Planning for 2021 by Larry Weishuhn
Planning for 2021
by Larry Weishuhn
The year that was, looms behind us. What the morrow will bring only time will tell. As for me, I am indeed looking forward to new adventures in 2021.
Hopefully with COVID vaccines becoming more and more available, borders will once again start opening and travel will again become safe. With that said, I have my eye on several DSC Auction hunts I hope to “procure” during DSC’s Virtual Event (go to www.biggame.org for more details and to sign up for the auction). Those of most interest will take me to Europe for various big game species. Over the past several years I have hunted numerous European countries such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Scotland and even England.
Two friends Dan Walker and Jerry Baker, and I had planned to hunt Spain with Pedro Alarcon this past October, unfortunately we were unable to do so. Currently we have rescheduled for this coming fall. My personal goal on that hunt, other than returning to Spain, a country I thoroughly previously enjoyed hunting for South Western and Beceite ibex, as well as roe deer, is to hunt Ronda ibex. Can hardly wait for this hunt to happen.
Having previously hunted Spain with a Ruger No. 1 in .275 Rigby, topped with a Trijicon AccuPoint and shooting Hornady’s Custom 140-grain SP for ibex and roe deer, I suspect I will stick with that combination if I get to return.
One of the North American big game species I plan on concentrating on during 2021 is mule deer. Currently I have hunts planned in Baja, Mexico, the lower Texas Panhandle and a hunt in Colorado. Then, if there is still time and money left I hope to return once again to hunt desert mule deer in Sonora, Mexico. To me the mule deer rank truly high, if not on the top of my list as most impressive and fun to hunt big game in North America, the iconic western species certainly ranks near the top!
Of course too, there are always whitetails in my future. My most look forward to hunt for the year will be with North River Outfitting in Alberta with my old friend Ron Nemetchek. Ron’s area is truly special to me, not just because of the monstrously antlered whitetails that live there, but time spent with a dear friend. One lucky person, whoever wins the bid for the hunt with North River Outfitting through our DSC auction in February will be able to join me on that hunt.
I have several rifles and possibly Ruger revolvers I plan on using on theses hunts. The .44 Mag, .454 Casull and .480 Ruger revolvers will be topped with Trijicon RMR and SRO sights. As for rifles. During the tail end of 2020 I procured a Ruger M77 African in .280 Ackley Improved, another Ruger M77 African in .300 Win Mag., a .30-06 Ruger No. 1, and I’m looking for another Ruger No. 1 or two, including another .275 Rigby. My choice for mule deer will be both the .280 Ackley Improved and a .300 Win Mag. All will be topped with Trijicon optics, mostly likely Trijicon AccuPoints, although I may put a Tenmile scope on the new .300 Win Mag. Too, with the .300 Win Mag and the .280 Ackely Improved I will be shooting the appropriate Hornady Precision Hunter ammo.
I also hope to add a couple of hunts with friends and family, as well as a couple fishing trips. Have long wanted to catch a monstrous alligator gar, hopefully 2021 will be the year.
What’s on your list for this coming year?