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Stickflicker??
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Contributors to this thread:
AZBUGLER 07-Dec-16
Lv2hnt 10-Dec-16
notags 10-Dec-16
AZBUGLER 10-Dec-16
StickFlicker 11-Dec-16
bowbender77 11-Dec-16
notags 11-Dec-16
hunting dad 11-Dec-16
Lv2hnt 12-Dec-16
Heat 12-Dec-16
loesshillsarcher 12-Dec-16
AZBUGLER 13-Dec-16
StickFlicker 15-Dec-16
AZ~Rich 16-Dec-16
creed 16-Dec-16
notags 18-Dec-16
trublucolo 24-Dec-16
Mydogmo 01-Mar-17
StickFlicker 02-Mar-17
trperk1 02-Mar-17
Heat 02-Mar-17
AZ~Rich 03-Mar-17
From: AZBUGLER
07-Dec-16
How's the hunt going Marvin? Inquiring minds want to know...

From: Lv2hnt
10-Dec-16
He tagged out on a really nice ram. It was his hunt, so will let him run with the details ...

From: notags
10-Dec-16
I had heard some rumors about that on Thursday. Cant wait for the whole story and pics!

From: AZBUGLER
10-Dec-16
I heard that as well from an undisclosed source.......

Anxious to hear the story!

From: StickFlicker
11-Dec-16

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Side view of my ram
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Side view of my ram
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Ram front view
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Ram front view
Sorry guys, it's been pretty hectic since I returned with various obligations and things I had put-off prior to my trip, then I had to figure out how to resize photos on a MAC since I'm having PC problems...

Yes, I was successful on the first ram I stalked with my bow on the third day of the hunt! I kind of wish the hunt was a little longer, but it just didn’t work out that way.

After the largest ram (of which we were aware) was killed by the other hunter with a firearm first thing opening morning, I watched another group of sheep for the first day. However, they were in an inaccessible place on the side of a cliff. There were at least a dozen ewes and three other smaller rams in the herd. On the second day, they were even higher and more inaccessible!

I did look for other sheep each day, but the ram with this group was among the biggest of the remaining rams it seemed, and I liked the look of him. Several of the other nice rams I'd seen during scouting trips were fairly broken-up, but this one seemed to have almost no damage to his horns. He had some battle damage to the bridge of his nose, but his horns were in great shape. Many people like those old battle worn rams, but between having to judge how the various chips and broken-out sections will affect the score, and just really not personally liking the look of busted up rams as well, I set my sights on the biggest ram that was with the herd on the cliff as the one I wanted to try to stalk. I had some great photos and videos of this ram, so that added to my desire to maybe take him for my trophy.

On the third day, this particular group of sheep was no longer anywhere on the cliff. While we glassed all the surrounding country looking for them, they were nowhere to be found. We decided that there was a good chance they had topped-out and were on top of the mountain, one of the largest and steepest in the area... It took a few hours to climb to the top on the least steep side, and more than an hour on top to glass the smaller canyons where they could hide before we finally saw them two canyons to the north. The two of us circled the canyons and came in on them from above. I spooked them while trying to range and shoot at the biggest ram. As I had been told, sheep aren't big fans of danger from above, and they were right! Fortunately, they had run to the bottom of a small side canyon and started up the other side before settling down. The big ram was walking around checking ewes when he took a particular interest in one. This gave me the chance to creep out to a rocky point and consider taking a 70-yard steeply down-angled shot at the quartering away ram. Since he was now on the other side of the small canyon, and I'm not sure if there would have been enough light left to circle around and come in on his side of the canyon, I didn't have much choice of trying to get a closer shot. I had practiced out to 70 and 80 yards extensively prior to the hunt, just in case I was presented with such a situation, even though I normally don't ever take shots this far hunting most species.

I was facing almost into the setting sun, and the glare did not make the difficult shot any easier. Due to the sharp downward angle, I decided to shoot him for 65 yards. I angled the shot toward the back of his rib cage on the right side and it exited perfectly just a couple inches behind the shoulder on the off-side. He went less than 15 yards before he was down for good (but not before diving into a patch of "jumping cactus" cholla…). I shot from the top of the rocky outcropping in the top left of the photo. The ram was on the other side of the Ocotillo and down a little below it in the canyon when I shot.

