The first ram was taken by hunter Ritchie LeSperance. It green-scores 170 5/8 B&C, and each horn measures 43 4/8. The second ram was killed by client John Hoover and green-scores 171 3/8 B&C, with horns measuring 43 3/8 x 39. Raymond guided LeSperance, while one of his partners, Chad Lenz, guided Hoover.
Raymond's area is located in south-central Yukon, northeast of Whitehorse. It encompasses about 36,000 square kilometers, or 21,600 square miles, and spans more than 200 miles from the border of British Columbia to the border of the Northwest Territories. The northern part has never been commercially hunted. The two B&C Stone sheep were taken in an uncharted area of the concession that Raymond and his partners hand-picked as a likely area to hold old rams.
After nine days of exploring by horseback, Raymond, Lenz and their two clients looked up from their lunch to find a band of trophy-class rams calmly feeding about 100 yards away. "I nearly choked on my lunch," says Raymond. After some quick scrambling and flipping a purple and white pill (instead of a coin) for the first shot, both hunters connected with their rams. You can see photos of the sheep and read Raymond's enthusiastic description of the hunt on the homepage of our website under Boone & Crockett Stone Sheep Taken with Yukon Big Game Outfitters.
We spent some time on the phone with Raymond, discussing the potential of the area and his plans for hunting it. The concession was previously owned by a First Nations band that only hunted some parts of the area and left others untouched. Raymond says that the........(continued)