Carbon Express Arrows
Sheep Hunt Reports
Wild Sheep
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From: sticksender
02-Aug-16
Would enjoy seeing any hunt reports or success pics from 2016 sheep hunts. Sheep season is well into it's 3rd week in the NWT, Colorado seasons opened yesterday, and Stone Sheep hunting is now underway in BC. Anyone with some news to report, please feel free to post here!

From: Lone Bugle
02-Aug-16
I don't think Colorado opens until this Saturday.....

From: sticksender
02-Aug-16
Yeah you're right Lone Bugle. They opened on Aug 1st last year, but now I see that this year it's the 6th. First Saturday of the month is the opening day. Only one that opened yesterday was the Culebra Ranch hunt.

From: PAstringking
02-Aug-16
There was a monster Dall taken in the Yukon. It was the Kluane National Park tag taken with Dickson Outfitters

From: iceman
02-Aug-16
I've seen a few NWT dalls taken already on social media. I also know 2 bowsiters who are in BC chasing stones as we speak..fingers crossed.

From: kota-man
02-Aug-16
I anxiously await the results of the two bowsiters chasing Stones. Guessing we will get a FULL report from them sometime in the next couple weeks.

From: HUNT MAN
02-Aug-16
What he said^^^

From: PAstringking
02-Aug-16

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Here is the ram I spoke about

From: Nick Muche
02-Aug-16
Won't be long! Two sheep hunts this fall, finally! Good luck to everyone, looking forward to everyone's reports.

From: critrgitr
02-Aug-16
Holy smokes!!!!! That is a beast!

From: BULELK1
03-Aug-16
What a dandy Dall !

Thanks for sharing PA-----

Good luck, Robb

From: iceman
03-Aug-16
Wow! What a giant. Same here, Nick. I'm headed up there on Sunday. Can't wait!

03-Aug-16
Hes got it all ! Congrats to the hunters!

From: PAstringking
03-Aug-16
Jeff Demaske was the hunter. Many know Jeff as a big ram killer and purchaser of many auction tags. I believe he was trying to get into or might already be a member of the 700 club

From: kscowboy
03-Aug-16
Dustin Roe from Backcountry BC and Beyond texted me pics on July 20th of a nice Dall from Nahanni Butte. Not my pics, so I will not post.

From: njbuck
03-Aug-16
Wow, that is an insane ram.

From: Mad Trapper
03-Aug-16
Any word on Mark W?

From: kota-man
03-Aug-16
No word on Mark and Bill yet, but I hope to hear the MINUTE they have service.

From: Mad Trapper
04-Aug-16
Is Bill P hunting with Mark?

From: iceman
04-Aug-16
Yes sir

From: kota-man
04-Aug-16
Yes Tom...I tried to make it a "threesome" but Dustin couldn't get another tag. :(

From: Mad Trapper
04-Aug-16
The three musketeers! Can't wait to hear the report. GOOD LUCK BOYS

From: PAstringking
04-Aug-16
Here is the ram I spoke about

From: Dwitt2n
04-Aug-16
...that is an amazing...amazing...ram.......wow......

From: Kurt
04-Aug-16
I got lucky opening evening on a DIY BC stone ram. 10 yr old 35", 152" P&Y green score. Six years, 8 back pack hunts and 64 hunting days to get it done.....the good fortune of being a BC resident. Sore from the pack out but elated with the ram!

From: kota-man
04-Aug-16
Congrats Kurt...How about a photo or two?

From: Nick Muche
04-Aug-16
Kurt! I'm smiling ear to ear man! Way to go!!

From: Aubs8
04-Aug-16
Congratulations Kurt!I would love to hear the story. Mike

From: bowfinatic
07-Aug-16

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My dad shot this stone with his bow a few days ago

From: Kurt
07-Aug-16
Congrats to bowfin's dad! Dandy Stone ram! Also that Dall is a giant.....unbelievable sheep.

Thanks for the congrats on my ram! Much appreciated. Maybe this winter when Inget the time I will do a bit of a hunt run down. Building a house right now and have to get back to work (before the next hunts!)

08-Aug-16
Wow that Dall is the Holy Grail...wow...wow

The stone a beauty too...looks like he took a tumble

From: bowfinatic
08-Aug-16
Yeah he went of a 200ft vertical cliff then tumbled another 1000ft

09-Aug-16
Bowfin My Mountian goat was about to do double that and "stuck" in the only place a on the whole mountain the yard wide filled in mine after a 100 yard tumble or he would have been a wad of hairy hamburger...Thank you old Miner!!!

From: Kurt
09-Aug-16
Is the giant Dall a bow kill? Must be close to a new P&Y record when he dries if he is! He certainly has mass and length.

From: sheephunter2
09-Aug-16
Kurt I think that's the one Jeff Demaske shot. I don't think he bow hunts. I saw Jan at a RMBS board meeting last week and she said it was high 170s but didn't know how long it was. A cranker by anyone's standards.

From: TXHunter
09-Aug-16
Great rams! I always guess high on the thinhorns. Just goes to show the mass measurements are such a big part of a ram's score.

Hard to imagine a better looking Dall.....

From: Nesser
09-Aug-16
A good buddy killed a dandy in S32 today. I'll get a pic on here

From: Nesser
09-Aug-16

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Toby D's S32 ram from today. Spot n stalk with his teenage son watching. Really a cool story

09-Aug-16
Wow, grats to everyone so far. Kurt, that's a hell of an achievement.

From: Treeline
10-Aug-16
Congratulations to the successful sheep hunters out there! Wishin I was out there myself...

Awesome Dall for sure!

Congratulations to your dad, bowfinatic! Great looking Stone!

Kurt needs to post some pic's and a story! I know he is up to his tail with building a new house, but he could at least start the story... Definitely a lot to be learned there!

Nesser, hope Toby puts his story out as well. Great looking heavy, broomed off ram!

Good luck to the rest of the guys out there still chasing them down!

From: Ambush
10-Aug-16
Awesome ram Kurt and congrats on sticking to it!! Sure has the mass. Shaping up to be a premium year for you.

See you in a few weeks to chase some horns with a different curl.

From: BULELK1
10-Aug-16
Oh the memories of chasing bow Ram in S-32....

Good luck, Robb

From: Porcupine
10-Aug-16
Great ram, I've heard of 2 nice ram killed in S49 this week.

From: sticksender
11-Aug-16
Congrats to all. Keep the reports and pictures coming!

