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Dave Pendray

Dave Pendray

September 2017 - Cody, Wyoming

Dec 17, 2017

In September 2017 I had the opportunity to go on a combination Dall's sheep/Caribou hunt with Raven's Throat Outfitter's in the beautiful Mackenzie mountains of Canada's Northwest Territories. Raven 's Throat Outfitter's is owned and operated by Greg "Griz" Turner and his wife Ginger. Their hunting territory encompasses 6000 sq. miles of some of the most magnificent country on this planet. It is a vast untouched wilderness of varied terrain and scenery. I have lived between Cody ,Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park for the last 23 years and have had the good fortune of spending a significant amount of time in the backcountry here, so I truly appreciate wild places. It was somewhat surreal to be sitting up on the mountain in the NWT and thinking as far as I could see in any direction...there was not a road, a structure, an area that had been logged not a camp or other human being that was not with our group really amazing. The area is rich with game sheep, caribou, moose, grizzly bears , wolves, wolverine's and the list goes on. The base camp is on a beautiful lake loaded with lake trout and grayling . Access is by float plane and the flight in was awesome . Hunter's quarters are comfortable with propane heat and a central bath/shower area. There is a centrally located dining area with a large deck overlooking the lake. The food was outstanding and the chef, Beth, took great pride in the meals she provide d. Access to your hunting area was by helicopter. The area is so big that it would take days on horseback to reach many of them. By allowing access by air keeps easier to reach areas from being over-hunted and minimizes pressure on any certain places. You cannot hunt for 12 hours after flying so we would usually fly out to our spike camp in the afternoon and set up camp. We could glass from camp but not go out into the field. An evening meal and then a good night's sleep and off on the hunt in the morning. All hunting was done on foot but the terrain was not that difficult to hike around in. If you spend some time preparing to hike you should not have any problems getting around . I was lucky to take a really beautiful ram and a very nice caribou. My ram was in a group of 5, 2 other's were just as nice. That group was not hunted again that season......that is the beauty of being able to manage your own game herds. Those other two big sheep were left alone to breed and if they make the winter will be there next fall. This trip was truly one of a lifetime and I cannot say enough good things regarding the entire adventure. I am planning to go back as soon as I can l know there is a big Alaska- Yukon moose waiting for me out there!

