Gohunt $22,500 Dall Sheep Hunt Giveaway – Really?

When I hear the word “giveaway,” I am naturally suspicious. I question the hype and evaluate the odds. Each company works hard to build excitement around these offerings. It is usually loud and proud. A call to action offsets the company’s investment. Sign Up Now! Limited Time Only! Follow Us Today! Enter Here! It’s these type of giveaways that are becoming such common place that my senses have been dulled. At this point it would take a bull horn to the ear for me to listen.

GoHUNT’s INSIDER giveaway for June would be the equivalent of a bull horn to BOTH ears. A dream of mine would be to chase white monarch rams in the Northwest territory. GoHUNT INSIDER is giving away a $22,500 dall sheep hunt that would put you in Canada’s Northwest territory this August!

The question is, should you and I buy into the hype?

Are your chances just as good as the next person? Will goHUNT follow through and deliver? Who are the winners? How are they chosen? If a winner can’t accept or doesn’t accept the giveaway, will another winner be selected? Could it really be me? Could it really be you?

I contacted www.gohunt.com on a mission to find the answers to the above questions and more. I half expected them to tell me that the company does not share confidential information about their winners or their giveaways. I was pleasantly surprised when goHUNT opened their doors and business with zero hesitation. Company President Lorenzo Sartini was an open book. With a little research I have identified everything you need to know about June’s INSIDER giveaway.

GoHUNT.com INSIDER June Giveaway Detail:

  • TOTAL VALUE: $22,500
  • Where: Mackenzie Mountain (Northwest Territory), Canada
  • Outfitter: Nahanni Butte Outfitters
  • Dates: August 3-15, 2015
  • All Inclusive: Food, Lodging, Guide Fees, and $2,500 Travel Voucher
  • Success Rate: Nearing 100%
  • Potential: Trophy sheep area with the possibility of taking a 40″+ ram. (Ave. Horn Length 36″-37″)

How do we know the winners are real people and not your personal contacts or family and friends? What is the process of randomly selecting a winner?

Sartini: “We perform a random drawing at the end of each month and announce the winners the first business day of that month. Each INSIDER member will receive one entry per month. You can check out all of our previous INSIDER giveaways and winners online.”

Here is the process for drawing the winner

  • Export active members
  • Add accounts created for members (from spreadsheet)
  • Import into text utility (each user gets a unique row)
  • Permute the lines by “shuffle” 3 times.GOHUNT GIVEAWAY

How do you qualify to be a winner of an INSIDER giveaway?

In order to be eligible for goHUNT’s monthly giveaway you will have to sign up for INSIDER by midnight the day before the drawing. An INSIDER membership is $149 per year. Your membership in INSIDER gives you full access to all the research tools you need to have your best hunting season yet. It puts everything you need to know in one spot conveniently located online. All INSIDERS are automatically entered into our monthly giveaways.

Sartini: “You will notice right away that we value our members. Simply put we are the most aggressive in regards to industry giveaways. We reinvest into our members.”

What happens to the prizes left unclaimed or in the case a winner cannot accept?

Sartini: “Winners will be contacted by email and will have three days to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond within three days, goHUNT will offer the prize to an alternate until we have a winner. But for the record, we have not had any unclaimed giveaways so far.”

This month’s INSIDER dall sheep hunt giveaway is slightly different than normal:

  • On July 1st we will draw one winner and five alternates.
  • The winner will be called at 9am PST.
  • The winner has three chances to answer and will be called every 10 minutes.
  • If goHUNT does not hear from the winner, they will move on to alternate number 1 and so on.
  • Once they have connected with a winner by phone, the winner will have 60 minutes to tell goHUNT they accept or deny the hunt. The hunt is NON-transferable. The winner must be the one to actually hunt.

What has been the most rewarding giveaway to date?

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Sartini: “In February, we gave away three P2PX Extreme Range Magnum Red Rock Precision custom rifles, each with a Huskemaw 5x20x50 Blue Diamond scope. We gave away $22,800 in rifles. Three INSIDER members now have top of the line rifles for this hunting season. They could not be happier.”

