Sitka Mountain Gear
Tendoy sheep hunt
Wild Sheep
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Iaintafraidofnotag 29-Aug-15
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29-Aug-15
Well I know that there are a few of us heading out on this hunt and I wanted to start a new thread for it. I left Colorado this morning and made it to Cokeville, wyoming. Lots of antelope. Lots of windmills. Lots of semis. I still love FM radio.

Got the next few weeks off to scout and hunt all the archery dates. Can't thank both my boss or my wife enough for understanding the need to be up here. Had to work just a little over time in order to get this time off, but I'm here.

Turned in my unit 301 Colorado muzzy antelope tag. Turned in her archery muley tag in an undisclosed unit that has a true monster in. To say that she was excited to hunt that buck in the high country on public land is a vast understatement. This is gonna be her last season with vet school right around the corner.... She gets me. Also don't have time for any elk hunting now and with the rain there's some good UN's up there. Don't tell her but I might sneak a long weekend in to chase bugles when I get back. And I still have my eastern plains archery tag to look forward to.

I'm not gonna lie, I really want a ram. Spent waaaaaaaaaay too much time in s51 for my 2012 ram archery tag and saw 1 ram on public during the entire hunt. Its redemption time. I know, I know, super long odds but a guys gotta dream right? I have the time, motivation and will to get me there, but I'm still gonna have to get lucky. I'm taking this one as it is, a free ram tag. Didn't have to wait half a lifetime or take out a second mortgage to do this so no pressure on this one. Lots of other guys, but Im just young enough to hike away from it all (hopefully), and just old enough to be dangerous.

Anyways, I'm gonna try to post as often as I can. She gets mad that I don't take more pictures so maybe this will force me to. Already took some on the drive up which is waaay out of character for me but I'll attempt to post some up. For all the other guys coming up or are already up let's hear your stories too. This thread is for all of us. Good luck to everybody out there elk, deer, antelope, goat and of course sheep hunting. Sorry if I forgot anyone, but we all know that these are the only species that count right? ;)

29-Aug-15

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If you see this truck, stop and say howdy... I don't bite I swear.

29-Aug-15

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From: Truckie
29-Aug-15
Good luck buddy! Can't wait for the stories! If anyone can get it done you can.

30-Aug-15

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Hahaha first double post. TBM was misunderstood in his time.

Truckie: thanks brother look forward to sending you the good news text!

Here's another one of the beautiful landscape dotting 1-80 in Wyoming. She didn't get the beauty of it all...

30-Aug-15

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For those of you that enjoy a good nature walk with a shotgun and a dog this is what you're looking for in the high desert. Almost smacked this sage grouse cruising down the road. Had to come to a complete stop from 65 mph in order to avoid them. Even took a picture or two.

30-Aug-15
Good luck! I hope it's a good experience for you.

30-Aug-15
Not to detract from the adventure but I have to plug my agenda here. As one of the newest members on the Board of Directors I was chosen to be one of the incoming editors for The Bighorn. Breck has done a great job as the editor for a number of years and I look forward to trying to fill his shoes.

With that being said we are always looking for sheep and goat hunting stories to fill our pages. If you have any stories you'd like to submit to us we'd love to hear em. You can pm me here for more details. Come on guys, I'm looking to the bowsite to help me out here!

Also,since I'm the young guy on the board, they all decided that I understand social media the best and will be taking over the social media for the RMBS shortly. So go over to our Facebook page and start following us if you haven't already. There's some really exciting news coming out shortly and that'll be your best bet for keeping up with what's going on. Trust me we WILL make it worth your time.

From: sticksender
30-Aug-15
Great to see you're doing this thread. Best of luck to you. I'll be following!

From: DonVathome
30-Aug-15
Good luck, I came reallllly close to getting tag and I hope you connect! I too ate a bow CO sheep tag and it still torchers me!

From: Jim in PA
30-Aug-15
Justin, That's how it works, get the new guy to do it! It helps when they are the youngest too! I can here it now, "we don't really understand social media and computers, will you do it". Works every time. Kidding aside, thank you for stepping up. I know a bunch of guys from RMBS and they are a great group. Good luck on your hunt and good luck with RMBS.

From: kota-man
30-Aug-15
Good luck...Regardless of outcome, it is already a great adventure.

"To experience fantastic things, you have to put yourself in fantastic places." - Donnie Vincent

From: Mark Watkins
30-Aug-15
Good luck on your adventure!

Kota, that is one great quote!

Mark

From: CO Oak
30-Aug-15
Good luck, Justin.

31-Aug-15

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Found 2 rams this morning. The bigger one is a spindly 3/4 that I'd be tickled pink to get an arrow into. I was trying to glass from mountain to mountain and wasn't having any luck. When I stood up to stretch I made a cursory glass of the mountain I was on and there they were maybe 1/2 mile just doing there sheep thing. Gonna watch them tonight and tomorrow a.m. then try to find some more. Big country and lots of competition. Watched a couple locals drive right past those rams this morning. Hope they keep driving.

31-Aug-15
And before anyone asks... No I didn't get any pictures of them through the scope. I am quite possible the worst digiscoper out there, and without the scope attachment it is an act in futility. I'd rather watch the rams and take mental photos :)

From: Rick M
31-Aug-15
Good luck out there. check your PM's

From: sureshot
31-Aug-15
Good luck! I was hoping someone had the nerve to attempt a live/semi live hunt.

From: DonVathome
31-Aug-15
I would not be posting pics of where rams were fyi, or maybe post pics of where they are not to fool others! Guys out there might try to find that spot.

If they are "easy" to find then others have found them so I agree keep looking if you find a shooter that is not easy to find I would camp on him.

My 2 cents.

From: Bigdan
31-Aug-15
If its near were your spotting scope is. I know were your at. The last big ram I saw was about 1/4 mile sw of you.

From: BULELK1
01-Sep-15
Have fun and enjoy!

Check out the big bull mount in the gas station there in Lima

Good luck, Robb

From: Mad Trapper
01-Sep-15
Good Luck!

From: 1daddyman
01-Sep-15
Jball looks like a great forum the old goat is now a member so i'll try to keep up with you bigdan looks like he has some insight on that area might be a good resource? and sage grouse hunting is one of my favorites my name here is 1daddyman on this forum good luck

01-Sep-15
Don: I ain't worried about posting pics. Already enough guys looking at these rams.

Bigdan: In the sage!?!?! Ill keep my eyes peeled, but like I said before. Enough guys know about that spot it ain't no secret even in the least. Thanks for the tip though.

Uncle mike, glad to see ya join.

Heading to a new spot. Hope there's less people there, not looking to hopeful at this point though. Gonna be a foot race Saturday morning.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
01-Sep-15
Good luck Justin.........I'll be hunting too and you've at least located some sheep in that HUGE unit!

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
02-Sep-15
Justin,

I just received this "sheep kit" to capture the lungs with bag, glove, tag etc.....Since you left home early, you may not have received it. You may want to pack a big zip lock bag for the lungs. F&G wants to study them for signs of disease.

RC

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
02-Sep-15

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Sheep kit

From: Bowboy
02-Sep-15
Have fun and good luck!

02-Sep-15

04-Sep-15
Came back down for a burger before that race starts tomorrow. Haven't seen a ram since Monday at mid day when I lost those rams. But to be honest I haven't really tried as hard as I could for them. I've really been trying to learn the country as hard as I can. Found some spots that doesn't have anyone else around, but I didn't spend long in there as I was just trying to learn as much as I could in the week. Saw some ewes, but it seems everyone else has seen them too. Good luck to everyone out there

From: Sandbrew
04-Sep-15
Best of luck- May all the RMBS sheep karma be with you!

