Thursday, March 20, 2008

Musk Ox Hunting

The first challenge to hunting musk ox is getting close to them. You can see them from many miles away, but they are often on the top of a steep rocky mountain. Normally the wind has blown all the snow off of the rocks on the mountains making it difficult to drive a snowmobile there. If you try hiking up the mountain the herd can flee down the other side by the time you get to the top. Once you get to a herd, the second challenge is trying to get a clean shot. When threatened they form up shoulder to shoulder in a close bunch. This makes it impossible to get a shot at one individual animal.

On this hunt we managed to find a herd that was on a low mountain top that we were able to snowmobile up. We were then able to walk around the top and get close to the herd. We then sat and watched the heard until they got used to us and spread out. I shot from about 130 yards. The large bull that I took probably weighed 800 to 1000 lbs.



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Anonymous said...

Very cool video and that's from someone who lived out there and has seen them!

Aaron J. Brown said...

21 more minutes and you've got an outdoors show! :-)

James and Charity said...

I love to read all about your adventures!