This is the second time I have been involved in an aircraft crash while hunting in the Northwest Territories. Some have said I am lucky. Others see it as being most unlucky. I know I am happy to be alive, and I accept these risks as part of the great adventure of hunting the Canadian North's vast wilderness areas. I have thousands of flight hours on planes and helicopters, and odds are that lighting will strike on occasion.
Turning to my report, hunting in the Northwest Territories continues to be fantastic. Empirical proof is found in this year's issue of an annual report produced by biologists Alasdair Veitch and Ellen Simmons. They are based in Norman Wells and have surveyed outfitters and hunters alike for several seasons. Their report, which is available now on The Hunting Report web site (www.huntingreport.com), is a tremendous read, underscoring the vast hunting areas and great potential for top trophies in the NWT. According to the report, the average Dall ram taken by all outfits last year was 10 years of age. Moose and caribou taken were of high quality. And hunters had numerous opportunities to take wolves........(continued)