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Day 1 of Nate's 2009/2010 Bighorn Sheep Hunt

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Day 1 of Nate's Sheep Hunt

Dec 19, 2009

  Day 1 of a 2 month long season. Well, It started pretty early, Nate, Eric, there Father Paul, and I  packed in about 3 miles or so and set up to glass. From our vantage point we could see along way. It wasn't until about 9:30 when the first heard of Sheep was spotted. Then we moved closer to another vantage point to get a better look. 5 Ram's 15 ewe's and yearlings, one of the Ram's being a really nice one in the high 170's. Me personally, I know how to score, but not very good with feild judging sheep at all. Nate, and Eric had to sit through a 8 hour class in order to get his tag and to learn how to feild judge them because you can't just shoot any ram. So with only 2 Ram being taking with archery equipment in california, any legal Ram with a bow, with the State's scoreing system will now be the new state record. Anyway back to the second vantage point, after watching the Sheep for a couple of hours the stalk was on Nate the hunter, and Eric the camera man. They closed the distance in half. The terain was really open making the stalk tough. One Ram and 3 ewe's busted them and there they went. The rest of that afternoon was spent behind the glass trying to find some more Sheep for the next morning. Right about 1 hour before dark there was a large Ram spotted along way off, so day one's  total was 21 Sheep 6 Rams and 15 ewe's.   Nate = 0  Sheep = 1

  I'll tell you what, them Sheep are crazy, the place's they run through and like to hang out in. The hike up in the morning was not to bad, but there was a couple of place's that were questionable for me at least. On the hike out I was alone and I was hung up in one spot for a while. stomage in knotts and knee's cramping up not a good filling.  Then to look down some of this stuff and know if you fall there is nothing to grab on to or break your fall. I'm not B.S.ing I was scared for a second. Well that was day 1.   Nate, and eric are out there for 2 weeks. I get up dated every day but it's Nate story to tell. I'm sure he's going to have a hell-of-a story for you guy's and hopefully the new archery state record BigHorn Sheep to share with ever one.

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Thanks for the update Chad..........how was the weather up there......can't wait to hear the outcome of this one.......that can sure be some rough country up there...you going back up?

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Wow, crazy, scary and awesome all at the same time! I hope Nate pulls this one off and everyone stays safe. I can't wait to hear the other stories and see some of the footage.

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What's the latest? Ed F

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What happened? Is he done? Ed F

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Its done!!!

We were done a week ago, and have been trying to catch up on work since. Nathan is still swamped, so I will share his story.

 

Look for a more detailed story by Nathan in the near future.

 

Opening day left us with a great respect for the sight of these sheep.

About 9:00 AM on the first day of the hunt, Chad had glassed up a large herd of sheep about 1500 yds away. They fed for about an hour and bedded. We decided to make our stalk up a wash into the canyon they were bedding in. About 300 yards into the stalk...WE WERE BUSTED! I couldnt believe it. They ended up running over a mile away. Right then I knew this was going to be very tuff.

There wasnt any gover in the whole area, just ankle high bushes. Our plan was to bed a herd down and try and sneek around and on top of them. We tried this multiple times during the next few days only to keep getting busted. The sheep seem to always bed near the top of a ridge or knoll, and spread out around the whole are so that the herd has eyes 360 degees around for safety.

It is near impossible to get within bow range in this area.....so after 9 days of fruitless effort(We only had 14 days to hunt) Nathan decided to get out the 300 WIN Mag.  This is a "once in a lifetime" tag and he wasnt about to let it become tag soup.

We were still gonna pack the bow too, just in case we got a good opportunity.

We ended up finding a herd the next day at first light. We quickly turned the 600 yard gap to 350. I spotted for Nathan as he used the top of a ridge as a rest. As soon as the the large ram turned broadside, Nathan let him have it.I saw him drop right in his tracks and immediatly started jumping up and down and yelling. Nathan didnt even know that he had hit the ram. We I said "you dropped him" it sank in! We hugged, high-fived, and jumped up and down for at least 5 minutes.

Nathan really wanted to get this done with his bow, but due to the time contraint and zero cover he harvested his once in a lifetime TROPHY with his rifle.

I will have the memories of this awesome hunt with my brother forever.

Here are some pics:

 

 

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Fricken awsome. Congrats. I love sheep and will some day hunt them. Congrats. Ed F

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 DANG!!!   AWESOME JOB NATE!!!  LOVE THE PICS!!!  Chad coulnt stop talking about the terrain and the places these animals hang out, from what he was saying you guys were nearly risking your life to get within bow range, I cant blame you for not wanting to add this one to the tag soup!!!  

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Great job on a once in a life time opportunity. hope I get a chance some day.

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Awesome story and CONGRATS NATE! You rock! Bow or gun that is a super animal. I am super stoked for you. Thanks for sharing Eric. I know you guys all put in a lot of heard work to get that ram. Soooo friggin cool!

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Congrats on a great Ram & some realy good pics !!!!!

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What an awesome story and pictures...Congrats on your trophy Nate....it's been hard not to congrat you till now i saw the photo on my way to AZ. last week....nothing like gettin it done with family to boot.....once again congratulations!!!!!!!

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Nate,

I am living through you right now. A magnificent ram and great story. The ultimate team brother hammer down on a great ram. You guys are studs !!!

 

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 That is absolutely, hands down bad A$$! Way to go on a once in a lifetime ram! Eric... Call me when you have a moment, I just got home last night.

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What an awsome hunt and trophy! There is no shame in using a rifle to get it done either.

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Bow, Rifle, no matter. What does matter is NO GUIDE. No one took you by the hand and brought you to the ram. Just like you, I would want to get one with a bow but would probably do the same in the end. Is it good eats??

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Great article nate!  Nothing gets better than nabbing a big horn and pound a victory ale.

This site is awesome.  I will try to promote it as much as possible.

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Awesome article nate! cant wait to do some calling again! see you soon

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