Sandbrew

04-Sep-15

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Some ewes in this valley.

04-Sep-15

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My hunting partner one afternoon bouncing around. Didn't mind the company but I've never been partial to guys that don't bring proper glassing equipment.

04-Sep-15

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Lost a morning to this stuff...

04-Sep-15

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One last one

05-Sep-15

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Still shaking. Decent ram too Gonna give him some time. 15 yards tight behind the shoulder, but just a little higher than I like.

From: Nick Muche
05-Sep-15
Awesome!!

From: Bigdan
05-Sep-15
Justin Good deal I'm glade you did it and not just stayed home and let some one else do it.

From: kota-man
05-Sep-15
oh my!

05-Sep-15
Awesome! Good job!

From: Hoot
05-Sep-15
Sitting on pins and needles waiting for the pics! Congrats!!

From: brianhood
05-Sep-15
Yes it can be done! Nice

From: caribou77
05-Sep-15
Awesome! patiently waiting for more....

05-Sep-15
Holy crap! Geez I hope you find him.

From: mn_archer
05-Sep-15
Sweet hope it turned out well

From: TD
05-Sep-15
Did'ja find him in the sage? =D

Good luck on the recovery. Pretty cool stuff.

05-Sep-15

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So....

Hit the off shoulder about halfway up and he dove into the cliffs/rock slides. Met up with the 6 other dudes I had met that morning and everyone agreed that given the blood we were seeing and the penetration I got he was toast. Tracked him for 300 yards with great blood. Took a little over an hour to get that far due to how nasty it is. I can't understate how bad it is. The picture doesn't do it justice. Found where he had bed down and we must have bumped him cause the blood was FRESH in his bed. Good amount of blood in his bed and he hosed the hillside down on his way down. Never saw him but very very optimistic about the situation. If he hasn't gone more into the cliffs, and we weren't losing day I feel confident pictures of me and my ram would be plastered here. Just got into town gonna sleep in a BED tonight rather than the durn ground again. The red arrow isn't where he's at, top right of the arrow is though, not where it points. Only thing I'm not happy about is that I have to hike that stupid thing again. Gonna sleep good tonight.

05-Sep-15
Met a fellow bowsiter glassing for my ram tonight. Made it back just in time to glass and saw a moose. Busted over to get a picture of the little guy and ran into a guy from Nebraska who called me by my first name and asked if I got my ram. Bewildered I didn't know the stranger but the humor was not lost on me. Hope he gets on those ewes I told him about tomorrow.

From: JDM
05-Sep-15
Good luck on the search and sleep well tonight.

From: JLS
05-Sep-15
Good luck tomorrow!

From: BULELK1
06-Sep-15
Damn the luck----

Keep the faith as you will find him today

Good luck, Robb

From: TMA1010
06-Sep-15
Good luck - hopefully he isn't far. We can't wait to see the trophy pics.

From: Huntcell
06-Sep-15
Wow just like that Dream come true !

From: mixed bag
06-Sep-15
I hope you find him!!Glad someone took on this great opportunity.Doesn't really sound like the circus some thought it would be.Wish I could have had time to try this hunt.Can't wait to see your pics. You have one heck of a girl to give up her trophy tag for your hunt

From: Bigdan
06-Sep-15
With the 10 day archery season I felt it was a great opportunity for a bowhunter. I would have did it myself if I was not on my 7 year wait time. I was only one year away. I have been checking this thread about every 1/2 hour with my fingers crossed.

From: mn_archer
06-Sep-15
Man I hope he's been packing all day...

From: caribou77
06-Sep-15
Patiently waiting for good news, fingers are crossed as well.

07-Sep-15
Give me one more day guys. Took my 5 1/2 hours to track him the 3/4 mile out of that nasty stuff. Between losing him in the timber and having to go around rock fields to pick it up again, and had a big rock that slipped out from under me, I had a miserable time today. Sleeping in a bed again. Tracked him to a box canyon and will find him in am. Good news is I know he's dead just gotta find him. Sadly gonna glass for coyotes, bears and birds in am but I'm gonna put my hands on him. Just an incredibly rough day.

From: Sandbrew
07-Sep-15
Keep after him - Good luck!

Sandbrew

From: JLS
07-Sep-15
Keep the faith! I can't tell you how many times I've pulled up Bowsite today to follow your adventure.

Good luck man!

07-Sep-15
Pulling for you man. I hope you find him tomorrow!

From: patdel
07-Sep-15
Really hope you find him. Pulling for you. Tough deal.

From: deerhaven
07-Sep-15
Been following this one close. Hang in there. He has to be there somewhere just got to find him that's all.

Mike

07-Sep-15
Been glued to this thread since the onset! Pulling for you man, hope you find him!

From: BULELK1
07-Sep-15
Well hell----

I am out of here in like an hour/0430 for Wyo bow elk camp----

Soooo, I won't know how this turns out for another 10 days...

I certainly hope this falls in place for you man!!

Good luck, Robb

From: Gene
07-Sep-15
First thing I checked this morning was this thread! I'm looking forward to a photo of your ram even if the yotes find him first! Good luck today.

07-Sep-15
It's good to stay positive saying you "know" he's dead but...I really hope you find him.

From: brianhood
07-Sep-15
I have a real dumb question.

Are tracking dogs legal in montana? If so it would make sense on a one in a lifetime situation like this.

From: brianhood
07-Sep-15
I have a real dumb question.

Are tracking dogs legal in montana? If so it would make sense on a one in a lifetime situation like this.

From: Huntcell
07-Sep-15
??????

From: Bigdan
07-Sep-15
Yes Dogs can be utilized to recover or locate wounded big game. But not used to hunt or chase big game animals. Except lions.

From: brianhood
07-Sep-15
Thanks Dan

That is what I was referring to.

From: Buzzard
07-Sep-15
Gassing for birds might be the best bet now. I doubt there are a lot of other carcasses on this hunt.... Good Luck!

07-Sep-15
OK...

Saturday morning was cold and brought snow so it was a late start to the day as I'm either gonna contend with the army or the cold but not both. At about 9 it let up enough to get rolling and roll I did. Got to the top of the mountain and immediately ran into a bunch of sitka guys with a film crew. Turns out the one is the marketing/branding director for sitka and brought the crew. Really great guys. We decide to send a portion of the team one way and I'll hunt with the other portion.

Long story short we ran into other guys and the best laid plans detiorated quickly. I ended up alone busting through the timber to get to where I thought those two rams had been earlier in the week. I was on a mission.

Bigdan has been right about everything but one subject. You can not hike away from everyone. The tenacity of sheep hunters never fails to amaze me. These guys are everywhere, but so are the sheep. I ran into 9 guys on the very top of that mountain and its a minute up there.

Anyways I'm cruising through the timber doing my thing trying to get to my glassing point that I want to look at and I see legs coming through the thick stuff at me. I swear I almost called out to them thinking it was more guys. But since this wasn't no scouting trip and it was live action I held my breath not wanting to scare things off for either myself or whoever was coming through at me.

At about 50 yards I realized that both those dudes had furry four legs and decided that unless they were wearing some silly decoy you'd see jaquamo wearing than they were sheep for sure.

Duck behind two trees and get an arrow loaded as fast as I can. No time to take the pack off, no time to range, no time to do anything but get the hook on the string. Not how this was planned, but you work with what you got.