Sartini: “We think our up-and-coming dall sheep hunt is going to end up being the most rewarding giveaway that we have ever done. We are going to make someone’s dream hunt come true. The added excitement of making this happen in such a short amount of time for someone is going to be fun to watch and be a part of. It is very rare to get a chance to hunt sheep and we feel this is the opportunity of a lifetime!”

My Conclusion: This giveaway is a true level playing field for any goHUNT member. The reality is you or I could be hunting dall sheep in approximately 8 weeks!  These guys are honest in their approach and unmatched in their giveaways.

Winning this hunt would be an absolute dream; however, the ever expanding resource that is INSIDER is worth every bit of $149. I paid it. I utilized this and other tools as I applied to various states in 2015. I drew a Utah limited entry Wasatch elk tag. To say I am excited to chase bulls on the Wasatch would be an understatement. Although I didn’t need INSIDER as much for Utah, it was key to my first time attempt in other states. Worth it at $149? In my opinion yes. Worth it at $149 and a dall sheep hunt?  Ahhhhhh….PHONE SKOPE

GO HUNT GIVEAWAY

 

To My Little Huntress

Dear Kate,

Your recent comment took your mom by surprise. She called me at work to tell me about her experience. What you said was both sweet and heart wrenching. “Mom, if you have a boy Dad won’t want to take me hunting and fishing anymore.” You are aware of your Mom’s desire for number five. Maybe we will finally get that boy? That concerns you. I am trying to come to terms with the idea of five kids as well.

My concerns are different than your concern. I want to give you and your sisters every opportunity the world has to offer. I wasn’t sure how I would take care of one and here we are at four. Your grandpa Heiner always says, “each child will bring its own bread.” It is his way of saying the Lord will provide a way. I always laugh and tell him “that is easy for you to say when I am the one footing the bill.” To grandpa’s credit things seem to work out.

Kate, it is important that you know a hundred boys could not replace you. You are irreplaceable. You have a toughness about you that a boy could only hope to match. It seems natural for a son to hunt and fish with his dad. It is truly special to have a daughter that wants those same things. You are just as capable of weathering the storm. You are just as able to climb the hill. You are just as strong to handle a horse.

Kate, you need to understand two things. You are irreplaceable. You are strong. As a result you will always be welcome in my camp!

Love,

Dad

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Utah Elk Hunt 2012

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Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning #elkhunt

Welcome to the second installment of “Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning.” In this article we will be taking a closer look at hashtag #elkhunt. The photos are indeed stunning beginning with Hilary Maybery’s featured image up top! Maybery’s photo shoot with this young female hunter, her dad, and her bull are some of the best images ever captured of an elk hunter. Visit www.hilarymaybery.com to learn more!

You may have read my 1st article in this series? If not, you can find it here. The instragram users featured in both articles are a must follow for anyone interested in amazing photography, hunting, and the outdoors.

As you read each #hashtag article, it is important to understand their three-part purpose.

1. Pay due respect to the animals we are blessed to hunt.

2. Highlight stunning photography and “must follow” instagram users.

3. Bring positive awareness to the sport of hunting and fishing. 

I hold some pretty strong beliefs on the topic of hunting, fishing, and conservation. One such belief addresses harvest pictures and how they are captured. I believe the pictures you take are an indication of the level of respect you have for the animal and the sport. You do not need to be a professional photographer to adequately show respect in the field; however, take the time to prep the photo in the most respectful way possible on your next hunt.

As mentioned, this post will highlight hashtag #elkhunt over a period of 52 weeks. For me, this hashtag brings back memories of hunting big bull elk on the Wasatch and young spike bulls in the Book Cliffs of Utah. If the bugle of elk gets your blood pumping you will surely enjoy this one!

