Cazatur applied for the permits when Harrison booked the hunt and let him know when they finally had them, about a year later. Based in Spain, the outfitter arranged for a local guide for this public land hunt in the Swiss Alps near St. Maurice-en-Valais in southwestern Switzerland. Told to expect an average 300-yard shot, Harrison suggests sighting in for 300-400 yards.
"We drove as far as we could in the vehicle and then we started climbing, spotting and stalking," he says. "There was lots of steep hiking up to 10-12,000 feet, and it took a few days to acclimate. The local game warden/guide, Philippe Dubois, is a great guide and an excellent mountaineer. He is familiar with the animals' habits and where he saw them last, but he also keeps you out of trouble on the mountain." Harrison says they saw quite a few animals of both species, but many were in places where they never could have retrieved them, so they passed on numerous animals. Harrison eventually collected both trophies. Harrison recommends good optics for this hunt, as you are glassing A LOT. Also, a daypack and good mountain boots are a must. "It seemed no matter where we went, it was all uphill," he warns. "But it was worth it; the scenery is breathtaking, and this is mountain hunting at its finest."
Harrison says that Cazatur is very accommodating to non-hunting spouses and will arrange sightseeing and shopping tours. Accommodations were in a "nice old hotel" with all meals included. He and his guide took packed lunches on the hunt. Harrison gives the cost of the hunt in........(continued)