Best, Dr. Dave Pendray

Sal Piazza

Sal Piazza

Summer 2019 - Idaho

It was June 21st 2018 and I was sitting in a meeting when my phone vibrated. I looked at the phone and the caller ID said Cody Wyoming. I though who could this be ? I always apply for tags in Wyoming so I was thinking I better take this call thinking I drew one of my Wyoming hunts. I stepped out of the room and took the call, as I said “hello” they said “is this Sal Piazza?” I said “yes it is,” they said this is so and so (I can’t remember the person’s name) from the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation. He said “are you aware that Saturday was our annul banquet?” I said “no” still not knowing what this was all about, I had completely forgot about buying a ticket from the Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation when I was in Reno at the sheep show that year. He said “well are you sitting down because I think you should be.” My heart started to race and the suspense was killing me. He then told me that they drew the ticket on Saturday night for the NWT Dall Sheep hunt with Ravens Throat Outfitters’s and my name was drawn. I thought no way this could be real. I never win anything, this is one of my buddies playing a really bad joke on me. We continued to talk and it slowly started to all sink in, I was all smiles. Everyone at work kept asking what was going on with me and why I was so excited. All I could say is I’m going sheep hunting in the NWT. Shortly after that I received a call From Ravens Throat outfitters congratulating me and asking when I wanted to come hunting. We ended up deciding on July 23rd 2019, I had another hunt booked for that year and was trying to work around that. Ravens Throat Outfitters’ did a great job and they were very accommodating. So we were set and I couldn’t wait for July 2019 to get here. The communication was excellent staying in touch with the Outfitter the whole time and I was able to meet up with the owners; Griz and Ginger at the sheep show in February of 2019. I spent a fair amount of time chatting with them and their guides at the show, walking away feeling like I was in great hands. On July 22nd I started my adventure to Norman Wells. I had never been to the NWT so I was very excited. On the 23rd, I arrived in Norman Wells and was greeted, then driven to where the charter flight would leave from. About an hour later I was landing in some of the most beautiful country I had ever laid eyes on. Griz, Ginger and the crew were all there with a warm welcome, I met my Guide Devin, shot my gun, went through my gear, grabbed a little dinner and was deployed to the field by helicopter that night. When we landed, the assistant guide Matt was in camp already and had the tents set up with everything ready to go. We then had to wait our 12 hours before we were hunting. The next morning we woke up around six o’clock. The guides had coffee going and were making breakfast burritos! I was like wow, I wasn’t thinking we would have breakfast burritos out in the field with strips of bacon on them. We were eating breakfast and Devin looked over and said, “we got rams right here don’t move.” I looked over and 250 yards away were 3 rams feeding up the hill side. I was thinking no way but the best ram was only about a eight year old and Griz doesn’t like to shoot anything less then a ten year old if possible. I was also definitely not wanting this hunt to be over that quick. We packed up our gear and headed out. We covered a lot of ground the first day, spotting sheep off and on most of the day. I think by the end of the day we had seen between 15 and 20 rams, but nothing that we wanted yet. On day two during coffee and breakfast, I had spotted 2 rams from camp but nothing worth going after. We took off in a little different direction that day and about two hours into the morning and we had spotted a good group of rams. We set up the scope and began to pick them apart. Unfortunately, some decent rams but nothing we wanted to pursue. The fog and rain moved in shortly after and the visibility was not good. We hiked all day and found some really neat basins but mostly ewes and lambs. On our way back that night we came into the basin where all the rams were that morning. They were still there but had moved about a half mile and had picked up some friends. We set up the scope at about 2000 yards and confirmed that there were now 21 rams in the group with a few that needed a closer look. They were in a great spot where we could sneak in right above them and be in shooting range. We peaked over in the first spot and eight of them were beaded at about 250 yards. We studied them for a while and the best one was a 9 year old that was broomed on both sides, not what we were looking for. We pulled back and worked our way down where we could see more of the group. We went up to the edge peaking over and we could see another part of the group but still not what we were looking for. We glassed up to our right and we could just see the heads of 3 good rams beaded about 500 yards away so we back up one more time and worked our way up the ridge about 200 yards. When we peaked over this time we could see all three and Devin said these ones look better. We very carefully set up the spotter so that we could get an age on them. After about 15 minutes Devin said “I think the one is at least ten,” but about that time a caribou came trotting over the ridge headed right for our rams. I was thinking, oh great this stalk is over. Sure enough he ran directly into our rams and they took off running, I figured it was over but as luck would have it they ran about 200 yards and stopped right below us. Once they realized it was just a caribou they bedded back down and now they were only about 175 yards away so we had a real good look at them. Devin and Matt looked him over one more time and said, “he is at least 10, if you want him take him.” I was already settled in and ready for the shot and when they gave me the go ahead. I let one rip. He was still bedded when I shot and he never got up. They congratulated me and we made our ` way down to our ram. We took lots of pictures and then started to process him. We were probably less then a mile from camp at that point so all we had to do was go up and over the ridge and we were back at camp. Once back at camp, the guides said “let’s celebrate” and they had a 12 pack of beer hidden for the occasion. I was thinking this is awesome,I had not imagined drinking beer on the mountain after the hunt. It was late but we had a few beers together and went to bed. The next morning we slept in then had coffee and breakfast burritos again. What a treat! The helicopter came in to pick us up early that afternoon and we were back to base camp for dinner. When I arrived, I was congratulated by everyone in camp and found out the other two hunters in camp had already killed good rams and were back in camp. One of the guys had also shot a real nice caribou and the other was headed back out for caribou that night. He was out for only one day and he found a nice bull and was headed back to base camp. We were all tagged out by day 4 and were thinking what now, we have a week left. We had bad weather off and on through out most of the week but the accommodations were incredible. It was a very relaxing 5 or 6 days with great food, great company and some good fishing as well. Griz and Ginger have only had the place for about 3 years but have worked non stop during the hunting season as well as the off season, making all kinds of improvements from building new cabins, to remodeling old cabins, built a cooler to hang meet in, a meat processing room, a huge solar system to run all of the electricity and much more. The accommodations were incredible, I can’t imagine that there is a more outstanding facility in the NWT. I would highly recommend Ravens Throat, they are top notch. I work in the customer service industry and these guys provide great service. They truly have the client in mind in everything they do. I can’t wait to go back for Moose and Caribou!