From: trackman
11-Aug-16
I think Kurt is muskox hunting at this time.

From: Mark Watkins
13-Aug-16
Stone's Sheep....2016......Round II

10 day backpack hunt in BC.....covered 49.5 miles in 10 days, Moved camp everyday to be able to glass new mountains early and late each day.

74 sheep spotted of which 11 were Rams of which 0 were legal.

Practiced my stalking on mountain goats..6,21 and27 yards.

Once again the breathtaking beauty of the BC wilderness is calling for the next round.

Kurt (and everyone else)......a huge congrats! Hopefully I don't need another 6 rounds:)!

Mark

From: bliz6
13-Aug-16
Stones - 2016!

As Mark said we were on sheep but couldn't find a legal ram. I saw many rams just not the one we needed. I did get a chance to stalk a ram that we were undecided on which turned out to be a 7 year old and SO very close to full curl. Still amazing to get to ~40 yards on such a beautiful animal.

Terrain was typical sheep country and the bugs were terrible - so yes we were suffering but loving every minute.

I can't explain why we go through all of this and are ready to return the minute we get back to civilization.

From: Bowboy
13-Aug-16
Congrats to all the successful sheep hunters I'm sure there will be more.

From: sticksender
13-Aug-16
MarkW & BillP, thanks for the update. With your guys' positive mental approach, I can see success coming in the near future!

13-Aug-16
Nice 32 Ram great character on the horns would like to see more picture of that tough guy

From: Mad Trapper
15-Aug-16
Mark and Bill: Sorry to hear that the legal rams were scarce again. You guys will do it and when you do it will be all that SWEETER. Mark we will go 2 for 2 in Canmore. I just need to get into sheep shape!

From: huntmaster
15-Aug-16
Mark and Bill, would love to hear the story and see some pics even though we know the ending. The scenery had to be worth the trip.

From: Mark Watkins
15-Aug-16
Bill and I had dinner in Whitehorse with the Dickson Outfitter guide that guided the huge ram in Kluane.

He said LOTS of nice rams in there!

Sticksender, thanks...the irony of being positive when you are beating up your body each and every day!!!

Mad Trapper....you got it..Canmore, here we come!

huntmaster, I'm out of touch for the week, so will try and post up some...the mountain scenery of BC is nothing short of breathtaking for sure! Maybe Bill can post some up...

Mark

From: mossy paws
15-Aug-16

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Hey Guys - My S32 ram from last week.

There are typically 2 ways to hunt sheep in S32, spot them from I-70 or hike back in. After sitting on the frontage road of I-70 several times over the summer and not liking all the road noise and people everywhere, my son and I decided we would rather hike back into several drainages and basins for my sheep.

Tuesday morning was our 3rd hunt. The other 2 days / evenings we were ran off the mountain from lightning. Seeing only 4 rams (nothing big)

We got up 3:30 am, drove and 4 wheeled until 5:20 am, and then hiked up into our basin getting there about 6:45. I was light but the sun was not hitting the basin. We sat down and started to glass, a few minutes later I heard a rock rolling and I looked back at my son and asked him if he had kick the rock… he said no. We went 25 yards further up and I saw the band of rams on the other side of the drainage from us. (218 yards away)

We went down to the bottom of the drainage and back up the other side to the last trees before the rams. (110 yards away) My son sat down and I started to stalk and belly crawl over and up towards the rams.

When I was 50 yards out the big ram came around a boulder the same time I did and he saw me (or thought he saw something) I was already laying on my belly and behind a small 2 ft tall pine tree. He watched me for the next 2 hours and only took his eyes off me twice to do a fake grab a bit to eat and try and get me to move. The other four rams fed around and bedded down during this time.

After two hours I put my head down on the tundra just to give me neck a break, I looked back up and he was gone… I grab by bow, got up on my knees and leaned around the small tree to see my ram quartering away from me. I drew back, he looked over at me, I settled my pin and released my arrow… I never saw my arrow fly and didn't hear it hit him or the boulders around him, he took off running. I looked through my binos and saw a small grey hole in his side… I thought please let that be my arrows entry hole. He ran 50 yards, stopped, got the jello legs and turned around and came crashing down the rock field toward me and expired right in front of us! I was filled with emotion, let out a big holler and looked behind me to see a huge grin on my son's face - he was sitting there watching the whole think! It was great to have such an experience with my son.

From: mossy paws
15-Aug-16

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From: HUNT MAN
15-Aug-16
Great story . Congrats to both of you on a memory of a lifetime . Hunt

From: mossy paws
15-Aug-16

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From: mossy paws
15-Aug-16

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He has lots of chips and missing pieces of horn… lots of great character.

From: Ramhunter
15-Aug-16
Well done Toby! Congratulations!

From: sticksender
15-Aug-16
Congrats on the S32 ram. Love the character in his horns. Did you get an age on him?

From: Kurt
15-Aug-16
Toby, Great bighorn! Looks like an old warrior that won many battles. Congratulations!

I really enjoyed bowhunting sheep in S-32, and drove thru it everyday going to work for 32 years. My last tag was in 1999.

Kurt

From: Bowboy
15-Aug-16
Congrats on a great ram. He was definitely an old warrior from the looks of it. Did you get any video by chance?

From: cmbbulldog
15-Aug-16
Congrats!

From: mossy paws
15-Aug-16

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DOW aged him at 9-1/2 years

This is a photo I took when we first saw them

15-Aug-16
mossy, grats on a great hunt. Incredible.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Aug-16
Toby, very nice indeed. Paul

From: stoneman
15-Aug-16
Congrats on a very nice Ram, well done!

From: Mark Watkins
15-Aug-16
Toby, a HUGE congrats on a great ram!!!

A frontal!

Mark

From: kota-man
15-Aug-16
Fantastic! Good luck to those yet to chase. (And those who will "re-chase";)

16-Aug-16
Congrats Toby !!

16-Aug-16
Congreats on that S32 ram!! I have been wanting that tag for a long time. lol

From: Mad Trapper
16-Aug-16
Congrats!!!! I hope that I live long enough to draw a tag for that hunt.

From: Beav
16-Aug-16
Congrats on a great trophy and so awesome that you were able to share it with your son!

From: bliz6
16-Aug-16

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A few pictures of the scenery. Awesome country!

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16-Aug-16

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16-Aug-16

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16-Aug-16

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16-Aug-16

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From: kota-man
16-Aug-16
Cool pics Bill! Looks like you have Mark inside the pack?

