Just got back from our sheep hunt in Wyo, Man what a hunt we had a great time and got a couple of great sheep here is a pic of my dad on the right and our hunter Jerry. We got them on Monday the 4th.
Fantastic! Great looking Rams! It looks like you were on the top of the world. Did you see many Rams, run into any Grizzlies?
Were you with your Dad when He shot his? When you get some time, Please share the hunts with us.....
They said the one on the left to be 8 and the one on the right to be 8-1/2 or 9.
I will try to give the short version of the hunt,
I left on Sunday the 27th from NM and drove to Evanston WY where I picked up my Trailer and 4 mules and spent the night. The next morning headed up to Dubois where I met my dad and jerry (our other hunter from MI) we slept in the trailers at trail head that night. Woke the next morning packed the anomals with food and gear and made the LONG 8 hour trip into where we would camp we got camp all set up at around 7:00pm short dinner and off to bed.
Woke Wednesday to our first day of scouting, scouted Wednesday and Thursday with no sight of mature rams only small rams, ewes and lambs. First day of season was the same as the 2 days before. On Saturday morning at around 9:00am we found our first mature ram full curl around 160 class. as we made a plan do go into the hell hole they called home it was just a short 1 hour hike into the bottom. We were unable to find the ram as we think he was camped out in the trees, We headed back out of his home a short 3 hour climb on hands and knees as the canyon was so steep. No problem getting to sleep that night.
Sunday brought new light and hopes as we found another good ram to go after but as luck would have it half way down the canyon we find him and his buddies heading over the top never to be seen again STRIKE TWO.
Monday morning found us all a little slower then the days before as we are getting older and more out of shape then we care to admit but off to the top we went on our daily 2-1/2 hour mule ride. As we split up to check different canyons myself and Jerry in one and dad in another, I find a shooter ram heading into the trees. As I glassed to make sure he did not slip over the top Jerry went to get dad. As I never saw the ram come out of the trees we made a plan for a stalk. The only way to get close was to walk down the top of the ridge which was nothing but steep loose rock. As we figured he had bedded down for the mid morning we took our time and made our stalk. As we approached the end of the ridge which had a 75' sheer drop at the end we figured we would be around 150 yds above them we glassed the trees and surrounding area and could not find them. We figured STRIKE THREE, but as I looked down the canyon I spot 2 rams coming out of thr trees below. As I watch 5 rams in all with 2 shooters come out into the open I get dad and Jerry into position and figure who will take which ram. I range them at 299yds Jerry is first at the heavy ram and dad will take the full curl. First shot goes over the top of the ram as the steep angle dose not let the bullet drop as we expected (to him to hold dead on sighted in for 200) second shot still high, third shot finds it's mark right thru the lungs. Dads first shot right thru the top of the sholder and down thru the leg (Almost shooting straight down on him) second shot couldn't tell ya. As both rams get into the trees and not coming out we sat there for around 10 min. couldn't take it any more. We headed down into the trees after them we figured Jerry's was done as I seen where he was hit so after dad's we went. We found his ram lieing on the edge of the trees very much alive as dad put another round in right behind the shoulder the stood and ran down hill into another patch of timber. As we approached the second patch of timber we found him piled up and we had our ram. After all the high five's and hugs we went and found Jerry's ram right where we figured and the high five's started all over. After we got the animals cleaned and caped we hauled the headed and capes out that night and the next morning me and Jerry retrieved the meat. We packed up camp and headed out on Wednesday and I was able to get back to NM on Friday. Just in time to get clothes washed and repacked as I head to WY for archery elk on the 15th.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...