In a follow-up phone call, Almgren told us, "This was my third hunt with Jim's outfit. I first met him as a guide on my first sheep hunt in 1993 with another outfitter and when he bought this concession I started hunting with his outfit. On my first hunt with him I killed a muzzleloader world record 421-inch barren ground caribou. I was also looking for a moose and turned down three in the 200-plus range looking for something bigger. On my second hunt, I killed the 18th bull moose I saw, 71½-inches scoring 221 3/8."
Almgren gives Blackstone an overall excellent rating. He gives the all-in cost of his grizzly hunt as $12,000. He recommends the hunt, noting, "Blackstone Outfitters are very organized and try very hard to get you your animals."
Postscript: You may recall back in January, (Article 3015 in our Email Extra database) Correspondent Michael Bodenchuk dug deep into the current status of grizzly bears in the lower 48, Canada and Alaska. One of the most interesting details he uncovered was that hunts which target grizzly bears specifically, like Almgren's, are notably more successful than hunts in which the grizzly is part of a combo or an add-on target........(continued)