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Contributors to this thread:
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
DL 09-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
DL 09-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
DL 09-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
BOWUNTR 09-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 09-Nov-17
Franklin 09-Nov-17
TXHunter 10-Nov-17
BULELK1 10-Nov-17
sportoutfitter 10-Nov-17
T Mac 10-Nov-17
Brotsky 10-Nov-17
Bowboy 10-Nov-17
Treeline 10-Nov-17
Treeline 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Brotsky 10-Nov-17
njbuck 10-Nov-17
nexus 10-Nov-17
Pete In Fairbanks 10-Nov-17
Mark Watkins 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
BOWUNTR 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Zackman 10-Nov-17
Mark Watkins 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Chris S 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Brotsky 10-Nov-17
Shaft2Long 10-Nov-17
PECO 10-Nov-17
JL 10-Nov-17
kota-man 10-Nov-17
kscowboy 10-Nov-17
Kurt 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Kurt 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Treeline 10-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 10-Nov-17
Treeline 11-Nov-17
YZF-88 11-Nov-17
Ermine 11-Nov-17
Paul@thefort 12-Nov-17
Surfbow 12-Nov-17
Bentstick81 13-Nov-17
Master_Splinter 13-Nov-17
mn_archer 15-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 15-Nov-17
loopmtz 15-Nov-17
stealthycat 15-Nov-17
NvaGvUp 15-Nov-17
Gene 19-Nov-17
From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17

NvaGvUp's embedded Photo
NvaGvUp's embedded Photo
190 5/8" green!

Congratulations, Jason Hairston and to Jake Franklin, Jason's guide who had spotted this ram last year!

From: DL
09-Nov-17
What area?

From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17
Orpcopia's is my guess.

Let me contact Jake to confirm.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17
Yep! Orocopias.

From: DL
09-Nov-17
Gorgeous animal.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17
How cool is it that Jason's son was with him!

From: DL
09-Nov-17
Must’ve been an auction tag. 23 more days until season opens. Not that I’m counting.

From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17
Open Zone Auction Tag.

$235,000, which blew away the old record of $170,000. He bought it at last January's Sheep Show.

From: BOWUNTR
09-Nov-17
That'll potentially be the P&Y world record... thanks for sharing. Ed F

From: NvaGvUp
09-Nov-17
I doubt it's an archery ram.

From: Franklin
09-Nov-17
Wonder what kind of tip a guide gets for a potential World Record Ram.....

From: TXHunter
10-Nov-17
Probably a good one. The best tip is the experience itself though. Plus it’s never bad for business to guide a hunter to a ram of that caliber.

Congratulations to all on a magnificent ram.

From: BULELK1
10-Nov-17
WOW what a Ram!

Thanks for sharing him with us Kyle

Good luck, Robb

10-Nov-17
$235,000.00. Wow, must be nice!!

From: T Mac
10-Nov-17
Wow what a beautiful ram. I believe Jason is the founder/owner of Kuiu right?

From: Brotsky
10-Nov-17
Jason is the founder of Kuiu and one of the original founders of Sitka. Congrats on a beautiful animal! I believe his wife actually bought him the tag if I remember right. Kyle may know the story. Amazing ram!

From: Bowboy
10-Nov-17
Jason got the big ram he was after. Good for him!

From: Treeline
10-Nov-17
Awesome ram! Would really have been cool if he had shot it with a bow, tho!

From: Treeline
10-Nov-17
That ram with a bow would have surpassed Tony Loop’s 2015 ram from Arizona...

I certainly would have given it everything I had to get that ram with my longbow...

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17

NvaGvUp's Link
Jason and his wife were back in DC for the inauguration when the tag was auctioned at The Sheep show. She was doing the bidding on the phone..

Jake and Brendan Burns were in the room and handling the bid for her.

The NY Times was at the show and wrote a great article on the bidding and the importance of fundraising tags.

See the link for the article.

From: Brotsky
10-Nov-17
Thanks Kyle! I knew there was a cool story behind how the tag was purchased.

From: njbuck
10-Nov-17
What a ram, congrats to the hunter. The sons smile is the best part of that picture though!

From: nexus
10-Nov-17
Congratulations to the hunter. As a Californian, I appreciate him putting up $235K to support conservation in the state. Of course, most of that money came from me, or at least that's what my wife thinks I have spent on Sitka and Kuiu gear over the last couple years.

10-Nov-17
LOL at Nexus!

From: Mark Watkins
10-Nov-17
Congrats to Jason and Jake....incredible!

Ed, are you confirming that it was an archery kill?!

Mark

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Just confirmed: Rifle kill.

From: BOWUNTR
10-Nov-17
I just assumed... my bad... Ed F

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Looks like it might be a new world record Nelsoni!

From: Zackman
10-Nov-17
Ed,

Don't assume anything on bowsite...

From: Mark Watkins
10-Nov-17
Either way.....incredible ram for sure!!!

Congrats!!!

