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If you make it to El Paso, stop by a Chico's Tacos and order a double!

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Texas or NM? If NM, draw or OTC? I need to hunt them again. Good luck fellas. I’m tuning in to this one

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2 hours ago, IA Born said:

If you make it to El Paso, stop by a Chico's Tacos and order a double!

Great Burritos

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Sorry for no info. Was planning on updating but ZERO service here. Drawvtag inn 29/30 for me.  No sheep  yet. A couple  blown opportunities though 

 

 

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and now....the REST of the story....

 

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DAAAAAY 1...

Beautiful day.

Off and on rain with nominal wind

right off the bat we find 4 sheep(3 ewes and a small ram) at 650yds. T asks if I want them and I say "heck ya I'll shoot a small ram". I wander back to the sxs to get my rifle and take a leak so I can set up for the shot and "They're gone!" says T. They saw us at 650 at RAN.

Lesson 1 learned. These are NOT coues deer. If anywhere within 800 yds they can see you, they run. FOREVER. You WILL NOT FIND THEM if you chase(had to learn this MANY times).

Noon- another group of 7 ewes this time down in the canyon moving. They don't see us. Ran like mad to get in front of them. 250yds and heading over the last ridge. Can't find them in the scope and T does not want to shoot a ewe. They see and run. They're gone.

Evening. Driving back to a nice little canyon that nobody else has been in. We jump a HUGE( HUUUUUGE) ram. T jumps out and sets up. I range at 280 yds. T is prone and ready . SHOT..........

 

miss. He friggin MISSED.

Ram moves 15 more yds and stands there. T is all discombobulated and can't get back on him. My rifle is still in the sxs(lesson #2 learned). He runs. FOREVER

We chase and bump TWO more rams and 2 ewes. Over the ridge and they are GONE.

Very "educational" day

 

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Day 2.

 

Now that we KNOW where to find all the sheep we head back to the hidden canyon. All we need to do is pop over this one small rise and bingo. Easy.

HAHAHAHAAHHAAAHAA

After 47 "small" rises and miles and miles of walking we saw exactly ZERO sheep,

Finally we spot a nice ram and 4 ewes out on a little rock island...1400 yds and 2 canyons away. No chance at all. We start heading that way and they are GONE.

We are noticing a pattern. They see us witihn 1000 yds and RUUUUUN.

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Day 4.

Great faith in day 4. the Golden Child(T's daughter who has more luck than any 1 human being should have) showed up last night. Today will be good.

Morning- right off we spot 1 ram and 3 ewes. of course they are on a sky island at 1600 yds. HARD pass.

Afternoon- wind STILL SUCKS!!!!!!

So maybe she's not all that goldden after all. We start heading back down the mountain. Over a little rise at teh bottom of the ridge and "STOP!"  T yells there's barbary ram at that water hole!

We BAIL out of the sxs (I grab my gun) and T is down off the side prone. I yell out 530yds and he says "on it!". Fires.

HIT!(sort of) and off the dang thing runs...

This time I don't just watch though. I shoot and mr barbary takes a flop. Jumps up and flops back and rolls off the hill a bit. I was certian I missed and the ram was down from T's shot.

We gather everything up and head down. He calls me over to have a look and tells me we need to figure out who's ram it is. I said, "well it's yours". It was a no brainer. He saw it, he shot it first and it was his. He disagreed. We ran back through the shot sequence and he AND his daughter made a very persuasive argument that it was MY ram.

The Ram was shot twice. Turns out T shot it in the lower front lip and busted its lower jaw and front lower teeth. T is actually a VERY good shot but just had a monkey on this trip for some reason. I had NEVER seen him miss before this trip. Based on how the second shot completely disabled him, they convinced me I should have the ram. I graciously accepted and quite honestly almost cried at his selflessness. Yes, my friend just GAVE me a 30 inch ram that he could have rightfully claimed and NOBODY would have been upset.

This entire experience was amazing and truly a TEAM effort.

 

easiest pack out EVER

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Day 5.

Another super windy day. winds on this trip were clocked at steady between 10-15 mph and gusts as high as 28. Dust was choking.

No sheep today but we tried HARD to get one for T and Golden Girl. The only consolation is they are NM residents and get to go back next weekend to try again

Golden Girl on the "Victory Drive" back to camp. She started a new tradition where we have to run all our flashing colored lights any time we fill a tag. the price we pay to hunt with a "chosen one" 17 yr old girl....20210123_155339.jpg.aa7413653eeef971033038ba7a1bf390.jpg

 

 

Sunset.  Goodby NM

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