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Sheep hunt recap
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JohnMC 16-Aug-19
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JohnMC 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
Stoneman 16-Aug-19
bowhunter24 16-Aug-19
altitude sick 16-Aug-19
Bou'bound 16-Aug-19
Grubby 16-Aug-19
WV Mountaineer 16-Aug-19
midwest 16-Aug-19
WoodMoose 16-Aug-19
EmbryOklahoma 16-Aug-19
Bowfinatic 16-Aug-19
sticksender 16-Aug-19
Smtn10PT 16-Aug-19
Billyvanness 16-Aug-19
Southern draw 16-Aug-19
Bowboy 16-Aug-19
otcWill 16-Aug-19
HUNT MAN 16-Aug-19
Whocares 16-Aug-19
2xLung 16-Aug-19
TREESTANDWOLF 16-Aug-19
njbuck 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
coelker 16-Aug-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
Ucsdryder 16-Aug-19
JohnMC 16-Aug-19
GhostBird 16-Aug-19
Treeline 16-Aug-19
Photohunter 16-Aug-19
Beav 16-Aug-19
Rusty 16-Aug-19
Mark Watkins 16-Aug-19
midwest 16-Aug-19
Rocking R 16-Aug-19
JB 16-Aug-19
Heat 16-Aug-19
kscowboy 16-Aug-19
OFFHNTN 16-Aug-19
elkmtngear 16-Aug-19
bowonly 16-Aug-19
bowbender77 16-Aug-19
JCarrowthem 16-Aug-19
TEXASWOODS5 16-Aug-19
elmer@laptop 16-Aug-19
jordanathome 16-Aug-19
t-roy 16-Aug-19
Marty 16-Aug-19
ixsolracxi 17-Aug-19
drmike 17-Aug-19
LKH 17-Aug-19
JohnMC 17-Aug-19
Treeline 17-Aug-19
Native Okie 17-Aug-19
Paul@thefort 17-Aug-19
rjlefty3 17-Aug-19
Cazador 17-Aug-19
JohnMC 17-Aug-19
Nick Muche 19-Aug-19
APauls 19-Aug-19
Busta'Ribs 19-Aug-19
XbowfromNY 19-Aug-19
Buffalo1 19-Aug-19
SBH 19-Aug-19
ki-ke 19-Aug-19
JohnMC 19-Aug-19
From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
I posted quite a bit before my hunt with questions and about preparing for hunt. I got home this evening. I hunted 13 days straight. One of my goals was not to be beat my the mountains and I believe I succeed. I hunted hard, got to places that held sheep and did it day after day. It was quite the Adventure, beautiful country,. Here is a recap of how hunting went.

The day before the season my brother, and friend Kyle packed in about 3 miles. We scoped a lot of ewes and a couple rams on pack in.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
Morning one we found a group of 7 or 8 rams with a couple great looking animals. At about 300 yards they left the area not to be seen again. We hiked up to about 13500 feet that day. I found that there was a better way to access the area.

Day 2 we glass and covered some areas a little closer to camp but only saw ewes. Latter packed out back to truck and stayed in camper for the night.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
On day 3 we hiked into some of the same country as day one but from the south. In about 3 miles we found 4 rams planned a stock that failed. Later that day in same basin. We actually smelled sheep before we saw them. I was able to get to about 65 yards with them bedded below me. Then all of sudden they spooked into trees. I found them in tree. Unfortunately I missed a shot. It was a real bummer.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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These are the rams below me. I believe it was a group 17.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
Day 4 we went to same area as day before and watch a group of 6 rams walk into a small group of trees/rocks. It was as a great opportunity or at least I thought. I moved down on them expecting them to be there when I got to trees. My brother was watching from above. When I got there they were gone. It was first taste of how they can just flat disappear. End of action for the day.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
For the next several days I could not find a legal ram. I got into range of sheep several times they were either ewes or less than 1/2 curls or right at that. I had a couple days the weather made hunting really tough. It would rain and when the storms rolled in the higher elevations where the sheep were was impossible to see.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
On day 10 I packed into a area with sleeping bag and bivy. Just before dark I found a group of rams. They were about 3/4 of a mile and going away from me. I was excited thinking I could find them in morning and have a opportunity. However the next morning I could not find them or any other sheep. By this time I could really feel the pressure of the end of the hunt approaching.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
Day 12 my buddy Chris was up. On a whim we decided to go into a new area I had not been in before. We walked in and soon we found a group of 5 rams. After watching them for a while they moved closer to us and went out of site below a ridge. We pushed up thinking we could close the distance and possible into bow range. However again when we got to that spot they were know were to be seen. They call elk the grey ghost but I think it is more fitting of sheep.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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Day 13 Kyle came up the evening before. He and I hiked back into same area as Chris and I had been in the night before. In the first hour of light we spotted a large group of rams. They were a good ways away and I did not think great terrain to put on a stock. But it was worth a try. Here is a picture of me moving in on them from Kyle spotting scope. It is hard to believe from this picture but I could not see them.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19
It turns out there was a small basin/draw the rams end up in. As I approached it I figured that was were they went. But it was a large group of sheep of about 2 dozen. Lots of eyes. Only option I had was to butt crawl to lip of draw. I did this for a couple hundred yards. As I worked down I could just see back one and ranged him at 60 some odd yards. I butt crawled about 10 yards further and could just see a horn.

