A Blue Sheep Hunt with Nepal Wildlife Adventures


Published: July - 2012

Subscriber Maurice (Bob) Johnson says his recent blue sheep hunt in Nepal was one of the two best hunts he's ever been on (the other was in Mongolia). Johnson hunted with Nepal Wildlife Adventures (phone from the US 011-977-985-1012-977; email: presho@wlink.com.np), personal guides Toklama and Major Pralhad Thapa (Ret). Johnson booked his hunt through Safari Outfitters (307-587-5596) in Cody, Wyoming. (Editor note: this is the fourth positive hunt report we've had on this outfitter; see Reports 8275 from 2011, 7985 from 2010, and 2048 from 2000).

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)

 
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