. Why that didn't happen is unclear, but Shockey gave some hints in a phone conversation last month.
I'm a hands-on person, Shock- ey said. I like guiding and hunting. I like being where the action is. If we had created a single, huge company, I would have had to pull back from what I'm good at.
Shockey went on to say that his company is now almost perfectly structured, in that it allows him to move from one kind of hunting to another from early hunting in the........(continued)