Carbon Express Arrows
Colorado Archery Sheep Season - Round 1
Wild Sheep
Contributors to this thread:
Ramhunter 26-Aug-15
Ermine 26-Aug-15
Rock 27-Aug-15
Chasewild 03-Sep-15
brettpsu 03-Sep-15
bowaddict 07-Dec-15
hunt'n addict 07-Dec-15
Cazador 07-Dec-15
bowaddict 07-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 07-Dec-15
bowaddict 07-Dec-15
SDHNTR(home) 07-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 07-Dec-15
BULELK1 08-Dec-15
Mark Watkins 08-Dec-15
Stekewood 08-Dec-15
Treeline 08-Dec-15
Bowboy 08-Dec-15
otcWill 08-Dec-15
kota-man 08-Dec-15
njbuck 08-Dec-15
OFFHNTN 08-Dec-15
bowaddict 08-Dec-15
bowaddict 08-Dec-15
BOWNUTCO 08-Dec-15
CO Oak 08-Dec-15
ridgerunnerron 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
Mark Watkins 08-Dec-15
Mad Trapper 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
Yellowjacket 08-Dec-15
Mad Trapper 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
Zackman 08-Dec-15
wkochevar 08-Dec-15
Quinn @work 08-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 08-Dec-15
Dennis Razza 08-Dec-15
critrgitr 08-Dec-15
bowaddict 08-Dec-15
IdyllwildArcher 09-Dec-15
Shrewski 09-Dec-15
Julius K 09-Dec-15
Treeline 09-Dec-15
Treeline 09-Dec-15
Treeline 09-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 09-Dec-15
Hoot 09-Dec-15
Mad Trapper 09-Dec-15
sticksender 09-Dec-15
chasin bugles 09-Dec-15
critrgitr 10-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 10-Dec-15
SedaliaJay 10-Dec-15
Hoot 11-Dec-15
critrgitr 11-Dec-15
Liv2HntBigBullz 31-Dec-15
MATHEWSSHOOTER 01-Jan-16
SteveB 01-Jan-16
bowaddict 06-Jan-16
wkochevar 06-Jan-16
Cazador 06-Jan-16
CO Oak 06-Jan-16
From: Ramhunter
26-Aug-15
Many of the first round archery only sheep units closed yesterday.

What is the report on the take?

I've heard of one in S-9, one in S-39, and one in S-49.

Anything else in these units or others like 35, 32, 12 or others?

Ramhunter

From: Ermine
26-Aug-15
I know of 2 killed in S9

From: Rock
27-Aug-15
I know of one taken in S32

From: Chasewild
03-Sep-15
Did you count the picture of the ram posted in the S32 first season discussion that was not killed in S32?

From: brettpsu
03-Sep-15
Any pics of these sheep and the unit?

From: bowaddict
07-Dec-15

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not the first round but my dec. sheep. seen the other taken and it was a good one also.

07-Dec-15
Great Ram Bowaddict. Congratulations. Would love to read the story.

From: Cazador
07-Dec-15
Wow, great ram. I was wondering how that hunt was going along with Waterton.

From: bowaddict
07-Dec-15
Not much to tell...got on them just after daybreak. Passed several nice rams to get to this one. Stayed with them for 3 hours until I could get a shot through the ewes.

From: SedaliaJay
07-Dec-15

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And here's the other December archery ram. Had an amazing time chasing these guys. Kinda sad it's over!

From: bowaddict
07-Dec-15
I second that jay, nice job again!

From: SDHNTR(home)
07-Dec-15
Holy smokes! Dream Rams.

From: SedaliaJay
07-Dec-15
Thanks Brad! Take good care of Hoss. You chose wisely :)

I actually got sent a pic of the Waterton ram also. It was a great ram too. I'd post it, but I don't have permission or even know the hunter.

From: BULELK1
08-Dec-15
2 Dandy Rams right there!

Congrats you guys

Good luck, Robb

From: Mark Watkins
08-Dec-15
Congrats to you both...on two great rams!!!

Any more pics and details of the hunts?

Mark

From: Stekewood
08-Dec-15
Wow. Great work guys. Congrats.

From: Treeline
08-Dec-15
Both of those rams are great! Congratulations, guys!

From: Bowboy
08-Dec-15
Congrats on two great rams!