He has about 36” horns and should make Boone & Crocket with a green score in the low 170’s. It was too dangerous to try to go down the mountain in the dark, and it was after 9 pm by the time we had skinned him and boned the meat. We decided to spend a long, cold, uncomfortable, miserable night on the mountain! Since he died on one of the steeper sides of the mountain, we decided to take him down that side and see if we could find a way down between the cliffs. It took close to five hours to get him down, but it all adds to the memories of a once in a lifetime hunt, right!

From: bowbender77
11-Dec-16
Wonderful job Marvin. Congratulations!

From: notags
11-Dec-16
Marvin Congratulations! I kept waiting for a call for a boat, but looks like you had it all dialed in ! Thats a beautiful Ram, and even though the hunt was short, it was obviously sweet! Enjoy the memories!

From: hunting dad
11-Dec-16
Awesome job Marvin on a great ram. Can't wait for my chance to try for one.

From: Lv2hnt
12-Dec-16
Dedication and focus! Beautiful ram (great pics!). Marvin, my hat's off to you ...

From: Heat
12-Dec-16
Thanks for the pics and story Marvin! So happy for you man!

12-Dec-16
awesome!! congrats!!

From: AZBUGLER
13-Dec-16
Thanks so much Marvin! Great story to go along with a great ram. It means even more because of how long you waited patiently for this tag and stuck to your guns about getting it! To kill a sheep of that magnitude with a bow is just icing on the cake. Congratulations!

From: StickFlicker
15-Dec-16
Thanks guys! The need for boat transportation was definitely a limiting factor in being able to take along friends, etc. on my once in a lifetime hunt. I did have a few offers from people for boats, but as I actually contacted each one, they each seemed to have other hunt plans or jobs that made them not available during crucial times, and seemingly many just wanted to spend a few days during the actual hunt and not during the very important scouting time. Dave, I did send you a PM on Bowsite once to follow-up on your "son-in"-law's" elk hunt and talk about seeking your help, but I didn't hear back from you. About that time I was told about someone that was pretty available most times I could scout, and had said they'd be available for all of the hunt, so I just figured I'd go with him and give up on taking others along (since his boat wasn't that large). If I had it to do over again, I'd do that differently I think. I do really appreciate those that offered boats and/or their help, and wish I could have made that work to have spent time with friends and fellow Bowsiters. The other hunter was also a pleasure to share the hunt with, and he always offered to take me out if my boat wasn't available. He moved his trailer to the lake and lived there for the 23 days prior to the hunt, so he had a lot of quality scouting time accrued by opening day. He was a true gentleman, and I appreciated his helpfulness.

The inability to do many aspects of the hunt in the manner I always envisioned my sheep hunt would be, was disappointing, and largely due to the boat-only access, but I did have a good hunt and really enjoyed my time among the sheep!

From: AZ~Rich
16-Dec-16
Awesome buddy!

From: creed
16-Dec-16
Congrats Marvin!

From: notags
18-Dec-16
Marvin, did you really have to go there? " Son- In- laws hunt"? They are merely dating and room mates.. In my own world of delusion. Glad everything worked out ,I never saw your pm. sorry. I would have loved to spend some time helping and I had checked out the boat prior to 12/1, but would have been limited myself due to work. Beautiful Desert Ram! Now you need a bison!

From: trublucolo
24-Dec-16
Beautiful Ram, Congrats!

From: Mydogmo
01-Mar-17
How many years did it take to draw that tag?..awesome job.. Congratulations :)

From: StickFlicker
02-Mar-17
I didn't keep exact count, but I believe I applied each year for about 33 consecutive years! I do know people that have applied for as many as 49 years that have still not drawn...so I feel a little guilty getting it in only 33...

I've also now had it officially measured since the thread was posted. It scores 173 2/8 (Pope and Young minimum is 120, Boone and Crockett is 168).

From: trperk1
02-Mar-17
Great story, thanks for sharing!

From: Heat
02-Mar-17
Congratulations again Marvin! Way cool!

From: AZ~Rich
03-Mar-17
Congrats on that fine ram Marvin. Rich

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