New Yukon Hunting Operator Produces Two Boone & Crockett Stone Sheep


Published: November - 2012

Two Boone & Crockett Stone sheep rams were hunted in the Yukon Territory recently. Canadian correspondent Ken Nowicki sent us the news in late September, just after the October issue had gone to press, and we issued an email bulletin on September 28 with the basic details. The sheep were taken by clients of new operator Shawn Raymond of Yukon Big Game Outfitters, formerly Teslin Outfitters (250-264-2512). The rams were both in the 43-inch class and measure in the low- to mid 170s. They are expected to net-score enough to make the record book minimum. We had hoped to get photos by now, but were still waiting on Raymond at press time. Raymond was in the bush busy with moose hunters when we got the initial news.

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)

 
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