From: otcWill
08-Dec-15
Awesome! One day....

From: kota-man
08-Dec-15
Beautiful rams guys. Big congrats.

From: njbuck
08-Dec-15
Two amazing rams. Colorado sure does have some nice ones, it still haunts me that I was unable to fill my tag when I had it.

From: OFFHNTN
08-Dec-15
Awesome rams guys!!! CONGRATS!!!

From: bowaddict
08-Dec-15

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few more pics.

From: bowaddict
08-Dec-15

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we scored him at 186 4/8 gross...Colorado has some nice sheep out there!

From: BOWNUTCO
08-Dec-15
great job guys!!

From: CO Oak
08-Dec-15
A couple of great rams, guys. Congratulations!

08-Dec-15
CONGRATS to both of you! Def two great rams for sure!! Just gotta love that mass! CO does have great rams for whoever can draw a tag.

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15

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I'd scouted during the summer and found this ram (picture). I really had my heart set on him. He's likely a super old ram, with a busted up nose, and chunks out of his horns, but I was really hoping to find him. After the rams moved up with the ewes, I never saw him again.

I scouted several days a week all of November. I counted 30 to 40 rams in the unit, but could not locate him again. The whole time I was checking every full curl ram I could find for the huge missing chunk on the right horn. He never showed up. He looks super old, I'm starting to wonder if a lion got him earlier in the fall.

After Brad filled his tag on opening morning, I chased another big ram, not as big as the one Brad killed but definitely the next biggest in the unit, for a couple of days. Had a shot on him opening day, and my string caught on my sleeve and I shot under him. I was wearing a heavier coat than usual due to the wind that morning, and hadn't even thought about it catching. I had the same ram at full draw several more times the next couple of days, but could not get him to step from the ewes he was with for a clear shot.

On the third day, I had to work in the morning, so I went down for an afternoon hunt. I got there and found the entire herd together except for five or six smaller rams that I spotted on the fringes. Luckily, they were bedded just below a small 15 foot cliff that allowed me to be right on top of them without them being overly concerned. The closest sheep were 50 yards out. The ram I wanted was just out of range, but they were starting to get up and chase ewes. Within about 2 hours,it was mayhem. There were rams butting heads and chasing ewes in and out of the herd in every direction. As they chased ewes, they would momentarily be closer to me, unless the ewe bolted back into the herd. In all the confusion, I lost track of the ram I was after. A ram that looked close to full curl chased a ewe towards me and then turned broadside at 35 yards. I knew he wasn't the biggest one I was looking for, but he was too big for me to pass on. My shot was back a little bit and through the liver. I feel stupid now, but I didn't realize how far forward the lungs and shoulder blades are on a sheep. He went about 20 yards and laid down. Through my binoculars, I could see where my arrow had passed through. Not realizing how far forward the lungs are, I thought he was done. I took my time, went and got my pack, organized my gear, and then peaked back over the hill. His head was still up. I couldn't believe it. I was going to try and put another arrow in him, but when I got within range he got up and headed lower onto private property. I watched him bed on the ledge of a cliff right at dark. The access to the ledge was icy and snow covered. I was hunting alone, and decided it wasn't worth risking my neck to try and get to him in the dark, plus, if he wasn't dead, I couldn't pursue him lower on the private property.

I returned at daybreak, and he was 10 feet lower from where I left him. When he died, he rolled over, but luckily caught up on a small tree. Otherwise, he would have fallen a couple hundred feet and I'd be picking up pieces. The magpies, which are on fully healthy sheep non-stop, had already got his left eye when I got to him at first light. He's not the biggest I saw, but I'm thrilled to have got it done.

What a roller coaster ride of emotions. I'm so grateful that I got the chance to hunt them, but it truly sucks that I probably won't get another chance.

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15

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At CPW getting his state tag drilled into the horn.

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15

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Back view of horns.

From: Mark Watkins
08-Dec-15
Great stories, great endings and great rams!

Thanks for posting up guys!

Mark

From: Mad Trapper
08-Dec-15
Unbelievable. CONGRATS! Maybe I missed it, what unit were you hunting in and what part of the season (date)were they taken?

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15
They were taken late season which runs 12/1 to 12/15. Unit is S34.

