Finally got pix of a ram my buddy Nate found. He helped me out on my sheep hunt last fall and found a few elk sheds while looking for sheep. Last month we went back into the area to look for fresh sheds.
We were spread out about 100 yards from each other and only a 1/4 mile from where we had camped wile hunting. When we heard him yell "get over here". I was expecting to see a 200" buck by the way he was hooting and hollering.(Nates a mule deer guy, elk antlers don't excite him for some reason) My other buddy Cody and I could not believe it when we saw the dead ram laying there. He was laying about 15 feet from a slick rock mesa. He fell at least 100 feet and had landed on a juniper tree at the base of the cliff. I'm not sure if a lion drug him out of the tree or if he managed to flop out of it before he died but you could tell by all the busted branches he definitely landed on the tree.
After a long smelly pack out we headed down to the DOW office to check it in. We showed the local officer and he said Nate could not keep it. You should of seen the look on his face.
We insisted that you can keep pickups and after a couple phone calls the officer agreed. However they did not plug it and it is non transferable. We had to show them were we found it on the map and I called the sheep biologist I got to know last fall and let him know exactly were the ram died.
I had seen this ram during my sheep hunt on a mesa about a mile north of where he died. He was with a herd that had two rams in it that were bigger than him. One full curl and one curl and a 1/4. I tried to get up to them but there was no way up the mesa without rock climbing gear or a helicopter. I was never able to find them later in my hunt.
The ram was about 9 years old, gross scored 168 and nets just under 165
Nate truly found the pickup of a lifetime.