For some people, the intersection of obsession and passion is a mountain top in Southern, BC, while chasing mule deer. I am one of those people. Since my first experience hunting alpine Mule Deer in 2011, I have been hooked, and most of my offseason training and scouting is spent with the sole focus of harvesting a mature buck.
The world’s mountains represent some of the most harsh, austere environments on the planet. Snow, rain, blistering sun. Loose shale to moderate ridge lines and near vertical rock faces. We call these Dynamic Environments.
In North America, there are three primary subspecies of elk: the American elk (Cervus canadensis spp.), which grow the largest antlers; the Roosevelt’s elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) of the coastal areas of the northwest, which are the largest bodied elk; and the smaller tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) of the valleys of central California.
He took a bite of grass, looked up, and advanced one step to face the ewe, broadside. I drew and steadied. I went black. Then I saw red. He careened off the ledge, tumbled and skidded down the valley of loose rock that separated us and into a thicket of brambles that caught the ram
Having a well-prepared medpack when going into the mountains or wilderness is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The serious and responsible backcountry hunter must be prepared to deal with everything from minor injuries to serious medical situations.
In this episode, Nolan sits down with Jeff Agostinho, a fellow BC Resident, and avid mountain hunter, to talk about Jeff’s recent February Mountain Goat hunt. Cold weather, Long shots, and Booner Billies.