"Juulchin is generally a class operation. They house all their hunters in the Hotel Edelweiss, which I understand they own and utilize for all their tours, many of which do not involve hunting. They are the oldest outfitting business in Mongolia, their camps are comfortable and the food is good. It took six days of hunting to find the Hangai argali I wanted, mainly for lack of any rams in the first area we hunted. This area was farther south than they normally travel, some 12 hours of driving from Ulaanbaatar. The alternate area is somewhat nearer Ulaanbaatar, and there were plenty of sheep. My ram measured 49 inches on both horns with 19-inch bases, a real beauty. (See photo in our Trophy Gallery.)
"The only downsides of the argali hunt were two: My primary guide was also my interpreter, and he is highly experienced and basically sound. However, he was unfortunately a bit arrogant and tended to speak to me only when he needed to tell me something. He also had a predisposition to be critical, such as when he yelled at me for `climbing too fast,' actually an unintended compliment to a guy who's 65 years old. I had a frank and somewhat heated discussion with him about this on the spot, only the second time I've ever had to do that, and I've had more than 200 guides over the years. He recognized how upset I was, and he apologized and did much better thereafter.
"The other problem on the Hangai argali hunt was trophy preparation. I watched them do the........(continued)