This fall, Jim tagged his biggest bull moose to date. Although he would like to take credit for all of it, Jim says the backstory is a little more complicated. Hunting with a guide that works for his Rogue River Outfitting company in the remote wilderness of the Yukon, Jim says he actually had some back and forth with the guide as he thought the bull was too young and too small. His guide told him that he was making a mistake. Jim says he was actually a bit upset about it and ended up shooting the bull anyway, anticipating that he would show the guide that he was wrong. Instead, when he walked up on the bull he found that he had downed the largest bodied and antlered moose he's ever taken that ended up measuring 72-inches wide. If you were going to score the bull by Boone and Crockett standards, Jim says, it would net around 240 points and certainly find a nice place in the record books.
Despite what many people may think, Jim says moose are pretty tough creatures to get the drop on. "A mature bull moose, not in the rut, if it doesn't want to be found, you won't find it. It can literally hide in a one-acre patch of willows for two weeks and you can stand there and watch and you will never see that moose. It'll move at night, but you'll never see it. People see the footage of moose during the rut and they think, "Oh moose are dumb". But that's not true at all. Moose are fearless, is a better way to describe it. They are the only big game animal on the planet that when it knows you're not another moose, it doesn't care. It's going to continue to come in and either fight you, or make love to you. So, it's not because they are dumb, it's because they are unafraid of us. They can be very difficult, extremely difficult, to hunt."
While in the Yukon, Jim also spent some time in mountain caribou country. Mountain caribou live in some pretty rugged terrain, Jim says, noting that he has seen them up higher than where the sheep go, right on the tops of the mountains. The mountain caribou are the largest of the caribou subspecies, body wise and their antlers are right up there as well. What they have that other subspecies don't are heavier antlers, more bone, making for more massive racks. Because moose and caribou can be found in some of the same haunts, it can open the door for combo hunts. At his Rogue River Outfitting territory, they provide hunters with the opportunity to do combination moose/caribou hunts, something they typically have a pretty high success rate in helping their hunters achieve. A hunter can even tack on a grizzly hunt and go after three species. It's a pretty difficult task, but it can be done, Jim says.
Jim will also talk about hunting for economic necessity and his own upbringing that demanded success on a hunt in order to pad the winter food supply. Jim will also discuss why successful hunters have always been held in high esteem throughout history, and reveal a surprising study that he was a part of that put him up next to some of today's biggest professional athletes and found that women prefer a man with his qualities over all of the other famous faces combined.
Be sure to watch "Shock Therapy" on Outdoor Channel, Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET and anytime on MyOutdoorTV as Jim and his guests take a deep dive into and relive a 25-year archive of what is some of the best hunting and adventure footage ever filmed by Shockey and his crew.