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1. @caseylavere @gethusin (Casey Lavere): You are probably familiar with hit youtube channel “Hushin With LaVere.” Casey has created a youtube and instagram following that is unmatched in the hunting industry. Key to creating such a huge following is great content. Great content is the foundation of all that comes out of the Hushin camp. Nice work Casey and the Hushin team! What a great photo! Follow Casey on instagram @caseylavere and @gethushin.

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2. @stripnut (Garrett Carr): I have seen this picture with a few different types of edits. This edit resonated with me. I love the subtle color in this shot. Oh, did I mention the bull is a giant? Assuming @stripnut isn’t out chasing screaming bulls, you will likely find him on the Arizona strip looking for giant mule deer. This guy knows how to find big bucks on the strip. Go follow @stripnut today and get your hunt fix of Arizona mulies and bruiser bulls.

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3. @steinerteamamerica @rvmatt (Pictured: Matt Neddermeyer): Steiner has taken some amazing shots @steinerteamamerica. They make some pretty awesome products as well! Although this Top 10 list is in no particular order, this is certainly a favorite. That being said, it would take a monster bull to make me cross a river like that! Nice work @steinerteamamerica. Way to brave the elements @rvmatt. What an epic shot.

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4. @backcountrymulies (Derik Henderson): This photo is really quite simple; however, don’t let it fool you. @backcountrymulies paid close attention to its setup. You’ll notice no gaping exit wound, hanging tongue, or decapitated head. A level of respect is given to this old bull and it’s well deserved! Take a look at those swords! Go follow @backcountrymulies for some more amazing photos!

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5. @mattforsyth7 (Matt Forsyth): This guy is a hunting fool! Everything about this picture is cool. The blood even works well in this shot and represents the hard work that goes into preserving game meat and packing it out. Matt’s love for the sport is obvious. Go check out his stellar track record @mattforsyth7.

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6. @hillarymayberyphoto www.hillarymaybery.com (Hillary Mayberry): How about the cover photo to this article? Simply amazing. This shot is no different and Hillary nails it yet again. I love how this photo highlights a young female hunter.

Many of you know I have 4 daughters. I am surrounded by girls. It is the confidence of this young hunter which I hope to instill in each of my daughters. Hillary did a great job capturing the quite confidence and power of this young hunter. Go visit www.hillarymaybery.com for some amazing photography.

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7. @eric_chesser (Eric Chesser): This bull, this picture and this hunter is better understood by watching Eric’s hunt on film. CLICK HERE The video is amazing! Dubbed the “Fire Bull,” this bull sent Eric on a epic journey. For this reason, I love this photo. It screams perseverance, hard work, and dedication. This film can be found on “Hushin With Lavere” and is a must see for anyone that is passionate about hunting. Follow @eric_chesser on instagram today!

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8. @chuckopenseasontv (Chuck Paddock): This picture requires very little commentary. As owner and host at www.openseasontv.com, Chuck understands what it means to effectively capture a moment through video and photography. This is certainly one moment well captured. Nice work @chuckopenseasontv and team on an absolutely stunning photo finish. Be sure to watch for Open Season TV on the Pursuit Channel and follow Chuck @chuckopenseasontv.

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9. @dagger8armory: I can see it in their eyes. We have all been there as we scan the horizon, sidehill, and deep canyons. Nothing is more intense than the search. It plays games with your mind. Each bush seems to end up as a well placed elk decoy whose sole purpose is to take your eye off the ball. I love the edit on this shot @dagger8armory. Nice work on a great photo!

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10. @greatoudoorstudios (Michael Engelmeyer): This photo is unbelievable. Every single photo posted to @greatoutdoorstudios and www.greatoutdoorstudios.com is unbelievable. I was raised on the back of a horse. Many times I have tried to capture this exact image to no avail. Nice work @greatoutdoorstudios on rounding off our list with an absolute stunner!

Now the only question remaining is are you now following these 10+ instagram users? If not, you are missing the boat on amazing content. While you are at it be sure to follow me @jdheinerblog.

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