Six U.S. states, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, Idaho,
Colorado and Arizona, this year are issuing a limited number of permits for
taking bighorn. The hunter who is not lucky enough to get a permit must head
farther north for his sheep, to Alaska, British Columbia or Alberta.
In Alberta the license for an alien hunter costs $100,
good for one year, entitling the holder to one animal of each species in
season. License may be obtained from the Game Commission, Edmonton, Alberta,
from almost any Canadian post office or at the port of entry. An export permit
must be obtained to remove trophies from the province. There is no extra charge
for an export permit. In Alberta, average outfitter charge is $60 to $65 per
day for one hunter, $40 per day each for two men. For this fee the outfitter
furnishes everything but the hunter's personal gear.
British Columbia licenses an alien hunter for $25.
License may be obtained by forwarding the fee with full name, address, age,
weight, color of hair and eyes to the Game Commission, 567 Burrard Street,
Vancouver 1, British Columbia. Licenses may also be obtained from the Canadian
Customs Officer at port of entry. In addition to license fee, B.C. trophy fees
are required on all big game animals intended for removal from the country.
Trophy fee on sheep killed south of the 56th parallel is $50, north of the 56th
parallel $25. Trophy fees may be paid to any government agent, game protector,
to the Game Commission office in Vancouver, or at the border. Fifty rounds of
ammunition may be brought in duty free. Average outfitter price in northern
British Columbia is $60 per day, and on most hunts the hunter can expect to see
In Alaska the average guide charge is $100 per day,
with variations for methods employed and game sought.
The outfitter is under obligation to his hunter to do
all in his power to obtain for the hunter a reasonable shot at chosen game. He
does not guarantee trophies. He helps you hunt, but he cannot control the
vagaries of luck. Like all the rest of us, outfitters come good and bad. I
always check closely with Jonas Brothers, 1533 Boylston at East Pine Street,
Seattle ( Anchorage, Alaska branch located at 528 C Street). Jonas Brothers has
a good line on the dependable outfitters working both the Alaskan and Canadian
RIFLES, SCOPES, GLASSES
Your rifle is of utmost importance. When you travel
thousands of miles for a single shot, the best is none too good. I have used
many rifles, from the .270 to the .375. Keep in mind three points in trophy
hunting. First, distance. Usually 100 to 250 yards is the range, but on
occasion a long shot may be all you'll get. A flat trajectory is a must.
Second, the bullet must be heavy enough to anchor the animal if the shot is a
little off center. Rarely does your shot come under ideal conditions. More
often you're winded, shaky with exhaustion, bothered by altitude, balanced
precariously. Third, grizzlies live in the lower range of sheep country. A big
bear is a fine trophy—a sheep-hunt bonus.
As to sights, I do not like detachable mounts. A rifle
stock must be made either for scope or open sights. It can't do both properly.
A scope is my choice. I prefer the Weatherby Imperial variable 2�X to 10X. At
2�X it is fine for brush, at 6X to 8X excellent for long range. It is equipped
with clear plastic scope cover. I use 180-grain bronze-point bullets. Your
rifle should have a sling, as it is carried on the back while climbing, and a
rubber recoil pad. There'll be occasions when you prop the butt on rocks.
Don't leave home without fine binoculars. I wear mine
around my neck tucked into my shirt front from dawn until dark. A spotting
scope is invaluable. With the spotting scope with 30X eyepiece there is no
question. It picks trophy heads out of the band, saving miles of arduous
climbing. I'll often change from 30X to 60X if the atmosphere contains no haze
or heat waves. The 60X brings sheep right in my lap—can even see him wrinkle
CLOTHING AND PERSONAL GEAR