From: Nick Muche
16-Aug-16
Which Hilleburg is the brown one?

From: bliz6
16-Aug-16
I think Mark would have been lighter to pack than all the crap I did have in there Cory.

Nick I can't remember the model on that tent but I will try to get it for you. It was a good tent - reasonably light and quite a bit of room for one person. No vestibule but there was enough room for me, my bow and my pack inside.

From: bliz6
16-Aug-16
Nick I believe it was the Unna.

From: Zackman
16-Aug-16
Nice pics Bill!

Congrats to all the sheep hunters on great experiences

From: Mark Watkins
16-Aug-16
I wish I was in Bill's pack....I'd have seen 3 more sheep than I did!

I used a Hilly Suolo (single with a small vestibule) and loved it.

I Billy, you look really bad a$$ in that combo Sitka/Kuiu outfit:). The essence of sheep style!

Mark

From: bliz6
16-Aug-16
I had to bring that fanatic hoodie just to lessen the grief from Dustin. Its pretty much the only Sitka gear I own but I do like it. When Sitka needs me to abuse some of their gear and sends me a few pieces I'll think about changing....

I do have a few ideas on their Nomad duffel. If any of you Sitka people are listening PM me.

16-Aug-16
Toby, congrats on your ram! That story got me excited! So cool your son was there.

From: BULELK1
17-Aug-16
Great reading and pix fella's.

Thanks for sharing

Old S-32 warrior right there.

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: TXHunter
17-Aug-16
Congratulations and great story! Sharing with your son is a great bonus.

17-Aug-16
Nice job on ram number 2

From: Mark Watkins
17-Aug-16
Bowfinatic, is your Dad Paul Kamps from MI (I assume so)?

If so we hunted Tuchodi last year and he killed a great last day ram there as well!

Mark

18-Aug-16
Another ram hit the dirt in 32

From: loopmtz
18-Aug-16
Sweet!

From: NvaGvUp
19-Aug-16
Good stuff, guys. Thanks for the stories.

My WY hunt starts on Sept. 1, so it won't be long now!

From: Lone Bugle
22-Aug-16
Really great story and pics, thanks! And congrats!

From: iceman
22-Aug-16

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At the risk of getting blasted for the rifle kill, I'll share a few pics of my AK dall sheep from last week. It may be a rifle kill, but I'm damn proud of it.

From: iceman
22-Aug-16

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From: iceman
22-Aug-16

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From: Mark Watkins
22-Aug-16
Holy sheep sh*T!

Congrats Jared on a great ram!!!

Mark

From: Chief 419
22-Aug-16
Congrats Jared! He's a great ram. Long tips and nice flair outward.

22-Aug-16
nice!! congrats!!

From: kscowboy
22-Aug-16
You know what's wrong with that kill? Nothing. Congrats!

Post the story for us, please.

From: Mark Watkins
22-Aug-16
yea, would love to hear the story!

Mark

From: Cajunarcher
22-Aug-16
Congrats again Jared! I was able to hold these horns in my hand when I met him at airport. They are really big!

From: Bowboy
22-Aug-16
Kyle,

Hope too see some success photos from you're WY hunt. Suppose to be cool the next couple days.

Good luck!

From: Treeline
23-Aug-16
Awesome Dall, Iceman! Congratulations! +1 KSCowboy

23-Aug-16
Beautiful Ram...sorry to all but I ever get on a Dall hunt I am packing a rifle day one...so no apologies needed here...

From: iceman
23-Aug-16
Thanks so much, guys. This was my 2nd hunt for a dall, which made it even sweeter when it all came together.

I haven't even looked at the pictures I took with my "real" camera yet. These were a few that I took with my phone.

From: NvaGvUp
23-Aug-16
Craig,

It's 31 in Pinedale this morning, which is 4,000' - 5,000' lower than where we'll be hunting. I'll be bringing warmer clothes than I'd planned to originally.

From: bliz6
23-Aug-16
Congrats Jared! Awesome ram!!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Aug-16
Good luck in WY Kyle....keep us posted!

Mark

From: BULELK1
24-Aug-16
Dang nice Ram iceman.

Did you catch him crossing from one mountain to the other mountain down in the valley?

Good luck, Robb

From: iceman
24-Aug-16
Thanks, Robb.

You guessed it. That's exactly what happened. He was in a band of 6 rams. I couldn't believe it when we first spotted them as low as they were, then when they got into the river bottom, I was really shocked.

Jared

From: TXHunter
24-Aug-16
Beautiful ram iceman! Congratulations!

From: iceman
29-Aug-16
Myself and a friend of mine put a tape on the horns this weekend. Scored him at 158 5/8" gross.

I'm a happy camper!!

From: Mark Watkins
29-Aug-16
Congrats! A great ram for sure with a lifetime of memories!

Mark

From: Bigpizzaman
29-Aug-16
Hell of a Ram Jared!!! Congrats my friend! Now send me and Lee and Greg some Damn Luck!!

From: iceman
29-Aug-16
I'm trying!!!! Y'all just need the weather to give you a break.

From: NvaGvUp
03-Sep-16

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I'm happy!

From: Mark Watkins
04-Sep-16
Dang Kyle........that's one heck of a ram..... Tell us more!

Mark

From: BULELK1
04-Sep-16
My Hell Kyle!!!!

That is one dandy of a Wyoming Ram!

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: bliz6
04-Sep-16
Nice Kyle! Details?

From: NvaGvUp
04-Sep-16

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Short summary, with more to follow.

WY Unit 23 has got to be the most physically demanding sheep unit anywhere. Everything is seemingly straight up and down and there are no valley floors, just more steep high granite mountains. It's also all above 10,000.' I was at 11,500' when I shot the ram, so the oxygen was a bit lacking.

I shot the ram about 11:30 on Friday. It took us almost two hours to get to a place where we could climb up to him after circling around and down. Then it was :30 up a REALLY steep slope to get to him, :60 for photos, dressing and getting him on the packs, followed by :30 down.

From there it took us another 4:00 to hike down to a horse trail where we would be met by a packer with four pack mules/horses and three saddle horses. (Thank God for satellite phones!)

That hike down was brutal! Long stretches of HUGE boulder fields to negotiate ('HUGE' meaning the size of the boulders themselves, not just the size of the fields), followed by very steep grassy downgrades in the timber where staying upright and on your feet was almost impossible!

The good news is the packer arrived at the rendezvous point almost the very second we did and he had two six-packs of great craft beer (on ice, no less), plus a pint of Pendleton bourbon and a flask of Macallan single malt scotch, along with some snacks!

