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Day 1 of Nate's 2009/2010 Bighorn Sheep Hunt
Sat, 12/26/2009 - 02:58
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.