As hunters we are the very lucky few who really get to see some of the last remaining wild places on earth. They are often very difficult to get to which requires a determination I have really only seen in sportsmen. By way of example two very good friends who also happen to be clients of mine have just returned from a memorable trip in British Columbia where they both managed to achieve through true hard work 2 magnificent trophy Stone Sheep and 2 great Mountain Goats. What I found most interesting in listening to their story is that the valley they actually took their trophies in had not been hunted for 18 years! The whole area was remote and still very much untouched by man.
In the last year I myself was lucky enough to hunt in South Africa, Tanzania, Alaska and the USA, whilst also visiting India. All were adventures in their own way, but Tanzania and Alaska stand out as truly wild places.
As another good friend and client heads out to Mozambique with his fine collection of vintage rifles we should count ourselves lucky that we have the interest, passion and will to pursue game in the wildest of places. It is in our interest to share the stories of our adventures with the next generation so that they might pursue game in these places, for to remain remote and wild they need to be appreciated and more often than not real passion only comes from the sportsman.
Images from one of our Safari's in remote Mozambique by Mark Hall.
David Hodo on September 19, 2016 at 5:46 am
Haven't been to all the places you named, but was in the Tanana River Flats in Alaska in 89 and backpack hunted the Flat Tops Wilderness area of Colorado in 90 and 92, so I have a good idea of your description of truly wild areas of our world. The vast majority of our populations will never know these things because they are too busy being outraged and looking for the latest apps. Hunters are truly blessed in many ways!
Trigger on September 19, 2016 at 7:13 am
Alaska is a truly amazing place and certainly one of the last true wilderness's. We are indeed very lucky to get to see and hunt such places and have the imagination to get to them.
The Hunting Baron on September 19, 2016 at 10:51 am
I have to thank hunting and mountaineering and sometimes combined for the most memorable places and people I had seen in my life, from remote side of Alaska to Papua New Guinea. I very much doubt my life wouldve been fulfilled without the adventure and pursuit of happiness and manliness hunting has brought me and will continue to do so until I cant anymore.
Tim Wilkes on September 19, 2016 at 11:18 am
Trigger, I applaud your sentiments. However there are at least two further groups of folk, both of which I have personal experience of, for whom wilderness and pushing boundaries still applies today as much as it ever did.
The first group is the military. They often find themselves in very remote places, perusing challenging objectives in rugged conditions, with danger ever present.
The second group, though not on land, is ocean sailors. Again there are some extremely remote seas, fortitude is needed to sustain and move forward, harnessing only the power of the wind. Danger from rollover, iceberg, submerged shipping containers remains a constant.
I believe there is a strong human trait in mankind to challenge the mind and body and to do so in extreme conditions. Hunters, soldiers and yachtsmen continue to demonstrate this trait.