Oregon FNAWS
Hunt Stories - Jim Petersen
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Antelope and Elk
By Jim Petersen
In 2005 I was hunting antelope with Kirk Kelso's Pusch Ridge Outfitters. My guide, Dennis Nosker, put me on a beautiful 84 inch buck after 15 minutes of hunting. With nothing to do for the rest of the day Dennis thought it would be a great idea to go over to the Mescalero Indian Reservation and check out the elk hunting. The average bull taken on the reservation is 350 inches. As you can imagine, it is hard to get on the hunt list.
In December of 2006 I met the Christensen Arms crew that was in Mexico filming a hunt. Sitting in an airport with our flights delayed the conversation turned to hunting. Jon Mogal of Christensen Arms stated that they may be getting some elk tags on the Mescalero for 2007 and asked if my buddy, Mark, and I were interested. We jumped all over that opportunity.
What a place. You stay at the casino. Meals are provided at the casino restaurants. And they cut and wrap your elk.
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Peggy, my wife, went with me the first two days. We saw 23 different branch bulls the first day and Peggy had five bulls as close as 20 to 30 feet. I thought I might have to shoot one to keep him from running over her! When you stopped the truck you'd hear bulls bugling.
The second day we saw 17 branch bulls. I took my bull on the third day. He came to a cow call from over a mile away. On the way he collected another bull's cows and still came looking for us. It would have been a perfect archery setup or I could have used a rock.
It was an awesome experience! We look forward to elk hunting in 2008.
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Hunting in Kamchatka
Adventures can start in the darnedest ways. One moment you're talking hunting and politics with Jack Atkinson Jr. at the 2006 FNAWS Convention and the next moment you're bidding on a hunt donated by Jack Atkinson and Sons. And it's no ordinary hunt. It's a hunt for wild sheep in Kamchatka.
Getting to Kamchatka was an adventure in itself. I had to go around the world via Moscow to get there. Airports, hotels, customs and helicopters were handled well by the outfitter. I should say that the trip to base camp by helicopter was interesting. The weather was bad but I arrived safely.
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The mountains around camp looked like sheep country anywhere. Like it can be in the mountains anywhere, the weather was unpredictable. The guide had no equipment or provisions for a spike camp which meant that every hunt started and ended at base camp. Most days we would hike to the hunt area just in time to have the weather deteriorate. Back we would go to base camp. On the evening of the 6th day the weather cleared and Olga, the camp cook, spotted some rams behind camp. That evening we received a call from the outfitter telling us a big storm was heading our way and we might not be able to get out for a few days. Nevertheless, the next morning we headed out only to see more rams at the back of the basin, some three miles distant. We switched plans and went for the farthest rams. Communication was difficult since the interpreter did not leave camp and the guide spoke no English. My Russian vocabulary was limited to vodka and rubles so I was no help either.
After a long stalk we selected a ram out of four of the 11 rams we had seen that day. At 50 yards the stalk was blown but a 300 yard shot completed the hunt. As it turned out the big storm never arrived and I left the mountains the next day.
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A Sheep Hunter Extraordinaire
Jim Petersen, a dentist residing in Prineville, is passionate about sheep conservation and sheep hunting. A life member and former board member of Oregon FNAWS, Jim has hunted for sheep around the world. Here in North America he has two grand slams and most of his rams are BIG. His largest slam totals over 700 points, 710 6/8 to be exact. All four animals have point totals above the minimum required by Boone and Crockett for entry into the record book.
His Dall Sheep scores 171 6/8, his Stone Sheep is 171 6/8, his Rocky Mountain Bighorn comes in at a very nice 184 1/8 and his Desert Bighorn hits 182 even. It is quite a feat to have one sheep in the record book. Four is amazing. You might wonder where Jim goes from here. He's still hunting, still going on sheep hunts. Elsewhere in this newsletter you'll find a couple of hunt reports, one for sheep in Kamchatka and another for an elk in New Mexico. To stay in shape Jim hunts chukkar all season.
Jim's wife is also a hunter. Just look with envy at the picture of Peg and her 6X6 elk.
Jim and Peg were instigators of the Tailgate Party. This potluck dinner and social get-together also raises funds for the Youth Life Membership. It occurs the Friday before the Oregon FNAWS Banquet and Fundraiser and starts right after the Friday setup for the banquet. All members and guests should attend. It's a great way to meet others with passion for "putting sheep and goats on the mountain."
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