I am what most people would refer to as an “aging senior citizen” complete with all and more of the medical afflictions attributed to a lifetime of physical body abuse and neglect.
Upon my 74th birthday in May of 2010, after 12 years of applying and beyond any reasonable expectation of being able to pack up and down 13,000 ft mountain peaks, I was successful in drawing a coveted bighorn sheep tag for Colorado. So, in September, accompanied by my two eldest sons from Alaska, one of whom is a licensed guide himself, we journeyed to Buena Vista, Colorado to rendezvous with our outfitter and guide, Joe Boucher of Horn Fork Guides.
After over a week of scouting, glassing,and stalking, in for les than “ideal” weather conditions, we were successful in harvesting my beautiful 3/4 curl “trophy ram” during the final minutes of light on the 8th day of the hunt. Between the boys and myself we have participated in over fifty such adventures, both guided and on our own, and we all agree that this was one of the finest overall hunts of our lifetimes. The knowledge, expertise, and professionalism exhibited by Joe was totally responsible for our ultimate success. If not for his persistence, patience, and understanding this old man would never have come close to achieving his lofty goal. I would not hesitate for one second to accompany Joe anywhere, anytime for any big game species that he chose to pursue. (If he would consider having me.)