This was Lacey's third hunt in 16 years with Reynolds and his father, and he describes it as "the hunt of a lifetime." He notes that Dall/Fannin sheep, grizzlies and moose were abundant and that there were some wolves as well. Lacey says trophy quality was excellent. He took a Fannin ram he describes as "a heavy, old, heavenly mountain monarch" with a 345-yard shot. His personal guide, Carson Nutting, field scored it at around 168 B & C. With the drying period now complete, Lacey is awaiting final scoring, though he notes that, whatever the score, this is the biggest sheep he's ever seen. "Believe it or not, my 12-year-old ram lowered the average age of rams taken by Reynold's clients in 2009," says Lacey. "His long-range quality game management program is phenomenally successful."
Lacey reports also taking a grizzly bear and a wolf on this hunt, and though he saw a "good" moose he passed on it since it was smaller than the 64-inch Alaska trophy he took 20 years ago and he was looking for a super trophy or none at all. Another hunter in camp at the time took a moose that Lacey says should make B & C.
Lacey tells us that Reynolds first flies hunters into a very comfortable base camp where he keeps two other planes. From there, he flies clients into various outpost spike camps. The actual hunting is done on foot, hiking to vantage points and spotting and stalking. He goes on to praise Reynolds as an exceptional guide and outfitter and "the best, most experienced and safest" bush pilot with whom he has ever flown.
Lacey also recommends his personal guide, Carson Nutting, as a pleasant, courteous, very capable young man in exceptional shape. He says Nutting was patient with him as they climbed........(continued)