I shifted to my knees and see 3 rams and range them at 50 yards. The edge of range I wanted to shoot but a range I am comfortable with. So I draw my bow and one of the 3 there stands up broad side. I release my arrow. I watch the fletching go right behind the should as he runs away. He only goes 40~50 yards and falls over.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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In this picture you can see him laying dead in the shadows to the right and rest of band trying to figure out what happened down lower in basin. I can’t explain the feeling at this moment.

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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16-Aug-19

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From: Stoneman
16-Aug-19
Congratulations on a well earned Ram

From: bowhunter24
16-Aug-19
Congrats on your ram!

16-Aug-19
Congrats, nice recap and very cool pics to help with the story.

From: Bou'bound
16-Aug-19
Great job.

From: Grubby
16-Aug-19
Good job getting back on the horse!! Congratulations!

16-Aug-19
Congrats man!!!!!

From: midwest
16-Aug-19
Heck yeah!!!! Nothing like getting your tag's worth of hunt! Congrats on the ram and thanks for sharing the story!

From: WoodMoose
16-Aug-19
congrats Sir! Thanks for sharing the story

16-Aug-19
Great work, John! I'm proud for ya! All of that work you were doing paid dividends.... well done!

16-Aug-19
Way to persevere! Congrats on your ram, thanks for sharing

From: sticksender
16-Aug-19
Outstanding, you did real good.

Also digging that re-creation of Paul@fort's iconic ram pack-out pic ;-)

From: Smtn10PT
16-Aug-19
Way to stick with it and come out on top! Congrats!

16-Aug-19
Incredible story! Congrats and way to persevere!

16-Aug-19
Thanks for sharing and Congrats!

From: Bowboy
16-Aug-19
Congrats!

From: otcWill
16-Aug-19
Well done, John! Sounds like a helluva hunt

From: HUNT MAN
16-Aug-19
Congrats on a amazing trophy !!!

From: Whocares
16-Aug-19
Congrats and awesome determination! Beautiful pics. A lot of satisfaction with that hunt, John!

From: 2xLung
16-Aug-19
Woohooo!!! Way to go!!!

16-Aug-19
Oh what a feeling that must be!!!

Congrats!

From: njbuck
16-Aug-19
Congrats on a great ram!

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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A few more pics

From: coelker
16-Aug-19
Good deal. It is amazing how such hunts are filled with such extreme highs and lows.... Even as a reader you feel the pressure...

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
16-Aug-19
Congratulations. Sounds like you had an awesome hunt!!

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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Part of group I shot mine from
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Part of group I shot mine from
A few sheep

From: Ucsdryder
16-Aug-19
Bowsite getting it done on Rams this year!!!!

From: JohnMC
16-Aug-19

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Elk I saw. Pic through binos so not great.

From: GhostBird
16-Aug-19
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Treeline
16-Aug-19
Definitely a hunt of a lifetime! Love that country up there.... Glad you had a good time and were successful on a great ram!