Yes, we celebrated!

Then it was a 3:30 ride to the trail head and another 1:30 drive back to Pinedale, where I checked into a hotel well after 3:00 AM.

I got to sleep by 4:00 AM and got up about 6:30. Got the ram checked by 10:10, then drove ten and a half hours home.

Yes, I was shot!

Great hunt, great crew, great WY ram!

From: JDM
04-Sep-16
Nicely done. Can't figure why you took it so easy though.

From: NvaGvUp
04-Sep-16

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James, one of the crew, taking a break on the way down.

Jake Franklin, my guide, along with the helpers, James and Nate, were the hardest working and best crew I've ever experienced. Simply awesome.

From: Jimbo
04-Sep-16
Congratulations on a great hunt, Kyle.

From: Shrewski
04-Sep-16
Great Rams gents. Kyle, I will get that bottle of wine out to you this week. That is a perfect Wyoming ram!

From: NvaGvUp
04-Sep-16
Thanks!

I'd forgotten all about that, my friend!

05-Sep-16
Great Ram beautiful drop horn

06-Sep-16
Beautiful ram Kyle! Congrats!

From: squirrel
06-Sep-16

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You guys are making me look bad, hell all I've got are scenery pics and "small rams as close as 28 yards" stories! Oh, and a bunch of sore muscles...

From: Hawkeye
06-Sep-16
Awesome thread and congrats to everyone! Just to do these hunts takes guts. No doubt you'll get it done next time Mark. Congrats Jared! Heck of a ram buddy.

From: huntmaster
06-Sep-16
Congrats Kyle! Beautiful scenery and ram!

From: TXHunter
07-Sep-16
Congrats Kyle! Beautiful hard-won ram!

From: NvaGvUp
07-Sep-16
After I'd tagged out and we'd started the trek down the mountain, I remembered my trip to Cheyenne early last year when I flew back to testify against a bill in the WY legislature that would have cut the non-resident sheep tag allocation in half.

Fortunately, after I and a few others testified that morning, the committee voted to kill the bill. If the bill had passed, my chances of drawing the tag would have be cut in half and this hunt might never had happened.

Karma, perhaps?

From: fubar racin
08-Sep-16
One of the guys that's on the fire dept with me took a nice ram off the purgatory ranch down by la junta CO. It's a rifle kill and not my pic to post so I won't but it was sure cool to see one of my brothers take an animal like that.

From: sticksender
11-Sep-16
Congrats Kyle, nice ram! Just catching up via the wifi here at the hotel in Norman Wells. Will try to post some details on my hunt in a few days.

Fubar racin, would sure love to see the pics of that S61 ram.

From: Bigpizzaman
12-Sep-16
Sticksender the world of Bowsite awaits your story, don't make me spill the beans! Thanks for dinner and safe travels my friend!

12-Sep-16

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2016 Colorado S57, sorry for the poor pics but I was hunting solo that day!

12-Sep-16

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From: iceman
12-Sep-16
Awesome! Congrats!

From: NvaGvUp
12-Sep-16
Well done, Keith!

From: Cajunarcher
12-Sep-16
Yeah Greg I'm drinking beer in Houston patiently waiting your story that Tim and I will have to type for u if u don't hurry! Lol like he said really appreciate dinner last nite and really feel blessed to have the chance to hunt with you and Tim . I really looked up to guys like y'all.

From: jcneng
12-Sep-16
Nice job Keith, very nice!

From: TheSol
12-Sep-16
Great job Keith.

From: sticksender
13-Sep-16
Congrats Keith!

Lee & Tim, hey the pleasure was all mine, I promise you. Got back home to find our cable internet modem had been fried by a lightning strike last week. Once I get some internet service I'll for sure post up a report.

From: Mark Watkins
13-Sep-16
Congrats Keith...way to go!!!

Greg, we only have so much patience my friend:)!

Mark

From: sticksender
14-Sep-16
Posted a sheep hunt report separately over on this thread:

Dall Sheep NWT - Round 2

From: Bowboy
25-Sep-16
Kyle,

Your Wyoming ram is a stud. Congrats!

From: BULELK1
26-Sep-16
Good for you Keith.

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Deflatem
05-Oct-16

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Had a great day in the Montana mountains Sunday 9/25/16 I drew my Ram tag on year #30. Although it is a rifle kill, I'm super happy to have a nice Bighorn to my credit.

From: Deflatem
05-Oct-16

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One from the side.

From: INbowdude
05-Oct-16
Nice one Deflatem. Congrats.

06-Oct-16
Awesome Ram! Congrats Rex!

From: iceman
06-Oct-16
Congrats!

From: iceman
06-Oct-16
Got a text via Delorme Inreach yesterday...this thread is not done for the year..yet

From: kota-man
06-Oct-16
Rumor has it one of the posters above has a Stone sheep harvest to report!

From: Deflatem
06-Oct-16
Thanks all. !!!

From: huntmaster
06-Oct-16
I saw pics of a stone and someone looked familar....

From: bliz6
08-Oct-16
Awesome! Who was the lucky Bowsiter?? I bet the weather was miserable in northern BC this time of year.

I heard legendary guide Kent McKenzie was part of the show and Mark Watkins support was integral to the hunt!

From: kota-man
08-Oct-16
Just get on with it Bill. I got places to go....

From: bliz6
08-Oct-16
After our unsuccessful hunt early in the year, Dustin called and invited Mark and I back for a second go. The hunt was vastly different than our first - ATV's instead of planes and the weather was brutal!

We set up a base camp and had to wait a day for the weather to clear. Once we could see we set off - Mark East and I went West. We had just started climbing when my guide Kent noticed a white spot a mile or so away down low on a ridge line to the north. The spotting scope revealed a ram that warranted a closer look. We tried multiple angles but due to the weather we couldn't determine if he was legal or not.

From: bliz6
08-Oct-16
We hunted this ram for basically 4 days and a lot of miles. It all came together with a 26 yard shot - yes a sheep at 26 - that looked great but wasn't. The ram went far further than hoped. Fortunately, after what can only be described as a nightmare, everything worked out.

As I mentioned above, the weather was terrible. Snow, wind and freezing temperatures had us considering how sane we were.

From: bliz6
08-Oct-16

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08-Oct-16

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08-Oct-16

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08-Oct-16

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08-Oct-16

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08-Oct-16

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From: sticksender
09-Oct-16
Congrats on your success. Great coloring on the cape of your ram!