Jason Radakovich

Jason Radakovich

Fall 2019 - Rock Springs, WY

I had the opportunity to hunt with Raven's Throat for Dall sheep this past August. I've been on several sheep hunts in the past and had hunted sheep with Griz in Wyoming when he owned Lost Creek Outfitters. I had a wonderful time with him then and knew I had to experience the NWT with them. From booking, handling travel, constant updates from Ginger, accommodations in camp, to the actual hunt...I was BLOWN AWAY! This is one of the best run outfits I have ever been to. The attention to detail was second to none and you can clearly see that Griz and Ginger have put their heart and soul into this. The country that they get to call home is something that every hunter should try and see once in their lifetime. Thank you to Raven's Throat and their entire crew for an experience I will never forget! The ram I was able to take was a dream ram, but the memories and friendships created were the real trophy.

Bill Groesch

Bill Groesch

Summer 2019 - Illinois

I was fortunate to hunt with Griz, Ginger and crew for sheep and caribou after another hunter was forced to cancel. I had hunted sheep, unsuccessfully, the past two years in Alaska and was excited to try something different. Boy was it different! I was able to shoot a great ram and booner caribou over the course of just a few days. But, the real highlight of my hunt were the people I met. Griz and Ginger were nothing short of amazing in their attention to detail and hospitality. They truly love what they are doing and it shows. Great comfortable camp and outstanding guides. My problem now is trying to figure out an excuse to come back!

Breck Johnson

Breck Johnson

Fall 2018 - New Castle, Co

The McKenzie mountains have always intrigued me, and upon flying in they didn't disappoint. The quality of game, the sheer beauty of such a raw and undisturbed place, is unequaled to anywhere I have previously been. I hunted for moose,caribou and wolf and can say the only thing I wish I would have had, was additional tags. I had such a great time with my guide and upon returning to camp the rest of the crew made you feel like family. Everything is top notch, from the pilot to the food. Can't wait to return and hunt sheep! Thank you guys for such a memorable and rewarding trip of a lifetime!It doesn't get any better than this!

Josh Herzog

Josh Herzog

Fall 2018 - Northern Minnesota

Griz, Ginger and all Raven's Throat staff,

It has been a few months since we were in camp at Raven's Throat, which has allowed me to reflect back on how amazing our experience with you really was. It was a trip that my dad, brother and I had dreamed of going on for many years and it truly lived up to our hopes. From the moment we jumped off the float plane we felt welcomed by the whole crew as they met us at the dock. I was impressed with the staff, the facilities and all that you have done in such a short period of ownership. It felt like you had been operating for many years as it was such a smooth and organized hunt. It is clear your operation is very passionate and motivated by the love of what you do to create positive experiences for your clients.

I really enjoyed the opportunity I was given to float down the Redstone River, as the scenery was beautiful and we saw all kinds of game. Caribou were everywhere and it was pretty incredible to call moose in from multiple camps on our journey down river. The morning I shot the moose still feels like a dream... I could not believe we had both a caribou from the night before AND a giant bull moose down within sight of camp. We had a lot of work in store for us and it was a relief that Griz and Matt were able to help out with the chopper. It was also really nice to use the chopper to drop my dad and brother at our camp towards the end of the trip.

It was special to have a couple days to spend together with hopes of having an opportunity at a wolf. Once back at the main camp I had a lot of fun catching grayling, lake trout off the dock and relaxing with everyone. It was unfortunate my dad slipped on ice and broke his ankle on the day we flew out, but thankfully it was at the end of the trip. I hope you're all doing well and it looks like you had an impressive end of the year. I'll continue to follow Raven’s Throat and I know in the future we'll have to book well in advance because everyone is finding out how great this place is.

Thanks again for the hunt of a lifetime, Josh Herzog

Albert Haas

Albert Haas

Fall 2017 - Mobile, Al

First class, flawless, spectacular. Don’t have the adjectives to describe my archery Dall sheep / mountain caribou hunt. Guides, staff , pilots all had great attitude and were exceptional. Most impressed by what they accomplished with just 4 months to prepare. Can’t wait to go back

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