As soon as I'm ready I look up and he's noticed something ain't right. But we can't see each other very well and all I can tell is that there's two sheep really close. I reason that since I know there are two rams up here on this side it must be them cause the ewes always have more with em. And I know that the larger ram is ALWAYS in the lead. He must have decided all was well in the world cause he took 5-6 more steps.

The first step let me see his head and although it was just a split second I saw enough to put me in kill mode. His second step took him behind a tree and I drew my bow. The other steps got him perfectly broadside and in the clear. Magical. What we all dream of. I knew he was close so I burried the 20 pin low and tight, squeeeeeeeeeeze...

High and tight to the shoulder he rodeos around and heads for the ledges. My first reaction was shit that's high but it still must've caught lungs so he ain't going far. The mental breakdown starts and the shakes hit me so bad I almost couldn't turn my phone on to call the old lady. Give him an hour and eventually the sitka guys turn up and offer to help and you know the rest of that day.

Yesterday, I head back to the scene of the crime in the morning and put a range on where I shot from. I hate to put this out there for all the world to see, but he was only 9-10 yards away. I know I know, slam dunk shot on an animal you never get that way. So I bail off the ledge again and spend the rest of the day trying like hell to track out of that boulder field. Miserable doesn't describe it, but given the situation I ain't quit in just for a few rocks.

Last night I kinda lose the blood in a boxed off sage canyon. Get in there this morning and cannot find him to save my life. Start second guessing the shot and just how low I put that pin. Start to think, maybe this sucker ain't dead. Maybe he made it to the creek he was headed to and got his wound clotted. Maybe I'm never gonna find this ram.

Call a great hunting buddy of mine and talk everything over with him. Even go so far as to say that I'm thinking of packing up my truck Stanley, getting him on the 15 and pointing him south for Colorado. He just laughs and tells me to douche myself. Sure there's a good chance he's still alive, but he ain't well that's for sure. Every time his tracks try to point in any elevation gain he stumbles a step or two, rights himself and continues downhill.

At this point I think he's got himself holed up trying to lick his wounds. He probably made the creek and recharged just enough to hide himself.

Am I angry at myself? Yes. Am I supremely disappointed? Yes. I broke one of my very own cardinal rules of not shooting before I know the range. It was so close I didn't think it mattered, and I was right. At 10 yards it shouldn't have mattered, but I still botched a slam dunk and am in the process of trying to snag the rebound and .make the three pointer.

My legs are incredibly tired. I took some spills up there yesterday that really hurt. Had a big rock that I was on trying to figure out my next move slide out from under me. Normally I'm pretty savvy about just falling on my skinny butt, but this time I peter panned and wasn't thinking happy thoughts. I even threw my bow to catch myself which "thankfully?" Landed on the top limb bolt. Aside from a pretty good dent in the bolt everything looks fine. Gonna shoot it today to make sure.

m currently headed to town to resupply water. Almost out and if I'm gonna make a go at that ram than I'm gonna need everything I got. Gonna stay by the truck today, maybe read a good book and recharge. Gonna check every nook and cranny that guy might have gotten himself into. I know the area now and feel its just a matter of time and persistence.

Have I lost him? For now.... But that broad with the weight issue ain't got nothing to do with this one.

07-Sep-15
Oh and I don't have permission to post too many details but one of the sitka guys smoked the other ram, whiched turned out to be the half curl, and got it all on film it sounds like. Should be cool to watch for if they ever put it up on their sight.

From: JW
07-Sep-15
Best of luck! Keep after him!

From: 1daddyman
07-Sep-15
even misjudging the distance as you did that's a dead ram walking...probably laid up under an overhang or under some brush pay attention to what your skills tell you he's hurt and wants to rest...he's waiting for you to find him he's there and dead...watch for coyote/predator activity too

From: SteveB
07-Sep-15
So is this wounded ram #2?

From: mn_archer
07-Sep-15
Steve it sounds like his is wounded but some dude from Sitka killed one. Have you heard of another wounded?

Hopefully you find it but your a lot more optimistic about this situation than I would be. Must be the meat hunter in me.

good luck

michael

From: Tracker12
07-Sep-15
Sounds like two wounded Rams. That would be a really bad dream I would never be able to recover from.

From: Gene
07-Sep-15
I'm confused too. Is it one ram or two?

From: CO Oak
07-Sep-15
No idea why some think it's two rams. Good luck finding him, Justin.

From: CO Oak
07-Sep-15

From: caribou77
07-Sep-15
Guys its one ram! He told the story of how he came across his ram and what he had for a shot.

From: bigeasygator
07-Sep-15
Sounds like one wounded. I think Justin is just providing more background on the ram he shot. If you've bowhunted long enough you know the feeling. Stay with it! I have a feeling that ram is close by!

07-Sep-15
I took it as the sitka guy killed one on film? If I was in your shoes I would be thinking the ram isn't dead, and he ain't gonna die unless I put another arrow into him, witch is gonna be tough, but I would keep at it, like your doing...Good luck, I really hope you at least see him again, I have been following your story on pins and needles since you left home. Mark

From: wild1
07-Sep-15
They way he wrote it, it does read like it was two different rams - I was trying to figure it out myself. I can see how it would be the same ram, told in retrospect - but it is a bit confusing.

From: Pyrannah
07-Sep-15
keep at it man... i believe he would be dead somewhere... keep at it dont give up!!!

From: sticksender
07-Sep-15
I thought the story was told crystal clear. He arrowed a ram on the opener Saturday and has been tracking it for the past 2 days. He added more of the details in today's update. Good luck man....sheep usually give up easily so it should be just a matter of time & patience until you find him.

From: mountainman
07-Sep-15
I was confused as well.

From: Huntcell
07-Sep-15
Talk about a mind bending gut wrenching two days. hope to hear the celebratory yell real soon!

07-Sep-15
He said one of the Sitka guys smoked the other ram (the ram that was following the bigger ram that he shot)it was a half curl, and they got it on film. The sitka bunch wanted our guy to not say too much because they were going to tell their own story later on there website...I thought it was pretty clear. But anyway, i hope we get to see a pic. of the OP's ram at some point.

From: deerslayer
07-Sep-15
It's one ram from what I read -

Man, best of luck. Been right where you are. I know the feeling. Hope you find it!

07-Sep-15
Geez, there was two rams in front of the OP when he shot and wounded the larger of the two, the smaller one(a half curl) ended up getting "smoked by the sitka guy later, I assume "smoked" means dead. You guys gotta read a little slower maybe.

From: Bigdan
08-Sep-15
So that makes two Rams shot by Bowhunters. None of the unlimited units in Montana ever had two sheep shot by bowhunters in the same year.

From: Huntcell
08-Sep-15
This is a special situation limited time with the label unlimited unit not to be confused with the normal ongoing unlimited units with there associated small numbers and extreme terrian

From: Medicinemann
08-Sep-15
Looking forward to the next update.....

From: sureshot
08-Sep-15
Fingers crossed. ....Good luck finding the ram, hopefully your persistence will pay off.

From: Bugle
08-Sep-15
Like the rest, I'm pulling for you and hope for a celebratory update soon. Best of luck to you!

08-Sep-15
Rage broadheads? I'm kidding but I too am confused .... sounds like a nightmare of two shot/wounded/lost rams ?

From: SteveB
08-Sep-15
Although confusing, it seems that it is the same ram just re-telling the story. I wish him all the best in finding it....that would be heart-wrenching!

From: mountainman
08-Sep-15
taxidermy man. It has nothing to do with reading slower. Everyone understands there were two rams in front of him when he was telling the detailed story . What confused folks a little is the fact that he mentioned wounding one earlier in the thread. And when he was telling the detailed story it almost sounded like he found two more rams and shot one.