From: Bowboy
09-Oct-16
Bill great ram! Looks like it may a little cold during your hunt.

From: iceman
09-Oct-16
Congrats again, Bill. Hell of an accomplishment! Way to stick it out..well earned trophy!

From: Kurt
09-Oct-16
Bill, congrats on a great Stone! Glad you got one on the second try this year. The late season long-haired cape combined with the pre-rut neck swell sure make him look....well like a ram (and a lot different look than an August 1 ram like I shot).

He looks old, what did the bio age him at?

Kurt

From: bliz6
09-Oct-16
Kurt he was 11 years old. He appeared to be healthy but was missing many of his teeth. An old warrior for sure - horns were broomed, chipped and cracked. Not the highest scoring stone but I couldn't be happier!

From: bliz6
09-Oct-16
Craig it was extremely cold. Lots of snow and wind up high. If I am ever fortunate enough to do a late season hunt like this again I will rethink my gear choices for sure. That being said - what an experience!

From: huntmaster
09-Oct-16
Congrats Bill! Beautiful ram! Love the snow covered photos!

What were the Temps like and what gear would you change?

10-Oct-16
Bliz6, Congrats on your ram. Incredible accomplishment!!

From: Mark Watkins
10-Oct-16
I'll never forget Dustin's words as he read them off the In Reach...."Bill shot a ram today!!!"

I still get "the chills" even as I write this in the warm confines of my office in MN ten days later!

We high fived and celebrated Bill and Kent making it happen on this late season Stone's Ram 15 miles away with our Mountain House!

So incredibly happy for you Bill as I know firsthand the two brutal hunts you endured mentally and physically to take your great ram!

Success could not have happened to a better person...I'm honored to have shared two trips together chasing our dreams in the wilderness of BC!!!

Mark

From: bliz6
10-Oct-16
Scott I would bring more heavy weight down clothing for starters. I had some down with me that was lighter and it just didn't cut it while we were glassing. While hiking I was fine but as I mentioned above we watched this ram for days. I did a lot of pacing when I could get out of sight.

I would also consider lightly insulated boots. I generally prefer no insulation because while hiking I don't want my feet to sweat. On this hunt 400 grams or so may have been the right balance.

From: bliz6
10-Oct-16
Mark it was one hell of an adventure. I can still remember the mixed emotions the afternoon we met you as I was coming down with my ram and you and Dustin were headed into that "hole from hell". I am positive we would both have a ram if not for the weather that completely messed you up for days.

Can't wait to share another campfire soon. I guess that should read campfire, freezing temperatures, howling wind, grizzly tracks outside the tent, tipped trailers, ice on everything, etc, etc....

10-Oct-16
Would you gentlemen say that you preferred the early hunt(when it comes to the chances of killing a sheep) or the late hunt. It was my experience that the later hunt provided more opportunity for harvest. Wonder what your thoughts were. Your input may help future hunters when considering booking for Stones.

From: Jim in PA
10-Oct-16
Congratulations. A late season long haired ram is the trophy of a lifetime.

From: Mark Watkins
10-Oct-16
Ned, A great question.

In terms of numbers of legal rams on the first hunt (August 1-10), Bill and I saw a combined 0 legal rams...we each backpacked about 50 miles 4-15 miles apart.

On the second hunt (September 25-October 5), Bill and I saw a combined 3 legal rams (and possible 2 more)...we combined covered about the same 100 miles, once again being 4-20 miles apart for the most part.

I think Kurt on a previous post had provided input that he has always seen more sheep (and maybe rams) on the later hunts.

With the later hunt (at least on our dates), we had about 4 less hours of daylight per day and had fog/falling snow reducing visibilities on at least 5 out of our 10 day hunt.

With the earlier hunt, you have (depending on where you hunt) an advantage of hunting rams that are totally relaxed and haven't seen a human for a long time (if ever).

The rut is/was a non factor on both of our hunts.

In summary, I really liked what we experienced in the late hunt, just wished we would have had better weather:)!

Maybe early/mid September would be "the ideal" time frame?

One heck of an adventure either way!!!

Mark

From: bliz6
10-Oct-16
I preferred the later hunt as well. I think all the time frames have advantages and disadvantages. Some random thoughts below in no particular order.

Early the weather is generally better although mosquitos can be annoying. Probably more chances to lose hunting days due to weather on the late hunts.

It was COLD on our late hunt - some people probably wouldn't want to deal with it given a choice. Also, temperatures like this combined with wind and snow can be dangerous - always something to consider.

We saw more rams on the late hunt as Mark mentioned but that could have been the time frame, location, weather, etc.

Late hunts limit your ability to fly in as lakes can be frozen.

Harder to shoot with multiple layers of clothing on during late hunts. With sheep the shots can be at the outer edge of many hunters comfort range. Bulky clothing complicates everything.

Probably less resident pressure during the later seasons as most residents have moved on from sheep hunting and are chasing moose. Depending on where you are hunting this may or may not be an issue.

Most of all go do it! The mountains of northern Canada/Alaska are some of the most majestic places on earth. Early or late you will return with memories that you will carry to your grave.

10-Oct-16
All very good points. With the money being charged I would strongly consider time frames prior to booking. With your experiences, mine, and hearing of others, I would book later. The only reason that I would book early is if a prior arrangement was made to be able to return later in the year if not successful during the initial time frame. I say this because in order to shoot a sheep, you need to see and locate them in order to kill them. I simply saw more sheep later. It sounds like this is consistent with others findings as well. Hope for clear weather later, the cold will be there no matter what most likely. lol

From: Cajunarcher
10-Oct-16
Congrats bill! Jared called me earlier and told me your story! All I can say is wow!

From: huntmaster
10-Oct-16
Good info about the later hunts! Although, a 2 for 1 would be twice the fun!

From: Mad Trapper
11-Oct-16
CONGRATS BILL!! Persistence pays.

From: Cliffhanger
15-Oct-16
Bill,

Awesome ram, congrats.

From: iceman
17-Oct-16

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This is not me and I don't know this guy, but I thought some of you would like to see this ram. I assume it is a rifle kill, but its HUGE.

From: iceman
17-Oct-16

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17-Oct-16

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From: Chasewild
17-Oct-16
What a sheep.

17-Oct-16
wowza

17-Oct-16
Unreal! That looks like a marco polo ram!

From: Mark Watkins
17-Oct-16
Oh my....

Looks like a bit "Chadwick ram like!"