From: Photohunter
16-Aug-19
Great story, pics and a beautiful ram! Thanks for sharing. Congrats!!!

From: Beav
16-Aug-19
Congrats on the ram and thanks for sharing the story!

From: Rusty
16-Aug-19
Congrats on a great ram. Cool pics and good story!!

From: Mark Watkins
16-Aug-19
Congrats John!!!

Way to persevere to the very end!!!

The mind is a very powerful tool!!!

Mark

From: midwest
16-Aug-19
Beautiful country and a heck of a nice bull!

From: Rocking R
16-Aug-19
Congrats on your trophy! Great job!

From: JB
16-Aug-19
Very nice! Thanks for sharing and congrats!!

From: Heat
16-Aug-19
Right on! Way to hunt hard and get it done!

From: kscowboy
16-Aug-19
Congrats, John! You earned that ram. Well done!

From: OFFHNTN
16-Aug-19
Awesome! Congrats on a true trophy and hard core hunt!

From: elkmtngear
16-Aug-19
Incredible Country...great job getting into bow range on those rams!

From: bowonly
16-Aug-19
Persistence. Ishi would have been proud.....

From: bowbender77
16-Aug-19
Congrats !

From: JCarrowthem
16-Aug-19
Great Ram

From: TEXASWOODS5
16-Aug-19
Congradulations!! beautiful ram

From: elmer@laptop
16-Aug-19
that's awesome

From: jordanathome
16-Aug-19
Wow......very nice! I can't believe the pic of you moving on the rams where you said you could not see them.....amazing.

From: t-roy
16-Aug-19
Congrats to you on a great hunt and trophy as well!

From: Marty
16-Aug-19
Congrats on a sweet ram and getting it done with your bow!

From: ixsolracxi
17-Aug-19
Congrats on a beautiful animal, way to stick with it!!!

From: drmike
17-Aug-19
Great ram and congratulations!

From: LKH
17-Aug-19
Wonderful! Look at him often and remember all your hard work.

From: JohnMC
17-Aug-19

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This was painful to watch. Plugging the horn.

From: Treeline
17-Aug-19
But necessary. Get those horns slipped and reset on the skull plate with bondo as soon as possible. Will reduce shrinkage and lost inches!

From: Native Okie
17-Aug-19
Nice! Congrats John!

From: Paul@thefort
17-Aug-19
Well done John. my best, Paul

From: rjlefty3
17-Aug-19
Awesome! Glad it worked out - way to stick with it. Congrats!

From: Cazador
17-Aug-19
Officially a member of the S32 club. A lot of history in that unit by some great bowhunters gone by, and yet to come. Excellent!

From: JohnMC
17-Aug-19
S32 is a cool unit. A lot of sheep, a lot of big beautiful county. Mostly going to access with your boots. If a negative to it you will run into people that are just out hiking. The best places to access it are trails that people use everyday. But once you gone a couple miles they mostly clear out. However I did see people in places that surprised me. Including two young ladies that were coming down a face that looked like only sheep would go. They told me they just bumped a group of rams out of the area I walked 3.5 miles to check out. If anyone draws it in the future i've spent two preseason scouting in once two years ago with a buddy that drew it and this years and lot of days during the season. Anyone that draws in the future or wanting info before applying let me know. I would be happy to help.

From: Nick Muche
19-Aug-19
Congrats!!

From: APauls
19-Aug-19
Congrats on your sheep! It seems they don't come easy!

From: Busta'Ribs
19-Aug-19
Great story and photos John. Thanks for taking us along. Love the shot of you in the meadow with the sheep, terrain can be deceiving! Liked that big elk too. Great Ram!

From: XbowfromNY
19-Aug-19
awesome hunt, congrats

From: Buffalo1
19-Aug-19
Great story and nice trophy.

Not being a sheep hunter - what is “plugging the horn” ?

From: SBH
19-Aug-19
Well done! Great pics.

From: ki-ke
19-Aug-19
Way to stick it out!! Great story. Thanks for sharing!

From: JohnMC
19-Aug-19
The plug is the silver thing in picture above. They drill a big hole in horn and put the “plug” might also have another name. It about the size of a finger nail with a number and CO for state. It is to identify the ram as legally killed if any question were to arise in future.

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