So yes, just last week, I think I still smell like sheep...but I'm doing my best to keep the experience going!

From: Yellowjacket
08-Dec-15
Congratulations on 2 great sheep!

From: Mad Trapper
08-Dec-15
Thanks Jay. Any reason you selected the late season?

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15
The rut. I just remember reading a lot of governor's tag stories about the big boys staying hidden until they decide to go chase tail. I guess, kinda like every other species we hunt. :)

From: Zackman
08-Dec-15
Great Rams! Congrats

From: wkochevar
08-Dec-15
SJ, I saw a harvested full curl with a softball sized chunk missing out of the back of his right horn last week at a taxidermists. Was supposed to have come from that area somewhere...maybe a different unit.

From: Quinn @work
08-Dec-15
Great rams guys and thanks for sharing your hunt. Glad you had a great hunt.

BTW you took my tag! LOL!

From: SedaliaJay
08-Dec-15
Quinn..... I promise, I won't do it again! At least not for another 8 years :)

From: Dennis Razza
08-Dec-15
Great Rams guys. Congrats!

From: critrgitr
08-Dec-15
Awesome Rams!!!

From: bowaddict
08-Dec-15
Quinn... im out also for a while, think I'll try the desert sheep draw now. The hunt was a blast though!

09-Dec-15
Grats on your rams guys!

From: Shrewski
09-Dec-15
Mercy, those are tremendous rams. Congratulations.

From: Julius K
09-Dec-15
Massive sheep, congrats.

From: Treeline
09-Dec-15
Been hoping for that tag myself. I thought there was only one tag down there last year. How did two tags get issued? I checked the drawing stats and it only shows one tag issued as well.

From: Treeline
09-Dec-15
Sorry, I was looking at the 1st hunt in 34. One tag for it and 2 for the 2nd hunt.

From: Treeline
09-Dec-15
Jay, that ram may have been shot during the 1st hunt.

From: SedaliaJay
09-Dec-15
It actually was. I had talked to the DOW biologist after the early season and she wasn't able to see the large chunk out of his horn in the check in photos, but after I sent her all the photos I had, she was able to identify him.

I'm just glad he was taken legally and isn't rotting buried under a tree from a lion kill.

From: Hoot
09-Dec-15
Awesome Rams!

I saw a photo of the waterton ram, killed on day two with a selfmade recurve, 180+ ram!

From: Mad Trapper
09-Dec-15
Non residents can't hunt the rut and they can't hunt S34. Bummer.

From: sticksender
09-Dec-15
Only if they get the auction tag or raffle tag.

Beautiful rams, congrats to the bowhunters!

09-Dec-15
Awesome. Congrats fellas.

From: critrgitr
10-Dec-15
Anyone have a picture to share of the Waterton Canyon ram hoot mentioned?

From: SedaliaJay
10-Dec-15

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From: SedaliaJay
10-Dec-15
Not positive that's him, but this is the pic a friend showed me. He got it from a friend of a friend, so who knows. The story about being taken with a recurve makes me believe it probably is.

From: Hoot
11-Dec-15
That is it, although I saw a different picture, but same deal, a friend of mine knows/hunts with him so he had a few more details, but I don't know the hunter personally and don't have a copy of the photo...

From: critrgitr
11-Dec-15
That's another dandy ram!! Thanks for posting the pic

31-Dec-15
Anyone that knows the lucky hunter that took the waterton ram have him get a hold of me. I have great fall time photos of his ram from last year! Scars on the nose all match up perfectly.

Congrats to the rams above, makes an aspiring sheep tag holder like myself dream big.

01-Jan-16
to bad the hunt in the future is postponed

From: SteveB
01-Jan-16
Bowaddict is that a power pole in the background? If so maybe you didn't have a bad pack!

From: bowaddict
06-Jan-16
it's an old mining scar, had something to do with that. But no it was not a terrible pack-out, had much worse elk pack trips!!!

From: wkochevar
06-Jan-16
Which hunt has been suspended? Waterton? whats the reason? Just curious

From: Cazador
06-Jan-16
Word has it that ram from Waterton was a "Gong show". Lets not forget, that's a pretty populated area.

FYI, it's what I heard.

From: CO Oak
06-Jan-16
Proposed sheep license numbers are posted on the Commission page for approval next week, if anyone is interested.

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