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The Altai Argali are known as the largest species of wild sheep in the world. They are truly one of the great wildlife spectacles on planet earth, and perhaps one of the great conservation stories as well. At one time, these prehistoric wild sheep were decimated by illegal poaching and diseases transmitted from domestic livestock. Today, through diligent conservation efforts made by the Mongolian government and cooperation from the nomadic herders, the Altai Argali thrive in the upper reaches of western Mongolia.
I was lucky enough to spend 26 days in the mountains of Mongolia chasing these magnificent creatures with my cameras, and often times got pinned down in vast boulder fields unable to move because of the visibility and exposure to the sheep. Fortunately we had Swarovski glass in combination with PhoneSkope products and an iPhone 6+ that helped us zoom in on massive bands of mature rams without being detected.
This particular sequence was mostly filmed from 1,800 yards away with nothing more than two or three large boulders to hide behind.
The benefit this combination of equipment offered us for long distance scouting is indescribable. We could literally make decisions as to pursue or not pursue because we could see every ram so well. This technique, which is very popular now amongst big game hunters, is an invaluable tool to help achieve our goals of select harvest.