It appears general consensus is that he was talking about the same ram in both cases.

Iaintafraidofnotag I'm looking fwd to hearing the rest of this story. I really hope you find your ram!!

From: Franzen
08-Sep-15
Guys its one ram. He didn't do the best in explaining it that way, but if you pay attention to the details in his latest post they were some of the same details mentioned earlier. Now lets get this ram found!

08-Sep-15
Bigdan is right, makes me feel real guilty for siting on the couch.

08-Sep-15
Bigdan is right, makes me feel real guilty for siting on the couch.

From: Cmmoore15
08-Sep-15
Hi there!

So this is The wife :). So the ram he was talking about earlier in the three is the same one he is talking about in detail. He only shot one ram... And is still tracking it in the canyon. He is being very ethical and trying to harvest the ram his initially shot. Hopefully we hear something tonight saying he got it. But again he has only injured one ram.

From: SteveB
08-Sep-15
Sure hope he finds that bugger....it will be quite a story!

08-Sep-15
sweet !! I love reading sheep threads and look forward to a pic of dead ram

From: huntfarther
08-Sep-15
We just seen where a kid posted a ram on facebook from there. Like a 2.5 year old ram

From: HornFerigno
08-Sep-15
The OP was very clear not once did i think that he had shot two rams. Good luck I hope you find him today.

From: cityhunter
08-Sep-15
i thought he shot 3 rams :>

From: Trial153
08-Sep-15
Sending some good luck!!

From: TD
08-Sep-15
I knew he meant one ram, just went back and filled in the story, typing under exhaustion and stress. But in all honesty this is an eradication hunt. They are ALL gonna get shot in the end.... men, women and children.

Nice of em to let the bowhunters get first crack.

Good luck, hope you find him soon. Hope it's you and not someone who'd just claim him. I'd be as worried about that in a hunt like this as much as anything. Keep the spirits up. Hard I know at this point.... but things can change fast. Can only change if you stay with it.

From: Bou'bound
08-Sep-15
how many days has it been since he hit it.

From: Medicinemann
08-Sep-15
Cmmoore15,

You realize that we will all be hounding you for updates now?...LOL

08-Sep-15
cityhunter. LOL

From: cityhunter
08-Sep-15
Save yourself !!!! kill them all !!! The Gun hunters are going to be pissed !!!!

From: mixed bag
08-Sep-15
Good luck and keep at it.You know he doesn't want to go up hill which helps the search.Animals can go an unbelievably far distance with one good lung.You probably have him dead but he may be a long ways off till he dropped I sure hope you find this trophy of yours.As bowhunters,most of us has been in your shoes

From: Beav
08-Sep-15
I was hoping for a success pic tonight. Good luck!

From: DonVathome
09-Sep-15
over spine recovered? Yes with a new arrow! Seen many deer live through it. If it dies it will be from infection 2 weeks later. Never seen/heard of over the spine going down in under a week.

09-Sep-15

09-Sep-15
I read through this thread and joined the forum just to say good luck finding this sheep, and I have alot of respect for a guy willing to go out there and live the dream.

09-Sep-15
That arrow didn't look to promising but solid effort following up.

Which brings up a strange dilemma, on a normal draw hunt a person might punch their tag over this. However since this hunt is all about getting rid of the sheep................

From: Sandbrew
09-Sep-15
I'm with you Dinkshooter - Serious effort on attempted recovery! Most hunts I'd say he's drawn blood, wounded and likely injured a ram to where it may not recover I'd be done hunting. Odd circumstances for sure but I say KEEP HUNTING!

Sandbrew

From: Pyrannah
09-Sep-15
curious, why there wouldn't be a "keep hunting" attitude? if a shot animal does not get recovered, why would you just quit all together?

From: mn_archer
09-Sep-15
Pyrannah,

Maybe when deer tags are a dime a dozen I could see someone saying that but most sheep tags are out of country, once per lifetime, or cost enough to buy a decent house so most hunters are going to frown on the idea of someone out there wounding sheep and moving onto the next.

For me I'd spend my time trying to recover this ram, or if it's still alive finding it and keep trying for him specifically. Even on a hunt where they are all getting killed off there are many other guys on this hunt who shouldn't be cheated out of an opportunity by someone taking or killing more than one

Glad to see he is sticking with it

Michael

09-Sep-15
hunt

things happen sometimes - move on

09-Sep-15

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OK.... So to clear up the confusion I only arrowed 1, one, uno, A ram. The sitka guys killed a differdnt ram and have it all on film it sounds like. Great guys.

Since Saturday I have scoured this mountainside. Yesterday, Tuesday, I woke up and decided that since I could glass a lot of where he went from the truck that the heaters would be nice. Right off the bat I spotted 2 ewes, and a ram within 300 yards of the road. Couldn't see the ram really well, but was hopeful that it was mine. Another truck pulled up and began glassing. 20 mins later without being able to fully identify the ram I walked down to the other truck to explain the situation and found two guys asleep. They woke up and I told them I was waiting for these sheep right here to bed for the day and the thermals to stop shifting.

Another group of guys pulled up with 4 in their bunch. The one recognized the truck from this forum and immediately understood what was going on. Looked back and the 2 from the original truck had taken off. One guy drove the other to get above and had come back to watch the show. I walked down to ask what they were doing giving them the benefit of the doubt. The spotter told he they thought I wasn't going after them and that his buddy was putting the stalk on them now.

I lost my little mind. I made it very clear in no uncertain terms of what I thought of their behavior. I'm not gonna lie, it was not my most civilized moment. I let him know what I thought of them and walked off. I was livid.

Got back to the other group with the bowsiter and let them know what was going on. By this time the ram had come out and we were pretty sure it wasn't mine. The bowsiter thought he could head the other guy off and I quickly drove him into position. He made a valiant effort and wasn't able to connect.

Still angry that someone would do that I hiked up the mountain, although my heart wasn't in it all that much. Glassed and glassed to no avail. Getting out I noticed an eagle circling in that way they do when they've found something, so I hiked as fast as I could to see what he was after and he must have flown off.

Got up this morning and ran into the bowsiter again who had gone down the main canyon and arrowed a ewe 40 yards off the road. Very very happy for him. He said he was going to sell the full cape and I suggested donating it to one of the sheep foundations. Either way he earned that ewe regardless of lucking into her. Sometimes it just happens that way.

Spotted some more birds circling the same area this morning and now I'm just sitting on the very top again. Glassing and hoping to spot what those birds are on. If I can't find him today I'm gonna glass in the am and roll south. I consider my tag punched and hope like hell I find him today. I know I promised the wife I wouldn't climb down this rockslide again but this is where the birds are saying so I'll glad go down again if I must. Anyways, thanks for all the encouragement guys. After that fiasco yesterday I was mentally and emotionally drained. Nice to see the support.

From: sureshot
09-Sep-15
Good luck with the birds.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
09-Sep-15
Really pulling for you on this one, good luck!

From: tacklebox
09-Sep-15
Best of luck finding him, I know you gotta be at a seriously low point but keep your chin up!

From: Bugle
09-Sep-15
Stick with it. You have a bunch of guys rooting for you. Once of these times (hopefully your next post) you won't have to type as much, but rather let the photo speak a 1000 words. Good luck!

From: JLS
09-Sep-15
Kudos to you for your spirit and perseverance. Can't tell you how much I'm pulling for you to find him, for closure if nothing else.

