Johnson says his two-week hunt produced a 30-inch, 141 1/8 SCI blue sheep (according to Johnson this is a possible new SCI Number 1), an 11-inch tahr scoring 38 1/8, and a possible SCI Number 9 muntjac measuring 22 7/16. Two other hunters in camp with Johnson took 22- and 25-inch sheep. Johnson wanted but did not take a wild boar on this hunt. "This was the last hunting day, and I needed to rest so did not hunt," he says. "But we saw lots of sign, and I let the guides hunt the boar."
We followed up with a phone call to Johnson and found that this was a last-minute, unexpected hunt for him. "I wasn't planning to hunt Nepal until next year, and had only a few days to prepare. When I got the call on the cancellation hunt and decided I was going, I immediately called Hypoxico and had them overnight their pre-acclimatization system for high elevations to my house. I used it there for a few days and while traveling, but didn't have anywhere near the month with it that they recommend. It still worked perfectly, and I had no trouble at all with the altitudes of 10,000 to 13,000 feet where we hunted."
Johnson says they spent most of their time glassing for sheep in two large valleys. "We saw sheep every day, including a number that would measure in the lower 20s. The 30-incher slipped away from us the first day we saw him, but we got him two days later.........(continued)