Nowicki contacted Raymond's partner, Don Loewen, in Fort St. John for the initial report on this exciting news. "Loewen has hunted all over the world, and when I met him at the Wild Sheep Convention in Reno last winter he was hinting at an impending purchase of a hunting area. But all the i's were not dotted and the t's not crossed until just before hunting season," says Nowicki.
Loewen and Raymond scrambled to get hunters their first season. "With these rams down, it should be easy to get five or six Stone sheep booked for next year," Loewen told Nowicki.
Formerly owned by a First Nations Band, the area was hunted previously by horseback only, and Loewen reports that he is going to have more area opened up next year with airplane access. This area is the largest in the Yukon and has been only moderately hunted for some time, so Loewen expects hunters will find some dandy sheep and moose. "Raymond left me a message from his satellite phone saying they are thick with moose on this hunt," says Nowicki.
An Old Hand at sheep hunting, Nowicki says that the Stone sheep scene continues to change. Quotas and reduced opportunities have skyrocketed prices and dropped........(continued)