Congrats to the hunter!!!

Mark

From: bliz6
18-Oct-16
Wow - Huge!

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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Steep dangerous country.

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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Sat on this ram for days as sheep numbers are low and I didn't want to "re-locate" sheep.

From: Mark Watkins
14-Nov-16
Talk to us Caz!

Mark

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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3 days later waiting him out.

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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Enough waiting, 9 days without a stalk to my name, it was time, I'm off. I was alone, so I took a photo through the scope, and drew my plan.

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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Man, I have to cross this?

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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Hours later, I see this!

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16
6 hours later, waiting, waiting, 24 yards I get my chance. I can't believe it just happened. My first stalk. My second Colorado Ram is down. And boy did he go down!

From: Cazador
14-Nov-16

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12 years old, I believe I may have seen my last Rocky Mountain Bighorn hunt and that's ok.

From: Scoot
14-Nov-16
Wow congrats!

From: HUNT MAN
14-Nov-16
That's just amazing!!. Sign of a true predator! Wait and watch! Than strike!! I have always been so impressed with your skills! Congrats ! Hunt

From: Quinn @work
14-Nov-16
Great Ram Caz. What a beauty! Congrats! You are a killer.

From: Ermine
14-Nov-16
Awesome! Your the man Chad!

From: BULELK1
15-Nov-16
Good for you Chad!!

What a dandy Ram

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Mark Watkins
15-Nov-16
Congrats Caz on a great ram!!!

The patience and stealth of a cat!!!

Mark

From: Bowboy
15-Nov-16
Great ram. Congrats Chad!

15-Nov-16
What a ram!! Congrats!!

From: kota-man
15-Nov-16
Great ram Caz. Great hunt...Congrats

From: Mad Trapper
15-Nov-16
Wow! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Beav
15-Nov-16
Congrats on a great ram!!

15-Nov-16
Good luck Canmore hunters!!! The golden horseshoe will be present to help all involved!!

From: Chasewild
15-Nov-16
9 days waiting.....that is awesome stuff right there.

From: njbuck
15-Nov-16
Caz, that is one hell of a ram, congrats!

From: Nick Muche
15-Nov-16
Congrats Caz!! Well done!

15-Nov-16
Congrats !

From: sticksender
15-Nov-16
Jaw-dropping ram and hunt Chad, congratulations!

Very happy for you man.

From: Kurt
15-Nov-16
Nice CO ram!!!!!! Great to arrow one! Are they rutting hard?

From: bowhuntercam
15-Nov-16
Congrats on a great ram!

From: TD
15-Nov-16
Wow. Great job Caz. Congrats. Such patience and persistence and then the skills to know when it's a green light and pull it off...... pretty cool.....

Congrats to all the sheep hunters. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Tom.... you been preparing like Jake with walk in freezers in your skivvies???? =D Good luck man.

From: iceman
15-Nov-16
Wow! Congrats!

From: Bou'bound
15-Nov-16
you are a machine

From: Earltex
15-Nov-16
Awesome ram. Such rugged country. Had no doubts you would get it done. Killer.

From: Cazador
15-Nov-16

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Thanks Guys. Didn't get many good photos as I was worried about being in those cliffs in the dark. It was my first time in there, and the last thing I wanted was to be up there in the dark. It was a long ways out.

From: Sandbrew
15-Nov-16
Wow Caz! Congrats! Awesome ram! Sandbrew

From: huntmaster
18-Nov-16
Congrats! Awesome hunt!

From: Medicinemann
18-Nov-16
Simply outstanding......well done!!

From: kota-man
19-Nov-16
Now, I anxiously await a Canmore report or two...I've heard rumors...;)

From: otcWill
19-Nov-16
Attaboy Caz!!

From: bliz6
20-Nov-16
Rumors?? I need to get back in cell phone coverage....

From: Hawkeye
20-Nov-16
I've heard rumors too.....:)

From: JRABQ
20-Nov-16
WOW, that was incredible, congrats!

21-Nov-16
feel like chopped liver

21-Nov-16
I feel better now that I have heard rumors out of Canmore!

From: Cazador
21-Nov-16
Who was hunting up there? Foss boys?

From: Zackman
21-Nov-16
I think they might be more than rumors, Kota

From: sureshot
21-Nov-16
Hopefully there will be a couple of very good stories from Canmore

21-Nov-16
Grats Cazador! Fantastic!

From: kota-man
22-Nov-16
C'mon Mark...Get done with the honey do's and start posting...

From: Nick Muche
23-Nov-16
Yeah Mark!

I guess three sheep hunts in one year makes a guy appreciate his family :)

Good work on both accounts Mark!

From: bliz6
23-Nov-16
Hello Mark!!!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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Canmore 2016...Hard to believe, but it is game time...The opportunity to hunt the hallowed Canadian Rockies for Bighorns...in the rut!!!

Mark

From: Cazador
23-Nov-16
Nice, looks cold!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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My favorite picture of the entire hunt! The A Team! Mad Trapper (Tom Edgington,), my guide, Michael Simpson and Tom's guide Tee Jensen....What a blast we had hunting sheep...(.now that is an oxymoron if there ever was one)!

We all four hiked up at first light and stopped to glass. I spotted a ram and a ewe about 3/4 of a mile away. Tee put the spotter on him and within a minute declared him a legal ram! They were travelling at a pretty good walking pace across the rocky/snowy face of the mountain. They were on a bit of a mission...but to where? Across a ridgeline out of sight they go...only to come back into our basin and into sight within about 5 minutes....whew!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16
Michael quickly hatches a plan...Mark and I will go high, Tom and Tee will sit tight covering the potential low route. This allows us to cover about a 200 yard swath of the mountainside and the two cliff bands that he felt the ram may take if he continues on his current trajectory.

Michael says to me, "Grab your bow, lets go!" We have pack boots on ( expecting a long day on the mountain top) with crampons for traction. Michael takes off like a goat up through the rocks and steep slick mountainside....I'm doing my best to keep up.... struggling to keep the crampons on but without them I'd end up on a driverless bobsled ride down the mountain!

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16
It is now a footrace:

-Can we guess correctly the route the ram will take...IF he comes through?

-Will we get there in time?

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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No way I can stay with a 24 year old Alberta mountain goat, but I'm "givin' 'er" I keep looking for the potential ram (not in sight) and at Michael for any instruction as his vantage point was a bit higher than mine.

