This beautiful mouflon cross ram was the result of one of my most physically challenging hunts in recent times!
Arrow One Ranch is owned and operated by Professional Hunter Jeff Grundhauser, himself an avid bowhunter and seasoned international hunter.
The ranch is steeped in Hawaiian history and has been in the family since 1875. The 1000 acre hunting area offers some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever hunted, and breathtaking views across the ‘Valley Isle’
Jeff’s family used to manage the exotic game reserve on the Island of Molokai. This gave him the idea of creating his own game reserve bock on Maui, which opened to hunters in 1999.
When I arrived at Jeff’s house it was still completely dark and the weather was pretty ghastly. It was raining heavily, but I was excited about the day ahead.
We waited for the weather to abate before heading down to the hunting area to get started.
I was hoping to use the AYA No.1 9.3x74mm double rifle but due to the crappy weather conditions and volcanic lava rock carpeting the ground, I chose my Sauer 202 Classic in .308 with Zeiss Victory FL Diavari 4-16×50 instead.
It was lucky I did to as I managed to lose my footing on more than one occasion, which would have resulted in irreparable damage to 90 hours worth of custom engraving!
With the wet, but humid conditions lightweight gear was essential. I wore my Garlands 6 pocket cargo pants, Swedteam Creep Fleece Jacket & short sleeved technical T-Shirt, Hunters Specialties gloves and Danner Jackal GTX II boots all in Realtree APG.
This high-performance technical clothing was complemented by some high end accessories including the fantastic Markhor Savanne 18L backpack & the awesome Zeiss Victory FL 10×45 T* range finding binoculars.
It didn’t take long to see why Jeff is so well respected in the hunting world. Not only is he an experienced hunter and expert guide, but he’s also an incredibly nice guy! It was a pleasure spending time with him.
Although I was planning to shoot a ram during the trip, at the time we spotted him we were still hunting for axis deer. We just happened across the herd of sheep, almost by accident!
We’d been hunting the deer pretty hard all day, but the lack of wind and continuous rain had made the going very difficult.
Although we saw quite a few deer, but didn’t get the opportunity to take a shot at a buck, at least not a mature one anyway!
It was late in the afternoon and we were stalking into a small group of deer when Jeff spotted a herd of around 16 sheep – mostly ewes but with one large ram.
We had the choice to either follow the deer or take the ram. He was a beauty so I decided to take him and return the following day for my buck. In the end I was pleased with my choice!
A full hunt report will be published in an upcoming issue of Sporting Rifle magazine.