09-Sep-15
For what it's worth, I think you've done a heck of a job. I've been following this thread several times a day and, while I'm sure you seriously want to get your hands on that ram, even if you can't find him I think you can roll south with your head high.

Good luck.

From: DWarcher
09-Sep-15
Good luck we're all pullin' for ya!

09-Sep-15
Yes, probably one of the most watched hunts here in a while...Way to stick with it!

From: TMA1010
09-Sep-15
That rock slide looks like a good place for a ram to go to die - fingers crossed. Good effort either way.

From: huntfarther
09-Sep-15
Getting livid with the wrong guy going after sheep will get your face caved in. This is total bs. you had your chance, and aired all this for attention you get what you deserved in my eyes.

From: huntmaster
09-Sep-15
Wow! Just clicked on this thread for the first time...

Good effort and I hope you find him before you head south!

From: DonVathome
09-Sep-15
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: BBarker
09-Sep-15
Relax huntfarther...sheep hunting gets everyone riled up. Enjoy reading...someone could click on your handle and google your name and Montana. Hopefully that isn't you.

Back to the story, hope you find him!!!

From: Rat Fink
09-Sep-15
Huntfarther -

Are you this Jason Mullaney?

• Mullaney Case: In 2005, a judge ordered Jason Mullaney of Butte to pay more than $23,000 in restitution, perform 1,000 hours of community service during a six-year deferred jail sentence, and give up all hunting privileges in Montana and 20 other states for six years. Mullaney had pled guilty to three felony charges of unlawfully killing 17 deer, five antelope (including a record-book buck), two black bears, and a mountain goat.

From: Bou'bound
09-Sep-15
If that was an over the spine shot I don't see the ram worried about going uphill or not if he's not wanting you may have hit him better than you think though still not well

From: OFFHNTN
09-Sep-15
I don't want to hijack this thread for Iantafraidofnotag, but I just got back today from this hunt. I was there for a week. I didn't want any part of the rat race so I went south of the main area about 20 miles where there was "supposed" to be sheep, and less hunters. I spend four days in that area , bivy'd out for two, only saw a couple hunters, but also found zero sheep. Then went north about 14 miles to another canyon for a day, zero sheep. The last day and a half I went up to the main area and there were guys parked, camped, and driving all over. I can't imagine what the weekend would've looked like, I heard it was a rodeo. I now regret not going into that area right away, but I thought I had a good plan and I just don't like running into dozens of other hunters.....actually despise it. I'm still glad I went! It is big and rugged country and I had a blast. On the drive out yesterday, I met some guys who happened to live about an hour from me, the one got a shot at a half curl yesterday morning way to the north, but missed. Justin, I'm sorry to hear about your luck, but I admire the perseverance in looking so hard. Best of luck!!!

From: Medicinemann
09-Sep-15
Might not be hearing from Huntfarther anymore.....

From: evan-1
09-Sep-15
Boom goes the dynamite ^^^^^. Huntfarther you seem like douche based on your comment, relax.

From: cityhunter
09-Sep-15
I should have taken a hot babe up there and had her sell cold beer and hot dogs at this rodeo. I bet when the guns come out somebody's coming out in a body bag !!!

Wow imagine loss of hunting for 6 years id be RICH :>

From: caribou77
09-Sep-15
So Huntfather....I take it you're the guy that cut in on Justin's hunt? Always be careful who's face you "think" you can cave in.

And to you Justin, keep up the good work. I check this every chance I get. Most would have walked away by now.

From: huntfarther
09-Sep-15
Yes that is me. And I don't hide from what I did when I was young. Is that me know? Nope. But knowing the laws as well as any gamewarden, This is a case cut and dry of hunter harassment. So everyone that is a curt gowdy type above the law hunter. This is a prime case of why nobody is above law. Those sheep are for anyone that wanted a tag, On a full on deprivationn hunt. He had no right to get pissed. It was spelt out on fwp page exactly how this hunt is going to be.

I was full on pulling for the author until he pulled that crap. So say what you want about me but that is all facts.

From: cityhunter
09-Sep-15
caribou it sounds like this is days later after the org hit ! if so the sheep is alive and well so its save to say its fair game !

From: HornFerigno
09-Sep-15
Huntfarther - Being dead and being stupid have one thing in common, you are unaware of it. Im sure that will miss its mark with you.

I hope the OP found that ram today.

From: Pyrannah
09-Sep-15
i think id be hunting a new sheep by now.. not sure how mucb time is left for ya... dont leave until u cant hunt anymore...

good luck man...

after all "but most sheep tags are out of country, once per lifetime, or cost enough to buy a decent house "

09-Sep-15
huntfarther - you said

"is that me now? "

Actually yes it sounds very similar to the type of person that would talk to a man about what he was going to do and then ruin it by trying to "beat him to the sheep" so to speak

From: bigeasygator
09-Sep-15
Legal or otherwise, I think cutting in on some one is classless. I don't care about the context of the hunt (deprivation or whatever). It's just a d*ck move in any situation, and especially this one where there was the potential to be an already hit animal.

From: huntfarther
09-Sep-15
There is 314 tags for 30 sheep I think it is a free for all and if you think this is a ethical hunt somewhere you have been mislead. It is a chance for anyone and everyone to get a tag. And telling someone hey "Whoa now" this is possibly my sheep on national forest is not going to go over very well. If it was general rifle season for elk, deer anything I can understand. This is a gardiner hunt back in the glory days. There is one goal in mind and that is to kill all the sheep. Fwp does not care who kills what. All they care is doing it legally. And laws override ethics.

From: mflicek
09-Sep-15
I really want you to find your ram. A bad hit sucks on any animal, much less a trophy of a lifetime. However I'm not sure it's ok to tell someone that spent much time and money to go on a sheep hunt this..."I know you're probably excited that you spotted these sheep, but I might have stuck that bigger one 2 days ago. I'd appreciate it if you moved on..."

From: ELKMAN
09-Sep-15
Huntfarther: All I can say is: Way to "represent" Montana...

From: wild1
09-Sep-15
The sad, stupid thing is, "huntfarther" doesn't think he did anything wrong - then or now. Typical of a convicted felon and a slob "hunter".

Hope Justin finds his ram, and hope Jason finds a brain.

From: Stekewood
09-Sep-15
"And laws override ethics"

Interesting.......

From: Bou'bound
09-Sep-15
this whole thing just seems really screwed up. we get sheep hunt stories about far off places and remote animals and no people. classic stuff.

this seems like a local state park deer depredation experience with more people than animals running around hither and yon trying to kill something before the next truck pulls up.

just weird.

From: huntfarther
09-Sep-15
No what is funny is everyone that has not been convicted of their crimes think they are above the law. And you can take the most honest hunter and I guarantee they pushed the law. Shooting before light, not tagging correctly, risking driving off roads and so on. Cheering this guy on instead of reporting him to fwp for breaking the law is something I cannot believe. Or at the very minimum saying that was wrong and he should apologize or what ever you guys do. Probably text a apology, Im guessing. I did my time, and paid all my dues. But I am so sick and tired of everyone that does things supposedly by the book when they screw up they don't take accountability for it they start blaming something else from the past. If it makes you feel better to be upset with me for something 13 years ago, I am glad I can make you feel better.

From: sureshot
09-Sep-15
Stekewoood, That was my thoughts exactly, tells me exactly the type of person the new Jason is, seems to have a lot in common with the old one.

From: 'Ike'
09-Sep-15
Get rid of this clown and back to the 'original' thread...What a DA!!! Way to ruin a great thread for a guy that's hunting his heart out and for a Sheep no less!!!

