Two Once in a Lifetime Tags Filled
Matt McColly drew out two once in a life time tags this year, a feat that has never taken place in Oregon before. One for a Rocky Mountain Goat and one for a Bighorn Sheep. Matt became well known across Oregon after the feat, his odds of getting both these tags was 1 in 108,277. Matt kept quiet though as the season approached, because he did not want to say much and then get skunked.
The two hunts were not alike at all. He went with his father Dennis McColly, John Williams and Doug Mitchell. For the opening day of the bighorn hunt they headed to Sheepshead Mountain and spent 4 days in 90 degree weather searching for the bighorn sheep. On the fourth day they went in 20 miles by ATV to an area near Bone Creek and then hiked a couple more miles. Dennis and Mitchell were spotting, Matt and Williams were getting closer to a group of six rams. Matt aimed his Winchester Model 70 Classic 7mm Remington Magnum from 250 yards and fired twice. Dennis and Mitchell could not see the rams, but they did see Matt and Williams shaking hands - so knew that the first part of the hunt was filled.
Fast forward to the goat hunt, the weather was drastically different. They lost one day waiting out a storm and decided to try the north end of the Elkhorns. The party consisted of Matt, Dennis, Mitchell, and this time Dan Smith who is a taxidermist. Smith was brought along in case a trophy mount needed to be prepped. The group approached the hunt from a different direction than most other goat hunters, and on their first day were rewarded with a view of 12 goats. One they nicknamed the Volkswagen due to his large size. They decided the next day they would split and compare Volkswagen with the other goats. That ended up being the day they stayed at camp due to bad weather. The next day Mitchell and Dennis were the eyes and helped Matt and Smith on a four hour stalk of Volkswagen and another larger goat. After four hours Matt was within 100 yards, and was able to take down Volkswagen's companion who ended up being the same size if not larger.
Now Matt can tell anyone what tastes better; goat or sheep, and also be proud of a season well done. From StatesmanJournal.com.