Mark

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
I've asked Jake to send me a side view photo if he has one, which I'm sure he does. I'll post it when I get it.

It's pretty interesting that this ram appears not to be broomed, nor even to have any chips and dings on his headgear. That's pretty unusual for a mature desert BHS, esp. for one of this magnitude.

From: Chris S
10-Nov-17
Good thing Busbice didn’t win that auction.

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Who's Busbice?

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17

NvaGvUp's embedded Photo
NvaGvUp's embedded Photo
Side View.

This gives a much clearer picture of the ram. He is broomed a little and his horns are definitely beat up

From: Brotsky
10-Nov-17
Jason has some awesome photos of the ram in the field and otherwise on his Instagram if you are on that social media platform.

From: Shaft2Long
10-Nov-17
Beautiful ram, regardless of how it was killed, awesome for conservation, but holy sneakers, over a quarter mill??!!

I could be the wealthiest dude in the world and I don’t think I could do that.

I guess it’s a major business write off for expenses.

From: PECO
10-Nov-17
^^^^ Exactly what he said.

From: JL
10-Nov-17
Congrats to him. I wonder if other hunters were going to hunt that ram when the season opens?

From: kota-man
10-Nov-17
What a ram...

From: kscowboy
10-Nov-17
"It's pretty interesting that this ram appears not to be broomed, nor even to have any chips and dings on his headgear. That's pretty unusual for a mature desert BHS, esp. for one of this magnitude."

Coming from California, maybe he was one of those pacifist girly men?

From: Kurt
10-Nov-17
GREAT ram!!! Congrats to the guide, hunter and conservation. Hopefully California puts the auction tag $$$$$ back into conservation and desert sheep.

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Kurt,

The money absolutely will go back into not just conservation, but Wild Mountain Sheep conservation. That will add tags down the road for ALL hunters.

When the Harmon bill passed a number of years ago as a result of our efforts, it created the DFW Big Game Advisory Committee to oversee these monies and other funds so as to insure conservation projects were the ONLY place where those dollars were spent.

I chair that committee, which includes not only CA WSF, but also RMEF, the California Deer Association, the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep and the Mule Deer Association, along with a few other sportsman's supported NGO's.

Prior to the passage of the Harmon bill, dollars that were supposed to go for wildlife conservation were oftentimes being spent on things which had nothing to do with wildlife conservation.

Since then, however, not a DIME has been spent for anything other than the conservation of California's wildlife.

From: Kurt
10-Nov-17
Great to hear that the money goes where it should. Thanks

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Me, too!

That wasn't the way it used to be. But once they saw they were being watched and we started demanding accountability, they changed their tune in a hurry.

From: Treeline
10-Nov-17
So awesome that the proceeds from those tags go back for conservation! Happy for Jason to have been successful enough in business to be able to put that kind of contribution towards conservation!

From: NvaGvUp
10-Nov-17
Tavis,

Brendan and Jake were sitting not far from me. I knew they had a phone bidder and after they'd won the bid, I walked over and asked Jake who their bidder was.

When he said, "Jason Hairston," my immediate response was, "Damn. I knew KUIU was doing well, but I didn't know they were doing THAT well!" LOL

From: Treeline
11-Nov-17
He definitely got a worthy trophy! Happy for him and his boy!

From: YZF-88
11-Nov-17
Awesome ram! It's good this money actually goes back to wildlife. Sounds like the opposite of how the Utah Expo/auction tag money gets allocated.

From: Ermine
11-Nov-17
Badass ram.

From: Paul@thefort
12-Nov-17
Nice in deed! Actually GREAT! my best, Paul

From: Surfbow
12-Nov-17
Awesome ram for sure!

From: Bentstick81
13-Nov-17
Congrats to the hunter. It would be great to have a guide like that, for sure.

13-Nov-17
so it's pretty much a 235k donation to wildlife conservation and you get to hunt. I can support that all day.

From: mn_archer
15-Nov-17
omg that thing is one of the most impressive animals ive ever seen!

From: NvaGvUp
15-Nov-17
"so it's pretty much a 235k donation to wildlife conservation and you get to hunt. I can support that all day."

Same here.

Some folks bitch about these tags and claim they take a tag out of the general draw.

That's hopelessly uniformed thinking.

What they really do is add tags down the road for the general draw, because almost all of the work on behalf of BHS that is over and above 'usual, reasonable and customary' is paid for by the money raised by the sale of these tags. In fact, many states wouldn't even have the funds to do 'usual, reasonable and customary' wild sheep conservation projects if it weren't for the money they get from the sale of these tags.

From: loopmtz
15-Nov-17
Very cool. Good for Jason!

From: stealthycat
15-Nov-17
I'd like to think that with all the money towards sheep tags like this, in the future more opportunity will be available for more hunters to sheep hunt. If I had the money, I'd spend it absolutely

Gorgeous ram

From: NvaGvUp
15-Nov-17
stealthycat,

That's the whole idea.

And it does just that!

From: Gene
19-Nov-17
WOW, That's all I can say!!!!!

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