Mongolia 2008

Mongolia 2008

DCVP cameraman, Rayno Egner, was privileged to accompany Dean Heintzelman for an unforgettable quest to the mountains and forests of Mongolia. In taking an excellent Hangai Argali ram, Dean completed his Ovis World Slam and subsequently his Triple Slam. Congratulations Dean!

Videographer Rayno Egner writes:

After a 10 hour drive south of the capital Ulaambaatar, we arrived at our camp of traditional Mongolian Gers in the Oshgig mountain range. We were hunting Hangai Argali with operator Battulga Tumurdash of Look Mongolia Tours. The landscape was treeless and dramatic and lent itself to breathtaking footage.

Luck was on Dean’s side and after some hiking through the mountains on day one, the guides spotted a shooter. Dean made an excellent one-shot-kill at 300 yards and was rewarded with a fine trophy ram of over 10 years of age.

With 9 days left to spare, Dean decided to hunt a Mongolian Wolf. We travelled north of the capital to an area near the Russian border. The topography was quite a contrast from the Oshgig mountains, and comprised scenic forests and rolling grasslands. Wolves are problematic in these parts and regularly prey on the local’s livestock. As a result, we had many local people helping us to locate the wolves and to drive them out to us. On a driven hunt, Dean made an exceptional 400 yard shot in heavy crosswinds. It was a clean kill and the wolf dropped where he stood.

In addition to the excellent hunting, it was also great to capture some of the sights, arts and cultures of Mongolia on film. It is a trip that will not be forgotten and I feel honoured to produce a documentary of Dean’s adventure.

Click here to see what Dean Heintzelman had to say about having his hunt filmed.