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Old 08-14-2019, 11:05 AM   #1
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In 2016 I came Auodad (barbary sheep) hunting in NM. I thought the state was pretty cool and the sheep were even cooler. I had always wanted to move to CO but they dont hire nonresidents for my line of work. In 2017 I got hired on here in NM and moved the family out. I was lucky enough to move to the same area I had come sheep hunting in 2016. Sheep hunting basically moved me out here.

This year I won the lottery. The email came from G&F saying I had drawn a bighorn sheep tag. I got very excited as I read through the information and imagined myself bowhunting bighorn ewes (one of my hunt choices which seemed the only real chance I had at a tag). Then I read and comprehended what the tag was actually for. My first choice, a rocky mountain ram hunt in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness....a once in a lifetime tag!

Now the research starts. I found the list of all the rams killed for the last several years which includes score and rough location. Wheeler Peak is the highest point in NM at 13,159’ and is a part of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. I knew from experience the sangres are steep and beautiful but I had never even seen Wheeler Peak in person. I learned the 5 biggest rams in the state had been killed in this area and the population numbered around 250 sheep.

We got more snow this year than there has been in a long time. The peaks were inaccessible through the early summer which made early scouting useless. All I could do to get ready was keep hiking and staying in shape until the snow melted. My first scouting trip blew my mind. It reminded me of the high country in CO but much more game rich. Sitting on a ridge at 12,800’ I was picking up animals from 200 yards to 2 miles away. I had seen plenty of bighorn sheep before but never the caliber of rams I was spotting. It was almost overwhelming. We have desert bighorn sheep basically in my backyard but for some reason I was almost in awe of the rams I saw while scouting. They are incredibly cool animals.

My plan is to use the bow on this hunt. I have located rams from 11,000’ in the timber to 13,000’ on wind blown peaks. Im done scouting and saving time off for the hunt itself. A couple hunting partners will be coming from TX to help and hopefully put their hands on a big ram. The hunt starts September 1st.

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Old 08-14-2019, 11:06 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:09 AM   #3
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:11 AM   #4
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I'll be coveting if you need me.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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Awesome!! Good luck.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #6
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Awesome! Congrats on the draw and best of luck to you on the hunt! I love the Sangre de Cristos. Prettiest part of NM, by far.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:13 AM   #7
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:15 AM   #8
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That is awesome! Best of luck and post lots of pictures.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:16 AM   #9
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CONGRATS & Good Luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:16 AM   #10
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Following. Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:16 AM   #11
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Man, that is a hunt of a lifetime! Will be following. Good luck!!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:17 AM   #12
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:19 AM   #13
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:28 AM   #14
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Good luck. Hope your able to get it done. Will be looking forward to a write up and pictures with you and bighorn.

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Old 08-14-2019, 11:31 AM   #15
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Dream hunt!! Excited to follow this one along, good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:34 AM   #16
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:34 AM   #17
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I'm sure you have already checked but there is always big rams above Horseshoe Lake. Good Luck !!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:35 AM   #18
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:39 AM   #19
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That's awesome right there! I've got one Dall sheep and the Rocky Mountain Bighorn is the only other one I'd like to take. If that's a once in a lifetime tag, I'd also be hauling a rifle with me just in case I couldn't get it done with the bow. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:42 AM   #20
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Congrats on drawing the tag. I will be following along.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:51 AM   #21
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That’s awesome, congrats on the tag, and may your hard work and sacrifice be rewarded with a great ram!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:54 AM   #22
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Awesome!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:55 AM   #23
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Wow what a dream tag!!
Keep the updates rolling in and god luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:04 PM   #24
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I will def be following! Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:08 PM   #25
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In for the hunt updates. Congrats on drawing that tag!
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:11 PM   #26
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In!!!!
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:24 PM   #27
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I am in on this one.


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Old 08-14-2019, 12:40 PM   #28
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Looks like a awesome opportunity. Good luck
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:52 PM   #29
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That is awesome and a huge congrats from me!!! I have been lucky in the draws but a rocky is definitely my bucket list animal. Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:02 PM   #30
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Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:23 PM   #31
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Wow that is awesome. Good luck. I saw a bighorn ram the other day for the first time. It was right beside the interstate in the columbia river gorge in OR. Incredible animals.


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Old 08-14-2019, 01:24 PM   #32
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Water is going to be a pain in the butt up there. Melting snow is ok but takes up a lot of fuel. I decided to sew up a black bag shaped like a funnel with a hole in the bottom. My hope is that I can hang it in the sun over a trash bag and melt down a bunch of snow without burning fuel. Testing it on the porch in the shade I am getting about a cup an hour. Hopefully it will do even better in direct sun.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:35 PM   #33
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Congrats on the awesome tag! That country is beautiful. I love hiking up there...I've seen bighorns every time. I can't imagine having your tag.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:47 PM   #34
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Congrats and good luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:08 PM   #35
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That’s freakin awesome rt there!! Can’t wait to follow along


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Old 08-14-2019, 02:25 PM   #36
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congrats on a drawing such an awesome tag. Cant wait to see you put one of those rams on the ground!
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:31 PM   #37
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I'm happy for you! Looking forward to more pics and hopefully some LDPs.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:38 PM   #38
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Congrats on the draw and good luck! I'll be following along
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:41 PM   #39
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I’m in. Looks like an amazing hunt. Good luck


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Old 08-14-2019, 02:53 PM   #40
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Awesome news! I'll be following along.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:55 PM   #41
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Unreal trip! I'm jelly!
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:41 PM   #42
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Congrats on the tag! I am working just west of orla on a rig and have been doing some hiking and checking out the area one days off before heading back to east Texas. I have got to see some mule deer and javelina this summer. Still want to see some kind of mountain goats and elk. I may be going up to Cloudcroft in a couple weeks. I hear the elk rut is around September in that area. Sure would be awesome hear them bugling for the first time.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:43 PM   #43
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Best of luck.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:49 PM   #44
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Awesome trip. Good Luck and keep us updated
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:45 PM   #45
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Super Cool. Good Luck!
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:50 PM   #46
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Greatness
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:04 PM   #47
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Looking forward to updates Good Luck
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:35 PM   #48
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Congrats on the tag, that’s awesome. Looking forward to following this thread.
How long do you have to hunt? Best of luck to you! Love Wheeler Peak as well, those of us from Amarillo consider that area our “neighborhood”
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:11 PM   #49
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Can’t wait to follow along
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:16 PM   #50
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Dream hunt!!!!

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