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Barbary Sheep Scouting Trip 3

Just got back from the Guadalupe Mountains after a long day of glassing for Barbary Sheep.

We did lots of walking and spotted no sheep. I now have a decision to make. Should I still hunt the places that I've scouted or try new areas during the hunting season?

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That's a tough one.

That's a tough one. Especially if you know sheep have been in the area before. I guess I would still move on looking for new areas though.

the country looks perfect and exactly the same as the areas I have taken both of mine. Another note is that both of mine were taken while coming to water, if you can find some. the first one was a natural depression where the water collected and the second was a seep at the head of a draw. Small groups were seen coming to the same area from different directions on both days I was there. The Devil's river with moving water seemed to have no attraction to them at all though.

Good luck and I hope it gets better.

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Have you seen them before

Have you seen them before where you are scouting? If not and you still haven't found them by the time that the season comes around I think that I would try another area.

While I have never hunted them they are like any other animal and will move around. So if they are not where you are you will need to move to where they are.

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What Critter said.  If you

What Critter said.  If you have seen them there before, and are confident they will return to that area, stick it out.  If not, and if you are not seeing much/any sign, I'd go looking elsewhere.

 

Goo luck!

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Well, I still have a couple

Well, I still have a couple of weeks to come up with a plan. I don't know what it'll be just yet.

Wish me luck!!!

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Barbary Sheep

I have never hunted them in NM but I have in Texas.

I have found them to be very nomadic and not creatures of habit but you can predictabley find them in the right habitat.  Stay to the rough hard stuff.  If you are working the Rim, stick to the top 1/3, maybe top 1/2. 

Good luck!

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I will be up on the top 1/3

I will be up on the top 1/3 of the rim. I want to give that area a fair chance since I've spent so much time already getting to know those canyons. I'm still unsure if I should hunt from the top of the ridges or if I should stay on the canyon bottoms. It appears that those Barbary sheep could be anywhere at any given time.

If nothing comes together the first week or so I'll try my other options. 

Any feedback will always be appretiated. Thanks!!!

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My hunting of them is limited

My hunting of them is limited but I've been fortunate and seen many. Most of my hunting was on top glassing across and down. 90% of the sheep were seen on top or in the top 1/4.

The only exception was one morning in very high winds when nearly all the sheep were in the bottom 1/3 of the canyons to avoid it.

They could show up anywhere especialy if you can find water they go down for.

Good luck again.

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