In that same part of the world, Gana River Outfitters in the Northwest Territories has changed hands. Seems long-time outfitter Bill McKenzie has retired from the business and his working partner Harold Grinde has taken over. Gana River operates in the remote Mackenzie Mountains, offering horse and backpack hunts for Dall sheep, mountain caribou and Alaska-Yukon moose. Grinde has been with Gana River for the past eight years and assures clients the operation is in good hands. He tells us he has been in the guiding and outfitting business since holding his first guide license in Alberta in 1974. He went on to guide in Yukon Territories in 1980 before joining Gana River.
The 2005 season was Grinde's first without McKenzie, and he reports 25 of 27 hunters took home Dall rams that averaged 10 years old with 37-inch horns and 13.5-inch bases. That includes three exceptional rams - a 39-plus-inch eleven-year-old Dall taken in Wolverine Creek and two 40-plus-inchers taken at a Gana River Horse Camp. He says all of his mountain caribou hunters went home with caribou averaging 375 to 380 B & C gross scores.