“ This is a book that gets Three Readings, if not more. I raced through it the first time, like a ravenous hunter just off the mountain, tearing into a plate of fresh backstrap. I skimmed and looked for names and ogled the pictures and wondered at the new ones I had never seen, and I nearly drove off the road as I burned the truck for home. (shame for my distracted driving) Then I settled in for more and picked and gobbled up the prose. And it was wonderful. I mentally tabbed the names and places I knew and loved. I wondered at the places and names I did not know.
The Second Reading took more time. I settled in and let my mind work. I parsed the places and names and checked the road atlas. I dissected and doodled a list. I marked down little maps and areas. I used the book to create a spreadsheet of places to consider. I looked at those pictures and put on the magnifying glass. I had a new learning tool. The book is full of facts and figures and data and clues to the great mystery as the title belies – where can I find my own Dream Rams?
My third reading is just starting. I am settling in like a hunter that finds an old sheep bed up in the rocks. I have a pack for a pillow leaning up against a big old rock. Spread out in front of me is a broad long valley. It is mantled in snow at the tops, looking like a set of dentures dropped on the carpet, and fingers of timber stretch up into folds in the gumlines. Across the bottom you can see beaver dams and a small stream, gathering forces from springs and freshets draining the slopes and side valleys. This bottom is a nest of willow and shintangle and will be a problem to cross, not to mention exciting, because a sow grizzly and cub have been traveling down there. Somewhere on a green strip just across from the shining yellow cliff shaped like a heart, is a white speck moving and then another, and they must be rams. Will they be the rams of my dreams?
Bill Pastorek has written a book for the ages, capturing the past in British Columbia, from the halcyon days to present. This book portends the future, a future with the rams of our Dreams. It is a must read.”
“ Bill Pastorek’s book “Dream Rams of British Columbia” is a book like no other. The attention to detail, depth of information, pages of unbelievable photographs alone, and the captivating stories are a must for any mountain hunting enthusiast. Bill’s book should earn a place on the book shelf of any sheep hunter that has set foot in the mountains, or aspires to. Never have I come across such a comprehensive, captivating and interesting book on sheep hunting. I have asked Bill to put my name down for one of the few Conservation Editions and can not wait to purchase a copy when they are available. The Conservation Edition is not just a book, it will be an important addition to my trophy room – a symbol of all things wild sheep. Something near and dear to my heart.
I think this may be the best sheep book ever written. Well done!”