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On Caribou Hunting in Northwest Territories Canada

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Report ID: 10610 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: July 23, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Place of Hunt: Canada - Northwest Territories
Hunt Area: South Nahanni

Outfitter (or safari company): Werner Aschbacher and Sunny Petersen ; South Nahanni Outfitters (2016). Box 31119; Whitehorse; Yukon; Y1A 5P7; Canada; Tel. 867-399-3194; Fax: 867-399-3194; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Tom Wood
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Sheep, Dall - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Average
Game Sought But Not Taken: Caribou, Mountain - Availability: I did not want to kill a small caribou and ran out of time.
Game Condition Comments: We hunted a 40 inch ram for 5 days. On day six I was very exhausted. We had hiked about 10 miles per day, and basecamp was at bottom of the mountain. I shot the ram at the top and end of this little mountain range. I had shots on caribou on day one, and day two. I passed as we didn't want to blow the sheep out of the area. I came back to camp on day 7 and day 8 was last day to hunt. Werner and Sunny, the owners, were straight forward that I could go hunt, but to kill the right animal and with weather coming in, would be most prudent to stay in camp. I had serious blistering on my feet and was best to heal in base camp. we glassed a total of seven rams in one band for which there were two we targeted. I did not kill the bigger ram, and I am very happy to kill the 8 year old that was smaller.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Canada North; Alaskan Air Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments:

Hunting Fees: Dall Sheep (Canadian Dollar equivalancy) Amount: $24000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: included as above Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $1200
Charter Airfares: Included as above Amount: $0
Other Costs: Tip Amount: $2250
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: Climbing the mountains on a daily basis was a blast. Having a guide, Tom Wood, who is happy and positive is a bonus. We hiked from spike camp at the bottom of the mountain to the tops and across the different mountains 5 days. Having a guide that can communicate verbally is key to our hunt. Getting a game plan of how to approach the animals, discussion of set ups when we approach and get ready for the shot is key to success. Scaling a cliff face was a lot of fun and bear crawling backwards down the mountain in plain sight on the stalk was exciting. Fulfilling my dream of a Dall Sheep ram was the pinnacle then of the experience; that the guide was positive was the bonus.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring boots such as Kennetrek, Scarpa, Meindl which are mountaineering. Those are the first priority. Second is your rain gear. I like new rain gear by Sikta and it kept me dry. Know your weapon ! I had an issue with the Leki graphite walking poles I purchased through Kuiu. I was walking up the mountain and it shattered. Group discussion focused on graphite rods used for tents, and those have shattered with the outfitter last year. Use aluminum trekking poles and tents that do not have graphite poles as they will break from heat, cold, or due to falling on rocks.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Absolutely ! Sunny Petersen and Werner Aschebacher take great care for a warm, positive, and fun hunt. The food was unremarkable at base camp. Tom Wood is an skilled sheep guide and would recommend him for anyone. The atmosphere is set by Werner and Sunny, which then lends to camaraderie at base camp. I made a lot of friends on this trip.

Hunter Name: James Mathisen
Contact Information: Tel. 402-618-9205 - 4322 N 160 Avenue , Omaha , Nebraska US , 68116 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: I have hunted all of big game animals for the Super 12 Slam by SCI Super 10 of GSCO; and then some others of North America that will qualify toward Super 25
Physical Condition: I exercise with a Versa Climber two one hour sessions per week. One 40 pound ruck walk one time a week for four miles. Strength and conditioning two days a week. Average ability .

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

I have just received a contract for 2018 Alaska Yukon Moose Caribou hunt with Sunny and Werner. I will hope to hunt with Tom Wood again. The camp is clean. The cabins are top notch. Spike camp is with very good quality single man tents. Spike camp food was more than sufficient to nourish my guide and I. I like Mountain House and the other spike camp foods that were high in "good" fats, protein, and carbohydrates.

I could have killed a book Caribou on day two of the hunt, however I came for Dall Sheep. I didn't want to blow my opportunity on shooting a ram. I was exhausted by day six of the hunt and I am happy about that. We were targeting an old boomed off ram and couldn't seal the deal. I am so happy with the ram I was able to fell with my Gunwerks 7 LRM.

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