Story Contest 2017 - Third PlaceThe Hunt with the Horseshoe featuring Sikanni River Outfitters
Third Place 2017: The Hunt with the Horseshoe
by William Young
After two years of researching an outfitter for Stone sheep, I was able to decide on a hunt with Mike and Dixie Hammett of Sikanni River Outfitting. The hunt took place in August, so I had time to wonder and dream about the great mountains of British Columbia. After continued discussion, I chose to add a mountain goat to the hunt.
On August 14th, I arrived in Fort St. John, British Columbia. I was met by Mike, as well as Ed, a hunter from Washington. The three of us then made a three hour drive to the lodge outside Pink Mountain, British Columbia. Dixie, Mike’s wife, had prepared a great meal for us along with the children and grandchildren who had come to visit. We enjoyed a memorable night telling stories and looking at photos. Mike and I discussed how the weather had been scorching and dry late into the year. On this date, the temperatures were only about five degrees less than in Mississippi! It was apparent that the heat over the next few days was going to impact the hunt. A suggestion was made to see what the weather would bring in the next day before we went anywhere.
Early the next morning, the sky was crystal clear and we expected another hot, dry day. Later that day, after it had cooled down outside, we tied up the horses and started our hike to an area where I noticed four large peaks coming together at the base. The natural mineral lick is where a spring comes out of the rocks to create a small pond at the bottom of four different peaks, creating a cup in the timber. The elevation was not quite to the tree line, but still had exposed rock faces towering above.