From: mn_archer
09-Sep-15
"shooting before light, not tagging correctly"

ok shooting before legal time, while a crime isn't exactly admitting to killing 17 deer, five antelope (including a record-book buck), two black bears, and a mountain goat.... That's what you admitted to, how many did you get away with?

What are you talking about turning this guy in, what did he do that was illegal?

michael

From: jjb4900
09-Sep-15
https://youtu.be/FONN-0uoTHI

From: wild1
09-Sep-15
mn_archer -

My thoughts exactly.

From: huntfarther
09-Sep-15
How is doing something once ok,Shootng before light is poaching, from a road poaching. If it is done wrong you should be convicted to the same extent as I did.

What I see is wrong is the fact everyone involved is on a once in a lifetime potentally sheep hunt. How is it one person can harass and potentially rob the opportunity for another and it be justified? How did those hunter know that they were not getting bulled and Justin was trying to kill the sheep himself when they were walking and fair game. I ONLY said anything when Justin threw a fit and lost his cool.

From: Hoot
09-Sep-15
If someone drove up to where I was already at, I discussed my plans with them, and as soon as I turn around they tear butt up the mountain, I'd give them a piece of my mind too. Sounds to me like once he saw it was not the ram he was after he sat and watched...

You trying to equate every infraction and every hunter to you is laughable at best. Keep trying to justify it..."it happened a long time ago when you were young"

Just so you know, I'm very near the same age as you, when you were poaching animals I was on my second tour in Iraq, you and I both knew right from wrong back then...

From: caribou77
09-Sep-15
Can we just get back to the sheep hunt story? I once really enjoyed this thread.

From: bigeasygator
09-Sep-15
I think during a hunt like this ethics are as important as ever as having them and following them will help avoid situations like this. Turning an opportunity like this hunt into a free-for-all is the kind of black eye we should try at all costs to avoid given the spotlight that has been on the hunting community as of late.

From: JLS
09-Sep-15
The Gardiner hunt was never a valid excuse for acting like an asshole, although there were plenty there. This is also no excuse either.

From: TD
09-Sep-15
If he drew first blood that WAS his ram. To listen to the story and still jump out and try to beat a guy to them, a guy that was there before you.... sitting on a ram that you just figure you can snake out from under him. That's pretty sad, any way you try to dress it up.

I've hunted with guys like that. Never again. Too many good people to share a camp with.

Stay with it Justin. Going back to where you lost him and starting over may be the thing to do. Good luck.

09-Sep-15
Well guys I appreciate everyone sticking up for me, but to a certain degree huntfarther might be right. I was outta line to lose my mind like that. The guy was well within his legal right to go after those sheep, plain and simple.

But I was well within my legal right to assist another legally licensed sheep hunter onto those sheep. If my outburst HAD caused the other hunter to step outta his truck for a western brawl he could have taught me a lesson I wouldn't have soon forgotten. BUT... he would have had to deal with 160 pounds of piiiiissed off Marine. I will handle that situation the same way next time, and if he wants to square off than I asked for it plain and simple and knew what I was getting myself into. I'm a big boy and have taken some licks for my mouth before, but I also know how to give em...

Back to the hunt...

From: Trial153
09-Sep-15
Just goes to show you...You cant buy class even if you can buy a sheep tag.

09-Sep-15
Today was it. Wish I could have posted a picture and walked away from the thread, but I can't. I watched for birds all through the day and that might have been either the smartest thing ever or the dumbest thing ever. Maybe they woulda shown me the way, but chasing crows and hawks through those hills likely might have been harder than the climb through the boulder field. Makes sense right, birds can fly and all.

Angways, I talked to my wife and that woman's a hell of a lot smarter than me. She told me that at this point I was just punishing myself to punish myself. I made a horrible mistake by not making the right shot and here I sit twiddling my thumbs.

But I am rolling home with my head high and I don't have to apologize for anything. My only regret is that I didn't take the time to take the ranchers invitation for coffee. My wife knows that I have a soft spot for older women and indulges a little flirtation every now and than. She knows its just me being me.

I met some great guys that I hope to remain friends with and saw some beautiful country. We only get one shot on this planet and I'm trying my best to enjoy it.

I'm going to end the hunting portion of this thread with a quote. Since I'm always solo on these things I end up going through a book every time. It keeps me sane. The owner of the antique store gave me his copy of Lonesome Dove after we talked for about an hour and he found out I had lost mine. Thank you sir.

Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, what they lived, we dream.

09-Sep-15

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09-Sep-15

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From: stickbow
09-Sep-15
no debate here if you shoot a mechanical release YOU ARE NOT A BOWHUNTER YOU ARE A GADGETT SHOOTER NO SKILLS NEEDED this site reminds me why I hunt like I do I am from within 20 miles of the tendoy mountains and did not purchase a tag because I knew it would be full of egotistical attention starved hunters who are in my opinion more killers than hunters. Sad what hunting has come to SIX guys to video a poor little sheep's death? I guess this is what "hunting" has come to. After a friend told me about this site, and reading the posts glad I had nothing to do with it. I figured it would be full of MONEY HUNTERS trying to get their picture in some magazine. The sheep in the tendoy's are tame as pet dogs the only challenge there is competing with all the other "hunters". I guess there is a few of us still out there that care about having a quality experience and don't have to expand our ego while doing so. Hope you enjoy the shit show.

09-Sep-15

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My favorite picture of all. The guys I helped when the thief and I had our encounter ended up with another ewe today. I didn't know about it until I showed back up to my campsite today and found this in my tent. Supremely happy they got on more sheep.

09-Sep-15

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From: DonVathome
10-Sep-15
I shoot a release and I also loose my temper.

So does every other human being.

And I apologize and admit when I am wrong.

So do almost NO armchair bowhunters.

Iaintafraidofnotag my hat is off to you. I rank you 10x higher then all the armchair moral police who fume higher moral standards they will ever fulfill. Check your PM Donv OH

10-Sep-15
Stickbow- I am sorry that you feel that way. The film crew followed 4 hunters into the mountains to share with the rest of us a pure hunt. I can see where you would feel that the sheep on the road give the impression of "tame", but up on the him that is far from the case.

To be honest I rarely post here just for that sort of thought process. But, you are right, I am on here for money.

Now that I have a captive audience I would like to ask that some of you become a member of the RMBS or some other sheep foundation. And think about this before you close the thread out and walk away from it...

If you followed this adventure and thought that it was fun to read and made you dream of either future or past sheep hunts than I implore you to join one of the societies/foundations. Regardless of how you feel about how the fish and game handled this situation wild sheep need OUR help. Desperately.

The RMBS, and many others, are completely volunteer and all money go directly towards the conservation of sheep. The RMBS has raised roughly $1.5 million in the last 5 years towards sheep conservation throughout the west.

I have attached a link to our website and would ask that you join. Im going to go so far as to offer the 15th bowsiter to pledge to join on this thread right here, right now, to pay for that bowsiters 1 year of membership. I spoke with Ryan Goodenow, the president of the board, earlier today and he offered to pay me back for the the bowsiter who takes advantage of this.

But, I want to offer that membership fee to the 20th bowsiter to join. This offer is extended to current members that are willing to re-up their membership. Ryan and I debated on whether to set the numbers that high, but I have faith in the men and women that have posted on this thread.

Thank you ladies and gents, going solo on this hunt was very hard emotionally, mentally and obviously physically. Not having someone to help really hurts.

Now let's put more sheep on the mountain and get some more tags in OUR pockets!!!!

10-Sep-15

Iaintafraidofnotag's Link
Hehehe... The link dumbass!

