When I harvested my Dall Sheep in 2009 it was the first step towards my Grand Slam and when I harvested my Stone Sheep in 2012, I only needed one more to complete my Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep. Many fellow hunters warned me the 4th would be my toughest so I needed to control as many of the variables as possible including being in the best mental and physical condition possible, choosing a good area and certainly picking an excellent outfitter.
As I began to research potential outfitters for my Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep adventure one name kept coming up – Marty Lightburn, owner of Rocky Mountain High Adventures. I hunted Mountain Goats in SE British Columbia and knew it would be gorgeous but challenging country. Soon I was booked for the opening hunt of 2014 with Marty and the RMHA team.
Marty would not disappoint as they had scouted well, had good camps, good horses and a beautiful guiding territory. On the 8th day of glassing over many rocks, we finally turned up a group with one and possibly two full curl rams and commenced a 7-hour stalk that positioned us on top of the band. In fact we got too close and they exploded as we peered over the edge. Thankfully chaos soon returned to calm execution as my guide Shawn called out which ram to shoot and my rifle did its job.
I am very thankful to Marty, Dan and Shawn for helping complete a dream with the adventure of a lifetime in the Canadian Rockies. They are well organized, have good equipment, and work very hard. I would certainly recommend other hunters to consider RMHA for their future hunting plans.