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Ewe have got to be kiddin
Here is the story and a lot of photos from a recent hunt with my buddy Nick and TJ. Enjoy Hunt
Nick decide he wanted to hunt sheep in Montana. The best way to do that is a Ewe tag or Unlimited. He went the Ewe route. Nick flew in on Wednesday. A trip to the blind to catch up that night . We had a cabin lined up and Nick had touched base with some landowners!
We left my house Friday at 10 am. Plan was to hunt until Sunday night if we needed.
After we got settled into the cabin. we head out to look for sheep and touch base with the landowners. We found a high point and soon found some sheep.
We found the sheep. Now to find the landowners. We did and they were as nice of people as there is! True salt of the earth. A plan was made for the morning
We saw plenty of these also. Some a little to close!
We got up and had a wonderful quiche from TJ better half! Then headed to the parking spot . We loaded up For the day. Well me and TJ did. Nick carried his bow and a empty pack!
We spot a few sheep high on this ridge and head that way!
Nick checking to see if there still there !
Hour later we are on the ridge across from where we saw them earlier! Takes a bit but we find them again.
A plan is made. Tj will stay here and me and Nick will slide in! Go Time.
We have to go all the way down and then circle the ridge to be above them. Down we go.
And down and down. To the bottom.
Now back up. We could see them as we headed up. Until we got around the ridge!
Up we go. The tall pine is are marker tree!
We see TJ sitting on the other side under the left pine. He signaled us game over! Me and Nick stalk in and he was right. Turns out they winded us. Ok now we know!
Tj Had spotted another group of sheep. Farther up the ridge. Ewes and young Rams.
We make a move that way. A big loop to get the wind perfect by his time. Takes a hour or so. Soon TJ sees a sheep.
Nick is locked and loaded
Nick is locked and loaded
I pull up the Binos to confirm a Ewe and Get a range for Nick.
Been waiting on ewe guys!!!
At the shot we hear a loud crack. The sheep bolt. I see blood on the lead one. Nick and TJ circle the hill to watch. I go down to the shot!
We saw the hit wasn't good. But we had decent blood and 3 determined Hunters . We are going to find her.
What happened over the next 5 hours was something you never want as a bow hunter. It was hands and knees blood trailing . Small drops and running tracks.
After a half mile she breaks away from the other sheep. She is in a Steep bottom. I look up to see her 47 yards away bedded. She gets up and Nick reacts for a shot.
Nick shoots and she runs to the right and the. A hard left and up the hill. We follow. Nick sees her side hilling and we back off. We can tell she is hurt and we will find her.
We follow up on the trail and the blood is even harder to find after she had bedded down. But with the three of us we line out the trail one speck at a time.
We find another bed on the edge of a cliff. it has lots of blood in it but none leaving it. We find where she backtracked and then lost the blood. We are all looking and Nick says I will just cut out my tag. I look left and there she is bedded again head up.
Tj packed us all a beer. It was very tasty!
We broke her down and loaded her up. Up first then down
Thanks for all the hospitality once again Hunt. I really had a good time, as always! Glad we made it work and glad we haven't forgotten how to blood trail! Been awhile since I've had a good one like that.
The initial shot was 50 yards and just as I touched it off she took a step. A lot can happen in a half second.
Glad y'all were able to finish the deal, as usual a nice story with neat pics.
Of course at the bottom was this group!
Had to cross the creek to get back to the truck!
This cow ran out in the creek . We talked her down
Here she is as nick is crossing!
Dang, you guys were in sheep heaven! Great work recovering that gal.
Thanks for sharing...congrats to all.
Best of Luck, Jeff
Way to stick it out guys... Nice story and trophy!
Sometimes you have to take out the old and blind ones.
5hats awesome! How about an elk story?
Way to go guys every now and then we need a hard tracking job to help appreciate the easy ones, thanks for sharing the story.
Elk story coming soon have a few more tags left . It's worth the wait!
Great stuff. The year I did 210, a local with a longbow shot a 175" ram at 17 yards. He said he'd scouted the herd at least five days a week after notice on the permit. Guy I hunted with liked to hunt November...when they were down amid the cabins near the creek. On one video you can hear, "Hey, pull up a little father to make sure I don't hit the propane tank." Not a fitting way for a BC bighorn to die, but it did. Fun ride-along online. Look forward to more. Hey, Nick, that ewe wouldn't have taken that step if you weren't shooting a Rage!
Hopefully if I get a chance at a Kodiak bear later this month he doesn't move either... Will see!
Great story guys, sorry I missed this one for sure. Can't wait for Kodiak 2017 at least. Will be one hell of a crew in camp for sure :)
Congrats again Nick
Thanks for sharing
Good luck, Robb
Great job with your collection of pics. Always enjoy your posts. I had sent congratulations on the other thread, but it's worth doing again. Congratulations.
Excellent pics HUNT and congrats again Nick, keep at'm!
Congratulations, Nick! Great pics guys! What was in the Ewe's eye, was it a stick?
Congrats Nick!!! Not many things more fun than a couple of friends going on an adventure!
+2 EmbryO....a stick, a growth? Is this common?
Thanks for taking us along! Nice!
Thanks for taking us along! Nice!
Great story and great story telling.
But... What happened after you saw her bedded the last time? Was it hard to move to get in position for the kill shot?
Congratulations Nick and Thanks Hunt for the writ-up and pictures!
Yes, what happened when you found her in the last bed and was that a stick in her eye?
Congrats guys! Glad you were able to recover her.
Great read and pics! Thanks for taking the time!
Congrats Nick! Great story gentlemen! Way to stick to it!
I guess the post from when I last saw her was lost in space. Anyways Nick moved in to 25 yards. She tried to stand and Nick Finished her . She stumbled down the hill and died.
With her Eye we have no idea. She was old and had made it from The last out break of pneumonia in 2012!
Congrats Nick and to all involved. Beautiful country.
Way to go guys... congratulations. Good work.
Very nice....thanks for sharing all the details.
Nice! Way to stick with it! Awesome pics too.
Hey, Knick, how about a little info on your shooting set-up for the sheep, please?
Is it the same outfit you'll be using on big-azz bears?
Same as I've used all year Myke.
65# Nitrum, 455 grain arrow with a Rage on the end of a Gold Tip Pierce.
Loved it! Thanks for sharing.
Congrats Nick! And thanks to Hunt and all you folks for bringin' us along. Pretty cool.
Good stuff. Congrats to Nick.
Awesome thread! I recognize the area from fishing it a lot. Cool to see it from a different perspective.