From: bigeasygator
10-Sep-15
Thanks for taking us along for the ride! You just gained a new RMBS member!

10-Sep-15

Iaintafraidofnotag's embedded Photo
Iaintafraidofnotag's embedded Photo
One last one of Stan the man just do in his truck thing...

From: TD
10-Sep-15
Without going off on the morons.....

I would like to thank you for taking us along. Stuff happens. In all honesty, that ram is likely going to be OK.... till the bang sticks come out.... they are all going at some point.

I think MT has handled this well... so far... and yeah there are going to be some problems, more for some folks than others apparently.... but their options are not holding a hunt, hiring a crew of shooters, maybe from helicopters, and finish off the herd. Which they may have to do anyway but hopefully not to the extent they would have. Saved the state a bunch of money, made some even. Congrats to them for making the best of a bad situation.

Thanks again Justin. happy trails and hope the rest of your year comes together like you want it to.

From: Kevin Dill
10-Sep-15
I am simply amazed by two things in this thread. One of them is Justin's persistence and follow-through after the shot. Good effort. Good ethics.

From: Chip T.
10-Sep-15
Kevin Dill ,you said it. Two amazing things on this thread and we really don't have to mention the second.

From: Bou'bound
10-Sep-15
This is some background on the "hunt" that others may not have known, but I imagine most did. Too bad a good hunter got tangled up with some buffoons, but people had to know going in this was going to be a figgin' rodeo and in rodeo's there is usually a lot of crap flying around and some stench in the air.

Frustrated with decades of fruitless application for a bighorn sheep hunting permit? Don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to pay a Canadian sheep outfitter? Then head for Montana in August and hunt wild sheep on your own with an over-the-counter tag.

That’s the promise of a radical proposal by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that’s out for public comment through July 2. The catch? It’s a big one. Hunters are being recruited to wipe out the sheep herd in the Tendoy Mountains of southwest Montana before pneumonia does it again.

That means not only are mature rams available, but also ewes and even yearling lambs. The Tendoy herd numbers about 40 sheep, and FWP wants them all to be shot by hunters; any survivors will be killed by agents of the department.

The Tendoys are a small, steep mountain range familiar to travelers on Interstate 15 between Butte, Mont., and Idaho Falls, Idaho. They poke up along the Idaho line just west of the interstate. For enthusiasts of wild sheep, they’re familiar for another reason: they are home to a chronically diseased sheep herd.

The herd has been periodically decimated by pneumonia, possibly transferred to the wild sheep by domestic sheep in the mountain’s foothills. The herd has experienced two catastrophic die-offs over the past 25 years, including a 1999 epidemic that nearly wiped out the herd. Though the Tendoy herd has been augmented periodically since 1999, the population hasn’t grown, probably because disease is being carried by some of the surviving sheep.

The department wants to repopulate the Tendoys with healthy bighorns from another area, but before they can do that, they must remove any reservoirs of disease in the existing herd.

That’s where public hunters come in. The department plans to issue unlimited numbers of over-the-counter sheep tags in the hopes that hunters can do the depopulating work. The emergency season’s structure would be similar to the state’s unlimited bighorn license areas, although a harvest quota would not be established in the Tendoys. The season would last as long as needed to depopulate the herd.

So, now’s your chance to hunt one of the iconic big-game species of the West. You might not have a trophy head to show for the experience, but I’m betting bighorn lamb is pretty tasty. 15

From: SteveB
10-Sep-15
Really sorry man, that has to hurt bad. Thanks for taking us along and the pics. WHy don't you remove "Huntfarther" comments above? You can do that as thread owner and it would keep an otherwise awesome thread in good shape.

From: Beav
10-Sep-15
I quote Stickbow "I guess there is a few of us still out there that care about having a quality experience and don't have to expand our ego while doing so". I would say you have no room to expand your ego.

From: mparks
10-Sep-15
Well stated Kevin.

10-Sep-15
Taking huntfarther's comments down will only make the problem worse. As I said before. It was WRONG to have acted that way and explode on the man.

Please let's all not dwell on that action and remember what this thread about, sheep conservation. We need to get to 15 new members. Talking about the problem will only continue the problem.

I want to see some good people doing good things. Not be forced to dwell on the bad. Let's get a move on guys and gals. Were talking about beer money for a week here.

From: T Mac
10-Sep-15
Agreed above. I started a thread a few days ago and it shows the true colors of the same sour grapes and to pull it down would not help. We are supposed to be supporting each other as hunters unfortunately thats not always the case. Thanks for taking us along it was great to follow and best of luck in your future hunts! P.S. Thank you for your service to this great country of ours!

From: ELKMAN
10-Sep-15
Justin: Sorry it didn't finish different for you. Your welcome in my camp anytime...

From: Tracker12
10-Sep-15
Boy what a free for all hunt in the Tendoy's this must have been. For me hunting is about relaxing not arguing with other hunters on the Mountain.

Was definitely an interesting read and see the different perspectives of what went on.

10-Sep-15
"And laws override ethics."

actually it never does - you are as far off and wrong as you can be and i doubt you ever figure that out

stickbow

I don't disagree on the level of difficulty -- I shot compounds, crossbows, recurves, longbows and am back to compounds for now -- but its NOT simply and its NOT easy when shooting a compound and there are no gimmee's ....... yes, its way easier than shooting trad but that doesn't mean its easy.

You're also not taking into account the difficulty of the hiking and hunting, the time and money spent on it etc.

This hunt might not have been as extreme as a solo primitive bow hunt for sheep in the Wrangell's .. but its also not a crossbow hunt in a tree house condo with a wet bar over looking 300# of corn

10-Sep-15
Well I'm up and at em again. Made it to pocatello last night. Now that I'm up I've got an 11 hour drive ahead of me. Probably won't be able to look at this thread again till I get home tonight. When I get back on I look forward to all the POSITIVE comments. Thanks again for following along folks, it was amazing.

From: Medicinemann
10-Sep-15
Justin,

Now that you have replayed that shot no less than a hundred times in your head, do you think that you hit the shoulder blade?....or do you think that you hit him above the spine in the fleshy area?

From: CurveBow
10-Sep-15
Justin, as others have stated - thank you for your thread, photos, taking us along & honesty. I wish it had ended differently for you and you gave it a great effort.

I will quickly forget the dissenting voice on here but remember your details. Great job with the thread and best of luck with future hunts! Yes, feces occurs.

If it hasn't happened to you yet as a bowhunter, then it will. Its not always about the hand your dealt, but, rather, how you play that hand.

Again, Justin, my hat is off to you!

>>>>-------->

From: SmokedTrout
10-Sep-15
Justin, Thanks for sharing your hunt. You certainly experienced a full range of emotions/experiences on this hunt. I wish you could have secured the ram.

FYI you just added another RMBS member. So there are some small successes from your experience.

Chin up, hope you and Stan arrive home safe.

From: TRS_Montana
10-Sep-15
Thanks for sharing this story! It takes an intentional effort to post as much as you did. Also, I literally just became a member of Bowsite to say nice job. There are a lot of bone heads out there (who poach 17 deer, 5 antelope, 3 elephants, 9 mountain gorillas, and who knows what else) who give hunting a bad name. It is refreshing to see someone share such a tough story so transparently and honestly. Anyone who hunts knows that stuff like this happens sometimes and it is how you deal with it that makes you an ethical or upstanding person. Nice job and thanks again! Sorry it didn't work out.