I see him pointing his finger...I look in the direction he is pointing and see nothing. I look at him again and he is pointing now with more authority. I look up, almost straight above me and there standing on top of the cliffs is the most beautiful Bighorn Ram I've ever seen....surveying the alpine basin he calls home...all to the background of a crystal clear blue sky!

Quickly, I nock an arrow and range the ram. In my head I'm thinking "45 yards" The range finder kicks out 33 at 32 degree uphill angle....OK....makes sense. As I draw back, my footing gives way in light of the steep snow covered slope, so I drop to my left knee and dig in my right crampon. The ram disappeared on top of the cliff.

Moments later, he magically reappears (thank you Lord!)....I draw back, and release aiming up into the front arm pit with the intent of driving the arrow up and through his chest cavity..should be able to catch both lungs.

The ram heads up the mountain for about 15 yards (per Michael) and then staggers and heads back down and dives off the 60 foot cliff. I hear him hit the mountainside at the bottom of the cliff and watch him go by me end over end about 20 yards from me at something near Mach... 250 yards later he comes to rest in a spruce thicket.

Tom and Tee are 400 yards below us and have just watched the entire series of events! They erupt like a couple of high school cheerleaders under the Friday Night lights...

Michael get to the ram first (surprise, surprise)....and declares all is good and in one piece!!!

(We drug him out of the spruce thicket for this pic)

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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The arrow flew true and remained intact, unbroken and fully embedded in the ram other than a bit of fletch sticking out and the tip of the broadhead......

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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From: huntinelk
23-Nov-16
That's awesome...congrats Mark

From: sureshot
23-Nov-16
Congratulations Mark! Halfway there. ...hopefully 3/4 before spring!

From: otcWill
23-Nov-16
Heck yeah!! What a hunt. Congrats Mark!

From: kota-man
23-Nov-16
Love it...Congrats again Mark!

From: Nick Muche
23-Nov-16
Awesome Mark!! Congrats again!!

From: sticksender
23-Nov-16
Mark wow congrats! Beautiful ram and a great shot. Happy for ya!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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The weight of a heavy pack with the pungent smell of rutting Bighorn and the crisp, clean alpine air of Alberta!!!!

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
23-Nov-16

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A bit of perspective:

-This was one year and one day after the passing of my Father in Law Tom.....a great friend, pilot, businessman and Mentor. 26 months ago, while Tom was battling cancer, I ask him if it was Ok if he would "pilot my arrows?" He smiled and said, "of course!"

After my ram came to rest.....an incredibly emotional moment thinking of the many components that came together for this all to happen at once.....34 days of sheep hunting (Stone's) since I had previously released an arrow.

It doesn't always happen this way, but pretty sure Tom was there guiding my arrow with a big smile on his face!!!

I am one lucky bowhunter!

Mark

From: HUNT MAN
23-Nov-16
What a hunt and adventure !! Way to go Mark !

From: bliz6
23-Nov-16
CONGRATS Buddy! Well earned!!

From: Zackman
23-Nov-16
Congrats again Mr. Watkins! Well done

From: Ermine
24-Nov-16
Awesome! Great job

24-Nov-16
Grats! Great hunt and story

From: BULELK1
24-Nov-16
Damn nice Ram!

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Dennis Razza
24-Nov-16
Congrats on a well deserved ram! Awesome job Mark!!!

From: Hawkeye
24-Nov-16
Great story, shot, and Ram! Nobody deserves it more than you buddy. Well done sir!

From: Scoot
24-Nov-16
WTG Mark!!!

From: Kurt
24-Nov-16
Mark, Congratulations! Great shot and ram! Kurt

From: mister
24-Nov-16

From: spike buck
24-Nov-16
Awesome animal Mr. Watkins!!!

From: Medicinemann
25-Nov-16
I got a phone call from Tom Edgington a couple days ago as I was driving home Arizona. He hasn't seen a ram since the day that Mark killed his.....Tom seems to believe that the weather may actually be too nice......and that they need more cold and more snow to get the rams moving into the area where they are. I told him that he was going to see another ram before the end of his hunt, and that he needed to keep a positive attitude. I also told him to keep visualizing such a ram, and to keep going through his pre-shot mental checklist, so he is essentially on auto-pilot when it DOES happen.

From: kota-man
25-Nov-16
Thanks for the update Jake. I was wondering how it was going for Tom. Hopefully things happen for him.

From: Dennis Razza
25-Nov-16
Thanks Jake. I've been wondering how he's doing.

From: Mark Watkins
26-Nov-16
I've been talking with Tee (Tom) twice a day on the In Reach...high winds and snow yesterday made for miserable spotting conditions... No Rams seen. Michael has been out hiking into other basins glassing and scouting for them...

They need a couple feet of snow and cold to get the sheep moving...

Mark

From: Heat
26-Nov-16
Some tremendous trophies here, congrats guys! Want to wish everyone with a winter sheep hunt the best of luck!

From: TD
26-Nov-16
Great job! Congrats Mark! Must feel awesome, such a well earned animal, lots of sheep days and no sheep, then happens in what seems an instant. Pretty cool.

Get em Tom! U can du et!

From: Mark Watkins
26-Nov-16
Blake Patton, guided by Dustin Roe is hunting bighorns with the Simpsons right now as well.....I've been talking with these guys daily. Same story for these guys....

Michael, Tee and Dustin are three of the absolute best sheep guides on earth (I've hunted with all three). These guys are passionate, hard working, eagle eyed sheep hunting machines with proven track records!!!

Mark

From: Mark Watkins
28-Nov-16
Talked to Tee (Tom Edgington) and Dustin (Blake Patton) in the past 12 hours...It is cold (5F) in the mountains this AM but no new measurable snow to speak of. Some small rams encounters but no legal rams...

Including today....3 more days!

Say your "sheephunters prayers" for these guys as it is down to crunch time in some brutal conditions!!!

Mark

From: iceman
28-Nov-16
Congratulations on your ram, Mark. A well earned trophy for you to say the least!

Jared

From: bhunter
28-Nov-16
Congratulations Mark!

From: kscowboy
29-Nov-16
Mark, any updates from Dustin? I shot him a text a few days back but haven't heard from him. You are right, Dustin is a heck of a sheep guide.

From: NvaGvUp
29-Nov-16
Well done, Mark!

Congratulations for sure!

