Miranda’s Most Memorable Hunt and 2016 Goal
SCHEELS Professional Bow Hunter
Most Memorable Hunt
I actually have a long list of very exciting and memorable hunts. Sure a few stand out like my first Alaskan brown bear where the bear walked into bow range and stood up on his back legs and stared me down or even my last brown bear where the cameraman dropped the camera as the bear charged into 20 yards where I arrowed him in the chest. My Stone sheep hunt in British Columbia, considered the toughest wild sheep to take with a bow; I arrowed mine on the first day of the hunt, first time up the mountain. Firsts are always special. I went on five leopard hunts to finally arrow one and five moose hunts before arrowing one. In fact, I consider moose the most “under-rated” big game hunt in North America. Hunting the Bezoar Ibex in Turkey or an African bull elephant might be some of the toughest bow hunts on the planet.
But I think my Bighorn sheep hunt in the Canmore bow zone of Alberta would be my most memorable hunt to date.
Yet after 14 days, on the last day of November, 2006, the last day of the season, I arrowed a great Canmore ram at 60 yards. The hunt was triumphant because I didn’t give up. The conditions were horrible and the challenge immense. Yet sometimes the toughest hunts are the hunts where things go wrong, are the ones that you remember most. At the time you just want to be warm, “shoot out” and have the hunt be over, or worse yet, you want to give up. But it’s these types of mental challenges that toughen a man’s spirit. This hunt gave me the confidence to hunt more sheep and to eventually take the archery Grand Slam of wild sheep and then Super Slam of North American Big Game. Tough hunts are often the most memorable because they are the hardest won.
Biggest Goal for 2016
Typically a bowhunter would be happy with taking a buck in whitetail season. Better yet, consider harvesting an elk in September and whitetail in October as a “stellar season”. However my job involves hunting and my contract with the Outdoor Channel requires the production 18 original episodes each year. Because I only hunt with bow and arrow, eighteen successful bow hunts is a tall order.
Often the hunts I do are “dream hunts”. Going to exotic places and hunting animals many viewers will never hunt and this season is no different. Soon I will fly to Europe to hunt Cantabrian chamois; a small, hooked horn goat that lives in the beautiful mountains of Northern Spain. The history of Spain is amazing and the challenges of hunting mountain animals with bow and broadheads is always tough. Another trip this year is to the Congo in pursuit of the elusive bongo and yellow-backed duiker. Silver back gorilla’s live in the Congo and to see one in the wild would be worth the trip, bongo or no bongo. I have many more hunts in many different parts of the world – all exciting – all challenging. My biggest goal this season is to keep it real, enjoy these adventures and bring you the best in Adventure bow hunts from around the world.