From: Jim in PA
10-Sep-15
great job in bringing everyone along through the ups and downs. Always be some naysayers that are best just to ignore. I emailed RMBS admin to verify my membership and to renew if it had expired.

From: cityhunter
10-Sep-15
what did u guys expect this was not to be a quality hunt !! limited sheep unlimited tags equals cluster . No pictures of the blood trail ?, it wasn't a one lung hit sheep lay down asap not a tough critter sounds like above the spine !

10-Sep-15

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Just got home safely. Thanks for all the support guys. Thanks to the bowsiter that have either joined or re-uped their membership with the RMBS.

City- very well could have been above the spine all things considered. Here's a picture of the blood trail. Sorry I didn't post it earlier. And you also happen to be spot on with the babes. I woulda been the best customer earlier this week. I'm drawn to babes with barley pop like a moth to a flame.

From: ki-ke
11-Sep-15
Justin

Thanks for sharing! Like someone said above, your persistence and ability to tell a good story will be long remembered.

I will quickly forget the poaching blowhard that not only killed a bunch of animals illegally, but also willfully left the meat from those animals to rot. A leopard like that ain't likely to erase his spots......

Thanks again for sharing. Looking into the sheep org now.....

From: cityhunter
11-Sep-15
KI KE now now ! Bowsite has some guys that are hi profile bowsiters that got caught poaching i guess its ok to excuse there actions cause there regulars on bowsite I would say thats being hypocritical at best

From: deerslayer
11-Sep-15
Wow....

This is exactly why I didn't want to participate in this hunt. The lack of courtesy doesn't surprise me at all. I've had the same thing happen here in Montana during my elk hunts. Cutting people off is a real classy move. (Insert sarcasm) I too have been the recipient of it and it's not cool. I don't blame Justin one bit for getting hot under the collar. Oh well, some folks don't get it and never will.

Regardless, thanks for taking the time to post Justin. Real sorry to hear you didn't recover, but way to persevere, and big kudos to you for your effort. Sounds like you didn't leave anything on the field, and that's something to be proud of no matter what! You sound like the kind of guy that most folks would love to hunt with. Thanks again for taking the time to post and putting your hunt out there for all to see. The honesty is refreshing.

From: cityhunter
12-Sep-15
.If a ram has a flesh wound i would think the public would see this ram as fair game esp days after the original hit .

I told u there would be fights up there limited number of sheep easy sheep country glassing from main roads Unlimited tags ,hunters thinking this is there only sheep tag and u are flirting with disaster .

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
14-Sep-15
I hunted the first two days of bow season in the Tendoy's and then headed to the Missouri breaks after elk. I shot a young bull on my seventh day out but didn't see much the first two days while sheep hunting.

On the afternoon of the first morning, another bow hunter came in behind me and had spotted a half-curl ram further down the ridge feeding by himself. It was so far away, we couldn't even see if it had horns or not but figured it did since it was alone. I was actually closer to the ram initially but the young guy had spotted it first and I let him sneak on the ram. I asked if I could sneak around below the ram in case he spooked it or missed. He agreed and off we went.....

The guy nudged the ram twice but eventually made it to 20 yards off a cliff and flesh wounded the ram right before dark. I was disappointed and wished I would have been the guy standing 20 yards away. Anyhow, I was glad I did the right thing and let him make his stalk. I found 3 muley shed antlers and didn't see another sheep.

I may go back tomorrow with the rifle and sit up high somewhere.

Justin, be proud you were able to come in and scout and get an opportunity notknowing the area. There were lots and lots of hunters running around and you put yourself in the position to be successful, thanks for posting the good and bad.

From: BULELK1
15-Sep-15

BULELK1's Link
sorry it went the way it did Justin.

I know how ya feel as sometimes it happens...

See my link above as I went thru a very similar hunt--Mnt. Goat...

Stay after 'em roughcountry!!

Good luck, Robb

From: Bigdan
15-Sep-15
Did any one hear the total sheep killed by bow hunters? The real zoo hunt starts today.

From: TD
15-Sep-15
I'd even be wearing orange pants for this one..... orange pack, gun, a can of orange spray paint.... flares maybe before first light....

From: phutch30
15-Sep-15
last I heard was 2 small rams, 4 ewes and 2 or 3 lambs that was last week though.

should be a good zoo down there today

From: alhase
15-Sep-15
Justin it was nice to meet you up there! I feel bad that you were unable to find your ram. I was unable to fill my tag also. I did however have a great time and took a lot of pictures!

From: alhase
15-Sep-15

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This was opening morning weather! Was a little cold!

From: alhase
15-Sep-15

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Sheep country is steep!!!! This was my first time sheep hunting and I can feel that I will again be hunting sheep!

From: alhase
15-Sep-15

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From: alhase
15-Sep-15

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Made one stalk on this ewe got within 80 yards and the wind swirled and she took off.

From: alhase
15-Sep-15

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Last sunrise in Montana. It was a grat hunt and one that I will not not ever forget! Hopefully soon I will be back in sheep country!

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
15-Sep-15
Well.......the half curl is dead up Muddy creek. Unfortunately, it wasn't my kill. I headed up high early and happened to find a pile of fresh sheep droppings and one fresh track in the mud on a rocky spine. I knew there was at least one sheep around. I found a small matched set of muley sheds and was soaked from a morning rain again. I took a break on the spine and changed socks and rested. I was working the cliffs and brush side of the spine and couldn't see all the way down the grassy side.....big mistake. I looped back further down on the grassy side and started back when I see another hunter coming toward me at a fast clip. He's headed where I've already been and there's also two strings of horses in the next major canyon.

We don't talk and intersect about 50-80 yards apart as I'm now angling back towards my truck. I happen to look over my left shoulder and see three sheep up the mountain. One ram, a ewe and a lamb. I had walked right over the top of them earlier and just couldn't see all the way down. Anyhow, I threw my pack down and put the ram in my crosshairs knowing the guy was after them. I looked off my scope and couldn't see the guy on the hillside and held off. Just then, BOOM and they all flew over the ridge.

I did a huge loop at full speed and found the lamb and ewe up the next ridge toward the summit and then see the guy come over looking around. I'm now wondering if he hit the ram. I made it to three hundred yards broadside on the ewe and put her in my cross hairs and just didn't pull for some reason. I guess I wasn't sure if the guy killed the ram or not. They walked over the ridge and I figured I could run up and shoot her at close range. They had other plans and dropped into dark timber. Just then, I hear BOOM again and the guy found his ram and finished him off below where the other two had come up.

I was so pissed as this was the second near death chance I'd had with the half curl ram that I peeked over the edge at the guy checking out his ram and I just headed back to my truck....ugghhh

Good looking ram for a half curl as it was really wide and reminded me of dall sheep horns.

I'm probably done now as their estimated rams have been killed or wounded unless some others from Idaho wander over. I had a fun time chasing them around and I also had a big black bear meet me on the trail at 6:30 a.m. and it was opening day for bear as well. Unfortunately, I'd already killed a small bear this spring.......dang.

From: Bigdan
15-Sep-15
Mike I had a buddy from Columbia Falls Show up this afternoon with a 190 ram out of 680 . And this morning I had a ram on the hill above my house here in 620. today was a sheep day four sure

15-Sep-15
Alhase, congrats on having had the privilege of sheep hunting. Hope there's many to come.

Roughcountry, sorry to hear it didn't turn out for ya. At least you got on sheep and had a great time at it!

From: BigHill
10-Oct-15

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I just found this forum. I was out there on this hunt with everyone else. Here is the ram that I shot on opening day of the gun season. The ram ROUGHCOUNTRY was talking about.

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