From: KyleSS
06-Dec-16
any more updates on anyone

From: Mad Trapper
07-Dec-16
Blake and I struck out. I never saw a legal ram in bow range after Mark killed his. 26 days (over two hunts) in Canmore and haven't got to draw my bow. The good thing about this recent hunt was that the temperatures were milder. I believe that it was only getting into the low single digits (F) at night. Still made you not want to get out of the sleeping bag. Canmore is certainly a special place, but at least for me, it is the toughest hunt that I have done so far. I believe Tom Miranda said the same thing on his video of his Canmore hunt.

From: Mark Watkins
07-Dec-16
To add to the update, in talking with Alan McGraw who hunted basically the same time frame with Guinns in Canmore, it was the same story...never got to draw his bow.

Mark

07-Dec-16
Tall mountains, cold weather, lack of sheep, unpunched tags, etc can lead to discouragement. However, I hope it inspires you to continue the pursuit. Hang in there gents. Never give up!!

From: Kurt
07-Dec-16
Playing off what loesshill says.........keep at it and you will get your ram. Enjoy the pursuit, beautiful country, physical hardships, wind, snow, rain, fogged in days in the tent, etc. When success finally arrives it will be even sweeter! This is coming from a sheep hunter that hunted over 60 days/5 seasons for my first Bighorn, over 60 days/6 seasons for my Stone (but just eight days for the Desert and 11 for the second Bighorn). Luckily there was little monetary pain involved as mine were DIY, except for an unsuccessful/ "cheap" Alaska Dall hunt with Shankster.

From: Heat
07-Dec-16
Stickflicker has a sheep tag and I am certain he will hunt with his bow. Can't wait for the results. His season is the entire month of December.

From: TD
07-Dec-16
Tough hunt Tom. Congrats on a heck of an adventure though! I imagine it's an amazing place.

But losesshill X2...... you're a guy who picks it up where he left off and starts it again. I prefer "persistent" and "committed" over "stubborn" or "hard headed". =D

From: Jim in PA
07-Dec-16
Tough break Tom. The ones I remember with the most detail and fondness are the tough ones. 21 days in Mexico and all I kept thinking was that I thought the hard part about hunting Mexico was paying for it. I hunted unsuccessfully for 21 days in Alberta and considered it the best hunt I was ever on. My outfitter buddy thought I was nuts. I went back several years later and was successful on day 20. Told him "this" is now the best hunt I have ever been on. Hang in there It will happen.

From: sureshot
07-Dec-16

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Babe Ruth could've been a sheep hunter.........Hopefully the stars will align the next time.

From: kscowboy
07-Dec-16
Kurt, you are not the first to be burned by him. Please post an outfitter review on here. I almost bid on a donated hunt of his at FNAWS in 2013. A couple of very reputable guides, talked me out of it--I still buy them beers as a thank you. He does a good job of keeping his name clean online but there is a lot of dirt out there on him. I know a guy who got a B&C moose and a full-curl ram on one hunt and still wouldn't recommend that outfit.

From: Kurt
07-Dec-16
Kscowboy, the Dall hunt was 19 plus years ago. Bowonly and I got burned but not as bad as some have. But that is a story for another time. Certainly soured me on outfitters for quite a while though. And at the time His references checked out as two friends had an awesome Bowhunt with him the previous year.

From: NvaGvUp
08-Dec-16
Great job, Mark!

Great story as well!

Congratulations!

From: Quick Draw 1
12-Dec-16
Mark- Congrats on a great ram. And thanks to you for all those words of encouragement as the days of my hunt in Canmore started piling up..... Kyle had lots of great words, too. After 22 days and not seeing a legal ram, it was tough to stay "in the game." But we did.... day after day. There's absolutely nothing to complain about. The guides were great. The outfitter was great. The area was great. And it was probably the most beautiful area I've ever hunted. It was just one of those things. No one can control the weather, and no one can control the animals. If they could.....well, count me out because then it wouldn't be a hunt. In the end, it was one heck of an adventure. And I just hunted the same spot as Fred Bear! How does it get any better than that? Can't wait until the next one. Alan

From: Bowboy
12-Dec-16
Congrats on a great ram. Thanks for sharing!

From: huntmaster
12-Dec-16
Congrats Mark!

From: trkyslr
12-Dec-16
Congrats again Mark!!! Super jealous! Simply awesome!

From: boone59
13-Dec-16

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Bow the first five days ,not many sightings gave in. was a great hunt great animal

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13-Dec-16

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13-Dec-16

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on the hoof

From: sticksender
13-Dec-16
Beautiful ram....congrats Jeff!

From: OFFHNTN
13-Dec-16
Very special Mark! A huge congrats on a beautiful animal, a true trophy.

Congrats to all successful sheep hunters!

From: Medicinemann
13-Dec-16
Boone59,

Have you had any of the meat yet? I am envious!!

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13-Dec-16

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not yet, soon though curious to what a desert taste like. Camp

From: FireBow
14-Dec-16
Great Job Jeff!

From: Mark Watkins
14-Dec-16
A huge congrats Jeff!!! Love the spotting scope pic!!!

I always take spotting scope pics of each ram we are going after.....the "before and after" as I always seem to think each stalk is "the one" and going to end up with a dead ram:)

Mark

From: AZ~Rich
15-Dec-16
My desert tasted very good, right up there with the best game meats I've had.

From: AZ~Rich
15-Dec-16
My desert tasted very good, right up there with the best game meats I've had.

From: Cazador
15-Dec-16
The ram I just killed is horrible. The meat is so strong I couldn't stand the taste in my mouth hours later.

From: Medicinemann
15-Dec-16
Cazador,

That is really unfortunate. On Tom Edgington's (Mad Trapper) sheep hunt, we had a local hotel kitchen cook the backstraps from Tom's ram. Probably the single finest meal that I have ever eaten in Mexico.....and I have been to Five Star affairs....yet they simply don't compare.

From: StickFlicker
16-Dec-16
Guys,

Congratulations on all these great sheep hunts! It seems like more Bowsiters have sheep tags this year than normal, or maybe I'm just more aware of it this years since I finally had one. Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried the meat from mine yet, I hope it's a better experience than Cazador's.

From: BULELK1
21-Dec-16
I thought for sure we would start seeing more Az. & Nv. Desert Rams by now--------->

Good luck, Robb

From: AZ~Rich
21-Dec-16
It would be surprising to me if the number of lucky, once in a lifetime tag holders in AZ NV who opt to hunt with a bow equals 1%. Most will use a firearm when it actually comes down to it.

From: Kurt
21-Dec-16
Guess I was a 1% 'er when I drew a NV desert sheep back in '91! Proud of it too!

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